It’s my turn on the blog hop for my darling friend Tacha’s new book, Hexa go-go! And what a book it is!
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In my world, Tacha is the queen of all things hexagon. She was the first person to show me that hexagons can be modern and not old fashioned. We were in a few bees together when we both joined the online quilting world and I was so tickled to have a friend from Germany. I felt very cosmopolitan!
In a blatant copy even then of Tacha’s style, I made these blocks for a bee using epp.
Little did I know she would go on to write a book about this fabulous concept. I just knew that I needed to try my hand at it. Time consuming but absolutely worth it!
Just a glimpse at the back of one of those blocks I made.
Because I know Tacha a bit (as well as you can know someone you’ve never actually met and share an online hobby with!) I wanted to do an interview with her so you all can get to know her a bit better. I hope you enjoy it.
A: What made you decide to write a book? I know you have a super busy schedule with two girls and being a member of Fat Quarterly. How did you find the time?!
T: Good question. I can’t really remember what made me finally put together some of my ideas into a formal book proposal. My youngest daughter was just beginning daycare and I finally had time to gather my thoughts for more than a few minutes at a time so I started to put together ideas and it soon became clear that I was obsessed with hexagons! After a quick google I found that there weren’t many books on the market which combined hexagons with modern quilt designs so I thought why not write a book myself!
Time was a huge issue for me. I pretty much submitted the proposal to C&T at the same time as I was contacting the rest of the Fat Quarterly team to see if they wanted to work together somehow. Fat Quarterly had been up and running for only a couple of months or so before I heard that my proposal had been accepted. It was pretty full on and I had to plan my time to the minute to meet all my deadlines especially since all the projects in the book are EPP projects and therefore sewn by hand. The only way to make it work was if pretty much every waking moment I was stitching hexagons! But that is the beauty of EPP – it is really so portable. I stitched during car trips, took the hexagons on family holidays, to the park and pretty much anywhere that I went. Everyone got used to the fact that when they saw me I was sewing and covered in threads. When I look back now I am not really sure how I managed it.
A: Be honest. How long did it take to make that fabulous Union Jack quilt? Because I want one and I’m not British! lol
T: The Union Jack quilt took shape pretty quickly as I just couldn’t wait to see how it would look once finished! It was also one of the first of the quilts that I made which meant my hands were still quite fresh so the stitching went more quickly. (I could definitely feel myself slowing down by the time I tackled the last few quilts!) I reckon it probably took about a month from start to finish.
A: What is your favorite project in the book? And yes, I realize that is like asking you to pick a favorite child
T: Totally impossible to answer that! I think at some point or other during the process they all ranked up there. But I have to admit for having a soft spot for the Over the Rainbow quilt but shh don’t tell the other quilts! The rainbow quilt reminds me of all the people in Bee Inspired who stitched up blocks and there are so many different scraps of fabrics in the quilt it is like a library record of my stash about a year ago!
A: What can we expect from you next?
T: I was trying to have a rest but little ideas keep bubbling to the surface so I do have a few secret projects on the go. Hopefully I’ll be able to let you know more about them soon. In the meantime it is business as usual at Fat Quarterly. We are busily preparing for our second retreat next year and of course for our next issue!
Thank you Tacha for sharing that with us! and for more peeks at her book and hexagon goodness, keep following along on the blog hop.