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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: clothing

Let the parade of dresses begin

I went on a retreat with my quilt guild this weekend and it was the most amazing time.  I got to read, nap, sew, chat, eat, drink, enjoy quiet…whatever I wanted for 48 hours!  I cut out fabric last week and had a bunch of dresses cut and read to be sewn when I arrived.  […]

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sandpiper top for ellie in children at play

Since summers are our busy season, I started a tradition last year of sewing Ellie’s summer clothes in the winter and spring.  It’s disappointing to trim the last thread and tuck them into a drawer, but oh so satisfying to know that we won’t need to run to Gymboree when the weather turns warmer!  Today […]

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another wiksten tova top

I absolutely love my flannel tova and have wanted to make another long sleeve version.  It also just so happens to be the perfect top for holding babies, since it’s snuggly soft and has no buttons or anything else to bother little faces.  This one came together just as easily as the rest!  To turn […]

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wiksten tova tops

After successfully tackling the Star Wars costumes I decided it was finally time for me to man up and make a blouse for myself.  I’m confident with skirts, but shirts have scared me.  If a skirt is a little too small, you just pull it a little higher on your waist.  If a shirt is […]

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heather ross dress

I love this horse print from Heather Ross and got 3/4 of a yard to make Ellie another dress from the border print dress tutorial for next summer. I haven’t been good about photos of the bee blocks I’ve made for the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild bee, but here’s my latest.  Lynn requested pinks, […]

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