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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: mug rugs


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 […]

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mushroom mug rug

Our guild is doing a swap today, and the theme was a spring mug rug.  I’m in love with this gnome fabric, and hope my partner is, too! When I lived in England we had about 70 other American families living in our cluster of towns that were all there working for Boeing, too.  We […]

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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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rudolph mug rug

Rudolph is complete with a little red polka dot binding!  (I need to find more of this fabric–it’s perfect for Christmas!!) This mug rug is off to its new owner today along with some goodies.

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swap mania

I’ve been bitten hard by the swap bug, and right now all projects are swap related–either official swaps or ones I’ve arranged on the side.  Here’s a sneak at some of the projects in work: Yep.  I free motion stitched the eiffel tower for the scrappy mug rug swap.  (And was super impressed when Will […]

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a modern nativity

Too early for Christmas projects?  Nah. Last night there was a discussion on flickr that got me motivated to stay up and make this little Christmas mug rug.  It feels like there’s a lot of outdated religious craft projects out there and not very many simple modern ones.  I wanted to challenge myself to create […]

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