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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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tumbler quilt

This quilt originated last winter, when I pulled a stack of fabrics for Ellie’s stroller quilt but realized they clashed with her stroller.  I loved the colors together, and with the tumbler die from Accuquilt and my friend’s borrowed cutter, this quilt was born!  The top went together quickly, and I decided I wanted to pebble quilt it on a long arm.  This is when things slowed down.  Badly.  It took 3 hours for me to do 1/5 of the quilt top and those 3 hours were painnnnnnful.   The combination of the bed sheet back and the circular motion meant I would sew for approximately 45 seconds before the thread would break and I’d have to rethread the machine. The quilt then sat in a pile for many months!  Luckily a pro long arm quilter came to my rescue and finished this bad boy up for me, and it now lives on the sofa where it is most loved.  It’s a big one–just shy of twin sized, which is my new favorite size because everyone in the family can sit under it together.

On the back side I included a strip of tumblers.

Where the quilt is usually found…covering one of my babies!

Brooke - I really really love this quilt!

Dolores - What a gorgeous quilt!! I just love purples and navy.


Christie, Describe Happy - Worth all the waiting… those colors are so pretty together and I especially like the pebble quilting! And your kiddo looks quite satisfied all snuggled up under it!

AJ - This is one pattern I’ve always wanted to try! Love the colours!

Adrianne (Little Bluebell) - Yay for the finish. I love these colors together!!

Michelle - This pattern is beautiful lb s s a re the colors.I need to make this myself. Thanjs for sharing.

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