Scary Book Step By Step

Hello everyone!

We’re back from our two big events and eager to share.

First up is our big,

SCARY BOOK!

Featuring,

COSTUME MAKERS BALL

fabric by me, J. Wecker Frisch

from Riley Blake Designs

So many of you have asked if this fun fall project was a pattern so, we decided to share the easy process here!

I pretty much made this up as I went along and it was truly so easy. I’m still learning on the sewing front so, if you see anything that can be improved on, I’m interested to hear from you. Of course we love the images on the patch panel and they were the perfect sizes for the pages and pockets to hold whatever spooky items we found around the studio. Choose anything you like in your stash of old photos, tags, charms and trims to personalize your scary book.

 

What you’ll need, beginning with Costume Makers Ball fabric:

• One – Patch Panel for pages and pockets.

• One repeat – Border Stripe for a few fun tags to slip inside and attach.

• Fat quarter – Black Text for cover.

• 1/2 yard – Jac O Lantern Balloons on Black for inside of cover plus one page background.

• Fat eighth – Measure Tape Stripe Blk n Wt for one page.

• 1/2 yard – Riley Blake Linen in Natural for inside pages.

Optional:

• Quilt batting, 1/2 to 3/4 yards based on preference. We used a light weight fusible behind page patches and cover.

• A medium weight Interfacing for a stiff cover cut to 17.5″ x 17.5″

• Measuring tape ribbon, buttons, decorative string, one cargo tag, old key & vintage notions or game cards, etc.

• Fabric only kits available exclusively at greatjoystudio.com/shop/

Pictures worth a thousand words?

 

Pages six & seven with quilted tags made using the CMB border stripe.

Sandwich each of the individual cover and (18″ square) page layers as you like. I chose batting between my cover fabrics and under each of the fabric patches. I then used a variety of sketchy stitches around each the page edges to create decorative borders and attach to the linen pieces. Using your skill level and imagination there are no limits to what you will create with these fantastic fabrics! Again, my stitching experience is short and some of these are my first attempts but I was pleased with the results. So remember, have fun, no rules, anything goes and you can’t make a mistake.

Here are the the page layouts:

Inside front cover & page 1

Pages 2 & 3

 

Pages 4 & 5

 

Pages 6 and 7 are pictured at top of post and are holding the border stripe kid tags.

 

Page 8 and inside back cover.

Not pictured is the outside cover! We used the CMB black allover text.

Complete Scary Book fabric kit available on the Shop page.

 

More Scary Book photos and fun projects on IG @jweckerfrisch and FB Joy Studio

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Please share your scary book eye candy with us!!

 

 

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New Year, New Fun

Hello and a Happy New Year to all of YOU!

I’m running slightly behind already following so much holiday activity and art deadlines in January but,

I still thought there might be time for some fabric fun!?!!

How about another Valentine Post Card Exchange?

I really enjoyed seeing your amazing creativity from the first one, which you can see on Pinterest.

It’s a small project so you can stitch up quick and embellish (or not) any way you like, no challenge this time

however,

I do have Riley Blake Designs Paperdoll fabric panels and fat quarters to GIVEAWAY!!

How does a random drawing of the participants sound?

The winner will be drawn from delivered post cards.

All you have to do is sign up by sending me an email with your name and the address where you wish to receive your card.

I’ll match everyone to a partner and send you back the info.

• Email to janet@greatjoystudio.com

• Use any Riley Blake Designs fabric, although I’d love it if you used Paperdoll.

•Sew and send your cards to the partner we assign by February14, or sooner.

That’s it!

Sew . . . who’s in?!!!

OH, and btw, the Man and the M O O N applique pattern above is printed!

Folding and filling and

available

S O O N.

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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!

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for more Quilt Market updates,

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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