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!
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!
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Monday September 11th
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Wednesday September 13th
Thursday September 14th
Friday September 15th