I was delighted when Emily Breclaw (The Caffeinated Quilter) asked me to be a part of the blog tour to promote her book Adventures in Hexagons, published by C&T Publishing. I met Emily through the Inklingo/EQ “Love the Lines” contest over five years ago, in which she won first place with her Tumbling Snowflakes design – a design that was based on hexagon-related shapes, and have followed her blog and her adventures with hexagons ever since.
Adventures in Hexagons is full of inspiration and tips for sewing her designs using hexagons and shapes related to hexagons, such as 60-degree diamonds and kites, all designs that make it very clear that hexagon and hexagon-related quilts are a lot of fun to sew! The cover design is one to which I was immediately drawn.
As was this one.
And this one. I can envision them done as baby quilts.
I’ve made a few quilts based on hexagons and hexagon-related shapes and have some favourite tools that I use. The first and my favourite tool is Inklingo, which I use to print shapes on the back of my fabrics.
The second is this – an ordinary inkjet printer. All I need is freezer paper to which I iron my pre-washed fabric as I use Inklingo collections to print shapes right on the back of my fabrics. I feed the fabric/freezer paper through the printer and …
…a few seconds later, I have perfect shapes printed with both the sewing and cutting lines as well as matching points clearly marked.
In another minute or two, after some quick rotary cutting, I had a nice stack of 30 hexagons all ready to be sewn. No basting, no adding any sort of matching points as they’re printed right on the backs of my fabrics. I used a much darker ink colour than I normally would for these as I wanted to ensure the lines would show up well in photographs.
My other favourite tools, and all I need to sew hexagons or any shapes, are my favourite thread, a finger pincushion, two #12 sharps and thread snips. Now I’ve got everything I need to sew whatever design I wish.
For those of you who are regular readers and also use Inklingo, the designs in Adventures in Hexagons identify the size of the shapes by the finished side measurement – just as Inklingo collections are named. So it’s very easy to figure out just what Inklingo collections you might need to sew almost all of Emily’s designs.
Now for the giveaway. Today, two copies of Adventures in Hexagons are being given away. C&T Publishing will send an electronic version of the book to a winner who lives in the U.S. and Emily has generously offered to send a softcover copy to a winner who lives outside the U.S.
So leave a comment, letting me know in which country you reside, to be entered in the giveaway! I’ll announce the winners’ names on August 6, 2017.
Be sure to follow along the Adventures in Hexagons blog tour:
July 24 – C&T Publishing
July 25 – Generation Q Magazine
July 27 – Marti Mitchell
July 28 – Clothworks Fabrics
July 29 – Quilt Obsession (you’re here)
July 30 – Paper Pieces
August 1 – Mary Huey
August 2 – Linda Franz
August 3 – Patty Murphy
August 4 – Cheryl Sleboda
August 5 – Wendy Sheppard
August 6 – Emily Breclaw
Edited to Add:
Comments are now closed and the winners have been chosen. Valerie S., who left a comment on August 3 @ 4:01 p.m., is the U.S. winner who will receive an copy of the book from the publisher. Cherryl Barron, who left a comment on July 29 @9:29 a.m., is the international winner to whom Emily, the author of Adventures in Hexagons, will send a paper copy of the book. I have sent e-mails to both winners asking for their addresses. Congratulations!!