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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Press On Paperdoll

Presenting

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,

inspiration & patterns!

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Our Good News

A new year,

a new studio

&

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

“Paperdoll”

from

Riley Blake Designs.

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Applique, Available!

A T  L A S T !

Our Handmaids,

She Who Sews

girls are available in

A P P L I Q U E !

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in a BIG way.

First introduced at Fall Quilt Market 2016

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.

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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

Elizabeth Cecchittini, Dandelion Rose

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Spring Quilt Market 2017

Meet Me In St Louis?

At

Q U I L T M A R K E T !

Booth # 2523

I could not resist giving it all I’ve got for the upcoming

2017 Spring

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

We are taking full advantage of the no travel by bringing my scoop to nuts display furnishings along with all of the usual Joy Studio trimmings.

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P R I Z E S !

So, come by for giveaway details and some new treats.


 

H A T T E R ‘ S  T E A  P A R T Y “

from Quilting Treasures

Fall delivery.

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We have patterns!

Handmaids large scale

M A K E R ” S   G U I D E S

are NOW available, for the first time at the St Louis show.

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