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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: quilts

don’t get excited

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  This isn’t going to inspire anyone, but I put this quilt together for Will’s kindergarten teacher.  Sashed with red and backed with a navy, it’s got pictures drawn by each of the members of her class.  Of course I imagine a kindergarten teacher wants more kid art like she […]

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a quilt for baby xander

My friend Asia is having a baby boy any day now, so I made this quilt to be there to welcome him into the world!  It’s made from a Sweetwater Reunion charm pack, backed with a DS Quilts print, and bound with a Moda marble that I pulled out from the depths of my stash […]

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Ruby Patchwork- my first quilt finish of 2012!

Usually by the time I finish a quilt I have gotten my fill of that particular fabric line.  But I am still head over heels for Ruby!  I had a request for more ‘soft quilts’ after the fleece backed Halloween quilt came out in October, and I knew just what to do.  A charm patchwork […]

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black tie cowgirl

I’ve had a week of completing the ‘should’ stuff–Ellie’s quiet book, cleaning, laundry, errands, starting my latest class–and I’m running out of steam.  After I cleaned up the mess from Ellie’s quiet book I thought I’d take a few minutes and test out my planned layout for my first new quilt of the year–a bow […]

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out with the old, in with the new

Since I have two portrait sessions and one wedding on New Years Eve I decided to write this a couple of days early.  I’ve seen a couple of ‘reign in the new year’ posts this week and remembered that I’d done a similar wrap-up last year.  It was fun to go back and revisit it. […]

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a christmas quilt a decade in the making

This one was officially in the realm of the UFOs.  Occasional sightings were made in the last decade of this project, a log cabin quilt I started in the final month of my senior year of high school, but for one reason or another, it would always find its way back to a drawer. In […]

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