a new work space!
1 year ago,
insulated, waiting for drywall and
Still Seeking Light.
Well, we found it.
Windows on every wall, eight skylights and two sets of French doors with connecting elliptical above each one.
At most times of the day, the room is flooded with a generous amount of natural light.
And I love it!!!
Builders on the project couldn’t understand the need for so many windows and I was questioned from every tradesman.
I stuck to my (never enough light) priority and it turned out to be the right decision, no question.
So, beginning 2018
is completely finished, furnished and finally, ready for (hiding out) creative action.
Mini photo tour
As you enter:
The large Staircase Reclaim workbench:
Drawing/painting station one:
Drawing/painting station two:
Sewing station and supplies:
Everything maker, supply cabinet:
Sitting, thinking, dreaming area:
It was a long, extremely tough journey but worth the effort.
Every time I enter the new studio space, I feel like a kid.
and still hard to believe.
Thanks for visiting.
Q U I L T M A R K E T!
I could not resist giving it all I’ve got for the upcoming
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.
M A K E R ‘S G U I D E
more than just a pattern.
In October 2016 we introduced a line of 3 HANDMAIDS® applique patterns.
This was our soft launch to the trade which presented at the
Fall International Quilt Market.
These are oversized studio pieces, 60″ x 18″ that many of you expressed interest in from my Joy Studio feature photos in Where Women Create. Well, we wanted to explore just how much, by creating these life size “She Who Sews” girls in large format applique, for a start.
The response at market was overwhelming!
We are just getting started and planning to have these three available early this year.
Also planned, is loads of inspiration, ideas and opportunities to share.
We’ll let you know where and when right here at
G R E A T J O Y S T U D I O.
Artist’s guide to inspire you, the maker.
We are sew very excited to announce a
“She Who Sews”
product line from
These beautifully made products were chosen for an exclusive program
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 . . ,
boxed note cards, note pads, planners . ,
journals and lots more!
See them all in February 2017 at participating
stores. Comment with your state, for the location nearest to you.
Our LANG (mug) cup runneth over.
Happy New Year!
Still seeking light. And still hopeful,
in more ways than just a bright, well lit work space of course.
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
Dinning Room Designated for Drawing
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!
Broke Ground Early July
Floor Went On
Walls Went Up
Roof Went On
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
Walls Torn Down
Wait for Walls & Windows
We kept going luckily, wrapping walls, running wires and having HVAC installed.
Electric And Furnace Installed
We couldn’t leave out a fireplace of course. Built by family and friends. Nice!
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.
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
O C T O B E R
is a favorite month for me.
Whats not to like?
Cooler weather, leaves turning,
International Quilt Market!
So, it’s that time of year that many of us are beginning to feel the stress in
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Joy Studio is in the push mode of quilt market prep, again. God willing, we will be there with a new collection
some designs for a brand new product!
Booth #2534 with Quilting Treasures.
A couple of sneak peeks,
So why do you (I) worry ? Yikes!
Lots of work, never enough time.
Stress reliever, reminder to self:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
We still . . . are having fun though . . between the stresses of life,
wherever we can grab it.