Monday, February 25, 2013

Modern Basics II

(Sorry this is late. Thank you Blogger for not posting as scheduled)
I am so thrilled to be sharing with you my thoughts on Amy's new book Modern Basics II. I had the privilege of rooming with Amy at this years' Sewing Summit last fall. She was just finishing up this book and I got a little sneak peak. Can I just tell you- this girl is AMAZING!  I love her eye for color and design. Her first book was fantastic and hard to beat- but this book goes above and beyond.
One of my favorite patterns in this book is PATCHWORK WEAVE. I love how she takes two different ideas and combines them for a stunning quilt. The pieced sections of each block are like pieces of candy- so tasty!
The title of the books says "14 Easy Patchwork Quilt Patterns" and it's true! These patterns look impressive and complex but Amy's little tricks and tips make them easy to put together. These patterns are easy enough for beginners but still fun and fulfilling for experienced quilters too.

When making blocks like these (and any quilt blocks for that matter) I use MAGIC SIZING when pressing. It's very inexpensive and available at most grocery stores and it doesn't leave a residue like starch can. It leaves my seams nice and crisp and easy to work with. And of course it washed out when the quilt is laundered.
Another section of this book that I just love is the Quiltmaking Basics. Lots of books have this section which is a nice resource to quilters. I especially liked Amy's because it is easy to understand for beginners but also interesting and informative for experienced quilters. I read the entire section and learned a few things too!
If you want to WIN a copy of Modern Basics II Amy has set up a fun way to enter.
 Fill out this form to win! Make sure you visit all the blogs in the tour to find the answers you need.
Good Luck!
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

Any's book is available through Amazon or you can purchase an autographed copy in Amy's Bookshop.

1 comment:

Gill said...

This looks a great book!
I'm not sure what 'magic sizing' is though!! Is it available in the UK??