Sunday, May 8, 2011

Winning hexagons

I won this lovely book (in English) on hexagons from the giveaway on the Ildico Textildesign blog. The book, by Hilde Klatt and Liesel Niesner, documents Liesel's Hexagon Technique. I have long been thinking of making a quilt with hexagons. I have at least two hexagon rulers, an old hexagon book that doesn't explain how to make them, and at one point a very large collection of magazine subscription cards that I thought would make excellent hexagon papers. I have made some pieced hexagons before, but never took the plunge into hand sewing them until now.

The book I won has lots of good information, step-by-step instructions with pictures, tons of tips and ideas plus pages and pages of different grids to help you design your own quilts. I took the book with me on vacation to read, and yesterday I sat myself down and drafted my first template. Then I pulled subscription cards out of some magazines and scraps out of my giant bin and got to work. This morning I finished the last seams on my first hexagon flower. Now I'm hooked! I need to work a bit on my drafting. I think I can do better.

Thanks to Ann Champion's blog where I saw this entry that got me following the Ildico Textildesign blog where I entered the giveaway, won and finally took the paper-piecing hexagon plunge.

Thank you, Liesel and Hilde!

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