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Complete step-by-step photo guide to hexagon techniques with 15 quilts and projects

Carolyn takes you through the steps to finish large hexagon quilts quickly and easily using large shapes. 15 projects include quilts, table mat, table runner, pincushions, and coasters.

Complete technique instructions include cutting half-hexagons, partial hexagons, diamonds, half-diamonds, triangles, and kites using the hexagon template; combining hexagons with other shapes, sewing hexagons by machine and by hand; and sewing hexagon rows. Over 200 photos, diagrams, and illustrations.

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Instructions are provided for calculating and constructing paper templates to create any quilt block size. Carolyn also includes a variety of binding techniques for hexagon quilts, as well as quilting suggestions.


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Midwest Book Review—Wisconsin Bookwatch; December, 2014

Ideal for intermediate to advanced quilters, Hexagon Happenings is a step-by-step guide to crafting warm, beautiful quilts with hexagon techniques. Over 200 color photos and diagrams help teach the reader how to cut half-hexagons, partial hexagons, diamonds, half-diamonds, triangles, and kites with the hexagon template; combine hexagons with other shapes; sew hexagons by machine or hand; sew hexagons and other shapes into rows which are then sewn together; and more. Fifteen quilts and projects make Hexagon Happenings a "hands-on" guide, perfect for handcrafting memorable, useful gifts for the holiday season!

Reviewer: Barbara Rhoades; December, 2014

Hexagons are so hot right now. Use them whole, cut them in half or make them from diamonds and triangles. Whichever way, you will find lots of patterns available. And so it is with this book, which contains 14 patterns. Those patterns include runners, pincushions, coasters, quilts and a mat that could be for a candle or cup.

The first 60 plus pages give you all the basics you need to draft, draw, cut and sew with hexagons. The projects are shown with a full-page color photo of the item. The name of the item, finished size and a paragraph about it are next.

The written instructions include a material and cutting list and plenty of graphics to keep you on track. How the item was quilted is described which I love when an author does that.

With over 140 pages of how-to do it and so many patterns, you will be sewing hexagons in your sleep

Reviewer: Mark Lipinski on; November, 2014

Not only do I think that the Hexagon Honeycomb Quilt on the cover of this book is a beauty (along with its staggered and organic binding), I found myself very attracted and wanting to make several of the quilts that are presented by Carolyn Forster in her new book from Landauer Publishing.

The instructions for drafting hexagons as the precursor to designing your hexie quilt is really enlightening and illuminating (most of us would use over-the-counter templates, but we should know how to construct a pattern this way if we’re worth our patchwork salt). The step-by-step photographs for cutting hexagon shapes with a rotary cutter and acrylic templates are terrific, as are the instructional photos for cutting fabric shapes, like 60° diamonds, without using templates. Basically, this is a very, very well done book if you aspire to be a hexagon aficionado.

As for the projects, I was a little disappointed that there were not more intricately designed pieces. That said, the quilts are all pretty engaging but have a decidedly modern bent, meaning the hexagons are LARGE – it makes them easy to work with, and I guess that was the master plan here. One of my favorite quilts in the book is the fussy-cut Rose Star One Patch Quilt, that is interesting to look at and would absolutely catch your eye at any quilt show. Another one is the scrappy Stars and Cubes quilt, for its color and movement, and is something you can piece from your stash of precut 2 1/2 inch strips (you know that you may not use them otherwise). I also love that most of the projects are stash-busting scrappy! Terrific!

Here’s some the things you might learn if you pick up Hexagon Happenings:

  • Drafting Hexagon Shapes – every quilter should learn this!
  • Rotary Cutting Shapes with Acrylic Templates – a no brainer but if you’re rusty, this tutorial is very well explained.
  • Making the Templates – again, nobody thinks of instructing quilters on how to make a template with plastic. It’s a helpful reminder.
  • Cutting Shapes without Templates – invaluable. You don’t need every darn tool on the market.
  • How to Select Fabrics – many quilters have a problem with this even when making random scrappy quilts.
  • Machine Sewing Hexagons – It’s very basic piecing instruction but you would be surprised how many longtime quilters can’t sew a set-in seam. I was one of them.
  • Hand Sewing Hexagons – well done!
  • Finishing and Binding Hexagon Quilt Edges – really good information, in my humble opinion.
  • Straightening Hexagon Quilt Edges with Inserts – you gotta learn this.
  • Straightening Hexagon Quilt Edges with Appliqué – I would rather eat something healthy than appliqué my quilt edges, but it’s a good tutorial for how to learn a new, and rarely thought of technique!

All in all, I like this book. It’s a very well thought out and executed publication. Personally, I’m a little weary of hexie everything anything at this point, but there is much good and solid information in here and a lot to learn for new quilters, and even things to learn for many of us seasoned patchworkers. Oh, and I LOVED the little section and photos of a few vintage hexie quilts that were included in the front of the book. I found them very inspirational and a great way to start our imaginations running. I reviewed a softcover copy of this book.

PHOTOS: Near perfection. The photos were important, clear, and very helpful.
PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: Nicely done and given the thorough tutorial ramp up there is no excuse not to be able to master any of the patterns.
PROJECTS: A nice assortment of traditional and not so traditional and traditional made modern choices.

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