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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 .

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Category Archives: gifts

gifts: tiny charlie brown christmas tree coin purse

I’m really into free motion stitching right now and having a ton of fun with it.  This little Charlie Brown Christmas tree embroidery/applique is my favorite thing I’ve ever made.  The pattern for the coin purse is based off the Atkinson Designs Cash and Carry pattern. I love the way the zipper is installed–it makes […]

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gifts: thanksgiving potholders

These Thanksgiving potholders were inspired by Ashley’s Christmas potholders and my playing around with mug rugs.  My mom loved them so much she screamed awake Ellie–which is just the reaction I was hoping for!

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another practicality bag

This one is a birthday present for my momma so I’ve been hiding it.  🙂  Fabric is from the Glam Garden Robert Kaufman line and I lined this one (again) with Kona cotton pomegranate.  It’s the best hot pink!  My mom is big into not using disposable shopping bags, so I thought this would be […]

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a very special quilt

His and hers quilts: Okay. These are not modern, but they are as precious as they come.  The one on the left was made 28 years ago and given as a gift to my pregnant momma for me.  When Will was born, he adopted it and continued loving it, and between me and Will and […]

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half apron

My friend’s birthday party was last weekend, and she had mentioned after seeing my chicken skirt that she’d love an apron in that pattern.  So I knew just what to get her along with the new Bakerella book! I made the pattern up as I went along, and will be posting a tutorial just as […]

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