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Fat Quarterly e-zine cofounder and quilt blogger Bruecher introduces contemporary quilters to the classic art of English paper piecing in this collection, which focuses on paper-pieced designs made with hexagons. The projects, which range from a beginner-friendly, seven-hexagon needle case to a king-sized bedspread that uses 1,666 pieced hexagons, implement fabric choices to make an old technique fresh and modern. Hexagon templates, as well as easy-to-follow basic directions for paper piecing, are included. VERDICT The modern quilt movement is at its best when it finds creative ways to make classic techniques fit in with modern tastes. Bruecher has done just that with this collection of patterns, and a new generation of quilters will benefit from her expertise. --Howard Katz, Library Journal, 06/15/2012
Fat Quarterly e-zine cofounder and quilt blogger Bruecher introduces contemporary quilters to the classic art of English paper piecing in this collection, which focuses on paper-pieced designs made with hexagons. The projects, which range from a beginner-friendly, seven-hexagon needle case to a king-sized bedspread that uses 1,666 pieced hexagons, implement fabric choices to make an old technique fresh and modern. Hexagon templates, as well as easy-to-follow basic directions for paper piercing, are included. VERDICT The modern quilt movement is at its best when it finds creative ways to make classic techniques fit in with modern tastes. Bruecher has done just that with this collection of patterns, and a new generation of quilters will benefit from her expertise. --Nanette Donohue; Library Journal, 06/26/2012
A great place to look for hexagonal inspiration is the new book from Stash Books – Hexa-Go-Go - written by Tacha Bruecher. With sixteen projects to choose from there is plenty for any skill level and interest in hexies. She mixes them up for a modern twist on a traditional quilting technique, using hexies to create the stripes in the American flag, squaring them up for quilt blocks and to make both stars and diamonds! --Fabshop.net; July 30, 2012
Featuring both modern and traditional designs, Tacha Bruecher’s book Hexa-Go-Go is full of English paper-pieced hexagons – perfect for quilters on the go. Hexagon quilts are a great way to use up fabric stashes, and Tacha shows readers how with these 16 quilt projects. Rosettes, diamonds, stars, and freeform designs are all included in this book, and projects are varied for quilters of any skill level. This fresh look at a classic is a great book for any quilter! --quiltmag.com; 10/01/12
Tacha has outdone herself on her Hexagon English Paper Piecing book. One of my favorite quiltes in the book is a huge Union Jack quilt. This is just one example of the happy, colorful projects in the book.
Is Happy a color? It should be. If my unmade bed looked this good, I would never make it again. --modalissa.blogspot.com; 09/25/12
As you may have guessed from the title, Hexa-Go-Go is all about projects featuring hexagons! Never tackled hexagons (or, as many quilters like to call them, "hexies") before? Have no fear. For the uninitiated, Tacha begins the book with a robust, 15-page section that takes the reader step-by-step through the process of English Paper Piecing. For more experienced paper piecers, the book contains a variety of projects that are sure to inspire sewists to put their hexagons to use in fresh, unique ways.This is Tacha's first book but, based on the high quality of Hexa-Go-Go, I predict it won't be her last. Tacha is an amazing quilter and crafter, and both her style and skill are presented beautifully in this book. Tacha is one of those talented crafters whose fabric choices and original patterns reflect the eye of a modern quilter, but who simultaneously pays homage to the history and traditions of quilting. The result is a beautiful book that is sure to become a classic! I've made no secret of my (ahem) distaste for hand sewing. Little did I know that my first attempt at the technique -- a quilting bee block for Tacha that I made years ago -- would actually make its way into a book! See the quilt above? Tacha included blocks made by several members of the Bee Inspired quilting bee into the original Over the Rainbow quilt pattern. --quiltdad.com; 10/03/12
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. --ohfransson.com, 10/0312
Tacha Bruecher is the latest quilt author to have been swept up in the current craze for English paper piecing (EPP). She says that her enthusiasm for EPP caught her by surprise, as she is an impatient person by nature. But, having tried it, she was hooked. It's therapeutic and, because it's so portable, she declares it "quilting's answer to knitting"! Even if you're mainly a machine stitcher, Tacha encourages you to try EPP because it will increase your quilting time - you'll be able to pull a few hexagons out of your handbag and work on them any time, and before long, you'll have a whole block done. What's more, EPP allows quiltmakers to confidently tackle complex projects, knowing that points and corners will all match up. What makes Tacha's book different and worth buying is that she has added a modern twist - with wonky piecing, white sashing, embroidery, raw-edge applique and a colour palette and fabric choices taht scream 'modern'. --Australian Homespun; January 2013
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I absolutely love the cheery, whimsical style to this book. Tacha Bruecher does an excellent job giving English paper piecing a modern makeover with her fresh color choices and innovative projects. For this review, I made her "Go Faster Box Bag" project. The directions were clear, simple, and well-illustrated. I would have liked a little more instruction on inserting the zipper and securing the lining, but my bag still turned out well. Her initial instructions on basting and sewing hexagons together are clear enough for the true beginner, but full of tips to help more experienced quilters as well. True to the Stash books style, the photographs and layout of this book are enticing enough to tempt any quilter to buy the book on looks alone. The well-written projects will keep quilters coming back to this book for reference and inspiration. I'm looking forward to starting on her Over the Rainbow quilt soon!
This book is beautiful, funny and full of the most awesome projects to make with EPP hexagons and more.
Tacha is so talented and has managed to turn such a traditional skill into a truly modern craft.
Not only has she used the most gorgeous fabrics to showcase her patterns, the diagrams, layouts and tips make everything so clear. The useful resource list and 'getting started' section will mean no-one has an excuse not to have a go-go.
I love this book and want to make absolutely everything in it - there's not a duffer amongst the patterns; and be honest, there's usually one!
If you've ever been even slightly interested in English paper-pieced hexagons, you're going to want this book. Whether you've never stitched a single hexagon, or are a seasoned piecer, there is something for everyone. Tacha takes you step by step through the process and gives so many different options and tips for cutting, basting, joining, and using hexagons.
Beyond the general hexagon making instructions, the projects in this book are amazing! I personally have a hard time getting past the traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden design when I think about using hexagons. I love all of the different modern ways they are used to create pattern or shapes in this book!
I love this book! The first chapter deals with all the basics of English Paper Piecing: materials needed, sewing techniques, what type of thread to use etc. All explained in a very enticing, easy to read way with good diagrams and photos. Perfect for newbies like me! Of the 16 quilt projects in this book about 9 are rather large sized quilts. The Cat Tails and Union Jack are my favorites I think but really all the projects look wonderful. I haven't made any of the projects yet (as I just got the book) but read through them and the instructions seem very clear. Again the diagrams are really helpful too. Hex a go go is a great addition to my crafty bookshelf!