Tacha Bruecher‘s latest, that’s what. Hexa-Go-Go has arrived and is worthy of both boots and a wiggle dress. A deft selection of 16 new English Paper Piecing patterns (EPP) incorporating rosettes, stars, diamonds, blocks and freeform shapes … all originating from that six-sided sweetheart – the hexagon.
Handwork is not hard work
My own hand sewing skills haven’t been exercised in awhile. Though I enjoy the meditative nature of hand sewing, it takes a bit of inspiration and ramping up to get me into a project. Encouragement, fortunately, comes early in the Foreward of this book: “Learn how forgiving hexagons are and how you don’t need to make an entire Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt to be a hexagon quilter.”
Case in point: The Rosette Needle Book.
This project uses only 7 hexagons, so it’s a good one to warm up with if you’re rusty with EPP (like me), a new stitcher, or if you are curious about hand sewing. A pocketable project that will organize my needles and pins? Sweet.
Shifting into Modern
I devoured the examples and ideas Bruecher shares in the Introduction in updating the uses and palettes for this centuries-old technique. She proclaims herself as “being in general a fairly impatient type” and is generous in sharing her own tips in time saving and troubleshooting. A number of especially helpful pages is dedicated to “making your project modern,” were easy to read and absorb.
My Bernina machine will never be used while I wait inside my car; when I’m in meetings or conferences. It will not accompany me to a park to relax in front of a lake full of ducks and geese. (Though the image IS hilarious – complete with machine at picnic table and impossibly long orange extension cord trailing over grassy hills to some distant outlet – it’s just not gonna happen.)
EPP projects are “quilting’s answer to knitting,” regarding ease and convenience of tucking scraps and a few simple tools into a bag or pack. Bruecher throws down a Go Faster Box Bag pattern so you can incorporate hexagons into the bag’s design, then use that for any ensuing paper piecing projects. Helpful. Clever.
I can feel myself gravitating toward more EPP adventures in just making the needle book and box bag. Perhaps those 2 finished pieces will prepare me to create the Chevron Picnic Quilt…while I’m watching the ducks and geese at Green Lake.
One lucky person will receive a free copy of Hexa-Go-Go. To enter, simply leave a comment here about where you take, or would like to take, your English Paper Piecing project. Would you take it on a plane? To the pool? Or summer school?
For a second entry, log in to your Amazon.com account and “like” this title. Come back here and leave a comment saying you did so. Our winner will be randomly selected from the comments here on this post, contacted via email, and we’ll update this post with the winners’ name. Deadline to enter is Monday, June 20, 2012. Good luck to all!
6/20/12 UPDATE: Deborah is our winner – congratulations!