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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.

 

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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.

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

 

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Our

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.

The

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.

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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

GreayJoyStudio.com

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At

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.

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We are sew very excited to announce a

NEW

“She Who Sews”

product line from

LANG!

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These beautifully made products were chosen for an exclusive program

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will soon be delivering to select JoAnn’s stores.

It is a continued privilege to share the art and the positive messages that have come to be associated with the Handmaids® series. Absolutely loving these sewing inspired items!

The collection includes

Bob’s (nesting) Boxes . . ,

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boxed note cards, note pads, planners . ,

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journals and lots more!

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See them all in February 2017 at participating

JoAnn’s

stores. Comment with your state, for the location nearest to you.

Our LANG (mug) cup runneth over.

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Happy New Year!

Still seeking light. And still hopeful,

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

However,

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!

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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

Insulated

Insulated

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.

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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.

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It’s True!

Where Women Create paid our Joy Studio(s) a visit!

And you can see the feature in the Winter Issue,

on news stands Nov.1, 2015.

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In addition it is my pleasure to be doing a signing

with the magazine’s creator and editor in chief,

Jo Packham!

At

the International Quilt Market in Houston on Saturday.

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Last year at Fall Quilt Market I met the very gracious Jo, at the Sew Scary fabric debut and soon after we began the process. Another dream goal, being realized, hard to believe. The upcoming visit understandably, thrust us into high gear sprucing up and organizing both work spaces as you have seen (here) over the past months. A tall order after only just moving into to the new space last August however, quite rewarding and needed.

Re-creating the inspirational areas was perfect (God’s?) timing!

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So,

I hope you will pick up a copy

&

that you will enjoy reading our story.

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Almost, like a fairy tale ending?

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Or a new chapter.

😉

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In our May, what we’ve been up to share,

we included a chalk paint treatment to some studio storage.

I recommend for any large painting projects.

No stripping or sanding, just start painting.

For our application, we used Annie Sloan purchased at Nettie Suze.

Here is the pretty cabinet reveal.

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One set houses pastels, glues & framing equipment.

On top,

some acquired vintage (my dad’s)

tools of the trade.

Sculpting, palette knives and photo developing pan

& anything for small constructive projects.

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Also…

Some familiar faces.

The watercolor is from the Hairraising Halloween collection.

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The old windows were salvaged from my hub’s childhood home,

on 240 Main St.,

now underneath a mini mall.

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Vintage clothespins secure the

Scripture index cards, hand written (other side) by our Syd,

especially for me, to encourage during a dark time.

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The other cabinets have all printed and promotional matter.

All of the doors still need their knobs

and a clear wax coat.

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On the counter tops…

My mom’s French female book end and one of my dad’s sketches.

Several porcelain pin cushion tops, saved for a future Handmaids® challenge.

All gathered around my aunt’s miniature cafe furniture.

An antique re-print

available soon on our

Joy Studio Vintage shop.

 JoyStudioCabinetGA vintage paper cutter conveniently holds our product labels and twine.

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This was the fun part of the home studio project.

Finding a place for everything,

cleaned up, freshly painted and everything in it’s a place.

Then surrounding myself with treasured sentimental items

creating an inspirational work space

offering both comfort and joy.

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It was high time!

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Ahhhhh,

At last, organization is at hand!

Please stay tuned for

a full Joy Studio(s) reveal and news!

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