Making Connections Table Runner
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Making Connections Blog Hop

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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87 thoughts on “Making Connections Blog Hop

  1. shoshana says:

    my favorite changes all the time, right now i’m loving doing geometric line designs. and yes, i want to learn about any type of design anyone wants to teach!!!! the more the better!!! thanks

  2. Lisa says:

    I free motion quilt but it’s a real chore. I’d like to find some methods to make tbe process easier.

  3. The design so suits your fabrics, and this book would be such a help to me, from start to finish.

  4. Yes, I try to FMQ, but curves are the problem, and this would surely give me the confidence to try once more with ample assistance.

  5. Angela J Short says:

    Beautiful table runner! I have not tried FMQ yet but this book is cool! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  6. daisyandjack says:

    I’ve just started some free motion quilting – its very daunting ! I wonder if its better to practice drawing the one design repeatedly or if you still get muscle memory doodling lots of designs ? Thanks 🙂

  7. spierssusan says:

    I have tried FMQ on a small practice sandwich – I understand it takes just doodling & practicing! Thank you, Susan

  8. Nancy A says:

    Looks like a very helpful book. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

  9. Deb says:

    I mostly straight line quilt but have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to do FM. This book would definitely help me!

  10. Alida says:

    I have been practising my feathers recently. They are not that great but they are getting better! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. I’ve done very little FMQ but I do want to increase my skills, and I love the little orange peel motif in your table runner. Take care, Mary.

  12. Sharon B. says:

    I have not tried FMQ yet. The thought of doing a large quilt on a DSM is kind of overwhelming, but I would love to learn how. This book sounds like it would be very helpful.

  13. Jill B says:

    I enjoy FMQ quite a lot, and am just beginning to do some ruler work too. I could really use this book to help with reducing starts and stops!

  14. Liz Horgan says:

    Nice table runner! I’m starting to think about quilting for my son’s triple irish chain college graduation quilt(he graduated in 2015!) I was thinking about orange peel, but my favorite go to are spirals.

  15. TinaC says:

    I tried FMQ a few years ago but lost interest…..this would inspire me to get going again…..

  16. Susan L. says:

    Love your quilting design! I do free motion quilt a bit, but only a simple meander. I wish I could do more designs.

  17. Laura Links says:

    I enjoy free motion quilting now. But, I did have a period of years where I only made quilt tops (thus, I have a huge pile of WIPs) because I found myself so worried about ‘ruining’ my quilt. I overcame that fear by starting to view each quilt as a practice quilt, which, in fact, it is …since we’re always learning and never perfect. Now, I’m able to just get to work, without so much worry. This book looks GREAT. Thank you for the review!

  18. Cindy says:

    Love the motif you used. I also draw out a motif first on either paper or a whiteboard. Sometimes I will lay a clear wrapping paper, used for wrapping fruit baskets, on my quilt and use dry erase markers to audition design choices. I hope that makes some sense.

  19. I am a beginner when it comes to fmq. When I dedicate myself to daily practice, I see improvement. Then I get sidetracked by other projects and need to start the process over again. I’m still looking for motifs that fit my skill level and my quilting style, so I ‘d love this book.

  20. Love the table runner. I see people in my quilt guild meeting practicing patterns for quilting. I think I need to get a sketch book.

  21. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I am just learning to free motion quilt, so any hints you can give on how to get started would be lovely! I mostly do straight line or use a decorative stitch from my machine, so I have trouble figuring out a design for free motion quilting.

  22. I normally do an organic style straight line quilting on my tops with my Juki. Your runner looks beautiful

  23. Amy L says:

    Since I retired, I am doing more free motion quilting. Can’t say that I enjoy it as much as piecing, but I’m improving. Take several classes is the best tip I can give. Each teacher adds to your knowledge, and there is just so much to learn.

  24. Cathryn H says:

    This appears to be a very interesting book. I love the quilting you showed on your table runner. Might have to check into this book.

  25. lewisnancy54 says:

    I am really a beginner at FMQing. I am pretty proud of my stippling, but so far have not mastered anything else. I love your tablerunner, and hope to be able to do something like that someday.

  26. Andrea Doherty says:

    I am just starting to experiment with free motion quilting. I have been doodling the meandering flower cause I thought that might be my first attempt.

  27. Yes, I do some free motion on the longarm. I am always interested in finding new ways to quilt.

  28. I love free motion quilting. My favorite tip is to doodle and then just do it (once you achieve good tension). The more you quilt the better you will be.

  29. Kaja says:

    Even though I never machine quilt (and on that basis, you can leave me out of the draw for the giveaway) I am always fascinated looking at quilting patterns and trying to work out how they flow from one space to the next.

  30. I have not tried free form quilting, yet.

  31. Sarah J says:

    I have only done a basic meandering FMQ- loved it, but some of the designs with repeats are intimidating (can I really make the same shape in the same place in the next bock or keep my design uniform throughout!?)! I have a few small projects I want to make and hope to use them for some practice.

  32. I have quilted all my own quilts since 2001, and I teach FMQ. My tip about quilting is to use Neutrogena Original formula hand cream for holding and guiding your quilt rather than gloves which are awkward and don’t leave your fingers free to handle the thread or change a bobbin. Neutrogena is great for your skin, doesn’t damage the fabric of your quilt, and leaves your hands free. If I happen to win this book, it will be donated to our Modern Quilt Guild chapter’s library. Thank you for the chance!

  33. Laura says:

    I mostly use the walking foot for quilting because I still can’t get my rhythm for FMQ. Your idea of making a table runner up and just going for it is a good on, Yvonne. Thanks for sharing your project.

  34. yellowcatquilts says:

    I love to free motion quilt, this would be a great book to have! I love your table runner, it turned out wonderful!

  35. Janet T says:

    I do FMQ and walking foot quilting on my DSM. My tip is to relax and take your time. You don’t have to go fast like on the videos. If you go slower you will have more control.

  36. carolyn montgomery says:

    i do some very simple fmq but, would love to get my hands on this book and learn to do more detailed designs.

  37. LINDA says:

    Love doing FMQing of hearts and swirls+leaves and vines too! Sure takes alot of practice, it seems. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Rochelle Summers says:

    I really like the way you’ve caught the quilting in your photography. Having just spent A LOT OF TIME burying quilting ends, I can see that this book would be beneficial to have. Thank you for the opportunity. If I don’t win, I know how to get it.

  39. Kathy h says:

    Great quilting. My favorite motif is a loop stitch but would like to try something new.

  40. cheriec12 says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book. I am currently trying to learn to FMQ, but it’s taking awhile to get the rhythm.

  41. Helen says:

    To win this would be stupendous . I love orange peel quilting – but all that burying the ends ….

  42. Love the table runner – I free motion – ususally pick a motif that goes with the design of the fabrics. I like lazy dazey sort of loopy designs and orange peel!!

  43. Kathie L says:

    I do very basic FMQing – lines and wavy curves. I’d like to do more.

  44. judystolz says:

    I’m trying to learn to be a lot more free than straight lines and cross hatches~ so need to work on this!

  45. Susan says:

    Looks great Yvonne!

  46. quilterpt says:

    I use a clear plexiglass with a wet erase marker to “test drive” my designs before committing to sewing…saves me a lot of unsewing to do it that way!

  47. Yvonne says:

    The only free motion quilting I do is a wavy straight line.

  48. Ann O. says:

    I am just getting my feet wet with free motion, practicing on muslin sandwiches or felt squares. The learning curve seems so steep, with so much to think about at the same time, it kinda makes my brain hurt! That’s probably a good thing though…..

  49. Melody Lutz says:

    Yes, I do FMQ. My go to is echoed paisleys…it’s natural and just flows from me.

  50. Martha Brach says:

    I do FMQ and am always looking for new ways to FMQ more than meandering.

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