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.
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.
B U N T I N G M A K I N G
Costume Makers Ball
Riley Blake Designs
makes this project so quick,
and so FUN!
Of course there are several ways that you can use this bunting panel.
I chose the no sew approach for a super quick finish.
For this you will need:
• One Costume Makers Ball bunting panel – 24″ x 43″
• Backing fabric – approximately 22″ x 43″
• Black 3/4″ wide gross grain ribbon, approximately 10 yards
• A medium weight, double sided fusible web product – approximately 22″ x 43″
• A package of fusible tape, approximately 10 yards
• Iron and pressing surface
Begin with your panel by cutting it in half, selvage to selvage. You can cut along the heavy dash lines on the outside of the two orange strips that separate the two rows of flags. This will leave a wider seam allowance at the tops of your flag sections.
Place your nine flag section on top of your fusible, paper side up. Trace the flag section with a marker or pencil and cut out. Sandwich them together glue side to back of fabric on your pressing surface. Make sure the fabric is a little larger than your fusible so you do not fuse to your surface or iron. Press according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Peel off the protective backing of your fusible product and place glue side to wrong side of your second, backing fabric. Again fuse together. Then your ready to cut the flags apart.
I designed this bunting outlining each flag with the same heavy dash lines to add a decorative edge and make cutting easier. You can use your rotary cutter or scissors to achieve a clean cut through your two fabric layers.
Once all of your flags are cut out you can fuse them to your ribbon. Lay them out in the order that you like and begin to fuse the ribbon to one top side of the flag. When you get close to the edge overlap just a bit and join the next one, until all are attached. Then turn your strand over and apply another layer of ribbon to the back for additional strength.
Then hang & enjoy!
They’re really fun to layer with batting and quilt some details too!
I hope my last two how to project posts were helpful. If I get up my courage maybe we’ll try a video!!
Now, that is SCARY!!!
We’re back from our two big events and eager to share.
First up is our big,
COSTUME MAKERS BALL
fabric by me, J. Wecker Frisch
from Riley Blake Designs
So many of you have asked if this fun fall project was a pattern so, we decided to share the easy process here!
I pretty much made this up as I went along and it was truly so easy. I’m still learning on the sewing front so, if you see anything that can be improved on, I’m interested to hear from you. Of course we love the images on the patch panel and they were the perfect sizes for the pages and pockets to hold whatever spooky items we found around the studio. Choose anything you like in your stash of old photos, tags, charms and trims to personalize your scary book.
What you’ll need, beginning with Costume Makers Ball fabric:
• One – Patch Panel for pages and pockets.
• One repeat – Border Stripe for a few fun tags to slip inside and attach.
• Fat quarter – Black Text for cover.
• 1/2 yard – Jac O Lantern Balloons on Black for inside of cover plus one page background.
• Fat eighth – Measure Tape Stripe Blk n Wt for one page.
• 1/2 yard – Riley Blake Linen in Natural for inside pages.
• Quilt batting, 1/2 to 3/4 yards based on preference. We used a light weight fusible behind page patches and cover.
• A medium weight Interfacing for a stiff cover cut to 17.5″ x 17.5″
• Measuring tape ribbon, buttons, decorative string, one cargo tag, old key & vintage notions or game cards, etc.
• Fabric only kits available exclusively at greatjoystudio.com/shop/
Pictures worth a thousand words?
Pages six & seven with quilted tags made using the CMB border stripe.
Sandwich each of the individual cover and (18″ square) page layers as you like. I chose batting between my cover fabrics and under each of the fabric patches. I then used a variety of sketchy stitches around each the page edges to create decorative borders and attach to the linen pieces. Using your skill level and imagination there are no limits to what you will create with these fantastic fabrics! Again, my stitching experience is short and some of these are my first attempts but I was pleased with the results. So remember, have fun, no rules, anything goes and you can’t make a mistake.
Here are the the page layouts:
Inside front cover & page 1
Pages 2 & 3
Pages 4 & 5
Pages 6 and 7 are pictured at top of post and are holding the border stripe kid tags.
Page 8 and inside back cover.
Not pictured is the outside cover! We used the CMB black allover text.
Complete Scary Book fabric kit available on the Shop page.
More Scary Book photos and fun projects on IG @jweckerfrisch and FB Joy Studio
Please share your scary book eye candy with us!!
Costume Makers Ball
is available NOW!
Just delivered to your favorite quilt shop,
from Riley Blake Designs.
And have we been plenty busy making,
Here is some of the fun we have had with our latest ‘Art to Applique’ designs.
We used Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cotton basics with Costume Makers Ball, to achieve the perfect blend for these projects.
was translated from the art in one of my classic Halloween collections. It is a vintage inspired, quick and easy fused appliqué design.
Did I mention FUN to make?!! Perfect for Trick or Treat bags, table runners and all fall decor.
This and MORE Joy Studio Design for Makers is available NOW on the Shop page:
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see all the new patterns and two, new FABRIC collections!!
our Man in the Moon and he is available now also at greatjoystudio.com
And . . . coming soon, a pattern for our Scary Book (below) made from Costume Makers Ball patch panel.
So, be sure to pick one up from your quilt shop.
This one is super 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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.
Sew . . . who’s in?!!!
OH, and btw, the Man and the M O O N applique pattern above is printed!
Folding and filling and
S O O N.
In this post I wanted to show how you can break down the She Who Sews figures using the Maker’s Guides into three main sections, part one. Some of you have already tried the Press On corset portion in the Great Corset Challenge last summer however, in this post we are starting at the top!
The two fabric faces below were made by Aunt Henri using Riley Blake Basics earlier this year.
I decided to continue my watercolor paper version shown above. She still needs eye detail. The great thing about these large scale studio figures is that they are not limited to any specific craft medium. Mix ’em up and have fun, you’re the maker.
The pattern guides are actually much easier to tackle when broken down into the main sections,
The single most important thing to remember about constructing the face is to follow the placement sheet accurately, especially the eyes just as you would follow any other applique pattern. That is key! Then you will achieve the specific Handmaids® girl of your choosing, every time!
Stitching the detail, is another lesson which I am still learning. However, it will be a cinch for all of you experienced sewers.
We are just getting ready to begin building a Machine Maid version using a new 2019 Halloween collection from Riley Blake Designs.
So, if you want to see this group in your local quilt shop next April, ask them about it now. It is currently available to the trade.
We’ll be sharing some Quilt Market sneak peeks too so keep watching!!
Original canvas tote bag test, sewn by Ann Regal.
Riley Blake Designs
Yes, I’m actually (sewing) participating!
And I hope you will too.
It start’s today August 29th but you can jump in anytime.
All of the details are on the Riley Blake Designs blog.
Most of you know that I have been designing fabric for many years however, not as a quilter but rather from an art background with a little sewing experience thrown in. When I heard about Meet the Makers QAL project I thought it was time to see what all of the quilting/sewing passion I’ve been witnessing, was all about. So, I became quite determined to make each one of the four pieced blocks that the project calls for including the alternate/setting block. I don’t know if my beginner handicap will allow me to finish the whole quilt now but sew far, sew good.
I am enjoying learning as I go and welcome any and all sewing, piecing or quilting tips that you all can offer me.
I will be featuring my “Paperdoll” fabric collection for my blocks.
The collection is delivering to shops now.
First I grabbed some blank artist canvases to use as design boards for my blocks and started cutting three inch squares. Then I began the auditioning process with it’s endless possibilities. I love this fabric! My decision, the reds from the group and white doll clothes with Riley Blake white for
Block # 1
I even cut up the panel!
Next . . . it was time to try my hand at making my first half square triangles!!!
Success, I think.
Finally, try stitching the rows together?!! This was intimidating but, I did it.
Corners didn’t line up completely but not too bad I suppose.
OKaay! This is fun and I might become a little addicted.
I plan to post my progress here on the Joy Studio blog each week.
Also on FB and Instagram
I hope you’ll join in the fun and
let me know how I’m (and you’re) doing!
P A P E R D O L L ,
our new fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs
at Spring Quilt Market in Portland!
Only a sneak peek shown here using one of our
JOY STUDIO MAKER’S GUIDES.
came through beautifully for us once again in her creation of this stunning applique piece using our ‘Press On’ pattern! The photos do not do it justice truly so, please if you’re in Portland for Quilt Market, come by and see her for yourself. She will not disappoint.
Riley Blake Designs – Booth #1437
Patterns are available at Checker Distributors #1801 and Brewer Sewing #852-53.
Shops – This makes a great class!
Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for more Quilt Market updates,
inspiration & patterns!
A new year,
a new studio
a new partnership!
is pleased to announce that
Riley Blake Designs
will be presenting the art of J. Wecker Frisch on their hi-quality cotton fabrics and related products!
Now, our fabric by the yard AND on a variety of Riley Blake Designs convenient precuts!!
Two companies noted for their high manufacturing standards and dedication to creativity, promise some exciting collections, to you!!!
YES – The first group is already in the works.
Delivering to shops in August, 2018.
please enjoy a mini photo tour of
on our sister site,
completely finished, furnished and finally, ready for (hiding out) creative action.
Look for our new collection
Riley Blake Designs.
No news (in Oct. & Nov.) is good news?
That’s what they say and it’s true here too. Although, our news will have to keep until 2018!
We were busy as usual, with Quilt Market in October
turkey in November.
And now, here we are in
D E C E M B E R!
I confess, Instagram and Facebook were the quick venues we relied on to share what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. I hope you were able to follow us there.
We presented our Seamstress Maker’s Guide applique as a modern farm girl quilt made by Aunt Henri from our new fabric collection, “Fowl Play”. And we had a lot of fun with this at a photo op at fall Quilt Market. I hope you will try one of these life sized She Who Sews applique girls for your studio. As you can see the possible fabric combinations are endless for your unique Handmaid.
I want to wish you a very
from all of us at Joy Studio!