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Dec 3, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Traci of Real Photography

Dec 3, 2010
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Yippee!  The return of Follower Friday!  Can you believe that I'd never skipped a Friday since starting this post over the summer until last week?  Well, it returns with a Bang!  Today we meet Traci of Real Photography, who is a professional photographer and quilter on the side....her photos are simply GORGEOUS.  They make you want to wrap up in her beautiful quilts and have a warm cup of tea.  Seriously.  Here's a little about her! 

Traci of Colorado Springs, CO

Occupation: Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband, Nic, and I have two kiddos--our four year old son, Will, and 8 month old daughter, Ellie. Will is my helper when it comes to most projects--he has all sorts of opinions about color and placement. I work from home, so our day tends to bop between normal stay-at-home-mom activities, me cramming in editing/accounting/emails for my full time job as a photographer, and sneaking in some sewing time.

People often ask how I find the time, and that is simple: I stay up wayyyyyy too late and get up too early! That and I got a new super low maintenance hair cut that has given me back 25 minutes of my life each day. The fact that it's sort of hideous is beside the point. :P

# Years Quilting: 13 years--I started my first quilt at the age of 14 while living in England. (If you think that makes me a huge nerd you should know that my sister designed, appliqued, and finished her very own Star Trek Voyager quilt. So no, I am not the nerdiest teenager ever.)

Hand or machine piecing or quilting: I love hand quilting, and have a giant queen sized quilt block sampler that I am hand quilting, but with so little time and so much cute fabric, I've been machine quilting everything lately--even binding! The faster I can get that quilt finished, the more fabric I can play with! :D

How you learned to quilt: My mom was taking a quilting class with a group of American expatriates shortly after we moved to England. I stole her book and read ahead--teaching myself from the book. I fell hard for the Baltimore Album style and would love to finish the Baltimore Album style quilt I started some day! (When I get even slightly sad about not having much time for crafts, I just remember that I will be an incredibly busy old lady when I hit that nursing home--I'll finally have time to finish all of the hand-work projects I started as a teenager! Let's just hope I don't get arthritis!)

Favorite Completed Project: I'll share two. The quilts that mean the most to me are these matching baby quilts. They're not modern--the design is firmly entrenched in 1983, but I passed my baby quilt down to my son, and when I was pregnant with my daughter my mom surprised me with a matching quilt for her. The fact that she lives in Seattle and we live in Colorado made it even more amazing, and the fact that my dad was a critical part in sketching, shopping for fabric and putting the whole thing together made it that much more special.

Since that one is a bit of a cheat since I only made the binding on the original quilt, I'll share something I actually am responsible for, too. :) I am loving this Halloween quilt right now.  I'm very excited for it to be a part of our Halloween traditions and memories.

Quilting workstation setup: My 'workstation' is a bone of contention in the family--I use one half of our large dining room table and it makes Nic a little bit crazy. Right now it's been in disarray for a few weeks as I try to finish off several projects at once (two quilts, two halloween costumes, and a table cloth). But since it's located right at the center of our home, it makes the perfect spot for grabbing 5 minutes to sew here and there when the kids are playing nicely! And yes--that is how I usually quilt at night: with both a mug of tea and a glass of wine.

My motto: At this stage in my life, I've given up the idea that craftsmanship in my quilts is important. Done is better than perfect. Sometimes done is even better than good. :P I use that quote from the Ramona Quimby books: "It would never be noticed from a trotting horse" as my guide. Is it bad enough that someone would notice it in passing? Okay--rip it out and fix it. If not, keep moving forward!

Where to find me: As a new craft blogger, I would love to have more people visit my sewing blog! I update it several times a week. I'm also active on flickr with the user name Traci Turchin.  

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!
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  1. Beautiful work. I don't think you need to worry about your craftsmanship. :) I love the nativity mug rug.

  2. Thanks so much for the feature! I'm giving away an It's a Hoot charm pack on my blog to celebrate! :)

  3. Beautiful work and I enjoyed your story very much. That quote is going to stick with me too... ha! A trotting horse. Perfect measuring stick for me!

  4. Ha ha! I like your style! The "seen from a horse" philosophy is perfect! Ok, for the non-perfectionist, like me :-).

  5. Wow! That's all really great stuff to know about you!


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