Making Connections Blog Hop!

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.

My brain struggled a bit with turning the design on point! Things are pretty uneven there. Here is a look at the back.

Some closeups of the front.

And the border.

This last picture shows the truest color.

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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

C&T Publishing

Monday, September 4, 2017

String and Story

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pretty Piney (that’s me!)
Generation Q Magazine

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Powered by Quilting
Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Slice of Pi Quilts

Friday, September 8, 2017

Webster Quilt
Needle & Foot

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunflower Quilts
Masterpiece Quilting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rebecca Mae Designs
Samelia’s Mum

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Quilting Jetgirl
The Quilting Mill

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quilting Mod
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Friday, September 15, 2017

Forever Quilting

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
This entry was posted in Free Motion Quilting, Long Arm Quilting, Longarm Quilting, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

63 Responses to Making Connections Blog Hop!

  1. Dortha Clemmons says:

    Your little quilt turned out very nice. Would love to win the book.

  2. Karen McMahon says:

    Your quilting is beautiful. I need to learn more about machine quilting. I tend to be an in the ditch quilter.

  3. Susan Mullen says:

    It looks great Katy. I struggle with directionality when trying new patterns. This may help.

  4. I love your quilt. I thought of using a contrasting thread for the same reason. To show the stitching. Let’s just say great minds think alike.

  5. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Katy,
    How fun that the quilting design creates its own design that you can see so well on the back. I would have been boring and just quilted it on the diagonal – I think I need to get this book. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Rebecca Mae Designs says:

    Looks so good!

  7. Pat in WNY says:

    This looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this new book.

  8. dioneags says:

    I love your little quilt – the back and the front. Thanks for giving us your thoughts on Dorie’s book.

  9. Luann says:

    I like the variety of designs used on your piece. I think this will be just the type of work to explore on my hand dyed fabrics. Did you print out several of the pages to work out your design? Or did you use a sheet protector and dry erase markers, then your camera to remember what you did? With so many designs, I think I might get lost as I tried to remember how I drew them out. Any tips on ‘keeping my place’ would be appreciated.

  10. MarthaB says:

    Wow on your quilt. I like how you used a different pattern each diagonal row. Beautiful.

  11. Monica R says:

    Wow beautiful quilting. Great job!

  12. Judith W Kapoun says:

    Would love to win a copy….this looks easy to follow. I have a longarm….and am terribly intimidated by it. This would help!

  13. Cecilia says:

    Your quilting looks great! I like the idea of using the grid pattern and continuous quilting.

  14. What an interesting concept for a free motion quilting book. I would definitely like to add this one to my library so Max (APQS George) and I can play!

  15. Kathy h says:

    Your quilting is wonderful. Looks so complicated on point. Looks like a good book to improve my free motion quilting.

  16. Kathy R. says:

    I think your quilt looks great, both front & back.

  17. Great job trying out some new quilting motifs! Would love to see this book in person.

  18. Sandy K says:

    I’ve been intimidated by the thought of free motion quilting. The book would be so very helpful.

  19. Vicki H says:

    The book would so helpful to get me out of the meandering rut. Thanks.

  20. Paula says:

    The different quilting designs look great together. It’s a simple quilt that takes on a new dimension with the variety of shapes. The curlicue on the purple reminds me of the swirls you used on the star block last week. I really like that and will have to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  21. Kathy McMahon says:

    Thanks for the invite to your blog! Your quilt turned out great! I can’t wait to learn to use my new longarm! Love your blog!

  22. Sandi says:

    Your little quilt turned out great! Really neat quilting. Hugs,

  23. spierssusan says:

    Your quilting is amazing- love the contrast! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  24. Patricia Ludwiczak says:

    I am in awe – not sure if I could ever quilt like this, but I’ll have fun trying.

  25. Amazing Job! Thank you for sharing with us!

  26. Looks like an awesome book!

  27. Sue B says:

    Wow, this looks like a book I absolutely need to have. I struggle on continuous quilting, looks like I’ll need to head to the bookstore if I don’t win it from you. Great looking quilt

  28. Rochelle Summers says:

    I like the way you included many different variations of your quilting design. Is the book written for both the domestic quilter and the long arm quilter?

  29. Janet T says:

    Continuous non-stop quilting sounds good to me! I lose “the groove” when I have to stop for something.

  30. lois92346 says:

    Again – you’re quilting blows me away, Katie! I think I would display the backside! Super job!

  31. Wow – loved your little quilt – amazing how intricate the quilting looks! You made it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Lois Stimax says:

    Your practice quilt is adorable! I love it! I don’t have a long arm, but breaking it down like that is such a great idea. Love it!

  33. Wow! You really make that little top sing! I don’t have a longarm, but quite a few of my friends do and I will spread the word about this great new book.

  34. Noreen T. says:

    Love the quilting in the quilt!

  35. Nancy says:

    That is some really excellent FMQ! Nice job. Thanks for sharing, and for the chance at the great giveaway…looks like there are some great ideas in Dories book!!

  36. quilterpt says:

    That is excellent quilting. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing, and for the chance at the giveaway!

  37. dezertsuz says:

    Oh, I do like the quilting on that gorgeous background! From the bag it’s even better. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway.

  38. Cathy L Wilson says:

    Great job on this quilt, I love the contrasting thread color! I would love to win this book!

  39. Beth T. says:

    This book is so appealing to me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  40. Kathy E. says:

    I like how this book seems to be set up. Taking FMQ bite by bite seems like the practical way and one I could chew on! Your work is gorgeous!

  41. Jasmine says:

    Your quilt looks awesome. I like the back as much as the front. I am always looking for new designs to try. This books looks neat.

  42. Teri says:

    I like the variety tou included in your quilt design.

  43. jeandetrich says:

    These ideas keep me coming back for more!!!

  44. Caryn Glaser says:

    I love the variety of motifs you used.

  45. quiltingmod says:

    I do love the look of the metallic thread, even though it was a pain.

  46. judi duncan says:

    fabulous quilting!

  47. Sharon says:

    Love the little blocks you quilted. This looks like a good book to own.

  48. says:

    Beautiful quilting!! The book looks like it would be just the thing I need to give me more confidence in FMQ. I struggle with doing anything free hand. Definitely would like to have a copy.

  49. Donna W says:

    Thanks for sharing your quilt with us. It is fantastic!

  50. Ann O. says:

    Wow, your quilting is beautiful! You chose some really pretty designs.

  51. Dawn F. says:

    I like your quilt! The contrasting thread really does show off the great quilting.

  52. PattiP says:

    Katy, I love your sampler. Great job!

  53. farmquilter says:

    Love the way your quilting sampler turned out – the contrasting thread really shows the wonderful patterns you used!!

  54. That book sounds very interesting. I’ve enjoyed seeing samples of your using the techniques. Thanks. Your stitching looks great.

  55. Cathy Bremer says:

    Love your site! I bookmarked it for future reading!

  56. Those colours and the way you put them together is fabulous, and the quilting, swirls, all linked up, the book is a treasure.

  57. Becky says:

    Cool technique! I like the idea of one start and one stop. It seems that I spend a big part of my time knotting and burying threads! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  58. Jane says:

    Your quilting is awesome. Congratulations on your trip around the world finish and how brave using that high contrasting thread, You rock!
    Ps: I’d love to win and use this book!

  59. Donna says:

    Stunning is what I say, to think I could learn to quilt like that, wow I need this book. Thanks so much for giveaway.

  60. Cynthia Allen says:

    Love the designs. So glad you used contrasting thread so we could see them easily!

  61. Cathy L Wilson says:

    Love your colorful quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

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