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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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A little bit of sewing

The biggest thing I did this year was this:

IMG_8475I finished all of my nursing school prerequisites with a 4.0 and got a job as a CNA at the birth center of our local hospital.   And also I kept up to date with Project Life, which anyone can tell you is a miracle.

(This is my way of saying there wasn’t a whole lot of sewing going on.)

But, I did do a little bit of sewing.  Here’s a roundup of some of the projects that crossed my machine this last year.

A baby quilt for my bestest childhood friend’s baby:


A bunch of bags for knitting projects:


I finished my bow tie quilt top, but stalled out on making the backing.  On the list for this year!


My love of the sandpiper top pattern is pretty well established, but I took that love to new heights this year when I made half a dozen of them.  I can’t find photos of some of them, so we’ll have to break them out this summer for pics!


Louisa - I just love that quilt! I would love to hear a bit about how you made it.

Speattle - Nursing school! How exciting and congratulations on making that leap. it’s a tough curriculum for sure, but you are up for the challenge.

I graduated with a BSN from the UW in 1978.

Oh, and referring to the photo with the 3 project bags, I had a fat quarter of the same fabric used in the 2 outside edge bags and made a cute triple zip bag from it. Such a sweet print. for the tutorial in case you are ever interested.

Good to see you back at your blog. ☺

The Halloween Sewing: Homemade Frozen Costumes

While there wasn’t a ton of sewing going on last year, things did get serious for Halloween.  Like everyone else in the world, we are big Frozen fans, and so for Halloween we wanted to be a Frozen family.  Ellie already had her Elsa dress from her birthday, and Nic and I found our costumes on the interwebs.  That left Will’s Kristoff costume to make.  I couldn’t find any tutorials so I had to wing it.  I was incredibly proud of how it came out, though–I think I found the absolute perfect trim, silk sash, and the suede fabric I used for his vest along with the fur trim (which I had to order from England) really made that vest as Kristoff-like as you could get!  I also made a quilt cloak for my Anna costume, knowing that it would probably blizzard (a Halloween tradition we gratefully skipped this year).  It was down to the absolute wire, so the details weren’t quite as on point as I wanted, and I couldn’t find the right woven fabric to mimic her wool so I went with flannel, but it kept me warm and was close enough.


(Will’s boots weren’t ready for our Boo at the Zoo costume debut, but we had them ready for Halloween. :)  I couldn’t convince Ellie to carry a snowflake bag–she ADORES the classic pumpkin trick or treat bag, but Will was happy to carry the bag I attached to Olaf.  Added bonus–the mittens perfectly covered the cast he’d just been put in two days earlier when he broke his arm!)


knitting, a review

A little review of the knitting projects I finished since my post last year.  The biggie of the year was a sweater for Ellie:


(Plucky primo aran yarn in plie–took three skeins)

I also made two Jul pattern hats this year–I absolutely love the pattern:


(Fiber Company Acadia yarn in blueberry and Manos del Uruguay silk blend in magenta)

A cowl for Ellie


A earwarmer/headband for me


(Plucky traveller aran in fondant)

And several other works-in-progress that hopefully will see their time on the blog soon!

lucky find quilt

Hey look at that!  Exactly one day shy of a year since my last post and here I am again!  It’s been so long I couldn’t even remember the url to log in to write this post.

Anyway, the last year has been devoid of blog posts but not of crafting.  Let’s start with this quilt.  I found the top while cleaning out the studio closet a few weeks ago.  I’d completely forgotten about it.  Completely.  But I was inspired to quilt and bind it and here it is, all pretty and crinkley!


Made from a few Strawberry Fields charm packs from Moda, it’s a nice lap quilt size.  I used a light taupe for the back and a taupe and white striped binding I already had made (leftovers from another quilt binding).  My first choice would have been a binding that popped, but you can’t beat bias binding already made!

those needles keep clacking

Did you know that you can study and knit?  I discovered that as the spring semester rolled into play last month and so while the books are cracked, it has only slightly dampened the knitting obsession…


I’m nearing the end of this Polar Opposites cowl, which I began on the eve of the Super Bowl and realized that the 12th man gene is clearly injected into all Seattle babies–look at those subconscious Seahawks colors!


These mitts marked by first colorwork project (hurray!) and I loved making them.  I knit them as part of the Swans Island February mitt-along and hopefully they’ll be lucky and win me two skeins of GORGEOUS Swans Island yarn!


This lovely tweed has been in my stash for a long time and I finally turned it into two hats (while watching chemistry videos on the structure of atoms), one for my sweet little boy.  It’s a very rustic yarn so I started to doubt whether my sweetie would actually WEAR the hat.  Before casting it off I called it over and asked him to try it on.  “Is it too scratchy?” I asked skeptically.  “No Mom–it’s WONDERFUL” he enthusiastically reassured me.  I don’t think a craft-loving mother could have been better issued a firstborn child.  This kid would wear a crown of thorns with a smile if I told him I made it.


From rough hats into the softest thing I’ve ever made–this Salty Dog hat for Nic for our Valentine’s Day 12-year-dating-anniversary from Plucky Traveller Aran yarn.  Oh. Em. Gee.  Softest most wonderful thing I’ve ever knit and I just adore the color (Jack of All Trades).  It’s a mix of merino, yak, and silk and is divine.  I can’t say enough about how crazy wonderful it was to knit with!

Suzanne - You have a great round up of projects. My goal is to knit and read but you have taken it up a notch.

Susanne - Beautiful work!! What are you studying?