Quilt patterns using hexagons: 366 all-new possibilities! (+ giveaway)

Get ready for a whopping 366 new twists on the hexagon-quilt craze!

Author and quilt-shop owner Katja Marek has wowed thousands of quilters with quilt-alongs based on her #1 best-selling book The New Hexagon. Now Katja is back with a clever perpetual calendar—flip the page to see and stitch a different 6″ hexagon block every day of the year.

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You can mix and match this profusion of English-paper-pieced blocks any way you like. (Visit this post for a primer on the technique.)

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A peek inside the calendar: each page includes a photo (
real fabric, real stitches!), a placement diagram, and full-sized templates

QALNow, if you know Katja, you know that quilt-alongs are her jam. So, is Katja starting an all-new quilt-along for her calendar? Of course she is—more details below. Don’t miss the hexie-licious fun!

We’re happy to have Katja as a guest writer today—welcome back, Katja!


Katja MarekIf you’re a hexagon lover, you may know me. I’m Katja Marek, and in 2014 Martingale published my book The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece. That could have been the end of the story, but ideas kept coming.

In January 2015 I launched a quilt-along on Facebook called The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along. It hit a chord with many quilters and propelled my book to #1—the best-selling title for Martingale for all of 2015. My Facebook group now has a following of more than 10,000 people.

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Katja’s quilt from her Millefiore quilt-along

As that quilt-along drew to a close, Martingale asked me, “What’s next?” I wanted to do something a bit simpler—a true on-the-go project where everything could be portable and done by hand from beginning to end. That’s how the Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow quilt-along was born.

Right now we’re halfway through the year with Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow. Here’s my finished sample. It’s such a great process from beginning to end.

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Katja’s quilt from her Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Go quilt-along

After the success of the second quilt-along, I started a new Facebook group called Katja Marek’s Quilt with Me so that I could run all future quilt-alongs in the same place online as ideas came to me.

And that’s just what they did. New ideas kept coming and new blocks were designed.

I spoke with Martingale and revealed that my personal database of fractured hexagon blocks was well over 800. I’d seen the success that Martingale had with block-a-day style perpetual calendars in the past, so I proposed The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar. But instead of computer-generated drawings, I wanted photos of real blocks. A sewing frenzy ensued and 366 blocks were created.

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Six of the 366 blocks in
The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar

This month The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar is being delivered to store shelves and another dream is realized. Come and sew with me! Make a block every day, or make one a week if you like. Just as they did with the Millefiore quilt-along, Paper Pieces has created precut paper packs for those who’d rather not trace and cut their own.

Of course I’ll continue to give you new ideas for using the blocks in the calendar. In January 2017, my new online quilt-along will launch. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the blocks I’ve been piecing:

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The design for Katja’s new QAL is still under wraps, but she let us have a look-see. Trust us—it’s gorgeous!!!

A friend is making the design in an alternate colorway to give you more options. Look for quilt-along instructions at the Quilt-Alongs tab of my website. I’ll post guidelines in December 2016, with monthly instructions following throughout 2017.
But you don’t have to wait for 2017 to get started (it’s a perpetual calendar, after all). Come join me now and discover your ‘Hex-abilites!’ Here are some helpful links to get you started:

The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar

The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece

My website

The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along (Information)

The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along Facebook Group

Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow Quilt-Along (Information)

Katja Marek’s ‘Quilt With Me’ Facebook Group

Paper Pieces


The-New-Hexagon-Perpetual-CalendarThanks for getting everyone up to speed on your hexalicous adventures, Katja!

Have you tried sewing hexies? Tell us if you 1) want to try; 2) have made a few; or 3) can’t stop making them! Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

free shippingCan’t wait to start your hexie adventure? Buy The New Hexagon book and perpetual calendar together and earn FREE shipping in the US and Canada.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Pat, who says:

“The only hexie experience I have is with English paper piecing. Thanks for the chance to win!”

Pat, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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