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!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pink Ombre Puff Quilt

This is the big project I've been thinking about for almost 9 months and been sewing for at least 2 months.  I made a practice one right after Christmas with fabric my MIL gave me.  And then miracle of miracles, I found flannel at Joann's that was the shades I had been looking for.  And then I found Coral Sheets at Wal-mart on clearance.  At least it seemed like a miracle because I could not find fabric in coral for the 6 months I looked prior to then.  And I was working on putting together a color scheme of solids online, but then my computer crashed and I lost all of that work.  Anyways, it took a long time, I'm happy it is finished, but I have 2 more cut out for the boys.  So I probably won't be doing much else crafting around her until those are finished.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Star Wars Softies

Pigg #1 got invited to a birthday party and I needed a present for him to take.  The little boy LOVES Star Wars, especially Storm Troopers.  So this is what Pigg #1 and I decided to do for him.


First I made Chewbacca, because I thought he'd take less time and then I'd at least have SOMETHING for the party.

And then I made a Storm Trooper.  This is the second version and I think it is pretty darn cute!

 I made up the shapes and patterns myself and I'm so happy with how they turned out!


Lighting was not what I had hoped for this morning because of winter weather, but the party is tonight, so we took picture anyways. 

 Pigg#3 likes Chewie.

And Pigg#1 likes them both.

But thinks the storm trooper is cool and that his friend is going to love it!

Personally, I like Chewie best.  He's kind of like a tough teddy bear.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pigg#2's Christmas 2012 Dress

I made a dress for Pigg #2 in time for Christmas and even got a picture of her wearing it.  I really like how it turned out and she's been wearing it every week since.

All the strips on the circle skirt are bias strips and they hold up pretty well in the wash.  Not fraying at least.  The strips that are completely cotton bunch up a lot and have to be ironed (boo) while the other ones continue to lay flat after a wash.

I'm glad it worked out since I was piecing together different tutorials and patterns to make the dress I wanted.  I ended up making a 'v' in the back so the zipper could be lower in the back because the only zipper I had on hand was one I ripped out of some of Mr. Jigg's old pants.  The zipper was fine, but not very long at all.  Usually her hair covers up anything odd. 

The only other thing is that the neck line ended up a bit too wide.  Sometimes I feel like her little shoulder is going to slip out.  But overall I really like it and I'm thrilled she is actually wearing something I made for her!  Maybe next year I'll get vests done for the other Piggs.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cassette Desk Calendars

I made several of these for Christmas presents this year.  I loved how they turned out even though they are slightly different than I intended.

I got a free template for these desk calendars at Persnickety Prints.  They are sized so that the prints fit nicely into a CD case turned inside out (sort of.  They have instructions.)  I fully intended to do that.  But I had free prints at York photos and I thought they were printing them the same size as at Persnickety Prints because they had an option for a 4x5.33 or something like that.  I wasn't thinking straight.  But lucky for me, even though the prints did NOT fit in a CD case, they did fit in a Cassette Case!  As chance would have it, I didn't have any cassette cases around and I had to go buy some at Goodwill.  But I am happy the gift worked out even though I messed it up.

Grandparents love them and so does Mr. Jiggs.  He's been wanting pictures of the family to put in his cubicle.  Now he has some!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nativity Dolls

Another post I planned to share with you at the beginning of December.  It's out of season now, but this project has been two years in the making so I'm sharing it anyways.

Last year my best friend came up with the idea to make a nativity set out of baby dolls.  I was already searching for a nativity set to make that my kids could play with and I loved her idea.  So I took her idea and ran with it.  We had many 'sewing playdates' where our kids played and we worked on sewing nativity dolls.  Goodness I miss living next to her!  But I didn't get all the dolls finished in time for Christmas.  I made all the dolls for a nativity set except baby Jesus and the animals.  And my niece was very disappointed when she visited.  Who can blame her?  A nativity set isn't much of a set with out baby Jesus.  So this year I was determined to finish the set it in time for the kids to play with throughout December.  And I met my goal.  

I had a pattern for the dolls. I shrunk each piece to 75% of the original and I made them out of muslin for the most part.  There is at least one made out of knit.  I also had a pattern for a horse and sheep.  I altered the horse's ears to make it look like a donkey, and then lengthened the horse's legs, drafted a camel ear, and played around with a hump to make the camel.  Originally, the camel had two humps, but Mr. Jiggs said the second hump looked like a funny bum.  So I cut off the two humps and sewed on  one large hump.  The sheep was scaled down to 50% and it was kind of tight to get it put together.  

None of the dolls or animals have faces.  1. I wanted it to kind of have the same look as the Willow Tree Sculptures.  2.  I stink at embroidering and knew I'd mess up the dolls if I tried embroidering faces.  Why not draw them?  I'm not so hot a drawing either and knew they'd end up looking more juvenile than I wanted.  I wanted a cute set that looked sort of sophisticated but was okay for kids to love and play with.

All of the dolls have a little bean bag of plastic pellets in their bums to help them sit a bit better and the donkey and camel have some pellets in their hooves too.  Maybe it helps?

The clothes are basically from the clothes included in the pattern.  I altered them to have wider sleeves in some cases, show the feet, and be shorter in some cases.  The head pieces are generally squares or rectangles sewn onto their heads to look like head pieces.  Almost all of the clothes are made from repurposed clothing and I tried to use as many original hems as possible.  The animals are made out of fleece and fuzzy felt left over from halloween costumes a couple years ago.

So here are a billion pictures because I love how they turned out.

3 Wise Men

The whole set


Wise Man


Wise Man


Wise Man





Baby Jesus

I used this tutorial to make baby Jesus because I thought it would be perfect so his swaddling clothes weren't scattered all over the house all the time.