Announcing our first

Handmaids™ Challenge GiveawaySWSFQtrChallenge4

We tried to keep it S I M P L E so, here’s how to play. Details to participate in the challenge are listed below:


• Anyone who sews (or non-sew project) and is among the first 30 to sign up.

• Anyone who can email us a photo of your finished project or projects.

• Anyone who will share this on your Facebook page (if you have) & your blog (if you have).

• Anyone who will like us on our Handmaids Facebook page OR sign up for our Handmaids Newsletter OR follow this blog by email (in left sidebar).

Challenge Rules:

1. Sign up by April 25, 2014 with an email to tidings3@aol.com and comment to this post – Accepting the first 30

2. Make any item (s) of your choice using one (total) or more yards of the “She Who Sews” fabrics (collection from Quilting Treasures – available in quilt shops & on line)

3. Use two “She Who Sews” fat quarters – We provide

4. Also (must) use at least 2 more cuts (skus), your choice, of the “She Who Sews” fabrics, in any increments, totaling an additional 1/2 yard or more – You purchase

5. To be eligible/entered for the participant giveaway/drawing, you must email photo(s) of finished project(s) to tidings3@aol.com by May 26, 2014


Steps to Sign Up:

• To become a participant you must be among the first 30 to sign up

Email us your name, address and blog address (if applicable) to receive 2 free “She Who Sews” fat quarters – To tidings3@aol.com 

• All Email’s subject line should read: Handmaids Giveaway Challenge



1.) All Participants – Receive two “She Who Sews” fat quarters – Just for signing up, to get you started.

2.) 3 Winners By Random Drawing to Participants only, can win:

• One of three, Handmaids™ 16″ x 16″ Framed Prints from Frames Plus, Inc!

• Plus a “She Who Sews” panel – Large patch, small patch or chalk board signs patch! 

A $95.00 value!

3.) Non Participants can play too! To be entered to win a “She Who Sews” Panel, simply leave a comment here on this blog! 3 winners will be chosen by random drawing.


Winners announced May 30, 2014

So, create a play date with us and let’s have fun with the

“SHE WHO SEWS” fabrics.


Best Laid Plans

HomeRenoR E N O V A T I O N !

Upheaval best describes the current condition of our home as well as the studio which is also greatly impacted. It is improving slowly however, creativity has been on the back burner for several weeks as a result of the chaos. I’m eagerly looking forward to regaining the creative retreat, although still weeks away. Our home sweet home is a fading memory, shown above on the first day of packing & moving EVERYTHING (nearly) into the garage. The ordeal continues to take a toll.

First, it was the floor. I decided to go with a natural maple, or so I thought. Here is the sample that I based my decision on and a couple of the boards that we received, laid diagonally across that same sample. How would a consumer know to expect these extreme dark and light boards to be the actual product from this sample? Somerset, character (grade), be warned.SampleFloorBelow, a before and after. After I stopped the job to wait for the back ordered replacement floor, approximately 3 more weeks. Life on the sub floor and no kitchen sink was a little rough. The good news, it gave us time to paint the walls. I understand fully why renovation jobs grow.FloorCompareThe staircase went in like a well thought out, giant puzzle. Watching the installation by a skilled carpenter was fascinating to watch. This job turned out beautiful with no glitches, although with today’s codes the rail is a bit tall than what we were use to. Aesthetically speaking, too tall for my visual taste but safe. At 40.5″ on the landing, no one is likely to fall over. And a long awaited rail, luxury or safety? All that is left on this task is the finish. A clear spayed lacquer has been recommended by the experts. Sprayed? Oh my! btw – I highly recommend In Step Designs.StaircaseRailTurnStaircaseRail

The next major dilemma, the kitchen cabinets. I just found out yesterday that the door I chose, from a sample, was not executed in quite the same color chosen. And 90% complete!!! Again, a manufacturer’s sample misrepresentation? We’ll see, meeting today with the cabinet distributor. I’ll let you know. Ahem, tired.Remodel2014B

We’ ve been doing our best under our circumstances, to keep up with new designs, Etsy orders and new Handmaids.com subscriber freebies however, a few managed to get past us. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We plan to be back to business as usual, very soon.Humpty

Feeling a bit like Humpty lately with our home project, or better perhaps, all the king’s horses & all the king’s men.

Fat Quarter Cups

A classic favorite,

“Daily Grind”

Fabric collection fat quarters, with coordinating cup!

Just added to the Great Joy Studio Etsy Shop


These cute coffee cups are offered with three different (five cuts) fat quarter bundles. Choose your favorite or all three. Makes a great gift.

DailyGrindFQCups123Limited supply of artist samples.


In Addition . . .

. . single machine embroidery designs in smaller hoop sizes, just posted at Handmaids.com

Including this free download!

Simply sign up for our newsletter and receive the freebie code.SWSMachineMaidHeadShot

Machine Embroidery Update

New Machine Embroidery Applique Product, just released:

By request – She Who SewsMachine Maid in smaller sizes! Available to download at Handmaids.comSWSEmbSiteImage


She Who Sews – Chalkboard Signs Designs Collection from Amazing Designs!

Also, available now.


CPD #3

Creative Play Date #3

Stolen moments over the weekend allowed for a teensy bit of creative play time, but not much. A major renovation that our home is undergoing currently, requires most of my focus and energy. We are four weeks in . . . and that is without a kitchen sink. :-(

My (creating) heart however, has been set on new projects for the Handmaids™ series of fabric collections. Especially after visiting & viewing all of the beautiful projects that were presented for the She Who Sews Blog Hop. And thankfully, many of yours too, perhaps.

So, first in order was prepping & packing the giveaway prizes!SWSFQGiveaway8

Fat quarter cutting early Saturday with Jac and Syd.SWSFQGiveaway5

Then, my good buddy Annie and I examined the She Who Sews fabrics from Quilting Treasures, for two small quilts that she will be playing with & piecing.

We also discussed:

• Future GIVEAWAYS! The consideration is, one a month to get things rolling.

Beginning mid March.

• And while She Who Sews fabric is available, we were wondering how many quilting, sewing & collage artist bloggers might be interested in participating in another Handmaids™ Hop.

Or for any & all quilters, sewers & collage artists to simply showcase your She Who Sews works in one of our albums. Please leave us a comment to let us know your interest in either.

Or contact at:

email info: Tidings of Great Joy, LLC


Lastly for me, who is still getting my sewing sea legs, a February post card for a Facebook group & finishing up the second canvas wrap. BTW – I thought it was interesting to learn that one of the giveaway prizes is going just across town to Ferguson, & one to France!

. . . And the post card is off to Switzerland!

Blog Hop Winner

What a fun hop over the past two weeks. I was delighted to see all of the creative projects made from my “She Who Sews” collection of fabrics from Quilting Treasures.  Below are only a handful of the handy works however, many more are posted on our Pinterest page. There were such great ideas presented so, if you weren’t able to follow the hop, please take a look.

And nicer still, to hear so many kind comments from all of you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write me here at the Joy Studio.

& a heartfelt thanks to all of the participants who created for the She Who Sews blog hop. I was truly overwhelmed by the talent and time represented.  QuiltedDelightsSWS



I think we need to have these giveaways more often. We’ll plan on that. OK, we have our winner of the She Who Sews fat quarter bundle – Congratulations to:


And . . . Our Facebook winner is:

Sandy Allen!


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