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Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every Generation Paperback – June 21, 2016
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Discover how to give your favorite blocks a scrappy, modern look with elegant and up-to-date versions of time-tested quilt designs from popular designer Amy Ellis. Learn a bit about the history behind each block as Amy re-imagines them as new classics, and build your confidence to "go modern" with her 12 bright and appealing quilt designs. Amy also includes tips for using color and negative space to ensure a modern look with the fabrics from your stash and includes tips from other top designers that will help you better understand what makes a scrap quilt successful. --Modern Quilts Unlimited, Summer 2016
Amy Ellis's Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every Generation teaches quilters how to pair traditional piecing skills with heirloom quilt designs for an updated blend of modern and traditional appearance, and offers a close view of the author's customization process. Tips for working with and juxtaposing color and negative space in a quilt blend with ideas from top designers that supplement Amy Ellis' approach, while materials, cutting, and assembly instructions are specific and are supplemented by small color quilt block examples throughout. Quilters will find this a fine survey to creating new quilts from a blend of old and new ideas. --The Needlecraft Shelf
About the Author
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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4 of the 12 quilts require several templates. Among them is "Serendipity" at 72"x90". It's the quilt featured on the cover. It also requires 2 different paper piecing templates for the triangle extensions. This seems like overkill, since they are essentially just "crazy" units that can be so easily constructed from scraps without any paper. Ms. Ellis even says as much, yet appears to favor the uniformity of using templates. This quilt also uses set-in seams. Bias at the tips of each triangle make this one of the most challenging quilts in the book.
Many of the quilts are very minimalist or abstract. Their advantage is the wide open fields of blank canvas to showcase some of your fanciest quilting lines. "Abloom", at 60.5"x75.5", features curved seams. Ms. Ellis provides several important tips for working with curves, and the circle quilting is just right for this one.
The "heritage" behind each quilt can be tough to decipher due to the abstraction. One of the more obvious ones is "Venus", at 82.5"x94.5". Interestingly, Ms. Ellis gives us a history lesson: this quilt screams "Double Wedding Ring", but is actually based on the earler "Pickle Dish" pattern. It uses paper-piecing, curves, and set-in curved "melons" to fill each ring.
So, there are challenges here, but the color combinations and uber mod quilts leave me wishing I had seen Modern Heritage Quilts prior to wishing for it for so long on my Wishlist. I much preferred the subtle complexities in Amy Ellis's Think Big from 2014. And her cover quilt on Modern Neutrals from 2013 still floors me every time. The beginning of that book's subtitle "A Fresh Look ..." describes her work more so than any other modern quilt designer today. I just don't think it is as apt for this newest book.
But I am still a fan.
With a dozen projects in the book, you can keep busy for a full year if you manage to create one project per month. Throughout the book, you can find tips and suggestions set off in boxes with a grey background. Any templates needed are included at full size.
The written instructions are easy to follow and there are enough graphics just in case you need a more visual perspective. The projects are all quilts and some have a lot of background space that is just a large piece of fabric. In other words, you make several blocks and then when they are sewed into rows, you just add a large piece of the background fabric to create the quilt top. There are others that are wholly made of blocks like normal pieced quilting.
Finally, there is a short bio of the author at the back of the book. Whichever you choose to do, you will have a great quilt when you are done.
The projects in this book can be created using scraps from your stash. If you are just starting your quilting journey the first chapter of the book offers advice on developing your own scrap collection. Information is also provided on what is the most popular size scrap pieces to save and how to go about adding to your scrap collection.
You will want to watch for comments and other bonus features found as you page through the book. Amy asked several of her quilting friends their thoughts on scrap quilting and their comments are sprinkled throughout the book. One feature I found particularly useful is the “One at a Time” box. In these you will find instructions to make just one block from the project. This allows you to experiment with what type of colors and fabrics you will want to use as well as brush up on your piecing skills. I always try to make one block from whatever project I am working on to get a better understanding of how the block is constructed.
The book if full of beautiful photos and illustration to guide you each step of the way as you create a quilt you will be proud to have in your own collection or give as a gift. If you have wanted to try your hand at quilting a “modern” quilt I would definitely recommend this book. Beginners as well as advanced quilters will find a project or two they will enjoy