So, I was very flattered and happy to say “Yes!” when Emily Breclaw asked if I would be part of a blog tour to celebrate her new book Adventures in Hexagons with C & T Publishing. (You’ll want to visit all the blogs on the tour to get plenty of chances to win a copy of the book!) (Update: the blog tour has been completed.)
I met Emily and her delightful family in Houston when she first started working on this group of quilts -- in fact, she may have been the first person to ask us for a kite template. You may know her through her blog, The Caffeinated Quilter.
You can make all of the quilts in the book using our templates!
How cool is that?! To help celebrate the book’s publication, C & T Publishing is giving a copy of Adventures in Hexagons to one lucky commenter on each of the blogs on the tour, including mine!
And WE have a second giveaway here, too! We will be picking a second winner from comments left here and giving the second winner his or her choice of a hexies tool bundle! Keep reading for some great offers and details on the prize giveaways.
The Adventure Begins“Adventures in Hexagons” is the perfect title -- the 11 quilts in the book are not like your grandmother’s one-patch hexagon quilts, nor mine! Thoroughly modern, Emily’s quilts really are adventures in using the same shapes in new ways. I chose a few favorites to share with you here, like “Loverly” with its sweet hexagon hearts.
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And I love how “Hello Orion” uses six-pointed stars in a different way.
I especially like “Twinkling”, made with what we call Kites and Crowns. (We’ve got rotary cutting templates for the matching diamonds and hexagons and 60-degree equilateral triangles, too.)
Emily has covered a lot of territory, too, from ways to make the 11 quilts to sewing Y seams by hand or machine. Y seams aren’t hard -- I not only sew them by machine, I pivot as I go -- and we love seeing them discussed and sometimes even embraced, by modern quilters. There are lots of great quilts and sewing tips in Adventures in Hexagons along with yardage charts, paper patterns and a design primer to start your own adventure. And, of course, we love that you can make everything with our tools!
Our 60-Degree Family Loves These Quilts!
If you already have some From Marti Michell 60-degree tools in your quilting supplies, you can use your Set G, H and Kite and Crown templates to make the quilts in Adventures in Hexagons rather than the paper patterns in the book! We love it when people who already own our tools can use them in more projects! A cool bonus in the book is the chart on page 102 for figuring yardage -- you can write the appropriate template numbers in the “Notes” column for a handy template reference!
Just as Emily does in Adventures in Hexagons, we measure hexies on a finished side because it is the only measurement 60-degree shapes have in common. You can learn more about our 60-degree family of tools in this 2-page PDF (you can look at in your browser or download to your computer) or on our website (where all of our 60-degree tools and other products have their own web page).
The quilts in Emily's book and the template sets you can use to make them are given in the descriptions below.
Giveaway! and Special Offers
Our template winner can choose Bundle #1 or Bundle #2 below!
We’re offering 3 money-saving bundle deals during the blog hop so you can get started on your next favorite hexagon quilt. These From Marti Michell tool bundles will be available only during the blog hop and expire at midnight your time on August 12, 2017.
Bundle #1 The 2-inch Bundle of 2 template sets, Product # 8319
- From Marti Michell Template Set G (based on 1- and 2-inch finished shapes) and the 2-inch Kite and Crown set.
- Use these tools to cut pieces for the Loverly, Stardust and Moonbeams quilts.
- Special bundled price: $31.96
Bundle #2 The 3-inch Bundle of 2 template sets, Product # 8320
- From Marti Michell Template Set H (based on 1-1/2- and 3-inch finished shapes) and the 3-inch Kite and Crown set.
- Use these sets to make Independence Day, Meteor Shower, Confetti in Times Squares, Sparkler, Starburst, Twinkling, Hello Orion, and Superstar.
- Special bundled price: $27.16
Bundle #3, The Big Bundle, Product # 8321 (not eligible for giveaway)
- All 4 tool sets in Bundles 1 and 2
- Plus a copy of my book Six is for Hexagons, Volume 6 in the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks series
- Special bundled price: $72.72 (Save $18.18!)
Comment for a Chance to Win!We will choose 2 comments using a random picker on August 6, 2017. One comment per person, please. C and T will send our first winner a hard copy of Adventures in Hexagons if the winner is a US resident or an electronic copy if the winner lives outside the US. We’ll be sending the second winner their choice of Bundle #1 or #2 above. If the winner has a US address, prize includes free shipping. If the winner lives outside the US, he or she will be issued a PayPal invoice for the actual cost of shipping and pay using PayPal or any major credit card).
- Answer the question "What's your favorite traditional hexagon quilt pattern?’ below, and tell us if you want to win Bundle #1 or #2 if you win.
Update ~ The giveaway is closed now and Lisa Boyer's comment was randomly picked to win the C & T giveaway and a copy of Adventures in Hexagons. Ramona's comment was our template bundle winner! Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment :)
Adventures in Hexagons Blog TourVisit the blogs and comment on each one for more chances to win a copy of the book and some other surprises. All the blogs will pick a comment and winners will be announced on August 6, so hop to it!
July 24 - C&T Publishing www.ctpub.com
July 25 - Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/
July 27 - Marti Michell https://www.frommarti.com/
July 28 - Clothworks Fabrics www.clothworks.com
July 29 - Cathi Godwin, https://quiltobsession.blog/
July 30 - Paper Pieces, www.paperpieces.com
August 1 - Mary Huey, http://maryhueyquilts.blogspot.com/
August 2 - Linda Franz, www.inklingo.com
August 3 - Patty Murphy, https://pattymurphyhandmade.com/
August 4 - Cheryl Sleboda, www.Muppin.com
August 5 - Wendy Sheppard, https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
August 6 - Emily Breclaw, www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com