Needles and a Pen » Knitting, Sewing, and Nursing School

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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 .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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You’d be forgiven for assuming that I don’t actually quilt anymore!  But I actually have been quilting occasionally, I just keep forgetting to blog about it!

This farm fresh quilt was finished a couple of months ago, but I photographed it for the first time last night.  I didn’t edit the photos at all because I wanted to share just how crazy the light was last night at 5:00.  The smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire was filtering the sunlight and it looked like gorgeous sunset 8pm light three hours early!

A couple of weeks ago I finished off this quilt top that is just waiting on quilting.  It’s a trip around the world, which I’ve wanted to make since I started quilting.  I don’t have any quilts without pink, and needed a ‘boy colors’ quilt for the studio.  I used the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method in the full size and it was fantastic.  Now to piece the back and get this puppy quilted!

Currently in work is this very simple patchwork quilt from a fat 1/8th bundle of Loulouthi, inspired by this from Blue Elephant Stitches.


Sew Create It - Jane - Love that first quilt…you’ve used such beautiful fabrics! Can’t wait to see more of the “boy” quilt…blue is my favourite colour and I can tell this will be another beauty!

Audrey - Love you stuff! I love to quilt but I’ve only been doing it for a couple years and am mostly self taught. I’m curious what the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method is. Though I never have a full day to quilt anymore I would love to know! Thank you!

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