I'm posting today as part of the blog tour for Tacha Bruecher's new book, Hexa Go-Go, which is a fabulous collection of quilt projects featuring English paper pieced hexagons. You can find a schedule of the other blog tour posts here.
I think it's always exciting to learn a new technique, and I can happily say that Hexa Go-Go taught me how to do English paper piecing with hexagons. Like so many of us, I've been seeing the gorgeous EPP projects on Flickr for years, but I hadn't attempted it until now.
The how-to instructions in Hexa Go-Go are straightforward and comprehensive. My favorite thing about Tacha's Getting Started With Hexagons chapter is that she describes multiple ways of completing certain steps, along with pros and cons of the different methods. After reading this chapter, I felt like I knew exactly what supplies I needed and how to use them. I kept the book with me while I was practicing and found myself referring back to it several times, each time finding exactly the information I was looking for.
If you're feeling ambitious, Tacha has created some really incredible large-scale hexagon compositions (including gorgeous American Flag and Union Jack quilts). Even if you're not sure you want to take on one of the projects, I highly recommend this book as a resource for learning how to do English paper piecing.
Thank you, Tacha, for teaching me a new skill. I can't wait to make more hexagons!