Hello, and welcome to the
Adventures in Hexagons blog tour!
I'm Emily Breclaw, and I'm so excited to be sharing the adventure with you this
week. Check out our line-up of lovely bloggers at the end of this post. You'll find quilters with pro-hexagon tips to
share, businesses with my absolute favorite tools and supplies for sewing hexagons,
and even fabulous quilters who are trying out hexies for the very first time!
It will be a week full of fun people, terrific giveaways, and of course, hexies
of all shapes and sizes.
Today, I wanted to share with you the origin story for the
Adventures in Hexagons book concept. Back
in 2011, I had just started my blog and pattern design business, The
Caffeinated Quilter. I stumbled upon
images of a quilt called Candied Hexagons by Kerry Dear that had
been published in an Australian quilt magazine. I couldn't track down a copy of the pattern,
but I spent many happy hours looking at Google images of gorgeous quilts made
by other quilters.
A couple months later, we celebrated with a dear friend of
the family when her son married a wonderfully creative lady. Their outdoor
wedding featured tons of handmade bunting. They made the bunting from a vintage
tablecloth that had belonged to the bride's grandmother. It was red, yellow,
and blue, and included delightful farming scenes. She used numerous other vintage
tablecloths and embroidered handkerchiefs to coordinate. She wore a beautiful
lemon-yellow wedding dress.
How does this relate to
Adventures in Hexagons? Well, I
volunteered to make the newlyweds a quilt from all the fabrics used in the
wedding (including her dress!), and you guessed it, I used the Candied Hexagons
concept as a springboard for designing the quilt.
You can look on my website,
for progress shots of the quilt under the category Candied
Hexagons. As the quilt evolved, I began playing with designs. I realized
you could make "blocks" larger than a standard hexagon size, so long
as the outer edges of the block matched the one-patch quilt layout. As I blogged about the quilt progress, people
started asking if I would publish a pattern for it. I kept thinking it was too much work for a
pattern, that it would be more like a book. . .
And six years later, here we are. The newlyweds loved their
quilt. I drafted diagrams and detailed
instructions for most of the blocks in the quilt, set them in their own unique
Adventures in Hexagons was born. The final quilt in the book,
Superstar, is a tribute to that wedding quilt. Instead of tablecloths, I
featured vintage Japanese yukata (kimono) fabrics. It's one of my favorite
quilts in the whole book.
Can you pick out some of the similar blocks?
I love the cheerful blue and yellow block here. Strangely enough, that one didn't make it
into the book. BUT, if you follow the
tour closely, you may see that block again. (HINT: it's now a free pattern, and
I'll tell you how to get it on the last day of the tour!)
So now you know how the Adventure started. Please join me
and the bloggers below for a fun-filled week of
Adventures in Hexagons, and be
sure to tag your creations from the book with #adventuresinhexagons so we can
all see the wonderful possibilities!
July 24- C&T Publishing
July 25- Generation Q Magazine
July 27- Marti Michell
July 28-Clothworks Fabrics
July 29- Cathi Godwin,
July 30- Paper Pieces ,
August 1- Mary Huey,
August 4- Cheryl Sleboda,
August 5- Wendy Sheppard,
August 6- Emily Breclaw,
P.S. Here at C&T, we're giving away a copy of Adventures in Hexagons to celebrate Emily's blog tour! You can enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. US winners will receive a hard copy, international winners will receive an ebook.
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