So what if I’m a Hamm and cheese on rye? I gots to do my thing and that’s no lie

This tote was made for a USAF NCO wife. She wanted something bright to contrast with the subdued colors of her husband’s ABUs.


Between the Alexander Henry home dec fabric used as the interior lining and the Hoffman cotton used on the exterior sides, it should be vibrant enough! The interior pockets are actually double pockets. The side one has the dual pen holder from the uniform sleeve as well as a larger pocket that can hold a cell phone. The rank that was on the uniform sleeves was sewn to each of the narrow sides of the bag.



The interior pockets are actually double pockets. The side one has the dual pen holder from the uniform sleeve as well as a larger pocket that can hold a cell phone. The pocket on the wide side is made from two uniform flap pockets which then create a third pocket.

Poppy Pocketbook for a Marine Mom

From the halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli…
This is a new design called the Poppy.  It is a rounded purse with a shorter strap.  This Poppy was commissioned by a very proud mom of a new Marine.  She liked bright peacock colors for the coordinating fabric.  The side with the US Marine tape actually has the marine emblem embroidered on the pocket.   The pockets were sewn on the diagonal on the uniform but straight on the Poppy so the symbol is now tilted.
The other side of course was appliqued with the surname nametape.
The Poppy shape was a challenge and it definitely made me think outside of the box.  I like to push the boundaries so I am glad I had the opportunity to do so.

Semper Paratus

This combined set of the Parsley, Wasabi, and Chive was custom-made for a US Coast Guard wife.  The client wanted a nautical theme for her items so a sailboat fabric was incorporated as the primary coordinate.  One side panel of her Parsley was customized with her initials in signal flags.  The Wasabi had a Reef Knot appliqued to the outside of the wallet

Basil Backpack III

MBaird Punishment 006 2

This Basil Backpack was made for the client’s son.  Her little guy loves sneakers and sports so the coordinating  fabric choice was easy.   The Basil is made from bottom of the uniform leg.

BDUs had a drawstring built right into the hem of the pants so that the leg would remain bloused when tucked in the boot.  A Basil is an upside down section of the leg so that the cuff of the pants is now the top of the backpack. The ACU pants that the client gave me does not have that drawstring .  So sticking with the military theme,  I used 550 cord instead.

The girl who is modeling the backpack is an average-sized 5 1/2 year old. Hopefully that gives a good idea of how this would fit on your little one.

Wasabi III, IV

The Wasabis were made for a mother and teenage daughter.  Mom is active-duty and wanted her wallet to match her muted-tone Parsley.   The wallet was able to include the pleat work that is located on the side of the uniform. Daughter is a teenager and likes vibrant purples and pinks.





  Wasabi 2aWasabi 2b

Parsley III

This Parsley was not made for a military spouse but rather for a female servicemember. Because she wanted to use her Parsley Purse and matching Wasabi Wallet while in uniform, the coordinating fabrics had to be the color of the ACUs. After much auditioning of grey-green, taupes, and tan fabric against the ACUs, a selection of these muted colors was finalized.

Parsleys are made from the uniform shirt. Most Parsleys have exterior pockets since those were the breast pockets on the shirt. This Parsley was made from a maternity ACU which does not have pockets on the top. It does have patch pockets on the bottom of the shirt which I used in the interior of the bag. A mini-pocket was added to hold a cellphone or IPod.


Chive I and II

The Chive is a fully-lined zippered change purse that is made from the uniform cuff and sleeve end. It can easily hold coins, lip gloss, and calling cards. These two Chives match the Parsleys and Wasabis posted on Rosemary Remembers in July. I had lost these Chive pictures in the depths of my computer but my friendly resident computer expert was able to unearth them. Thanks kiddo! 🙂

Thyme 1

I’m a decent needleworker but only a so-so-at-best computer geek. My fellow Tartans would be appalled as our school is fairly well known in the computer world. In fact, I just recently discovered that it was at Carnegie Mellon where the sideways smiley 🙂 evolved. This was back in the days when we had bboards and computer labs instead of PCs or gigantic mainframes with cards. In any case, I am not so great at formatting these posts but I will keep plugging along and hopefully I will get better. Thyme marches on….
The Thyme is a tote bag that uses both the back and front of the uniform. This Thyme was made for a Coast Guard wife who incorporated the colors of her sorority by selecting two shades of blue (and yellow) for her coordinating fabric. With the additional yellows and the blues, this color choice would be ideal not only for sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma but also members of Alpha Xi Delta or Sigma Gamma Rhos. The recipient opted for an exterior side pocket so she could put a water bottle in it.

BDU shirts have 4 patch pockets with flap closures. My designs always use the two breast pockets on the exteriors of the Thyme, Marjoram and Pansy and I use the lower pockets in the interior of the bag. Since the Coast Guard utility uniform only has 2 pockets instead of 4 like the DOD service uniforms, I made interior pockets from the patches on the arms which I am assuming are there for reinforcement. 

Basil I and II

The Basil is a kid-sized backpack made from the combat uniform.  The straps can be made from the waistband as it is depicted in the Bug version or from a thin strip of uniform fabric backed and quilted with the coordinating fabric as is shown in the Frog version.

Intro, which means I start it. In other words, herbs departed.

I am a quilter, fiber artist, textile architect.  I specialize in incorporating your favorite textiles into useful art whether it is a uniform redesigned into a purse or your favorite shirts recycled into a quilt.  I also depict homes in pictoral quilts.

Why the name Rosemary Remembers?  Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a symbol of remembrance.  Ingesting it is supposed to help one’s memory.  Visual stimuli can also trigger memories.  T-shirt quilts are great for young adults who live away from home for the first time. A college student wouldn’t be seen in a high school activity shirt on the university campus but that same shirt incorporated into a quilt is suddenly acceptable.  For military family members whose spouses are deployed afar, a bag made from the servicemember’s uniform is a visible reminder of the sacrifices they are making.