The New Hexagon - 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece

by Katja Marek
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Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You'll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.

  • Select from 52 patterns for 6" blocks
  • Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes
  • Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt

by Katja Marek
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
October 7th, 2014
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This title accepted for returns only in resale condition
I have not seen this book in the UK, will have to research the title as it looks interesting.
I have made several hexagon projects, one a King sized quilt. Hexagons are portable, addictive and provide a conversation piece when travelling!
This book is all about paper piecing. The first 13 pages are about techniques, tips and how-tos. Tips are set off in colored boxes.

Maybe a better name for English paper piecing would be Applique with Stabilizer. The English paper piecing is simply cutting out paper templates, applying them to the wrong side of your fabric, folding over the raw edges and then appliqueing them in place. Once you are done, you remove the paper. The paper gives you a “ridged” form to work with.

There are 52 pages of blocks. Each page has the form and then a photo of the finished block. There are seven projects which include two quilts, two table runners, a candle mat and a mug rug and finally a baby quilt.

The instructions have a colored photo of the item, a paragraph about the item in a colored box and the required material and cutting lists. There are just a few graphics with the written instructions and there are no specific quilting instructions.

The final pages of the book include templates and a tag pattern. One page gives the author’s bio, resources and acknowledgements.

"I received this e-book free in exchange for providing an unbiased review."
I am totally new to English Paper Piecing. The instructions are clearly written, and it was a pleasure to read through this book. Having such large variety of blocks is a delight. One could really do a lot with this book.
Love all the modern hexagon blocks Katja's book offers and her clear instructions on how to make them. Such fun designs, and so many possibilities!
When I looked at this book, it brought back memories of a quilt I made a couple of years a go. It was a really popular design in the Netherlands, called the Variahex (as in variations of hexagons) I really enjoyed this project, because you can give every hexagon your unique twist, by using fabric in many different ways. In this book there are 52 different blocks, so even more than I already knew. I think every hexagon-lover will enjoy this book. Maybe I'll make another hexagon quilt now ;-)
I love how Katja has combined the traditional Hexagon pattern with English paper piecing with a modern twist. With her easy to use methods on a traditional idea, makes creating Hexagons so much fun. You will be creating your own patterns in no time using Katja's simple techniques. You will find many more tips and ideas to inspire your passion for Hexagons.
Excellent book, I am hooked. I so appreciate the careful instruction Katja uses throughout the book.
Now back to stitching!
These blocks are over the top. I really enjoy EPP and am currently in a EPP group at Quilter's Junction in Centralia. We are having a great time learning new techniques and tips from members of our group. Katja has given us an opportunity to expand our Hexie knowledge. Look forward to having her book in my book collection.
Would love to have this book, looks like a real winner & place to start a collection.
I have made 26, 6" english paper pieced hexagons. I guess that makes me an experienced piecer?? I enjoyed the process, and found hand piecing extremely relaxing! Looks like Katja's book is going to be a keeper in my library!
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Review from Popular Patchwork, January 2015

Katja Marek quite rightly points out in the introduction to her book that English paper piecing, whilst a popular mainstay of quilting, can be extremely time consuming. However, modern techniques and tools can certainly speed up the process, and make pleasing results obtainable in a fraction of the time. The New Hexagon features 52 blocks to piece, with a huge variety in styles, techniques and colours, and the author encourages readers to experiment with other techniques like fussy cutting to add further variety. There are several beautiful projects included, too, and a gallery of some finished pieces for even more inspiration. The book provides step-by-step instructions and goes some way to proving how versatile, attractive and modern English paper pieced quilts can be. As a fitting and serendipitious nod to the start of a new year, this is one of three books this month to feature 52 separate pieces - so you can have something to make for every week of 2015 if you're determined!
The Canadian Quilter, Spring 2015

I love it when I find a Canadian author to review. Katja has a quilt shop in Kamloops, BC, and has written this book including 52 patterns for six-inch blocks. It seems to me there is a renewed interest in English Paper Piecing and Katja has updated the method with today's tools. The projects included range from a mug rug to a bed-sized quilt. If you wanted to try your hand at English Paper Piecing, you could start by trying a mug rug or candle mat from her patterns. There are numerous images from the book on her website that will give you a better idea than my words will. Check it out!

Katja Marek

Katja Marek of Kamloops, British Columbia, is the owner of Katja's Quilt Shoppe and the creator of the popular The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along. She was born in Moers, Germany, and at the age of eight immigrated with her family to Canada. Her mother was a tailor by trade and took in alterations as a way to stay home with her children. Katja grew up under her mother's sewing machine and spent many childhood hours crafting, sewing, crocheting, and cross-stitching. Unlike most teenage girls, Katja spent her money not on makeup and music but on fabric. When she was 14, the family moved to a camp/resort, where many of the cabin beds featured handmade quilts. Katja fell in love with an old version of a Grandmother's Fan design. Without any knowledge of quilting, but with a vast knowledge of sewing, she proceeded to make templates and cut pieces from old clothing--and thus her quilting journey began. Winning the award for art achievement in high school convinced her that she wanted to pursue a career with a creative outlet. In 1999, with years of banking behind her and her children in their teens, the time had come for Katja to realize that dream. She fulfilled her vision by opening Katja's Quilt Shoppe. She is the designer of several highly successful online quilt-alongs.

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