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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

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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dreams of sunshine

The latest version of my Dream On charm squares quilt is going well.  I think the latest colors for the solid stripes are a much better fit.  I liked the gray sashing a lot, but switched to yellow just because it was a little sunnier.  I think the gray looked more contemporary, but I just […]

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WIP: distactions

Ellie was not in the best mood this afternoon and since I wasn’t able to do anything productive, I figured we could at least play with some fabric stacks.  Am loving this combo and know EXACTLY what I want to do with it. But first I have to make Ellie’s Halloween costume.  One kid’s down, […]

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drawing with my sewing machine

I’m practicing free motion sewing on my machine.  It’s something I want to master, because I absolutely love little pieces of art like this (click on image for source): I’ve been obsessed with bunting lately, and wanted to make a mug rug with rainbow bunting.  All of a sudden this afternoon I realized that a […]

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crushed dreams

(Okay, the title is a little mellow-dramatic, but with a fabric line called ‘dream on’ it just begs for a lot of word-play.) Last night I stole two hours for a little sewing so that my brain wouldn’t explode in a mess of wedding photos.  I was thrilled with how quickly this came together, but […]

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stash: will’s next quilt

Once Will’s car quilt is finished, this will be his next blankie–a Castle Peeps quilt (with some Wee Woodlands stripes and Riley Blake Cheery Circles thrown in for good measure). This quilt was the forerunner for the longest time: until I found this one: Now I’m torn.  🙂

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