Going for the Hoffman gold

“On the Fringe,” a purse made by Sherida Warner of Grand Junction, received a second-place award in the accessories category in the 2013 Hoffman Challenge.

Hoffman’s gold and turquoise fabric with its shiny glitz inspired me to enter the challenge this year for the first time.

I was among the 37 percent of new contestants who did so, and I am delighted to report that I was awarded a second-place ribbon in the accessories category for a purse that I titled “On the Fringe.”

Adapting a design from “Bags With Style” by Stephanie Kimura, I embellished the top of the purse with thick ribbon fringe for a frothy look and attached multicolored stone handles that complemented the fabric colors.

For the body of the purse, I combined eight 2-inch by 17-inch strips of fabric — the challenge piece and its coordinates -— and quilted it by machine with a variegated turquoise Sulky rayon thread in a loose, meandering pattern that would not detract from the beautiful fabric motifs.

After gathering the quilted fabric on two ends, I sewed them to a horizontal fabric piece for the top of the purse, to which I added a magnetic snap closure. I lined the purse with yet another coordinating Hoffman fabric.

The six top winners in accessories were all purses, and I am more than pleased that the judges chose mine as one of them.

In addition to receiving $150 cash and $75 in Sulky products, my purse is now part of a traveling exhibit headed for shows in the Philadelphia area, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Hampton, Va.; Somerset, N.J., and Zanesville, Ohio.

All Hoffman Challenge pieces chosen this year travel to venues throughout the country until October 2014.

You can see them online at hoffmanchallenge.com and, if you want to enter next year, check out the fabric and rules at that site as well.

It’s an honor to be part of the challenge, let alone being recognized with an award. Why not give it a try?


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