is a favorite month for me.

Whats not to like?

Cooler weather, leaves turning,


International Quilt Market!

So, it’s that time of year that many of us are beginning to feel the stress in


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Joy Studio is in the push mode of quilt market prep, again. God willing, we will be there with a new collection


some designs for a brand new product!

Booth #2534 with Quilting Treasures.

A couple of sneak peeks,


So why do you (I) worry ? Yikes!

Lots of work, never enough time.

Stress reliever, reminder to self:

Matthew 6:25-34

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


We still . . . are having fun though . . between the stresses of life,

wherever we can grab it.


God bless.



Sew Impressive


We have the voting results,

and the tallying process was very interesting.

But first . . . I would like to tell you . .

IMPRESSIVE display participants!

We are blown away by the level of creativity and skill shown in these wonderful pincushion projects and accessories. You all sewed your hearts out it appears and I am sincerely moved to see your works.

Over the years I have heard from some of you regarding how my designs have touched you in some way and it is my favorite part of creating fabric. Connecting with like-minded kindreds is such a treat for me. And seeing the Handmaids® images come to life this way, is icing on the cake! I am so grateful to each of you for taking the time to join us in this latest challenge.

Thank you.

So here is how your votes, along with ours went:

First Place #8 Linda Crouch

Second #4 Carol Kussart

Third #11 Victoria Naylor Passmore

Fourth #12 Kryn Marie McLaughlin

Fifth #5 Ginger Lowry

Your first pick was quite the popular choice by far. The majority of the voting however, was close. They were ALL so WONDERFUL. I imagine we all found this a difficult task, but fun, so very fun.

Congrats to everyone!

And again, to show our appreciation we would like to send you some fat quarters so,

if you haven’t already, send us an address.


Gifts & Prizes go out next week.


Check out the Handmaids® Pincushion Challenge 2016 board on Pinterest.

The complete list of artisans are:

#1 Genie Betts

#2 Nancy Berry

#3 Amy Warner

#4 Carol Kussart

#5 Ginger Lowry

#6 JoAnn May

#7 Rosemary Bolton

#8 Linda Crouch

#9 Judy Foglio

#10 Jessie Gaskin

#11 Victoria Naylor Passmore

#12 Kryn Marie McLaughlin

#13 Letha McKinnon

#14 Rhonda Luther

A participant scoop on the next Handmaids® collection,

“She Sews Sea Shells” from Quilting Treasures! In shops February 2017



Next Pincushion Group


Ta – daaaaa!

Another group of entries,

for the 2016 Handmaids Challenge.

And every bit as charming.

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I love seeing all of the creative details and care taken.


More Handmaids girls . .



these cuties with a little something extra?


We’ll wait another couple of days before voting. At least one more entry  is expected.

So again, we will post all images on the Handmaids Facebook page. Once all are posted please vote once in a private email to janet@greatjoystudio.com no later than Tuesday night.

& it’s OK to vote for your own!😉

Thanks again for sharing your wonderful talent.



Here is the first group of entries for the challenge


they are sooooo

F U N !

I love them all!

We have chics and dresdens,



Handmaids figures,








The numbers were given in the order we received the photos and will be used for casting votes. Please hold voting however, until all entries are posted over the next few days. And PLEASE, if you are still working on your cushions, keep going, keep sewing! There’s still time. We will post the next group late Saturday.

Thanks everyone, for sharing your talents.


You can see these with some additional views, on the

Handmaids Facebook page and the challenge Pinterest board.


A T   L A S T




Pincushion Challenge!



As usual there are few rules.

• Participants must use any of the 3 Handmaids® fabric groups to make a pincushion of any type, maker’s choice.

Choose from She Who Sews, Draw Near, or Angel Band collections in your stash or

they are available in quilt shops.



Oh yeah, I think that is the only rule.

I was originally inspired to do a pin cushion challenge when I saw a vintage rocking chair pin cushion sewing caddy during the She Who Sews sewing room blog hop. I thought these were so charming that I purchased several off the internet just for this occasion. However, that was a few years ago. Once I posted them on our Joy Studio Vintage Etsy Shop in anticipation of making them available to this challenge, they quickly began to sell.

So, it is any pin cushion that you would like to make.


I also fell in love with these vintage porcelain pin cushion tops and began the process all over again. Sold those also but tucked these away for myself and thought they were perfect for a Handmaids® project.

Now, about the giveaway part.

The PRIZES we are offering for this challenge are:

• Fabric

• Framed Print

• Embroidery Package

• 2017 She Who Sews LANG Calendar

• 2017 She Who Sews LANG Day Planner

So, five prizes, five chances to win one of these items.


5 Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and participant votes based on creativity, use of fabric and general appeal.

Announcing Winners September 15, 2016

A few more details:


• Anyone who sews (or non-sew project) and is among the first 50 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 follow this blog by email (in left sidebar).

Challenge Rules:

  1. Sign up by July 31 with an email to janet@greatjoystudio.com and comment to this post.
  2. Make a pincushion (s) of your choice using one (total) or more of the “She Who Sews,” “Draw Near” or “Angel Band” fabrics (collections from Quilting Treasures) – available in quilt shops & on line)

  3. To be eligible/entered for the participant giveaway/drawing, you must email photo(s) of finished project(s) to tidings3@aol.com by September 7, 2016

  4. Also (must) help us judge the entries with a vote in the last week (Sept.8 – 15) of the challenge.

• As always, I’m looking forward to seeing your projects!


A little mid summer sneak peek at our


collection from Quilting Treasures called,


just on the horizon, to your favorite quilt shop!











Mid Year



we are half way through the year already and have yet to get our

2016 Handmaids® Challenge & GIVEAWAY underway.


how about mid July?

Using fabrics from any of the three Handmaids® collections,

She Who Sews,

Draw Near or

Angel Band

we are thinking, pin cushions!

We will post complete details for the challenge on the 15th.

For now, here are more images from the She Who Sews 2017 Calendar from


Available now.



Happy Birthday Dad.



Announcing, a FLASH SALE July 4th

in our JOY STUDIO VINTAGE Etsy shop,

10% Off using Code: july42016


The Process

For June,

my birthday month,

I’m sharing the process that I follow when creating art for product.

Here it is in a visual nutshell.

The LANG 2017 “She Who Sews” calendar and related product.

Available on their site now!


First, lots of sketches.

The mermaid was inspired by this cool antique, articulated fish needle case!

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When I am satisfied, I transfer the final sketch to watercolor paper and render in ink.


Then I view on the computer to help decide on a color story.


Next, I go to paint.


After that it is scanned into the computer where the layout is refined.

At this stage I love to coordinate the image with encouraging verse content.


Finally, the really fun part, seeing it on product.


And who knows, maybe this could end up on fabric, eh?

You can watch for her later this summer at

Quilting Treasures!