I’m finding #CreativeGoodness thru English Paper Piecing of Hexie designs by Katja Marek. Thus, today I want to share insights about a book she has written, a quilt along, as well as a giveaway.
The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece, by Katja Mar has innovative designs using English Paper Piecing, based around Hexagon designs.
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katja Marek was born in Moers, Germany. At the age of eight, she 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 her own quilt shop in Kamloops, British Columbia.
For hexie lovers and those that have not yet discovered the fun of creativity with Hexies, this book is the roadmap for unlimited creativity with hexies. Not famililar with English Paper Piecing (EPP)? No problem. Katja has included information for all the basics, including tool selection, EPP techniques, quiltmaking basics, as well as working with patterns to help you create your own designs.
Projects in range from a 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ Candle Mat to a 19 1/2″ x 46″ table runner to a 60″ x 78″ quilt and all of the projects come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.
The 52 blocks of amazing hexie designs for English Paper Piecing, all include templates to create 6″ blocks. There are endless possibilities of creating your own unique quilts using the EPP block designs provided in this book.
DID I MENTION A QUILT ALONG?
Katja is hosting a free Quilt Along called “Blocks on the Go, Quilts on the Grow”, with info on this event available on her website: http://www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/quilt-along.htm But all the fun is being shared in a facebook group she created for sharing with those participating in this event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/534929129996575/
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
One lucky follower of QuiltShopGal will receive a copy of “The New Hexagon” book, by Katja Marek. This giveaway is open to WW followers, but I do ask you to read the rules below and if you are interested, claim one or more entries using the Rafflecopter form below. To clarify, it only takes one entry to win, but there a variety of ways to enter. And, for those that like to increase their odds you can claim as many entries that you qualify for.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming, as a Postage Angel who has donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to ship directly to winners in 2016. Thanks to Libby for covering 100% of the shipment of this prize to an US winner. I also want to clarify, Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.
I do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016. If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel. If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds will go into a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes. Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.
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