Modern Basics II // Sewing Book Review

You might know Amy Ellis from her first book, Modern Basics, or perhaps as the organizer of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, which she hosts twice a year on her blog, Amy’s Creative Side.

Amy has just published her second book with Martingale, called Modern Basics II: 14 Easy Patchwork Quilt Patterns.  Amy asked me to be part of the blitz for Modern Basics II, and I’m happy to share a review of the ebook Martingale sent me.

Book Details:
14 Quilt projects – each has measurments for an alternate size option
68 pages of quilting patterns
10 pages of Quiltmaking Basics, including tools & tips, located in the back of the book
$24.99 list price, selling on Amazon (today) for $16.49
A few things that stood out at me from the book, or why I would recommend a friend take a look:
Clear Diagrams: Each quilt in the book is accompanied by a number of diagrams, which are clear and look easy to follow.
Tips & Tricks: Amy shares a tip in each chapter about everything from fabric stashes to how to number rows in a quilt. I think this would be especially helpful to a new quilter.
Something Unique: Ever wonder the best way to piece a quilt back? Amy includes helpful diagrams on the most efficient way to piece a twin quilt back, for example.
Sewing with Collections: Each pattern in this book is sewn up using a single collection. The style and feel of these collections varies widely.
I chose to highlight Improvised Herringbone, don’t you think it would look great on my couch?  I love the subtle Lizzy House butterfly as a background, and personally think that each book of patterns should have at least one quilt where you are encouraged to be creative!
Simple Patterns: The subtitle of this book is “14 Easy Patchwork Quilt Patterns.” Easy doesn’t necessarily mean quick, you will still be able to get lots of sewing in on many of these quilts. But what it does mean is that there is only 1 foundation pieced pattern, no curves, partial seams, or any techniques that might be considered advanced. I learned some tricks reading through this book, and I think there are quilts that appeal to a more experienced quilter.  I would also have no hesitation recommending it to someone starting out in my quilt guild.
Quilting: The quilting is wonderful–Natalia Bonner and Amy both did a great job quilting these quilts. I usually pull out my quilting books when I’m looking for an idea of how to quilt a project I’m working on, and I appreciate when authors get a little creative in their quilting.
And finally, I have a sewing tip for you!
I love the look of straight line quilting, especially when the lines are densely quilted. When you are straight line quilting (or anything where you go from edge to edge), make sure to “stitch and flip!” Stitch 5 or so lines from the top of the quilt to bottom, and then flip the quilt upside down and stitch 5 or so lines from bottom of the quilt to the top. Repeat, repeat, repeat, and it will keep you from having the fabric pull or bunch at the bottom of the quilt.
Happy sewing!
Modern Basics II is available on Amazon, with autographed copies in  Amy’s Bookshop.
Fill out this form for a chance to win a copy! 

Participants :

Emily Herrick
Amy Newbold
Dana Bolyard
Amy Webb
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Katie Blakesley
Chelsey K
Terri Harlan
Mary Kolb
Pat Sloan
Natalia Bonner
Candy Glendening
Vicki Christensen

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  1. Posted February 25, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the informative review! The book looks great – the quilt on the cover is stunning. I tried to fill in the form but the link to Amy’s doesn’t work :-(

  2. Posted February 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for an informative review. I will be keeping my eye out for this one.

    Posted February 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a great book! I’m addicted to quilting books so we’ll see how long I can wait before buying this one :)

  4. Posted February 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if I should be flipping as I stitched. And thank goodness you tell us about how often to do it. THANKS

  5. Gill
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    This looks a great book – I love the cover quilt!

  6. Posted February 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Great tip! Thank you so much. I’ve just recently been straight line quilting some baby quilts to donate and this will come in handy!

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