Create stunning hexagon quilts and so much more--without Y-seams or hand sewing. Sound impossible? Expert quilter Jen Eskridge makes it easy with a quick facing technique, a great alternative to English paper piecing. Learn to use hexagons two ways: appliqued onto a background or stitched together without a background for a two-sided quilt.
- Select from 15 clever projects in a huge variety of sizes, from large quilts to pillows, wall hangings, table runners, pot holders, and more
- Stitch hexagons easily and accurately by machine; learn a handy way to make hexagons of any size
- Find patterns for 18 different 15" x 15" blocks that showcase hexagons, plus numerous motifs for quilting the designs
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Hexagon designs have become all the rage as a result of renewed interest in English paper piecing but there are many among us who are not the slightest bit interested in sewing by hand, who find the prospect of trying to stitch 'Y' seams by machine daunting or who are interested in sewing with slippery or unusual fabrics or large shapes that don't lend themselves to traditional methods. Jen Eskridge is the answer to your prayers. She has developed a technique of facing each hexagon, which only requires you to be able to machine stitch accurately along a drawn line. She provides detailed instructions on her technique along with step-by-step guides for 15 different projects. And while her method is suitable for quite small hexagons, Jen prefers to work large - so you'll see sample quilts made with hexagons that measure from 2in up to 24in across. Although she's using one of quiltmaking's all-time classic shapes, Jen's quilts are more in keeping with the spirit of the Modern Quiltmaking style, with lots of negative space and dense machine quilting. All-in-all, her book is an interesting take on an age-old look, and well worth investigating further.
Review from Midwest Book Review, June 2013
Jen Eskridge's Hexagons Made Easy: Machine Techniques for Exceptional Quilts tells how to create lovely hexagon quilts without y-seams or hand sewing. It comes from an expert quilter who uses a quick facing technique as an alternative to traditional paper piecing, streamlining and simplifying the method and offering some 15 projects in a rang of sizes, from pot holders to table runners and large quilts. Machines are used for stitching hexagons of any size, making this an easy and unusual choice for any needlework collection.
Review from Fans &Porter Easy Quilts, Fall 2013
In this Martingale publication, Jen Eskridge shows you machine stitching and quick facing techniques for making exceptional hexagon quilts; both are great alternatives to English paper piecing. Jen offers 15 clever hexagon projects (from hot pads to large quilts), a handy way to make hexagons in any size, and numerous motifs for quilting the designs.
Designer Jen Eskridge is a native Texan who has lived and traveled all over the world. In 2008, she launched her very own quilting and sewing pattern company, ReannaLily Designs, with commissioned sewing jobs and her trademarked Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Jen maintains a daily blog at ReannaLilyDesigns.com/blog to showcase her sewing adventures, successes, and mishaps. Her design work has been featured in numerous quilting magazines as well as television and radio shows.Visit Jen's website
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