Modern Basics - Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style

by Amy Ellis
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Love the idea of quilting but limited by time and resources? Oh, and the fact that you barely know how to sew? Here's the answer! With bright, modern prints and simple patterns, Amy Ellis eases new quilters into a lifelong creative adventure. Simple instructions guide you at every step, from cutting and piecing to finishing your fabulous first quilt.

  • Choose from 14 striking designs; each is made from just one block
  • Create beautiful blocks that showcase fun, contemporary fabrics
  • Find great tips for squeezing creativity into your busy life

by Amy Ellis
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
February 8th, 2011

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Review from Today’s Books

If you're too busy, too cluttered, too shoe-stringed to consider quilting, not to mention you can't thread a needle, then Heber City, Utah blogger, creative therapy proponent, stay-at-home mom and author Amy Ellis has the book for you–hers. Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style offers 14 designs, contemporary fabrics, time manageable approaches, and hideaway secrets to encourage first time quilters to get started. Look for posies, maze, puzzle, cabin, and mirrors to spark interest in the quilting hobby. Basics on tools, fabric, cutting, piecing, borders, basting, sewing machines, binding in back-of-book. Illustrated by Adrienne Smitke with photos by Brent Kane. Today’s Books editor Lex Ticonderoga puts Modern Basics on the “A-List!” Author: 

Review from Midwest Book Review

Modern Basics
offers beginners a fine starting point to quilting, offering some fourteen different designs, each made from just one block. The basics of creating a block and using them with modern fabrics are covered in a guide that includes how to make quilting a part of a busy life. Gorgeous color photos cover step-by-step piecing techniques, materials, cutting, and more. Beginners will find this a highly accessible pick!

Review from Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman

This is a wonderful and refreshing book. It’s the first book I've seen intended for beginners that doesn't get bogged down in "rules." Amy keeps the process fun and inspiring for a new generation of quilters. It focuses on simple instructions, strip sets, one-block quilts, and modern, colorful fabrics and designs. Three quilts use only solids (I'm so glad these are available again!), and two quilts are sewn without constructing blocks at all. I think all skill levels will enjoy the 14 attractive designs. I have been a quilter for 35 years and want to sew each one. A keeper!

Review from Sewing/Needlework @ Suite 101

By Amy Ellis, this title is ideal for beginners. It has 14 sensational, exuberant projects that are made from one kind of block. These feature bright, pleasing fabrics and vibrant, contemporary designs. The author offers timesaving techniques, such as strip piecing. The blocks include some classic designs like the Pinwheel.

For the most part, these projects are made from strips and squares. Several have triangles that are easy enough for novices. There are also wonderful fast and easy, strip-pieced versions of the classic Postage Stamp quilt and the Log Cabin. Some of these projects are made with precuts, such as Layer Cakes.

The projects cover a wide range of sizes. These include everything from throws and lap quilts to wall quilts, baby quilts, and full-size bed quilts. For some items, the author gives instructions for several sizes.

Each quilt has a list of fabrics and supplies and a cutting chart. There are easy, foolproof, color-illustrated, step-by-step directions for completing the blocks and quilt top along with color layouts and details on finishing the quilt. At the end of the book the author offers complete details on the sewing and quilting basics along with tips on choosing precuts and other fabrics.

Amy Ellis

Amy is a best-selling author, spokesperson for Baby Lock, and fabric designer. Quilting is her creative therapy in the midst of a busy household, and she loves to inspire new quilters to find their own way into the quilting hobby. Since diving into the online community in 2008, Amy has authored five books and her quilts have been included in many collaborative book projects. Her patterns and articles have also been published in several prominent magazines.

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