Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay are the authors of the new book On the Go Bags – 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today’s Modern Designers (Stash Books).

Lindsay Conner is a writer, editor and quilter living in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, their baby boy and two lovable cats. She is the author of Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends, and her designs have appeared in many books and magazines. When she’s not sewing, Lindsay keeps busy as an ambassador for Baby Lock sewing machines, a writer for the Craftsy quilting blog, and a pattern designer for Pellon and several fabric companies. She blogs at Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds.

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags designs her own line of metal bag hardware and sewing patterns. She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada, where she can often be found in a local ice hockey arena sitting with her husband and two adult daughters, screaming, “Shoot!” at her 10 year old son. The majority of Janelle’s day is spent filling bag bling orders, sewing bag prototypes for patterns, shoveling snow and dreaming of warm places. You can find Janelle’s one-of-a-kind bag hardware designs and sewing patterns at Emmaline Bags.

Book contributor Mary Jaracz lives in the Midwest with her awesome husband, Kyle, and their two fun and crazy little boys. They’re slowly updating and renovating their historic home built in the late 1800s. Their boys work hard at destroying the house faster than it can be repaired. Mary was a full-time graphic designer who switched to freelance graphic design work after becoming a stay-at-home mom. She first learned to sew as a child on her mom’s sewing machine.

After college she started sewing again and hasn’t stopped since! Mary blogs about tutorials, contests, and other sewing and crafting-related fun at Craft Buds and is a contributor the new On the Go Bags – 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today’s Modern Designers.

Check back soon for a free bonus project from Mary and a giveaway!