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FriYAY Friends :: An Interview with Dorie Hruska, author of Making Connections

Making Connections Close Up

Good morning, Quilty Friends!

First of all, if you are in Florida, I hope you are safe and dry!! 

Making Connections Blog Hop

On Monday, I was the second stop on the Making Connections Blog Hop. If you haven't already, you will enjoy that post-- it's full of En Provence eye candy, and I just can't recommend Dorie's book enough. My big goal this weekend is to finish the quilt and share even more about the process with you on this coming Monday. 

Doris Hruska Head Shot

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, your creative background, etc. I have been married for 20 years and have 2 teenagers. A boy that is 17 and a girl that is 15. I come from 4 generations of quilters/crafters. I guess you could say that creating runs in our blood. These women have inspired me in so many ways, including the desire to share my passion with others through teaching.

Continuous Curve Quilting

2) How did you learn continuous curve quilting, and what made you fall in love with this technique? Continuous curve quilting is a very traditional design. Many of the antique quilts, my family has in their collection, has some form of this design hand quilted on them. So of course this is one of the first designs I attempted to master. From there I developed many variations of continuous curves. Which has lead up to the strategies I use today for deciding how to quilt a top. 

Continuous Curve Mini Quilt

3) If you're not using continuous curves, what quilting motifs are your favorite? My favorite quilting motif would have to be Crosshatching! Specifically, Curved Crosshatching! Again, very traditional! I can usually find somewhere on a quilt to work in some crosshatching designs.

Quilted Snails at Sea

4) What advice or encouragement do you have for other quilters and makers on their creative journeys?  If you see something you like, for example a new pattern or technique, don't be afraid to try it. Never compare your first attempt to others who have been doing it for years. Enjoy the process, it's not a race. For most, being creative is a life long journey. Find your passion and then share it with other.

Modern Hexies

Dorie, thank you so much for sharing with us today! Your work and your book are wonderful! Y'all can find these photos and more on Dorie's Instagram @ForeverQuilting, and you can purchase a signed copy of Making Connections on Dorie's website

You can find me on Instagram @stringandstory where I love to post quilty eye candy and videos to encourage you to quilt bravely. Speaking of encouragement, I'm working on a smashing Newsletter to send you tomorrow. I'd love for you to sign up! And, by signing up, you'll receive a free PDF called "3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." 

Happy Quilting, my friends!


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