Disclaimer: Martingale Publications kindly provided me with a copy of Hexagons Made Easy. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Today I’m excited to share a trendy book with you, Hexagons Made Easy by Jen Eskridge. If you’re a regular at the Caffeinated Quilter, you probably love hexagons as much as I do. I’ve been piecing hexagons all sorts of ways, English paper piecing, hand and machine stitching with From Marti Michell templates, Inklingo, and using folded hexagon techniques. But this book provides an unusual technique called facing, and it’s great for big, simple hexagon quilts.
I really enjoyed the lovely photography and modern designs in this book. Even if you’re a fan of more traditional designs, you’ll find inspirations in the hexagon quilting ideas.
To test out the instructions, I made the Peekaboo table runner with a charm pack of Over the Rainbow batiks from Moda. Instead of drafting my own template (which she describes in detail so you can make hexagons in any size you like), I used the 2″ acrylic template in the From Marti Michell template set G. This little table runner went together very quickly. I love that it’s reversible. The instructions were well-written and easy to follow. I can see making more of these when I need a quick gift idea, or new holiday decor.
Some descriptions of this book label it as an alternative to English paper piecing, so I decided to try out the technique with 1″ hexagons. I had some leftover Inklingo hexagons, and began sewing them together with the facing technique. I found the 1″ hexagons to be too small for this method. The start and stop points were too close to the corners for accuracy, and they were difficult to turn right-side out. So for tiny hexagons, I think I would stick to traditional methods.
However, for larger hexagons and hexagons used as appliqued accents, this method is fantastic. This book also provides a neat section with 18 block ideas that incorporate hexagons into square blocks. That just opens an entire new world of hexi possibilities. . .
(This photograph and the cover photo courtesy of Martingale)