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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!


Quilting B’s


“Quilting B’s” is our brand new collection from Quilting Treasures. It is presenting this weekend May 20 – 22 at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah to the trade. The star for this group is the letter B of course. So, bees, birds, butterflies, blossoms, babydoll dresses, babies in bathtubs and birthday cakes! And a bit of inspiration, from the Beatitudes.



Behind however, is the B word that comes to my mind. As in, 2016 is kicking our behinds and running behind has been the constant theme this year. It doesn’t happen often but I missed posting on the blog for April altogether. And we still have not been able to squeeze in the 2016 Handmaids Challenge yet either. Boo! Confident though, that we will be able to catch up.


I began thumbnail sketches for this group years ago but they never quite made it to the drawing table. At last, it came together combining some unusual vintage sewing images from my ephemera collection along with some odds and ends. I think it offers some interesting yardage in beautiful, fresh colors. I can’t wait to see what all of you create using it. My personal favorites are the vintage Babydoll Dresses! And the bunting panel.





So, if you happen to be a shop going to Utah, check it out in the

Quilting Treasures Booth #2531

or if a fabric shopper, begin asking for

“Quilting B’s”

at your favorite quilt shop. Available by summer 2016


Hand Drawn Chevrons

Hand Drawn Chevrons

Meanwhile, enjoy three of our classic Book Panels newly released & available now!



Sewing Seeds II


“Sewing Seeds II”




quilt shops now!

Pin cushion prep for quilt market last Fall.



Our October booth in Houston.


Sewing Seeds Scarecrow Dress Form

Sewing Seeds Scarecrow Dress Form


All the way from Canada! Anne Dale of My Sewing Room, Inc. and me.


Sewing Seeds II contains similar heartfelt quotes as in the original collection only with veggies this time. My personal favorite coordinate, is this seed packet inspired, Tomato (pin cushion) Tag toss. Created on ecru (shown) and also black grounds.


Hope you enjoy.

To view the entire group go to:



Of Sober Mind

Be alert and of sober mind.

Your enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

My New Year’s post Reseting, was written at a time of personal and spiritual transition, some would call repentance? Refocus? We all have those times I suppose or need to, right? I used words like ‘hopeful’ and phrases such as ‘time to stand firm,’ which were sentiments that revealed my true (& vulnerable) condition. Little did I know when I composed the entry, that all hell (well, not all) was about brake loose in our lives at the start of the year. My written words were equal to drawing a line in the sand, putting a target on your back. Stepping out in faith, moving toward Christ always does. I should have been paying closer attention. Being a creative type however, I’m very easily distracted, what can I say? Simply show me a picture and off I go in an opposite direction, quickly and continually. Artists, sheesh.

Well, we’re only a little under three months in to 2016 and I have and am fighting battles that I never saw coming. I can look back now of course and clearly see that I was not alert. The good news, I’m still learning, slowly but surely. And remembering (AGAIN) to put on my armor. The full armor this time, hopefully. And daily.

To my 2016 list of holidays, hospital & high water I can add HUGH move and change. My knees a bit more wobbly but still standing firm.

Thanks for visiting and please, take the above quote to heART.

On a lighter side, my Lion Tamer from “Circus Menagerie” created a few years ago.

J. Wecker Frisch©

J. Wecker Frisch©

“The Champion” trade card is for sale on our Joy Studio Vintage Etsy Shop.

Colors and text have been altered digitally for this post and are not on the original ephemera piece.

Lang Longings


Following Atlanta Gift Mart’s winter show in January, we made an announcement on Facebook about a new licensing partner.

This one just happens to be,

my first,

life as an artist,

lifetime goals.

Our new partner for a calendar is with,

LANG Publishing!



It has been a full year since our initial meeting there before seeing it come to fruition, but well worth the wait.

Initial Meeting with Lang Jan. - 2015

Initial Meeting with Lang Jan. – 2015

I have purchased their cards and collected their calendars for numerous years which I have kept as sort of a family record. They reveal the appointments, events and common notes of our everyday life as it was, in any given year. All are recorded in the grids of the artful calendar products. The images were simply too beautiful to toss.  I’m so glad to be able to go back over them now, as an actual member of the LANG family! Hard to believe, me.

Our new LANG calendar is called She Who Sews for 2017 from the Handmaids® series. And today, my good friend and artist, Paula Joerling has posted about us in her seventh installation of,

The Story Behind the Art

on her studio blog,

Paula Joering Studio.

I invite you to hop over and check out our story.


As an extra added treat,

during the development process additional art was also chosen from Handmaids® “Draw Near” group for the LANG spiral sketchbook products! I may need several dozen of these.


We are over joyed for this wonderful dream partnership opportunity.

Thank you God!

And thank you Paula.😉


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