Made with Moxie: What is Moxie?

What is Moxie?

mox·ie (mŏk'sē) n. Slang
1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.
2. Force of character, determination, or nerve. Boldness.
3. Skill; know-how.

When I was a child, an adult once told me I had a lot of moxie doing something I had done. I'm fairly certain they didn't mean it as a positive thing. However, when I looked up the definition of moxie, I liked it. I've used ThatMoxieGirl as my moniker for a good long time. When I make something, I try to make it different; Made with Moxie. (#makingwithmoxie)

My name is Jill. I am a maker.

My mother taught me to sew when I was ten. That first pattern caused a good deal of fabric throwing and tears but eventually resulted in a cute black knit skirt that I wore for years. She also taught me to love the smell of a freshly opened box of crayons, that having drawers and drawers of fabric appeased the voices, and play dough colors should never be mixed. Most importantly she always told me to “dare to be different,” and to “never let my fears stand in the way of my dreams.” I’ve tried to hold those words close to my heart.

Jill Dorsey aka ThatMoxieGirl of Made with Moxie

I made my first quilt the summer after I graduated from high school because I didn’t want to spend my hard earned money on bedding to take to college. It was scrappy and crooked and eventually fell apart due to way to narrow seam allowances, but it was one of the most loved things I’ve ever made. It’s also the only quilt I have ever made myself.

My partner in crime and I met on Craigslist. Once he confirmed that I was not a creepy old man with an unmarked white van, he fell madly in love with me. Together we have made two kiddos, Jane and Jimmy. They are so freaking rad and the source of some major laughter. I am not a super mom and won’t ever pretend to be.

Jill Dorsey aka ThatMoxieGirl of Made with Moxie

Together with Danny, I founded the Perfect Pattern Parcel where we offer curated collections of PDF patterns made by independent pattern designers for a two week time frame on a regular basis. You choose the price for the Parcel and donate a portion of your price to the charity DonorsChoose.org. We cover all the costs associated with the sale (web hosting, advertising, payment fees, etc) then donate the rest of the company profits to charity, too.

I am afraid of the dark. And men’s black socks.

You can check out my Proust Questionnaire interview here.

Shoot me an email at thatmoxiegirl [at] gmail [dot] com