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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: WIPs

WIP: wonky crosses, joel dewberry style

I bought a few fat quarters on the new Joel Dewberry heritage line on complete impulse.  I think it’s because I didn’t covet them for long before their release (and am really not even sure that I love them now) that I hacked into them so quickly.  I want to sew something with them quickly […]

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Quiet Book Sew Along Week 3 : flowers

After skipping last week, I’m back this week with a vase of flowers. I used this tutorial for my flowers and attached the buttons with elastic thread to make it easier to attach the flowers since they’re so bulky. If I were to do it again, I’d hem the triangle petals under before gathering them […]

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castle peeps quilt update

My Castle Peeps quilt top has been done for a few weeks and is patiently awaiting its backing.  We will be headed to the renaissance fair soon so I need to get cracking on this one!  (Or accept defeat.  Either way.)  These giant pluses have 7″ finished squares at the top and bottom and 7×21″ […]

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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 […]

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diamonds progress

My diamond quilt is progressing, even if I failed miserably to finish even ONE piece of clothing in the alloted 7 hours for kid’s clothing week and feel like a sewing loser this week.  My sister-in-law and brother-in-law came to visit this weekend (hi Erik!), and I kept my diamonds on hand for sewing while […]

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