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

Masthead header
Needles and a Pen bio picture
  • 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!

    I great big puffy heart *love* comments, so please let me know you visited! I try to always reply!

Category Archives: gifts

a headband, a quilt top, and a fabric stack

The kids and I are back from 15 days in Seattle, and settling back into our summer routine.  I’m not working very much this summer, and trying to compensate for that by doing lots of Good Mommy things like walks and tea parties and craft projects and picnics in the backyard. Here are some random […]

View full post »

easy ipad case

I made a quick case for the ipad on Friday.  I end up sticking it in my purse a bunch and I wanted it to be a little protected as it rattles around with all the rest of the crapola I drag around. It’s a super simple design–I used fusible fleece for the interfacing and […]

View full post »

sunglasses pouch

Our guild is doing a swap today–everyone participating is bringing a sunglasses pouch.  As usual, I had about 800 ideas and then when I actually made the item I dumped all of my ideas and made this instead.  🙂 I love it and want to make another one for me (and I’m planning on sticking […]

View full post »

portabello pixie gathered market bag

When I proudly showed Nic my birdie sling, his only comment was “that’s really big,” so I changed my mother’s day gift plan for my momma from the birdie sling to the smaller Portabello Pixie gathered market bag pattern that I unearthed last month. After making it, though, in the future I’d construct it more […]

View full post »

chickens

Our guild has a bit of a chicken thing.  A significant minority of us want to raise backyard chickens.  Kristen and I have talked about it a bunch, and she actually is building a chicken coop this weekend, so when I saw this card design from Syko (the free motion stitching queen) I knew I […]

View full post »

challenge.

I love making gifts.  It’s fun, it’s personal, they’re unique.  But I feel like you can only make gifts for girls.  Boys are hard.  Think about it–for mother’s day, the possibilities are endless.  You can make a purse, or slippers, or a tote, or a skirt, or a scarf, or an apron or potholder…lots of […]

View full post »