There have been some really fine quilting books published lately, and here’s another strong one! We’re joining in on the blog hop for Dorie Hruska’s new book, Making Connections, A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook: 12 Design Suites for Longarm or Domestic Machines (C & T Publishing, 2017, $27.95).
The long-ish book title and subtitle promise exactly what the book delivers: comprehensive exercises to take the reader step-by-step through the process of learning how to choose the different designs for the blocks/quilts they want to quilt.
Now, this is a hard-core workbook. In fact, there’s only one quilt project (50” x 50”) in the book, but there are design ideas for more than 18 basic blocks that can be worked up in sample sizes to help you learn and experiment.
Saving time while creating amazing quilting designs is another theme in Dorie’s workbook. As an award-winning quilter and long-time teacher, she has plenty of wisdom to share. Her objectives for the book make this pretty clear:
· Learn how to use connecting designs to connect stitching lines with fewer stops and starts.
· Complete the quilting faster by using freehand designs (versus ruler work).
· Limit or eliminate stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
Many of the other stops on the blog hop will show you experimentation with Dorie’s quilting principles, but because we are just as curious about the quilter as the quilting/quilt book, we decided to lob a few personal questions at Dorie:
top 3 flavors of ice cream?
Peanut Butter Party by Blue Bunny ….Totally addicted! Which I completely blame for my inability to control my weight! Next favorite would be white ice cream covered with fresh strawberries, then good old-fashioned chocolate.
what do you listen to in the studio?
Southern gospel music, the Bible, jazz and any a cappella group.
how many quilts do you have going at one time?
I am a list maker, but when I try to make a list of my UFOs I get very overwhelmed! If I must confess, there are probably more than 50 quilt projects at various stages in my studio. I know…total chaos. And that does not include the ones swarming around in my head.
Game of Thrones or No?
No. I don’t allow myself much time for TV. There are too many things I want to make or do and TV tends to cloud my mind and make it hard to be creative.
quilters who influenced you or whom you admire?
My mother, grandmothers and great-grandmother. They all had a passion for loving and giving, which showed when they would do things and make things for others. This passion flowed down to me and became something I naturally wanted to do. I dabbled in all things crafty as I grew up but quilting is my passion!
Other quilters who influenced me would have to be Sue Patten and ”Quiltin’ Bill” Fullerton. I am a perfectionist, or at least I try to be when it comes to how I quilt. When I first started quilting, I tried to have everything equally spaced, mirror imaged, equal in size …. blah blah blah ….. These two quilters taught me how much fun it is to free-motion quilt with no plan in mind and with no stitch regulator. Now, if you follow me online and have seen my quilting then you will know that I still like a ”plan.”.
one final tip for quilters?
Where ever you are in your quilting journey, never stop learning. Take a quilting class or buy a book. Watch a video. Try a new design. Inspiration is everywhere! Find what ignites your passion and then share that passion and love with others.
your turn to win!
You can win a copy of this book just by making a comment on this post. Let’s see….how about telling us what project you’re sewing on right now. (Note: U.S winners will receive a hard copy of the book, and winners outside the U.S. will receive an electronic copy.) Giveaway is open until midnight on Sept. 15. Then we’ll pick a winner at random.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit these other stops on the blog tour! Many minds, many glimpses of a book!
Friday September 1st
C&T Publishing Blog: http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
Tuesday September 5th
Becca Fenstermaker Blog: www.prettypiney.com
Teri Lucas Blog: www.generationqmagazine.com
Wednesday September 6th
Sherry Shish Blog: https://poweredbyquilting.com
Pam Morgan Blog: www.mysweetlittlestitches.com
Thursday September 7th
Katy S Blog: www.katyquilts.net
Laura Piland Blog: www.sliceofpiquilts.com
Friday September 8th
Suzy Webster Blog: https://websterquilt.blogspot.com
Bernie Kringel Blog: https://needleandfoot.com
Monday September 11th
Jamie Mueller Blog: www.sunflower-quilts.com
Nancy Scott Blog: http://masterpiecequilting.blogspot.com
Tuesday September 12th
Sherri Noel Blog: www.rebeccamaedesigns.com
Anorina Morris Blog: www.sameliasmum.com
Wednesday September 13th
Yvonne Fuchs Blog: https://quiltingjetgirl.com
Barbie Mills Blog: https://thequiltingmill.blogspot.com
Thursday September 14th
Afton Warrick Blog: www.quiltingmod.com
Kathy Bruckman Blog: https://kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com
Friday September 15th
Susan Arnold Blog: www.quiltfabrication.com
Dorie Hruska Blog: http://www.forever-quilting.com/blog
Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.