Saturday, March 05, 2011

Modern Basics book review and giveaway

Welcome to the end of the line of Amy's blog book tour!
Amy and I go waaaaay back! Well I like to think we do. I remember "meeting" her because I think we were both fairly new to the crafty-blogging scene and she was one of the first blogging friends I made. And a few months later when I visited Utah, I emailed her to see if she wanted to meet up and hang out. I remember her telling me her husband was worried I was some crazy person who may or may not be trusted. Little did he (or we) know the online sewing community is full of such niceness! And that more than 2 years later we would still be good friends!  It has also been fun to quilt with her in an online quilting bee.  And I can't talk about Amy here without acknowledging her part in inspiring Sew & Tell!

If you haven't heard yet, Amy has written a book!

I was so excited to see the book in person.  It is chock full of simple sophisticated quilt designs that even the earliest beginner could tackle.  The first page of each pattern has a photo of the quilt laying flat, supply lists, clear cutting instructions and suggestions for different sizes.
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I love this window pane effect!
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I've always loved a postage stamp quilt and this variation doesn't dissapoint.
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This is the first project I have earmarked to make from the book!
 
I asked Amy a few questions so we could all get to know her a little better.
How and when did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew from my mom and 4-H.  Mom is left handed, and didn't want to teach me backward.  I was 10 when I started, and haven't stopped except for a few years in college.
What is your favorite thing about quilting?
I really love all of it, but my favorite is finishing the binding.  My husband has watched me lay a corner out, and see the first finished corner. Watching it be finished, is magic!

What is your favorite non-quilt thing to sew?
Bags!  I like to think up my own shapes/patterns and sew a new bag for each season.

What or who inspired you to start this book writing project?
As I started sewing more and more quilts, I was looking for simple and interesting patterns that could be finished easily in a week or two, instead of a month or year.  I wasn't finding them, and started sketching my ideas, which eventually turned into a book proposal.

Is there any sewing project or skill that intimidates you?
I'm not an expert at applique, but I don't let it intimidate me!  I keep trying it in small doses to gain the experience.

What is your biggest hurdle in completing projects?
Like any of you...TIME!  There's always a project, or two, on my brain waiting for the time.

What is your biggest asset in completing projects?
I'm very systematic in my approach, this helps keep me organized, and makes it easy for me to pick up where I left off. 

Are you indeed, superwoman? ;)
Hahaha, no.  I wish.

Fruit or Chocolate?
Chocolate - for sure!
Naps or sewing?
I wish my kids still napped!  I rarely nap, and much prefer to sew with my free time.

Thanks so much Amy for letting me a part of your tour! You can check out the rest of the blog tour posts here - there may still be giveaways open to enter! And if you are too impatient to find out if you win a copy, you can always purchase a copy here.

Amy has offered up a copy of her book to one of you!
To enter:  Leave me a comment telling me how long you have been sewing and if you have ever finished a quilt.  
Giveaway ends Tuesday March 8, winner announced on Wednesday! Make sure you leave an email in your comment if you are a no-reply blogger.  Winner will be drawn by random.org.
I love finding things out about you guys!  Good Luck!

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Patty D from NC said...

Enjoy your blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rebecca said...

I started seriously sewing last April. I started with a lap sized quilt and finished it and this week I just finished the top to a reversible king size quilt. Would LOVE this book!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You are right, the sewing community is full of the nicest people. Amy is such a creative gal. And her book looks fantastic. Thanks for offering to give a copy away :-)

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
I've been sewing for about 40 years, but only quilting for about 2. I've finished a few quilts:)

Marianne said...

I started quilting when my daughter was 2 and now she's 21, so I've finished many a quilt! Thanks for the chance.

Cindy Anderson said...

I have been sewing since I was 8 or 9. My Mom and Grandma taught me. I've only been quilting for a few years.

Jennifer said...

I just stumbled upon your blog this morning. All I can say is WoW! I have been quilting for about 15 yrs, and I love, love, love, anything bright and bold. So glad that I can fuel my quilting passion with your patterns. Thank you!!

Laura said...

I have been sewing since I was a Brownie! My mom used to make us matching Mother-daughter dresses when I was little. She made us lots of dresses (she had five kids to sew for) and I grew up learning from her. When I was about 10, she helped me make a patchwork skirt. My sisters and I sewed most of our own clothes in high school and I started quilting in 1980 when I was expecting my first baby.

TiedInYarn said...

I have been sewing for more than 15 years. In the last 5 years I have fully completed about 2 quits Although I have a couple sandwitched ones and a dozen or so completed tops. The book is wonderful and I would love to make (and finish) a lot of the designs. Thank you for the chance to win it.

Jody said...

I've been sewing off and on since junior high school however have really been more passionate about it in the past 5 years or so. It first started off with handbags and has moved to quilts...and now I'm hooked!!
Thanks for the chance to win Amy's book...I'm really hoping I'll be lucky enough to win!
jodym7@yahoo.com

Mimi said...

I've been sewing for about 10 years and only more seriously as my kids have gotten older. I have made quite a few 'lap' quilts and tons of table runners, wall hangings etc. Thanks for this great giveaway - I really want a copy of this book, it looks awesome!!

my happy bluebird said...

I have been sewing since I am about 4 years old. I have never finished a quilt. In fact, I am just starting my first quilt. Why? I don't know... At this point I like the simple quilting patterns -- and Amy's book looks very inspirational! Thanks for the giveaway!

Impera_Magna said...

I learned to sew by standing beside my mom's sewing machine and watching. I know I was using the machine to sew before I turned 10 yrs old... and since I'll be 60 this summer, I figure I've been sewing around 50 years.

I started quilting almost two years ago and have indeed finished a number of quilts... all gifts. I have two quilts "in the works" that are for ME... and many more in the planning stage!

Thanks for the chance to win this book... I love the window pane quilt and know that's gonna be in my "to make" list.

Tonya said...

I'm new to the sewing & quilting world, I really just started quilting last fall. So far I have only completed a couple of small, wall-hanging sized quilts. Although, I have just recently started piecing together my first attempt a queen sized quilt! We will see how it goes!

Wanda said...

I LOVE this book! I think it's probably one of the best books that's come out in a long time. I've been sewing/quilting for over 25 years and have finished several quilts (in various sizes) and have several flimsies waiting to be quilted. Thank you for this opportunity to have this wonderful book. I really hope to win but even if I don't I am going to see if I can get this book somehow.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I have been sewing for 6 years but more intense quilting for about a year now. I made 26 quilts last year :)

michelle523 said...

i started sewing in second grade circa 1990. I have sewed off and on since then. i made a baby doll quilt once and i make blankets now but never a full quilt. i bought a book on quilting but never have sat down to do it.

Becky said...

I've been sewing for about 1 1/2 yrs now. I've finished a couple of quilts but seem to have a few at the moment that don't want to get done! ;)

MachelleH said...

I have been sewing off and on since junior high. I have finished one lap quilt and have the top done for a second.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Phoebe said...

i've been sewing for 2 years now and have finished 6 quilts now - including one that was the backdrop for my wedding pictures last year! my goal is 10 this year- lots of friends with babies on the way! maybe this book would help me get there. . .

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

I made my first quilt when I was a senior in High School - I cut out a square paper template, pinned it to each piece of fabric and used a scissors to cut out each square. I still have that quilt.

About 9 years ago I started dating my husband and we would go to his parent's every Tuesday. His mom gave me a quilting lesson and made us dinner as I worked on my quilt. I haven't stopped since :)

Patty said...

I've been sewing for many many years, probably at least 50 years and yes I have finished many quilts and have lots of WIP!

Trudi said...

Love the look of Amy's book, such a clever lady! Me? Been sewing for as long as I could hold and thread a needle so somewhere nere to 40 years or so! Ooops, finished quilt, lots and lots, just love them, love making them, love giving them - what's not to love! Happy weekend!

Gretchen said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that I win a copy of this great book. I have been sewing for 10 years and have finished lots of quilts (but not nearly as many as I have started...)

deserae said...

I have been sewing for about a year and I have finished three quilts

A.J. Dub. said...

I have been sewing/quilting since last January-ish, I have only finished 2 strip quilt-as-you-go quilts but I will soon have a baby quilt quilted and bound! Very exciting.

I have been trying to win this book so maybe this will be my lucky comment. :) Thanks for the fun info about Amy!

Lindsay Conner said...

I have been sewing for about 4 years, and I've finished about 5 quilts (3 full-size, 2 little guys)!

Tanyia said...

I have been sewing for about a year now ... still timid! lol I finished my first quilt top about two weeks ago, I am trying to get brave enough to do the quilting!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the chance to win this amazing looking book! I have just started my own blog yesterday (quiltingwhimsy.blogspot.com) and am trying to get more involved in the blogging world.

I have been quilting/sewing/crafting since I was in junior high. My mom taught me to sew. I have made and completed many, many quilts over the past 15-odd years.

GabyLux said...

I have been sewing for about 4 years, and I've finished several quilts.
Greats from Luxembourg/Europe

prairiewhisper said...

It's crazy to think that I've been sewing for 20 years, since I'm really not that old (only 30). I learned from my Mom. Yes I've finished a few quilts. I'm currently working on 3 quilts, a queen size, and 2 lap quilts.

Heidi

Angela D. said...

I've been sewing off and on for over 30 years. My mom taught me and I would make doll clothes and small simple things. My first quilt was made with my mom- the colors matched my bedroom. Since then I've made lots of baby and lap quilts fir friends and family. I've never counted how many- I guess I should do that! This book looks really good and if I don't win I'll have to go buy it! I've seen lots of pretty quilts during this blog tour that i'd like to try.

VickiT said...

Amy's book looks just wonderful. I can't wait to have my own. I've been sewing since I was about 8 yrs old I'd guess when my Mom used to take me to the fabric store with her. I actually used to be given the old pattern books and the drawings of the individual pieces of each pattern piece in the back of the books back then were the perfect size to cut out and make clothes for my Barbie dolls.

I have made about 4 quilts so far, all baby quilts. They were all done with the same pattern from a wall hanging I adapted to make it larger for a baby sized quilt. These were all just basic square blocks with machine embroidery done on them. Now I want to move on to 'real' quilts with pieces other than a basic square which is why Amy's book looks perfect for me.

vburr at charter dot net

Bev said...

I've been sewing for years and years. I also learned in 4-H and from my mom. I sewed clothes and dolls and purses but took up quilting last year when I got laid off......it was my survival tool!!

Brynn said...

I took my first sewing lessons at the county extension when I was nine. I made a pretty sweet jumper. I have finished almost twenty quilts so far, with three more in varying stages of completion. If you have another baby, you just might get one too ;)

Ladybug said...

I've been quilting for 6 year and completed about 10 quilts. 4 of which have been queen sized.

janie said...

i have been teaching myself to quilt for 10yrs now and my first quilt took 6 years to complete. Each step along the way i needed to learn something new. i have now completed 8 ... and there is still soooo much to learn!! i love it !

LiahonaGirl said...

Hi. I've been sewing for about 50 years and made my first quilt about 45 years ago -- with a lot of help from my mom, who at 80 still binds all of my quilts. However, there were many years when my hobby of choice was decorative painting. It wasn't until about 1995 or so that I got back into quilts and fabrics and sewing in a big way -- and haven't looked back since.

Alex Duenkel said...

I started sewing when I was about 4 years old with my grandma, sho would let me stich in a hoop and would say "go up and down"... Then I took lessons when I was in fourth grade and have been sewing ever since. My mom probably taught me the most. She is amazing! And yes I have finished a quilt or two... just finished one this week. And have one more waiting for binding.
And hope to fishing piecing my postage stamp quilt soon.
Thanks for the chance to win... I love to read your blog.
~Alex

**nicke... said...

i have been sewing seriously since 2005. before then i was just pretending to sew... and quilts i think i have over 50 finishes...

Alicia said...

I have been sewing since high school, and I have finished tons of projects!

missknitta said...

I've been sewing for about 35 years and started quilting a little over a year ago. I've finished three bed-sized quilts and several smaller quilts. Thank you for participating in the blog tour and giving us this opportunity to win Amy's book!

Anita said...

I've been sewing since I was a kid and I haven't been a kid for a while... I've finished a lot of quilts. I think I currently have one quilt top complete and two quilts in progress. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this fun book.

lag123 said...

I have been sewing for 40 years but just started quilting about 4 years ago. My husband recently got me a longarm and I am so excited to be starting a new adventure with it.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Jennifer said...

This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

I have been sewing for about 2 years (although I did try here and there before that, but nothing serious), and I have finished a quilt, I think 4 so far. :)

Lucky Charms said...

In 15 years,I have finished 19 quilts, some hand sewn and quilted, and managed to save three for myself. The rest are given away with love.

margie c said...

Another awesome book to add to my list!
I've been sewing for a month now :) and I'm in the middle of sewing my first lap quilt! I still need to do the actual quilting, eeek!
Thanks for the chance!
hugs, margie

Mariliz said...

I have been sewing just about a year. I am binding my first quilt now.

LethargicLass said...

I have been sewing for almost a year now... and I have not yet finished a quilt. I am a handsewer so things take me awhile LOL

caitlindevlin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Em said...

I LEARNED to sew 20 or years ago when I was 10 or 12, but I really didn't do much sewing until my daughter was born 2 years ago. I have finished exactly ONE quilt. Yay!

Lisa said...

Well I have sewn small items since I was about 16. My Mom is an incredible seamstress and she taught me the basics of sewing. I have only quilted one wall hanging and some doll quilts, but I only began quilting in January of this year! I have practiced making several different kinds of blocks. I really like it. I am trying to decide what pattern will be my very first quilt, so I would love to win Amy's book.

Willing Heart said...

I have always had sew envy, but didn't gain my confidence until about a year ago. Following well written tutorials on the web, I have been able to learn many techniques and finish several cool projects. The bug bit me hard and now I have an outright obsession with fabric, patterns, and projects! I stitched my first quilt last year using every piece from Moda's Hunky Dory collection.

Colleen said...

I have been sewiong since I was five years old. I got a plastic red sewingbox for Christmas. I also used to go with my mom to Sears to learn how to use her new Kenmore.

Haylee said...

I have been sewing for about 2 years now. I'm far from perfect and probably will never have a perfect project. I just LOVE the feeling I get knowing that I created something. I have finished a few quilts and want to make one for my bed one of these days.

Magicaldamselfly said...

I have been quilting since I was just 14. I was placed in a foster home, now for some that might be awful but for me it was a Godsend. My foster mother taught me to quilt and so many more things and today when I get a quilt top done we get together at her house and spend a day quilting whatever tops she or I have finished. I can't think of a better place or way to spend a day. And I can not even begin to say how many quilts I have made but right this minute I have 14 tops stacked up ready to be done and when Spring hits and all chances of the kiddos being sick pass we will spend several weekends quilting these tops. Quilting has been my passion for many years.

Tiff Blakey said...

I've been sewing for almost 3 years. I put my first quilt to together about 6 months ago. I have not finished a quilt yet though. I'm kind of afraid of the quilt sandwich. :)

Sewn With Grace said...

I have been quilting for nearly 15 years. I have finished many quilts. I love the whole process of creating!

KatheG said...

I've been sewing off and on for many years and am back on in a big way. As for quilting (and the blogging world) I am a beginner. I have one completed quilt - picnic size - and a number of lap quilts and wall hangings I have done as gifts. I have two tops that need to be done but I don't know yet how I want to do them. The fact that this book is also geared to beginners is exciting and thank you for your info for letting me have a chance to win.
KatheGTN at aol dot come

countrygirl said...

Wow! Just found your blog off of a link on Fat Quarterly. Love it :) Also love the look of Amy's book. It's a must have for sure. I'm still what I call a beginnng quilter...I've been quilting for 3 years now and have completed 10 quilts. I look forward to following your blog!

Tracy said...

I've been quilting since 2000. I've made baby quilts, wall hangings and bed quilts. Each one becomes my new favorite! Thanks so much for the giveaway. I'd love to win this book!

lindaroo said...

I started hand sewing when I was 8 and learned to use a machine at 10. I've only been quilting @ 18 months, but I've finished 8 quilts, all lap size. I'm ready to tackle using a pattern and going for something bigger, and I think Amy's patterns would be just right for me!

grandmarockton said...

my grandma champlain taught me when I was 5; I've had good years where I finished 10 quilts and now I start more than I finish???!

MaMa said...

I've been sewing by hand since I was a kid, and have been using a machine for the last 9 years. I finished one quilt and would LOVE to try a quilt or two from this book. Thanks for hosting.
Lisa
mistyfuji *at* yahoo *dot* com

freespiritmusings said...

I've been sewing on and off since high school, but a friend of mine introduced me to quilting and I fell in love with it! I've finished seven quilts of various sizes (including two really big ones!) and at the moment have one ready for quilting, two completed quilt tops, one being cut and one set of fabric ready waiting for it's turn to be cut. I don't think I'll ever have enough quilts!

K8 said...

I learned how to sew when I was 10 maybe, but didn't really do much machine sewing until I was in grad school. Since then I've found quilting to be much more accessible, and have managed to finish 4 or so quilts! I'm definitely hooked :)

Deb said...

I've been sewing forever - if you count barbie clothes and the like, for more than 30 years! And I'm more of a quilter than a sewer - have finihsed many more than one! Deb

tmgrable said...

I have been sewing for 7 years and started by not being able to sew a straight line (and I was determined to make something I saw!) Now I do "custom" jobs and sew for a shop!

gill said...

I would love to win a copy of this book!
I've been quilting for about 10 years and sewing forever!!

Kristen said...

I learned to sew in high school, buy I didn't really start seriously sewing until 4 years ago. I have been quilting for 3 of those and finished 14 quilts!

Blu said...

I learned to sew in elementary but have been sewing sort-of-seriously for the last 3 years. I've only made one quilt and it's an atrocious flannel one. I've done some small patchwork stuff too.
I've been on the hunt for a good book that has patterns for beginner through more intermediate stuff and this one sounds like a excellent prospect!

Bente said...

Hi, I´ve been sewing patchwork since 1984, long before it was in here in Germany I always finish my quilts, either fast or slow, handquilting takes longer, much ☺
Hope to be the lucky winner.
Bente

James-Linda said...

THANKS FOR SHARING!
HAVE COMPLETED MANY BABY QUILTS FOR CHARITY!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Karen said...

I have been sewing since I was little. I have finished one quilt and the second is on its way!

Phoebe said...

I started sewing in 1978. But just in the last year made my first quilt. I would love this book!

Joan and Kevin said...

I have been sewing for 41 years. Yes, I have finished many quilts. I love to make quilts.

Linda said...

I have been sewing for 50 years! I started to sew in 7th grade home ec class. I have lost count of the number of quilts I have finished. I am so blessed.

Treasa said...

I learned to sew in high school but just in the last 6 years for quilting. I have made a couple of baby quilts and one lap sized quilt. I look forward to owning this book. I will definately add it to my collection.

Nanbon44 said...

I started sewing in Jr High some 40 0dd years ago,made my own clothes in high school, my first quilt at 20.. Hated hand stitching it and from then on Mom did all the quilting, I didn't quilt again until I moved home to take care of her while she was in Chemo therapy 4 years ago, we made our first and only quilt together, I made the top and she hand quilted it, mom made 4 to 8 quilts each year for charity. When she passed I took over her machines and they longed to once again make quilts for charity, I joined a group and the first year I made 7 quilts, the second year 14 quilts plus other sewn items. So far this year I have 8 quilts designed and cut out ready to sew for charity. I have three family quilts in the works as well as two for me and the second quilt that my mom and I started but it never got finished.

Kenna said...

I've been sewing forever....well not really but I remember my first sewing machine when I was 8 (it was green)! Granny was a seamstress and we all knew how to sew!

This year Ive finished only one quilt but last year I finished 11. I <3 quilting!!!

Kandy said...

Hello, I love entering giveaways! I've been a quilter for about 15 years & absolutely I've completed at least 20 quilts! I love hand applique & hand quilting...I love love it all LOL

Karen P. said...

I've been sewing for years, but just got into quilting within the last year. I've only quilted table runners & pillows, but have fabric & patterns for a quilt! Coming soon!

pojeda said...

I started quilting about 15 years ago and I have finished lots of quilts. I really love it! So relaxing!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.
pojeda@embarqmail.com

elsa said...

Hi!
I'm new to sewing... embroidery was my thing till the day I found quilting lol but i've been sewing for two years next september. I have made a few baby quilts since and am about to finish the top of a king size bed quilt.
hugs
elsa

Nancy said...

I have been quilting for 5 years and sewing for more than I can count! I just finished an Asian quilt that I gave to a special friend.

Quilter Bridget said...

I started sewing 5 years ago and have made over 100 quilts. Count me in on the giveaway :)

Jenniffier said...

The first quilt I made was 12 years ago. This will giveaway my age but it was for a friend at 18. However, I stopped for a while like 10 years to complete my BA, my teaching credential, and masters. Plus I was concentrating on that whole teaching thing. Since I started quilting again I have made 5 baby quilts in less than a year.

Laura said...

I learned how to sew when I was younger, but I just started quilting about a year and a half ago. I have finished four quilts.

ikkinlala said...

I've been sewing off and on for a couple of years but have never made a full-sized quilt (I've finished a baby quilt, though).

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

The interview was a great idea! :) Thanks for the chance!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

i was given my first 'toy'sewing machine at the age of eight and i used to make all my dolls clothes..by the time i was in my teens i was drafting my own dress patterns, great FUN!!
i discovered quilting in the 1990s [self taught] and my first attempt was a queen size log cabin which i handquilted...it was a labor of love LOL! It's still one of my fave quilt patterns..fun & versatile!

Thanks for the fabulous giveaway..Amy's quilts are a delight to behold..her designs are gorgeous and very inspiring!!

DianeY said...

Talk about dating someone! I've been sewing over 50 years, more clothing, but qulting in the last few years. So I've finished about 9 quilts in the recent era-I have done a few more over the years

Jessica said...

I've been sewing for almost a year, and I've finished five quilts so far, with several in the works!

Caty said...

YAY FOR AMY! How exciting to have her first book out!

I started quilting about 3 years ago off an on...made my first quilt as a gift for a friend's wedding and I've been addicted since! I've made 4 quilt tops but I've only finished 2 and I'm currently working on another quilt top to help my scrap stash! HAHA!

CherrySprinkle said...

I've been sewing solidly since 2007, I learned whe my dad passed as a way to keep my mind busy.. to date I have finished about a dozen quilts, I'm totally hooked!! Thank you for the chance to win :) the book looks really lovely!

MoeWest said...

I've been sewing since I was 12, but only quilting for about 3 years. I have finished a quilt. No UFO collection yet. Thanks for the chance to win Amy's book.

Henry said...

I started quilting when I retired in 2000. I have actually finished around 50 quilts during that time, baby to queen. Plus, many table runners and other small projects. (I only know because I take pictures only when completed.) I love quilting. My biggest project was a batik double wedding ring that I made for my son and daughter in law for their wedding last July. I seldom do my own 'quilting'. Love your site. Judy

Merete said...

I have been sewing for several years, wspecially the last two years. And I have finished several quilts.

Jansie said...

Love the new book!! I have been sewing since I was a teenager, with major breaks in between. I usually would just sew all my Halloween costumes. Until this past year when I got the sewing bug big time and now I sew all the time. I have not yet finished a quilt. I am actually working on my very first one!! I'm very excited to finish it. :) Congrats to Amy on a great book!

Debbie said...

Great interview and very good photos of the book, Amy! I have been sewing for over 40 years and I have many many quilts. Thanks for counting me in.

annette said...

Been sewing a L O N G time. made my first dress at 10 and haven't stopped. I've been quilting for about 6 years - LOVE it too. Made and finished quite a few - have a few UFOs too :) Would love to add a book of "quickie" quilts little pile.
Thanks for sharing.

Marcaritaville said...

I grew up a mother who was a HS Home-Ec teacher. She also had a fabric shop and made cusom weding gowns. I have been sewing since I was 7. I finished my first quilt when I was 10 for a 4-H fair to get judged. It was a log cabin... a VERY uneven logcabin! I haven't quilted in 20 years. And am just getting back into it. Winnign this woul give me a fabulous excuse to buy new fabric!

Marcia W. said...

There are so many quilts in this book that I would like to make. Please enter me into the drawing. My first article of clothing was at age 6/7 - very simple on sewing machine. 4-H was a wonderful way of learning more about sewing, as was help from grandmas, aunts, and my great mother.

J-me said...

I ahve been sewing for almost 2 years now, i started late, but thats okay better late then never!! and i have finished 2 quilts, my first one ever took me about a year to finish, from buying the fabric to the last hand quilted stich! the second one was a baby quilt, so it was a little faster. and of course I have like 4 in the works!!! haha.

Oboed@aol.com

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing your interview! Glad for the chance to win!

Miss Nancy said...

I have been sewing and stitching on and off for a long time. I have been into quilting for sixteen or seventeen years and have even finished a number of quilts and have several that need binding. Thank you for this great giveaway. Love your blog.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Cara said...

I already entered for this book over at Crazy Mom Quilts and did NOT win, so I'll give it another go with you Amy. I've been sewing since I was a teen - my mom taught me how to make my own dresses and such. I've completed one full size quilt and one small lap quilt. But I am planning 4 twin size quilts for all my kids' beds...so easy patterns would be helpful. Pick me! Pick me!

Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

I have been sewing for less than a year and just finished my first quilt.

ljeanne said...

I have been sewing for about 57 years. I learned to make doll clothes, my clothes, and after children, their clothes. Sewing has always been a big part of my life. I have finished a number of quilts.

midnight hysteria said...

been sewing for almost 43 years ... love it, love it, love it .... i sew for my grandchildren now, and, sometimes, for their moms and will sew a shirt for the hubs .... i have a wallhanging top i started 35 years ago and found it yesterday (just needs quilting to finish -- did we really *love* peach and green???) and am working on my first-to-quilt for a granddaughter .... love this book -- so many projects!

darlene

Inspiredbyfelix said...

This book looks fab - I've been sewing very sporadically for 30 of my 37 years, I would guess and my first proper quilt is underway and being blogged about right now :)

valerie boudier said...

Would love to win a copy of this book. I have been sewing for at least 50 years, quilting for 30 - I have finished a few quilts but have loads of UFOs

Mariel said...

I've only been sewing for about 2 years and my first project was a quilt for my son. I did finish it and he LOVES it. I would LOVE to make that beautiful squares quilt for my bed. This is a fantastic looking book!

Joy said...

The blog tour has been so much fun and terrific inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and to meet all of your talented ladies and gentleman.

Cami said...

I have been sewing for 31 years. I make quilts for friends and acquaintances when they have their first baby!! I've finished quilts for my own family too!!

Kari said...

9 years sewing. In my first month of sewing, I completed a quilt. That level of productivity has not stayed though. (And it was a small quilt, too.) I have finished many though I don't know what the exact number. I've set a goal to finish 5 this year.

A.S.K.-P. said...

Blog by Amy
Book by Amy
Winner=Amy?

It's destiny! :D *I HOPE!*

smurfy4ever@yahoo.com

Diane said...

Yes I have been busy quilting for at least 15 years with breaks for other life activities! I have finished at least 50 quilts and lots more started. I love this book and hope I am the lucky one to win it!

Evelene Sterling said...

I have been sewing since I learned in junior high school at l4yrs-such a long time ago:-) and the first quilt I made was a nine patch baby quilt. It was sew much fun and once I began I was hooked on quilts.

Linda said...

I have been sewing for more than 54 years! I'm 64 and made a dress for myself when I was 10, but sewed other little things before then...8-)

My mother and I made my sister a quilt, and finished it, in 1974.

Thanks for the chance to win one of Amy's great books.

Clothed in Scarlet said...

Yay! a give away! A chance to win a copy of this book is great. So here we go...I took sewing in high school more than 30 yrs ago. I never did anything with it until about a year and half ago when I started learning to quilt. It's been slow going for me because I'm just that way :0) but I've completed a quilt for my oldest daughter for her birthday and baby quilt for my middle daughter to use for a gift. So I'm on my way! :0) Thanks,Sarah

Eleanor said...

I have been sewing on and off since I was 10, so about 30 years. I have finished 6 quilts. I like it more, the more I make and learn.

Barb said...

Fifty + years! I started with cross stitch on checked gingham aprons. I've finished a couple of quilts :D

Suzanne said...

It's so nice to meet Amy through you.

Bec Clarke said...

Wow I love the look of that book.
I have been sewing since I was 11 so that would be nearly 26 years. I have finished quite a few quilts too and still love every one of them.

Quiltjane said...

I have been sewing since I was a wee lass. Thanks for the giveaway. I love your blog.

webmailaddress2 said...

I've been sewing and quilting for about a year now, and I've finished 2 lap/small bed sized quilts and a few mug rugs.

Great questions! Thanks for the giveaway!

vickilw said...

Mum bought me my first sewing machine at 12 years old. Self taught as mum didn't know anyting about sewing at all. I have been quilting now for 10 years and have made at least six full size quilts. Thanks for this opportunity Regards Vicki

Katie B. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been sewing for about a year and a half, and I've finished about 20 quilts.

Deb said...

I have been sewing since I was a teenager, but have only finished quilts recently.

Kristal said...

I started sewing when I was young - maybe eight. That would be 40 years ago. I have finished a few quilts, but have many more UFOs.

Dianne said...

I've been sewing off and on since I was little, so it's probably like 35 years (ulp!) ... I've just recently started quilting, though, so the only quilt I've finished is a todder-bed size rag quilt for my little girl.

scottylover said...

Hi! I saw this book today at my LQS and SOOOO want it! I started quilting 19 years ago to finish a quilt my mom had started. I finished it for my nephew and he turned 18 in Sept. That's how I know how long! :) I have finished several baby quilts and one queen size quilt which now belongs to a friend. It was her wedding present.

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sandy A

Jodi said...

I did my first sewing under my mothers guidance as a young girl of about 7 or 8. I have just gotten back into it and got my first sewing machine and am loving it.
I started my first quilt late last year with a workshop day with the fiber arts group my mum, sister and I go to (not a guild just a group of ladies that like to gather together twice a month and try new things and share our love of stitching and our lives). I haven't finished the quilt yet. It is hand pieced and a work in progress but I am working on it. I am hoping to finish it for my daughters first bithday in August.

inkstitch said...

I love Amy's site and I am happy to have found yours! Thank you for hosting the giveaway. I have been sewing since I was a child and I have finished multiple quilts. Thanks!

Denice
www.inkstitch.net

matate10 said...

I've been sewing for nearly 50 years, making quilts' since the 'turn of the century' and have finished more quilts than I can count. I have probably quilted close 500 quilts. I would hate to count my UFO's

Mary Ann

Katie said...

I learned to sew as a kid, on my mom's old green machine. She did lots of sewing when I was young--made lots of dresses for me, and later made one quilt--for me! I finished my first quilt a few months ago, and have 4 more in progress! Thanks for the chance to win!
ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I love seeing all your posts lately. :-) I've been sewing seriously for a few years...I learned to sew when I was in the 3rd grade. I made my first quilt last year.

When you make that "1,2,3!" quilt let me know, maybe we can do it together. :-) Is it a jelly roll quilt?

Deonn said...

Thanks for the chance to win Amy's book. I grew up under quilting frames. I helped my mother tie my first quilt when I was 8 years old (1967), and helped my grandmother hand-quilt whole-cloth tricot quilts when I was a teenager. My wedding quilt was the last she ever made. And when my mother passed away in 1999, My sisters and I found a bag of log cabin blocks and fabrics that she had just started. I brought it home and finished the quilt for my Dad that following Christmas. I was hooked. Then I made my daughters sign up for a block of the month at our local quilt store. That was seven years ago. I haven't actually counted how many quilts I've made, but this is a good motivator just to see. I do know how many UFOs I have yet to make... too many!

Kate said...

I've been sewing since I was a girl and quilting for a while. Amy's book looks great!
thanks for the chance to win her book- I already see some projects in the making!

bethanndodd said...

Oh how I love Amy's blog and her book looks so fun! I bought my first sewing machine less than 3 years ago. I have finished a dozen quilts and have 5 in the works right now.
Thanks!

Nicole said...

I've been sewing obsessively for almost two years. (Before that it was very sporadic.) I've finished a lot of quilts in the last two years. That's my favorite part!

Sylvia said...

I have been sewing since I was a kid (doll clothes etc.) and have been making quilts for 25 years... so I'm afraid I don't know how many quilts I have finished a LOT. But I would really love to win this book for my daughter who has just gotten turned on to making quilts. Thanks

Brie Henri said...

I LOVE blog hops...you wanna know why...? Because I get to meet awesome people like you!

BTW I am very excited about this giveaway!

Heather H said...

I have been sewing since childhood & quilting for eleven or twelve years. Have completed lots of quilts but have lost my "steam" in the past few years. Amy's book is the first book in that time to really peak my interest & I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

patticakes said...

I have been sewing for about forty (yikes!) years and I have started more quilts than I have finished. But, I am getting around to finishing more.
Thanks for the chance at the drawing!

Susie Quilter said...

I've been making quilts for about 20 years and am truly addicted. I sure hope I win your book, it looks just great!.
Susan
sgardner@madras.net

Rosemary P. said...

Been sewing since 7 as a 4-Her. Just starting quilting a year ago. Looks like a great book!

dooddles said...

I have been sewing since 7th grade home-ec class... So let's see... That puts me sewing for about 24 years now. I taught myself how to quilt about 10 years back or so. Would love a copy of this book! It's definitely going on my must-get book list. Thanks for the chance! :o)

Phyllis said...

I have been sewing for about 5 years and have made about 10 quilts. Thanks to you and Amy for the book giveaway.

Nancy D. said...

I can't remember exactly when I started sewing. It was before 1980 though. After that I can remember I took a home-ec class in 7th grade and have sewn off an on since then. I stopped for several years and started up pretty regularly with quilts/blankets and such about 3 years ago. I enjoy all the creativity that's on the web now. It's all such an inspiration just like Amy's book. I would love to win in!

rubyru_rubyru said...

I have sewn since I was 16, but started quilting a year last christmas for my first grandchild. And that was it, I was hooked, I love quilting and learning new techniques. Amy's book looks amazing, I really hope to win! Thank you

Allison said...

I have been quilting for 3 years and have finished several quilts.

WandaFish said...

Hi, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Amy's great looking book!
I've only been sewing about 6 months and have made one baby quilt and some clothes. I have so many plans and projects waiting, which now include a couple of Amy's quilts :)

Andi said...

Well ... I've been sewing for over 30 years (Gasp ... am I THAT old?) and have finished a few more than 1 quilt.
Andi x

jack said...

I have been sewing since the sewing class in junior high we were required to take. Didn't get my very own sewing machine til my 20's though. Still have her even after 20 some odd years. I have completed a few quilts and have a couple more tops that need to be quilted. Thanks for the chance to win this cool book. maxthebull@hotmail.com

Kelly Irene said...

Thanks for the interview...I think finishing a quilt is my least favorite part! ha! I'm not very patient when it comes to hand sewing the binding.
I learned to sew many years ago, but I have been sewing consistently for the last three years. I have completed one quilt, one quilt top, and have another quilt top that needs to be sewn together. The last two are fairly large (not baby sized), and I'm a little intimidated to try to do the quilting on my machine....plus I need a new walking foot.
This book looks like it could provide lots of inspiration for the next quilt!

Stormy Days said...

Wow, I've been sewing since I was about 5, my grandmother taught me. I started seriously quilting about a year and half ago and this bug has me bad. I've finished about 30 quilts maybe more. No time to count, just keep going.

Lisa Marie said...

I originally learned to sew in home-ec class, back when everyone had to take that. I have finished plenty of quilts, though not as many as I want to!

janshman said...

This book looks fantastic! I would love to win it.

janshman@hotmail.com

Mom of 3 said...

I've been sewing on and off for 10 years and have finished 6 quilts, and recently sold my first!

Deborah A said...

Like her I started sewing in 4-H, I was probably 9 and my mom was one of the leaders. Mom taught me the ins and outs of finishing a project properly and due to that I have won many a red ribbon. I have been in a Quilt guild for 1 year and yes indeed I have completed a quilt or two.

Crys said...

I've been sewing for 25ish years, since I was about 7 and my mom hovered over my shoulder telling me to not run over my fingers (I never did!). And yes, have finished lots of quilts, just not anything really recent due to little kiddos and very limited sewing time.

Lori Kay said...

Oh gosh, I have been sewing for about 40 years - what a shocking number! I never did the math before! I have finished many quilts and have many more quilts I want to make. The book looks great and thanks for the giveaway.

CJ said...

Wow, how long have I been sewing... a rough guess would be since I was about 11 years old or so. Junior high home-ec was the 'official' start although I'm sure I sewed something with my mom (who sewed EVERYTHING!) before then. I took home-ec from 7th grade all the way through high school. So just over 40 years. Yes, I have finished a quilt, a few of them actually since I started sewing again in 2008.

All8 said...

I've sewn for a long time. Made plenty of quilt tops, but I seem to have a problem finishing them. It's as if the thrill is gone after the top is done....

Thanks for the opportunity. I'm loving the knotted squares pattern.

Jerusha Beckstead said...

I have been sewing for what seems a million years. I started probably around 8, and I am still sewing at 34. I have finished many quilts and those of Amy's look like they would be so much fun.
jjbeckstead@msn.com

Lee Ann said...

I've been sewing on and off since 1997. Thank you for the chance to win!

Sallie said...

I started sewing 45 years ago on my grandmother's sewing maching making Barbie clothes. They were pathetic, but I enjoyed it. I've been quilting 18 years, and I've finished many quilts. I've made baby to king-size quilts. Thanks for the chance to win Amy's book!

Shannon said...

Hi there....thanks for this awesome giveaway! I've been sewing on and off for a year, but just picked up quilting. Does finishing a rag quilt count?? :o) I have started a couple of regular quilts, but haven't finished. I'm in fact a bit intimidated, but I have a grat mother-in-law who is going to teach me some quilting skills. :o)

June said...

I have been sewing since I was a little girl, but didn't fall in love with it until I was out of college and my mother gave me her "too complicated sewing machine." She liked her featherweight machine, thank you! So I've probably been sewing for 30 some years.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Kristin said...

I have been sewing for around 5 years but really sporadially since I have 3 small children. I have finished 3 crib size quilts and I am still working on a twin 100 prayers quilt for my daughter. I hoped to have it done before April but I don't see that happening anymore. But, it will get done and that is the most important thing. Thankfully she is still in her crib so I have time.

Pam said...

I have been sewing over 40 years ...quilting about 20. In that time I hve completed many quilts ...mostly lap size but a few bed size too.

Lynnette said...

I've been sewing since high school but just started quilting about 8 years ago. While I have a HUGE stash, many WIPs, and over a dozen quilt tops I have only 2 completed quilts!!
nettecan at hotmail dot com

Terri Gullette said...

Your book looks fantastic, I would love to win a copy. I've been sewing for over 30 years, quilting for 8 and I've finished a few quilts and started way too many to count!

Cecilia said...

I've been quilting for about 3 1/2 years now. My first quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted, I gave this to my first granddaughter. Since then I've made quite a few more. Thanks for a chance to win.

Deb said...

I've been sewing about 4 years and have enjoyed it so much! Yes, I made a quilt for my son for Christmas and am ready to quilt and bind one for ME this week!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I've been sewing for about 8 years. I finished 3 quilt (one hand quilted), 1 pillow case, 2 bags, 2 mug rugs, and many quilt tops.

Deb said...

I probably started sewing in school when forced to take the home ec class, and I hated it! I learned how to quilt from my MIL and her mother in 1999 and have been hooked ever since. I would guess I've made more than 100 items since that time. A wide range if items, bags, table runner, place mats, table toppers, baby, twin, full, queen and king quilts and probably more. I gave away seven throws just as Christmas gifts this last year, and probably average 12-15 throws to queen size quilts in a year. thanks for the chance to win the book, I'd love to make some of those quilts.

Jen O said...

I've been sewing for *gasp* almost 30 years. I also learned to sew through 4-H and my mom and two older sisters. I've finished a few quilts in the last couple of years since I'm now a SAHM and can sew during naps. :-)

Beth said...

I took a home ec class in 8th grade--1978 (agh! so long ago!)--but was an impatient sewer and never took the time to learn from my mother. I really regret that now, but imagine she is shocked and pleased to see what a patient, devoted quilter I have been since making my first quilt in 2003. I've made many quilts since then, and have dreamed up many more. Seeing Amy's book previews, I'm already imagining the quilts I would make from her patterns.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

MG said...

My mom taught me how to sew--probably around age 10 and I'm 40-something now. ;-) I sewed off and on with a huge break in my 20s-30s. I have finished 6 quilts over 12 years--with the sixth one being finished just hours ago!

ktquilts said...

I first learned to sew on junior high home ec. I didn't really enjoy it until I was in my thirties...now it is a passion! Not telling how old I am now!!!

Karen said...

I learnt to sew in primary school (aged 8 maybe) and always enjoyed it. I even chose the subject in high school but it wasn't until I went to a quilt making class that I had found what I had been looking for. That was in 1998. I have a nice range of finished quilts which we use on our beds.

Shannon said...

I have been sewing for over 20 years. I have only been quilting for about 10 months. I love it. I have finished 5 quilts. Thank you for the cool idea for a comment!

momma said...

I started sewing last year, and took my first quilt class this January, so I'm cry new to this, I have completed two lap quilts, a mini quilt, and have a WIP for my daughter. Already joined the local guild, I'm loving it.
Mommapuddingatgmaildotcom

Carol in E TN said...

I took Home Ec in 8th and 9th grade and loved the sewing part,although my teacher was really picky! Then after I was married I got my first sewing machine and started making clothes. I hated the fitting part but loved fabric. In the 80's I decided to sew quilts and love it! I like all the parts of quilting to picking out the pattern and fabric to sewing down the binding.

Ducks and Rabbits said...

I've been sewing for about 2 years and have completed 2 baby quilts. I've started a twin bed quilt but it's been taking me a while!

Julie in WA said...

"simple sophisticated quilt designs"...that is the best description yet for this book of quilts! I've been sewing for nearly 40 years, starting with pink flannel pajamas and developing into a quilter nearly 20 years ago. I do have a couple finished quilts; I have far more tops that need to be sandwiched and quilted! I'm working on that...

Jill said...

I have been sewing since I was in junior high and never have stopped. I started quilting 10 years ago and stopped making clothes, but have not stopped making quilts. It is an addiction.

Tamar said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I just started quilting last winter when we had a big snow storm and I was stuck in the house for three weeks. Since then I've finished 14 quilts, many of which were gifts or donations.

Jen said...

I've been sewing about 2 years. That's when I decided to learn to make quilts. I've finished several, too many to count and now I'm officially addicted! This book is on my wish list.

julia m said...

I learned to sew when I was 5 -- I had a dress with patch pockets that kept falling off and had to be sewn back on. I've never finished a quilt but I have one that just needs binding before it is done.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Oh my, I was 11 years old when I started making my clothes. Thanks to my Mom that let me pick out my pattern, fabric and let me go at it. Well that makes it 45 years ago I started this fun adventure. Completed 3 baby quilts this month. Love the book and a big thank you for a chance to win.

2miracles/Tove said...

i have been sewing forever my mom could never keep awy form her machine, she finally tuahgt me at about 7 how to ssew a straight seam for fear if she didn't I'd break her machine!
As for finishing quilts, lots!!!!! My latest completely finihsed one was in the fall for a Wedding. I have several tops completed and one half done.!

Diana said...

I too learned to sew through 4-H, starting at age 9. I quit for several years during my busy career years and jumped back in about 6 years ago. I have pieced a quilt and a table runner with my mom, but she did the quilting. My mom has 5 daughters and I am the only one who sews, I love having this time with her.

Kelly Rachel said...

Ooh a question - cool!
I've been sewing for about 2 and a bit years and I've finished several quilts, but only JUST finished one that I'm keeping for myself! I kept giving them all away! I have 3 other quilts on the go - yep, all for me! Now I'm getting greedy!

Cassie said...

I've been sewing for about 3 years now, and have finished... 2 quilts sadly. :( But I have finished small little projects that aren't quilts but are quilted... and have started many tops and finished the tops just haven't finished the quilting part. :)

tusen said...

I've been sewing for about 4 months and yesterday I finished my first quilt (baby size, I guess), I also have a twin size top ready and another one in the making.
You've had a great idea to ask us this question - we can see how varied a group we are in terms of experience in sewing ;)

Cathy said...

HI:

I have been quilting since I was about 26 years old and have made countless quilts and quilty stuff. I even sold a few that were commissioned by friends. My mom and gram taught me to sew and a very early age and we always made all our own clothes, but, when I saw a quilt I got the bug and now make mostly quilts and stuff. I do sometimes make outfits for my granddaughter.
I would love to win the give away and hope you choose me.

cathy

cathy said...

I have been quilting for 17 years and have finished many quilts

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