Book Review: Hexa Go-Go!

Monday, September 3, 2012


I have a great book to share with you today! Welcome to my stop on the Hexa Go-Go Blog tour! You all know Tacha Bruecher right? She is one of the founding members of the online magazine, Fat Quarterly, and co-author of the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop book that I shared with you a few months back. I was so excited to meet her at Spring Market, and let me tell you, she is sweet as can be! And funny too!


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 have exactly that, fantastic details!


If you've ever been even slightly interested in English paper-pieced hexagons, you're going to want this book. Whether you've never stitched a single hexagon, or are a seasoned piecer, there is something for everyone. Tacha takes you step by step through the process and gives so many different options and tips for cutting, basting, joining, and using hexagons.

Beyond the general hexagon making instructions, the projects in this book are amazing! I personally have a hard time getting past the traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden design when I think about using hexagons. I love all of the different modern ways they are used to create pattern or shapes in this book!


My favorite project also happens to be the cover quilt! I am rather slow at hand piecing, so I love the idea of being able to mix regular patchwork with hexagons. Seems much more approachable for me than a project that is made entirely of hexagons!

Want a copy? Just leave a comment to be entered to win.   Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, September 5th at 5pm CST. US readers will receive a hard copy and international readers will receive an ebook copy.

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the hop!

8/20 Katy Jones - imagingermonkey -  http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com
8/22 Beth Wilson - Sew Mama Sew - sewmamasew.com/blog2/
8/24 Cathy Underhill - Cabbage Quilts - http://cabbagequilts.blogspot.com
8/27 Lynne Goldsworthy - Lilys Quilts - lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
8/29 Jennifer Mathis - Ellison Lane - http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com
8/31 Angela Pingel - Cut to Pieces - http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
9/3 Jeni Baker - In Color Order -  http://incolororder.com/ << you're here! :)
9/5 Nettie - A quilt is nice -  http://aquiltisnice.blogspot.com
9/7 Lissa Alexander - Moda Lissa - http://modalissa.blogspot.com
9/10 Sarah Fielke - The Last Piece - thelastpiece.typepad.com/
9/12 Michele Pacey - Michele Made Me - http://www.michelemademe.com/
9/14 Kimberly Jolly - Fat Quarter Shop - fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
9/17 Aneela Hoey - Comfort Stitching - comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/
9/19 John Adams - Quiltdad - http://www.quiltdad.com/
9/21 Elizabeth Hartman - Oh Fransson - http://www.ohfransson.com/

Good Luck!

225 comments :

  1. I guess someone has to be the first to comment although #1 never wins! Thanks for sharing this amazing book and for the chance to win!

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  2. The first to comment - fingers crossed! Looks like a terriic book with wonderful projects :)

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  3. I have just taken up paper piecing and this book looks like it has some great projects to keep me motivated to stitch all those small pieces. Thanks for your generosity and the chance to win.

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  4. This is the book for me! I am gong to join a class for this subjekt soon, an a book would be nice! I live in Norway, so i is the ebook for me.

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  5. This book looks so awesomw! Fingers crossed :)

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  6. This is exactly what I need to fresch my hexagones up. I love doing them but sometimes it feels like I´m out of ideas. Keeps my fingers crossed!

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  7. Please count me in, I' d love to win this awesome book :)

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  8. I'd love to be in to win, don't have any books on hexies yet and do want to learn more about them.

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  9. The book looks amazing, just what I need to use the hexies I have made in a modern design. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  10. Beautiful book! I just finished my first hexagon-project.

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  12. It looks a lovely book. I like EPP but I've never actually done hexagons, so this would be a great start.

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  13. The book looks interesting...I love working with hexagons. Thanks for the chance!

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  14. I would love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the chance :)

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  15. I've just tried hexagons for the first time this summer and love them! Thank you for this lovely giveaway.
    Jen_richardson8@hotmail.com

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  16. As a hexagon junkie, I must have this book to add to my collection! Thanks, Jeni!

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  17. I love English paper piecing especially hexagons

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  19. This book seems so inspiring!!

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  20. I would really love to win a copy. the book looks great

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  21. That's a great idea to combine piecing with hexies. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. I have really been eyeballing this book. I have been wanting to try hexies, but feel like I need lots of hand holding to get started. This book might do it.

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  23. This looks like such a beautiful book. I was able to try a little EPP at a quilt show demo I went to this summer and loved it. I am ready to dive in to a project.

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  24. Count me in! I've got quite a few scraps of 1930's reproduction fabrics that would love to be turned into that awesome Grandmother's Flower Garden and after seeing that modern take on hexagons in your post pictures I would love to get my hands on a copy of this great book.

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  25. I love the color combination of the cover quilt. Thanks for the giveaway! Mary

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  26. I can't wait it explore this book deeper - it looks awesome!

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  27. Looks like a great book. Please count me in. Thanks!

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  28. Loving the pink and orange. Thanks for the chance :)

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  29. This book looks very interesting.Have not done hexagons in years would love a chance to win a copy.
    thanks

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  30. I met Tacha at FQ retreat and she is just *so* lovely, would love to win the book cos i'm hexagon obsessed atm.

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  31. Would love to win a copy! I LOVE handwork, as it pairs so nicely with my bff's Diet Coke and Trashy BBC Miniseries on Netflix, And Ok Also Gossip Girl. :)

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  32. From time to time I do some EPP and I really like it. I had the privilege of following classes with Sue Dailey, who has come to The Hague (Holland) each summer over the past few years. Her classes are more traditional but very inspiring. I would love to have this book for its more modern take on hexagons.

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  33. I started a grandmothers flower garden quilt once and never finished! That book is the perfect motivation to get that 5 year old project out! :)

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  34. I think I need this book. If I don't win it on this blog hop I will buy a copy.

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  35. Love it! Now I can stop procrastinating and learn how to sew hexagons!

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  36. Love it! I've really gotten into English Paper Piecing this summer, but mostly small projects. I think this would be a great book to explore larger-scale projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Looks like the book has lots of great ideas for hexies! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  38. I am slightly (ok... majorly) obsessed with hexies these days, so I NEED this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. I'd love to win the book.

    Thanks for a great review and for sharing your projects.

    Debbie

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  40. We just had a lesson in our MQG on hexies so this book is definitely on my wish list!

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  41. Oh my gosh! I'd love a copy, I see the hexies everywhere and I'm scared to try!!!

    sewsimplelife {at} gmail {dot} com

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  42. Everything in this book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. I've never paper pieced anything, but this book makes me want to give it my all! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Thanks for this chance of wining this great book! I love the idea to combine the Hexagons with modern blocks! Really love it!

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  45. I just finished my first hexagon project, and I'm trying to figure out what my next will be. I'd love to win this book!

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  46. Oh, I've been wanting to try English paper piecing and eyeing this book as a guide. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. That grandmothers flower garden is gorgeous.

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  48. Love the pics from the book - thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. I'm fascinated by hexagons too - this book would help me with that.

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  50. this would be an awesome book to have! thanks for the chance

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  51. Love doing paper piecing and this book looks wonderful!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. Ihex's are on my list to try

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  54. This book is on my wishlist! I've spent too much on fabric lately so I have to be good for awhile.

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  55. So awesome projects.This book looks fantastic!!

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  56. This book looks so fab! EPP is definitely my cozy project of choice.

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  57. What a nice book!! Would be a nice winter project book, so I have pretty guilt's for the spring:))

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  58. I'm with you--1/2 hexi's and 1/2 patchwork. If it takes too long, I lose interest and need to move onto something else. I like that cover quilt also. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. I really want to make some hexies! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  60. I too love the idea of mixing hexagons with other patches.. I love EPP. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  61. The projects in this book look awesome! Wouldn't mind winning a copy :)

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  62. So beautiful! Thanks so much for offering a chance to win.

    Ellen

    ehystead (at) gmail (dot) com

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  63. Oh, I have just GOT to get over my fear of hexies! And this would be the book to do it :)

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  64. What a great giveaway! Tell George that if I win I'll send him carrots!!! ;)

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  65. I'm a hexie fan and would love some new, fresh takes on this great block and technique. Thanks so much.

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  66. I stayed up 'til 4AM cutting hexies! I would love to win this book!

    Lucy~

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  67. I am so exited about this giveaway! I just pinned the book the other day. Thanks for the chance JeniB!

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  68. I am wanting to start EPP and this book would be a great resource! Thanks for the giveaway try! I adore your blog!

    Jen L
    Jen at toddleita dot com

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  69. I have done some English piecing, I would love to learn how to do it right:) thank you for a chance!

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  70. This looks like a great book! I am working on my very first hexie project right now and really loving it...I made a ton more hexies than I needed to because I just couldn't stop making them. I would love to see the projects in this book!

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  71. Amazing color combinations! Looking for a new project, this looks like a winner. thanks

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  72. This book is on my wishlist! I would love to win a copy.

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  73. The book looks wonderful. I would love to try some of the projects. Thanks! P.S. I love the "curious" George photo from yesterday!

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  74. I've just recently jumped on the EPP hexie bandwagon, and am loving it! this book looks fantastic, I would love to win a copy! thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Looks like a great book! I've always wanted to try this technique, but have been a little afraid...maybe it's time to give it a try!

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  76. I just started English paper piecing and would love a copy of this book!!

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  77. This book looks so good. One day i will make hexie quilt. Maybe sooner if i win this book.

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  78. I would love a copy of that book. Thx for the chance - great giveaway!

    nicoleg0 at hotmail

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  79. Who wouldn't love these hexies! Looks like a great book--one to put on the list! Thanks for the chance!

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  80. Would love this book, thanks for the chance.

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  81. Thanks for the chance to win! Looks like a great book!

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  82. Would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win. daciar@shaw.ca

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  83. I've just started doing hexies. The books looks quite interesting!

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  84. This book looks amazing! I've loved seeing all of the different projects being featured

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  85. I've been wanting to try paper piecing...maybe this book would give me the push and confidence to actually try it!

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  86. Love the use of hexies in modern designs. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!
    Michele
    kemmyrk (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  87. a love all the quilts I'm seeing here-looks like a great book!

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  88. Wow, love this book. Inspiring colors and patterns. I would love to win!

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  89. Done a few little hexies, and quite like them!! thanks for the chance to win!

    vicki B.

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  90. I love hexies. I'm currently hand piecing 6 inch pieced hexies into a queen size quilt for my daughter.I'm about 3/4 of the way done.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Bobbie Schneider

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  91. Thanks for the stop on the blog tour and especially for the giveaway!!

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  92. This book looks so awesomw! Fingers crossed :)

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  93. Looks like a great book! Love those place mats!!

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  94. I am loving all these hexie projects!

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  95. Wow Jeni. Thanks for telling us about this book.
    I agree with you - about not getting much past the Grandmother's Garden which is way too much for me to even think about. I love when folks in our community push boundaries and come up with great ideas! I love the color choices too! thanks for a chance to with this book! Toni

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  96. This looks like a wonderful book to add to a quilters collection--I'm hooked!

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  97. Oh, the lure of a simple hexie! They are incredibly addicting and this books looks like a must have for a die hard hexie fan! Thank you for the opportunity to put my name in the hat!

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  98. I love hexagons and this book looks like a winner!

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  99. I've been curious about this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  100. looks like a fabulous book I would love to own!

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  101. I would love to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  102. This looks like a great book to have! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity:)

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  103. Wow, I love that rainbow quilt. I've never done hexagons, so I'm very interested in learning how.

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  104. I can see that hexagon patterns are the new trend it quilting. I have no qualms to it. It looks beautiful.
    RTO system

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  105. I'd love to have this book! Thanks!

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  106. I love EPP and would love some hexie inspiration. Yay! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  107. Oh, I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity. Kim Johnson

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  108. This book looks great! I am in the process of making a pillow using paper pieced hexagons. I would love to learn more.

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  109. Love hexies! Thanks for a chance.

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  110. I'd love to have this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  111. I'd love to win this book. I love hexies!
    tobiaskj@comcast.net

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  112. i'm loving this book! it speaks to my new addiction to working hexies! thanx for the cance to win a copy.

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  113. This book looks amazing! Hexies are slow but so addicting!

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  114. I love hexagons and anything made from them. it would be so nice to win this book.

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  115. I have been wanting to try paper piecing and some hexagons so this is a book that I really need!

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  116. These projects are adorable -- I love "old fashioned" patterns used with contemporary fabrics. Also, I think this is the first time I've seen a photo showing off a quilt on a rumpled, unmade bed. That's kind of neat -- you just want to climb in and snuggle!

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  117. I've never tried making hexagons, but I've wanted to. This book looks fantastic and, I agree, the quilt on the front is stunning.

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  118. I've been eying this book for a while. I'll keep my fingers crossed--it looks awesome!

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  119. This would be a great excuse to give paper piecing a try ;)

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  120. Neat book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. I love the rainbow quilt that I have seen reviewed in the book! thanks for the review!

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  122. Oh pick me, I have been really enjoying some EPP lately!

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  123. Looks like so much fun! I would lovee that book!

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  124. I have been curious about this book. Thanks for the review

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  125. ooooh, this book looks fantastic!

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  126. i cant wait to read this book! i hope i win a copy! thanks||

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  127. Yes, I would like a copy of this book. The designs that combine patchwork with the hexies are quite pretty. My hexie method is one I cobbled together, so would love to learn proper EPP. Thanks for the chance.

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  128. Ooh I love that cover quilt too, hexies and string piecing!

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  129. Yes!! And now I know my birthday present! :-) I have to ask my husband, if he knows too :-) :-) Really lovely book! Jolana

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  130. This book is just what i need to get me going on a hexagon project.

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  131. Love the updated ideas of hexagons! Please enter me in your giveaway.

    Thanks, Bethnin AL

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  132. I love making hexagons!
    Thanks this book looks amazing!

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  133. This book looks delightful! What a great giveaway :)

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  134. This book looks so great! I am dying to make something new with hexies!!

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  135. So many fun projects! It really makes me want to pick up my hexie box and get going again!

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  136. I've always thought those little hexagons look so interesting. Would love to win the give away, thanks.

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  137. It looks like a fabulous book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  138. Would love to start a hexi project. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  139. This book makes hexies so approachable and tempting. Here's hoping ...

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  140. Amazing book! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  141. I really need a copy of this book!

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  142. What an amazing review on a book I can't wait to get my paws on.

    Thanks!

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  143. This book is I think what tipped the balance from me being indifferent about hexagons to interested, thank you for the giveaway!

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  144. I've always struggled to love hexagons but seeing them in a modern setting has changed my mind!

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  145. This book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  146. Wonderful projects to give a modern spin on a time honored quilt motif. Thanks for the recommendation and chance to win!

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  147. I've been intrigued by hexagons for awhile, but they seem so daunting. Maybe this book would help me get past that fear!

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  148. This book looks so great. I am so happy to see so many cute projects with hexagons.

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  149. I want to get my hands on this book!

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  150. this book looks fantastic, i am nervous about trying epp! thanks for the chance.

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  151. Would love to win a copy- thanks, Jeni!

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  152. I love this! I so need this book. I started my first handpieced hexie project this summer and it is fun, but sooo sloooow. I love that cover quilt that puts hexies and regular old patchwork together. Awesome!

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  153. I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book. It looks SO inspiring!

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  154. This book looks like it has such neat ideas!!

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  155. I'm so interested in this book!! I've been eyeing all of the adorable hexagon projects.

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  156. This book sounds amazing! I love that rainbow quilt on the bed, gorgeous!

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  157. Love the quilt! hope I win the book so I can make it! I've been looking for another project! Thank you!

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  158. Oh I just love her Rainbow Hexie quilt. It is a Must-do!!

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  159. Love this book!!! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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  160. This book might be on the advanced end of things for me, but I really like it! And my kitchen table needs a runner...

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  161. I love hexies - this book looks amazing!

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  162. Love me some Hexies! jillfroelich@yahoo.com

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  163. I've seen a couple of reviews of this book now, and it looks great - the quilts I've seen pictured look like they would be so fun to make! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  164. I've always wanted to try paper pieced hexagons. This is just what I need to start I think. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  165. I've always wanted to try paper pieced hexagons. This is just what I need to start I think. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  166. I like the look of that cute little placemat. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  167. Oooh me me! I want to learn hexis!

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  168. This looks like a fabulous book! Would love to own this one!

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  169. Oh, wow! That's my first peek at the chevrony quilt and I love it! thanks for the giveaway!

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  170. I would LOVE to own this book! Thanks!

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  171. I would love to win. Hexagons are cool!

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  172. Quilts for Kids Alaska ChapterSeptember 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I just love bright Hexi's and I have a big pile all made just waiting for a fantastic idea to 'bloom' ! Thank's for the offer!

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  173. I love hexies! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

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  174. I'm with you on the hand sewing- but I also like that cover quilt!

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  175. I'm slow with hand-sewing too, so any combination-technique projects would be awesome!

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  176. looks like some fantastic projects! thanks for the chance to win!

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  177. Never tried hexagons before but I want to learn.

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  178. Oooooh! I hope I win! Sounds like a great book.

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  179. I would love to learn to quilt hexagons!

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  180. Oh those hexies, they make me swoon!

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  181. Thanks for all your posts, they inspire me a lot. I'm very new to quilting and this book seems to be a great start. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ebooker@o2.pl

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  182. This looks like such a great book! Thanks for the review Jeni!

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  183. I am a novice withe hexagons but have been enjoying other hand projects and have been doing some online research into hexagons as an alternate for hand projects. This book would be a great start. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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