Modern Basics: Book Tour and Giveaway – closed

I am thrilled to be a part of Amy Ellis’ blog book tour to help promote her new book, Modern Basics.

You know Amy from her blog Amy’s Creative Side, where she blogs about quilting.

I thought it would be fun to interview Amy to provide you with a little background about her and the development of her book.

1. How did the idea for this book come about? where did your inspiration for the theme come from?

I started sketching ideas for quilt blocks, when I wasn’t finding simple and interesting patterns that I wanted to make.  I like being able to finish a quilt in a week or two, instead of a month or year.  Eventually my sketches turned into a proposal packet!

2. When did you begin quilting, and where did your interest first come from?
I’ve been sewing since I was a girl, I made myself all sorts of garments from 10 years old on.  My interest in quilting, came with my kids!  I love being able to snuggle them in something handmade, and I love to sew!
3. Why do you quilt?
It really is my creative therapy!  When the days turn into a week or more that I haven’t sewn, everyone around here can tell.  That’s when I find a fast finish!

4. What is your favorite quilting tip? OR your favorite part about quilting?
My favorite part about quilting is finishing the binding by hand.  I love watching the quilt become finished as I work my way around it, and finally end up where I began with a complete quilt ready for the wash.  My favorite tip in getting it done, is hand quilting thread.
5. Do you sew other things besides quilts?
I sew garments, bags, pillows, curtains – anything I can get my hands on!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a regular mom, with all the usual mom duties around the house and at school (3 of our 4 are in school). I make it a priority to make things for my own sanity, I love blogging daily, and the community I have found here online!

I really love Amy’s new book, so I am excited to be able to share a FREE copy with my readers! Leave me a comment by noon on Sunday, February 27 if you are interested in a chance to win!

Be sure to visit the rest of the tour for more chances to win a free copy:

Piece N Quilt 2/21/2011
SewCalGal 2/22/2011
Old Red Barn Co 2/23/2011
Terri’s Notebook 2/24/2011
Crazy Mom Quilts 2/25/2011
Wild Card Quilts 2/26/2011
BumbleBeans 2/27/2011
Fat Quarter Shop 2/28/2011
One Shabby Chic 3/1/2011
Canton Village Quilt Works 3/2/2011
Diary of a Quilter 3/3/2011
Fat Quarterly 3/4/2011
Amylouwho 3/5/2011

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Note that if you don’t win a free copy from one of the above bloggers, you can also purchase Amy’s book here and here.

223 thoughts on “Modern Basics: Book Tour and Giveaway – closed

  1. This is so wonderful that Amy has given us all a chance to win her book. I love looking at all of the pictures. Wonderful inspiration!

  2. Thanks for the great interview, Terri! This looks like a wonderful book. It’s nice to know she finishes her bindings by hand:)

  3. You can put my name in the hat also. It looks to be a good book. One I would use. Getting quick results is what I like these days.

  4. What a great interview – I loved reading Amy’s responses – the book looks fun and colourful – well done to Amy on the publication of her book and you too for asking such interesting questions.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win! It sure would be nice to finish a quilt in a few weeks, rather than months or years! 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book and start on a project from it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Love Amy’s blog! I would really like to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the opportunity!=)

  8. One of the best things about this blog hop, besides from learning more about this great book, is being introduced to great new blogs like this.
    Thanks for the chance!

  9. I would love to win this book, I have yet to make a quilt as I’m a bit scared, but this book seems the perfect place to begin.

  10. Thank you for hosting this stop on the book blog tour. Amy’s blog was one of the first I started reading when realized that quilters were blogging about “good stuff.” Her tutorials are excellent so know this book will be too. Please enter me into the drawing for Modern Basics.

  11. Great Interview! Gorgeous Quilts! Looks like the perfect book for a beginner like me! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  12. Amy’s book looks wonderful…I LOVE blog tours for books…you get such a great preview of the book as well as learning lots!

  13. The book looks great! Thank you for all the pictures. They have definitely convinced me that I want this book!

  14. Hi Terri,

    I came over from Dana’s blog. Amy’s book looks great — even for a beginner like me. 🙂

    In case international players are allowed, please count me in. If not, feel free to delete this comment.

    Greetings from Germany,

  15. this book just makes me itchy to start a new quilt! would love to win. thanks for doing this!

  16. I am so excited for a chance to win! I think I will have to make that puzzle quilt. 🙂

    jenashford at swbell dot net

  17. Great interview Terri. I just love all I’m seeing about this book. It’s definitely a must have book. As everyone else is, I too am hoping to win a copy but it’s on my wish list to buy already if I don’t.

    Thanks Terri.

  18. I’m looking forward to seeing this book in person–it looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Amy’s book looks great. I would love to have a copy of it so if I don’t win it here I’ll just have to buy it! Thanks.


  21. I am really excited about this book. It will be nice to try out some of those quilts that you pictured in your interview.

  22. This looks like a wonderful book with contemporary patterns. Can’t wait to take a look at the real thing!

  23. I would love to win this book. I am just getting back in to sewing and quilting after much time off to work and raise kids. Love all the blogs out there too.

  24. This is one of the few books I have come across where almost EVERY project appeals to me in some way, shape, or form. Usually I open a book up and there’s one or two project that I REALLY like where the rest are “ok”. EVERYTHING I have seen in Amy’s I have been inspired by! I would LOVE to win this book!

  25. Thanks for joining in Amy’s tour and giving us a chance at winning her book. Amy’s creations are great!

  26. Thanks for the great interview Terri and the opportunity to win a copy of Amy’s book. It’s at the top of my wishlist!

  27. Hello Terri! How wonderful to get to know Amy and her great book! I really would be ‘in heaven’ if I could have my own copy! Quite a long line comments…still I’m hopeful!
    Thank you for a lovely post! xxx Teje

  28. I love the look of the quilts in the book. It’s my 32nd wedding anniversary today. Wouldn’t it be great to win that book !!!

  29. I would love to win. I’ve never made a “modern” quilt and this sounds silly – but I wouldn’t know where to begin. I think this book would be so much fun and would help me to get started.

  30. I recently have added quilting to my long list of hobbies. In the last month, I’ve completed one quilt and have started two more. I am hooked! Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful book.

  31. I’m loving the patterns I’m seeing on this book tour, I already put it on my wish list!

  32. I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

    Your color wheel quilt dresden block (I’m sure there must be a more concise name for it) is absolutely charming. That single image has me breaking out of a quilting funk and thinking about starting a brand new color wheel project tomorrow. Thanks!

  33. Looks like a good book to own. Add me to the giveaway.

    Your tour through the botanical gardens remind me of Dr. Seuss illustrations. Hope that the plants gave you a lift and provide you with plenty of inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. I agree with your reason for quilting, except I started it a bit later than you. I mean I made tied quilts for my children to snuggle up with but by the time I became a grandmother ( Nana ) is when I really started learning how to piece a quilt. You are right, it is so theraputic! I loved your blog. I love this book, how fun you guys are doing a give-away for it! I will keep my fingers crossed!
    Thanks again!

  35. I really like the patterns that you all have shoed here but most of all I like the fact that it was made by a busy Mom and her hectic schedule so the quilts have got to be doable for other busy Moms….Thanks for the chance.

  36. I am loving the sneak peaks at Amy’s book, there are so many quilts there that I would like to try to make!

  37. Very exciting that Amy has written this book. I’ve followed her blog for a long time and admire her talents and sense of style and color.

  38. I love the idea about project that could be finished in some decent time. The book looks really promising. If I won I’d try the Modern Mirrors pattern first I guess. It’s looking really good.

  39. Fun book blog hops going on lately. Here is another wonderful book to get the juices flowing!
    thanks for the opportunity!

  40. I love how the patterns really show the fabrics but in a not-overwhelming sort of way! Simple and stunning!!!! And I love that Amy have four children (and that the youngest is home with her still) as that’s my own situation and it is very encouraging to hear of other quilting Moms living parallel lives to mine!

    Well done on the new book, Amy!!!

  41. The more I see this book, the more i HAVE to have it 🙂

    Thanks for the interview and a chance to win!!!

  42. I would love this book! It looks fantastic and I would love to try some of those patterns. Love the pictures.

  43. Thanks for the chance in the drawing – I love Amy’s blog and her down-to-earth style!

  44. I already see several quilts that I would like to make from this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. I really liked the simple way you reviewed the book. It told a story. I really like Amy’s blog! I would love to win a copy!
    BTW-It’s my first time visiting your blog and I loved it!

  46. i’m so excited about the opportunity to win one of amy’s books! love her quilts and her blog and all she does for those of us who blog and quilt–what a cool lady she is–don’t know in real life but in the bloggersphere she is so therefore must be in reality, too. have a great day and thanks!

  47. I have been following Amy’s blog for over a year and I have always enjoyed her quilts that she has made so I am looking forward to her book. It would be lovely to win a copy.

  48. I hope I win, but if not…then this is the kind of book I would buy. It’s got great photos and clear instructions, and it looks like there are some quilts I could actually make!

  49. This looks like the kind of book that I could just sit and drool over! I’m going to get my own copy one way or another!

  50. Dearest sweet terri, so happy to visit you here on my little break from packing madness! That book looks awesome and such a wonderful interview! Very inspiring! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  51. Oh how I love Amy’s blog and I know I would love her book just as much! Such beautiful eye candy! Thanks!

  52. Thanks for sharing the interview – it’s great to know something more about the book. And thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  53. Great interview! How fun is that to interview Amy and giveaway her new book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks to both of you for the opportunity to win and sew up a few of Amy’s beautiful quilts.

  54. Hi Terri, thanks for the giveaway! I could really use a copy of this book since I am a novice quilter! LOL But I’m trying to teach myself. Thanks again!

  55. Thanks for sharing, and for the interview questions – it’s always fun to hear some of the process and person behind a book like this! It does look great 🙂

  56. I also like instant gratification. I have been using “twenty something”, “yellow brick road” and the easiest of all “fat quarter shuffle”. I am looking forward to get her book. Looks like some great patterns in that that won’t take forever to piece.

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