She Who Sews Challenge

Announcing our first

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We tried to keep it S I M P L E so, here’s how to play. Details to participate in the challenge are listed below:

Eligibility:

• Anyone who sews (or non-sew project) and is among the first 30 to sign up.

• Anyone who can email us a photo of your finished project or projects.

• Anyone who will share this on your Facebook page (if you have) & your blog (if you have).

• Anyone who will like us on our Handmaids Facebook page OR sign up for our Handmaids Newsletter OR follow this blog by email (in left sidebar).

Challenge Rules:

1. Sign up by April 25, 2014 with an email to tidings3@aol.com and comment to this post – Accepting the first 30

2. Make any item (s) of your choice using one (total) or more yards of the “She Who Sews” fabrics (collection from Quilting Treasures – available in quilt shops & on line)

3. Use two “She Who Sews” fat quarters – We provide

4. Also (must) use at least 2 more cuts (skus), your choice, of the “She Who Sews” fabrics, in any increments, totaling an additional 1/2 yard or more – You purchase

5. To be eligible/entered for the participant giveaway/drawing, you must email photo(s) of finished project(s) to tidings3@aol.com by May 26, 2014

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Steps to Sign Up:

• To become a participant you must be among the first 30 to sign up

Email us your name, address and blog address (if applicable) to receive 2 free “She Who Sews” fat quarters – To tidings3@aol.com 

• All Email’s subject line should read: Handmaids Giveaway Challenge

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Prizes:

1.) All Participants – Receive two “She Who Sews” fat quarters – Just for signing up, to get you started.

2.) 3 Winners By Random Drawing to Participants only, can win:

• One of three, Handmaids™ 16″ x 16″ Framed Prints from Frames Plus, Inc!

• Plus a “She Who Sews” panel – Large patch, small patch or chalk board signs patch! 

A $95.00 value!

3.) Non Participants can play too! To be entered to win a “She Who Sews” Panel, simply leave a comment here on this blog! 3 winners will be chosen by random drawing.

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Winners announced May 30, 2014

So, create a play date with us and let’s have fun with the

“SHE WHO SEWS” fabrics.

 

She Who Sews – Creative Collaboration

A Creative Collaboration, among friends & colleagues. CompfyPillows

Welcome & wow!

What an honor for our very own “She Who Sews” fabric collection to be the featured fabric for this Sewing Room Blog Hop.

If this is your first visit to the Joy Studio, please have a look around and tell us what you like to create, especially using your She Who Sews fabric.

To learn about the creation of Handmaids™ and the art process in the beginning stages, I invite you to join (like) us on the Handmaids Facebook page or click the like button to the right in side bar. Also visit Handmaids.com where you can sign up for our newsletter and receive regular product updates. And please, be sure to get in on our GIVEAWAYS! One is here on the Joy Studio blog, simply comment to enter and one on Facebook’s HANDMAIDSGreatJoyStudios, for a like and comment telling us so, you will be entered. Both offers are for a She Who Sews fabric fat quarter bundle and a canvas wrap, wall art piece. If you already like Handmaids™ on FB, just a comment will work. Winners will be announced on FB February 7th.

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I was certainly privileged to collaborate with four friends on our contribution to the She Who Sews Blog Hop. Together we designed and created several items, pincushion & paperdoll pillows for the comfy couch in our Joy Studio and others to wear. Allow me to introduce these skilled sewers and quilters, through their beautiful projects listed below.

Paperdoll & Pincushion Pillows
Annie Regal (Quilting)SWSPaprDollPillow
Puffy Pillows

Nancy McClellan (Construction & Quilting)
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Paperdoll Throw
Diane O’Shea (Piecing & Quilting)PaperdollThrow
Mommie, Dollie & Me – Dress for Mommie, Daughter, Dollie & Bag
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Amber Martin – These items offered at:
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Wrapped Canvas Wall Art
by me, J. Wecker Frisch
Tidings of Great Joy, LLC
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It has been a privilege and pleasure, to see our very first collection in the Handmaids™ series, She Who Sews, featured in the Sewing Room Blog Hop.  Thank you Carla & all of the Blog Cheerleaders for inviting and supporting me. And a sincere thanks, to all of you, for stopping in. Please don’t forget to leave us a comment (to be entered in our giveaway). I would truly enjoy hearing from you.SheWhoSewsCollaborate

I am also excited to get hopping on, to see what the other bloggers (listed below) have made from the She Who Sews fabric collection to share:

 
 
 
 
 

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Below – Are a few shots of the canvas wrap process using the “She Who Sews” large patch panel from
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THANKS everyone! And a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister, Barbara!

She Sews Sea Shells

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A new Handmaids® fabric collection is finally here!

“She Sews Sea Shells”

from Quilting Treasures.

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This group was inspired by a 1920’s/30’s sepia toned photograph of bathing beauties that I thought would be fun to translate. During my research I came across some wonderful turn of the century swim wear images as well which led me to the stockings (& stocking stretchers) that often accompanied the fashion of that day. I combined both era’s which were well suited, for our  Handmaids®.

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Concept and thumbnail sketches for these are recorded in my ‘ideas’ notebook on September 2, 2015. So, it is especially rewarding to finally see these images go from paper to fabric. And, equally rewarding for me is to see these go to you, the makers. I always love seeing what is ultimately created using your talents with our fabrics. A real treat in fact!

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Inspiration for the mermaid patch was an antique silver articulated fish, needle case that I discovered. A tiny buried treasure with big possibilities I thought.

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I work in watercolor and ink once the sketches are refined to my satisfaction.

Typically following, lots and lots of sketches!

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This fun beach-y batch is available now!

So ask your favorite/local quilt shop for,

“She Sews Sea Shells” (by me, J. Wecker Frisch) from Quilting Treasures!

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Enjoy

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PLEASE, share with us, a comment and/or what you create!

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The scripture inspiration sprinkled throughout this collection is from the Proverbs 31 (virtuous) woman. The text in her hair was actually scanned from our family’s 1870’s Bible.

My personal privilege to share.

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Joy Studio Appliqué Face

OK, you’ve asked, we’ve listened…

and we’re clearing up some of the mystery on, what is this, how do you make this, how difficult are these to create?!!

And answering a few other questions that have arose about the Joy Studio Makers Guides, large scale She Who Sews girls.

These are not panels but rather,

large scale raw edge fusible appliqué.

They are no more difficult than any fusible appliqué.

And, they make a GREAT addition to your sewing studio!! On the wall, pillow, tote, etc.!!

However, in case you were intimidated to try one, we are also showing you a step by step and video tutorial! Focus on both will be on the face.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, Aunt Henri, mother/daughter team has created the majority of my show samples including the She Who Sews girls.

And as you also know if you’ve been following me, that I am a novice sewer.

So, here is my first attempt. I’m using the “Press On” Makers Guide.

First, using your Pieces Sheet to trace the eye and lip parts on your fusible product, paper side up. Be sure to mark those with the appropriate letters/numbers.

Cut apart and fuse/iron to the wrong side of your fabric according to the manufacture’s guidelines. I chose a few fabrics from my new collection delivering to shops next month, “Painters Palette” from Riley Blake Designs. They will give you several painterly textures that will further enhance your projects.

Next, Cut out each piece. Most important tip to remember when creating the face is be precise! In tracing, cutting and placing. To help you do this, one clever technique from Aunt Henri is to trace the face from the Placement Sheet using ordinary tracing paper. Tape this over your fused and trimmed face appliqué piece in order to achieve accuracy. That way you can easily lift, nudge, lift, nudge until you like, then press each individual face piece.She will be beautiful every time.

I am using the natural linen from Riley Blake Designs for my actual face appliqué base.

Once all of your face pieces are fused, you are ready to stitch!

Remember, I am new at the sewing part so I’m certain you can achieve a better satin stitch although, mine are not bad, right?

You can stitch or use fabric for your brows, btw.

Voila! If I can do this, anyone can by following these tips.

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Aunt Henri’s video tutorial!!

Watch for our pattern SALE during the Garden of Quilts event! September 12 – 14.

This will be a never before, one time, worthwhile offer, trust me.

While supplies last.