PURSES
The original meaning of the word  “purse ” was, “a bag to hold your prize”.
As a very young girl, I loved carrying purses.
I carried one everywhere I went.
I once carried a pouch with a canteen to church, to the dismay of my older sister.

My mother had a collection of classy purses.
Mom changed her purse to coordinate with every outfit.
It was my job to transfer my mom’s “prizes” into to her purse every night.
I LOVED this job!

When I was teaching, I would have purses or tote bags to match the seasons or the topics I was teaching.
My students would look at my purses and guess at our next unit of study.

I never made my own purses.
One of my daughter-in-laws made me some great purses.
My sister painted some tote bags for me.
Once, my mom beaded an apple-themed purse for the beginning of school.

About two years ago, I started making my own purses and totes.
They are so much fun to make.

Last year, on an outing with my granddaughter and my friend Nancy, my granddaughter chose a pattern for a “Potato Chip” bag.
We found this pattern, by Paula Higgins, at A Quilters Folly in South Austin.

I used Rainbow Pony fabric to make the purse for my granddaughter.
The contents of my six-year-old granddaughter’s purse makes me smile.
So many “prizes”!
One never knows when one will need a slinky…right?

Since I had enough puppy fabric leftover, I made my granddaughter another purse with this pattern.
Every one needs a new purse for back-to-school!
This Potato Chip Bag has two outside and two inside pockets.

   
Now, I need to get to the serious business of binding the Wild About Texas quilt.
I am trying to improve my slip-stitch.
Any advice is welcomed.

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Wildflowers, Willie, and Me

The mailman must have thought I was crazy when he saw me jump up and down, hooting and hollering!
He delivered the package from my friend, Nancy Reynolds.
Check out her Etsy store.
She has some lamps that have lamp shades made with photos of Texas Wildflowers, butterflies, and landscapes.
Absolutely gorgeous lamps!

I now have the final fabric I need to start the Texas Wildflower quilt.
Plus…just look at these beautiful wildflower photos by Richard Reynolds.
The photos give such dimension and detail of the flowers.
The fabric upon which they are printed is so much better than photo fabric I have used in the past.
Now, I need to clean the machine and prepare my room.
I am playing some Willie Nelson to set the proper Texas setting for piecing a Texas quilt!
 _Photos by Richard Reynolds

 Moda Wildflower VIII

Getting Ready

Spring time in Texas is beautiful and inspiring.
The wildflowers are a lovely sight.
I finally got to the Quilt Haus today, and purchased the Moda Wildflower VIII.
Apparently, this fabric is selling off the shelves at the local quilt shops.
Even the online companies have sold most of the stock on this line of fabric.
As I was purchasing the fabric, there was another customer waiting for some of the same bolts of fabric I had on the table.
There are past years of Moda wildflower fabric, and other lines.
However, my opinion is that the Moda VIII is a more natural design.
It gives more of a feel of the wildflower fields gracefully blowing in the wind.
I was not able to find the white background with the multiple colors of wildflowers, since the shop had sold out.
Luckily, my friend, Nancy, bought some for me at A Quilter’s Folly.
Before I start on this quilt, I need to finish some small projects that I started.
I am also waiting to receive the fabric from Nancy, and the wildflower portraits from Richard Reynolds.
Hopefully, I will be able to start on Saturday.

This is quilt I designed on Pattern Jam.
I already changed the fabric choice for the three strip blocks.
There was too much green in this design.

 

A Rainy Memorial Day Project

A week ago, my granddaughter accompanied my friend and me to A Quilter’s Folly in Austin.
It was so delightful to see her excitement about the different fabric colors, design, and texture.
She kept calling, “Look at this one, Grandma!”.
Of course, I had to go look at each one.

This quilt shop displays a lot of examples of totes, stuffed toys, vests, and quilts.
Morgan found a small tote and thought it was cute.
I asked if she wanted me to make it for her, and she said yes.
The pattern is The Potato Chip Bag designed by Paula Hughes.
It is a very easy pattern, and the bag can be made in an afternoon.
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I couldn’t decide between a Wonder Woman fabric
and a Little Pony fabric. I chose Little Pony since
I have already made her a Wonder Woman Pillow tote.
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I bought a 4-pack of fat quarters at Wal-Mart and chose two purple
prints for the lining.
I used a solid purple for the strap.
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I added two decorative buttons on the front flap.
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Back

This bag has a total of 4 pockets.
I shortened the strap to fit a 4 1/2 year old.