Needles and a Pen » Knitting, Sewing, and Nursing School

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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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back to paris

My dad turned 50 last week!  He was a big fan of my first eiffel tower free motion stitching embroidery, and my parents have a Paris themed bedroom, so I knew that the eiffel tower would be a perfect fit.  Their bedroom is brown and blue/aqua, so a little linen and a smattering of aqua prints for a patchwork sky hopefully fit perfectly!

I thought the eiffel tower needed a companion pillow to set it off.  I’ve been hoarding the ooh la la fabric for my parents for months and months, so it was nice to finally chop into it!

For the backs, I used pieces with the selvedge attached–I saw that technique on flickr and think it looks really fun.

(PS–I just remembered about the Blogger’s Pillow Party and will enter the Eiffel Tower into the contest.  Wish I’d remember about the contest and snapped a better photo before mailing the pillow off!)  🙂


Liz - This is adorable! I love the “sky” and the little doggy next to the tower is too cute!

Katie - Such a cute pillow! I love all things Eiffel and you did a great job stitching it!

Heather@junevintage - I am totally amazed by your free motion embroidery talent! (and there is a pillow contest going on on Sew Mama Sew, too!) I think your pictures are always good 🙂

Rachel at Stitched in Color - so cool! You are so talented. I’m sure they’re going to be THRILLED.

Annee - I LOVE this! Reminds me of the Sherbet Pips mini quilt wall hanging I made not that long ago. I’m crazy about your selection of fabrics too. So great. Thanks for sharing. I feel inspired!!

Teje - Hello! Your pillow with Eiffel tower is really beautiful! I love the colours and the simple way you have made it so ‘rich’!
Sunny wishes from Crete!

Jennifer - I think it’s beautiful! You are so talented with your freehand stitching! Wow!

Angela - What a beautiful pillow.

wendy - Wow, this is just fabulous! The stitching is so perfect and the coloured patches are delicious!

karenkay - Super cute pillows!

Dolores - Hi Traci

I just saw the winner announcement and I’m so sorry you didn’t win, your pillow is my favourite in the shortlist. I really think you should’ve won because your pillow is so original. I’m gonna go check out the rest of your blog now and see if I can find out more about your free motion quilting.

PS Thinking about entering the competition at some stage

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