Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry!!

I was not going to do this, I was not going to do this, I was not going to do this . . . . but here I am doing it.  I'm having such a good time looking at all the entries and after all, I'm all packed for the NQA Quilt Show in Columbus and I can submit an entry in my jammies without packing up the quilt and trekking to the Post Office, so why not??

My entry is PIECEFUL CONSTELLATIONS.   
It is a large wall hanging -- no one will ever sit on this quilt!!
I have been fascinated with all things 60 degree since a generous student showed me how to piece set-in seams easier!  I can piece a tumbling block unit as fast as I can piece a 4-patch so set-in piecing is now fun!!
This quilt began with one of my "sacred" stacks of fabric that I gathered up on a teaching trip to Quilt Quarters in Carmel, IN along with some oldies but goodies from my diverse stash.  I am determined to use up the best fabric in my stash -- I do not want that beautiful stuff to be someone's "steal" at the yard sale when they clear out my studio!!
I had such a good time cutting up pieces of fabric and making interesting blocks!
It was like assembling a puzzle -- except that I was in control of where the pieces fit together.  The "constellation" appeared as I moved the blocks around and waited for more inspiration.
I even had some fussy anal moments like when I took this block out after the entire top was assembled because the plaid background diamonds weren't oriented correctly.  Happily, I learned that it's much easier to fix a mistake in a hexagon quilt than it is in a straight set of square blocks because each seam only impacts two blocks, not an entire row of them!!
The last inspiration was the quilting design for the borders which followed a grid that matched the 60 degree angles of the piecing. 
I love this quilt!! 

I'm entering in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Original Design Quilts over at Amy's Creative Side.  The entries are so diverse and I hope you'll enjoy looking at all of them and being the "judge".

Mary Huey




12 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics you used in your quilt. They're very calm and peaceful. (Or do I mean pieceful?)

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    1. Thanks! I think "peaceful" is appropriate!

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  2. I like you theory of using you rest fabrics - excellent. I wasn't going to add a second entry in the festival - I really wasn't but did tonight....

    This one is quite amazing, especially when you realise it isn't epp. Great job and a good idea to keep it safely on the wall!

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    1. Thanks, Karen -- have to go look for your entries!

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  3. Your quilt is gorgeous Mary. I love the colours and there are so many interesting shapes to enjoy and little surprises (like the butterfly) tucked in. I wish you luck!

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    1. Thanks, Karen -- it was fun to piece this quilt -- hard to leave the fabric pile and do my other work!!

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  4. I love your quilt too. That teal, brown and gold combination are just that restful, but so regal,too.. And the piecing - wow!

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  5. This is a beautiful quilt.Beautiful colours and a wonderful pattern. I like the way you say there is an easy way to piece set in seams, I hope I come across it one day. It certainly works for you with your great piecing.

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    1. Thanks! I have actually produced a DVD workshop that includes all the demos I do when I'm teaching the technique -- you can read more about it at http://www.maryhueyquilts.com/index.html

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  6. Mary, your quilt is just beautiful. Are you able to share your student's easier way to piece set-in seams?
    I'm sure many of us would appreciate learning a better way to do this. Thank you.

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    1. I have actually produced a DVD workshop that includes all the demos I do when I'm teaching the technique -- you can read more about it at http://www.maryhueyquilts.com/index.html

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