Monday, May 3, 2010

Purse Contest Winners Announced

Crazy Quilting International just announced the winners of their 2010 Annual Purse Competition .....  and for the second year in a row, I won second place!  (Two years ago I won first.  I think it's time to retire from this competition, LOL)!!   

Ah, but you ought to see the winner....... and you WILL.  When the purse pictures are posted to the CQI blog, I'll link you to it.  The winner was Kathy Shaw, and her The Queen's Garden purse was, in a word, STUNNING.  She deserved first place.  

But, since I can't show you her pictures or blog about that, you'll have to settle for second best, hehehe.  Actually, the voting was close - her purse had one more vote than mine.  So, without further ado, let me show you "I Love Paris".

The Poodle Side

This purse was conceived and designed last year when I purchased that vintage trim for $8.00.  That's a view of the back of it - you'll see a nicer view of it when I show you the other side of the purse.   Every inch I bought is on that purse....  And that pink rhinestone heart that's attached to the strap at the upper left.... that was a gift to me from Gerry K when she visited in February.  Little did she know that I'd have a use for it so soon!

It was fun to come up with ideas and motifs for this purse...... and I'm going to show you my design and construction processes in the next few blog entries.  

The Eiffel Side

There's a better view of the trim.  I really tried to make this an over-the-top frou-frou purse.  I had so many ideas that I couldn't include - I really should do a companion piece to include them all!

Ooh la la!!!  

So, stay tuned.  Next post I'll show you how I pieced this, and you'll be able to see the fabrics I selected, the piecing process (lots of curves) and how I researched ideas....

Cathy maroon


Darlene said...

Congratulations on your win. I loved your purse, I think my fav part is the beaded poodle!

Fiesta said...

Cathy congratulations!! It is exquisite.

FredaB said...

Hi Cathy

Your purse is gorgeous. I now need to see what won 1st. place after seeing this masterpiece. I will be following along with you on your fabrics and piecing.

You have been a busy gal and it was so nice that you were able to use gerry's pin on something she can see.

Is it coming to Colorado?



Nicki Lee said...

Congratulations Cathy!!! This was my favorite purse - I love every inch of work you put into it... simply gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Congrats Miss Cathy, I loved your purse the minute I saw it and I knew it was yours. It"s GO-A-JUS!!!
Debbie (Maine)

Heather said...

Cathy... absolutely delicious! I love it! Beautiful colour choices (my fav, of course). Hugs.

Cheryl said...

This purse is exquisite. I love the little touch of whimsy here and there. Congratulations!

Topcho said...

The purse is awesome! I'm just in love with this colour way, and the Paris theme and just everything.

Anonymous said...

Cathy your purse is stunning. You did a fantastic job. I am glad you won 2nd because it is a gorgeous piece of art:):):)

Great job!

Ann Flowers

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Cathy, Your purse was truly gorgeous. I loved it. I especially loved all the Beaded Motifs and all your stitching was fantastic. Congratulation on your win. Hugs Judy

shawkl said...

Oh, my gosh Cathy, I love your purse! I will be following along to see how you created each part. Congrats!!

Plays with Needles said...

Congratulations Cathy! I loved them both but the whimsy and fun of this piece stole my heart -- The bicycle with the flower basket is my absolute fave!

Diane said...

Congratulations Cathy! There's so much to look at, inch by inch, on both sides of your beautiful purse. The poodle is so cute, and you obviously had fun putting together the burlesque dancer. It's a lovely purse and it must have been a memorable trip to Paris!

Irish Kathi said...

Lovely purse, lots to see. Nice work. Congratulations!

Ati. said...

Congratulations Cathy, well deserved prize! The purse is a beauty !!

grbev said...

My hero! Stunning use of color and design, intricate ribbonwork, etc. Can't believe I have been lucky enough to sit in your studio and hold your beautiful work in my hands! You are the bomb!



Gerry said...

Cathy, your purse is stunning! The colors are what jump out at me. What a perfect combination.

Your work on it is just lovely. But that's a given!

I love the shape. It has such a grab and go look to it. And if it's not's just pretty. LOL.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and for your well wishes. XOXOX

Connie said...

Cathy - I knew this one was yours! Yes - I voted for it! Love it. Connie