Monday, December 15, 2014
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway last week! There were almost 100 entries, though not everyone wanted both items up for grabs. The winner of the mug rug is Megan who kindly suggested an alternative to chocolate chip cookies in response to my call for gluten free and dairy free desserts. I actually have a bag of the chocolate chips she suggested I use in the cabinet right now, but I've been snacking on them by the handful. I really should make some cookies out of them! The winner of the fabric is Kelly who also suggested a really delicious sounding dessert for me to try. I'm adding it to my list! Megan and Kelly, I've sent your packages out today so watch your mailboxes!
this one from Target, this one from anthropologie, and this one from cb2) and some homemade hot chocolate mix and you've got yourself a great gift :) Visit the tiny hummingbird shop to see all the mug rugs listed... I added a bunch of new ones to the shop last night, including the ones you see in this post!
And since I have a feeling someone will ask, here's a link to the Matilda mug. The zoo animals mug is from Starbucks, maybe five or six years ago, but I couldn't find it anywhere online.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Hello! Thanks for visiting the tiny hummingbird, my little corner of the internet where I write mostly about my adventures in quilting with a few party posts and pictures of my boys thrown in for good measure. I'm excited to start perusing all the giveaways and I'll be on the lookout for new blogs and instagram accounts to follow for sure. You'd probably like to see what I'm giving away though, so without further ado, here are the goods! You may enter to win each of two prizes - the first is any mug rug from my shop or one pictured above (they're unfinished but just say the word and I'll get the one you like done and in the mail asap :), and the second is a partial honey bun (a collection of precut fabrics that measure 1.5" x 44") of Wonderland fabric by Momo for Moda.
here. I like it so much that I wanted to share the fabric love! The Japanese inspired prints are so cute and fun - I love the scissors, butterflies, and polka dots the best.
In order to win, all you need to do is comment on this post! Please specify if you're entering to win a mug rug, the fabric, or both. Any comment will do, but if you'd like some direction, tell me what your favorite dessert is. Bonus points if it's gluten and dairy free because that's my current diet, unfortunately ;)
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! Oh, and if you'd like to follow along the best place to do so is on instagram - I'm @taracceleste! Now I'm off to enter a few giveaways myself :) Don't forget to visit Sew Mama Sew to check out the rest of the giveaways!
- You have 4 days to enter this giveaway (closes Friday, December 12th at midnight EST)
- anonymous comments will be ignored so make sure I know who you are and how to contact you!
- winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, December 15th
- winners must respond within five days to secure prize
Monday, November 24, 2014
My friend Hillary and I used to to have tea together often. If you were a regular blog reader a couple years ago then you may remember our tea tour! We visited little cafes and tea houses around RI and blogged about our experiences at each place. Well, we had gone to one last place (our ninth stop on the tea tour!) before Hillary moved away which was just before the time I went on my unplanned blogging hiatus. It's been bugging me that I never wrote about our last stop on the tea tour, so here it is...Besos in East Greenwich for their afternoon tea service and enjoyed their spin on a traditional tea. We had mini Mediterranean wraps, salad, and cucumbers stuffed with cheese, and then profiteroles, tiramisu, and strawberries with fresh whipped cream. Of course we had tea, too, but I honestly don't remember that much about the tea! I think we shared a pot of peppermint.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
- Henry James
Friday, November 21, 2014
The quilt I made for his brother uses some of the same fabrics, Alexander Henry 2D zoo, which I think is nice. They don't share a room, but I like the idea of the quilts coordinating anyway.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
this doll pattern and recommend it) that resembled her and a quilt for the doll using the same fabrics from the quilt I made for Appleby. I was overambitious and even asked Ari to send me a picture of her current favorite outfit of Appleby's so I could capture her one year old style forever in doll apparel. Although I am not one to sew garments I drafted a pattern for a sweater and leggings, even piecing the fabric for the sweater since it needed to be striped and I didn't have coral and cream striped fabric on hand. I admit to scrapping the first two sweaters I made and even asking for help dressing the doll after I realized I couldn't get the leggings on over her big feet. I didn't learn my lesson though because I've made this doll a bunch of times since then and made the same mistakes on the next two dolls. I wised up for the last two though, constructing the doll bodies out of the clothing fabric rather than making clothes, and I was much more successful. Anyway, I was pleased with the results and loved giving this doll and little doll quilt to Appleby!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Plus quilts are pretty trendy right now and I had been wanting to make one of my own for a while. I decided to make this particular plus quilt (since I do think I'll be making another some day!) for my friend Jill's baby boy, Parker. He's their third baby which is why I named the quilt "two plus one equals three" - two children plus one baby equals three kids for Eric and Jill :) The pluses seemed like a great pattern to show off some fun fabrics, and since the blocks were on the large side I knew that it would come together pretty quickly. I used a combination of Michael Miller fabrics, seersucker, some Lizzy House, and a few random fabrics that were given to me by a friend who doesn't sew. The background is Kona silver which is my new favorite neutral.
The back is made up of some large cuts of fabric - gray polka dots that my mom gave me (left over from the back of Ezra's I spy quilt), blue and white chevron, some airplanes left over from the quilt I made for my friend Keri's son Will, red polka dots, and some scraps left over from the front.
A simple handwritten label finishes it off.
And of course I had some assistance with the photos :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Ashley commented that it would make a cute baby announcement. Well, she was pregnant at the time so I filed that away and then made this for her son's room. I've made a few embroidered notes over the years and there's still something special about them to me. I definitely need to work on my embroidery skills though!
Monday, November 17, 2014
I'm posting about this quilt, totally unintentionally, on the recipient's first birthday. So first let's wish Elliott a very happy birthday! I made this quilt for him using lots of my favorite fabrics - some robots by Kokka, guitars by Michael Miller, a few Denyse Schmidt prints, one of Heather Bailey's prints from her Nicey Jane line, and two solids. Simple rectangle patchwork made this a quick quilt to finish in time for my friend Rachel's baby shower even though Finn was a newborn at the time. It seems so far away now! I can't believe these boys are one now.
Those robots! I love them.
John and Rachel were so thankful for this quilt which made it even more special. They sent me the nicest thank you note and raved about it repeatedly in person. Apparently John borrows it occasionally :) John posted a couple pictures to twitter when Elliott was a newborn and I just have to share this one of him at ten days old on his quilt - ha! Happy birthday, Elliott! I'm so glad you were born!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thanks so much for all the sweet comments yesterday about the mug rugs! I really like making them so it's great to see so much interest. I'm going to be putting a few more in the shop, hopefully soon! I received a few requests for specific fabrics and colors and it will be fun to make some custom designs. If you missed the announcement yesterday you can see what I'm talking about here - mug rugs are now in the shop, and from now until the week before Christmas you can receive a discount on your purchase of one (or more!) to help out with all your holiday shopping. Now, back to sharing all the baby quilts!
I made this quilt for a sweet baby girl who's just a little younger than Finn. I loved the bright and feminine prints mixed with gray and black from Violet Craft's Waterfront Park line of fabric. I had been wanting to work with hexagons for a while and these large ones seemed like a nice way to showcase the prints. I must admit though, I cheated and used this method of piecing! Next time I'll be going all the way, Y seams and all. For now, here's Lillia's quilt, ever so elegantly photographed on my living room floor. It was winter and I wasn't up for a photo shoot in the snow!
My favorite print is the one with the triangles, and also the dots. They remind me of braille or morse code. I quilted simple straight lines across the quilt, along either side of the seams that make up the top, middle, and bottom of each hexagon. I think free motion quilting would have added a little more to the design, but I had yet to attempt that at this point in my quilting career! This quilt was made in either December 2013 or January 2014, and I hadn't free motion quilted anything until this summer.
There's a fun bit of scrappy binding - some solid gray mixed in with a citron Denyse Schmidt print. I used Rachel's method of zig zag binding and I have to say I didn't love it and haven't used it again. Hers is much neater than mine, so there's that, but I prefer the look of a clean straight line stitched in the ditch, or invisible binding.
I love handwriting my labels on gifted quilts, but I'm looking for some to use on quilts to sell. Any recommendations? I'm going to try to post about another baby quilt finish tomorrow. There are quite a few more that I need to write about!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
my first mug rug for Ezra because he liked some fabrics I was using for a quilt and he wanted to make something with them. He chose the fabrics and I sewed them into a sweet little mug rug that he loves using. It's the perfect size for a mug and a cookie or two. I became addicted to making mug rugs and quickly made five or six more, including this dotty Russian doll one. This one already has an owner, but the rest are listed in my shop and available for sale! They would make perfect Christmas gifts, especially if you pair them with a cute mug and a Starbucks gift card or some homemade hot chocolate mix. As a special Christmas deal I'm offering 10% off the purchase of any mug rug! Enter MERRYMUGRUG at checkout to receive the discount. Visit the shop here to see all the mug rugs listed. Now let's go stuff some stockings!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Again with the quilt names lacking in imagination - I'm calling this one Wonderland after the fabric collection I used in it. Busy and scrappy, this quilt is a delight to the senses! It's soft and cuddly, perfect for wrapping babies and toddlers in, and it doubles as an I Spy quilt! You can spend time with your child looking for butterfly wings, meadows, scissors, and two pincushions!the second quilt I made! See the listing for Wonderland in my shop here!
here on her blog!
Monday, November 3, 2014
When I found out we were having another boy I admit I was relieved. I knew what to expect, somewhat, with a boy, and I loved the idea of two brothers. I was excited to welcome another little guy into our family and I couldn't wait to welcome him into our lives. One thing I love to do to welcome a baby is make a quilt. Of course, right? So I started planning out what I would make for my second baby boy. I decided to use a cool sugar skulls print I had been hoarding as the accent of a plus quilt because I hadn't made one yet and I like the simple modern design. I mixed in lots of graphic gray prints from my stash as well as a few solid grays. I quilted it with vertical and horizontal straight lines to accent the lines of the plus signs.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
This quilt represents the gateway to modern quilting for me. Not so much the design, obviously, because it's just a patchwork quilt with borders, but the fabric. It's Heather Ross's fabulous Mendocino line, out of print (but it's being reprinted! though it won't be out for a while apparently) and pretty much impossible to find. My mom and I discovered it at an MQX Quilt Festival back when we first started quilting in what was the only booth selling modern fabrics that weekend. Prior to the quilt festival I had only purchased fabric at Joann and a local fabric shop that doesn't have a great selection of anything really, so I was amazed to see what this modern fabric shop (in quilt festival booth form) had to offer. We snagged a layer cake and then I didn't do anything with it for ages because I couldn't bear to cut into it. I finally used it when I was teaching my friend Amanda how to make a quilt. We used Amy Smart's beginning quilting series (highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn how to quilt!) and made quilts side by side.
For more information about this quilt and to make it yours, visit the listing on etsy here!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Colorblock Quilt by Bijou Lovely. You may recognize it from last week when I posted about the quilt I made for Emmett. You may also recognize the fabrics - this is the quilt that inspired Steph to ask me to make a quilt for Emmett. Steph chose many of the same fabrics Amanda did, although Amanda made her purchase much earlier, maybe even a year earlier, so they weren't all available when I placed Steph's order. For example, that awesome panel Amanda snagged was no longer available. Anyway, I loved putting this quilt together - it's such a quick sew and really shows off the fabrics.