Still Seeking

Happy New Year!

Still seeking light. And still hopeful,

in more ways than just a bright, well lit work space of course.


I decided to share the Joy Studio portion and progress on our big project, to start out the blog year.

If you’ve been following us in the past two years you may remember that as we outgrew our work space it was necessary to rent additional office and Etsy shop storage areas. This was working out nicely until our shop managers MOVED! So, everything came back to the home studio causing quite the challenge in 2016.

Here’s the timeline in a photo nutshell.

Moved From The Rental

Moved From The Rental

Dinning Room Designated for Drawing

Dinning Room Designated for Drawing

Made A Plan for On Site Studio

Made A Plan for On Site Studio

With the former home studio now full of fabric, office and Etsy shop we (I) decided to build on our home site. A scary project but a long time dream that I never thought would be realized. Still waiting but it’s looking like in 2017, it may really happen!


Broke Ground Early July

Broke Ground Early July

Poured Foundation

Poured Foundation

Floor Went On

Floor Went On

Walls Went Up

Walls Went Up

Roof Went On

Roof Went On

Wrapped While Waiting for Windows

Wrapped While Waiting for Windows

We were told the wait for windows would be five weeks! Then they came, in a big storm. Windows were wrong. It was then we discovered that two of the four walls were also, wrong. So, they came down and we waited for windows. And waited. And waited. It would be another five weeks. Second try, they were wrong again. Windows held up the studio project until December.

Windows Deliver During A Storm

Windows Deliver During A Storm

Walls Torn Down

Walls Torn Down

Wait for Walls & Windows

Wait for Walls & Windows

We kept going luckily, wrapping walls, running wires and having HVAC installed.

Electric And Furnace Installed

Electric And Furnace Installed

Shake Siding

Shake Siding

We couldn’t leave out a fireplace of course. Built by family and friends. Nice!

Stone Fireplace

Stone Fireplace



As the new Joy Studio sits now, we are fully insulated and with the correct windows.

I am starting the new year working in the designated drawing station in the dinning room at my dad’s drawing table. I’m feeling snug and . . . GRATEFUL.


Dad’s Table & Palette Tin

Looking forward to 2017 and I hope you feel the same.


I almost forgot! We are having a FABRIC special!!

Use Code: january2017 for 25% off at,

Great Joy Studio Etsy Shop

Through January.







Angel Band Giveaway



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.


we have decided to choose

TEN winners!


Spread our Christmas cheer,

the more the merrier.

Fall Quilt Market



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.






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.



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





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



And our show stoppers,

your three favorite HANDMAIDS®

Press On, Seam-Stress & Machine Maid


Beautifully made by Ann Regal.



Our new


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!


THANK YOU to the sewests who made our show shine!







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


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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,


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.


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

wherever we can grab it.


God bless.



Sew Impressive


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.


Gifts & Prizes go out next week.


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



Next Pincushion Group


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.


More Handmaids girls . .



these cuties with a little something extra?


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.



Here is the first group of entries for the challenge


they are sooooo

F U N !

I love them all!

We have chics and dresdens,



Handmaids figures,








The numbers were given in the order we received the photos and will be used for casting votes. Please hold voting however, until all entries are posted over the next few days. And PLEASE, if you are still working on your cushions, keep going, keep sewing! There’s still time. We will post the next group late Saturday.

Thanks everyone, for sharing your talents.


You can see these with some additional views, on the

Handmaids Facebook page and the challenge Pinterest board.