Paper Pieced Modern Book Tour & Giveaway!

You know, one of the things I love most about the online quilting community is getting to know amazing quilters. When one of my virtual quilting friends writes a book, of course I want to tell you about it. 🙂

Blog Hop copyMeet Amy Garro, the brilliant designer behind the book Paper Pieced Modern. (Remember, Amy was also the one who started the Quilty Little Secrets blog meme which made its rounds in blog-land awhile back).

Although all 13 designs from the book are fabulous, today I get to focus on one specific quilt, Apple Stars. Isn’t it stunning?

Apple Stars Flat Shot 2Apple Stars Quilt 50″ x 50″ by Amy Garro. Photography by C&T Publishing.

The blocks are a generous 14″ x 14″ and I love how they float on the background. That’s a great design aesthetic because you don’t have to stress about chopping off your points when piecing!

Here’s what Amy had to say about this specific design:

“I had been looking through Nani Iro’s fabrics and when I saw this spotted one, I just knew I had to use it for this project! It’s a double gauze, which I’ve never worked with before. I found it very tricky & shifty. I starched the heck out of it and really benefited from the paper foundations – they stabilized the blocks as I was sewing.”

Apple Stars Flat Shot 1Image courtesy of C&T

Amy continues,

“The other challenge I ran into with this fabric was the fact that the dots were very sparse along the outer edges of the print. I had to use modified cutting instructions and order extra yardage. I absolutely love how it turned out, but what you probably wouldn’t guess by looking at this quilt is that I spent $100 on just the dotted fabric alone! Crazy!”

Isn’t the quilting scrumptious? It was quilted by Emily Session of Emerson Quilting.

Apple Stars 3Image courtesy of Amy Garro.

 I for one think her efforts were worth it. I love the effect of the white fabric among the dots. Can you just imagine it in other colors? I did, so I jumped on the computer and quickly re-sketched the block in EQ using scrappy Sunprints from Alison Glass.

Apple Stars Alison GlasszWouldn’t this be a great way to use up your colorful scraps?

Be sure to check out the schedule below to see the rest of the quilts from the book. I know Amy is going to QuiltCon (and Apple Stars will be there, too!) so I can’t wait to hunt her down and chat in person. 🙂

And Now for the Giveaway!


One of my readers will win a copy of Paper Pieced Modern by Amy Garro (hard copy for US addresses, E-copy for international folks). To enter, simply jump through each of the stops on the hop to see of all the quilts from the book.

Then, come back here to tell me which one of the quilts is your favorite! Of course, they haven’t all been revealed at the time of this blog post, so if you want to come back and leave a comment later after you’ve seen them all, that’s great, too!

The giveaway on my blog will remain open through midnight on Monday, February 16th. I’ll draw a winner’s name at random on Tuesday morning.

Good luck and happy hopping!

151 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Modern Book Tour & Giveaway!

  1. asmateacher says:

    I love the cover design. I have had it on my pinterest site for some time. Love the colours and the graduation from dark to light.
    judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

  2. Jessica P. says:

    Honestly, I like yours the best. I have never paper pieced before, but I would love to give it a try. You can create some awesome quilts it looks like.

  3. Heidi says:

    I really like Ceiling Tiles, shown today at During Quiet Time. Looks to be a great book! I have done one quilt with Nano Iro’s double gauze and I was not brave enough to piece it. I did whole cloth and big-stitch quilted it.

  4. Beth ByersSmall says:

    I like Baby Jacks and Applestars for using up beautiful scraps, a passion of mine. The Squareburst appeals to me because it makes me look at different aspects of this common shape.


  5. LJ says:

    I did not see a single design on the hop that I did not like! The Bachelor was very neat and so was Ceiling Tiles. ALL are gorgeous.

  6. kathy pfaltzgraff says:

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the reviews for this book, a book I can see being well used, but to choose a favorite, well, the ceiling tiles with the red background. Keep up the good work, Kathy in Colo

  7. Jocelyn Kerr says:

    I’d pick Faceted Jewels I as my number one, but I’m wondering what Apple Stars would look like with a similar design treatment – just a few stars. Anyway, all of the quilts are gorgeous!

  8. Janice Maisondieu Laforge says:

    I love Faceted Jewels II. I am impressed with the clean lines in this quilt, and I also like that when one looks at it from different angles it appears to change the design.

  9. Karen says:

    Icy Waters–all the blues I love! And right now here in Maine, as we brace for blizzard with hurricane force winds and 30 INCHES of snow, it seems really appropriate. Our POOR German Shepherd–running out of places to poop 😦

  10. acityquilter says:

    well maybe it’s the 5 feet of snow we currently have (and more to come sunday) but the squareburst with the bright green/yellow fabrics is my personal favorite….mmmm green grass and yellow sun….love it!

  11. Jessie Hansen says:

    The one that Darcy showed on the 10th is my favorite so far, though this one with the floating stars is pretty rocking awesome too!

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