9 ways with big quilt blocks: a cozy home quick! (+ giveaway)

New-release day: Think Big

Filmstrip quilt and pillowDo you love surrounding yourself with all things quilty—pieces that add a cozy vibe to your home while showing off your creativity too?

Enhancing her home with quilted treasures is one of best-selling author Amy Ellis’s passions. In her new book Think Big, she shares her secret for warming up stark spaces with quilts of all sizes—and for sewing them in a jiffy.

So how does she do it? With large quilt blocks that will adapt to any area you want to enhance with a quilt. Amy’s 10 big block designs—18″ big, to be exact—act as a base for creating a bounty of coordinating projects:

• 1-block table toppers
• 1-block pillows
• 3- to 6-block table runners
• 3- to 6-block bed runners
• 9-block baby quilts
• 12-block throws
• 20-block twin quilts
• 25-block queen quilts
• 30-block king quilts

Sew just one project for a space that needs a little sprucing up, or make a coordinating set of projects to bring an entire room together.

But wait, there’s more…a very special wow factor in Think Big that had everyone at Fall Quilt Market buzzing. It’s the failsafe yardage and cutting charts that take away (far away) all the math hassles that typically go along with switching sizes.

Amy’s here as a guest blogger today to tell us more. Welcome back, Amy!


Amy EllisI’m so proud of the books I’ve written with Martingale, and I always love getting emails with pictures of your quilts made from patterns included in my books!

I’ve gotten plenty of emails with questions about resizing quilts to fit the size project that you want to make. My goal in writing Think Big is to inspire you to be creative and make unique quilts that suit your needs, whether it’s for your bed, for your dining-room table, or for a gift to be given.

Mod Pod pillow and runner
Transform this “Mod Pod” block into a pillow, runner, or a quilt in the size of your choice—Amy’s charts make it easy.

I wanted to include as many options as possible so that you could easily make the quilt that you want to make. Sorting out how to share those options was a bit of a challenge, but in the end I came up with some handy charts to give you the freedom to create.

Cutting chart from Think Big
Example of cutting chart from
Think Big

Knowing that not everyone loves quilt math as much as I do, my goal was to simplify the process for you as much as possible. I know some of you looking at the chart above might be slightly overwhelmed, but it really is quite simple!

Connections quilt and pillow
“Connections” quilt and pillow

Make just one block or make 30—I walk you through the math to determine your cutting plan. Most of the information you need is already filled in. Your only decision to make is how many blocks to sew and which fabrics to use. Make those choices, write your answers on the spaces provided in the charts, and you will be piecing (or fabric shopping) in no time!

Pillows from Think Big
Amy’s “Pillow Primer” includes step-by-step instructions for finishing a pillow two ways: with and without a zipper and binding.

Since all the blocks in Think Big are 18″, they add up to a quilt fast! There are projects for the beginner and for the more advanced quilter. I hope you will “think big” and find your perfect project soon!


Think BigThanks for sharing your new book with us, Amy!

Which room in your home might inspire you to “think big” right now? Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of the Think Big eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Pick up your copy of Think Big at your friendly neighborhood quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

Print book: $24.99 (includes free eBook)

eBook: $16.99

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Vicki, who says:

“I would like to think big for the family room in the basement. The book looks great.”

Vicki, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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