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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680157
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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! --Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman

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. --Sewing/Needlework @ Suite 101

About the Author

Amy has always loved fabric, and the creative process of designing with it. She's called herself a quilter for the last 12 years and has been sewing since the age of 10. You can often find her drafting a new quilt pattern and experimenting with fabrics until it's just right! Quilting is her creative therapy in the midst of a busy household, and she loves to inspire new quilters to find their own ways.


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You will find more than one project to make in this book.
Natalie & Buddy
Beginners, procrastinators, and all quilters in between--pick up this book!
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Amy has done a wonderful job of presenting quilts that are quick and easy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By daisydeadpetals on February 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful, useful book for beginning quilters and beyond. The 14 quilts featured are all simple to make and spotlight today's gorgeous, modern fabrics. Amy's advice to those who say they're too busy to quilt? Find a way! Whether it's sewing at the kitchen table, storing fabrics in the coat closet, or finding space under the bed for tools and notions, Amy says that quilting is worth your time and effort. And if you choose one of these quilts to make first, you won't be disappointed with your results.

Amy is very clever about her fabric choices. You could follow her ideas and try to create quilts exactly like hers, but the way she's put these quilts together makes it easy to envision the designs using fabrics you already have. Her overall look is very clean, with just a few colors and patterns per design. Some designs I would even call minimalist--which I think is rare in quilting. It's a breath of fresh air.

I think the book is useful in two ways: first, as a great book for beginners. Most of these designs are easy enough to start at square one, even if you've only got simple straight-line sewing experience. I'm a more experienced quilter, but I love having easy-to-piece patterns at the ready. The modern colorways give a whole new look to quilt blocks I've seen before. My favorite quilt is called "Modern Mirrors," where Amy uses browns, pinks, and greens to create a quilt that has modern pop, but at the same time is soft and pretty. (How does she do that?) The quilt reminds me of Italian spumoni.

Beginners, procrastinators, and all quilters in between--pick up this book! These quilts are great for making quick gifts, great for adding an updated focal point to your decor, and great for sparking your creativity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SewCalGal on March 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amy Ellis is a very creative and talented quilter who has done an excellent job writing this book, with 14 well written and easy to follow patterns that also has great visuals. I was amazed that these designs are each based on a single easy block, and create such spectacular quilts.

The book includes insights for Quiltmaking Basics, from selection of tools & fabric, to piecing techniques, adding borders, sandwiching, machine quilting, binding and more, making this also an excellent book for a beginner quilter with designs that are fun and easy for advanced quilters too!

This is an excellent quilt book with a modern flare.

SewCalGal
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TERESA RYAN on September 13, 2011
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To start off, I do love this book. The patterns and color choices are refreshing and look a lot harder than they really are. The finished product is beautiful. I am a beginner and perhaps if I had more experience I would have caught a misprint on the Modern Vee pattern. There are two blocks that make up the quilt for a total of 24 blocks (which should be 12 of each) yet the instructions show to make 24 of EACH. Needless to say I ran out of material and had to buy more or I would have 2 unfinished quilts. It worked out, I will give one away and keep one. I will use this pattern again as well as others in the book. I just hope to save someone else the money and frustration that comes from a misprint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan Larson-Myhre on April 4, 2011
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After seeing this book advertised on a quilting show, I ordered two of them. My friend and I are into quick and easy quilt construction. Since receiving "Easy Quilts" ( a little over a month ago) I have made two and planned one more quilt top using the patterns and ideas in this book. Easy to read, great color photography and explicit instructions, this book makes quilting so much more enjoyable for me. Plus, I can play with color and fabric selection and the patterns morph into my own creations. Exciting stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kunkel on March 9, 2011
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Amy has created designs in this book that will be appealing to all levels of quilters. For those who are just beginning, it is very easy to understand and start on that first project. For the more advanced quilter who would like a quick project with universal appeal, there are many designs that will fill the bill. Excellent projects and appeal for all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie & Buddy on March 27, 2011
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Amy Ellis has partnered with a great publisher, Martingale, to bring us these great quilt patterns.
I say it this way, because Martingale takes the time to provide stunning quilt pictures, and room for each author to really give great directions for the projects.
I think this book will be a great addition to ANY quilter's Library. Beginner or Advanced quilter. You will find more than one project to make in this book.
Enjoy.
Really.
It's good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Fox on February 27, 2011
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"Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style" by Amy Ellis is designed for people who profess not to have the time to quilt. She has designed 14 quilts which are both easy to put together and incredibly creative.

All of the quilts included in the book are appropriate for a beginning quilter. Ellis's directions are clear and easy to follow. What caught my attention was the very modern feeling of many of the quilts. I particularly liked both the "Tumbling Cubes" and "Graduation" quilts. They are incredibly simple to make, and yet have a very sophisticated feeling. I can imagine making either of those quilts for young men heading off to college.

The simple structure of the design allows you tremendous creativity in your color and fabric selections. I can hardly wait to make my own version of "Knotted Squares" using asian fabrics with a black square.

"Modern Basics" is a book which shows that you don't have to have a great deal of quilting experience or time to be able to make amazingly beautiful quilts.

Karin Renaud
Author, "Quilts from the Heart"
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