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October 2022 Photo Contest Winners

Seven wonderful winners this month, with three great #SewPINK winners. We loved the creativity, quilting, stories and more. We are sure you will find a lot with which you can identify.
April 1, 2024 by
October 2022 Photo Contest Winners
Casey Unrein

We are so excited to announce the winners of October's Photo Contest! To learn more about what it takes to win, be sure to check out our blog on the contest details.

If you'd like to submit to the next monthly photo contest, VISIT THIS PAGE to submit your photos.

Want to see the rules and submission guidelines? VISIT THIS PAGE.

If you want to see all photo submissions, visit our Customer Photo Gallery. You can also search through all of the Winning Submissions here.

Let’s see the winners!

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ByAnnie Top Voted

WINNER: DeAnn L

ABOUT: A simple Bowl Me Over with real style and pop from the quilting.

THEIR STORY: I met Annie at The Road to California quilt show several years ago as I was trying to choose a purse pattern; Annie said this was one of her favorites to make so that’s what I chose. The fabric is quilting cotton, but I love how the denim color goes with just about everything. It went together so nicely and finished with a very professional look.

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "This bag is amazing. I love the denim look and the bag lets the quilting be the star."

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Storyteller Award

WINNER: Preeti H @sewpreetiquilts https://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

ABOUT: An Ultimate Travel Bag became a completed project with a little support from her partner.

THEIR STORY: I like Big Bags that can be used for many different purposes, from cabin baggage to carrying a sewing machine to the Quilting Retreat. The Ultimate Travel Bag fitted the bill. The 15 pages of instructions was intimidating and I was nervous about getting a step wrong or my two pieces not matching exactly. The biggest fear was that the top+bottom strip may not fit exactly with the bag front/back. I did use all my clips and some broke as well. My fellow Island Batik ambassadors had faith and were very supportive. "You can do it, Preeti," Gail wrote.
After two weeks, the bag was done (I was definitely done with it). I placed it on the counter and admired it. The following conversation happened. Paul: Looks fantastic. Me: Um Hmm. Paul: It is finished, right? Me: Mostly Paul: What is the matter? Me: It is ready for pictures. And I have other things to do. I have been working on this for two weeks. Paul: Oh, I know. You did not finish the insides. Me: I am done. Paul: Don't you need to protect the seams. Me: No. That inside binding step is purely cosmetic. Paul: So you have an ugly bag inside. Me: Possibly, but no one needs to know. Paul: You know it. It took me two days (I work full time) to hand bind the insides and my index finger hurt for two days after the bag was completely finished. But I can now proudly share the inside pictures. I love the bag and I am thrilled with the finish. I am traveling this Thanksgiving (to see my MIL) and will take this bag with me, to carry my stuff but more to show it off :-) I am sure she will be proud of my handiwork. In making this bag I learned skills that I can apply elsewhere. In particular, the method of sewing zippers where the zipper tape extends 1/16 of an inch over the fabric. When I turn and stitch it down, the raw edges are neatly enclosed. I love that and I can use that tip to sew any other zippered bag/pouch.

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Quilt Shop Highlight

WINNER: Twisted Sisters Quilting

THEIR STORY: I signed up for a Ultimate Travel Bag 2 class at my local quilt shop "Bobbins and Threads" in Houston, TX. It was a two day class but I was unable to attend the second day. I finally finished it with help from the ladies at the shop. I learned a lot! I had never heard of ByAnnie before the class. I learned how to cut and size the zippers, how to use fold over elastic, how to cover the strapping and apply all the hardware. I am now have an account with you and sell your product in my Online Quilt Shop and display my bag in my booth at Quilt Shows along with ByAnnie products. My Grandmother was a 40 year breast cancer survivor.

She had a radical mastectomy in her 50's. She lived to be 97 and passed away from natural causes. I also have two cousins diagnosed with Breast cancer and both are 10 year + survivors. When I saw the fabric I immediately wanted to make the Ultimate Travel Bag 2 in all their honor. I am hoping to make both of them an Ultimate Travel Bag (now that I can make one on my own)

WHERE IS THEIR SHOP: Online - Cypress, TX

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM ONLINE:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwistedSistersQuilting

Web: https://twistedsistersquilting.com

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Sew Pink

WINNER: Lori P

ABOUT: A Bosom Buddy provides comfort during a difficult time.

THEIR STORY: My cousin found a hard lump on her breast a few months after a normal mammogram. She is in her early 50’s, has two sons in high school and a husband. She was in shock at the news. She is going through chemotherapy every other week. Her struggles are real. Not even half way through treatment she has been hospitalized twice with high fevers and low white blood cell counts. She lost her mother, father and a sister already and the family is scared to death about her future. No one deserves to go through cancer. When her treatment is over, she has to make the hard decision as to what surgery she wants (lumpectomy, mastectomy, or double). I wanted to bring her some comfort by making her a breast cancer awareness polar fleece blanket and the bossom buddy seat belt protector when she has her surgery. Prayers for everyone going through all types of cancer. Thank you Annie for the great idea of this pattern.

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Lee had this to say, "It took me to a very emotional place because my wife's sister is going through the same thing. She just had a complete mastectomy and she's doing ok right now."

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Sew Pink

WINNER: Kathy B

ABOUT: Three sisters walk together each year and this year have the Ultimate Travel Bag with them.

THEIR STORY: "The story is that there are 3 sisters & 15 years ago the middle sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. We would do the Avon breast cancer walks together in her honor. She was treated for her cancer & we assumed she was a survivor only to get the bad news on her mammogram this year that she has breast cancer again in the same breast! We will do the walk this year in San Diego. & I thought we all deserved a new UTB for our sister adventure."

WHAT WE LOVED: Casey shared, "This is such a real story and a nice example of family and the community coming together to support each other."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Stephanie R @stephretz

ABOUT: Catch All Caddy

THEIR STORY: I love organizing things but for me it’s out of sight out of mind. I need to have everything in sight, but I also like things tidy. This type of organizational tote works for me. It has many places to tuck things but all with a tail showing. The center is large enough for big items and the interior gussets are genius. I chose to put the binding on the inside and skip the extra side loops. I think it gives it a modern, tailored look. The hardware is from a bag maker, Tom Bihn. I like these connectors because they are removable. It makes sewing the bag easy, you just add the hardware after. One less thing to worry about. I fussy cut this fabric to use only the teals and gold. It ended up being a bit wasteful, but you know us crafters will find a use for that scrap! The lining is slightly lighter than the exterior trim, it is subtle, but makes a difference. If I were to make this again, I would either align the pattern on the side panels a little better to the front and back, or put solid sides. Can’t wait to tackle the next pattern…

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member David had this to say, "I liked Stephanie's bag and the way she positioned it in different ways to get the best angle."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Jenifer R.

ABOUT: Got Your Back

THEIR STORY: I accidentally came across these clever patterns online a few months ago and have been obsessed with the beautiful creations ever since! I just had to make one of my own. I made a Got Your Back backpack for traveling to make it easier getting through the long walks at the airport. Can't wait to make more bags!

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "This picture perfectly complements the Got Your Back bag."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Nancy P

ABOUT: Night and Day

THEIR STORY: “I fell in love with this pattern when Annie revealed the Night and Day pattern and thought that this purse with tote would be perfect for my trip to Hawaii. Photo was taken on the lanai at our rental on the Big Island."

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "The Night and Day bags are the perfect tropical carry around."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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A special "thank you" to everyone who submitted to this photo contest. We had a wonderful time viewing submissions and reading your stories. We look forward to sharing as many of them as possible on our social media.

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