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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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pretty little pouch swap

In what will be my last flickr swap ever (please direct me back to this statement if I should ever lose my mind and decide to sign up for one again), I made this little pretty:

It’s the Curvy Clutch pattern from Keyka Lou (next time I will use less stiff interfacing, fewer layers of it, shorten the flap, and possibly even ditch the side darts).  It’s going overseas, hence the spring colors!  I included some US only DS quilts fabric and a couple of fun Sees suckers.  I hope it’s beloved!

I also feel like I never showed the final pillow talk swap pillow, so here that is, too:

Toni - They both look great! I’m sure your partners will be thrilled!

Susanne - That’s so funny. I was thinking maybe I’d do the pouch swap again too…there’s SOO many cute pouches!! BUT I remembered how much headache I had over the last swap, LOL. I received a beautiful pouch, which I use daily, but I ended up having to make TWO pouches for someone who never really gave me any clue about anything they liked…ANYWAY….Enough about ME-ME-ME.

The pouch you made is gorgeous!!! The hand stitching around the edge is perfect. And that pillow. I general don’t like stars, but that pillow is amazing!!!! I’m sure it will get tons of love!!!

nicke - eeeppp. i love them both. bummer i don’t live overseas! ;)

A.J. Dub - That IS a pretty little pouch. LOVE IT!
The pillow is awesome.
And now I want a See’s chocolate lolli. :)

Norine - The pillow is amazing!

I’m thinking the P{l}P swap might be my last one too…. :)

LKH - Very good use for scraps that you just can’t part with! A little elegant, a little country, a little spring = very CUTE!

a kitchen-y gift

It’s been a while, but I can say that I’ve been sewing up a storm!  Since my last post I’ve completed two quilts, 5 (!!) Jedi costumes, and a bunch of little swap-y/bee/gift items.

This one is an oldie but a goodie–it went out as a thank you to my friend Lisa (who sells the most amazing fine art prints) for some pants she’d sent along to me.  Since she is an awesome cook, I knew just what to make her–one of my favorite aprons.

I also crocheted up some of my favorite dishcloths for her (finally taught myself to crochet so I could make all of the amazing things I’ve been pinning).


Erica - Oh that turned out *so* cute! I bought that exact same utensil fabric a couple of months ago to make an apron for myself (AND paired it with some orange and white polka dots left over from Zack’s quilt) Have I made it yet though? No. Should make it a priority though so I can look cute before I host Thanksgiving ;)

nicke - very cute apron!

Greenstylemom - cute apron! I like the ties that wrap all the way around to the front.

And don’t you love to crochet?!? I taught myself a few years ago. Haven’t been doing much since I started quilting, but I’m going to try to do some more this winter (and finish up some WIP… one is a baby blanket for a now 2 year old!)

Dolores - Hi Traci, would love to hear more about the Jedi costumes since I have a huge Star Wars fan in the house with an upcoming birthday.


heather ross dress

I love this horse print from Heather Ross and got 3/4 of a yard to make Ellie another dress from the border print dress tutorial for next summer.

I haven’t been good about photos of the bee blocks I’ve made for the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild bee, but here’s my latest.  Lynn requested pinks, white/creams, and lime greens in this strip pattern with some lace accents.

Audrey - Love that dress! You just reminded me that I have to pick up some of that fabric before it is gone. It is my favorite, favorite print by her!

Lyn - Lovely block! It is now snuggled into my basket, joining the others. These are my daughter’s favorite colors, since she was the size of your dancing girl. I always had to make pink and green things for her. Luckily there was a Care Bear who was a lovely shade of pink with green trim. The cake for Katie McCarty’s First Birthday Bash was just this bear. So, as a mom of a darling daughter, you will appreciate that this quilt will be for my darling daughter who is now 27 years old.

sweet and spicy pumpkin seed brittle

I made this for a playdate yesterday, so I had a batch of pumpkin seeds left over.  It’s always hard to decide how to cook my pumpkin seeds, whether to go classic with oil and salt, or fancy it up with spices.  For our first pumpkin seeds of the year, though, I decided to go with this family favorite.

Spicy Pumpkin Seed Brittle


pumpkin seeds (rinsed and dried)

4 T butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 T molasses

1/4t red pepper (if your family isn’t a big fan of spicy, drop this to 1/8th)
1 1/2t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t allspice
1/8 t garlic powder (just trust me on this)
dash pepper
1/4 t salt


Preheat oven to 325.  Combine butter, brown sugar, and molasses in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Once the ingredients have combined, add in the spices.

Line the bottom of a pan with parchment paper.  Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the parchment paper and then pour in your sugar/spice/butter mixture.  Place in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.  (This is the hardest part–you want the pumpkin seeds to cook, but you don’t want the sugar to burn.  I don’t think I’ve mastered this yet and it seems to depend on how moist your seeds are, but if you get this part down to a science, let me know your trick!)


Kate - This looks delish! By ‘red pepper’ do you mean cayenne pepper?

Jacey - Mmm, that sounds heavenly! I love pumpkin seeds, and I typically just toast them with some seasoning. I’ll have to try this one, though. Pinning now!

Traci - Yes–I think it’s regional name difference on the pepper. Like green onions and scallions. :)

Beth Moore - I clearly need to schedule more playdates with you.

Susanne - I’m going to try this tonight. Wish me luck : D

Holly U - Oh my, this is intriguing. I love sweet, my husband loves salty….I’m thinking this will make us both happy!

after taking on the y seams…

Another peek at my Pillow Talk Swap pillow front. The Y seams just about killed me, but now that I have a couple of days distance, I think they were worth it!

(Tip:  I was a little nervous about doing such difficult piecing with linen, so I starched it until it resembled a french fry and it behaved just as well as a normal quilting cotton after that.)

nicke - my gracious! that is stunning traci! i need to make one of these for myself.

alexis - gorgeous!

Nicci P - Beautiful…it looks perfect!

Tania - Hi Traci, I think it is absolutely gorgeous, and your colours are divine, really beautiful xx

Fran - Wow! Just gorgeous! I could NEVER make one of those! Amazing!

A.J. Dub - WOW! I mean WOW! SO very gorgeous! Y seams!!! Yikes! Great job!

Jacey - Seriously? I love this to bits. I really want to try it for myself.

Audrey - It is beautiful! I love the description of the french fry fabric, too.:)

Alli - It’s beeyoooootiful!

Natalie J - I’m so impressed! Beautiful work. I aspire to be as accomplished one day! :)

Jenniffier - Wow. That is just wonderful.

Peggyann - Simply stunning. I have ever liked stars before. Until now.

I will be working with linen, for the first time….a double wedding ring, all hand pieced. For my daughters wedding in June.

Looking for any hints working with linen, did you pre-wash?