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This year I married my wonderful husband Dan.? Our fairytale wedding was in a castle close to my parent’s home in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. All of you who are married might know what great organizational effort wedding planning require...


This year I married my wonderful husband Dan.? Our fairytale wedding was in a castle close to my parent’s home in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

All of you who are married might know what great organizational effort wedding planning requires. Starting with setting the date and securing the venue, then onto the formal invitation, guest list, wedding favors, food, musicaccent pillow case baby canvas baby decoration, who sits next to Aunt Helga, etc., etc.

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Since our ceremony –?followed by a great celebration ? happened in an old and rustic environment, I talked to my friend and work pal, Jo, about wedding favors. My thoughts were to combine something handmade (on a BERNINA) with something my guests would cherish forever that is actually useful at the same time.

My friend, Tim, from Frankfurt/Main designed our wedding invitations, which reflected a contemporary marriage in an historic place. While designing the invitations he created a heart motif incorporating our initials “A” plus “D.”

This wonderful creation (my mom described it?at first sight as an advertisement rather than a wedding invitation component―but it grew on her) became a piece of art and our wedding theme, and with this a part in our wedding favor―linen lavender sachets from two cocktail napkins laced together showcasing the heart embroidery.

Since I am a true beginner sewer I needed a helping hand to bring my vision to life. “Oh Sylvain!…;”

My co-worker, Sylvain, digitized the motif during lunch time followed by a test sew-out to fine tune the embroidery.

Originally I thought I could do the embroidery as time allowed. However, the big day was approaching fast…faster…oh, even faster than that. So Sylvain offered to stitch out endless heart designs on a Saturday on his two BERNINA machines at home. While he was cranking out the embroidery on his B 730 E and B 830 E, I was hooping and trimming assembly line-style. Each machine was stitching one of the two colors, so?there was no need to re-thread.

My ingredients list:

For the embroidered napkin:

To assemble the sachet:

Tip: Since the napkins were not caught between the inner and outer hoops for embroidering?(they were adhered to hooped sticky stabilizer), Sylvain digitized a basting stitch rectangle around the motif for added stability and to avoid pattern distortion.

After a re-energizing home-cooked lunch we buckled down for a marathon thread-trimming session.

After unhooping and trimming jump threads back home, I washed away the stabilizer and pinned the napkins to the ironing board to block them until they were almost dry. Then I pressed them from the outside in, avoiding the embroidered areas (this helps avoid puckering in the embroidered area).

For the inside I sewed little organza sachets filled with loose lavender.? The finished dimensions were about 1? “ x ?1? “.? I then laced together one embroidered napkin and one plain for each wedding favor, leaving an opening on the last side to insert the lavender sachet. The ribbon was inserted into the hemstitching, weaving over 3 threads and under 2 threads. By the way, the wedding was now approaching faster than ever….so kind hearts (Joan, Mary Lou, Mary Lou’s sister, her friend and Pat) came to my rescue and helped assemble the favors.

Mission accomplished! My handmade wedding favors were finished right in time for takeoff to my home country of?Germany. And all the happy smiles on my guests’; faces let me be a happy bride. It was truly the most wonderful day!

While everyone is talking about pumpkin flavored & scented everything, I’m thinking about spring. Yes, spring. I’m not one to look ahead or skip a season, but with the new house & a lack of landscaping, I’m starting to think about what I want our garden to look like in spring. THEN, I’m going to deck the house in pumpkins, gourds & kick off fall! In Missouri, late September to early October is ideal for planting bulbs for beautiful spring growth in beds. You can plant as late as January for planter boxes & pots. For now, I’m gifting a sweet friend who has?made our transition to St. Louis easy, with everything they need to plant spring bulbs – a gardening gift basket! It’s true, seasons change, but some friends never do!

Hello! My name is Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts, and I am a longarmer, pattern designer, and book author. While I almost always label my quilts, this last year was so busy that I didn’t get to attaching information to everything. That got me thinking about the ways we label our quilts, and I wanted to try something a little different. This tutorial is how I used the built-in alphabets on my BERNINA 790 to add text to the binding itself. Because my BERNINA is capable of a 9mm stitch width, I have provided the cutting instructions I used. Machines with a narrow stitch width may be able to use strips cut slightly less wide.

April is National Serger Month, and we’re celebrating with top tips, techniques, and tutorials through the end of the month! Today we’re sharing 10 top needle tips that will help your overlocker create perfect stitches.

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