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April 1st

&

we are offering a

G I V A W A Y !

A chance to win in exchange for Joy Studio blog followers.

To enter – Simply click the Follow button to the right in sidebar that says:

Follow Blog Via Email.

Or scroll down on your mobile device to follow.

Then, post a comment saying you did so.

If you are already a follower, you will be entered and a comment will be appreciated.

P R I Z E S

include some of the LANG products we posted earlier this year,

nesting boxes,

note cubes,

note cards,

ribbon note pads,

jumbo weekly planners,

&

2017 She Who Sews calendars!

And of course

F A B R I C,

as always.

So, please share with your friends, we are looking for blog followers.

Again, you must use the FOLLOW button to enter, here on the blog to reach you.

Ten winners from the Joy Studio blog Followers list, will be announced April 30th

Thanks for playing, no fooling. 😉

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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

&

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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10 MORE DAYS!

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to get in on our

“Angel Band”

fabric giveaway

on HANDMAIDS® Facebook page.

We still need eight more likes on this page,

to reach our first 1,000 fans . . . by December 15.

So please help us IF you are on Facebook.

It has been an overwhelming response of

likes, tags, comments & shares there

which is all that it takes to play.

Sooooo,

we have decided to choose

TEN winners!

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Spread our Christmas cheer,

the more the merrier.

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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,

&

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

&

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.

~

God bless.

 

 

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Sew Impressive

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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.

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Gifts & Prizes go out next week.

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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

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Next Pincushion Group

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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.

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More Handmaids girls . .

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And,

these cuties with a little something extra?

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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.

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