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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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.