Making Faces

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 faces/heads!

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,

Background,

Head,

Body.

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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.

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We’ll be sharing some Quilt Market sneak peeks too so keep watching!!

Original canvas tote bag test, sewn by Ann Regal.

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Meet The Makers Quilt-Along

Hello there!

It’s a

Riley Blake Designs

QUILT-ALONG

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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.

My steps:

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.

 

Ta-daa!

 

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

PLEASE,

let me know how I’m (and you’re) doing!

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  1. Love your new line. And your block came out just wonderful for a newbie sewer. Yes it becomes addicting which is why we want to buy more fabrics to feed our habits!! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you.

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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.

Aunt Henri

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!

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PAPERDOLL fabric,

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Our Good News

A new year,

a new studio

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a new partnership!

Joy Studio

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!!!

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YES – The first group is already in the works.

Delivering to shops in August, 2018.

Meanwhile,

please enjoy a mini photo tour of

Joy Studio,

on our sister site,

completely finished, furnished and finally, ready for (hiding out) creative action.

Look for our new collection

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No News is Good News

Oh my!

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from all of us at Joy Studio!

Maker’s Guide Fabric Kits

Just listed,

three of our She Who Sews girls

as fabric kits on Great Joy Studio at Etsy!

The kits include fabrics as shown on the Joy Studio Maker’s Guide covers.

Offered two ways, complete as pictured or figure fabric only and choose your own background fabrics.

Press On

Machinemaid

& Seamstress

The raw edge applique patterns are in quilt shops now so, ask at yours for

Joy Studio Maker’s Guide by J. Wecker Frisch & Ann Regal.

Or-

available on our shop page.