Monday, September 29, 2014

Sharon's Moxie

After a week of edge to edge designs, I was glad to get back to some custom work. Sharon had shown me this quilt weeks ago and I was dying to get my hands on it.

It is a free pattern by Tula Pink, called Moxie. You can find it HERE. I'm loving these colors! I think I need to make one for myself. I bet it would look amazing hanging in my studio.

My first thoughts were to quilt a different filler in each ray, quilting all the way out to the edge of the quilt. I was thinking white thread, but I decided to match the colors on the medallions instead. I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the prints.

I also ended up quilting on each side of the ditch rather than straight down the seam. There were two reasons for this. First, the seams were pressed open and I wanted to reinforce them. Second, I think it helps space out the different filler designs.

I had a challenge to come up with 16 different fillers. I alternated between circular designs and more linear ones.

The circles were fun because they are a little bigger than the average pebbles. The large circles are a bit larger than a quarter, all freehand.

I used the chevron pattern on the fabric as inspiration for that ray. I tried marking a couple, but it worked out better to use my hopping foot as a guide.

I tested out some McTavishing and a design that kind of reminds me of shingles on a roof or feathers. Again, I used that first pink fabric as inspiration.

This Asian feather was a lot of fun. The spine curves back and forth all the way out to the edge of the quilt.

The same thing goes for the regular feathers. I stopped the pink thread and continued with the white as the design extended into the light borders.

Here is the center. Lines extending out and curved lines.

So much fun! I definitely need to start ordering some more fabric for myself.

Thanks Sharon!


  1. OMG your quilting on this is fantastic. I am trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. Love how you used different designs in each segment. Great pattern taken to a whole new level with your quilting.


  2. Amazing workmanship; wonderful quilt!

  3. I really, really, really love this. Ok so now you know. LOL All of your quilting ideas for this were just fabulous and I want to make my own version now.

  4. The quilt was very pretty before you started but wow! Your quilting really transformed this quilt into something special!

  5. Laura!!! This is amazing!!! I'm so impressed with how well the different motifs work for this, and your effort to match the threads with the strategic switches to the white thread. KUDOS, woman! :D

  6. Wow! You did a fabulous job quilting this quilt! I have this pattern will definately use your quilting as inspiration when I get to that point.

  7. WOW! Laura, you outdid your self. Great idea to make each section match the fabrics. Well done!