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.