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October 6, 2023 by
Casey Unrein

We are so excited to announce the winners of September'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: Jenifer R

PATTERN: Round Trip DuffleTravel Essentials, and Call Me

THEIR STORY: “After making numerous bags as Christmas gifts last year, I decided it was time for some of my own. I think the Round Trip Duffel is the perfect size for weekend trips to visit children and grandchildren.

As you can see, I modified some of the pockets to fit my needs. Next was a Travel Essentials bag, which holds all of my toiletries and cosmetics perfectly, and I love the Call Me phone bag, which I use all the time when I don't want to carry a handbag around.

The hummingbird moth was just as mesmerized with my creations as I am! (or maybe it was the flowers?)"

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "This matching set is beautiful. I love the picture with the bags being shown off to their best. Great pictures!!"

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on


Storyteller Award

WINNER: Sylvia C Https://

PATTERN: Hang In There

THEIR STORY: "What do you do when you receive a thoughtful plea from your twin nephews? You immediately start researching and figure out how to solve their problem!

My nephews recently moved into their college dorm room at their dream school (NC State), where they are college freshmen. They both grew up in 4-H and I helped them sew for the annual 4-H fashion revue for about 10 years… usually pajama pants or a vest… something simple but enough to engage them in sewing (see picture of them at a contest wearing PJ pants I helped them sew).

Since they’ve grown up sewing with me, they know I enjoy a fun project and even a challenge so they didn’t hesitate to call on me in their quandary. You see, they opted to bunk their beds to save floor space but then ran into the problem of how to access and charge their phones while in bed. Because I had never heard of this pattern (“Hang in there”), I began my search on Pinterest and online before stumbling on it there.

What was I thinking?? Why didn’t I assume ByAnnie would’ve already thought of this??! The pattern was perfect for their needs except for how to attach it. It calls for a tuck strip beneath the mattress which wouldn’t work in their case, so instead, I opted to sew horizontal strips of sturdy hook & loop tape to the back for attachment on the bed rail. I also relocated the side tabs a little lower. The well written instructions and supplemental videos made construction very easy and fast!

Of course I stuffed them with their favorite candy, mints, chapstick, notepad, and pen before sending them to the university with them. Within hours, they had texted me pictures of how they look attached to their bed rails. They’re pleased with the results and I’m thrilled to have been able to make a small difference in their lives as they continue to grow into young men our family is so proud of.

Once again, they’ve been fooled into believing Aunt Syl can do anything…. Thanks, ByAnnie, for helping me to keep my reputation unblemished!"

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Maureen P

PATTERN: Piecekeeper

THEIR STORY: "I found the Piecekeeper project in the All New England Shop Hop magazine and decided it was perfect to keep my magazine/passport, maps, shopping list, and fabric swatches all in one place for the shop hop.

I like the wider tape zipper, this certainly makes it easier to sew, but the binding gave me fits! I usually make binding 2.75" wide rather than 2.25. I made it work, but it took a couple tries. (I need to work on an accurate 1/4" seam.) I added a pocket (6 inches high) because who doesn't like more pockets? "

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Nolan had this to say, "The fabric was pretty sweet on this one. I didn't read it at all, but the fabric was cool. Would've been cooler if it was a Go Bag. They could've called it the "Gough Go Bag"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Theresa L

PATTERN: Room With A View

THEIR STORY: "My grandson, soon to be 7 years old has played soccer since he has been 3. He loves the sport and anything to do with soccer. So of course Nana had to use soccer print fabric for Room With a View so he can store his soccer supplies or even toys in it. I know this will be a great birthday present and he will be so excited. His comment to me when I ask about practice or games “ Oh Nana, you know me and soccer!”

This pattern was a joy to use. Concise directions. Easy to follow. And the add on video answered any question I had. I will be continuing my adventure with Patterns by Annie and see what I create."

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member David had this to say, "Theresa L pictures made me want to play soccer. She had Room with A View perfectly place to kick the ball and score a goal. GOOOOOOOOAALLLLLL!!!!!"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Karen F @kfitzy5

PATTERN: Everyday Tote

THEIR STORY: "I learned so much making this Lynn Wilson Every Day Tote. I learned literally everything. It's actually my very first quilted with piecing type project!!! It's my very first bag too! I didn't even know about 2.5 Jellyrolls and cut all this fabric from yardage.

I made this tote in honor of my Angel Mom Lillian who died in the hospital during the strict Covid lockdown. Even though this project was a challenge for me I felt my Mom's presence through it. I chose this project and fabric in honor of her. She truly was an Earth Angel and if she were alive I would give her the tote but I wear it in her honor. "

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Shara had this to say, "Touching story. I also liked the cute dog in her pic."

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on


Honorable Mention

WINNER: Laura B @thenestingbirdie

PATTERN: Changing Station

THEIR STORY: “I was commissioned to make a baby quilt and had a bunch of leftover fabric. Since the recipient happens to be the younger sister of my brother’s best friend I knew I wanted to make her something special.

Then I remembered I had the Changing Station pattern! What a fantastic and useful bag! It came together very easily and the friend who purchased the quilt from me wants one and so do I! This is the perfect baby shower gift."

WHAT WE LOVED: Annie had this to say, "The Changing Station that Laura made is fabulous and her photos are just perfect. What a great baby shower gift. That's my go-to shower gift as well. So useful!"

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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