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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: WIPs

sewing kit

Inspired by Jessica‘s fantastic sewing kit for her diamonds quilts, I put together a similar kit for my diamonds quilt as well as the hand quilting I’m doing (and it’s all ready to go for bindings, too).  So far it’s so handy I can’t believe I ever lived without it.  Here’s a peek: All this […]

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blast from the past – my first quilt

This quilt is going on 15 years of UFO-ness.  It’s the first quilt I ever worked on, though I’ll probably have made 50 by the time I get this one finished.  It’s a sample quilt that I started at the tender age of 13.  I was hand quilting it at the stroke of midnight 2000.  […]

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showdown: gray vs cream

Thanks for commenting on my last post about my gray vs cream dilemna.  I think all of the comments are well illustrating my thoughts on both sides!! I felt like I could only decide if I could see a few blocks, so I thought I’d make two test gray blocks and two test cream.  Except […]

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My tumbler quilt is taking shape.  Currently that shape seems to be a giant pile at my feet. I played a bit with my charm pack for our FRMQG solids challenge.  I had decided on my design, and, not wanting to waste any more time hemming or hawing, I sliced it up to commit to […]

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