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

on Jun 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 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. Love this! I have four kids, two are babies so my need to sew slow is due to lack of time to devote. My heart is there though, I dream of fabric and quilts.

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    Tamara Little

    June 20, 2013

  2. I love EPP and slow sewing. I always carry something with me to do hand sewing when I travel or have to wait. I would love to win this book. The teaser in your blog was most enticing.

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    Sandi

    June 20, 2013

  3. Why do I like to sew slow? Because quilting is not a competitive sport. Sometimes it feels that way with everyone continually posting their next finished quilt online. I have sewn for many years and do it because i enjoy the process.

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    Diane Clark

    June 20, 2013

  4. I love EPP. It’s so much fun to watch your project unfold. I would love to win this book or one of the gift cards.

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    Melissia G

    June 20, 2013

  5. Having handwork ” handy” makes sitting quietly or watching tv productive time! Would love to try this! Thanks for the chance…

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    Lori Voth

    June 20, 2013

  6. I’ve done several ‘slow’ projects and they are wonderful ~ it’s so nice to bring them along wherever I go. It also makes me think of my Grandmother and all the hand quilting projects I watched her make. I’ve got a La Moyne Star in the works ~ have a long way to go till it’s finished.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win this lovely book!

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    elsa

    June 20, 2013

  7. I had always just seen the honey comb one and was not interested. But this book – with all the possibilities – has promise! Might buy it!

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    susan

    June 20, 2013

  8. I like to sew slow because no one can unplug my needle! Little hands in my house tend to get in the way of any machine sewing these days.

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    jill

    June 20, 2013

  9. I love to sew slow because I can take it with me when I’m waiting for the kids and I like to keep my hands busy. Ive just recently started with hexis and I love how people always ask about what I’m doing – it’s a great way to meet new folks!

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    Claire

    June 20, 2013

  10. We have a family cabin with no power so projects that travel that I can do by hand are ideal!

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    Jeanine Norris

    June 20, 2013

  11. Why i would like to sew slow? Because sewing is making me slow down. And that’s necessary in a busy everyday life. Right? 🙂

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    Katrine Lind

    June 20, 2013

  12. I enjoy slow sewing because it allows me to relax, appreciate life, fondly remember treasured moments, and allow creativity to flow naturally. It’s my private time!

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    Jeanne R

    June 20, 2013

  13. After a really busy and long school year I’d like to sew slow and smell the roses …. hurricanes and blizzards have kept us in school for an additional 12 days this year!

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    Robin

    June 20, 2013

  14. I became involved in the “slow sewing movement”
    — hand embroidery, mending, basting, whatever — to keep my sanity while my kids played baseball, which has got to be the slowest sport ever. Hand sewing is relaxing, can be done anywhere, provides a sense of accomplishment and offers the perfect excuse to watch kid-inappropriate TV! Not sure if I could whip up an outfit by candlelight if the power grid goes, but I’d certainly try in a pinch.

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    Lori Moody

    June 20, 2013

  15. It helps me take a breather and really mindfully appreciate the good simple things in life–though the reason for quilting on the go is so I can always get quilting done even when I’m super busy traveling by air, train, or automobile!

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    kari

    June 20, 2013

  16. I like working in my lap where ever I happen to be!

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    Cruz sundquist

    June 20, 2013

  17. Nice, slow, take it with me projects. How relaxing.

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    sue t

    June 20, 2013

  18. I like to sew slow because I can’t sit still. : ) I like to feel like I’m still accomplishing something when I watch TV or ride in the car.

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    Sarah

    June 20, 2013

  19. I always like to have a project to work on when I’m out of the house and right now I’m getting tired of crochet and knitting. A slow sewing project would be fun and a great way to showcase the special scraps I’ve been saving up. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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    Kylie C

    June 20, 2013

  20. I love EPP. I want this book. I have a number of EPP projects in the works!

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    Amy

    June 20, 2013

  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hand sew slow because it’s meditative and helps me unwind!

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    Lori

    June 20, 2013

  22. As a Mom of two dancers and a Mom who travels for work, I am often on the go. I have a little make-up bag that I keep in my purse with diamond shaped fabric, my Quilt Patis, thread, paper clips and little scissors. It gives me something to work on at dance and still be able to have a conversation with the other Moms and also gives me something to do on the airplane.

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    Julie

    June 20, 2013

  23. I like to sew slow because then it’s relaxing… If I’m sewing fast it probably meabs that I’m rushing to finish before naptime is done and there’s nothing relaxing about that!

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    Heidi

    June 20, 2013

  24. We are a busy family and having a slow portable project with me at soccer or basketball games or in the car traveling to and fro, helps me maintain that creative side of myself.

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    Wendy

    June 20, 2013

  25. Thanks for sharing such an interesting book with us. Slowing down and working on any handwork craft is extremely meditative for me and there is such a sense of accomplishment when the project is complete.

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    Melanie

    June 20, 2013

  26. I love EPP because I can take it with me to my son’s tennis practice runs. I also love to EPP at night while the family is watching a game together – it is somewhat mindless, so I can still sew and interact with them. Best of both worlds! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Becky Greene

    June 20, 2013

  27. Hi! I’d LOVE to win the copy ! I’ve made a few hexagon mug rugs, put them down the fron (scattered) a dress for my granddaughter. My latest project that I’m still working on is a table runner, 3 different shapes. I began the project as something to do on the plane to China (24 hr there), but didn’t get as much done on the plane as I expected. That tray space is really tiny!

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    Susan Moore

    June 20, 2013

  28. To me, sewing slow means precision. If it’s EPP it also means a project that is easily tranported, one that I can do anywhere instead of sitting in front of a sewing machine. But mostly, it’s the precision of it that makes me happy. I do love a perfect point. 🙂

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    Jane S.

    June 20, 2013

  29. Sewing slow lets me work in a contemplative way. I can think about my family, future quilts, and my garden. It quiets my mind and I feel like I am accomplishing something in spare time. Our lives are a gift and I hate to waste a moment!

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    Jamie Willis

    June 20, 2013

  30. I like to sew slow because I love handpiecing and learning EPP is one way I can continue to enjoy quilting. I have a diagnosis of stage 4 terminal lung cancer that has metastasized into aggressive bone cancer. I want to win a copy of this book to actively use for nice slow EPP handwork. While sitting in my recliner using oxygen and listening to TV, waiting for appointments, etc. I can patiently enjoy making handwork projects. I’ve made one teeny EPP (of sorts) hexagon flower that I don’t know what to do with. I would love to win EPP On The GO so that have some expert guidance on EPP “how to”, EPP with shapes (like diamonds) other than hexies, and have quilt projects that I can make. My hexie adventures used a cobbled together method of making hexies, then sewing into GMFG hexie flowers. It would be so much easier if learn the proper way to EPP. Thanks for the chance. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    p.s. Your reviews are always thorough and organized. Kathy, thanks for the well-written review and the giveaways.

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    MarciaW

    June 20, 2013

  31. I think EPP is the perfect summer craft because you can take it on the go and it fits the slow summer days. I think I need this book!

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    Chris Stalnaker

    June 20, 2013

  32. I like to sew slow because I don’t have to be isolated from everybody else. I can be in the same room with them and not stuck in my room with my sewing machine.

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    Penny J

    June 20, 2013

  33. I’m not very good at doing nothing, so it’s nice to be able to pick up some hand stitching during those times of “enforced leisure”. And, to be honest, I don’t find it all that slow. Those little hexies and diamonds keep stacking up, and the next thing you know, you have yourself a quilt. Thank you for the chance to win what looks and sounds like a terrific book.

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    Judith

    June 20, 2013

  34. I like to sew slowly and take my time because it is a relaxing hobby for me. If I am sewing to meet deadlines, it feels more like work. Sewing slowly allows me to do everything carefully and I am so much happier with the finished product. I am fine hand-cranking through areas of fabric rather than zooming through when I want it to look just right!

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    Julie

    June 20, 2013

  35. Sewing slow allows me to have my kids help me with a project and gain interest in my hobby.

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    Bethany

    June 20, 2013

  36. This book looks like its jam-packed with lots of fun projects. Thanx for the chance to win a copy.

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    Liz A.

    June 20, 2013

  37. I like having a project I can work on in the car, so hand sewing is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

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    Alli

    June 20, 2013

  38. I like to sew slow because I took a break in my working life a few month ago in order to take care of my newborn, her sister and her father… and I want to make the most of my time in going slowly 🙂

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    Sonja

    June 20, 2013

  39. I think it is relaxing. I also like something to work on that is quiet when I watch TV with Hubby.

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    Rebeckah

    June 20, 2013

  40. Looks like a fabulous book. Thank you for the giveaway. I have MS and am often stuck in bed so hand sewing is perfect for me.

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    Melody

    June 20, 2013

  41. I think hand-stitching is calming ~ I’ve wanted to make an EPP hexagon quilt for quite some time. I’m not sure what my hold-up is, actually.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Tracy

    June 20, 2013

  42. I love everything about “slow” work! I don’t know why…I guess it is just the process. I like the journey! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

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    Kate Fuller

    June 20, 2013

  43. I like to have something to bring along to the waiting rooms now that my kids are a little older and don’t need to supervise them quite as much. I’ve never tried epp but I’ve done some embroidery. I love her last name. Wonder if its Lithuanian. It’s just like my maiden name.

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    Jamie

    June 20, 2013

  44. Grandma always told me, “Slow & steady to be sure and get 10 stitches per inch.” Rather than watch TV while at Grandma’s, I would watch her quilt. She was patient to explain all the answers to my “why” questions. It’s from her that I have a m appreciation of all things handmade. I’m reminded of her words every time I sit down to sew & quilt.

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    Kim Fritz

    June 20, 2013

  45. I love the ability “slow sewing” gives me to take my project with me when I am on the go. 🙂

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    kelly p

    June 20, 2013

  46. Because it is snowing here at present (NZ) and it would mean that I could sew slow in front of the fire – snow sew slow!

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    Taryn

    June 20, 2013

  47. Slow sewing….important for me as this helps to appreciate being in the now. Being present and enjoying what i am actually doing right then, right now. I feel the 21st century expects a lot from all of us. For me, to sew, and to do so slowly is vital to my well being.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful book.

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    debra

    June 20, 2013

  48. I would love love love to win this book. I am addicted to fabric.

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    Maria Linder

    June 20, 2013

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