Hex- a- Go Go Day

Yippee Yeah It's My Day.
I hope you have been following along on the Hexa-Go-Go book tour. Tacha has outdone herself on her Hexagon English Paper Piecing book and has asked us to tell you what we think about it.

 August 20th Katy Jones - imagingermonkey - http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com

August 22nd Beth Wilson - Sew Mama Sew - http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/
August 24th Cathy Underhill - Cabbage Quilts - http://cabbagequilts.blogspot.com
August 27th Lynne Goldsworthy - Lilys Quilts - http://www.lilysquilts.blogspot.com/

August 29th Jennifer Mathis - Ellison Lane - http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com
August 31st Angela Pingel - Cut to Pieces - http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com

September 3rd Jeni Baker - In Color Order - http://www.incolororder.blogspot.com/

September 5th Nettie - A quilt is nice - http://aquiltisnice.blogspot.com

September 7th Lissa Alexander - Moda Lissa - http://modalissa.blogspot.com

September 10th Sarah Fielke - The Last Piece - http://www.thelastpiece.typepad.com/
September 12th Michele Pacey - Michele Made Me - http://www.michelemademe.com/

September 14th Kimberly Jolly - Fat Quarter Shop - http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
September 17th Aneela Hoey - Comfort Stitching - http://www.comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/

September 19th John Adams - Quiltdad - http://www.quiltdad.com/

September 21st Elizabeth Hartman - Oh Fransson - http://www.ohfransson.com/


This is just once example of the happy colorful projects in the book.
Is Happy a color? It should be. If my unmade bed looked this good, Iwould never make it again. 

English Paper piecing or EPP dates back to the 18th century. This method was often used to stabilize fabrics such as silk. EPP continued to the art form it is today by using the smallest bits of scraps and transforming them into today's heirlooms. I can imagine that learning EPP was similar to the craft of
teaching stitches by making embroidered samplers.
The luxury of EPP for me is that it is so portable and requires so few tools and supplies. I  even keep a small bag in my car with a clover needle threader, needle and thread, hexagon papers and scraps.

One of my favorite quilts in the book is a huge union jack quilt.
pics compliments of Stash Books
 I really want to make it, but instead I started on a smaller version of the US flag quilt. I worked on this during the London Olympics, so it is kind of the same, right?
This is my table runner in progress. I ran out of time to finish the field of stars
as hexagons so I am going to quilt it to look like hexagons.
I talked to my friends at Accu-Quilt and ........
I have one  Go Baby for some lucky person.
Then I am going to throw in a hexagon die and mat. You will have the complete package to aid you in this addiction to this relaxing, therapeutic form of handwork. Leave a comment and let me know what you would make from hexagons. The winner will be drawn at random Sunday night and announced Monday morning. (thank you AccuQuilt)
 As you know I do love hexagons. There is something just so pleasing about it's simple shape.
Warning: EPP does become an addiction as you will see in these pictures.
I have two different quilts started. I probably have enough hexy's made to complete both quilts
but I keep making more.
I have even started machine piecing some of the hexy's together.
Read how in previous blog posts here and here.

Sneak peek on my I Spy hexy quilt for a future grand child. No one is pregnant yet and I do not want to tempt anyone to get pregnant just to get the quilt. I have a long long way to go.More on this project in a future post.
Tacha has taken the traditional EPP flower garden to an entirely new level.
The hottest trend is the new English paper piecing. Amazing how great quilters are making a craft from the 18th century trendy again.
What would the acronym for that be? NEPP

There is an old saying: Nothing good comes from boredom. It's said that idle hands are the devil's workshop, an old saying dating at least as far back as Chaucer in the twelfth century who called idle hands the devil's tools.
Keep your hands busy with Hexy's and start with Hexa-Go Go for inspiration and direction.
Thank you Tacha!

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