Today is my turn for the Making Connections blog hop! I’ve been looking forward to this book for some time so when Dorie Hruska asked for bloggers to help with the blog hop, I quickly raised my hand.
I’m so excited to share my project with you. After reading the book, I immediately had an idea of a pattern I wanted to make to practice her techniques. As I was looking for fabric, I found these scraps and knew they would be perfect for what I had in mind.
It didn’t take at all long to piece together this small top out of my hand dyed fabric scraps.
Time to quilt it up!
For each design in the book, Dorie has a page like this showing the design AND the stitching sequence. This is so helpful!
I chose several patterns I wanted to try and sketched them out on paper first.
Then I moved to the long arm. Using a highly contrasting thread color was not the best idea, but I wanted you to see the stitching. The squares here finish at 1 1/2 inches.
If I hadn’t had some issues with thread shredding, I could have quilted the entire center section with only one start and stop! I marked a diagonal grid on the border and used one of the designs from the center to quilt that.
Some closeups of the front.
And the border.
I really enjoyed making this quilt and trying out some of the ideas in the book. I definitely learned some things that I will be using on many future quilts.
Here is more info from Dorie regarding her book:
Making Connections Quilting Workbook
A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook: 12 Designs Suites
Quilt with fewer starts and stops!
Streamline your free-motion quilting with this workbook full of exercises to build your skills. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations for each design suite show how to adapt the quilting design for blocks, borders, sashing and all over quilting. Practice each design with a pencil on the included practice pages before stitching by machine, then put your skills to the test on a gorgeous pieced sampler project. A signed copy of the book is available here.
Now for some really great news, you can win a free copy of this book from C&T Publishing! Just leave a comment on the post and I will announce the winner in a few days! Winners in the US will receive a hard copy of the book, those outside the US will receive the e-book version.
For more chances to win a copy of the book, visit all the stops on this blog hop as listed below.
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Have a great day!