English paper-pieced hexagons are perfect for modern quilters on the go-take them along with you anywhere to stitch up, then build all your completed hexagons into a project at home. This fresh look at an old favorite highlights current fabrics and novel settings for quilts, table toppers, and more. Hexagon quilts are terrific stash busters (and stress busters) that take your priceless handwork from repetitive to remarkable!
• Features both modern and traditional designs, including rosettes, diamonds, stars, and freeform • Learn how to combine settings with other blocks, as well as how to creatively quilt hexagons
• Projects are varied for any level of skill or time commitment - make a few hexagons, make a few more, or make few hundred!
Review By: Ruth Al-Mushadani, Creative Troupe - May 31, 2012
I love hexagons, always have and when I saw the front cover of Tacha Bruecher's book Hexa Go-Go I just had to see inside! This book is based around English paper piecing, Tacha says that hexagons are quilting's answer to knitting. The book starts off with an outline of what English paper piecing is and how to choose fabrics, set blocks, print or stamp on fabric, getting started and template making.
The Cat Tails Quilt 70" x 92" is just fabulous, vibrant colours and mixing up machine and hand piecing. The instructions are clear, well written and full of helpful tips and design notes.
Large and small projects, hand and machine sewn, so lots of choice on what to make - depending on how long you want to spend making something. I think my favourite quilt is the Over the rainbow quilt, a perfect rainbow in fabrics.
It measures a whopping 112 inches square and the hexs are 1 inch, isn't it stunning? Perfect for some small and precious fabrics that you may have saved up.
There is a Modern Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, a modern twist on the traditional Grandmothers Flower garden, with added coin strips and sashing.
In amongst the quilts are some free form projects, again beautifully explained, a zippered pouch, needle book, table runner and Christmas project. For the patriotic amongst us there is an Union Jack and Stars and Stripes quilts - perfect to the Olympics! Many of you will know Tacha from Fat Quarterly and her fab blog or Flickr.
The book is suitable for any level of skill or time commitment, using both modern and traditional designs. You will also find that English paper piecing is the perfect antidote to the modern world a real stress busters as well as stash buster! A must for anyone wanting to English paper piece or just be inspired by the fabulous designs. Published in July 2012 by Stash Books.
Review By: Howard Katz, Library Journal - June 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 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.
Review By: Tacha Bruecher, Library Journal - June 26, 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.
Review By: Emily Breclaw, Creative Troupe - June 29, 2012
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 Hexagon 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!
Review twohiphippos.blogspot.com - July 11, 2012
The book is suitable for any level of skill or time commitment, using both modern and traditional designs. You will also find that English paper piecing is the perfect antidote to the modern world a real stress busters as well as stash buster! A must for anyone wanting to English paper piece or just be inspired by the fabulous designs.
Review thecaffeinatedquilter.com - July 24, 2012
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 Hexagon 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!
Review caraquilts.com - July 24, 2012
Tacha does a really good job explaining how to make hexies, and gives different methods, for making, basting and stitching together the hexies, depending on the project and your personal preference.?One of the things I really have found in quilting in general is that there are a lot of "right" ways of doing things. Which one is right for you depends on a lot of different variables. Tacha understands that and gives instructions that everyone should be able to understand and work into their own style.??Not surprisingly the book has some serious eye candy! Both Fat Quarterly and Stash Books have a real flair for capturing the feel of quilts and projects and not just the physical dimensions.Tacha does a great job taking what is a very traditional shape and making it into very modern designs.?This isn't Grandmother's Flower Garden!?Between the fabrics, the arrangement of the hexagons, and the addition of other elements, hexagons leave the 1930s and come blasting into the 21st century!
Review lizofdandeliondaydreams.blogspot.com - July 24, 2012
My eagerly awaited copy of Hexa Go-Go by the uber talented Tacha Bruecher arrived today. And its jam packed with amazing English paper piecing projects. I have been captivated by the first 30 pages and learned a lot of great EPPing tips already.
Review followthewhitebunny.com - July 24, 2012
I pre-ordered Hexa go-go pretty soon after I came back from the Fat Quarterly retreat in London last month. I knew it was a book I would enjoy not just because of the subject but also because it is written by Tacha who tried to teach me English Paper Piecing at the Retreat. The first part of the book covers the basics of English Paper Piecing, what materials to use, how to baste, sewing techniques etc. You can use various shapes with EPP but, as the title already suggests, it's all about hexies in this book. I happen to love hexies so I'm not complaining.
Review S SK Craftshop - July 25, 2012
A very beautiful book on ribbon embroidery with clear and concise directions, excellent photos and illustrations features great and amazing flowers which can be used for many occasion for home, special occasion. They are the best looking flowers you will ever see.
Review By: Helen Hanimann, runquiltknitwrite.com - August 6, 2012
Hexa-Go-Go fits right into what is going on in the quilting world. It’s all about hexagons, but boy does Tacha show you that there is more to hexagons than just the tried and tested Grandmother’s Flower Garden. It’s certainly a very modern take on an ago-old technique and fits right in with the whole slow movement ideas that are catching on everywhere. As Tacha quite rightly says, “Hexagons are wonderfully portable – quilting’s answer to knitting.” They are also excellent for using up small scraps! The book is well written with very clear instructions, which would be perfect for beginners and the photography is great and has a bit of a hippy, ethno-chic look to it.My favorite pieces in the book were the modern take on Grandmother’s Flower Garden, the Snowflakes patterns and the Giant Star Pillow. I really hope that we’ll see a Volume II of this, branching out into other shapes, because from what I can see, there is a big gap in the market in that area.Great job Tacha!
Review anaslayers.blogspot.com - August 8, 2012
I bought this book for inspiration the other day and fell even more in love with hexagons! It is by Tacha Bruecher, the images are gorgeous and inspring. I usually do not copy a project from a book. I am very bad at following other people's patterns. However I love books like this for inspriation and to draw ideas from.
Review Fabshop.net - July 30, 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!
Review ellisonlane.blogspot.com - September 15, 2012
Hexa Go Go by Tacha Bruecher is a colorful, modern, collection of projects centered around hexagons and it's absolutely delightful. ??If you are new to hexagons, this book is full of fabulous information. Want to know where to start, how to baste, how to sew them together? All in here. Wondering how best to quilt with your hexies? Have questions or need help troubleshooting? Tacha covers that too.??Old hat at hexies? This book is full of creative and fresh takes on hexagons that will surely inspire you.??There are some really lovely projects in here.?I love the star pillow and and how cute are these placemats?
Review lilysquilts.blogspot.com - September 16, 2012
Great for beginners and advanced quilters alike, this book starts off by taking you step by step through the whole English Paper Piecing process. If you haven't tried it before, you might be surprised by how addictive and soothing it can be - sitting in the cafe overlooking the kids swimming in the public swimming pool as Mandy and I were yesterday - both armed with a nice EPP project to keep us going. There are big projects, small projects and everything in between in the book and a few projects where EPP is mixed with regular piecing and applique just to mix it up. The projects are all fresh, bright and modern, even though the tradition of piecing using hexagons goes back centuries.
Review cabbagequilts.blogspot.com - September 17, 2012
I adore hexagons of any sort, and it has been wonderful to flick through Tacha's book where she brings the sometimes old-fashioned hexie into our modern world with great flair. Tacha has included wonderful, clear instructions on various 'how to' methods for making the hexies, different stitching styles and pattern suggestions for great quilting ideas.
Review incolororder.com - September 29, 2012
To me, Tacha's work is all about the little details. Whether you're making a quilt, a bag, or a garment, the attention given to the small elements of a design can often make or break your project. They are what pushes it over the edge and really gives you a WOW! The projects in Tacha's book, Hexa Go-Go
Review quiltmag.com - October 1, 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!
Review modalissa.blogspot.com - September 22, 2012
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.
Review By: Michele Mademe, - September 26, 2012
First, some basics. Hexa Go-Go contains 16 new and contemporary hexagon-themed sewing and quilting projects over 162 pages. Each project is broken down into a materials list, cutting instructions, and construction and finishing details. Full-colour photography and many many explanatory diagrams fill the book's pages. Words of wisdom are sprinkled throughout in the form of handy tip bubbles.The book's main idea is this, I think: "You don't need to make an entire grandmother's flower garden quilt to be a hexagon quilter." Over and over, the author takes the beloved hexagon unit and combines it with other popular trends in quilting for fresh angles on this old favourite. Notice my use of the word "combines". That is the operative word here. No project in this book is ALL hexagons. In other words, you may not have to dedicate years of your life to make any of them. I mean, you could if you wanted to. But you don't have to.Tacha Bruecher takes the time to explain in detail the English paper piecing technique for hand-making hexagons, which is truly handy. But more to the point, she plays with all sorts of ways to mix hexies into her designs. Her projects include hexagons organized into rosettes, stars, and diamonds, among others. She then uses these as building blocks in her creative quilting and sewing. What's nice for the beginner too, is that the book includes some easy and non-quilt projects. Case in point, and one of my favourite projects, is the smart Sunday Brunch placemats seen above. Another fave is the string-block-and-hexagon-rosette combo in this Cat Tails quilt pictured below (and on the cover too).
Review thelastpiece.typepad.com - September 26, 2012
If you've been swept up in the current re-love for Engligh paper piecing, you will LOVE this book. And if you haven't - get swept up! Paper piecing doesn't have to to be like that bag of newspaper hexagons you still have in your sewing box from that awful project at school when you were 12. Tach gives you a great overview of how to stitch your bits together and what you need to do it. EPP is only as limited as your imagination, and Tach gives you some fantastic projects from small to large to try out your skills. You know me - never one for a small project, I think this one is my favourite.
Review quiltdad.com - October 3, 2012
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.
Review buttonsandbutterflies.com - October 3, 2012
I am officially in love with English Paper Piecing. I cannot tell you how many times I wish I could be quilting but just can't because I am sitting at another tennis match or sitting in my car.
Review ohfransson.com - October 3, 2012
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.
Review Australian Homespun - January 1, 2013
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'.
Review swellsewing.com - June 11, 2013
I bought Tacha Bruecher’s book, Hexa Go-Go, at the Sewing Summit Shop Hop last year. This was one of my favorite things I came home with - Tascha’s designs are so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to get started.