New Hexagon 2 Book Tour – With Katja Marek (+ giveaway!)

Are you ready? Have you been chomping at the bit for author Katja Marek’s next quilt-along to begin? If you’re like us here at Stitch This!, the answer is YES! And you’ve come to the right place to get ready for it. While her Quilt-Along begins in January, we’re kicking off Katja’s Instagram Book Tour here on our blog AND on our Instagram page.

As with her other books, Katja has named the block designs for people she knows. This time is no different. And this time I, Karen Soltys along with Karen Johnson, are beyond excited because The New Hexagon 2 book tour is starting today with the Karen block (page 28 in your book).

Both Karen Johnson and I enjoy English paper piecing, but I have to admit—I didn’t get hooked until Katja’s first book, The New Hexagon, came along. Katja came to Martingale to work on a hands-on photo shoot to show how to English paper piece. When I watched her work, I realized the whole process was much less daunting that I thought it would be. I decided to try it myself. It was fun and, well, addicting. I was hooked! And I have a box of paper-pieced blocks to prove it. So even if you’ve never tried English paper piecing, I encourage you to give it a try. Because you’re working on a foundation, the pieces fit together precisely and pretty much effortlessly.

One thing you’ll notice right away in The New Hexagon 2 is that it’s packed with colorful block images, many made in beautiful shades of cool blues and greens. Katja frequently uses tonal prints and batiks for her blocks, to make her blocks and quilts so striking. But personally, I prefer to muddy things up with reproduction fabrics or deeper, darker shades. And just to show you that no two Karens are alike, we thought it would be fun to share how different our blocks look from one another and from Katja’s original. Karen Johnson’s block is bright and cheerful with summery melon colors. It’s downright mouthwatering! I can’t wait to see what she stitches next.

Original block by Katja

Block by Karen Soltys

Block by Karen Johnson

So whatever your favorite color palette is, don’t be afraid to jump in. Glue baste or thread baste, go dark, go light, go bright. Just go! Get started. And be sure to visit all the other participants along the way for yet another awesome Katja Marek event to celebrate the release of The New Hexagon 2!

We have a giveaway in progress!  Hop over to our Monday post to read all about the book and enter.


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  • This is my year to work on essential skills and I really need a good tutorial and inspiration for EPP. This would be great!

    —Susan M Putman on November 13, 2019
  • Katja’s new book looks absolutely fabulous! I must try to learn EPP with hexagons. I should just let myself go and plunge right in. Maybe I will surprise myself with what I am able to do. Thanks for the heads up!

    —Ann West on November 13, 2019
  • What happens if your not on Instagram? I’m not on that. Only Facebook.

    —Virginia Gunzelmann on November 13, 2019
  • Virginia, you do not need to be on Instagram to enter our drawing, just to follow along. Many of the designers will also post on facebook as well.

    —Karen Johnson on November 13, 2019
  • I am excited and can’t wait for Monday! I want to learn these tricks of the trade with EPP.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on November 13, 2019
  • I’ve never tried paper piecing. Love the hexagon block.

    —Lisa on November 13, 2019
  • An exciting new book. I am going to try my hand at the hexagon quilt. Thanks for opportunity to win this book.

    —Bette on November 13, 2019
  • looks good, I have her first book and calender that I look at every day, love hexagons and must start to get outside of my comfort zone, these will work that I think!

    Julie on November 13, 2019
  • Hexies are a great travel project and I will probable take mine along on our snowbird trip to Arizona.

    —Theresa Kaveney on November 15, 2019
  • I like paper piecing and Hexagons . So this is a favorite book to put on my wishlist

    —Rommy on November 15, 2019
  • I’ve just begun in learning EPP, and this book looks like it would be very informative and helpful.

    —Georgia on November 15, 2019
  • In the midst of my 1st Hexie quilt. This book looks so intriguing & interesting to make my next nor an accident!

    Vicki Sue O'Neill on November 15, 2019
  • I would love to have this book for inspiration to get me started on making a hexagon quilt.

    —Sue Webb on November 15, 2019
  • Oh great about not being on instagram. I too am only on facebook. But would love to epp tried it once but never did too much this book looks great. Love her shop in Kamloops BC !

    —Anne Taschereau Mamers on November 15, 2019
  • Recently have begun to do more hand work and loving epp and hexies. Katja’s work is stunning. (So much auto correct hates about what I wrote)

    —Kris on November 15, 2019
  • It’s easy to get hooked! I love all the blocks and the book is fabulous!

    —Kim on November 15, 2019
  • This new book looks great! It would help me expand my skills.

    Joyce on November 15, 2019
  • Missed shop in Kamloops, but book and hexies look fabulous

    —Linda on November 15, 2019
  • Love EPP and these new designs.

    —Helen Bowie on November 15, 2019
  • Would love to learn to make hexies, love several quilts with them.

    Martha Followill on November 15, 2019
  • I’ve just joined up with the group on face book and I absolutely love epp!! I also love the look of new book and are most impressed as I have a desire to make a quilt with batiks. So I’d love to join in on all the fun in the new year!

    —Julie Beard on November 15, 2019
  • I keep saying I would like to try EPP. I realize that cross-stitching is my usual sitting in front of the television handwork, but now I am thinking I should try something that will go a little faster in the evening and is not so small.

    —Linda Nakamura on November 16, 2019
  • Working on a 1 block wonder quilt with hexies. This would be great to make more. Hexies are so fun!

    Vicki Sue O'Neill on November 16, 2019
  • Another one on my bucket list. HEXIES!

    Barb H. on November 17, 2019
  • This looks soooo cool! Can’t wait to see some works shown on Facebook on this new sew along.

    —Colleen Barber on November 18, 2019
  • Hexies are so pretty. Can’t wait to use this new book for inspiration.

    —Cherry Whitehouse on November 19, 2019

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