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The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece

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The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece

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Oct 7, 2014


Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You'll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.

  • Select from 52 patterns for 6" blocks
  • Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes
  • Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt
Oct 7, 2014

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The New Hexagon - Katja Marek



Since the 1800s, English paper piecing has evolved from a truly laborious process to a streamlined portable process. This process used to involve drafting a master template, tracing the shape multiple times onto lightweight cardboard, cutting out the cardboard shapes, cutting out fabric shapes while adding ¼" seam allowance, folding the seam allowance over the cardboard shape, thread basting the seam allowance in place, and finally whipstitching the shapes together.

Today, quilters can use preprinted block designs (like the ones in this book) that are easy to photocopy in different sizes onto readily available cardstock. They can cut out the cardstock shapes with scissors or a rotary cutter and glue baste the shapes to fabric before whipstitching them together.

Since each block in this book is different, each is a new and exciting experience that can be made even more fun by fussy cutting feature fabrics for a kaleidoscope effect. Projects can be made with just one block, or as many blocks as desired, set in a stunning variety of arrangements.

English paper piecing is extremely portable, making it the perfect technique for those on the go, from young moms to retirees and snowbirds. It’s also a technique that easily yields precise results and makes great use of a quilter’s fabric stash.

English paper piecing and hexagon shapes are a natural pairing, one I’ve long been fond of. A few years ago I started fantasizing about designing inside the hexagon instead of using hexagons to create design. By that I mean using the hexagon shape as a six-sided block, just as we would use the traditional square as a four-sided block, and giving you options to use the pieced hexagon blocks I designed. In this book, I provide 52 block designs, which originally corresponded to one block per week for an entire year (more on that in Hexalicious Wall Quilt on page 75).

Explore the joy of handwork with this wonderfully portable, relaxing endeavor. I hope that the blocks and projects in The New Hexagon will inspire your passion for pieced hexagons, like they have mine.

Modern English Paper Piecing

Tools and Equipment

As a Canadian quilt-shop owner, I’m sometimes limited to the brands I can buy through Canadian distributors. The following tools and equipment are readily available, however, and I’ve used them successfully to modernize the English-paper-piecing process.


I print my patterns onto 67-pound cover stock paper. I find this is the ideal weight for English paper piecing. It’s flexible enough to bend at intersecting seams, yet sturdy enough to give a nice sharp edge for glue basting. As an alternative, precut papers for English paper piecing are available from Paper Pieces (see Resources on page 96).

Marking Pens

I use highlighters to mark lines on paper patterns. To mark quilting lines on light fabrics, I use Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel pens, which are available in quilt shops, office-supply stores, and online. For dark fabrics, I use a Clover white marking pen. Both of these pens can be removed by heat and I used them for marking the quilting lines on all the projects in this book.

Basting Glue

I choose glue basting rather than traditional thread basting because it saves time. I use Fons & Porter’s water-soluble fabric glue stick. This refillable stick has a surface area of only ¼" diameter, much smaller than a traditional glue stick, which makes it perfect for glue basting narrow seam allowances. The glue goes on blue but dries clear, allowing

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