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Making Connections ~ Free-Motion Quilting Workbook

Hello Quilty Friends!

I’m back with another book review and giveaway for you!

This month I had a chance to check out Making Connections, a free-motion quilting workbook.

As chance would have it, I happened to meet the author, Dorie (foreverquilting) and at Spring Market earlier this year. We had a great time and met a bunch of new friends.

Fast forward to Dorie’s book release and I see a lot of familiar quilt friends on the hop roster ~ so I think the title of this book Making Connections is fitting in more ways than one!

As some of you know, I’ve been working on my machine quilting skills (I love to learn) and of course Dorie is a fabulous quilter so it’s a no-brainer that I wanted to read her book!

Lets talk a little about the book.

Most of the designs are based on a grid pattern so they work with all kinds of blocks and borders. But the book really goes beyond the designs…

It teaches you how to make the connections

to move around the quilt.

I literally started and stopped in the same exact spot! Crazy!

Since I’m still a newbie, I used a couple of the more simple designs in the book…

Here is a peek at the tester I made with 5″ blocks – It was supposed to be my test sample but I was so happy with myself, and couldn’t believe how easy it was once I knew where to travel next!

I decided to try it on a comfort quilt I was making with 9″ blocks. The quilting design is a little different on this one but I really wanted to see if it would work as well on a larger scale. I found it a little trickier on the larger blocks to keep my lines smooth and arcs even but practice will help with that, and I think it worked out perfect!

making connections book CT publishing

Although the book demonstrates several designs, what I LOVE the most is that it teaches you HOW TO MAKE THE CONNECTIONS or how to get from start to finish without stopping or getting stuck.

My quilting isn’t perfect but I feel like I’ve learned a totally new skill, like I’ve made a connection (in my brain) on how to travel around a quilt! It was an ahhhh-haaaa moment for sure.

 ~ and the back looks pretty too!

If you want your own copy of the book you can find it in Dorie’s SHOP.

Plus you can check out her YouTube Videos!

 I HAVE A BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!!!

To win, leave me a comment telling me about your quilting style or skills! I’ll pick a random winner when the hop ends on the 15th!

AND BE SURE TO VISIT THE REST OF THE HOP FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS!

Friday September 1st

C&T Publishing Blog@ctpublishing on Instagram

Monday September 4th

Holly Anne Knight Blog@stringandstory on Instagram

Susan Arnold Blog@quiltfabrication on Instagram

Tuesday September 5th

Becca Fenstermaker Blog@prettypiney on Instagram

Teri Lucas Blog@genqmag on Instagram

Wednesday September 6th

Sherry Shish Blog@poweredbyquilting on Instagram

Pam Morgan Blog@sweetlittlestitches on Instagram

Thursday September 7th

Katy S Blog@katyquilts on Instagram

Laura Piland Blog@sliceofpiquilts on Instagram

Friday September 8th

Suzy Webster Blog@websterquilt on Instagram

Bernie Kringel Blog@needleandfoot on Instagram  — You’re here!!!

Monday September 11th

Jamie Mueller Blog@sunflower_quilt on Instagram

Nancy Scott Blog@masterpiecequilting on Instagram

Tuesday September 12th

Sherri Noel Blog@rebeccamaedesigns on Instagram

Anorina Morris Blog@sameliasmum on Instagram

Wednesday September 13th

Yvonne Fuchs Blog@quiltingjetgirl on Instagram

Barbie Mills Blog@thequiltingmill on Instagram

Thursday September 14th

Afton Warrick Blog@quiltingmod on Instagram

Kathy Bruckman Blog@kathyskwiltsandmore on Instagram

Friday September 15th

Susan Arnold Blog@quiltfabrication on Instagram

Dorie Hruska Blog@foreverquilting on Instagram

log cabin block of the month quilt

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59 comments on “Making Connections ~ Free-Motion Quilting Workbook

  1. Becca // Pretty Piney

    That looks fantastic in a larger scale. I love what you did with this! (And I’m glad we connected, too.) :)

  2. Roberta Ciaramicoli

    Wow! I am trying to be more comfortable quilting my own quilts … maybe this book would help me! Thanks for sharing Sherri!

  3. Deb S

    Good morning! From WNY – working up to trying machine quilting…. usually send out quilts to be longarm quilted. Will be my new quilting goal – still working on reducing fabric stash!

  4. Monica Richardson

    I want to be a free motion quilter on my domestic machine but right now i just do straight lines with my walking foot. Sometimes I rent a longarm but I’m just doing meandering patterns.

  5. Susan

    Looks great! I have bought many classes from Craftsy and taken one or two from LQS but traveling is not often addresses.

    1. Susan

      Oops, NY

  6. SueEllen White

    Hi Sherri! This book really hits the spot with me. I quilt in Houston TX, so now that I have made bed quilts for my children and grandchildren, I am designing and making smaller pieces, mostly seasonal door hangings, and learning how to free motion quilt them!
    Want to say again how much I loved and enjoyed making your Dear Daughter quilt!

  7. Melissa

    I’m still learning free motion quilting in Alabama. This looks like a great book!

  8. quiltingmod

    My style is quilting things densely and hoping to accentuate a space instead of running over the top of it. This is a nice technique for that.

  9. Karen Allen

    I have been wanting to learn to machine quilt my quilts at home without having to go to a shop and rent time on a long arm machine. Sounds like this book would be up my alley. The pictures you posted gave me some confidence to try this. Thanks!

  10. Tamara Hutchinson

    I love cutting and piecing, quilting on my machine-not so much. I’m okay with the smaller pieces, but lap and bed quilts intimidate me!

  11. Kathy R.

    I quilt on my domestic machine, usually smaller quilts. I would like to quilt more designs on them and get better at free motion. Your quilt looks great. Greetings from NJ

  12. Tamara Hutchinson

    Forgot to tell you where I’m from-the Blue Ridge mtns. of North Carolina, but right now, vacationing in Montana!

  13. Judi D'Accardo

    I have been trying to become more brave and do free motion quilting. Would love to try this method.

  14. Martha Brach

    I am comfortable quilting with a walking foot or meadering…I would love to learn more FMQ skills such as in this book.

  15. Jenni Brown

    i love the idea of free motion but haven’t quite mastered it yet. i always struggle with choosing designs and figuring out how to move around the quilt. seems like this book is just what i need!

  16. Allison in Alabama

    Hi Sherri – I’m in soggy Alabama at the moment (Irma left calling cards – we have twigs and leaves everywhere but otherwise just lost power for a day!!! Love your fabrics in the quilt – so bold and modern looking. I love bold colors in my quilts!!!

  17. Gill

    I always straight line quilt – I’d love to be more adventurous!

  18. Janis T

    I’m quilting gentle curves with a walking foot, but I’m anxious to move on to FMQ.

  19. quilterpt

    Your quilts turned out great, nice job! I am a diy domestic machine quilter, using free motion techniques. Dories book looks like its full of great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Janet T

    I like the idea of doing non-stop quilting on a quilt. I use my DSM and end up with so many threads to bury. Love the way you quilted your quilt!

  21. Eileen Maher

    Great quilting, looks like a handy book. I have yet to try quilting on my domestic Singer! Maybe this book would help me out!

  22. Beth T.

    Although I have been piecing for about fifteen years, my quilting skills are pretty basic. This book seems like it would give me a lot of confidence and increase my skills.

  23. Cathy L Wilson

    I’ve been quilting for about 3 years and have always done my own quilting on my domestic machine, either straight line or free motion and I’ve played around a little with using rulers. I’m always struggling with how to quilt without having to stop and start too often or without quilting myself into a corner. I need this book!!!

  24. Chris K.

    I’m improving at free-motion, but I do a lot better if I follow a marked line. The book sounds interesting.

  25. Angela J Short

    I have only did walking foot quilting, strait line so far. This book sounds great. Your quilt is beautiful!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  26. Linda

    Hearts+swirls+straight-line stitching are my go to FMQing designs. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Vicki H

    I love the idea to move around the quilt without getting stuck without a way out except to cut thread and start again.

  28. Sandy K

    So far I just use my walking foot. I would love to free motion quilt.

  29. Mary D

    In my book, the best way to get comfortable quilting our own quilts is to do it and practice. I started practicing my quilting on potholders and mini quilts and baby quilts. With the numbers of quilt tops I am accumulating, it’s time to tackle my own quilts.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  30. Kathy E.

    I’d say my quilting style leans toward the modern designs. I love improv and the unexpected shapes and lines it gives. Bright, happy fabrics are my favorite to work with. I’m getting better with FMQ and this book looks inspiring to me to push me along!

  31. Patty

    Hi, I do machine quilting with a walking foot. I usually only do baby sizes because I’m still learning and they are small enough for me to move around.

  32. Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

    Greetings from North Dakota. I am fairly new to fmq and have spent a good amount of time burying threads. I think using the techniques in this book would help eliminate that or at least reduce it. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  33. Chris

    My skills are in need of improvement. That said I keep practicing.

  34. annalutzbrown

    I can free motion quilt but not with grace..lol..I tie alot of my quilts because of skill lacking. . [email protected]

  35. Carolyn Phillips Finlayson

    Love the fabrics you used in your comfort quilt. I certainly need more practice and confidence in free motion quilting. I do a lot of straight line quilting because I don’t know where to start or how to connect the patterns. I am from Florida, no problem with Irma here, my thought are with all of those who are cleaning up and starting over.

  36. Deb

    I feel like I’m in your skill level. This book would definitely help me! I’m visiting for the first time from VA.

  37. Susan L.

    My quilting skills are limited to straight lines & meandering. Any larger quilts I send out to a quilter. I sure wish I could do them all myself.

  38. Cathy Bremer

    I’m a longarmer but occasionally have to use the domestic! Love your site!

  39. Kathie L

    I love to make charity quilts, and this book would give me something to try to make them more interesting.

  40. Susan

    Your quilt looks amazing! And very inspiring! I need to move from stippling to something more adventurous! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. It looks great!

  41. Lucinda Jones

    My quilting is weak and from your description i think i could use this book to improve my quilting. please pick me.

  42. Bec

    My quilting style is usually simple. A lot of times I will do some straight line or wavy line quilting in the middle and then something a little more fancy on the borders. Also, I like a soft quilt so I don’t quilt densely. This book looks interesting. :)

  43. Donna W

    Looks like a fantastic book. My quilting is improving!

  44. Jane

    I love your quilting connections and am happy for a successful quilt finish. I use my domestic sewing machine and do meanders mostly. Once I was able to do a baby quilt with just one thread start and stop but it took me hours of contemplating and drawing to figure it out. (Then I only sewed a diagonal quilt line!) so I would really love to win this book.

  45. Jane

    I live in Northern NY State one hour from the Canadian border.

  46. Jayne P

    Thank you for sharing your quilting experience. I’m quite new to FMQ but I think I could give this design a go

  47. Mom C

    I love swirls but I get carried away on my longarm and end up with loops instead of a clean stop. But I love FMQ and am always looking for another great design to use. Thanks.

  48. Diane

    Wow, your quilting looks pretty fabulous to me! I’m new to FMQ and am nowhere near as consistent as you. I pretty much stick to walking foot quilting for now. This looks like an excellent resource!

  49. Kate

    What a lovely blog you have. I found it (you) while looking for tips on large stitch hand quilting (thanks for that tutorial). I do machine quilt, but mostly block by block, so learning to navigate a continuous pattern is still a goal for me.
    Thanks for hosting this hop.
    Kate

  50. Tina

    I love how you tried out the designs in different sizes. I really want to improve my fmq. This book looks so helpful. Thanks!

  51. wannajava

    The quilting design you used looks amazing, to think that I could learn that is so exciting.
    This book is a must have to build my FMQ skills. So far I straight line and do curvy lines.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

  52. dioneags

    I love experimenting with free-motion machine quilting (domestic and sit-down long-arn) methods. This would be great to try.

  53. Lisa Marie

    Greetings from Kentucky! I do some FMQ and some pantographs on my longarm plus detail work on my domestic machine. I would describe my style as simple, but I would like to learn some fancier things.

  54. Danette

    I currently quilt with my walking foot. But I would like to learn FMQ eventually. This quilt is lovely! Thank you, [email protected]

  55. Sharon B.

    I don’t have many machine quilting skills, so this book might help me a lot. I am from Massachusetts.

  56. Cynthia Allen

    I’m a longarm quilter so I”m always looking for new techniques and designs….especially continuous quilting designs.

  57. Cathy L Wilson

    Hello from Texas, about an hour north of Houston. I FMQ on my domestic machine but still need lots of practice. I really need this book!

  58. anna

    I have done straight line, template and FMQ on my domestic machine