Making Connections Table Runner

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Have you ever wanted to quilt an orange peel motif but wondered how you would do it without starting, stopping, and needing to bury lots of threads? That is just one of connections that Making Connections, a new free motion quilting book by Dorie Hruska, makes!

I was immediately drawn into Dorie’s writing style and teaching method because she encourages us to practice by drawing out motifs. (If you’ve been around my blog for very long, I hope you’ll know how powerful I think it can be to practice drawing quilting motifs.) Her clear instructions quickly build upon each other and showcase fun ways to keep free motion quilting flowing and connected across quilt tops.

Making Connections Table Runner
Making Connections Table Runner

I decided that I really needed to give one of her quilting motifs a try, so I quickly pieced a 16×40 table runner using 4-inch finished (4 1/2-inch unfinished) squares cut from my low volume stash. It was quick piecing, and needless to say… I had a lot of fun quilting it!

Making Connections Table Runner
Making Connections Table Runner

I love how the quilting flowed together. The only time I needed to stop and tie off any threads was when I ran out of bobbin thread about 70% through quilting the top!

Making Connections Table Runner
Making Connections Table Runner

The techniques in Making Connections apply equally to domestic machines or a long arm (though I quilted my table runner on my domestic Juki), making this a very versatile book for any quilter.

Making Connections Table Runner
Making Connections Table Runner

So how do you get your hands on Making Connections? Fortunately, there’s several ways!

  1. Enter for a chance to win, here and on all of the other participating blogs (see below),
  2. Purchase a copy through everyone’s favorite, Amazon,
  3. Purchase a copy through C+T publishing (affiliate link),
  4. Purchase a signed copy from Dorie herself, at Forever Quilting.

Making Connections Blog Hop Schedule

Friday September 1st
C&T Publishing Blog:

Monday September 4th
Holly Anne Knight Blog:
Susan Arnold Blog:

Tuesday September 5th
Becca Fenstermaker Blog:
Teri Lucas Blog:

Wednesday September 6th
Sherry Shish Blog:
Pam Morgan Blog:

Thursday September 7th
Katy S Blog:
Laura Piland Blog:

Friday September 8th
Suzy Webster Blog:
Bernie Kringel Blog:

Monday September 11th
Jamie Mueller Blog:
Nancy Scott Blog:

Tuesday September 12th
Sherri Noel Blog:
Anorina Morris Blog:

Wednesday September 13th
Yvonne Fuchs Blog:
Barbie Mills Blog:

Thursday September 14th
Afton Warrick Blog:
Kathy Bruckman Blog:

Friday September 15th
Susan Arnold Blog:
Dorie Hruska Blog:


Now for your chance to win! This contest runs today thru September 15 via the Rafflecopter contest below. This contest is open to all. C&T Publishing will send a hard copy of the book to domestic winners and an electronic copy to winners outside of the US. No purchase necessary to enter and win.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday.


  • I do FMQ and I’m really enjoying using my ruler foot and rulers to give more structure to my quilts. I really need this book so I won’t quilt myself into corners so often!

  • Yvonne, your quilting using this method is perfect! I can only wish that I will get this skilled with FMQ. I do practice a few times a week on my domestic machine and I can see improvement, but still have a way to go! This book looks like it would help someone like me!

  • I love to FMQ on my Janome Horizon. My tip is to doodle, doodle , doodle your motifs and then try the quilting on small usefull projects like placemats and table runners. Washing these practice pieces will help hide any wonky stitches.

  • This is such an effective design. I’m useless at FMQ in spite of owning several Craftsy classes (practical application may help). I keep forgetting to move the quilt and it seems to stick to the machine bed. I’ve bought a slider in the hope it will improve things but have yet to actually use it.

  • I have done some FMQ on my Janome 6600, but I don’t have a favorite motif yet. One tip I have is to decide what design you want to quilt and practice on a practice piece a little so you get the hang of the movement. The one big thing I’m learning is don’t expect perfection, because I don’t think there is such thing in FMQ. lol

  • The one time I tried FMQ on a real quilt ended in several hours of unpicking because I didn’t like the way it looked. Since then, I have FMQ’d with a ruler which came out okay. I just need way more practice.

  • FMQ is scary, but I am trying to learn. I love reading all the tips and instruction I can get to help me learn.
    Do I understand correctly that we are to put our stitch length and width to zero?
    Thanks for giveaway.

  • That runner is amazing. The quilting is fantastic. I do not free motion quilt, yet. Due to ankle issues I cannot use a foot pedal so use a stop/start button. I have been told more than once that one cannot FMQ with a stop/start button, and so I hesitate to try to prove them wrong. Can I FMQ with a stop/start button?

  • I don’t have any favorites, I’m just learning. I stare at a quilt and go what now? Sort of paralyzed half the time. Where do you start?

  • I’ve done straight line quilting (which I love the look of and to do! it’s my favorite) But it would be good to explore and expand more with my machine quilting. I’m a hand quilter who only started machine quilting a few years ago and I need more practice.

  • When I have tried FMQ before I have had to spend a long time tidying up those loose ends so I definitely think this is the book for me

  • I love FMQ. But I need to gain more control over my designs. I have too many loops and strange lines so I’m not always happy with what I have done. Thanks.

  • I’m a beginning free motion quilter. No favourite motifs yet – I’ve quilted a few larger quilts with an allover meander and a few baby quilts with an allover loop . I would love to learn new motifs.

  • I am a new long arm owner and thus far I can do a meander and a loopy meander. Wanting to do more. This book might help…

  • One of these days…I do not fmq, and am bewildered at myself that I still don’t! This looks like a good book to nudge me over the edge, finally! I love your LV table runner, Yvonne!

  • Well, I don’t FMQ yet. I’ve tried a few times, but always want to pull the quilt and I get long threads and it doesn’t work. I know you have to practice so maybe someday….

  • Yes, I enjoy free motion quilting very much! I don’t really have a favorite motif but have been doing a lot of paisley shapes lately and also vining leaves. Thanks for the giveaway!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)