Saturday, December 26, 2015

My Fab Five for 2015

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a delightful one and for those who don't, thanks for allowing us the freedom to celebrate!
Today is the beginning of my transition to a New Year, 2016 -- time to look back over the year and marvel at all I was able to accomplish as a quilt maker.  I'm enjoying participating in the blogging quilt scene -- so many new friends made and so many ideas shared!
These are five of my favorite posts from 2015 -- I had fun creating them and I appreciated all the responses from you, my readers!!
I participated in the Tree Bird Blog Hop in March and wrote about the wall hanging I created just for it on March 19, A BIRDER'S DREAM.  I had so many wonderful compliments about it and it's had a very successful tour of quilt guilds during the fall.  If you haven't already read the post, it includes instructions on how I make wonky, scrappy 9-patch blocks.
In May, I shared a new strategy for CUTTING ANTIQUE ROSE STAR blocks with Marti Michell's **Kite and Crown Templates.  One of the challenges of teaching is to create a fulfilling experience for my students.  Choosing fabric and cutting this block can be exhausting which made my students' workshop experience less fun than I wanted it to be.  This set of blocks still isn't finished but it has grown to almost enough for a twin size quilt that will be on my 2016 "to-finish" list!!
The third one was written in June, PILLOW MAKING IS TIME CONSUMING, as I set up my front porch summer living area!  I shared my Pieced Alphabet Pattern** and my love for fruit and veggie inspired fabrics.  The large letters are the first letter of the featured veggie on each pillow -- only when a reader commented she thought it was a "fall" arrangment did I realize I had set the pillows up to say OCT (the abbreviation for October).
I took my grade school age grandchildren camping at the end of the summer and in August I shared the special backpacks I made for them in JUST FOR MY GRANDS.  I'm happy to report that these have become the "go-to" accessory for our adventures together!  And I've made several more of them using the highlighted tutorial.
My final pick for my fab five was written in early December as I returned to one of my older patterns, **FAT QUARTER PLACEMATS.  I created these two sets of placemats with a special person in mind and I'm happy to report that she is soon to become more special as she and my son became engaged for Christmas!!  We are so excited that she and her two lovely children will be joining our family in 2016!!  This set of placemats looks great with her Fiesta Ware!!
I'm looking forward to 2016 and all the creative stimulation waiting for us as quilt makers!!
Thank you for visiting my blog today.  If you aren't already following me, I'd be delighted to have you join the group!!  It's such a joy to share my ideas and knowledge with so many. 
The blogosphere is a great place to hang out!!
To see more bloggers "fab five" click HERE to visit the linky party at Meadow Mist Design with 110 other bloggers sharing the "best of 2015"!!
Happy New Year!!
Mary Huey
You can read any of the highlighted posts by clicking on the title of it and the link will open it up for you in a new window.
** indicates that I have those items for sale.  Since I don't have a sales compatible website at this point (simplifying my life), you can e-mail me at to inquire about any of the products.


  1. All beautiful quilt projects, Mary. I especially like the birder's dream. I have that panel somewhere. When I find it, I'll be making a similar one. Thanks for sharing! Here's to a quilty 2016!

  2. Beautiful quilts! I love the color and pattern for the Antique Rose Star block! :)

  3. What lovely finishes, but I am so excited for your son and your family as it will be growing in the future. What a special Christmas this must have been for you all!

  4. Great finishes! Your birdie bags are just too cute, thanks for linking up!

  5. Love the backpacks. They are just adorable! But that antique star? I think I may need to try that. I'm still learning to love cutting instead of feeling frustrated by it but that star looks gorgeous.

  6. This is a great post. You have such a variety of work. I really love those funky birds.

  7. A year of fine finishes indeed! Wishing you all the best in 2016 and I look forward to reading your posts!

  8. Lovely quilts. Found you via Meadow Mist Designs' Best of 2015 Linky Party. Now following your blog :)

  9. I love your birder's dream design, especially as it inspires me to get started on my mother's request for a bird quilt. Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Great posts :) I love the Birder's Dream! Beautiful!