I Spy A Hexy Quilt

Disclosure: Crafterhours‘ Susan provided one of the the I Spy charm packs to me. I was gonna buy it anyways though, but full disclosure ‘n’ all that, yo. I Spy Hexagon Quilt

It’s been a year. A YEAR! My baby is one, and for his gift, I gave him a quilt that was just shy of a year in the making.

I Spy Hexy Quilt

One hundred thirty-eight 2 1/4 inch hand-sewn hexagons. Now I know others have sewn hexagon quilts so much faster, but I only worked on it when I couldn’t get to my machine. I was trying to keep it a leisurely.

I Spy Hexagon Quilt

A purist would insist on quilting and finishing this blanket by hand as well, but, truth be told, I’m kinda done with hand piecing for a while. English Paper Piecing doesn’t fit the Go-Go-Go! speed of life now that Vinny is mobile and oodles of trouble.

Vinny and his I Spy Quilt

Crazy kid, he doesn’t sit still for a second.

Vinny and His Quily

So, with the quilt top done, I wanted to quilt and finish the blanket by machine, and I wanted to keep the hexagon edges, but without any binding.

Hexagon Quilt, back

I’ll share how I finished it in another post. [Edit: here it is!]

I Spy Quilt

In the meantime, happy birthday, kiddo! You definitely contribute to the crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vinny and His Quilt

Stay funky.

I Spy Hexagon Quilt

… fabrics used…

…more posts from this project…

How This Dino Made Me Smile

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

I am blessed beyond measure to have turned this sewing-blogging hobby of mine into a little business. I never would have dreamed that it would be possible when I committed to learning 7 years ago. However, Wednesday I was struck with a fear that maybe I just didn’t enjoy sewing anymore. Every attempt was interrupted , and the pants sewing has been frustrating, and I felt dragged down by expectations of what I “should” do as a blogger. (get sponsors! make patterns! post regularly! join blog tours! blah de blah de blah de blah!)  Sewing was becoming all stress and no fun, and that is a scary place to be when you have invested so many hours into learning a craft.

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

Yesterday, stuck at home, car-less, with three kids at school, and an extra long day ahead of me, I decided to toss out all responsibilities and to-do lists and just have fun.

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

And fun was had. Oh, glorious fun. Vinny and Gladys pulled my sewing room to pieces and rubbed crushed crackers into the carpeting, and I sewed on. Cereal boxes and bowls still covered the kitchen table at 5pm, and I sewed on. We had peanut butter and jelly for dinner, and I sewed on. By the end of the day, I was dancing around the kitchen, joking with my kids, and grinning ear-to-ear.

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

This is why I sew – for the pleasure of the vision coming to life in my hands, for the butterflies of excitement, and for the feeling of completion when my efforts result in something, a tangible something.

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

I am still going to Tackle The Pants, but now I can do it with a renewed sense of excitement. I am still blogging, but I can do it with a renewed sense of Who I Am.

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com

Thank you, Toby The Dinosaurus, as you have been already named, for helping me find my way back again.

Does sewing ever get stressful for you? What kind of projects bring you joy?

Zipper-Mouthed Dinosaur Softie, sewn by SewFearless.com
The pattern for this dinosaur is from Abby Glassenberg’s book “Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction”. As one of her pattern testers, I received a complimentary copy. For more information on her amazing book, check out the original book review post.

Recommended Reading: “Joyful Sewing: 12 Tips for Enjoying a Stress-free Hobby” at Sew, Mama, Sew

Dragon Boy

Dragon Shirt - sewn by SewFearless.com

The middle end of January is obviously the very best time to share a Halloween costume, right? The truth is, with all the school cancellations we’ve been having, I haven’t had much time for sewing. I really can’t complain though because the kids have been doing awesome playing together. It’s a nice perk of having so very many little kids – built-in playmates, and I would be free to sew like woah if it weren’t for a certain 11 month old boy.

Dragon Shirt - sewn by SewFearless.com

Matthias asked for a “dragon costume” for Halloween last fall, and even though I reeeeallly do not like sewing costumes, I somehow ended up sewing 4 of them last year. (what?! Darn children, and their sweet enthusiasm. How do I say no to them?!) [Read more...]

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 My boys acquired wooden swords at a medieval festival a couple of weeks ago. It was love at first fight and they have been planning epic battles and fighting bad guys daily since then. I wouldn’t be surprised if this Halloween features a sword-brandishing Batman and a shield-wielding Spiderman. Good times. It only took a day of witnessing Duncan’s frustration with trying to sheath his sword in his belt for me to know a mother-son craft time was in order.

After I told him my idea, Duncan drew out some plans…
(and I added my suggested modifications) [Read more...]

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