I’m so excited that I got to be part of the blog hop for Dorie Hruska’s new book, Making Connections. I really feel like this book gave me some serious “A-HA!” moments, and really has allowed me to take my longer quilting to the next level.
Making Connections focuses on quilting with a grid layout, and whether that grid is actual or perceived, it really takes a lot of the work out of figuring out what designs to quilt…which is always a struggle for me.
Some of the real “A-HA!” moments for me were Dorie’s suggestions as far as the path to follow through the grid and “exit strategies” for leaving the design. For whatever reason, this really clicked for me. So throughout the past week, I sketched out the quilt I was planning on implementing these techniques on in a fresh, new gridded notebook, and then practiced my design until it just felt like second nature to me.
FYI, the quilt I used to practice these designs is Patchwork Swoon by Thimble Blossoms. Fabrics are from the Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics. I only bought these a year ago to make this quilt for my mom LAST CHRISTMAS. The fact that I am just now finishing this quilt is just another testament to the fact that I am a hot mess, and also the fact that I have never been on time for anything in my entire life. Sigh. Maybe someday my life will be less chaotic? Maybe…
Anyhoo, of course I just finished loading the quilt on the longarm this morning, because it would be completely unlike me to be prepared or done with anything in advance. So I only have snippets of the quilt to share with you, because it’s still in the process of being quilted. But let me tell you…I have never been so pleased with anything I’ve quilted. Seriously, quilty peeps. RUN to get this book.
I love the sweet loopy, swirly design I chose. I wanted my quilting to be quite dense, because I’m not going to lie…this may be the wonkiest quilt I’ve ever made. Thankfully the bright, busy prints distract you from the fact that it’s so wonky, but I will never make the mistake of not checking the measurements of my precuts ever again. Apparently this jelly roll was slightly shy of 2.5″ and so when I made cuts at an exact 2.5″ I ended up with misshapen blocks. Sigh…Oh well. It still looks pretty good, and I’m quilting the life out of it to hide any of my piecing errors.
I quilted outside of the “grid” areas using a dense continuous swirl, and then I did a piano keys design in the outer border.
Now for the giveaway!!! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Making Connections, as well as THREE mini charm packs from my personal stash — perfect for practicing the quilting techniques used in the book. Contest is open internationally (please note, international contestants will receive a digital copy of the book rather than a printed copy), and will run through midnight, September 15. To be entered to win, comment below whether you quilt on a domestic machine or a longarm! Winner will be chosen at random from comments.
Don’t forget to check out the other amazing quilters in the blog hop, linked in the schedule below.
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Until next time (when I promise to share pics of my fully finished Christmas present…LOL), Happy Quilting!