|Cover of “Hexa Go-Go” by Tacha Bruecher|
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of Tacha Bruecher‘s Hexa Go-Go for review. The above opinions and statements are my own. All photos were used with permission.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on my crafty little adventures you know that for the last wee while I’ve been engaged in some serious hexagon-ning… I believe the tally is now at 1725 hexagons… phewf! That said, I feel somewhat qualified today to take part in the review tour of Tacha Bruecher‘s new offering Hexa Go-Go, a book all about working and playing and sewing with hexagons.
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.
|“Over The Rainbow Quilt” by Tacha Bruecher|
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.
|“Sunday Brunch Placemats” by Tacha Bruecher|
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).
|“Cat Tails Quilt” by Tacha Bruecher|
As someone who’s hands are at their happiest making stuff, my one selfish criticism of the book is this: I would have liked one or two additional smaller home projects. Otherwise, it is a lovely book containing some truly inspired ideas!
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