Modern quilts from traditional quilt patterns: a new family legacy (+ giveaway!)

If you’re like many quilters, you’re on the lookout for quilts that seamlessly blend traditional beauty and modern flair. Look no further! In her latest book, popular author Amy Ellis stitches together the two styles to create quilts that are both fresh and timeless.
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Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis

Let Amy introduce you to her favorite traditional quilt blocks in her latest book, Modern Heritage Quilts. Then watch as she transitions them into made-for-today treasures, ensuring that the next generation will become quilt lovers too.

If you know Amy from her previous books, you know that creating tomorrow’s heirloom quilts will be precise, stress free, and fun. She’s here today as a guest writer at Stitch This! to tell us more about her new book. Welcome, Amy!

Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every GenerationAmy-Ellis is about celebrating the quilts we make as a labor of love. Quilts become part of our family, or a part of the family to whom a quilt is gifted, for a long time to come.

In Modern Heritage Quilts I’ve taken traditional blocks that have been around for decades—even centuries in some cases—and updated them with today’s fabrics and layouts. My goal is to encourage quilters everywhere to try something new. And maybe even entice the next generation in your family to start their own quilting journey!
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The Comfort Quilt

In some quilts the blocks are much larger than you’ve seen them before; in other quilts I set just a few blocks against a solid background, allowing the quilting to shine.
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I didn’t use specific fabric collections in Modern Heritage Quilts. Instead, I mixed and matched from my stash to make fun and scrappy quilts. Scrappy quilts always seem to be my favorites! I included step-by-step instructions for making each quilt, but I also included instructions for making one block at a time, so that you can make single blocks without cutting fabric for an entire quilt. My goal is to give you lots of options so you can sew whenever you feel inspired.
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The Wedding Quilt

Throughout the book I ask many of my quilting friends, “What makes a scrap quilt successful?” It’s fun to read their responses. Everyone follows a different path to success, but in the end it’s all about the love we put into each stitch.

I can’t wait to see what you make from Modern Heritage Quilts, and I hope your family loves the heritage that you are passing down to them.

Thanks for sharing your latest book with us, Amy!

Who would you make a modern-heritage quilt for: a family member, a friend, a special organization or group? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Modern Heritage Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.



Don’t miss Amy’s Block of the Month quilt-along featuring blocks from Modern Heritage Quilts! Ask your local shop for details or visit Amy’s Facebook group to join her QAL online.

UPDATE 7/21/16: Amy has details about her Modern Heritage Quilts Block-of-the-Month Quilt-Along on her website! Go here to get started.


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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners is Susan, who says:

“I would love to make a modern heritage quilt for my daughter and daughter-in-law. They would both love the designs in this book.”

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








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