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!
One to Riley Blake Designs for Best Multiple Booth award.
And we received the Most Creative Booth award.
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.
A 2018 CHALLENGE
has been on my mind all summer!
I wasn’t sure when we were going to get it in!
Then, during our Paperdoll Trunk Show at the MSQC Birthday Bash in Hamilton , I enjoyed a visit with Rhonda!!
She, like many of you has participated in the previous challenges, supported my efforts on social media and followed us faithfully.
It was a wonderful surprise!
And it was great to meet her in person and share. Thank you Rhonda.
We talked about doing another Post Card Challenge and exchange as we did for Valentines ’15 and still getting it in for this year.
However, I’m thinking . . . we’ll hold that thought for 2019 due to time, and I just may have the perfect NEW collection for a card challenge.
So, just this week,
I started working on an idea that I had for using the Paperdoll (main) Panel. A Needle Book Apron! I liked it so much then thought, ah ha
C H A L L E N G E ! ? ! ! !
At first, I thought Needle Book Apron Challenge? Sounds fun but did we want to limit it to aprons? Then it came to me,
NEEDLE BOOK CHALLENGE
just popped up!
And, whatever that title conjures up in your maker’s mind is OK.
Your project can be an apron, or anything you dream up following a few simple rules:
• You must use one of the J Wecker Frisch Paperdoll Panels from Riley Blake Designs, either the main or patch panels.
• Additional fabrics must be from the Paperdoll collection or any Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons Basics.
• You must complete project and send photos (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Fall Quilt Market. We’ll set an October 27th deadline.
• You must share on all (or any you have) of your social media platforms, Blogs, Facebook and Instagram using #needlebookchallenge
• You must follow us and Riley Blake Designs also on social media channels.
Instagram – J Wecker Frisch & Riley Blake Designs
Facebook – Joy Studio and Riley Blake Designs
Here on the Joy Studio Blog would be excellent! Although optional.
Post your progress photos on the same J Wecker Frisch or Joy Studio, FB or IG pages anytime using links above!
Be sure to use #needlebookchallenge so we can view collectively.
Oh, and did I mention PRIZES!?!!!
Winner will receive,
LANG She WHO SEWS Calendar Mini & Planner
LANG Draw Near Sketchbook
Paperdoll Fabric FQ
& a boxed LANG She Who Sews, Run the Race mug!
I would like us ALL, along with our panel of judges to vote for the winner so again, we must have your photos for that.
Each participant gets two votes, one for their own project and the other must be for someone else. 😉
Winner announced from Quilt Market! Can I do that? Lol
What did I forget?
Please join and have fun with you version of the Paperdoll Needle Book!
I look forward to seeing what YOU make!!!
Good luck Makers!
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.
Last week in September and also for
Riley Blake Designs
MEET THE MAKERS QUILT ALONG!
My last PAPERDOLL block.
I used Black Text, Blue Text, Blue Pin Dots & Riley Blake White.
And I used more Just Another Button Company’s new alphabet buttons in my styling! Loving those, on everything.
And speaking of buttons, these oversized are stoneware coasters that I picked up in Hamilton last weekend. They are my Birthday Bash present to self that I spotted in the Farm Goods shop and couldn’t resist getting for the studio. Set of four, yellow and green not pictured. Aren’t they sew cute?
Well, that’s all for the Meet The Makers QAL project but not for me and piecing/quilting! I think I’m just getting started. Learning to piece and a bit of quilting during the QAL and September’s National Sewing Month this year seams so fitting and friends say was about time. After designing fabric and projects for over fifteen years I am enjoying getting to actually use the fabrics as they were intended, in the ‘sew through’.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my progress while you quilted along and I would love to see yours. If you haven’t already I hope you’ll try this fun project. All of the details and kits are at RileyBlakeDesigns.com
Thanks for tuning in! 😉
This one threw me a bit but, I did it!
Riley Blake Quilt Along
In Paperdoll doll clothes and measuring tapes. And Riley Blake White.
I also pulled my near by yellow art props for some photos.
As you can see my points aren’t perfect but, not bad for beginner status.
The videos really help!
So c’mon, quilt along with us?
RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS
MEET THE MAKERS QUILT ALONG!
you can still join in the fun! Details are on their blog.
Here is my work on a Paperdoll ‘Pretty in Pink’ version of
I used Pink pin dots, pink and off white clothes/patterns, black text for center and Riley Blake White
My styled, nesting stars piece.
Staging is the really fun part! What can I say, I like layout.
Especially when you can choose from the row of dolly legs in the Main Paperdoll Panel.
Learning to piece quilt blocks in this Quilt Along,
has been sort of like, child’s play!
The watercolor is a rendering of some ‘Penny Dolls’ I picked up along the collecting way.
And, another little appliqué dolly from our
Design for Makers pattern in our
JOY STUDIO Etsy Shop
Next stop on the
Paperdoll Tour is tomorrow at
THE POLKA DOT CHAIR
Once again, this Riley Blake Designs Maker, is sharing!
Here is my progress for the
RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS
MEET THE MAKERS Quilt-Along.
My block #2 features
pincushion toss, vintage button illustrations and tape measures plus,
Riley Blake White.
please tell me, are YOU quilting along?
Jump in anytime.
Details are on their BLOG.
And very good details they are too! Including a VIDEO TUTORIAL.
Each time that I complete one of these blocks I am fascinated to see the results. In case you missed my last post, I’m actually learning to piece during this QAL. Very fun and challenging at the same time. And, I think I may be hooked!
Meet me here next week for more,
Meet the Makers Paperdoll blocks!
And be sure to tune in for the
RBD Paperdoll Tour
starting Thursday, Sept. 6 for four consecutive Thursdays on the blogs listed below.
I’m betting these Makers are going to be showing you some really
The Polka Dot Chair
Jedi Craft Girl
For some of our really cute stuff using Paperdoll fabrics:
“Doll Closet” Applique Design for Makers
in our ETSY SHOP
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!
Doll House Rescue
I just happened to drive by our local resale shop and saw this charming doll house sitting on the sidewalk outside. I couldn’t resist pulling in to take a closer look. Immediately my mind turned to display piece for an upcoming event/pattern project! So I inquired about the price inside. $4.00 I was told . . . SOLD.
Needed cleaning, scrubbing actually and painting to cover the child graffiti scribble. A silly little ‘Fixer Upper’ project but just the kind of restoration distraction I needed following deadlines and regular life struggles in the first half of the year.
I could see potential!
You can’t take the ‘little’ out of the girl, right?
Or the maker!
Follow the progress on Instagram in our sidebar
or connect with me on Facebook.
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!