New Year, New Fun

Hello and a Happy New Year to all of YOU!

I’m running slightly behind already following so much holiday activity and art deadlines in January but,

I still thought there might be time for some fabric fun!?!!

How about another Valentine Post Card Exchange?

I really enjoyed seeing your amazing creativity from the first one, which you can see on Pinterest.

It’s a small project so you can stitch up quick and embellish (or not) any way you like, no challenge this time

however,

I do have Riley Blake Designs Paperdoll fabric panels and fat quarters to GIVEAWAY!!

How does a random drawing of the participants sound?

The winner will be drawn from delivered post cards.

All you have to do is sign up by sending me an email with your name and the address where you wish to receive your card.

I’ll match everyone to a partner and send you back the info.

• Email to janet@greatjoystudio.com

• Use any Riley Blake Designs fabric, although I’d love it if you used Paperdoll.

•Sew and send your cards to the partner we assign by February14, or sooner.

That’s it!

Sew . . . who’s in?!!!

OH, and btw, the Man and the M O O N applique pattern above is printed!

Folding and filling and

available

S O O N.

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Fall Quilt Market 2018

Hello!

Once again we were off to Houston last week in October with our new fabric collection,

Costume Makers Ball

presented at Fall Quilt Market by

Riley Blake Designs.

Just in case you didn’t catch this on IG or FB I decided to share a few photos and info.

The collection is for Halloween, twenty-nineteen and delivers to shops in April.

These fabrics are available to the trade (shops) now so please, check with you local shops to make sure they’ll have in the Spring.

It’s a very fun group to work with and I’m thinking you will agree!

As you can see above, we’ve created some great projects for this line and they’ll become available with the fabric release.

You may also notice that we’ve dressed our Makers Guide She Who Sews girls up too and will be offering these Halloween appliqué add on’s as downloadables.

Oh yes, and we won a prize!

Two actually!!

One to Riley Blake Designs for Best Multiple Booth award.

And we received the Most Creative Booth award.

FUN right!?!!

And for a little extra touch, our live action model dressed as the main panel was in the booth on Saturday. A photo with her offered visitors a chance at some Paperdoll fat quarter bundles in a daily giveaway throughout the show.

To top it off, we enjoyed special guest, Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilting! Yay

It was all, quite a Treat.

🙂

 

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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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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.

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,

Pinterest

A thanks to Aunt Henri on Pinterest

&

Instagram

 

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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:

Love Rubie Handmade Bags

Debie Kuennen-Baker

&

CorsetChallengeNorma

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

&

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

GREAT CORSET CHALLENGE

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 janet@greatjoystudio.com (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!



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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.

 

SheWhoSewsLangCal2018



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 greatjoystudio.com), again, using any medium, fabrics, or style!

 

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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.

CorsetChallengeHattersTea

CorsetChallengeDrawNear

CorsetChallengeTulaPink

CorsetSheSewwsSeaShellsCorsetChallengeAnimalAlpabetGames

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