Modern Basics

What Kind of Shopper Are You?

Posted on November 23rd, by Amy in Modern Basics. 7 comments

When holiday shopping do you —

frequent the Black Friday sales? 

shop the week before Christmas?

make all your gifts handmade?


slowly gather gifts over the course of months?


I am kinda a collection of all these!  I always have the best intentions of starting early, making some and buying others as they are on sale.  But I usually end up the week before, with half my list yet to be completed or purchased.  If your inbox is anything like mine, then you’ve had an onslaught of emails this week with all the great deals starting on Friday.  I just want to highlight this one for you –

This amazing sale over at Martingale for the whole weekend!  Even Modern Basics will be 50% off!  Get … Read More »

Salt Lake Area – Quilt Retreat

Posted on November 10th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 4 comments

For those of you that are local to the Salt Lake area – check out this fun retreat coming up this month!  I’ll be sharing my quilts in a trunk show on Friday – you should come!


If you need some time away before the rush of the Holidays to work and finish your loved ones handmade gifts or just want to Quilt, then join me and bring a friend to the Quilt Retreat this: November 18th and 19th. The retreat will be located at the beautiful Ivory Ridge Swim and Tennis Club in Lehi, Utah.


All you need to bring: Your Projects, Supplies and Machine!


Quilt Retreat Itinerary


Friday, November 18th                                             Saturday, November 19th

9:30am – 10:30am  Registration               … Read More »

Modern Basics Trunk Show

Posted on September 5th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 2 comments

Hi there!  I hope you all had a great weekend, and an extra day off for many of you!  It’s been a nice weekend here – no sewing though.  Maybe next week!

I wanted to share about where YOU can see my quilts this month:

Country Stitches in Lansing, Michigan has 5 quilts from Modern Basics, and lots of books for purchase!


Neal’s Vacuum & Sewing Center in  Muscatine, Iowa also has 5 quilts from Modern Basics, and the book will be on sale for $19.99 for this month!

Check out their site’s and let me know if you go visit!


PS – if you are a shop owner and would love to have my quilts visit your shop – email me!  I’ll get the details to you … Read More »

Modern Basics – Back in Stock!

Posted on June 8th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 9 comments

Hi friends!  Modern Basics is back in stock and you can get your autographed copy, right here via paypal.

About Modern Basics:

Love the idea of quilting but limited by time and resources? Oh, and the fact that you barely know how to sew? Here’s the answer! With bright, modern prints and simple patterns, Amy Ellis eases new quilters into a lifelong creative adventure. Simple instructions guide you at every step, from cutting and piecing to finishing your fabulous first quilt.

Choose from 14 striking designs; each is made from just one block
Create beautiful blocks that showcase fun, contemporary fabrics
Find great tips for squeezing creativity into your busy life

Just click the button and leave me a note for who to sign it to, and I will ship it off to you right away!
On Sale for $19.99 + Domestic Shipping

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Posted on May 16th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival, Modern Basics. 16 comments

Oh my goodness!  How many of the quilts have you had a chance to look through?  I know some of you were flustered on Friday with the blogger outage, hopefully everything has been restored for you!  It made me glad that I had moved to a wordpress blog – because I did not need one more thing to stress about last week!  I need to catch up with hundreds of emails, and begin processing my Market experience.  Such an overload of quilting people and friends, and networking opportunities for The Sewing Summit!

Here’s a quick picture from my schoolhouse – which went great – thankfully!  Never mind my funny face, I’m talking.

I had so much fun talking with anyone and everyone about Modern Basics!   This is me signing books for people waiting … Read More »

More Preparations for Quilt Market

Posted on May 4th, by Amy in Modern Basics, sewing. 13 comments

In preparing for my first Market experience, and promoting Modern Basics, I’ve got a few things to get together this week!

Monday afternoon I picked up my quilts that had been hanging at Seasons of Home last month.  Then yesterday I added all the labels and sewed two sleeves, for the quilt that will be hanging in Martingale’s booth (#1200).  I’ll finish the hand-stitching over the course of the next few evenings.  I even packed the ready quilts into suitcases, so I don’t have to refold, or take the time to do it later!  Why do it later, when I can do it now?

If you will be at Market my scheduled events include:

Thursday Schoolhouse – 4:20pm

Saturday Book Signing – 10:00am

Sunday Book Signing – 10:00am

Beyond that…tweet … Read More »

Six thousand, five hundred, and fifty-one!

Posted on May 3rd, by Amy in Modern Basics. 28 comments

What does that number mean?

The number of times, I tell my kids to stop running in the house each week?


The number of times I leave my house over the course of the month, as I go to and from school?


It’s the number of copies of my book that sold in the first two months!!

A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to those of you that have already bought books and have sought them out in your local communities. I am so grateful to be a part of this supportive community!

If you haven’t gotten your copy of Modern Basics yet I have a couple signed copies available here, or ask your local quilt shop to get it in stock!  My local shop, Seasons of … Read More »

Posie Patch – All Gussied Up!

Posted on April 25th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 3 comments

I hope you had a great Easter weekend!  We enjoyed time with family and friends, and were blessed!

I also, took a bit of time to get my quilt “Posie Patch”, from the cover of my book, ready to hang at the Home Machine Quilt Show (HMQS) in a couple weeks.  If you are local to Salt Lake, and have a bit of free time – you should visit!  (There’s a $1 off coupon for admission on their site too.)

I added a quilt sleeve (my first!) to the back.

And installed the first of my labels!

I used Steam a Seam to quickly added it to the back.

And now, it’s all set!  HMQS is May 5-7, at South Towne Expo Center.  Seasons of Home will be there with new … Read More »

Quilt Labels!

Posted on April 21st, by Amy in Modern Basics. 27 comments

After procrastinating and researching label options for all the quilts in my book, I decided to go to Spoonflower!  When I was originally making the quilts, I wasn’t able to label them, as the title of my book wasn’t confirmed.  So I sent them off to Martingale with no permanent labels.  Now with Market around the corner, labels are necessary!

These will be getting some fusible webbing over the weekend and attached to the appropriate quilt.

I will definitely be going back to print more labels in the future.  Simple and great looking!

Happy Quilting ~


The Quilting Book Club

Posted on April 19th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 8 comments

Recently, I was contacted by Shawna at 1 Choice 4 Quilting, about making quilts as a group from Modern Basics.  What a great idea!

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Click the graphic to find out how to get involved!

There is no cost to participate, just get a book and find the fabrics that you want to use, or grab a kit here! The Quilt Book Club will use one book for 4-6 months, each month will be a new pattern, and you are welcome to join for just one month, or make one every month!  It’s up to you!

Shawna has a flickr group set up to show off your quilts in progress, and learn from each other as you sew.  Of course, since the group is starting with Modern Basics, I will be checking in … Read More »

Trunk Show Weekend & a Winner!

Posted on April 11th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 17 comments

Hi there!  I hope you all had a great weekend, with spring break this week, ours has been very relaxed!

Saturday afternoon, I spent at Seasons of Home, meeting and chatting with fellow quilters, and fabric lovers.  It was fun!

Natalia took a few pictures for us:

I’m talking in all these, so my expressions are pretty funny!

It was great to show off the quilts again!

Questions and answers about the quilts and how I ended up writing a book.

There were more quilts hanging around the shop too :

The shop is in a historic home, and a tight fit!


The winner of the Sponsor Giveaway, last week:

Helen doesn’t have a blog, … Read More »

Trunk Show & Book Signing – This Saturday

Posted on April 5th, by Amy in Modern Basics. 8 comments

Need an outing this weekend?

This Saturday,  my local quilt shop is hosting an open house and book signing event!  You should come, I would love to meet you in person!

I was at the shop yesterday and was able to see my quilts hanging – they are so cheery.  I will have all of the quilts in the book, and more, so you will be able to view them all.  And Seasons of Home has a number of copies of my book available, or if you already have one, I can sign it there.


Saturday – April 9th, 2-5pm

Seasons of Home

6 South 200 West
Midway, UT 84049

I hope you will join in the fun!



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