Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis – Book Review + Giveaway

on Jun 20, 2013 in Books | 174 comments

Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis of Life Under Quilts is an introduction to English Paper Piecing. The slow sewing movement has been steadily growing in popularity over the past several years. English paper piecing being at the forefront. Whether your style is classic or modern, the book includes a range of spectacular hand-pieced projects from small accessories to full-size quilts.

Organized into 5 sections, the book contains chapters on:

1. Getting Ready – a list of everything you need to get started.

2. Starting to Sew – Techniques for success including cutting, basting, whipstitching and assembly. Lots of tricks and troubleshooting suggestions too. Excellent detailed photos.

3. The Projects – 10 fabulous projects from a small to big.

4. English Paper-Piecing Patterns – OK, I had no idea there were this many variations of shapes from the Hexagon to variations on 60-degree diamonds. Everything is here.

5. Paper-Piecing Resources – Grids and templates.

The photography in the book is very well done. Step-by-step series include all the steps in detail so I wasn’t left scratching my head about what wasn’t included – it’s all there!

I so LOVED this section on stitching. Tons of views from the back along with troubleshooting tips. For me, I’ve got to get this part nailed in order to be successful with a project. Again, I’m really impressed with the quality of the photography. Every detail is up-close visible.

Lots of fresh ideas for the classic hexagon.

Hexagons, Equilateral Triangles and Squares – oh, the possibilities!

Quilting on the Go is a well-written, comprehensive and beautifully photographed lesson on English Paper Piecing. Jessica Alexandrakis has taken basic and advanced techniques  and assembled them together into a guidebook that inspires and teaches both the novice and the experienced stitcher. Her creative lens on this classic technique will certainly inspire you to explore the rich territory of English Paper Piecing and all it has to offer.

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To win a copy of Quilting on the Go by Jessica Alexandrakis leave a comment sharing why you like to sew slow. I’m also giving away five $20 gift certificates to Pink Chalk Fabrics. Good luck and Happy Stitching! (The giveaway copy is my review copy that was provided by Potter Craft.)

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Other fabulous stops on the blog hop:

June 11     Lesly at Stitch Literate

June 12     Clare at Selfsewn

June 13     Christina at A Few Scraps

June 14     Victoria @ Bumblebeans

June 15     Amanda Jean at Crazymomquilts

June 16     Laura at Quokka Quilts

June 17     Lucy at Charm About You

June 18     Katy at I’m A Ginger Monkey

June 19     Ara Jane at What Ara Jane Loves

June 20     Me at Pink Chalk Studio – You’re Here!

June 21     Jessica at Life Under Quilts

    174 Comments

  1. Now that looks like my kind of book. thanks for the giveaway. I like sewing slow because it is very relaxing for me. I have always loved doing hand work.

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    Carrie P.

    June 22, 2013

  2. Sewing slow is my personal form of therapy.

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    H.D.G.

    June 22, 2013

  3. There is something about making your whole quilt by hand. It brings me closer to my ancesters and gives me such a sense of accomplishment. It is so therapuetic for me!

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    jenni

    June 22, 2013

  4. I have already given up machine quilting for the slow path which I love so much, and may give up machine piecing too if I become addicted to EPP! Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Mandy

    June 22, 2013

  5. Sewing slowly is meditative – I feel refreshed rather than rushed. Lovely. Faith.

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    Faith

    June 22, 2013

  6. I like to multitask. I can’t sit still so I like to do hand projects like embroidery, hexies, etc. in front of the TV or while I’m waiting for things (like at the airport).

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    Allison C

    June 22, 2013

  7. I love sewing slow when I am upset at something, it calms me down. Or when I just need to have something to do when I can’t do anything else, like being stuck in a doctor’s office. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Diane W

    June 23, 2013

  8. I love it when I can do some EPP outside while watching the kids play.

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    Mara

    June 23, 2013

  9. I enjoy hand sewing in the evening when I can sit with the family, and not be in another room with the sewing machine.

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    Patty

    June 23, 2013

  10. I love to sew slow by hand because it’s soothing, fun and therapeutic 🙂

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    Heather S

    June 23, 2013

  11. Love EPP! Sewing slow, by hand is a giod way for me to unwind and to slow down myself. I take a hand piecing class and have several projects that I’m working on. I love handwork as well as it’s so portable.

    Thank you and Jessica for a super generous giveaway and a chance to win. Lots of Winners! Woot! Woot!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    usairdoll

    June 23, 2013

  12. love hand sewing epp! am thoroughly addicted to hexies, turning my scraps into hexies [various sizes]is my fav passtime! sewing my last hexie top was good for my soul, attitudes and serenity. and surprise, it didn’t take all the long!

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    ritainalaska

    June 23, 2013

  13. I like to “sew slow” because when the project is completed I enjoy the memories of the “making” as well as the finished item itself.

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    Beth T.

    June 24, 2013

  14. Sewing slow has helped me to relax, and has enabled me to drop my blood pressure in this hectic, fast paced environment we live in.

    Just 10 minutes every now and then in the day or evening helps me to relax and unwind and slow down – and I get to enjoy the fabrics!

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    Paul

    June 24, 2013

  15. I enjoy the relaxing nature of English paper piecing. It’s portable, and I love that I can take it almost anywhere and sew with friends or when visiting with family. I’ve made a lap throw using charm squares and it’s one of my favorite quilts!

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    Lisa A

    June 24, 2013

  16. I’d like to learn to sew slow, to be able to both hang out with my husband in the evening and get to work on projects, too!

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    mailergoat

    June 24, 2013

  17. This kind of sewing is what I want to get going on. Sounds like something I would like.

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    Denise

    June 24, 2013

  18. I love slow sewing in front of the telly over winter. Lovely

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    marg

    June 24, 2013

  19. I don’t really like hand sewing, but started some EPP because its portable

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    Drci

    June 24, 2013

  20. i like the feeling of doing something slow and meditative when i handstitch. it seems so connected-to-past-generations when i’m doing what women have been doing for time out of mind – working with needle and thread in their own hands. just love it! can’t wait to try out EPP.

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    hydeeann

    June 24, 2013

  21. I love to feel productive when sitting outside my home.

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    Caitlin

    June 25, 2013

  22. I just purchase this book I already love it. Thank you so much
    I hope there’s more to come,

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    Carol

    July 20, 2013

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