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    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 .

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Category Archives: bags

the joy of quilting

I love to sew.  I’m so grateful to modern quilting for making it more accessible, more fun, more relaxed.  I love that we have so much choice–machine or hand, complex or simple, scrappy or coordinated, solids or prints, modern or reproduction, bright or subdued.  I love that for every taste there is a pattern.  For […]

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birdie sling

One of my favorite fabric lines this year is Spring Street.  It makes me happy and fits the season so well.  I did a pattern swap with a friend from my guild, and I got to make some Birdie Sling bags from her pattern and she got to play with my Practical Bag pattern!  With […]

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another wallet

I made a bunch of these cash and carry wallets before Christmas and found them to be a fun quick project.  I think my confidence level was too high because when I made this one for our trip (I don’t want to carry around my big heavy normal wallet all day), it turned out to […]

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jane market bag (for the urban home goods swap)

I majorly stressed over what to make my partner.  I changed plans at least 5 times.  I finally settled on the Jane Market Bag and decided to just dive in.  For her smaller item, I made my partner a set of the mason jar pin cushions, stuffed with scraps from the bag. I am relieved […]

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dr seuss bags

I finished this today.  It made its way into one of my favorite items– the Practical Bag (for some reason I’ve had dyslexia when it came to this pattern and have been calling it the Practicality Bag for months). It’s lined with the Celebrate Seuss print and has a matching little zippered clutch/tote/wallet/catch-all. I’m in […]

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