A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes, is a great new book that came out last month. Natalie spent many years as an interior designer in LA and has now focused all her design mojo on quilt patterns and quilting!

 A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes - Review & Giveaway - AmysCreativeSide.com

I’ve known Natalie for a few years now, going to Market, and interacting via email and online. The thing YOU need to know about Natalie, is how generous and encouraging she is. Her voice is very evident throughout the book, and she has taken some of the most important elements in design and offers them in quilting terms, giving you current tools for your quilting toolbox.

Color + Contrast + Composition

My favorite design element is contrast, and not always high contrast! I love creating subtle differences in quilts by using similar tones, and various scales of fabric. To do this, I usually pull a large number of fabrics, and then start weeding out the “offenders” usually they are some of my favorite fabrics, but don’t play with the overall group of fabrics. They can have too much color, or the wrong tone. Sometimes the print is too large for the small/medium scale prints in the group.

Natalie walks you through all of these ideas with a few extra tips too!

 A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes - Review & Giveaway - AmysCreativeSide.com

Sometimes contrast is about breaking up the expected design, and others it’s all about the fabrics. Natalie encourages you to try it all, and offers insights for success on every page.

 A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes - Review & Giveaway - AmysCreativeSide.com

The projects in A Modern Twist are accessible, and not all of them are quilts. The table runner on the cover, and picnic set are two of my favorite small projects included in the book.

 A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes - Review & Giveaway - AmysCreativeSide.com

A Modern Twist is available now on Amazon, Martingale and in your local quilt shop!

**To enter to win a signed copy of A Modern Twist : Leave me a comment telling me about your most recent fabric purchase. How recent? What are your plans? I just like to know what everyone is stitching!

I’ll select a winner on March 15 – good luck!

Check out all the stops on the tour ::

Sunday, March 1: Natalie Barnes at beyond the reef
Monday, March 2: Latifah Saafir at Latifah Saafir Studios
Tuesday, March 3: Teri Lucas at Generation Q Magazine
Wednesday, March 4: Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts
Thursday, March 5: Martingale at Stitch This!
Friday, March 6: Rose Hughes
Saturday, March 7: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
Sunday, March 8: Carolyn Friedlander
Monday, March 9: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Tuesday, March 10: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side (you are here!)
Wednesday, March 11: Angela Walters at Quilting is my Therapy

Happy quilting!



ETA : The winner is – Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.51.01 AM

I’ll be in touch with an email Sherril – Congrats!