Thursday, September 24, 2015

Living Room Lap Quilt

I made another quilt using the pattern Purple Play from  I made in colors to coordinate with my living room and I love having it in there.  Pigg#3 is always taking the cuddly throw blankets from the living room and dragging them around.  This quilt stays on the couch much longer and is there when I get to sit down.

The gray fabrics are the same as I used in the other quilts I made.  This is my favorite so far because the aquas are all similar in shade and tone and the yellows are also pretty similar in shade and tone.

The backing is pieced together.  Mostly because I loved the multicolored herringbone print but didn't want it to be the entire back since the front is so busy.  

Oh Look!  6 legs at the bottom of the quilt.  Wonder where those came from.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pattern Test: Haute Skinny Skirt

I got to test a pattern!  And I loved the experience!  I plan to make another to get the skirt just right.

The pattern is called the Haute Skinny Skirt and was created by Christina Albeck of Wardrobe by Me.  This makes a skin tight pencil skirt.  The thing I love about it is the panels..they are really flattering.  Some of the skirts made by the other pattern testers are amazing.  Go look at them.  Really.  I got so many ideas after seeing what they created with the same pattern.

The skirt has an invisible zipper in the back with a hook and eye at the top.  The pattern calls for woven with stretch and I'm telling you, make sure you get good stretch in your fabric.  It makes a huge difference in the fit and comfort of the skirt!  It is meant to hug your figure and needs that stretch to be comfortable while still maintaining that sleek sophisticated look.  So please, do yourself a favor and get enough stretch in your fabric!  

My apologies for the inside pictures.  Mr. Jiggs didn't get home until night and we didn't have enough light to get good outside pictures.  Then he got artistic and said he thought the stair rails added interest and outside pictures distracted from the skirt...I'm just grateful he took pictures for me.  But you get my heavy shadows, gray walls, stair rails, and gray siding in the pictures.  *sigh*

The gray and green/teal skirt was my first go at the pattern and didn't have enough stretch.  It was really tight.  I made the slit in the side a little shorter to match my personal preference.

This second skirt was made out of some sort of knit my MIL gave me.  I have no idea what it is, but it didn't like to be ironed so it's probably polyester.  It was thick.  The two colors are just wrong and right sides of the same textile.  I left out the zipper and just pull it on carefully (so I don't break any seams).  If it gets stretched out I can cut down the back panel and put the invisible zipper in.  Again, I made the slit shorter so I show less leg.

The skirt comes together really quickly.  However, Christina does not write the pattern for beginners and does not really explain how to sew in the pattern.  If you are new to sewing it may take you a while to figure out how to do what the pattern says.  She does include some helpful illustrations, but her instructions assume you are familiar with the techniques she is talking about.  Experienced seamstresses should have no problem whipping this up in an afternoon.  Or even a nap time if you're good and can make quick decisions.  (Not me!  Fabric choices are always so hard for me!  And was only my second time putting in an invisible zipper...but I got it in pretty smoothly despite my inexperience) 

Hop over and look at her Facebook page and Etsy Shop.  I'm pretty sure the pattern is for sale now!

All opinions are my own even though I did get a different pattern in return for testing this pattern.  Can't wait to try that one too!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Criss Cross Twig Wreath

Things never stay quiet long...the summer has flown by, school has started (and after school activities) and we are busy busy again.  But, I did create this wreath for a church craft night.  Well, I bought the wreath and put the stuff on the wreath.  It's not completely finished.  The decorations on the wreath can be traded out, but I haven't finished the next set of decorations.  I have another week or two to figure that out.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pieced Baby Quilt

Here is a baby quilt or wall hanging that is almost exactly like this one listed in my etsy shop.  The colors are slightly different and include more teals.  This one isn't listed in my shop because I sent it to Things You WOOD Love.  So if you're in Elkhorn, Nebraska, drop by and visit!  I've got a few quilts there for sale and you can see them up close and in person. 

I love the pattern on the back created by the quilting!  So fun!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Baby Quilt for Sister in Law

Mr. Jigg's sister just had had her first baby.  We were all really excited to welcome that baby boy into the family!  I figured she didn't have a million quilts and blankets from other children so I could make one for her.  I love having a reason to make new quilts!  And I really love how this one turned out.  Hope I get to meet the little man and drink in his little "babyness".

This quilt is based off the quilt and tutorial over on  Must Love Quilts.  Such beautiful designs!  Come to think of it, I haven't shared the quilt I made for Pigg#1's bed.  It was based off one of her designs too.  Guess I'll have to photograph and share that soon.

I'd love to make a quilt for you too!  I'm up for all sorts of designs.  Send me and email or pop over to my etsy page and send me a message so we can talk about it.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Another Rag Quilt

I got the second rag quilt up on Etsy!  I really like this one as well.  It's still in my favorite color (aqua/teal) scheme, but with an ombre pattern to the fabrics.  Go take a look!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Long Time...

I've been absent from this blog for quite some time...and a lot has happened keeping me busy and away from taking the extra steps of blogging about my crafting!  Just to name a few major ones...Pigg#4 was born, and turned one!  She's a beautiful, spunky girl who will probably make her debut on here eventually.  Mr. Jiggs has also been traveling a lot attending conferences and interviewing for fellowship positions.  (Which we got one!  Hurray!)  

But today I'm posting because I listed a quilt on Etsy!  I've really come to enjoy quilting in the past year but can't think up enough excuses to make a quilt.  So I decided I'd try the Etsy thing again.  I'm starting out small and simple with a rag quilt.  I used some of my favorite colors (teal and lime) and I adore the back of the quilt.  Simple yet unique.  Go check it out!  The shop name is JillyannJiggs.

I have another rag quilt made and photographed.  Hopefully I will get it up there soon too!