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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


I know it’s starting to feel like spring for many of you, but for Coloradans, March looks like this: So it was under the influence of all of this snow and cold that I pulled together this perfectly acceptable in stack form fabric grouping. The one that later drove me to drink.  I sewed the […]

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We’re alive.  I swear.  I managed to post while at Disney, I had posts all scheduled to go so there wouldn’t be any interruption…but I didn’t realize what I really needed were posts for our return!  Not only did we have the usual laundry/unpacking/picking up the chaos we left behind, but I’ve been doing the […]

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sherbet pips quilt update

In spite of the clothing/apron/accessories posts around here, I swear that I still quilt!  Proof is right here…. The binding has been attached to the quilt and for the last two days I’ve been trucking away at handsewing it to the back (my least favorite part of the process).  Will loves to sit on the […]

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swap stacks

I’m participating in the Urban Home Goods and Spice up the Kitchen swaps (though I refuse to write them out with all of their extra symbols–it makes me feel a gang member).  I played with the stash this morning and came up with a stack for my Urban Home Goods partner that I like so […]

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wip: sherbet pips quilt–all 20 blocks!

This week is a light sewing week for me.  I had a bunch of accounting and editing to do on the work front, and on a personal front, we bought a car, Ellie’s first birthday party is Saturday, and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law will also be visiting. I did finish up the blocks for the […]

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wip: sherbet pips quilt, blocks 1-16

I just finished #17 and am seeing the light!  Of course I will no doubt be tempted to replace one of two when the 20 are finished and I can stretch this project out a bit longer.  😛 Thanks so much for all the suggestions on my last post.  I was really wanting to avoid […]

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