Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A Tribute To My Mom

I guess it's about time to create myself on the internet since I've done it many times in real life. With this first post, I will let you know that I CRAFT. So here goes. In this, my first post, I'd like to share a purse I made using the crazy quilting technique.

Although I've seen many sites that show fabulous samples of this kind of work, I was most TOTALLY inspired by a quilt project done for the Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, Texas. It's my understanding that it hangs on a wall in the center. See it here These inspirational ladies have gone on to create what they call "Art Bras". Check out this organization, A Way to Women's Wellness, at

My first attempt was not as professional as theirs, but very much in keeping with their focus. My mother died of breast cancer in 1963 when she was 32 years old. I call my purse "A Tribute To My Mom".

The central photo of this bag is her at about age four. It incorporates various fabrics including a Betty Boop fabric. I've used some antique buttons, several embroidery techniques, and an assortment of beading. It's fully lined.

Betty Boop and the quilted heart in this photo are pockets. I didn't put pockets on the inside, but now wish I had. I've added inside pockets on several I have made since this one and everyone is very happy with them.

I carry the purse everywhere and have had loads of compliments on it. To this point, I've only given purses to my family. Since I've been asked so many times if I sell them, I'm in the process of setting up an Etsy shop. Watch for a link to it in the near future.

Since I can't res
ist adding something sunny, I'll leave you with an Irish blessing

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire


Little Pink Purses said...

Oh, mom, this is great!! I love what you've done here, and yes - the purse is fabulous and deserves tons of praise. I'm so glad you have a blog now! :) Love you, Tina

jinksy said...

Having just found your Treasured Paths, I've been walking them backwards, as you might say, to this first post. I identify fully with the crafter in you - after five years at art college , how could I not? Great fabric collages in your creations, and rocks that call my fingers to touch, if only they were near enough - rock on Queen of the Lake.