Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Making Connections: A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my stop on the Making Connections blog hop! Dorie Hruska's new book is filled to the brim with variations on the classic Continuous Curve design. If you've wanted to learn to incorporate continuous curves into your quilting, this is the book for you. If you already use continuous curves and want to mix things up a bit, this book is also for you! Dorie does an excellent job of teaching readers how to navigate around a quilt and incorporate any desired variety of designs. I especially liked how she brings the designs out of the middle of the quilt and into the borders. Continuous curves are usually done in grid-based areas, and Dorie shows you how to mark grids anywhere you want to take them.
One design in the book that I especially liked was Connecting Brackets. The example above is from the book. As this is a workbook, there are practice pages to doodle and draw and work on muscle memory. This particular design is made of two basic S-curves, going in opposite directions. 

I was recently working on a custom quilt for a client. It was set out like rows of bricks in a kind of herringbone pattern, and she had specific ideas in mind for how she wanted each row quilted, except for two. One of the rows seemed like the perfect candidate for Connecting Brackets. The understated design added some nice texture without distracting from the fabric. 
 I used a variegated thread that blended nicely without disappearing or drawing too much attention to itself.
 I was a little surprised at how difficult it was for my brain to do this design, but I love the final effect in this particular quilt. I can see so many applications for designs from this book in nearly any quilt. They are so versatile!
 Fortunately the photography in the book is much better than mine and the designs really come to life.
And here's a shot of this area on the back.

Would you like your own copy of Making Connections? Leave a comment below by Saturday, September 16th telling me what part of your quilting you would like to improve. Mr. Random will pick a winner that night. If the winner lives in the US you will receive a physical copy of the book; international winners will receive an e-book version.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop!
Friday Sept 1st:C&T -

Monday Sept 4th:
Holly Anne Knight -  IG: stringandstory
Susan Arnold -  -  IG: quiltfabrication

Tuesday Sept 5th:
Becca Fenstermaker -  IG: prettypiney
Teri Lucas - IG: genqmag 

Wednesday Sept 6th:
Sherry Shish -  IG: poweredbyquilting
Pam Morgan -  IG: sweetlittlestitches

Thursday Sept 7th:
Laura Piland  IG: sliceofpiquilts
Katy S -   IG: katyquilts

Friday Sept 8th:
Suzy Webster -  IG: websterquilt
Bernie Kringel -  IG: needleandfoot

Monday Sept 11th:
Jamie Mueller -  IG: sunflower_quilt
Nancy Scott -   IG: masterpiecequilting

Tuesday Sept 12th:
Sherri Noel -  IG: rebeccamaedesigns
Anorina Morris -  IG: sameliasmum

Wednesday Sept 13th:
Yvonne Fuchs -  IG: quiltingjetgirl
Barbie Mills -  IG: thequiltingmill

Thursday Sept 14th:
Afton Warrick -  IG: quiltingmod
Kathy Bruckman -  IG: kathyskwiltsandmore

Friday Sept 15th:
Susan Arnold -    IG: quiltfabrication
Dorie Hruska -  IG: foreverquilting
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