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August 9, 2023 by
Casey Unrein

We are so excited to announce the winners of July'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!


ByAnnie Top Voted

WINNER: Carolyn S

PATTERN: Ultimate Travel Bag

THEIR STORY: “A sample Ultimate Travel Bag was on display in a local quilt shop and immediately I realized the design features and practicality was just what I needed to harness my stuff for my upcoming post-pandemic trips (and to replace a sad and worn case).

Even though I have been sewing since childhood, I learned quite a few tricks along the way and loved using new materials like mesh for pockets and sturdy bag hardware. Looking forward to exploring and relaxing days near and far with a little port and wine tastings along the way."

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Shara had this to say, "Loved that she incorporated her travel supplies with her travel bag."

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on


Storyteller Award


PATTERN: Take a Stand

THEIR STORY: "For the love of second hand shopping For the love of my of hearts For the love of my friend Jill Love. This story started when one day, while second hand shopping in the city of Hamilton, NZ, Jill sat in a cafe for lunch and said her leather bag was too heavy for her shoulder to be walking around second hand shopping all day. As the weeks went by, second hand shopping on the weekend, being almost a habit (or religion) we would get together and Jill would either leave her bag out in the car or Jill would swap out her heavy leather bag, for another tiny red purse.

Jill’s leather hand bag keeps on being used - Jill loves this bag as her daughter bought it for her. The dream bag for Jill got me thinking, it had to be light - and soft and stable gives that in droves! And it had to be practical with a size bigger than a tiny bag to give Jill space for her second hand finds while shopping. Security with a zip on the top and an option for putting the bag cross body, so Jill can shop and carry items about while shopping and not have to be worrying about her purse.

This is where ‘Take a Stand’ came in. I chose the smaller tote size and it still a medium sized handbag. I made it back and white as colour would be an issue - black and white goes with lots of clothes and the wear of black, while second hand shopping makes it and easier colour to get more wear out of, before washing.

I thought - Jill isn’t getting away with me making a bag without it having some of me in it. My favourite shape is hearts and I found a wonderful black and white hearts material that doesn’t scream hearts. Just as well, because Jills last name is also Love. I also snuck in my favourite colour, purple in the netting inside for the pockets.

I have cursed making the bag a bit - I had to undo the zip twice to get the open end right with the tucking under the cut off zip - I have mastered it!! Jill was super excited to receive her band new light weight bag, with plenty of room and zipped up pockets. And the hearts - on point! Plenty of love to go around, Thanks ByAnnie!"

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on


Quilt Shop Highlight

WINNER: The Sewing House

THEIR STORY: "I made this bag for our new Grandbaby Lottie! My daughter and Son in Law  do a fair amount of traveling and I wanted to make a bag that would work as a travelers diaper bag! "


WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on


Instagram: @shopthesewinghouse




Honorable Mention


PATTERN: Ultimate TravelClam Up

THEIR STORY: "The Ultimate Travel Bag was my 4th ByAnnie Bag and most challenging to date. It was my first attempt at using edge to edge quilting (other than a practice piece) on my embroidery machine.

I chose the fabric to reflect my Southwest lifestyle. I was pleased that I had enough fabric left to make these Clam Up bags and even a set of matching coasters."

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "These matching bags are wonderful. I love the colors and the setting for the picture is amazing."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Kristin T

PATTERN: Ultimate Travel Bag

THEIR STORY: "I love making these bags. I have learned a lot about bindings and I love working with soft and stable. I use it whenever I can. These bags make wonderful gifts."

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member had this to say, "This is a great picture. I love the fabric choices!"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Debbie F

PATTERN: Totally Trendy Totes

THEIR STORY: “When your daughter wants a bag to hold her loom, what do you do? Tell her to go ByAnnie’s website and pick out a pattern! This Totally Trendy Tote is the large size. I pieced the fabric on point using her favorite colors. I modified the pattern only slightly by making the top border a little shorter and I did not add a pocket. After all the hard work organizing and piecing the fabric, I could not bear to hide any of this beautiful fabric. Once again ByAnnie delivered."

WHAT WE LOVED: "Our team member David had this to say, "Having a bag to take to the beach is the best! I made me want to go for a swim.""

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


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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