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2008 Projects: Wedding Table Runner

This table runner was a gift for my sister Rona and brother-in-law Todd, for their wedding in September.

Rona & Todd's wedding gift

The pattern for the flower design is from “Mountain Blossoms” by Cindy Blackberg, which was in the April 2008 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (as a larger square table topper made up of nine blossoms).

The blossoms were hand-pieced and hand-appliqued onto the background. The swirly vines and berries were hand-embroidered, and the final piece was hand-quilted.

This was my first try at hand-piecing and once I got the hang of it, it was very satisfying. It was fun to do all of this project by hand — a special project for a very special occasion!

(There is one part that wasn’t hand-done: the binding was machine-sewn to the front of the piece, then folded over and hand-stiched to the back.)

Rona & Todd's wedding gift

Rona & Todd's wedding gift

The fabrics for the blossoms were chosen by Rona for the cute bird duo my Mom made for the top of the wedding cake — so I was working with colors I knew she liked. And I could surprise them by sneakily using the same fabrics!

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I didn’t pre-measure, knowing the approximate size of their coffee table, but as luck would have it, it’s also just the right size for their entry-way side table. Cheers to the happy couple!

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2008 Projects: Lavender sachets

My sister Rona got married in September and we held a bridal shower for her early in the month. For party favors, my Mom, sister Kaye and I made lavender sachets.

Lavender sachets

We used linen (recycled from a shirt too worn in places for wearing) and embroidered flowers or fun geometric shapes on them, adding a few little beads for extra texture. After filling them with lavender, we sewed the tops closed and folded down the fabric to make envelope-style closures on the backs — secured with cute little buttons (not shown in the photo). The final touch was a tag on each that Kaye made, noting the year and names of the happy couple, Rona and Todd!

It was so much fun picking out the embroidery patterns. Some were from my grandmother’s collection of vintage patterns, and some were from Sublime Stitching’s Flower Power and Swanky Decor sets that I received as a Christmas gift in 2007.

Each sachet was unique, so each guest at the shower could pick out her favorite!

The wonderful freshly dried lavender was from Blue Moon Lavender Farm in Sequim, Washington.

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