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    Hi! I'm Traci. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have a photography blog that shares the work I do for clients. This blog is for my other creative side. The side that goes weak at the knees over fabric, adores anything crafty, and gets cranky without some sewing machine time!

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giant children at play dollhouse pillow

I’m sitting at the kitchen table looking out at a foggy misty CHILLY morning, with Kindergarten Orientation on the calendar for today and wondering where the summer went!  It’s making me feel like I need to dash off and finish my ‘late summer’ quilt before fall is here in earnest!  But for those cozy winter days, Ellie has a new pillow to cozy up with…

It’s based off this dollhouse pillow with a structural change–instead of having the exterior of the house roll up, mine folds over to the reverse side and attaches to the buttons.  Knowing that the front cover will receive more abuse, I used fusible web to give the raw applique a little more strength, so my front cover is a little bit bulkier.

The kitchen fridge opens to reveal its contents and a little lightbulb. :)

I based the doll off the doll in the Children at Play fabric–right down to the detail on her lapel. Her hair is a little helmet-y, though–I have been considering giving her longer hair, even though that will stray from the illustration!

I finished it off last night and snuck it outside this morning for pictures while the kids had a morning snack with a movie.  Then I brought it in to give to pajama-ed and morning haired Ellie (it was 7am–it’s okay!).

She was completely enamored with the doll and immediately began babying it.

I opened up the interior of the house for her, and she began checking out all of the flaps and curtains.

After checking things out, she settled into its pillow function, sucking on the doll’s shoes, and finishing up their movie.

Will has requested one with a cake in the fridge, but I think I’ll try to talk him into a Quillow instead–I think that will get more years of use by my easily-influenced-by-his-peers-on-what-is-allowed-for-boys little guy, or I’ll have to try to ‘boy’ it up by making it a monster house!

Kristy - Hopeful Threads - Oh my goodness!!! This turned out sooooooo sweet! Great work! And I love how your precious girl is loving it! Nothing makes your sewing more worthwhile! Thanks for sharing!!!

Jessica - Stinkin cute! This is the perfect project for that children at play fabric. I love it!

Susanne - I can’t believe it’s almost fall, too. Just THINKING about Kindergarten really just makes me want to cry.

I adore that pillow. All of those little details are so beautiful and so full of love!! What a blessed baby to have a mama like you!!! : D

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts - That is completely adorable. And I love all the pics that show how appreciated your wonderful gift was. Super cute all around.

Rachel - SUPER cute! What if you did a garage/workshop type thing for a boy?

Jennifer Can Quilt - there’s a fine line on giving the boys “boy stuff” and straight up teaching gender roles. i never know what to do!

i think a monster house sounds fun; so many things you could do. an under the bed area?

felicity - I admit that I read this post title as being about very large children. Heh.

Anyhoo, what a terrific creation – I absolutely adore that scribbly applique stitch and what you did with it here is inspired. And the cuteness quotient was upped significantly by your adorable kiddo and the wonderful photos.

Alli - That’s awesome! I love the kitchen and especially the fridge. It’s so sweet how Ellie snuggled up to it!

Sherry - Beautiful job! I need to make two of these for Christmas. Thank you for the inspiration!

Vanilla - I absolutely ADORE this pillow!!! You chose such beautiful fabrics and all the little openings and appliques are super cute. Thanks for inspiring me!!!

Shannon @ A Mom's Year - Oh my goodness! This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It must feel wonderful to be able to create something so amazing. Truly fantastic idea.

A Mom's Year » Toddler Chore Chart - […] Reason #542 to learn how to sew: this adorable pillow. […]

Kim - So, funny story – I’ve been admiring this blog for a long time (since I discovered your quiet book post) AND I’ve been a fan of your photography for YEARS. Then I come back to this blog to get reinspired to work on a quiet book for my daughter and find out that both sites are yours!

I love your work (both your photography and crafts) – thanks for sharing :)

Elizabeth - I saw this on Sarah Jane’s blog, and I am so enamored! The details are so wonderful. This will be a treasure for your daughter forever.

Quiet Book Sew Along Week 3 : flowers

After skipping last week, I’m back this week with a vase of flowers. I used this tutorial for my flowers and attached the buttons with elastic thread to make it easier to attach the flowers since they’re so bulky. If I were to do it again, I’d hem the triangle petals under before gathering them and I’d gather them with elastic thread and sew the buttons on with normal thread. :)

The stems are felt, which provided just the right amount of bend I was looking for.  For the flowers, I used two very similar fabrics for each and I love the way it turned out with the subtle differences in the prints!

Beth Moore - Cute, cutey, cute er son! Love it!

Bernadette - I LOVE these!

renaissance fair quilt — my castle peeps ‘just in time’ finish

I missed last week’s Quiet Book Sew Along post.  Too much wedding editing, not enough sewing.  Oh well–there’s always another Friday just around the corner.

This weekend marked that last weekend of the Renaissance Fair here in Colorado.  We managed to get in just under the wire–going the very last day.  Which is also how this quilt got finished.  The bias binding got downgraded to straight grain, then downgraded again to 100% machine sewn instead of tacked to the back by hand.  But it was there under our behinds as we watched two jousts on Sunday!

I love the purple binding.  The color of royalty, of course!  We love going to the Renaissance Festival every year.  It’s particularly special because Will and Ellie’s former babysitter is THE Princess at the fair!

The very first year we bought Will a little knight costume set.  It gets a TON of use all year long, but it’s fun for him to get to wear it at the fair once a year and so cute to see how he has grown!

I used brown perle cotton to hand quilt around a few of the plus signs.  Unfortunately half of the ones I quilted are the brown plus signs, so you can’t really see them!  Since I was in a hurry I did the bare minimum but figure I can always go back in and add more quilting.  It feels very different than my other quilts–with such sparse quilting it feels more like a comforter than a quilt!

For the back, I used this ‘slash and sew’ tutorial by Kati.  I have long admired this type of quilt back but couldn’t quite work out how I’d do it without a design board and a lot of work.  It was more fun than I expected, and if I’d had more time (and more fabric–I was cutting it close) I’d have kept slashing a few more times!



nicke - beautiful! lovely! perfect!

Elizabeth - What a fun quilt! And really, that is a quilt with two fronts.

Kim - I absolutely adore the fabrics! The quilt works so well as a more modern renaissance quilt. You did an absolutely lovely job!

xoxo Kim

Alejandra - I’m in love. It’s so perfect. Love the purple binding.. very unique. Did you hand-finish the binding, or do it all on your machine?

Susanne - oh I just MUST do a + quilt!!!! It’s so pretty!! Love the backing too.

Jessica - Hi, we met at the Quilter’s Guild meeting last month!

I’m glad to see this quilt, as I just decided to make a pink/grey version of one for myself. I love the purple binding!

a renaissance dress for Ellie » Stolen Moments - […] go to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur every year.  Last year I made this quilt for watching the joust, and this year on my to do list was a period appropriate outfit for Ellie.  […]

the beginnings of a dollhouse pillow

If you follow my pinterest boards, you’ll know that I’ve been a tad bit dollhouse obsessed lately.  This dollhouse pillow, in particular, immediately caught my eye.  I knew I wanted to make one!  Since Children at Play didn’t arrive in time to the be the star of Ellie’s quiet book, I figured I would instead play with it in a dollhouse pillow!  This weekend I play around with making the front of the house and the inhabitant.  The doll is based off the illustrated dolls in the Children at Play prints.

If I can stay on schedule, I hope to get this finished up in the next week or two!

Kristy - Hopeful Threads - That is darling!!! Love this fabric line too!!!

Fran - Do you have small children working in a sweat shop sewing for you? It’s illegal, you know! That’s the only explanation I can come up with to understand how you can produce so much!!! I was CLEARLY too busy keeping up with Erica Kane’s daily exploits! You are amazing–and this is just adorable. XX000!

KathyH - AAAAAHHH! That is so stinkin cute! Love it!

Megan - That is so cute! It’s a great way to save on space if your own house is too small to have a dollhouse in it. Haha. What beautiful stitching on the doll.

quiet book sew along week 2 : my vegetable patch page

I almost got two pages done this week, but decided to start potty training Ellie on Wednesday instead of waiting until Monday as planned, so I spent Wednesday and Thursday watching her hoo-ha instead of doing…well…pretty much anything else.  The good news is that we’re over the worst of it AND she’s been easier to train than her brother.  Woot!  Here’s a peek at the page in work:

The idea for this page came from the Piece & Quiet pattern carrot patch.  After seeing it described as the most time consuming page, though, I knew I wanted to make some changes–for starters, just 6 veggies instead of 10.  I wanted to use slits in felt instead of pockets because I wanted to have different kinds of root vegetables hiding below their green shoots so that the activity behind the page would be surprise versus counting (for this reason I also skipped stuffing the carrots, onions, and radishes–I wanted them to be able to hide better in the ‘dirt’).

It came out very much as I had intended, but I’m having a few second thoughts about my method.  Already I pulled one of the green leafs off–felt is great at not fraying, but it’s not so great at being strong when it gets skinny.  I’m also concerned that I need to shore up the edges of my veggie slits or have them rip from use.

The best part about it was how incredibly FUN this page was to make.  It’s very freeing and whimsical to do a project like this and I have a feeling I’m going to be very sad when it’s over!

Toni - That page is so cute! I have been saving some ideas for quiet books for my boys, too, and I love this one! They are always helping me in our garden so I think they would really like it. Your fabric choices are great!

Kristy - Hopeful Threads - LOVE this!!!!

Susanne - WOW….If we were in person, I’d give you HUGE hug. I’m potting training L right now and I really HATE telling people. As I’m sure you know, the first thing everyone says is “isn’t she kinda YOUNG?” Or “Do you think she’s ready for that?” Or they just assume I’m a crazy tiger mom…..

Amanda - Oh, how cute! I need to start the construction of my pages for Liz’s book…I better get a move on so I make it before Christmas! LOL!

Deborah - what a labor of love this book will be. I made one for my nephew some time ago and it was hard to give it away after all the work that was put into it. Yours is darling already!

Heidi - This is adorable, what a great idea!

Audrey - This is so adorable! I was trying to not start anything new, but I may have to jump on the bandwagon for this one. It would be an awesome Christmas present!

Fran - Oh, super super cute!! You are going to have so much fun with this!

Amanda - I only completed the background for one page…I hope to work on more of it soon. The link includes the other projects I progressed on this week for WIP Wednesday…hope you don’t mind the multi-tasking of my posts! :)

Holly Abston - I love this page, but I have to tell you that I laughed until I snorted at this “…so I spent Wednesday and Thursday watching her hoo-ha instead of doing…well…pretty much anything else”

Carrie Kindt - This is so crazy, because I made up a page for my quiet book back in summer 2010 that looks almost identical to this! I totally made it up myself & thought I was so creative…haha :) I was expecting to see you link back to my site, saying that’s where you got the idea. How funny! I can’t believe you have all the exact same things. It DOES help a lot to stitch all the way around the entire veggie, and have a stick inside for stiffness:

Traci - I love your page, Carrie! I think having the basket there is really cute! My inspiration for this was the Piece & Quiet book page, but just with adaptations to make it easier. :) One thing I know from working in the scrapbook industry is that we all have pretty much the same inspirational inputs so it’s not unusual for two people to come up with similar things! (As my friend Jen and I would endlessly discover when magazines issue would print on the same month and we’d both have layouts in there crazily similar that the other person had no way of seeing beforehand!)

Giggles - Would ricrac work for the greens? That would give it a fun texture and they have they super skinny stuff but it wouldn’t tear like felt does. I’ve never seen a garden page in a quiet book before. What a great idea.

Patti - Super idea! My grandparent would love this

The Ruffles Quiet Book | Lickety Split - […] in our one was pointless and looked a bit lame plus we found this amazing page on Pinterest (original source here) which I really wanted to copy. It doesn’t have a specific educational purpose but it is […]