Star Trek Doomed Redshirt Cross Stitch

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Sometimes a friend sends you a cross stitch pattern as a gift and then you have the brilliant idea to stitch it for them and then you forget to mail it to them for a long time. Sorry, Mer. I’ll mail this. Eventually.

Pattern available from aliciawatkins on Etsy.

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Something new: Matryoshka Quilt

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Oh boy. It’s been a while. I took a little hiatus while work got overwhelming and I learned a new skill.

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I’ve definitely learned something new!

 My mom is an incredible quilter. She has this giant, amazing sewing room that required the demolition of a wall and the construction of built-ins to house her stash, her machines, and everything else.

 But it’s never really been my thing.

 Until now, I guess.

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I fell in love with some fabric. Those little dolls by Riley Blake. A friend of mine was using them in some quilting projects, and when I saw them on Instagram, I HAD TO HAVE THEM. 

Mom suggested the Falling Charms pattern from Missouri Star to showcase the fabric. You’ll note that these charms fall the exact opposite way because I’m bad at following directions.

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And this backing. And the tag. I’m just in love with this.

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It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m absolutely in love with it. And couldn’t wait to do it again.

Me and my Silhouette Cameo

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My parents are AWESOME. They got this baby for me for my birthday. I am SO EXCITED about all the things I’ve done with it and the things I’ve yet to try or dream up.

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For anyone who doesn’t know about the Silhouette – it’s basically a printer with a multi-directional blade instead of an ink cartridge. It cuts paper and cardstock and vinyl and even fabric (with the right attachments)! 

So the first thing I did was thank them for the gift. Using… the gift.

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Then I made a Valentine’s Day card using this free downloadable cut file from Under A Cherry Tree. I have learned so much about how to do things in the Sil software just from studying other people’s cut files. Extremely grateful to those who put their files out there for free!

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Then I decided to get really adventurous and try some vinyl! Learn from my mistakes. DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT TRANSFER PAPER. This was a ridiculous mess, but I’m happy with how it ultimately turned out! A friend gave me a transfer paper tip that I’ve used since and I’ll share the next time I talk about vinyl. It will be soon, I promise!

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Pretty cute, right?