Modern Neutrals Blog Tour

Modern NeutralsWelcome to all of those swinging by my stop on Amy Ellis’ Modern Neutrals Blog Tour.

I first met Amy when I participated in her fabulous Blogger’s Quilt Festival that she hosts twice a year. I was beyond thrilled to be one of the Spring 2013 winners and even more so with my prize – 4 quilting books of my choice from Martingale.

My first pick was Amy’s book Modern Neutrals – A Fresh Look at Neutral Quilt Patterns and now I’m happy to tell you about it – be sure to scroll to the end for a giveaway!

I absolutely adore the cover quilt with its striking geometry and “pod” looking blocks.

Another favorite of mine is Prism. I have a thing for Kona Solids and Amy has artfully combined solids with tone on tone neutrals in shades of black, white and grey to create a very bold and beautiful quilt. I love it!


Prism by Amy Ellis; Pieced by Trish Poolson; Quilted by Natalia Bonner

Placid Curves speaks to my need for order amid chaos. I love the illusion of curves, even though this quilt is made completely from squares and rectangles. The careful placement of color creates quite a bit of contrast in this warm neutral quilt!

Placid Curves by Amy Ellis; Pieced by Audrie Bidwell; Machine Quilted by Natalia Bonner

Placid Curves by Amy Ellis; Pieced by Audrie Bidwell; Machine Quilted by Natalia Bonner

There are a total of 15 full sized quilts in the book, each thoughtfully illustrated with clear diagrams and instructions. The photography is very well done, too. You can see details of the beautiful quilting on each quilt, which for me is a plus since I love pouring through books for quilting inspiration.

I especially like it when authors take the time to add just a little bit more to their books, in the way of interesting things to read about the quilts. There’s a section in the front about working with neutrals in neutral spaces, plus several pages of quiltmaking basics at the end – a great refresher or reference for those relatively new to quilting.

Helpful tips are sprinkled throughout the book, along with some options on making a few of the quilts in different sizes. I would definitely recommend Modern Neutrals as a great inspiration manual for making beautiful neutral quilts!

Piked Peaks

Piked Peaks

Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

Circuit Board

Circuit Board


Happy blog hopping! 2013 Blog Tour Schedule:

8 thoughts on “Modern Neutrals Blog Tour

  1. Debi Bielawski says:

    Love the book… I have been keeping my eye on it for a while. You have broken my budget already with Dot to Dot quilting and doing a small version of String of Pearls in Black white and red for my niece. I have gone to all of the blogs on the tour, found all the answers I think, except for Tallgrass Praire Studio that has not posted since 8/23/13 so if you have a solution please advise. I will send a note to Amy. Thanks for the info and I Love your blog.

  2. dezertsuz says:

    These are interesting quilts, though a couple could give me a headache if I viewed them long enough. Thanks for the review.

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