Made by Hand in December

In an effort to slow down a little bit and enjoy the Christmas season, I’ve decided to give my sewing machine a little break {mostly}. While I still have a few projects I’m hoping to finish up in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to concentrate my creative efforts on making a few projects by hand.

Above are some aqua/blue/white prints I’ve been slowly making into one inch hexagons {I print my hexies here, and adjust the margins to .25 to get more hexies per page}.  I’ve not determined exactly what I’m going to make with them, but it has been fun to see the monochromatic scheme come together.

I’m also hoping to finish my Garden Steps embroideries and knit a few things.  I’m hoping this will give me a better chance to enjoy the season, my two darling kids, and friends and family, as it seems like it always gets a little swamped with busyness.

So, how do you slow down and still satisfy your creativity?

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  1. says

    I wish there were a magic trick to this…slowing down, but I have to make myself. I do love to have some hand sewing in the car or by the TV to relax. Smiles…Renee

  2. says

    Right now my new baby has forced me to slow waaaay down, and I’ve been struggling to find any time to be creative. Today, I went out and bought some Kona White to cut into blocks for my second postage stamp quilt. I love projects like that because I can do a little bit here and there. It allows me to be creative without going overboard or – on the flip side – feeling as though I can’t work on anything because other projects are just too daunting.

    I love how your hexies look, by the way!
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  3. says

    love it! making hexies is thinking time! love your monochromatic scheme. my hexies are all shades of purple and blue … this is my first handsewing project. my hexies are all made and i’m joinning them, but im dying to cut and sew more hexies.
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  4. Tamie says

    The hexies are so pretty, this is a wonderful shade of blue. I do hope I can try my hand at these someday. I do so enjoy seeing all the beautiful things you and your mom make. Even though we aren’t able to see each other often, I don’t feel so out of touch because you both share so often on the blog. Enjoy your babies, all too soon they will be grown. My little one will be 30 in a little over a week. XOOX

  5. Drea B says

    I use quilt patis found at These are re-usable soft plastic hexies. So easy to use and no more cutting out tons of paper hexies!!

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