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!!
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.
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.
When I created my Paperdoll collection @rileyblakedesigns it seamed fitting to make the projects ‘everything DOLL!’ I’ve enjoyed playing with these fabrics ever since. Here’s a sample from one of our new appliqué patterns, “Doll Closet” in our shop, on Etsy: Etsy.com/shop/joystudiohandmaids Hope you’ll enjoy too.!! The Paperdoll Tour begins Thursday @aunthenri @polkadotchair @flamingotoes and @jedicraftgirl four consecutive Thursdays. #rileyblakedesigns #paperdollfabric #joystudioart #jweckerfrisch #applique #dolldress #dollclothes #quilt #etsy #buyhandmade #justanotherbuttoncompany
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.
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.
three of my female figures were translated from the original art into appliqué by good friend Ann Regal.
My request to Ann was that they be life size, suitable for studio pieces and oh, what fun!
There seamed to be such great interest in these show stopping characters that we saw no other choice but to persevere with this unique product.
An even greater pleasure to be able to offer the life size raw-edge appliqué patterns for the first time at the 2017 Spring Quilt Market right here in St Louis, our home town.
I believe, we are just getting started with these fun creative figures!
Take a look at what some of our design team created with the new patterns, some linen, our fabrics and some vintage items. Her corset still needs it’s buttons and bows.
Our Press On Handmaid (above) used our new fabric collection, Hatter’s Tea Party from Quilting Treasures.
The Seamstress (below) was made using linen and our She Sews Sea Shells fabrics with a vintage pair of gloves. It’s plain to see how different these girls can look by simply customizing the fabrics to the maker’s own specifications and taste. The possibilities and personalities are endless!
Machine Maid (below) was created using a variety of fabrics such as blue organza for her monocle, also She Who Sews, Draw Near and quilting B’s are among them.
Makers of the gorgeous projects featured here are,
Ann Regal, Regal & Co.
Victoria Naylor Passmore & Jesse Weber, Aunt Henri