Quilters have been stitching continuous curved designs for years and calling them all kinds of different names. In my book, Making Connections—A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook, we look at many different variations of these designs and expand upon them, providing limitless possibilities for quilting.
Time is a precious thing. You can spend your time stitching individual motifs in each area of a quilt, stopping and cutting your threads after each design, or you can save time by connecting the designs—stitching them from one side of the quilt all the way to the other side, with just one start and stop. By keeping the designs simple, you can achieve a more complicated look. By repeating those designs throughout the quilt, you can also create a balance in design and texture.
Download free instructions for Dorie's basic connecting stitch HERE.