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
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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 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.Visit Katja's website
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