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Summer is in full swing and that brings travel, staycations, and trying new things.
The ByAnnie.com team has been all over the world this summer. Mikayla went to Nicaragua, Casey returned to Spain, Kati spent three weeks backpacking through Northern Europe, Rylee visited Illinios, and Annie went to Oregon, Montana, and on a very exotic trip to the Las Vegas area to teach a class (Vegas is all of 1½ hours away).
Maybe we will run into one of you this summer, as there are still many places to see — Gloria is pushing for a trip to Chicago in August. Let us know if you'll be around!
Annie spent two delightful days at Quiltique in the Las Vegas area in late June where she gave a lecture and taught classes for A Place for Everything and Catch All Caddy.
What a treat it was to walk into the store and see their fun chalkboard sign announcing the event!
Even more special was finding samples made by Quiltique staff using our patterns tucked here and there throughout the store.
Read more about Quiltique and check out all the fun pictures of their store in our recent blog post. Watch for more pictures from the class coming soon.
Special thanks to Jan, Bob, Jennifer, Kara, Stori, and all the crew at Quiltique for your support!
Would you like to see Annie or ByAnnie samples in your local quilt shop?
To find Annie's schedule for upcoming classes and get information about our trunk shows, please click the link below.
We recently stumbled upon the sandyquiltz blog in which Sandra Hasenauer reviewed Annie’s first Craftsy Class, Sew Sturdy Travel Organizers.
Sandy admits that she hasn't had a lot of experience in bag making and confesses "I'm not a fan, as I have pointed out on many an occasion, of fiddly bits."
It was especially fun to read how she persevered in the process and ended up being proud of herself and appreciating the process through the class.
You can read about Sandy's journey here:
We love finding designers who are using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable in their projects and have been delighted by the projects posted by Magdalena on her Stoffexperimente blog.
Magdalena is from Germany so most of her posts are written in German, but she recently wrote her first bilingual blog featuring the Caravan Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.
Grab a cold iced tea (or beverage of your choice) and escape the heat to visit Magdalena and check out her lovely bags. Just click on the link below.
Be sure to click on the DIY and Tutorials links, too. Those instructions are in German but the pictures are easy to follow!
To beat the heat and bring some excitement to a staycation — or prepare for a vacation — we bring you the 2nd Annual Summer Challenge from ByAnnie.com.
Annie has designed a brand-new pattern for the challenge. And, until October 1, 2015, you can download the Stash and Dash pattern FREE at our website!
Stash and Dash is a great little fold-over organizer. It's perfect to use as an emergency car kit, a first aid kit, an organizer for supplies (sewing, cosmetics, or office), a quiet book for kids, or a purse organizer — the possibilities are endless! How will you use Stash and Dash?
To make the summer challenge even more fun, we're also hosting a Summer Sew Along. We'll be posting step-by-step instructions and tutorials for the project on our blog. Follow along as we make this fun project — we hope you'll learn a new technique or two along the way!
During this challenge, we are asking you to make a Stash and Dash and take a picture of it in action. Share your photos with us by tagging us on Instagram using #softandstable, #stashanddash, and #patternsbyannie, by posting on our wall on Facebook, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com. Entries must be submitted by Labor Day, September 6, 2015. We will announce the winners on September 15. Click on the link below for full details.
We recently released a new series of tutorials about handbag zippers on our YouTube channel.
Have you ever wondered about what makes a handbag zipper different from a regular zipper? Or about the sizes of zippers we carry?
How to make a new zipper using leftover zipper tape? Or even how make your own zippers of any length and add pulls to our Zippers by the Yard?
These videos will answer all those questions — and more!
Travel in style with this handy Jewelry Travel Wallet!
Covered, divided pockets and a vinyl mesh earring bar enable you to securely pack your favorite jewelry for a weekend away.
Kit contains pattern,
all fabric, mesh,
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, and fusible interfacing
for one wallet.
Great for organizing everything you need for
each of your projects, these handy totes in four sizes
have sturdy quilted bases
and fun fabric details.
Finishing kit contains
all zippers, strapping,
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, and vinyl to make
one Project Bag
of each size.
Carry an iPad or iPad mini, Kindle, or other electronic gadget comfortably with
these stylish clutch cases
made in your favorite
fabrics and colors.
Soft and Stable,
hook and loop fastener.
Get a jump start
on the competition
and save time and money
by ordering this finishing kit for your Stash and Dash
The finishing kit
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable,
mesh, vinyl, strapping,
and hardware for
We hope that you'll participate in our 2nd Annual Summer Challenge and our Summer Sew Along featuring the Stash and Dash pattern.
The Stash and Dash pattern will be available for FREE download through October 1, 2015*. Click on the link below for details.
*After October 1, Stash and Dash will be available as a printed pattern for purchase at our website or your local quilt shop.
To get a jumpstart on the Summer Challenge and Sew Along (or other summer sewing), be sure to check out the finishing kits for Stash and Dash.
Through July 31, 2015, use the code SUMMER at checkout and save a 10% discount on any of the four kits listed as Featured Products in this month's newsletter.
The discount applies to all orders (retail or wholesale) placed before midnight MDT on July 31, 2015.
To receive the discount, you must enter the code SUMMER in the discount code box at check out. Don't forget to click APPLY after entering the code.
Sample Spree: Oct 23, 2015
Market: Oct 24 to 26, 2015
Festival: Oct 29 to Nov 1, 2015
January 18 to 24, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, January 21, 2016 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday, January 22, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, January 22, 2016 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
As always, we'd love to see what you've been doing with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable,
handbag zippers, Texture Magic, or any of our patterns.
Please email us at email@example.com.
Until next time, happy stitching!
Annie and the ByAnnie.com Team