Fabric Art

Check out the slide show to see my fabric art.

Customized Quillows

All quillows are custom made. It is 45×60 with a matching shoulder strap. When you are going into the game, you can carry binoculars or water in the pocket. When the quillow is open, your feet can stay warm tucked into the pocket. This also makes a great picnic blanket. All quillows are completely washable.

Pillowcase Dresses

Vintage, hand-embroidered, pillowcase made into a dress. The drawstring neckline allows the dress to grow with the child. They can be worn by 2T to teens.

Nap Mat

The 22×50 bed roll is great for daycare or grandma’s house. It has a 1″ piece of washable foam inside one end to lie on and a poly fiberfill pillow on the other end. The 36″x36″ blanket is attached on one side. When not in use, the mat rolls up and buttons closed. The strap makes it easy for little ones to carry.

What else can I create?

Longhorn Etsy Treasury

Today Corky Crafts included one of my stained glass windows in Texas Longhorn Fans Treasury. She does a great job of highlighting Texas shops in these treasuries.

This listing is especially close to my heart. Our family has a long history with THE UNIVERSITY. My dad, known as POP, graduated from UT in 1943. He then left to serve our country in WWII. When he returned, he bought season tickets for the UT football games. I wonder how much they cost at that time. As I was growing up, we spent many weekends, or at least Saturday, in Austin. I did not get to go to many games because I had 2 older brothers. They always got to go to the games if Pop was not taking clients. I don’t think we ever has a real Thanksgiving day celebration until they changed the day of the UT/A&M game. I remember one Thanksgiving we had sandwiches outside Kyle Field in College Station. Pop passed away in 2006. My mother still gets the tickets and we still enjoy those games.

In 1975 my brother, Larry Speck, joined the faculty of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin.

Larry helped to found the Center for American Architecture and Design in the School of Architecture at UT where he was Director from 1982-90. In 1990 Larry became associate dean of the School of Architecture at University of Texas, and in 1992 he became dean. He was in that position for 9 years. Over the last decade Larry has “expanded the range of his teaching in the School of Architecture and has been a potent agent for change in the larger University of Texas community”. In 2008 he received the UT Most Interesting Professor Award. Can you tell I am proud of the influence my brother has had on this great institution? He is also a great guy.

Our connection to UT continues. My son, Barry, and his wife, Emily, both received their master’s degrees in education from UT. Barry Bacom is the Assistant Principal and Director of New Tech High at Akins High School in Austin. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Secondary Education and later from the University of Texas at Austin with an M.Ed. in Educational Administration. Emily earned her master’s in Language and Literacy and also works for Austin ISD as a literacy coach. They are the parents of the next great longhorn, our grandson.

I have created several things to go with this UT Longhorn theme.

Visit MMB Creations on etsy to see it all.

Nap Mat Success

Earlier this school year, my daughter-in-law asked me to make August a nap mat. Since I have no small children at home, I was not familiar with the idea. She sent me a link and I found a nap mat pattern online. When I found this bright dinosaur print flannel, I fell in love. If I make another, I will tweak the design a little. I am not much for following directions. I tend to always have a better plan, just ask my husband. My best better plan was marrying him. My parents said it wouldn’t last. That was 36 years ago.

Here is the 20″x50″ finished product:

There is a 1″ piece of washable foam inside one end and a poly fiberfill pillow on the other end. The pattern called for velcro on the side to remove the foam, but I sewed it up. The foam can be washed and then hung to dry. The 36″x36″ blanket is attached on one side. When not in use, the mat rolls up and buttons closed. I also made a strap that makes it easy for little ones to carry.

We went to see August last weekend. We actually got to take care of him overnight. It was great, but we were tired. August is now 15 months old. When I gave him the mat,

he knew exactly what to do.

He just loved it and so did Emily. I think I have a new item to sell.

I have a friend who suggested making adult mats to take to hotels. What do you think?

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