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Modern Elegance Blog Hop

As quilters, we love playing with color, fabric, pattern, and design, so it’s no wonder that coloring books for adults are something we LOVE! Not only does it give us a chance to unwind and de-stress, but it also opens our creative minds and allows us to experiment with color and designs that we might not normally use in our quilts.
The coloring book Modern Elegance: 45+ Romantic Designs to Color for Fun and Relaxation by designer, author, and quilter Amanda Murphy is a must-have book for anyone looking to explore color (and have tons of fun doing it!). The book, from C&T Publishing, features romantic florals, classical motifs, hypnotic watches and gears, and decorative patterns with a vintage vibe.

Some features about the book we love:

  • The illustrations are printed on high-quality, heavyweight paper, which means you can use colored pencils, fine tip markers, and even watercolors.
  • Amanda explores basic color theory, so you can easily create masterpieces and apply lessons to your quilting.
  • Perforated edges make it easy to pull out pages and display them for a fun gallery wall of 8×10″ frames.
  • The designs are based off of Amanda’s favorite fabric patterns (including her new Carina line for Benartex), so it’s like you’re coloring your own fabric.

Best of all?

Every day C&T Publishing will be giving away a copy of Modern Elegance!  (U.S. winners will be a hard copy of the book and international winners will get an eBook, but all are eligible to enter!) To enter for today, head on over to Amanda Murphy’s blog and leave a comment! Don’t forget to follow along with the other blogs for more changes to win!

Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, November 30 
Tuesday, December 1st
Wednesday, December 2nd
Thursday, December 3rd
Friday, December 4th
Monday, December 7th
Tuesday, December 8th
Wednesday, December 9th
Thursday, December 10th
Friday, December 11th 

An Experiment in Coloring:


Just like quilts, a coloring page can take on a completely different look when you use different colors. (If you want to see something really cool, take a look at the video Amanda made showing coloring possibilities of one of her coloring pages.)


We played along in the office and made two versions of a finished coloring page showcased in the book.


Amanda’s design from the book:



Emily’s design (she couldn’t stop at just one and colored two pages!):


Amy’s design:

Play along with us! Post pics of your own coloring book pages from Modern Elegance on Instagram using #modernelegance so we can see!
Happy coloring!
–The Staff of American Patchwork & Quilting

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2 Responses to “Modern Elegance Blog Hop”

  1. Hi , I’m confused. Amanda’s site says to commet here and your page says to go to Amanda’s. I’m leaving a comment on both. Thanks for this opportunity! I would definately enjoy this coloring book.

  2. Love the designs.