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 - www.ctpub.com/blog/

Monday Sept 4th:
Holly Anne Knight - www.stringandstory.com/  IG: stringandstory
Susan Arnold - www.quiltfabrication.com  -  IG: quiltfabrication

Tuesday Sept 5th:
Becca Fenstermaker - www.prettypiney.com  IG: prettypiney
Teri Lucas - www.generationqmagazine.com IG: genqmag 

Wednesday Sept 6th:
Sherry Shish - poweredbyquilting.com  IG: poweredbyquilting
Pam Morgan - www.mysweetlittlestitches.com  IG: sweetlittlestitches

Thursday Sept 7th:
Laura Piland www.sliceofpiquilts.com  IG: sliceofpiquilts
Katy S - www.katyquilts.net   IG: katyquilts

Friday Sept 8th:
Suzy Webster - websterquilt.blogspot.com  IG: websterquilt
Bernie Kringel - needleandfoot.com/  IG: needleandfoot

Monday Sept 11th:
Jamie Mueller - www.sunflower-quilts.com  IG: sunflower_quilt
Nancy Scott - masterpiecequilting.blogspot.com   IG: masterpiecequilting

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

Wednesday Sept 13th:
Yvonne Fuchs - www.quiltingjetgirl.com  IG: quiltingjetgirl
Barbie Mills - thequiltingmill.blogspot.com  IG: thequiltingmill

Thursday Sept 14th:
Afton Warrick - www.quiltingmod.com  IG: quiltingmod
Kathy Bruckman - kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com  IG: kathyskwiltsandmore

Friday Sept 15th:
Susan Arnold - www.quiltfabrication.com    IG: quiltfabrication
Dorie Hruska - www.forever-quilting.com/blog  IG: foreverquilting

38 comments:

  1. My FMQ definitely is what needs improving. I'm mostly a straight line quilter because I don't know how to do anything else. i think this book would really help me!

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  2. I would like to improve all of my quilting! I do good with straight line quilting, but anything else needs improvement.

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  3. I need to improve my binding and free motion quilting.

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  4. Oh brackets! I just cannot seem to get them even and consistent.

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  5. I need to improve free motion on my domestic and my frame.

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  6. Love the brackets, and your quilting. I am really enjoying this hop. Thank you for the tour.

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  7. Hi,love your quilting!Like to get better at my fmqing>maybe I'll try using erasable marking on my tops and see if that will help. Thanks for your inspiration+sharing a neat giveaway too! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. Hi
    I really need improvement in the length of my stitches when i free motion quilt - some are rather large and then sometimes they get very tiny!!!

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  9. I'd like to be more adventurous in my quilting designs. This book looks like it would help.

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  10. Love the brackets - they're perfect here!

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  11. I would love to improve my stitch consistency. Sometimes I have microscopic stitches and sometimes they're toe catchers! Love the brackets on your quilt, they make it look really elegant. Thanks for taking the time to stitch and share!

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  12. I'm curious to try doing more continuous quilting such as shown in this book. I took a class from a different quilter last weekend at an area quilt show. I'm intrigued.

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  13. So many things to improve! I really want to master feathers, improve my stitch length consistency, and most importantly, incorporate what I learn from this book to keep me from stitching myself into a corner!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  14. I would like to expand my quilting beyond meandering.

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    1. Congratulations, you win!! I think this book will get help with that!

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  15. I quilt with my walking foot and I want to move on to FMQ.

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  16. I always hesitate when it comes time to quilt my quilts! I'd love to be better at FMQing, moving on from stippling and meandering! Thanks for the chance to win a (e-) copy!

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  17. I use my domestic machine for free motion and would like to improve the coordination between the machine speed and moving my hands. And not holding my breath while the machine is running!

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  18. Your quilting is so pretty! I really like that design. I have issues with skipped stitches and keeping my lines smooth, not so jerky looking. I know more practice will help and I do whenever I can!

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  19. I do some FMQ, but usually use my walking foot a lot. I would like to be better at having consistent stitches in my FMQ. I would also like to be able to quilt designs without drawing them on the quilt (which I do most of the time). I like the concept of this book. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  20. Anything free-motion needs improvement with me.

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  21. My FMQ skills definitely need help.

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  22. Thanks for the chance Barbie. A way to not quilt myself into corners and dead ends would be a huge boon in my quilting. This book sounds like it would totally help me out.

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  23. This design really looks good in the borders. All of my FMQ needs improving so I think I really need to get this book

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  24. I need to learn FMQ on my new sewing machine, this looks like a great book for me.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Accuracy. I have a hard time going back over a line so it looks like one stitch. I'm thinking of circles, the little part you double stitch on feathers and even the stem of the feather. I always seem to wobble. It really ticks me off! Looks like a great book to have. Thanks.

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  26. I have trouble deciding on designs as well as executing any FMQ. I've had a little success with rulers but find I get myself stuck into corners when I try anything else.

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  27. I need to improve everything but I feel I am making good progress every time I make a quilt. Thanks for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  28. I need to work on adding some variety to my quilting. I have tried and true things I do a lot, but I think I need to add some new designs.

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  29. Confidence, definitely! To be able pick up a quilt and stitch boldly rather than worrying that I am going to ruin it!

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    1. My first winner actually won someone else's giveaway, so I drew another name and it's yours! I'm sending you an email.

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  30. I'd need to do a lot of training my brain to get enough muscle memory to do this, but I'd sure like to try...

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  31. I'm always looking for new continuous quilting designs to try out! Planning a path is half the battle!

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  32. I need to work on my free motion quilting overall. I am so bad. I just wish I had more time to practice more!

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  33. Giveaway closed! The winner is Vicki Has and she has been contacted. You can get a signed copy of Dorie's book on her website!

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