Sunday, September 10, 2017

Making Connections Blog Hop

Making Connections Blog Hop


Hi!  Welcome to Masterpiece Quilting!

I'm Nancy Scott and I'm excited to be part of this blog hop where we celebrate the release of Dorie Hruska's latest book Making Connections: A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook with C & T Publishing. 

I've been longarm quilting since 2006 and it's always a challenge to come up with new and fresh ideas for quilting. Sure you can always stitch out an edge to edge pattern and call it finished but what really gets the attention is custom quilting that highlights the piecing.  This book is full of designs and techniques that are applicable for both domestic machine and longarm quilters and will allow you to do exactly that - get a custom quilted look without all the stops and starts.  

Sometimes my biggest challenge is deciding what designs I want to use, so I'm asking you to help me out.   Here is my new Christmas table runner that needs quilted.  I used my Let's Gather pattern to make it.




I want to quilt it so the quilting highlights the piecing but doesn't necessarily draw attention to my non-so-perfect piecing :)   so the techniques in Making Connections are perfect. 

Here's a close-up look at the block so you can see it better. 




From my design software, I exported the block diagram and printed it.  Then I began playing around and drawing some different quilting options that are in the Making Connections book.




Which quilting option do you like best?  

Another decision I have to make is thread color - which should I use?  Do I want to draw attention to the quilting or just let it subtly add texture?    Here are the first 5 thread cones I grabbed.  All of the threads are Superior So Fine 50wt. 




And here is a close-up so you can see the thread better.  I know I have a favorite picked out but I want to know what you think too!



For your input in helping me decide how to quilt my Let's Gather runner, C&T Publishing is giving away a free copy of Making Connections.  To enter, leave a comment with which thread color (gold, beige, yellow, red, green or suggest one) and which quilting option (a, b, c, d  or suggest one) that I should use. It's that easy!  After the blog hop ends on September 15th, I will select a winner and contact you for your mailing address.
**Note: Only winners with addresses within the US will receive a hard copy of the book. International winners will receive the e-book version.

To order a signed copy of Making Connections, here is the link to Dorie's website, Forever Quilting. 

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog - later this month I will have a show and tell post when I quilt my Let's Gather runner using your suggestions for quilting and thread. 



Also be sure to check out all the awesome quilting that is happening in this blog hop.

BLOG HOP SCHEDULE


Friday September 1st
C&T Publishing Blog: http://www.ctpub.com/blog/   IG:ctpublishing

Monday September  4th
Holly Anne Knight Blog: https://www.stringandstory.com/ IG: stringandstory
Susan Arnold Blog: www.quiltfabrication.com IG: quiltfabrication

Tuesday September 5th 
Becca Fenstermaker Blog:  www.prettypiney.com IG: prettypiney
Teri Lucas Blog: www.generationqmagazine.com IG: genqmag

Wednesday September 6th 
Sherry Shish Blog: https://poweredbyquilting.com IG: poweredbyquilting
Pam Morgan Blog: www.mysweetlittlestitches.com IG: sweetlittlestitches

Thursday September 7th 
Katy S Blog: www.katyquilts.net IG: katyquilts
Laura Piland Blog: www.sliceofpiquilts.com IG: sliceofpiquilts

Friday September 8th 
Suzy Webster Blog: https://websterquilt.blogspot.com IG: websterquilt
Bernie Kringel Blog: https://needleandfoot.com IG: needleandfoot

Monday September 11th
Jamie Mueller Blog: www.jamie@sunflower-quilts.com IG: sunflower_quilt
Nancy Scott Blog: http://masterpiecequilting.blogspot.com IG: masterpiecequilting

Tuesday September 12th 
Sherri Noel Blog: www.rebeccamaedesigns.com IG: rebeccamaedesigns
Anorina Morris Blog: www.sameliasmum.com IG: sameliasmum

Wednesday September 13th 
Yvonne Fuchs  Blog: https://quiltingjetgirl.com IG: quiltingjetgirl
Barbie Mills Blog: https://thequiltingmill.blogspot.com IG: thequiltingmill

Thursday September 14th 
Afton Warrick Blog: www.quiltingmod.com IG: quiltingmod 
Kathy Bruckman Blog: https://kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com IG: kathyskwiltsandmore

Friday September 15th
Susan Arnold Blog: www.quiltfabrication.com IG: quiltfabrication
Dorie Hruska Blog: http://www.forever-quilting.com/blog IG: foreverquilting

64 comments:

  1. I would use the red I think that it will stand out.
    the pattern is wonderful.

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  2. Quilting - D. To me, it highlights the star with a little bit of extra interest. Colour - Gold. It will retreat on the gold sections but will highlight the star.NO matter what you choose, it will be a lovely runner.

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  5. Gold C. What a fun question--thanks for asking!

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  6. Honestly I like the red but use what you like. Go for bold. Why not?

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  7. I like the C design and the yellow thread. Good luck deciding cuz all are pretty! I really hope I get to win this book!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  8. Nice table runner. I would choose gold thread and quilting option a.

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  10. I would choose option D in gold. Can't wait to see what your final choice is

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  11. I like the red thread with option #C. I think it would look great on your table runner!

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  12. My favorites are the gold thread with the "C" quilting. It will look gorgeous with any of your choices!

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  13. I like #422 lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. My vote is C with the middle thread. Can't wait to see it done!

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  17. I like the red thread with option d !

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  18. Very lovely. Decisions are hard for me so I always ask others, too, and then usually do the way I want anyway. I would take gold and do A. But no matter what you choose it will look wonderful. Karen kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  19. I like the red. It doesn't overwhelm the green, but shows up and it looks nice with the gold fabric, too. :)

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  20. I would choose design D and use gold thread.

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  21. Since you asked , LOL, more is better. Use the green, gold, red and cream in their areas of matching fabrics. If you're super comfortable then highlight the center motif with more gold.
    I'd love to win this must have book.

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  22. Gold. My machine and I love So Fine, it's my go to thread for longarming. D would add more interest and depth. Fun, huh! Thanks.

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  24. I like B and yellow. Thanks so much for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  25. The yellow or gold looks good. Thanks for sharing.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. The yellow thread and D quilting. It will be very beautiful for your next Christmas. :)

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  27. I always have a hard time. I really like the yellow.

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  28. I always have a hard time. I really like the yellow.

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  29. I would choose beige and option A.

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  31. I like the C design with green thread.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  32. I like design A with the yellow thread

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