I learned to sew when I was a child and have always enjoyed
it! Once I got married and started a career, I didn't have much time
for sewing. In 1998, after my mother's death, I quit work to become a
caregiver for my father. That is when I got into quilting.
I have always loved pocketbooks, as we used to call
them, and so when I saw purse patterns in the sewing/quilt shops, I bought them and
made lots of bags.
My first pattern was named after my grandmother, Grace Smart.
She had a Singer treadle
machine and sewed all of her own clothes. My mother and I made all of my
clothes until I went off to college.
Since my second Smart Handbag is larger than the first, I
have named it after my great-grandmother,
Eliza Jane Smart.
My third Smart Handbag is the smallest one and I have
named it after my mother, whose nickname was Cookie.
My forth Smart Handbag is another small one and I have
named it after my great-aunt, whose nickname was Dolly.
My fifth Smart Handbag goes back to the idea of a base
bag with slip-covers over the bottom. It is named after my cousin
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