Books on Monday – The New Hexagon

Welcome to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece by Katja Marek. I’ve had a request to mention the name of the publisher also. This one is published by That PatchwoYes, the following link is an Amazon Affiliate links, which help to support this blog. (And I’d like to thank those of you who have supported the blog in this way!) The first link is the Kindle link. The second is the paperback link.

Yes, it is true that I am not an English Paper Piecing type of person, although I love hand piecing. These hexagons are so charming, however, that I am seriously considering making some by cutting out the pieces with exactly a quarter inch border and hand piecing them. It doesn’t hurt that many of the blocks are made with Kate Spain fabrics that I already own!

The hexagons in this book are all pieced hexagons, three inches on a side. I love the look of them. I can actually see myself making a hexagon sampler with these. This is scary! Hexagons have never been my thing at all. Maybe the difference is that usually EPP is using small hexagons to make patterns and this is using pieces to make patterned hexagons. We’ll go with that!

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me give you a slightly annotated Table of Contents.

  • Introduction
  • Modern English Paper Piecing
    • Tools and Equipment
    • English-Paper-Piecing Techniques
    • Quiltmaking Basics
    • Working with the Patterns (This section helps with all sorts of tips, including tips on working with directional patterns and fussy-cutting.)
  • The Blocks (52 remember)
  • The Projects (quilt patterns using the blocks)
  • Gallery
  • Patterns and Label (These are patterns for shapes used to set the hexagon blocks and you know what a label is, I hope)
  • About the Author
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments

Check it out and

Quilt on!

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