Challenge Winners

 

Hurray!

The Great Corset Challenge is complete.

We received so many wonderful works using our Press On Maker’s Guide, corset portion of the pattern. We want to thank ALL of you for participating and would love to hear your feedback. The three Joy Studio Maker’s Guides are new this year so, we want to gather everyone’s thoughts on using this one. The entries included so many interpretations achieving great results. It has been a pleasure to see them all and an honor to have so many talented women join our challenge. Impossible task to choose only three.

However, here is the decision on our top three corsets:

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Debie Kuennen-Baker

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Norma Jean Rahn

I almost extended the deadline on the challenge this week. With the devastation in Texas and our own family’s loss on Monday, the Corset Challenge seamed silly next to these serious life events. Then I considered what creating offers me and I’m sure many of you and that is comfort. In the darkest times of my life, the ability that God gave me to create has helped me tremendously. I did not want to minimize the heart and effort that all of us put into these very skillful works. I appreciate each one of you sincerely, and would like to send all participants a gift if you will send you address or PO box to janet@greatjoystudio.com.

Again, I want to THANK YOU for participating in this year’s Handmaids® challenge.

And, I would really like to keep in touch. In case you haven’t already PLEASE connect with me:

Send a friend request on Facebook to J Wecker Frisch, or follow me at Joy Studio – Tidings of Great Joy, LLC

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On Instagram follow me, jweckerfrisch or tag me using @jweckerfrisch

write, share and/or show me your stuff here on the blog, ANYTIME!

 

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Joy of Collaboration

Our

J O Y   S T U D I O

2017 Quilt Market

recap is one of collaboration.

At the end of summer last, my childhood friend Ann Regal and I finally had the opportunity to schedule a series of create play dates. After a decade of dreaming about such a time to collaborate, we decided to pay a visit to one of Ann’s first sewing loves appliqué and combine the technique with mine, art. Here are the results.

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Joy Studio Maker’s Guide.

We chose three of our favorite She Who Sews characters and began the process of translating the art into life size raw-edge appliqué. We were delighted and challenged. A much larger endeavor than either of us anticipated however, the end results were worth the painstaking process. The detailed patterns themselves offer the maker a wealth of information. So we hope you will consider giving them a try.

Also as part of our quilt market follow up, I wanted to introduce you to a company with a wonderful story that we can all relate to.

Aunt Henri.

I began working with this mom/daughter duo, Victoria Naylor Passmore and Jesse Weber after they participated in one of our Handmaids challenges. As I followed them in pure delight I looked forward to seeing each of the beautiful items they created. Item after item began to sell out in quick order. Impeccable taste and skill are only two words that come to mind when I view their works. It is easy to see that an artistic sense is present and it’s a pleasure to watch their creativity with our fabrics. Victoria bravely took on three of our creative characters just in time for market. All are charming and display just how different these female figures can look by switching out fabrics. Victoria and Jesse did Press On in Sewing Seeds II (top) and my new collection “Hatter’s Tea Party” from Quilting Treasures. Seamstress was made using She Sews Sea Shells (below).

A third willing maker to agree that taking on one of these HANDMAIDS was well worth the effort is

Elizabeth Cecchittini of Dandelion Rose.

I have collaborated with Elizabeth on a number of projects. Soon after I found myself designing fabric Elizabeth, Ann and I worked on a series of books using my panels. Since then I’ve learned that one can have complete confidence in Beth’s skill on any sewing, decorative or quilting project. So, Machine Maid was presented to her and she executed beautifully.

Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts

joined this year’s market team willing and ready no matter the task. She quilted, she stuffed and even stood post in our booth, all with a warm smile. And here’s what she made! Pillows, placemats, mug rugs and she even quilted our Sewing Seeds II piece.

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Last but not least is Sharyn Cole, who needs no introduction because everyone knows her and loves her TUFFETS! What an amazing success story of passion to business. Sharyn graciously offered to make us not one but two tuffets using our

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fabric for quilt market. And what tea party can do without a tuffet! Sharyn achieved a wonderful result using her 18″ pieced and tuffet mini patterns out of one piece of (tea ads text, multi) fabric.

Words cannot adequately express how appreciative I feel to have been able to collaborate with these talented and skilled makers. All share a passion for creating that reaches far beyond sewing and quilting, I’m sure it is plain to see.

A Pure

J O Y!

The Joy Studio Maker’s Guide is available at quilt shops (ask yours) and on line at

GreayJoyStudio.com

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Blog Follow Drawing

Hey there,

JOY STUDIO

blog followers!

Here are the results of April’s “No Fooling Giveaway” drawing.

Our

CONGRATULATIONS

to ten (so happens, email) followers which we will abbreviate here & notify privately:

barbara.

patin

busy

dlw

jmike

nikil

jlyn

dngr

barbar

melon

So, if you think any of the above could be you, watch for an email from me, janet@greatjoystudio.com

My sincere thanks to all of you for following us here at Joy Studio. We love connecting with like minded passionate makers and sharing in your creative interests. New patterns and fabric collections are just around the corner that you won’t want to miss. Also we still plan to hold a really BIG, 2017 Handmaids® Challenge later this year.

And of course, we always have lots more . . . to GIVEAWAY so please, stay tuned.

Again, THANK YOU!

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She Sews Sea Shells

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A new Handmaids® fabric collection is finally here!

“She Sews Sea Shells”

from Quilting Treasures.

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This group was inspired by a 1920’s/30’s sepia toned photograph of bathing beauties that I thought would be fun to translate. During my research I came across some wonderful turn of the century swim wear images as well which led me to the stockings (& stocking stretchers) that often accompanied the fashion of that day. I combined both era’s which were well suited, for our  Handmaids®.

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Concept and thumbnail sketches for these are recorded in my ‘ideas’ notebook on September 2, 2015. So, it is especially rewarding to finally see these images go from paper to fabric. And, equally rewarding for me is to see these go to you, the makers. I always love seeing what is ultimately created using your talents with our fabrics. A real treat in fact!

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Inspiration for the mermaid patch was an antique silver articulated fish, needle case that I discovered. A tiny buried treasure with big possibilities I thought.

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I work in watercolor and ink once the sketches are refined to my satisfaction.

Typically following, lots and lots of sketches!

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This fun beach-y batch is available now!

So ask your favorite/local quilt shop for,

“She Sews Sea Shells” (by me, J. Wecker Frisch) from Quilting Treasures!

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Enjoy

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PLEASE, share with us, a comment and/or what you create!

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The scripture inspiration sprinkled throughout this collection is from the Proverbs 31 (virtuous) woman. The text in her hair was actually scanned from our family’s 1870’s Bible.

My personal privilege to share.

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New Product Announcement

We are sew very excited to announce a

NEW

“She Who Sews”

product line from

LANG!

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These beautifully made products were chosen for an exclusive program

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will soon be delivering to select JoAnn’s stores.

It is a continued privilege to share the art and the positive messages that have come to be associated with the Handmaids® series. Absolutely loving these sewing inspired items!

The collection includes

Bob’s (nesting) Boxes . . ,

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boxed note cards, note pads, planners . ,

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journals and lots more!

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See them all in February 2017 at participating

JoAnn’s

stores. Comment with your state, for the location nearest to you.

Our LANG (mug) cup runneth over.

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Fall Quilt Market

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S T A G E D

our first full booth!

At the International Quilt Market in Houston, 2016.

Fall market for us began with a good foundation, our drapes.

Off white written letters from the “Letter Stitch”, collection made by Nancy McClellen of Sew N Sew.

As soon as these were hung I felt especially proud and safe to be surrounded by letters written by my dad to his folks, as an 18 year old marine during WWII. Beautiful against the strong contrasting black carpet.

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Our new fabric collection that presented is called,

“Queen of We’en”

from Quilting Treasures,

delivering to shops in March 2017. As you can see, these lovelies are not just for Halloween but for just plain FUN!

Pillows & quilted crown were made by Doris Rice. The Quilting Queen herself.

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Quilt & Minis by Elizabeth Pueser Cecchittini from Dandelion Rose Design.

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Of course, what queen can do without her tuffet? Sewn and constructed by Kryn McLaughlin.

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And our show stoppers,

your three favorite HANDMAIDS®

Press On, Seam-Stress & Machine Maid

in APPLIQUE!

Beautifully made by Ann Regal.

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Our new

JOY STUDIO

Maker’s Guide

made their stunning debut at market where they received considerable attention. Shown here, are large scale 60″ x 18″ applique patterns offered in three applications and sizes for studio pieces, pillows, totes, quilts, etc.,

and will be available early 2017!

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THANK YOU to the sewests who made our show shine!

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Seam-Stress

O C T O B E R

is a favorite month for me.

Whats not to like?

Cooler weather, leaves turning,

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International Quilt Market!

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

Seamstress

noun seam·stress \-strəs\

: a woman who sews clothes, curtains, etc., as a job

: a woman whose occupation is sewing

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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

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some designs for a brand new product!

Booth #2534 with Quilting Treasures.

A couple of sneak peeks,

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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.

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

wherever we can grab it.

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God bless.