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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: kids

knitting: ellie’s baby sweater

Last year I was doing a bunch of knitting in anticipation of Ellie’s arrival.  This sweater is one of the crowning achievements–a Debbie Bliss sweater from a cotton yarn (that I’d purchased a bunch of with the intent of knitting Will a sweater that I ended up chickening out of).  After I finished this, it […]

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quilts in action

It’s not just a quilt, it’s a play mat.  It’s not just a quilt, it’s a magical cape that makes babies disappear and reappear!

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wip: halloween pumpkins gone wild charm pack quilt

In honor of October’s arrival, Will and I started working on our Halloween quilt yesterday.  I picked up the fabric–a Moda Pumpkins Gone Wild charm pack–in Breckenridge last fall but decided to move a few days after purchasing it, so not much sewing happened last September! I love getting Will involved in my projects.  Whether […]

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tutorial : temporary applique using fusible web

Today was ‘purple day’ at preschool, but Will has nothing purple in his wardrobe. I didn’t feel like buying a purple shirt just for the occasion, and I didn’t want to ruin any of his shirts by permanently altering them in a purple way.  Fusible web applique to the rescue! Step 1:  Cut out the […]

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sewing more pajama pants

I might have an addiction to sewing these fast pajama pants!  I already know the next two pairs I’m going to make him, which is stupid because last week he fell in love with fleece footie pajamas.  Last night I would have gotten these done even faster than 10 minutes, but I forgot about the […]

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