So just trolling through Facebook one day I stumbled across some stunning pictures of some English Paper Piecing in progress. Turns out there's a group of people following Katja Marek's The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along.
The quilt along is based on Katja's new book, The New Hexagon:
As you can tell from the cover, she's subdivided hexagons into smaller pieces with some really stunning effects. Being the hand sewer that I am, I immediately had to join, even though I was starting off over a month behind.
I ordered the book online from Connecting Threads, but was having trouble getting my scanner to accurately copy the patterns in the book, so I purchased the digital copy of the book as well, which has printable patterns. Here's what one of them looks like:
The highlighter marks are there to help me put the blocks back together in the same orientation. I had picked out some fabric I thought would be fun to fussy cut from, but was thwarted when I discovered how large these pieces are! A great excuse to go to the fabric store, then:
I picked up this Color Theory layer cake from Gigi's Fabric in Brandon. I love it! I personally have issues combining different colors, and Vanessa does an awesome job of mixing different colors together. Now a layer cake isn't going to be nearly enough, so I bought Moda Bella Solids in matching colors from Inspire! in Plant City as well as from Fat Quarter Shop.
There's some ombre fabric in there that I am itching to use!
Well, here's the center of Rosette 1:
That's an 18x24 cutting mat, to put this in perspective. I really love how the striped fabric turned into a union jack.
I only used solids in the next round:
I then decided to tone it down on the last round by incorporating more prints:
It's taken a long time to get to this point, but it's been a lot of fun. On to Rosette two!
Wanna join in on the fun? You'll need a copy of Katja's book The New Hexagon, and I'm giving you a chance to win my personal copy of this book!
How to Enter:
Simply leave a comment at the end of this post, and make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. One entry per person, please.
Who is Eligible to Win:
This giveaway is open worldwide to all participants with a valid email address.
What can I win?
I am giving away my personal copy of the paperback The New Hexagon by Katja Marek.
When is the Deadline to Enter?
This giveaway is open until Friday, April 17th, 5PM EDT. The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be contacted via email and announced on my blog shortly thereafter.
This giveaway is NOT sponsered by Katja Marek nor Katja's Quilt Shop. I am giving away my own personal copy of her book that I purchased at retail price.
I hope you win! God Bless.