New Year, New Fun

Hello and a Happy New Year to all of YOU!

I’m running slightly behind already following so much holiday activity and art deadlines in January but,

I still thought there might be time for some fabric fun!?!!

How about another Valentine Post Card Exchange?

I really enjoyed seeing your amazing creativity from the first one, which you can see on Pinterest.

It’s a small project so you can stitch up quick and embellish (or not) any way you like, no challenge this time

however,

I do have Riley Blake Designs Paperdoll fabric panels and fat quarters to GIVEAWAY!!

How does a random drawing of the participants sound?

The winner will be drawn from delivered post cards.

All you have to do is sign up by sending me an email with your name and the address where you wish to receive your card.

I’ll match everyone to a partner and send you back the info.

• Email to janet@greatjoystudio.com

• Use any Riley Blake Designs fabric, although I’d love it if you used Paperdoll.

•Sew and send your cards to the partner we assign by February14, or sooner.

That’s it!

Sew . . . who’s in?!!!

OH, and btw, the Man and the M O O N applique pattern above is printed!

Folding and filling and

available

S O O N.

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Merry, Merry!

H E L L O  T H E R E !

As you can see, I jumped from our Halloween Quilt Market booth straight to Christmas here on the blog. November and most of December I focused on new art, patterns and regular life. Time is still the number one creative schedule handicap. Can’t seam to get everything done.

However, I do want to take this time to post a sincere thank you for your support of the products, encouragement and following me with the likes and very kind comments throughout the past year . . . and, longer!!! It really feels great to know that we share a creative connection.

YOU keep me going!

Thank you makers and creators. 😉

And –

Wishing you the best of EVERYTHING in the new year!

“Paperdoll” fabric by J Wecker Frisch from Riley Blake Designs can be found in quilt shops.

The “Doll House” appliqué designs can be found at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

“Doll House” Kits can be purchased at Fabric.com

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Fall Quilt Market 2018

Hello!

Once again we were off to Houston last week in October with our new fabric collection,

Costume Makers Ball

presented at Fall Quilt Market by

Riley Blake Designs.

Just in case you didn’t catch this on IG or FB I decided to share a few photos and info.

The collection is for Halloween, twenty-nineteen and delivers to shops in April.

These fabrics are available to the trade (shops) now so please, check with you local shops to make sure they’ll have in the Spring.

It’s a very fun group to work with and I’m thinking you will agree!

As you can see above, we’ve created some great projects for this line and they’ll become available with the fabric release.

You may also notice that we’ve dressed our Makers Guide She Who Sews girls up too and will be offering these Halloween appliqué add on’s as downloadables.

Oh yes, and we won a prize!

Two actually!!

One to Riley Blake Designs for Best Multiple Booth award.

And we received the Most Creative Booth award.

FUN right!?!!

And for a little extra touch, our live action model dressed as the main panel was in the booth on Saturday. A photo with her offered visitors a chance at some Paperdoll fat quarter bundles in a daily giveaway throughout the show.

To top it off, we enjoyed special guest, Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilting! Yay

It was all, quite a Treat.

🙂

 

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Pop Up Paperdoll Challenge!

A 2018 CHALLENGE

has been on my mind all summer!

I wasn’t sure when we were going to get it in!

Then, during our Paperdoll Trunk Show at the MSQC Birthday Bash in Hamilton , I enjoyed a visit with Rhonda!!

She, like many of you has participated in the previous challenges, supported my efforts on social media and followed us faithfully.

It was a wonderful surprise!

And it was great to meet her in person and share. Thank you Rhonda.

We talked about doing another Post Card Challenge and exchange as we did for Valentines ’15 and still getting it in for this year.

However, I’m thinking . . . we’ll hold that thought for 2019 due to time, and I just may have the perfect NEW collection for a card challenge.

So, just this week,

I started working on an idea that I had for using the Paperdoll (main) Panel. A Needle Book Apron! I liked it so much then thought, ah ha

C H A L L E N G E ! ? ! ! !

At first, I thought Needle Book Apron Challenge? Sounds fun but did we want to limit it to aprons? Then it came to me,

PAPERDOLL

NEEDLE BOOK CHALLENGE

just popped up!

And, whatever that title conjures up in your maker’s mind is OK.

Your project can be an apron, or anything you dream up following a few simple rules:

• You must use one of the J Wecker Frisch Paperdoll Panels from Riley Blake Designs, either the main or patch panels.

• Additional fabrics must be from the Paperdoll collection or any Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons Basics.

• You must complete project and send photos (janet@greatjoystudio.com) before Fall Quilt Market. We’ll set an October 27th deadline.

• You must share on all (or any you have) of your social media platforms, Blogs, Facebook and Instagram using #needlebookchallenge

• You must follow us and Riley Blake Designs also on social media channels.

Instagram – J Wecker Frisch & Riley Blake Designs

Facebook – Joy Studio and Riley Blake Designs

Here on the Joy Studio Blog would be excellent! Although optional.

Post your progress photos on the same J Wecker Frisch or Joy Studio, FB or IG pages anytime using links above!

Be sure to use #needlebookchallenge so we can view collectively.

Oh, and did I mention PRIZES!?!!!

Winner will receive,

LANG She WHO SEWS Calendar Mini & Planner

LANG Draw Near Sketchbook

Paperdoll Fabric FQ

& a boxed LANG She Who Sews, Run the Race mug!

I would like us ALL, along with our panel of judges to vote for the winner so again, we must have your photos for that.

Each participant gets two votes, one for their own project and the other must be for someone else. 😉

Winner announced from Quilt Market! Can I do that? Lol

What did I forget?

Please join and have fun with you version of the Paperdoll Needle Book!

I look forward to seeing what YOU make!!!

Good luck Makers!

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Meet The Makers QAL Week 5

Last week in September and also for

Riley Blake Designs

MEET THE MAKERS QUILT ALONG!

&

My last PAPERDOLL block.

I used Black Text, Blue Text, Blue Pin Dots & Riley Blake White.

And I used more Just Another Button Company’s new alphabet buttons in my styling! Loving those, on everything.

And speaking of buttons, these oversized are stoneware coasters that I picked up in Hamilton last weekend. They are my Birthday Bash present to self that I spotted in the Farm Goods shop and couldn’t resist getting for the studio. Set of four, yellow and green not pictured. Aren’t they sew cute?

Well, that’s all for the Meet The Makers QAL project but not for me and piecing/quilting! I think I’m just getting started. Learning to piece and a bit of quilting during the QAL and September’s National Sewing Month this year seams so fitting and friends say was about time. After designing fabric and projects for over fifteen years I am enjoying getting to actually use the fabrics as they were intended, in the ‘sew through’.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my progress while you quilted along and I would love to see yours. If you haven’t already I hope you’ll try this fun project. All of the details and kits are at RileyBlakeDesigns.com

Thanks for tuning in! 😉

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Meet The Makers QAL Week 3

Week Three

of the

RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS

MEET THE MAKERS QUILT ALONG!

&

you can still join in the fun! Details are on their blog.

Here is my work on a Paperdoll ‘Pretty in Pink’ version of

Block #3

I used Pink pin dots, pink and off white clothes/patterns, black text for center and Riley Blake White

Voila!

My styled, nesting stars piece.

Staging is the really fun part! What can I say, I like layout.

Especially when you can choose from the row of dolly legs in the Main Paperdoll Panel.

Learning to piece quilt blocks in this Quilt Along,

has been sort of like, child’s play!

The watercolor is a rendering of some ‘Penny Dolls’ I picked up along the collecting way.

And, another little appliqué dolly from our

“DOLL CLOSET”

Design for Makers pattern in our

JOY STUDIO Etsy Shop

Next stop on the

Paperdoll Tour is tomorrow at

THE POLKA DOT CHAIR

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