Monday, May 1, 2017

R2CA Blog Hop Theme and Judging

Today begins a bi-monthly meander around the web visiting some amazing quilters and sewists in the handbag-makers world.  The trip is inspired by the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge and we’ve asked each to share some of their favorite tips for bag making and embellishment with us. We hope these tips expand your bag making skills and offer new creative insights.

At various stops along the way, you’ll have the chance to win some fun bag-making supplies, from stabilizers and fabrics to bag hardware and zippers. All you have to do is follow the instructions of each participating blogger for your chance to win.

For your chance to win a prize in this blog, please see the instructions at the bottom.

Thanks for playing along and for joining us on this journey.
ByAnnie.com patterns (left to right): Carry On! Travel Bag, Bowl Me Over, Every Day Every Way, Bowl Me Over, Ultimate Travel Bag
Contest entrants are competing for $1200 in cash prizes and merchandise. As part of these awards, ByAnnie.com will be providing a $200 Gift Certificate to the person who, in the opinion of the three judges, best interprets the theme of the " On the Road" contest.

How will you interpret that theme? Will you make a big travel bag for carrying everything you need for a weekend away? Maybe you’d prefer to make a garment bag with lots of pockets for all your accessories?

Will you use fabrics depicting sights and sounds seen when you are “On the Road”?

How about an organizer to put on the car seat to hold all your toddler’s toys and snacks?  If you’re a parent to a small one, your idea of “On the Road” might be pushing a baby in a stroller through the park or zoo.
ByAnnie.com Patterns: Ultimate Travel Bag, Going Place Garment Bag, Road Trip, Backseat Babysitter
However you choose to interpret the theme, we look forward to seeing your creations!

Today also begins your creative process in the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge. We hope this post will inspire you to plan the process of making an amazing bag. Will your bag be the winning entry in 2018?

To start the process, let's talk about creativity itself. 

Many major thinkers of today agree that there are four major stages in the creative process: preparation, incubation, insight, and evaluation.(Source) For the purposes of this post we are going to also include a fifth stage: elaboration. (Source)  Let's delve into these now!




The Creative Process

Preparation:
Creative ideas and even ideas themselves don't appear out of thin air. Quite the contrary! 

Great ideas build on relationships that the creator recognizes in the world and then rearranges to make something new. 

Along the course of this blog tour, you will see lots of fun ideas:

May 15: Sew Sweetness will use an innovative new material. 
June 5: StudioKat will share ideas on great bag exteriors. 
July 1: ByAnnie.com will show a variety of ways to use zippers. 
July 15: A Quilting Life will adapt patterns to include patchwork pieces. 
August 1: Emmaline Bags will put bag hardware on full display. 
August 15: ByAnnie.com will go through creating handles and straps.
September 1: Renaissance Ribbons will create texture and color with ribbon.
And finally, ByAnnie.com will close with a must-see binding tutorial.

Don't forget to visit your local quilt shop or hunt through your stash along the way to make sure you have your color and pattern library in mind, too!

Use all these resources to come up with new ideas and innovate on the bag you are making. Your final project will be stunning and unique to you!
ByAnnie.com Pattern: Netbook Computer Carriers




ByAnnie.com Patterns: Bon Voyage, Get Out of Town, and Fetch Your Sketch
Incubation:
Okay, so you have done your reading, looking, thinking, and organizing. Now just enjoy the spring/summer (fall/winter in the southern hemisphere).

Get out there and look at nature. Take a bath. Have a nice dinner. Go for a drive or take a trip. Get on the road. You'll find more inspiration out there and you'll discover needs you didn't think about at first.



Insight:
Boom! You've hit on it and you know what you're going to do. This may happen while sitting in early morning traffic, strolling through a park, changing a baby's diaper, or just as you lay down for the night. It might also happen while you are halfway through with your first idea and now you have two projects to create. No worries. You hit on it! You know what to do. So get to it!

Side note: If insight does come to you while taking a bath, you are among good company.
ByAnnie.com Pattern: Changing Station
   



ByAnnie.com Pattern: Got Your Back

Verification:
Yeah, we know. It actually isn't that simple. So you have a great idea for a bag that looks like an ostrich and can walk by itself. It would be a great companion on your upcoming trip, but just how do you attach those feathers... let alone make it walk? Time to start the creative process once again.

During evaluation, it might also be helpful to know the criteria that the judges will use. This can help you focus your ideas on a category you might want to win and help you keep in mind some of the qualities we have identified as important. Don't let this criteria rule your creative process, as the ultimate goal should be making a bag YOU are proud of, not one that meets a criteria. Still, it may prove helpful in focusing your ideas.

"On the Road": the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge Judging Rubric -- click here.




Elaboration:
Finally, you come to hard core elaboration. We add this step because at the end of the day we are truly making something. We aren't just coming up with ideas, but instead turning that idea into a physical reality. Get to your sewing room. Cut that cloth, sew those pieces, prick your fingers, and pick those stitches.

Then sometime between June 15 and October 1, 2017, submit your images to the Road to California Bag Challenge committee and prepare for a wonderful show!

Free Tutorial: Make a Fetch Your Sketch Eraser




PBS Video on Creativity: https://youtu.be/weIQIthC3Ks
Delve deeper into creativity:
We loved researching this post and thought that the following video was educational.

Check it out from PBS.

PBS Video on Creativity: https://youtu.be/weIQIthC3Ks




Win A Fun Fabric Pack!
Share your thoughts on how you approach the creative process by commenting below.
We'll pick our two favorite comments
and award the writers with a fun prize!

Fat Quarter Fabric Pack
Girls Night Out*
by Terri Degenkolb
from Windham Fabrics

*This fabric won't be in stores until July, 2017, but Windham Fabrics graciously provided two Fat Quarter packs for prizes. We've loved making samples for Market using this line and know you'll enjoy playing with it, too!

Winners will be picked on May 15, 2017, from comments posted through May 14, 2017, and will be notified by email. Be sure your comment or blogger profile includes a valid email address.

Girls Night Out by Terri Degenkolb - Windham Fabrics




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 ByAnnie.com’s websites.


This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

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.

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 ByAnnie.com.

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. 

--AND--

Share this blog on your Facebook and ensure that we (ByAnnie.com) 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
by ByAnnie.com
Prize: Four $20 shopping credits to ByAnnie.com 



May 1, 2017
2018 On the Road Bag Challenge:  Introducing the Theme & Judging
by ByAnnie.com
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 www.studiokatdesigns.com.



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



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



July 15, 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 Emmalinebags.com ($40 Canadian Dollars)



August 15, 2017
Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques
by ByAnnie.com
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!
by ByAnnie.com
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 ByAnnie.com’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.