Well I am step five or so on the Hexa Go-Go book tour. I'll be honest (and Tacha doesn't know this), when I first heard about this book, I thought it might be a bit fuddy duddy with pages and pages of old lady quilts. I mean I'm no spring chicken myself but hexagons can at times be a little fuddy duddy. Well I could not have been more wrong. I will throw my hat in the ring and say that this is my favourite book of this year. And having been a big fan of Tacha's right from the time I started quilting, which was pretty much the time Tacha, Katy, John and Brioni started Fat Quarterly, I should have known that her book would be so fabulous.
At the London retreat, we hung one of the quilts from this book up in the entrance hall and, when no-one was looking, I would tip toe over to it and peer closely at the workmanship (perhaps hoping to spot a mistake or two). You know she sews a lot of stitches per inch unlike sloppy old me with my 6-8 per inch EPP stitch rate. How on earth she got all these quilts made even in a lifetime I cannot imagine. Anyway, since I am a lover of flags, the two hexagon flag quilts are two of my favourite quilts in the book, especially of course the union jack one, which I did actually try to steal at the retreat but mean old Tacha wouldn't let me have it sadly.
Great for beginners and advanced quilters alike, this book starts off by taking you step by step through the whole English Paper Piecing process. If you haven't tried it before, you might be surprised by how addictive and soothing it can be - sitting in the cafe overlooking the kids swimming in the public swimming pool as Mandy and I were yesterday - both armed with a nice EPP project to keep us going. There are big projects, small projects and everything in between in the book and a few projects where EPP is mixed with regular piecing and applique just to mix it up. The projects are all fresh, bright and modern, even though the tradition of piecing using heaxagons goes back centuries.
August 29th – Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane
August 31st – Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces
September 3rd – Jeni Baker from In Color Order
September 5th – Nettie from A Quilt is Nice
September 7th – Lissa Alexander from Moda Lissa
September 10th – Sarah Fielke from The Last Piece
September 12th – Michele Pacy from Michele Made Me
September 14th – Kimberly Jolly from The Jolly Jabber
September 17th – Aneela Hoey from Comfort Stitching
September 19th – John Adams from Quilt Dad
September 21st – Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson