Think Big – Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18″ Blocks by Amy Ellis is full of modern and contemporary projects to nurture the modern soul.
The 10 large blocks included in this book make it easy to put together a quilt in a short amount of time. You will learn how to conquer your fear of rounded corners with the following block.
The following quilt looks like it would be rather complex, but it is actually simple to put together.
Even if you are not a fan of modern quilts, these patterns can be combined with any kind of fabric for a quick, weekend project or gift.
If you are interested in finding out more about this book, head on over to Martingale’s website here.
Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing this book and the pictures for me to share with you!
I loved the quilts in this book by Amber Johnson. They have the traditional look, but the colors are fresh and up-to-date. She starts out the book by talking about fabric, fabric sizes, and how to build your fabric stash… great for beginners and others as well. At the end of the book she gives you quilting basics, and in between the beginning and the end is filled with wonderful quilts and projects to make.
I think you will find something you like from the 14 patterns in this book. If you’d like to find out more about this book, you can visit Martingale’s website here. Many thanks to them for providing the book for this review and also to their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing the pictures!
Urban and Amish; Classic Quilts and Modern Updates is written by Myra Harder.
Myra takes Amish quilts and shows you how to make them and than also offers a different, more modern approach to making the same kinds of blocks for each Amish block. For example, she starts with the traditional “Pineapple” Block in traditional Amish colors.
Then she offers its more modern counterpart in large scale prints and lighter colored backgrounds to give it a totally new look.
“Lone Star” as the Amish quilt…
And “Urban Ohio” as its modern counterpart…
“Trip Around the World” as the Amish quilt…
And, “Trip to New York” as its modern counterpart. “Trip Around the World” is made by cutting strips and sewing them back together. “Trip to New York” is made the same way (with strips), but in this quilt you see a more “urban” and modern quilt.
All in all, I found this to be a very interesting book and enjoyed it very much. It is well thought out and the instructions are clear-cut and easy to follow. I think if you look into this book, it will spark your creativity in surprising ways. To find out more about this book, go to Martingale’s website here.