Merry Moda Christmas!

Friday, December 1, 2017

This morning while scrolling Facebook, I saw Aurifil's post asking if I had entered the Moda/Aurifil mini challenge. Well, no! I hadn't heard of it until then! I quickly followed the link to read about the challenge. Use a Moda precut and Aurifil thread to make a mini quilt - by the end of today!

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread


I picked the Merrily charm pack that I bought this summer when vacationing in Minnesota and a handful of coordinating 50wt Aurifil threads (#2605 Grey, #2021 Natural White, #2892 Pine, #2255 Dark Red Orange, and #2324 Stone).

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I searched the internet for a "deer outline" and printed one that I liked so that it was 4" tall.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I pressed Heat-N-Bond Lite to the back of three dark colored charm squares from the pack, then traced and cut the deer silhouette from the charms. I was careful not to make any errors when cutting and did not cut from the edge so that each resulted in whole deer pieces.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I then pressed both the positive and negative fabric cutouts onto light colored charm squares from the pack.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I arranged the deer blocks with some plain charm squares into a 3 x 4 layout and stitched them together using 50wt Aurifil #2324 Stone.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

Once sewn together, I pin basted the quilt top with Warm 100 batting by The Warm Co. and a fat quarter of gray dots from the Modern Background Essentials collection by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda that I had in my stash.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I switched to my walking foot on my Juki TL-2010Q and started in on the quilting using the "Squiggles" design that I learned about from Christa Watson in her Piece and Quilt with Precuts book. I love the texture it creates, and it's a forgiving design that doesn't have to be perfect!

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I used four colors of Aurifil for the quilting (Grey, Natural White, Pine, and Dark Red Orange). I did not applique or stitch around the deer. I made the quilt to be a wall hanging and don't plan to wash it, so I decided it would be okay to leave the pieces ironed on as is.

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

I used a red stripe from the "Hidden Cove" collection by Windham Fabrics from my stash for the binding. I used 2 1/4" double fold binding again - it's definitely becoming my default size now instead of 2 1/2".

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

The quilt finished about 14" x 18 1/2". This is my 40th quilt finish for the year! I love how this mini turned out! It's going straight on the wall for Christmas!

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

Hopefully my mini is randomly picked as the winner so I can get even more Aurifil thread! UPDATE: I didn't win this contest, but I'm still very happy with this mini! I'm already planning a throw quilt using the same design!

Christmas deer quilt using Merrily by Moda and Aurifil thread

11 comments:

  1. I am in awe! Two spectacular quilts in 2 days both started right before the deadline! Are you a bionic quilter!? What is your secret for so many creative and fun finishes?!?

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  2. I love this! You did a fabulous job. I'm in awe of how quickly you put it all together. Good luck!

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  3. Wow! I am so impressed when people can work well under pressure of a deadline (that is sooooo not me). It turned out great; good luck!

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  4. I love this, I wouldn't have fiddled with the appliqué edge either, anything to make life simpler. I really hope you get picked too. x

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  5. Very cute! I may have to make a mini - in baby size..... only because I am on a baby quilt making spree! Grand baby coming any day!

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  6. A great wall hanging and done so quickly. Hope you are a lucky winner.

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  7. You create and sew so well under pressure and I'm just loving this mini quilt. I love the squiggle quilting which I was planning to do for my next project. Good Luck with the challenge.

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