July 2018 Photo Contest Winners

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July 2018 Photo Contest Winners

One of our favorite things at ByAnnie is getting to see all the beautiful things our customers make using our patterns and products.  We also really love hearing your stories, opinions, and feedback. To build up the community and encourage more people to share, we have set up a monthly photo contest so you can have a chance to win prizes for all your hard work and creativity!

Our first month was a huge success. We received over 200 photos of absolutely amazing projects! It was hard to narrow it down, but the winners below were chosen because the quality of their photographs really let their projects shine.

For the photo contest we are looking for clear, large-sized images. We like to see projects that are well lit and centered nicely in the frame. If possible, we also enjoy seeing multiple angles of a project, or images where we can see how the project will be used. Last, but not least, great photos should also have a clean and clutter-free background. For more tips on how to take great photos, read our blog titled How To Photograph Your Project.

Do you think you have a winning photo? Click the button below for rules and submission guidelines. You could be the next winner of a $50 Grand Prize coupon to be used at ByAnnie.com USA!

We'd like to congratulate all the winners below! We hope you enjoy reading a bit about their projects. For additional pictures and full stories, be sure to check out our WINNER'S GALLERY!


Grand Prize Winner

Maker: Ashley B.

Pattern: Ruler Wrap

Fabric: The main fabric is Wild Nectar (Floral Cosmo Field-Dark Blue) for Moda, straps and binding is Painters Canvas-Tangerine from Michael Miller, and the inside is Large Hashtag-Yellow by Riley Blake.

Story:  Ashley is a police officer who stumbled across a local quilting ministry about a year and a half ago. This group took her in with no previous sewing experience. They picked an easy quilt for her to start with and she was hooked!

Other than making quilts, Ashley had zero experience sewing bags.  The Ruler Wrap is an ambitious project, even for more experienced sewists. But, she heard about a Ruler Wrap class being taught at her local quilt shop and decided to give it a chance.

She said, "The ruler Wrap pattern seemed overwhelming at first.  Then, I noticed that Annie provides Add-on tutorial videos with the pattern to explain the more difficult steps."  She went on to say, "the more steps I completed, the better I got at new techniques such as using a machine for binding. The more work I put into the project, the more confident I became and the easier the steps seemed to be." She was able to finish her project before the last day of the three day class. 

Ashley concluded by saying, "I am quite pleased with my finished organizer and am impressed with how much I improved from the first steps to the last steps. I learned how to sew zippers, stabilizing straps, add pockets and personal touches...and have now also learned how to use a stiletto. With the experience I gained during this project, I feel much more confident trying other projects!"

Great job, Ashley! We can't wait to see what else you make.

Runner Up

Maker: Chris M., Sample Maker for Quiltique, a quilt shop located in Henderson, Nevada

Pattern: Round Trip Duffle

Fabric: Esoterra by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics and touches of Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda

Story: Chris told us, "The instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. From start to finish they were methodical and organized. There were easy to follow videos, and resources were provided for it to go together with ease."

Find Quiltique on Instagram: @quiltique #quiltique
or on Facebook


Runner Up

Maker: Anna S.

Pattern: Oriole Bag from Sew Sweetness

Fabric: Chipper by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics; ByAnnie's Soft and Stable

Story: Anna said, "I just recently got into using Soft and Stable and it is great how it gives such a professional touch to my handmade bags. The tips for attaching the fabric pattern pieces to Soft and Stable first were very valuable. Definitely not the last time that I will use it for my projects!"

Anna did a great job with her bag. We bet she gets a lot of compliments!

Runner Up

Maker: Rebecca P. 

Pattern: This is Rebecca's own Ukulele Gig Bag design, using ByAnnie's Soft & Stable.

Fabric: Various fabrics from her stash.   

Story: Rebecca says, "Aloha! The cases that I make always get a lot of attention, which I appreciate."

It's always exciting to see people making their own bags and designs. It's also a lot of fun seeing our Soft and Stable being used in new and creative ways. Great work, Rebecca! 

Runner Up

Maker: Vickie Y.

Pattern: Ultimate Travel Bag

Fabric: Vickie used a Cotton Batik fabric from the Island of Oahu that she says was so much fun to go purchase  

Story: Vickie has created a number of Ultimate Travel Bags for friends and family members, but kept this one for herself.

She said, "The directions were excellent so I was able to tackle all of the steps without any questions." Vickie went on to tell us that before this project she hadn't worked too much with mesh, but concluded, "learning how to put a zipper and binding on the mesh was wonderful and will help me with many more projects in the future."

The bag looks wonderful, Vickie, and we hope you get to take it with you on a lot of great vacations!

Runner Up

Maker: Sherry S.

Pattern: Ultimate Travel Bag

Fabric: Midwest Modern by Amy Butler for Free Spirit

Story: Sherry told us, "I loved the way this bag looks. People have assumed it was a Vera Bradley Bag."

She also mentioned, "Annie’s Craftsy videos are great to follow while you are making the bag. She goes step by step and it was very helpful."

Sherry did a great job making her bag, and we're pleased to hear she gets such a nice response from people who see it!

If you'd like to make a bag like this, be sure to check out Annie's Craftsy class for the videos Sherry is talking about. Click HERE for more details!

Take part in this great community!

Thanks again to all who participated in July's Photo Contest. But, don't forget...the fun's not over! This is a MONTHLY Photo Contest, so be sure to submit photos of your projects for a chance to win! (For Rules and Submission Guidelines click HERE).

To see additional pictures and full stories from July's winners above, click HERE.

To see all of the other fantastic project pictures that were submitted, be sure to check out our Photo Gallery! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@patternsbyannie) for more great and inspirational projects, and let us know in the comments what you're working on!

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