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Katja Marek - Author, Designer, Teacher
Over the years Katja has designed many, many patterns and Block-of-the-Month programs for her store. She dreamed of designing a program that would be based on fractured hexagons; using hexagons like blocks in a quilt instead of units. In 2012 she launched her Block-a-Week Hex-a-thon and in August signed a contract with Martingale based on this concept. This turned into The New Hexagon – 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece released in October 2014. To thank all those that had purchased a copy, Katja was inspired by a Kaffe Fassett fabric called 'Millefiore' to design a quilt using the blocks in the book in a totally different way than had been described in the book and announced that this would be offered as a FREE (to anyone that owned a copy of the book) online quilt-along during 2015.
This quilt-along immediately spurred the book to the number 1 position with Martingale and there it stayed for almost a year. It was is fact the number 1 selling title with Martingale for all of 2015. Again the number 5 selling title in 2016, and to date still in the top 20.
In 2016 The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar was released and immediately became a bestseller. Perpetually Hexie based on calendar blocks became the 2017 quilt-along. And if that wasn't enough, Katja decided to add another short quilt-along called 'Hex-Plosion' in the later part of 2017, based once again on The New Hexagon book.
Also during 2016, Liza Prior Lucy of Glorious Color and Kim McLean of Glorious Appliqué, hosted a quilt-along called Glorious Hexagons which used the blocks from Katja’s book The New Hexagon. Another wildly successful endeavor that has over 6,000 followers on Facebook.Since the release of The New Hexagon Katja has amassed a faithful following of like minded English Paper Piecing, Fussy-Cutting Hexaholics, who together are Discovering the ‘Hex’-abilities!
But Katja's mind didn't stop there...
September 2017 saw the release of Distinctive Dresdens: 26 Intuiging Blocks, 6 Projects, in which Katja takes the traditional Dresden Plate block to new heights, using a totally new approach. Of course a new quilt-along is coming your way in 2018 called 'Rainy Days and Sun Days'.
So join in and quilt-along and Dare to be Distinctive!
Quilts-Alongs using The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece
Instructions for The New Hexagon Millefiore - Quilt-Along
The 2015 Quilt-Along
The Facebook sharing group for this Quilt-Along is The New Hexagon - Millefiore Quilt-Along. This group was set up and is dedicated to the 'Millefiore' quilt made using blocks from The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece.
There is a 2nd Facebook group which was set up for all 'Katja Marek Designs' and you can also share there: Katja Marek's 'Quilt With Me'
Instructions for Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow
The 2016 Quilt-Along
Instructions for Hex-Plosion
The Aug - Dec 2017 Quilt-Along
Quilt-Along using The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar
Instructions for Perpetually Hexie
The 2017 Quilt-Along
Quilt-Along using Distinctive Dresdens
Instructions for Rainy Days and Sun Days
The 2018 Quilt-Along
Facebook sharing groups:
For The New Hexagon - Millefiore Quilt-Along
For all Katja Marek Designs: Katja Marek's 'Quilt With Me'
Follow Katja on Instagram
Katja on the Internet:
Mark Lipinski's Slow Stitching blog - August 23, 2015
2015 best-selling quilt books: your top 10 favorites - Dec 23, 2015
Red Thread Studio - Featured Designer - February 1, 2016
American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast - March 14, 2016
You have spoken - Our top ten quilt books of 2016 - Dec 19, 2016
Telling Stories Through The Needle's Eye - May 4, 2017
American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast 362 - December 11, 2017