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.

Latte Love!

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I know, Valentine’s Day was a long time ago, but cute is always in season.

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And who doesn’t love a sweet little latte?

 I changed up the colors on this Latte Love pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I love the brights on the black!

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Not that the black was fun to stitch on – it wasn’t. But the way the colors pop is definitely worth it.

Stitched on 14 count black Aida with DMC threads.

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – Once Upon a Time Samper – March

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As promised, progress on my other giant year-long sampler!

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How cute is this? No, really. So cute.

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Snow White! Doing laundry! With dwarves! 

Okay, I made a tiny change in mine so that Snow White has her hands on her hips. Those dwarves can do their own laundry. 

I’m in love with the mirror. And those apples!

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How funny is it that both samplers I’m doing featured a frog prince in February? 

Those sweet little cupcakes! Mmmm. Cupcakes.

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This Three Little Pigs block might just be my favorite so far! I love the detail in the brick house. The pigs are just adorable! So is the big, bad wolf.

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I love the border, too. Teeny castles! Mushrooms! Crowns! Fleur de lis! Eee! So cute. 

Want to stitch along? The pattern is available from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Check out all their patterns! So adorable! I’m still working on the Twelve Days of Christmas one from last year, and I’m pretty sure that the Sugar is Sweet sampler is my next project! I also did the Latte Love pattern for Valentine’s Day – I’ll show you that one soon!

I am stitching on 14 count Aida in Vintage Mocha. This is not the recommended fabric, but was recommended as a lower-cost alternative by the pattern designers. I am really loving it. The designers wanted the fabric to look like a page from an old book. This definitely accomplishes that look in person – photos don’t do it justice!

Do you still think I’m not absolutely insane for attempting both of these in a year?

CloudsFactory Magical Creatures Sampler – March

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I have a couple giant year-long works in progress going on this year. CloudsFactory is releasing a sampler one block at a time, full of magical creatures! I am absolutely in love with this pattern. The rest is a mystery, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next!

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This is the block that convinced me I needed to stitch this pattern. I started seeing it all over Instagram, and knew I had to get in on this. That tree! The centaur!

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A frog prince for February, along with a cauldron and potions.

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AND THIS. This phoenix. This is my absolute favorite so far! I think he is absolutely gorgeous! 

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And here’s the whole thing so far! Please excuse my sad hoop rings. Pay attention, instead, to that gorgeous border. So much fun to stitch!

Want to join in? You can buy a subscription to the pattern on CloudsFactory.net.

I am stitching on the recommended fabric, Magical Clouds from Dovestitch. I actually don’t love it. It looks beautiful – the blues are gorgeous and the silver sparkle is really pretty – but it has a little too much stretch. I’m using the 16 count Aida (it is also available in evenweave and linen).

I’ll post the first three blocks of another year-long sampler I’m doing on Friday! Am I crazy for attempting two of these at a time?

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?