'Pursonality' on display for a cause

STAFF WRITERMay 25, 2009 

The quilters are at it again.

The members of the Capital Quilters Guild have made Art Bras for breast cancer research and Art Boxers to fight prostate cancer.

Now as the N.C. Quilt Symposium in Raleigh approaches, the guild has a new challenge it is calling "Pursonalities."

Yep, they are making purses from nontraditional purse materials. There's an Obama purse, a UNC championship purse, a purse made from a lampshade and one made from coffee filters.

The fanciful purses serve a greater purpose than amusement: They will be in a silent auction, and the money raised will be donated to Interact in Raleigh, the agency that supports survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.

The symposium will be at Peace College in Raleigh on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can view and bid on the purses all weekend.

And that's not all the quilters are up to. The symposium will also feature a wearable art competition, featuring garments that have quilting and/or embellishments on them. "There are 26 wearable art garments," says Guild member Roberta Morgan. "We have vests, jackets, coats. We wanted to show that quilting isn't just bed quilts."

The clothes will be on display during the quilt show, and there will be a fashion show Friday evening.

One-day admission to the quilt show and vendors' mall is $5; $3 for seniors and free for children under 5.

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In the name of Nancy

Uniquities store manager Jaime Goodson became good friends with Nancy Cooper after Cooper began shopping at the Cameron Village store with her children. Later, Cooper, a Cary mom, was found dead. Her husband has been arrested and charged in her killing.

Goodson went to Uniquities owner Julie Jennings and asked whether the store could do a fundraiser.

So at 6 p.m. June 2, the store is partnering with Moxie Kids for a Mother-Daughter Fashion Show.

The show will feature 10 local mothers and children modeling fashion from the stores to benefit Nancy's Butterfly Fund. That's the fund, managed by Interact, was founded in memory of Cooper. Cooper's sister Christa will be one of the models.

Uniquities and Moxie Kids are donating 10 percent of all sales June 2 to the fund.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, but children 10 and under will be admitted free. You can buy them at Uniquities Cameron Village, 450 Daniels St., or at You can also call Goodson at 832-1234.

More love for moms

Here's another chance to celebrate mom and do some good.

Head to Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday for Mom's Triple Treat Tea: Food, Fashion and Fun, a collaboration between image consultant Mary Michele Little and Carolina Parent. It's a fundraiser for Dress for Success of the Triangle, whose aim is to provide professional attire and support to disadvantaged women.

The event, from 3 to 5 p.m., will feature a make-up refresher, chair and hand massages and spa treatments. There will also be a fashion show with moms modeling; Little will provide commentary with tips to enhance your best assets. There will also be a raffle of items ranging from haircuts to diaper bags. There will also be finger food and a goody bag for each guest with items from Burt's Bees.

Tickets are $25 or 2 for $35; a discounted admission of $4 per person to Marbles will be offered to relatives of attendees.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Robin Hutchinson at 956-2430.

In-house plug!

Maybe you saw Sarah Lindenfeld's makeover in April by Sheon Ladson as part of our monthly feature, Refresh Your Style. Well, here's your chance. We're giving away a makeover for a mom.

The winner will get a whole new style, a $250 gift certificate to Crabtree Valley Mall and a free bra fitting and bra from the expert staff at The Bra Patch in Raleigh. The winner also will be featured in Refresh Your Style in The News & Observer in the coming months.

What do you have to do to win? Answer the following questions by noon, June 8. Please remember that banter back and forth is allowed and encouraged as long as it pertains to the question and subject. Talk about your style, your clothes, what you hate, what you love about your look. The more posts, the more chances you have to win.

The question: Which TV mom best represents your style and why. More details at

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