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?

One thought on “Mini Moxie

  1. I’m so glad you did not give up on blogging! A blog is like a great quilt really, it will be there to snuggle back into when you are ready. The mini moxie is inspired! I’m making my first queen-sized quilt this year, and really enjoying the process!

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