White As Snow Workshop Event


White As Snow fabric from Riley Blake Designs

We are pleased to announce our 3rd Great Joy Studio workshop. This will be our first in the NEW space!

On July 19th we are hosting a Christmas In July event, from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

The projects feature the “White As Snow” fabric from Riley Blake Designs. The table runner and mug rugs projects can be found in the Wintry Project Booklet in quilt shops now if you want to follow along.

Raw Edge Appliqué Mug Rugs with White As Snow fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

Raw Edge Appliqué Mug Rugs project from the Wintry Projects Booklet by J. Wecker Frisch.

Quilted Mug Rugs with White As Snow fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

You can sign up with the Workshops tab to participate in person.

Kits for your projects, gift bags and a light snack are provided.

White As Snow fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

White AsSnow Table Runner From the Wintry Projects Booklet at Riley Blake Designs.

Your choice of several lunch options are within walking distance.

Agenda and a list of things to bring will be sent to participants previous to the event.

Workshop will be held in Eureka Missouri 63025 at 16 Dreyer Are.

Recommended accommodations Wildwood Hotel in Wildwood, MO

See you soon!

June News

Quilt Shop Eureka Mo

New Workshop Space

Before awareness of everything made the national calendar,
And, oh yeah . . it still is. Lol
So, Happy Birthday to all of you who were born in June and to me.
As it happens I have some really exciting news happening this month for

Tidings of Great Joy, LLC – dba Great Joy Studio:

A NEW workshop and office space, all our own! Yes, another move and here’s the story:

Years before the last two floods (2015 & 2017) in Eureka MO I would occasionally drive by and day-dream about a small 1916 farmhouse in ‘Old Town’. When it came up for sale again this year, I began to re-visit the former possibilities. Seemed absurd, out of the question, absolutely not! So, instead we moved to an office rental up the street. Adequate but not too inspiring. On my commute passing to and from the very large For Sale sign on the tiny but charming purple house was a daily occurrence and impossible to miss. Then in February, I decided to call on the property again and even threw out a number to the owner much to my amazement. In the weeks following I did my best to leave it in the back of my mind. However, this along with everything else going on in the world and in my personal life, waiting and wondering became a bit transforming. I still cannot put any of this into words that make sense to anyone perhaps but myself. And God? Maybe.

Anyway . . .

Weeks go by, working and prayer, working and prayer, living life, working and more working and more thoughtful deliberation, much research, work, prayer . . . I’m sure you are getting a picture. Then, one night for whatever reason as I sat straight up in bed, my eyes zeroed in on a particular sentimental watercolor that I keep in my room. It’s been there for many years and goes by unnoticed for the most part. It was painted by my Dad when I was a baby and holds great sentimental value. As far back as I can remember it hung in my parents room. The piece sits right next to a photograph of my Dad and me. This night, as I realized the striking similarities to the property and the painting that I found myself exclaiming aloud, “Dad, it’s the purple farmhouse!” Suddenly, strangely I felt peace. Peace of mind somewhat and the first time in weeks, even still, and I don’t fully understand why. So, I began several weeks of investigation, not allowing myself to give it too much thought and just kept busy as I always do these days. The further I probed, the easier it became to give into the idea for one more office/workshop move. Although I don’t exactly know where this venture is going and still having some uneasiness from time to time it’s mostly EXCITING and fun to think of the uses! To say nothing of the decorating!

We take possession this month (a matter of days) and will work extra hard to have an open house/preview during the Eureka Block Party June 14 and maybe our first class there mid July. Keep an eye out on our new Workshop page we are currently in the process of creating. For our new space updates you can also follow us on Instagram @Jweckerfrisch

Thanks for your visit.



PS – New location is – 16 Dreyer Ave. Eureka, MO 63025

Valentine Workshop

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our 1st Great Joy Studio workshop intro.

On January 17 we will be hosting a Valentine quilt top sew day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be making my Broken Hearts quilt using the “Be Mine Valentine” fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs. Your teacher will be none other than, me, Janet Wecker Frisch. This is a free workshop so you need only to purchase the quilt top fabric kit from our shop. In addition to the sew day you will have exclusive access to shop all six of our Holiday lines (two Halloween, two Christmas, two Valentine) and related kits from my personal shop stash. Some, not all of these, are already out of stock, out of print or hard to find. In addition, for the really fast workers, we will try our hands at a Valentine post card or two.

Space is limited to the first twelve!

We need you to sign up using the Great Joy Studio Workshops link on my Instagram.

Also you must purchase the kit offered for the workshop only, from our Shop link  to hold your spot.

Things to bring:

• Sewing Machine

• Sewing Tools

• Threads and bobbins

Event will be held in Eureka Missouri 63025 at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, 113 Hilltop Village Center Dr.

Fabric Journal – 1 Yr Later

Hello there!

Well, I did not expect my fabric journal journey to take a full year to put up my next blog post! However, if you’re following me on Instagram then you have a pretty good idea of what Great Joy Studio has been up to. Five more fabric collections, a White As Snow Winter-y Projects booklet, lots of quilt design and some time to create a few inspirational pieces for church.

So, let me tell you what else is new like our latest collection from our fabric partners at Riley Blake Designs. “Sew Journal” is the name and is currently delivering (or delivered) to shops this week. Of course it is full of the coolest vintage and antique sewing imagery from my own personal ephemera stash. Some of the pieces are quite rare so I am especially glad that we can present this stunning art and can share on fabric and quilts for years to come.

We used three of the Sew Journal panels and several scraps from all three of my ‘Journal’ collections, Art Journal, Journal Basics and Sew Journal to continue on our book making exploration. In addition I have gathered all of the tiny and interesting trinkets that one tends to collect through the course of a creative lifetime. You know the ones I mean, countless items that just don’t seam to go anywhere but you hang onto just in case you need for that special project? Well . . . we have it! And we want to invite you to join me at our first Sew Journal weekend retreat. Here are the details:

October 13 – 16

Quilt Town USA – Hamilton MO

MSQC Retreat registration click here!

See you there and keep following us on Instagram for inspiration and retreat updates.



Fabric Journal, Week 5

Hello once again.

We took some time at the end of summer to do a bit of traveling so, our week five for the fabric journal post was delayed. We also took a couple days for garage and closet cleaning! In addition, the actual execution of this project is somewhat new to me and I am learning what works and what doesn’t. So I’m giving myself plenty of time for my fabric journal style to evolve. There are many techniques to try and experiment with.This is going to be an ongoing, learning process to enjoy.

Now, back to the fun fabric stuff! I have two more fun layouts signatures/pages to share. One I did in the car while riding along on the road trip. We had just received a bundle of Hush Hush II from Riley Blake Designs before we left so I grabbed our Baby Button Dot low volume sample and a bit of inspiration for this one. I stamped some words on linen scraps from Colossians 3 which was my scripture reference for this piece.

I had purchased some craft board paper doll templates some time ago and decided to cut one from Riley Blake natural linen and one out of ordinary batting. Then a dress from our Doll Closet appliqué template and adjusted to the right size. I simply layered in a pleasing layout and began to hand stitch. A perfect project while taking in the sights.

The second group of images were inspired by insects from our upcoming “Art Journal” fabric (above)! We are so eager to introduce this collection (February 2023 delivery) from Riley Blake Designs that we could not resist including a few early samples that were sent for color approval in our finished piece (below).

I asked Kate to design and cut out silhouettes in Riley Blake Black and then highlight with Best of She Who Sews measuring tapes and button dots. Once Kate had the black appliqué pieces cut out we auditioned a few of the Best of She Who Sews fabrics to see what to use for the beetle highlights and butterfly wings. Best of SWSs offers so many great options it’s difficult to choose!

After fabrics were chosen, we prepped our base signature/page fabrics, Again we used RBD Natural Linen layered with Journal Basics Ledger Paper and assembled in place to fuse. I like fusing before sewing down to assure precise placement and this offers more stability to the signature/page. We added a little more stamping and plan to continue with the sew-y theme with vintage buttons and maybe some labels. Plus I have much more sewing details to try/add but see what you think so far! We will have these bug-y appliqué kits in our shop soon.

I’m saving the Baby Button Dots beetle for a small accent pillow! Stay tuned:

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