July 2013 Handbag of the Month Contest

Congratulations to Norma Horrell of Roseville, CA

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She’s the winner of our “June 2013 Handbag of the Month” contest!
Her bold appliqued Quattro was a come from behind winner in the last days of the month. She wins a $25 virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website.

Honorable mention goes to Ann Michel of Winston-Salem, NC.  If you voted for her flower & lace Quattro, then you’ll get another chance to vote for it in December when we hold our annual “Battle of the 2nds” contest.) Just like the rest of our non-winners, Ann will receive a 20% discount coupon good toward the SKD products of her choice!

And this month…

We’re going to introduce you to our entries a little differently! We’re thinking that it might be fun to give you a little background information about each entry and if we have additional shots, we’ll share those with you as well!

AND remember! If you’d like a closer look at any particular picture, just click on it to see a larger view!

So….Are ready to be inspired?
OK- Start Scrolling!

the Baggalista- front view
the Baggalista- front view

the back view
the back view

hidden pocket under the front flap
hidden pocket under the front flap

The Baggalista above was created by Marilyn Robertshaw of Erie, PA. I really love the flower that Marilyn appliqued and embroidered onto the front flap! It’s from Lynn Majidimehr’s book, Flower Show Quilts and you can see how Lynn used it in one her quilts in this Gallery shot.

The Quattro- front view
The Quattro- front view

The Quattro- back view
The Quattro- back view

closeup of pouch embroidery
closeup of pouch embroidery

Mary Dinkel of Scottsdale, AZ created this “fleet-footed” Quattro in red & black especially for her sister who loves traveling to Mexico. Mary’s been dabbling a bit in digitizing her embroidery designs and added a little flower to the front pouch (above the running shoes). You might recognize it as being just like the flowers in the red print fabric! This looks like such a fun bag to carry and I bet her sister was thrilled to get it!

An Uptown Saddlebag by Sue Hobert
An Uptown Saddlebag by Sue Hobert

a back view
a back view

This delightfully feminine Uptown Saddlebag was created by Sue Hobert of Castleton on Hudson, NY. She embroidered the denim fabric with birds and roses and added braided strap by covering leftover cording from her DittyRoo Bag. Great job Sue!

A Quattro created by Lois Madorie
A Quattro created by Lois Madorie

back view of the Quattro
back view of the Quattro

a view of the Quattro's zippered closure
a view of the Quattro’s zippered closure

And if you’re a dog-lover, then you’ll be crazy about this Poodle Quattro submitted by Lois Madorie of Muncy, PA. Lois chose the Quattro bag specifically because it’s such a terrific palette for embroidery. If you ‘ll notice, there’s even paw prints on the complimentary white  and black fabrics and what’s even BETTER is that Lois added a pink faux pearl collar with a rhinestone heart to “dress up” her lady poodle. I’ll just bet Lois turns heads everywhere she goes!

A Quattro by Mary Dinkel
A Quattro by Mary Dinkel

Here’s another Quattro by Mary Dinkel of Scottsdale, AZ. She made this one as a birthday gift for her friend Connie who pretty much always wears black and white. I love the pop of red and the initials on the pouch are a perfect accent.

a Guardian by Caru Walker
a Guardian by Cary Walker

And here’s a patriotic Guardian created by Cary Walker of Fort Worth, TX. The fabric she chose is part of the Moda fabrics line and is appropriately named “King of the Ranch”. Cary said that it was her husband’s idea to put the leather zipper pulls on the zippers and I gotta admit, it’s a nice touch!  Great job Cary!

A Quattro by Marcia Dumas
A Quattro by Marcia Dumas

back view of Quattro
back view of Quattro

This “Mardi Gras Ball” Quattro was lovingly created by Marcia Dumas of Pensacola, FL. For 20 years she and her husband attended a Mardi Gras Ball in Mobile,  AL so when Marcia came across our Quattro pattern, she knew it was perfect displaying all the fun and frivolity of the Ball. The masquerade lady on the front represents MANY years of making costumes for herself and others!

A Gadabout by Mary Anne R
A Gadabout by Mary Anne R

back view of Gadabout
back view of Gadabout

And Mary Anne R of Ontario, Canada says she had SO much fun creating this Gadabout.  Crazy quilting is her passion and all of these fabrics came from her stash. (I LOVE the little black & white cat on the back of the bag, which evidently used to be an earring.) The lining is leftover from making recycled denim jackets and even the zippers were cut down from leftovers in her stash. The only thing she bought was the magnetic snap.

a Baggalista by Mandy Lapsley
a Baggalista by Mandy Lapsley

back view of Baggalista with zippered pockets open
back view of Baggalista with zippered pockets open

hidden pocket under front flap
hidden pocket under front flap

Mandy Lapsley of Upper Hutt, New Zealand also fashioned this Baggalista all from leftovers in her stash! I LOVE all the cat fabrics she used. Even the black background fabric has grey cats on it, and the pop of orange in the lining gives this bag such a happy feel!

another Quattro by Mary Dinkel
another Quattro by Mary Dinkel

Back view
Back view

And rounding up our entries for this month is yet one more Quattro by Mary Dinkel, (who is on her way to becoming the QUEEN of the Quattros!) She made this bag out of green linen and you guessed it, she made it for yet another friend. I sure do hope that somewhere along the way, Mary has kept a Quattro for herself!  🙂

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So… there you have it!

The entries are extra wonderful this month, no?
and choosing is gonna be tough, but you can only vote for ONE bag!

Are you ready to cast a vote for YOUR favorite now?

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4 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I don’t usually vote but this month had one I particularly liked. Obviously I appear to be in the minority. They are all lovely, but this one just spoke to me. Thanks for the inspiration! It’s fun to see the thoughts of others.

    • Ahhh… the month is young, and sometimes the winner is not determined until the very last day! Stay tuned!
      🙂

  2. Just to note: Marcia Dumas – Mardi Gras Quattro (photo missing) on the poll list.