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Tacha Bruecher of Hanies is one of the founding sewists behind Fat Quarterly. She joined us on the blog before with her popular Stepping Stones Block pattern and she’s been hard at work on her new book, Hexa Go-Go!

Hexa Go-Go features English paper-pieced hexagons in 16 projects, all perfect for busy, modern quilters. You can take these portable pieces on the go and then combine them into quilts or small projects like today’s tutorial from Tacha for a key fob (or key holder).

Win a copy of Hexa Go-Go! (US winners receive a book, international winners receive an e-book copy.) Comment below for your chance to win, and be sure to visit other stops on Tacha’s tour for fun tutorials, giveaways, book reviews and more:

8/24 Cabbage Quilts
8/27 Lilys Quilts
8/29 Ellison Lane
8/31 Cut to Pieces
9/3 In Color Order
9/5 A quilt is nice
9/7 Moda Lissa
9/10 The Last Piece
9/12 Michele Made Me
9/14 Fat Quarter Shop
9/17 Comfort Stitching
9/19 Quiltdad
9/21 Oh, Fransson!

I hope you are enjoying the Hexa Go-Go book tour so far! Thank you so much to Sew,Mama,Sew! for taking part and for you taking time to find out more about me and my book.

My name is Tacha Bruecher and I am addicted to English paper piecing and in particular to hexagons! I am usually to be found with some kind of pouch stuffed to the brim with templates, thread and scraps of fabric waiting to be stitched together. If I am not EPP’ing, I can be found at Fat Quarterly or doing the laundry and looking after my family! My eldest daughter, Amelie, has just started school and this has meant big changes in our daily routine, the worst of which is getting up at the crack of dawn!

Since the school is over the other side of our neighborhood we decided that instead of using the car every day, we would cycle to school. Amelie is absolutely loving the bike ride and the start of school but the one thing she has been worrying about is the responsibility of looking after the key to her bicycle lock. She is convinced she will lose it.

I thought the best way to alleviate her fears was to make her a fun key fob which she could attach to the inside of her school bag so that she would no longer worry about the key! And of course what is cuter than a few little hexagons!

What you will need:

  • 1“ key fob
  • 6 hexagon templates ¾”
  • 6 scraps 2” square

Preparation:
You can either purchase or make the templates for English paper piecing. I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine together with a ¾” hexagon die.

To cut the fabric you could use the 1” or 1 ¼” Sizzix hexagon dies. The 1” die will give you hexagons with a seam allowance of slightly under ¼” and the 1 ¼” die will give you hexagons with slightly over ¼” seam allowance.

However, for the key fob I wanted to fussy cut my fabric scraps so I cut the fabric by hand.

Instructions:
Baste the 2” squares to the hexagon templates. There are a number of methods for doing this so choose your favorite. I outline a couple of methods in the book.

Arrange in two columns of 3 hexagons. Sew each of these columns together.

Place the two columns right side facing and stitch together along the top.

Slip the key fob onto the column and hold in place where the two columns are joined.
Stitch the columns together, right sides facing, along the bottom and all the way along one side stopping just one edge before the top.

Press well. Remove the basting stitches and papers and turn right side out. Use a chopstick to push out each of the corners. Press again.

Whipstitch the remaining edges closed.