Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Trunk Show Fun!

This morning while catching up on blogs I've missed while traveling last week, Julie at Pink Doxies shared a link-up for a trunk show organized by Whims And Fancies that is happening right now!!
Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies
Since I'm unpacking and putting away a huge pile of stuff and up against a wall for a topic this morning, I'm in!!
I was teaching Set-In Piecing Simplified this past week in upstate New York so all those samples are at the top of the piles.  These are just the finished ones -- there are half again this many that still need to be quilted!!

My journey started four years ago while teaching this workshop for the quilt guild in Watertown, NY with a student named Mary O'Keefe who figured out how to chain piece through set-in seams (y-seams)! 
Back in my studio, I started this scrappy tumbling block quilt and worked to make it a teachable skill to share with my students.  It's one of my favorite quilts.   I just love it -- so much in fact that there is a second one in the works.
This is a close-up of the quilting -- lots of continuous curve with some leaves thrown in. 
Then I tackled hexagons by machine -- these are 1 1/2".  It's a large laprobe size and was made with the intention that it will be a gift to someone one of these days.
I made this giant tumbling block with 4" diamonds to use as a workshop project that was manageable.  It only uses 6 prints plus the conversation print.  It's crib quilt size -- another gift in waiting!
By the time I finished those three quilts, I was feeling confident enough to do something more challenging.  The Kaffe Fassett Collective print in the border inspired the color scheme and was the only "new" fabric I purchased for this quilt.  It's a wall hanging and might pop up for sale this winter when I rework my Etsy shop.
There are a couple other projects between these two, but they aren't quilted.  This one, Pieceful Constellations is my masterpiece.  It was rotary cut with Marti Michell's Template Set G and pieced by machine.  The inspiration was Kerry Dear of Australia's Candied Hexagons.
This workshop sample finishes up as a tabletopper.  (The worksheet/cutting guide is available in my Craftsy Shop --

When Marti Michell introduced the Kite and Crown Template Sets, I launched into an assortment of new samples -- this bed runner is perfect with a vintage woven white spread I use on my bed in the summer.
And my most recent finish was this table topper for the Kaffe Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram -- it also gave me another opportunity to test a block, Dresden Star, that I'll be offering as a workshop this winter during the 2016 Lake Farmpark Quilt Show.
Time to go finish unpacking the travel bags and spread the quilts out flat on the guest bed until the next time we hit the road together. 
 If this is your first visit to my blog -- thanks!!
I hope you'll come back again and again to see more of my y-seam obsession!!

And click on the Trunk Full of Quilts icon at the top of this post to enjoy some more quilts!!

Mary Huey


  1. Mary, you know I love your quilts. Your tumbling blocks just sing. Thanks for the lovely trunk show!

  2. I love your tumbling blocks too.

  3. Piecefull Constellations really is a masterpiece!

  4. I love your baby blocks and all their variations. Working in series can be so much fun and instructive to, Id imagine?! Great colors too! cheers!

  5. Those tumbling blocks are a joy to behold and your quilt with the Kaffe Fasset fabric is filled with eye popping colour. I confess I find Y seams very tricky and as for sewing hexies on the sewing machine, it is a skill that seems to unravel me. 'Tis a pity you live way over there and I live way down here.....I could use some of your magic!

  6. There are so many beautiful ones here. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. Beautiful quilts. The tumbling blocks sampler is positively glowing, I love it!

  8. Oh my, lovely quilts. Tumbling blocks, hexies and stars, what's not to love! Thanks for sharing

  9. They are beautiful!! The scrappy tumbling block quilt is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.


  10. Great trunk show, Mary. I look forward to getting back in the sewing room once this hip heals. That KF is a favorite.

  11. Your trunk show is fantastic! I don't even know where to begin. All of those English Paper Pieced projects are so pretty and tumbling blocks are a favorite!

  12. Thanks for the wonderful trunk show. So many beautiful quilts - my favorites are the scrappy tumbling block and and the Kaffe. I am glad you are feeling better and getting help. I hope that your health continues to improve.