Saturday, April 15, 2017

Introducing the 2018 Bag Challenge Blog Hop

We are super excited to be sponsoring the 2018 Bag Challenge at the Road to California Quilt Show. This challenge will feature new rules, new winning categories, new awards, and a fun new theme "On the Road."

To see a full introduction to the "On the Road Challenge", please read Road to California's announcement on their blog.

This year, the Road to California team has removed the requirement to use a specific fabric, giving you the option to use everything from quilting cottons to cork to ribbon and beyond! Our blog hop was inspired by this new freedom and our purpose is to use it to introduce readers to new materials, new techniques, and fun ideas.

In addition to great information, there will be a chance to win some fun bag-making supplies at most blog stops. Details for winning each prize will be on each blogger's post. Be sure read the blogs early so that you can win some swag!

To get the prize-giving process started right, readers of this blog have the opportunity to win one of four $20 shopping credits to

To win you must:

Be one of the first four people to comment on this blog stating what type of bag you might enter in the challenge and something special that you might use in the bag. 


Share this blog on your Facebook and ensure that we ( are included as a mention.

Schedule of Blog Posts

April 1, 2017
Announcing the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge
by Road to California

April 15, 2017
Introducing the 2018 Bag Challenge Blog Hop
Prize: Four $20 shopping credits to 

May 1, 2017
2018 On the Road Bag Challenge:  Introducing the Theme & Judging
Prize: Fabric Pack from Windham Fabrics

May 15, 2017
Sewing with Cork Fabric Video Tutorial
by Sew Sweetness


June 5, 2017
What makes a Bag Exterior Compelling?
by StudioKat
Prize: $40 Shopping Spree at

June 15, 2017
First Day to Submit & Full Announcement of Rules
by Road to California

July 1, 2017
Zipper and Pocket Techniques
Two prizes: Zippers by the Yard with Multicolored Pulls (one white, one black)

July 18, 2017
Adapting Patchwork to Patterns
by A Quilting Life
Prize: Creekside Fabric Pack by Sheri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

August 1, 2017
Bag & Wallet Closures - Tips, Tricks and Options
by Emmaline Bags
Prize: Two $40 Gift Certificates for shopping at ($40 Canadian Dollars)

August 15, 2017
Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques
Prizes: Two 1.5" Carrying Strap Kits with Nickel or Antique Brass Hardware ($25 value each)

September 1, 2017
Prize: Designer Ribbon Pack by Tula Pink (Slow & Steady Collection)

September 15, 2017
Finishing With Binding!
Prize: ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool

October 1, 2017
Close of Entry Period Celebration
by Road to California

The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge will open June 15, 2017. That is when the official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form will be available online at Road to California and’s websites.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.


  1. I would make a new knitting bag using some Art Gallery fabrics I just bought locally, and By Annie's "Bon Voyage" pattern. (And Soft & Stable, of course!)

  2. I would make a travel bag to carry retreat items.

  3. The Ultimate Travel bag. I plan on using some iridescent hardware.

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  4. I would make the travel bag. I plan on using some antique finish hardware.

  5. I'd make myself another double zip gear bag because they are PERFECT for car travel using bright pink zips & mesh. In fact the first one I made I have renamed the 'console bag' because it sits perfectly atop the console in my car, so it's perfect for car trips!

  6. I really want to try making a travel bag! I haven't made anything more than a zipper pouch, but I want to conquer my fears!

    1. Forgot to add that I'd likely use some hoarded Alison Glass or Cotton + Steel Honeymoon fabric!

  7. I really want to make an Amy Butler Weekender. On my to do list since forever!


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