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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