Restoration Relief

Doll House Rescue

 

I just happened to drive by our local resale shop and saw this charming doll house sitting on the sidewalk outside. I couldn’t resist pulling in to take a closer look. Immediately my mind turned to display piece for an upcoming event/pattern project! So I inquired about the price inside. $4.00 I was told . . . SOLD.

 

Needed cleaning, scrubbing actually and painting to cover the child graffiti scribble. A silly little ‘Fixer Upper’ project but just the kind of restoration distraction I needed following deadlines and regular life struggles in the first half of the year.

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I could see potential!

 

You can’t take the ‘little’ out of the girl, right?

Or the maker!

Follow the progress on Instagram in our sidebar

or connect with me on Facebook.

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Press On Paperdoll

Presenting

P A P E R D O L L ,

our new fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs

at Spring Quilt Market in Portland!

Only a sneak peek shown here using one of our

JOY STUDIO MAKER’S GUIDES.

Aunt Henri

came through beautifully for us once again in her creation of this stunning applique piece using our ‘Press On’ pattern! The photos do not do it justice truly so, please if you’re in Portland for Quilt Market, come by and see her for yourself. She will not disappoint.

Riley Blake Designs – Booth #1437

Patterns are available at Checker Distributors #1801 and Brewer Sewing #852-53.

Shops – This makes a great class!

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for more Quilt Market updates,

PAPERDOLL fabric,

inspiration & patterns!

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30 Blocks In 30 Days – Day 7

 

W E L C O M E

to DAY 7 of the

Quilt A Long and Blog Hop!

hosted by Carla from Creatin’ In the Sticks

A super easy block she calls ‘Stripper’ was offered and I decided that we could take it on.

Only two problems . .

1 – We/I have never pieced a block before or made a quilt project . . . and

2 – Our schedule is completely FULL as always with designing fabric, and another She Who Sews LANG calendar!!

So, I apologize ahead for not having a completed traditional project using this great block.

You can see Carla’s tutorial for #7 on her blog.

OK here goes.

This is our/my, first pieced quilt block ever. It’s true.

Actually we made two, just in case. Jackie cut and I stamped, inked and stitched.

Our minimal one block project will commemorate the event as a quilted wall piece to be framed and hung in the Joy Studio!

A reminder that it’s never too late to learn how to piece or quilt!!

Since we are waiting for our new fabric, “Paperdoll”

we used our partner Riley Blake Designs, Confetti Cottons in black and white and Aurifil thread for piecing.

 

 

I know it’s not much and I would love a quilt made using this block with each one turned and well, you never know. Maybe we/I keep piecing, right?

We had a lot of fun trying this and enjoyed the encouragement to participate.

Let us know how we did.

Carla was greatly instrumental in the only other blog hop I have ever participated in, the

2013 She Who Sews Sewing Room Hop!

THANK YOU again Carla!

BTW – Ask your favorite quilt shop to check out our new collection PAPERDOLL with Riley Blake at the

Spring, International Quilt Market in Portland May 18-20.

Delivers in August!

 

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In Case You Missed

In case you missed the announcement,

it’s on the

RILEY BLAKE

blog! Please, check it out

&

leave them a comment?!!

We are very excited to be working with this innovative company.

The first collection, “Paperdoll” delivers to shops in August so be sure to ask about it at yours.

Studio Update

A

new year

&

a new work space!

At last

JOY STUDIO

is complete!!

1 year ago,

we were

insulated, waiting for drywall and

Still Seeking Light.

 

Time capsule.

 

 

Well, we found it.

Windows on every wall, eight skylights and two sets of French doors with connecting elliptical above each one.

At most times of the day, the room is flooded with a generous amount of natural light.

And I love it!!!

Builders on the project couldn’t understand the need for so many windows and I was questioned from every tradesman.

I stuck to my (never enough light) priority and it turned out to be the right decision, no question.

So, beginning 2018

Joy Studio

is completely finished, furnished and finally, ready for (hiding out) creative action.

A

Mini photo tour

 

As you enter:

The large Staircase Reclaim workbench:

 

 

Drawing/painting station one:

 

Drawing/painting station two:

 

Sewing station and supplies:

Large desk:

Everything maker, supply cabinet:

Coffee station:

&

Sitting, thinking, dreaming area:

It was a long, extremely tough journey but worth the effort.

Every time I enter the new studio space, I feel like a kid.

Curious,

and still hard to believe.

Thanks for visiting.

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No News is Good News

Oh my!

No news (in Oct. & Nov.) is good news?

That’s what they say and it’s true here too. Although, our news will have to keep until 2018!

We were busy as usual, with Quilt Market in October

&

turkey in November.

And now, here we are in

D E C E M B E R!

I confess, Instagram and Facebook were the quick venues we relied on to share what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. I hope you were able to follow us there.

We presented our Seamstress Maker’s Guide applique as a modern farm girl quilt made by Aunt Henri from our new fabric collection, “Fowl Play”. And we had a lot of fun with this at a photo op at fall Quilt Market. I hope you will try one of these life sized She Who Sews applique girls for your studio. As you can see the possible fabric combinations are endless for your unique Handmaid.

I want to wish you a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from all of us at Joy Studio!

 

Maker’s Guide Fabric Kits

Just listed,

three of our She Who Sews girls

as fabric kits on Great Joy Studio at Etsy!

The kits include fabrics as shown on the Joy Studio Maker’s Guide covers.

Offered two ways, complete as pictured or figure fabric only then choose your own background fabrics.

Press On

Machinemaid

& Seamstress

The raw edge applique patterns are in quilt shops now so, ask at yours for

Joy Studio Maker’s Guide by J. Wecker Frisch & Ann Regal.