Studio Update


new year


a new work space!

At last


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.


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.


and still hard to believe.

Thanks for visiting.









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


& 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.

More Corset Entries

I cannot say enough about the creative talent that was displayed during our recent

Great Corset Challenge.

Simply amazing pieces!

Here are more of the beautiful corset entries that were not hash tagged to Instagram.

Take a look and enjoy!

Last but certainly not least, this one made using our Queen of We’en fabrics!

Love them all!!

THANK YOU again corseteers.

Please see them all (eventually) on,


A thanks to Aunt Henri on Pinterest







Challenge Winners



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:

Love Rubie Handmade Bags

Debie Kuennen-Baker



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

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


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

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


Great Corset Challenge

Grab your button hook and tighten your laces, the


is about to begin!

This year’s Handmaids Challenge will be sewing and mixed media using our Joy Studio Maker’s Guide.

Part One:
Focusing on the corset/dress-form part of the “Press On” Maker’s Guide, you’ll create an (approximate) 18″ x 18″ finished project of your choosing. So, whatever you like, a pillow, bag, wall piece, etc., within these guidelines, using any fabrics or mixed media that you love working with.

• Simply sign up with an email to (anytime through August)
• We will send you a printable pdf pattern to follow.
• Print, assemble and create!
• Share your progress on social media. On Instagram, #hashtag your photos with #greatcorsetchallenge so we can find and share your work!
• Invite your friends to join the challenge too!


We will need photos of your finished piece by August 31, 2017, which gives you plenty of time to create something amazing! Send as many photos as you like, making sure to show off your work with good lighting (natural light is best.)

1st place winner will receive:

All three Joy Studio Maker’s Guide patterns,

Fabric &

a LANG 2018 She Who Sews calendar and coordinating mug!

2nd place will receive:

One Joy Studio Maker’s Guide pattern of their choice,

Fabric &

LANG She Who Sews note cards and coffee/tea mug.

3rd place will receive:

a Joy Studio Maker’s Guide pattern of their choice

a LANG She Who Sews day planner note pad.



Part Two (optional):
Make one of the full figure applique patterns pieces using one of our three Joy Studio Maker’s Guides (purchase at your favorite quilt shop or, again, using any medium, fabrics, or style!


Top three (different figures) winners will be featured on our blog/social media AND in our booth at this year’s Fall International Quilt Market! Winners will also receive the other two patterns and a LANG 2018 She Who Sews calendar and coffee/tea mug.

We are very excited to see what maker’s will create with our She Who Sews characters!

Here are some we’ve been playing with and hope they will inspire you to try this fun large scale applique.





This is an ALL play challenge so, c’mon show us your corset!!!


Joy of Collaboration


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.


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.

Tuffet Source

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

Hatter’s Tea Party

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














Meet Me In St Louis


Q U I L T   M A R K E T!

I could not resist giving it all I’ve got for the upcoming

2017 Spring

International Quilt Market

this year since it is in my home state. And it’s the first time since I’ve been designing fabric.

May 19 – 21

So, we are taking full advantage of the no travel by bringing my scoop to nuts display furnishings along with all the usual Joy Studio trimmings. Fun but tiresome.

We will post a full quilt market report after but here’s a tiny preview!

So, have you guessed the theme of our new fabric collection? I hope it is your cup of tea!

btw – Close up face is a large patch from our “Queen of We’en” collection.

Gram’s cream & sugar made it into the display, and on the fabric. I love when that happens!

& an antique shoe cushion!

” H A T T E R ‘ S    T E A    P A R T Y “

from Quilting Treasures

Ask your favorite quilt shop.

Fall delivery.