When I was working on Stitch Savvy, there were a few hairy moments. The book has 25 projects, and I had one week to shoot ALL the step-by-step photos for the lessons. At one point, we simply had to call in reinforcements to prep some of the pieces behind the scenes before bringing them into the photos–and Kelly Biscopink saved the day. She’s skilled and smart and has a keen eye for detail, and she was willing to come in and stitch a zillion little squares together in the background so that we could get the work done in time. Naturally, when I heard that Kelly had written a book of her own, I was beyond thrilled–nothing in the world makes me quite as happy as knowing that someone I like and admire has something good coming their way!
Kelly’s book is Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, and it is just delightful. Written with Andie Johnson, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting at Quilt Market this year, and who is every inch as talented and lovely as Kelly, the book is pretty and colorful and creative and full of great tips and great designs for a dozen quilts that are based on classic designs but lead you as the quilter in a modern direction. These ladies are so smart and so warm and so invested in what they do that it comes across in every word on every page, and it leads to a book that’s a real pleasure.
The patterns include some of the most classic of all quilts: postage stamp, coin, flying geese, log cabin, spider web, and Dresden plate.
The photos are just lovely, the fabric selection is inspiring, and the writing is so very accessible. I love the way both Kelly and Andie make it clear how to create each quilt and give the reader the confidence to dive in and be bold. My kind of book!
There is a thorough techniques section, making this a good book for beginners, but the templates and designs that are included mean that even an intermediate-level quilter will find plenty in this book to love!
I think my favorite is this one, which is begging to be made from the mountain of scraps I have hovering about my studio:
Not only are Kelly and Andie generous with their time and talents, but they have very graciously sent along a copy of the book for me to giveaway to you! These ladies have written something really lovely, a book that you’ll be able to reference over and over, with plenty of eye candy to get you to look at your stash in a new way and make some quilts that you and your family can snuggle under and treasure.
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One entry per person, international entries welcome.
Giveaway closes Monday, November 19 at noon. Winner will be announce the same day!
Follow the rest of the Modern Designs for Classic Quilts blog tour for more inside peeks and chances to win!
Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Lindsay, CraftBuds)Wed., Nov. 7 (Jill, Darling Jill Quilts)Thursday, Nov. 8 (Faith, Fresh Lemons)Friday, Nov. 9 (Tracy, Generation Q)Saturday, Nov. 10 (Angela, Quilting is my Therapy)Sunday, Nov. 11 (Shannon, Stitch Craft Create)Monday, Nov. 12 (Laurie, Scarlet Fig)Tuesday, Nov. 13 (Lindsay, The Cottage Mama)Wed., Nov. 14 (Jessica, A Little Gray)Thursday, Nov. 15 (Mary, The Tulip Patch)Friday, Nov. 16 (right here!)Saturday, Nov. 17 (Kaysie, KZJo’s Studio)Sunday, Nov. 18 (Jenny, Sew Kind of Wonderful)Monday, Nov. 19 (Carla, LollyQuiltz)Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Thomas, Thomas Knauer Sews)Wed., Nov. 21 (Brenda, Pink Castle Fabrics)Friday, Nov. 23 (Sarah, The Last Piece)