Vintage Holiday Twins

When browsing my local quilt shop this Fall, I came across a kit for the Vintage Holiday quilt pattern using In From the Cold fabrics on sale for a great price.  I couldn’t resist.  Well, maybe I could have.  But I didn’t.

It turns out that it was an even better buy than I’d originally planned.  When I got a good look at the pattern and included fabrics I realized that, with a little supplementing from my own stash, I could make TWO quilts!   And so the twins were born:

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Wait…that doesn’t look like two quilts.  Yep.  I am an idiot.  I made two, but forgot to photograph the second one!

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The second was exactly the same as the first, but that green backing that you see peeking at the edge of the picture above was the border fabric for the twin version.  One red, one green.

This was a great pattern and this collection of fabrics worked really well with it.  The extra red and green used in the outer borders was fabric purchased at Jo-Anns.  I should have thought twice about that – the red ran, even with color catchers – but with a second run through the wash all came out fine in the end.  I’m not a fabric pre-washer, but I need to start doing it with my reds, I think.  Especially when they’re not super high end.

I got adventurous and practiced a little free-motion quilting on these:

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They were sent off to their new owners just before Christmas and so far, there are no rumors of re-gifting!  I liked these so much, I was tempted to keep one.  Maybe someday I’ll even make one for us.

 

 

Mini Moxie

It has been so long since I’ve made a blog post that I was tempted to just give up on blogging altogether. When looking through the pictures on my phone the other day I realized how many projects I’ve done since leaving Korea in July – so many that I’d started to forget them all. That was my point in blogging to begin with: I wanted to keep track of my many makes. Time to play catch-up. Let’s start with the most recent and work backward.

After a season of sewing and knitting holiday gifts, I wanted to start out the new year making something pretty for ME. Rememeber when I bought a bundle of Tula Pink’s Foxfield way back in the Spring? Well, it had been taunting me for months. When I unpacked our house, I intentionally left it on the cutting table where I could see it and be inspired. It was waiting to become a Moxie Quilt to be used it as a wall hanging. I have to confess I’m not sure how I feel about hanging up my quilts. I like to see them used. Snuggled. Moxie is a great take on a color wheel and it needs to be seen whole.

Tula Pink's Original Moxie

Tula Pink’s Original Moxie

The original Moxie pattern finishes up at about 50″x59″ which is a LOT of wall covering. Never having used a quilt as wall art before, I decided to start smaller. Behold the “Mini Moxie”:

Mini Moxie in progress

Mini Moxie in progress

I took the free original pattern pieces and sized them at 75% of original. Actually I first sized them down to 50%, but soon discovered that would be a mighty small wall hanging (can you say Micro Moxie?). Math is not my strong suit! At 75%, and leaving out the strips at the top and bottom in the original pattern, my Mini Moxie finishes at 36″x36″ – a great size for a wall hanging if I do say so m’self.  If you added the top and bottom background strips that I omitted it would make a great baby quilt, too.

This was a fun project. It involves curved piecing, so I did have to pin while piecing, but the curves are gentle and it went quickly and smoothly. I actually spent more time trying to figure out how I wanted to quilt it than anything else. I even took time out to try to beef up my WEAK free motion quilting skills by taking Christina Cameli’s The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting class on Craftsy. It was well worth the time and money. Christina is a great teacher (and not just because her hair is awesome). I also love her book, First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting.

My FMQ still needs work!

My FMQ still needs work! Whew, messy!

 

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But at least I’m brave enough to try, right?

 

My free motion skills are still pretty weak, but all they say about practice is true. I do see slow improvement. Meanwhile, I’ll just hope no one looks too closely at the stitching while taking in this quilt!

I do love the finished quilt on the wall:

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One of the best things about my Mini Moxie:  I have so much fabric leftover from all those FQs!  What should I do with them?