March Monogram of the Month

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Now that I live in Texas, St. Patrick’s Day passes by without much fanfare but that’s not the case in other parts of the country. In Chicago, they dye the river green!  In New York City, they host the USA’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and on Savannah, GA’s official St. Patrick’s Day parade website, they countdown the days, hours and minutes until their annual parade time. 

As an embroiderer you can celebrate the upcoming Celtic celebration in a subtle way by adding a  petite shamrock to your monogram.  Think of it as a nod to your heritage or just an expression of Spring cheer.  If you do, include a couple of shades of green to add emphasis to the Celtic accent. I made this monogram in Bernina Artista Software. Here’s how.

Open BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus. Select the Monogram icon and click on the Borders tab at the top of the menu.  B1

Select MB4. B1a

Click on Add to add another border. B2

Insert .25 (inches) in the Offset box.  Select Candlewicking from the Outline menu. Click Ok.  B3

Click on Lettering in the Monogramming box. Select a font and type the letters in each box. B4

Merge the Shamrock design into the monogram.  B5

Save the design and send it to your machine. Hoop tear-away stabilizer with linen in a 4” x 4” hoop and stitch the design.

I’d like to share a little Celtic cheer with you so feel free to download the shamrock.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Do you have a favorite accent that you like to add to a monogram? Maybe a pineapple, pine cone, seashell or something along those lines? One comment will be chosen to receive a gift certificate to the DIME store for $25!

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Baby Lock

If you could have any Baby Lock machine, which one would you want to own? Post your comments for a chance to win a very generous prize courtesy of Baby Lock! One random winner will be chosen to win The Embroidery Essentials Kit, a $385 value!

The winner is… Jeannie G.  “I would love to have a long arm quilter” – Congratulations Jeannie!

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104 Comments on March Monogram of the Month

  1. Joyce Stiehler
    March 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm (6 years ago)

    A rose when doing something for my Mom and a tulip when doing something for my daughter.

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  2. Susan J
    March 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a seashell to remind me of my favorite place, Anna Maria Island FL. Wish I was there now instead of snowy cold (but gradually becoming warmer) Ohio! Congratulations, Jeannie G! Enjoy that fabulous Babyock embroidery kit.

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  3. judy wong
    March 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    How about a little “horseshoe” ?… everybody can use a little luck sometime!

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  4. Gena Allen
    March 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm (6 years ago)

    A daisy is always good but depends on the person it’s being given to.

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  5. Pat R
    March 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to add a small dog face to remind me of my girls(dogs). They make me laugh everyday and love them dearly.

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  6. barbara ann
    March 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a FROG because I Fully Rely On God.

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  7. jo shedd
    March 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I like a little butterfly someplace around a monogram. Seems it just adds a special signature touch.

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  8. Connie W
    March 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I might add a ladybug because my sister and I met and became friends with several girls at a sewing event. We formed a little group and named it “the Ladybugs”. We picked that name because all the projects we embroidered that day at the event were ladybugs. We keep in touch and meet as often as possible, even though they are almost 2 hours away. Great friendships really are formed from sewing, quilting and embroidery!!

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  9. Lilia O.
    March 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to use one of the outlines in my software to give monogramming a professional look 😉

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  10. Valerie Jennings
    March 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm (6 years ago)

    A little rose in memory of my Mother.

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  11. Jennifer P
    March 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm (6 years ago)

    i would love to add a Texas Longhorn to my siggie, but alas, it is copyrighted. I’ve never thought before, but I will have to come up with something original.

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  12. Caroline Burzan
    March 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I usually leave the monograms with just the outline – no added designs.

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  13. Terri Willner
    March 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Since I personalize things for my figure skater, of course I’d add a skate!

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  14. Barb
    March 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Flowers

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  15. Jill Hicks
    March 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to add a musical note.

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  16. Darlene Pino
    March 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (6 years ago)

    A pine tree since my last name means that.

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  17. Beth R
    March 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to add a small flower below the monogram.

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  18. Brenda Sutton
    March 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a small cat. Love my fur babies.

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  19. Debbie
    March 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    When I monogrammed my work shirt I placed a needle and thread motif in place of the I in my name

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  20. Monica
    March 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm (6 years ago)

    A Sewing Machine 🙂

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  21. Marilyn Weiss
    March 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Fleur de lis is my go-to embellishment!

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  22. sue
    March 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I love monograms, but prefer to use just a simple outline or border design with the monogram.

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  23. Rita
    March 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm (6 years ago)

    musical note / flowers

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  24. Frances Powell
    March 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I haven’t even thought about adding a signature design to my projects. Now I’m going to really think about what I want it to be.

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  25. Missy k
    March 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the font used in the photo of the embroidery. I would love to know what font it is. I love to add hearts to my embroidery

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  26. Bonnie Gray
    March 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I had never thought of adding something like that to a monogram. I think I would have to say a thistle to reflect my Scottish heritage. Thanks for the idea!

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  27. Shirley Clark
    March 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to use pretty frames for monograms. It just adds an more decorative touch.

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  28. Mary
    March 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I never thought of using one in embroidery, but I do add a heart when writing to the grandchildren. Sometimes an owl. Will have to check on this more closely.

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  29. Linda Ladd
    March 5, 2014 at 9:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Normally a pink heart

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  30. carol lewis
    March 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a crane bird for my maiden name.

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  31. irene Sullivan
    March 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

    Shamrock Texas has a big celebration on St. Patrick’s Day
    I would add a flower.

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  32. Sue McGovney
    March 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

    How Bout adding a lighthouse or. Rab?

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  33. Jean
    March 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a small owlan owl .

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  34. Donna G.
    March 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to add small swirls, flowers or accents to the sides of my monograms. They set the monogram off nicely.

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  35. vera
    March 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a dragonfly or a calla lily.

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  36. Pamela Beeth
    March 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I have used my own initials to make a little design. It is so small, I can put it on most of the designs I do without disturbing the design at all.

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  37. Debbie Wakelee
    March 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a small spool of thread!

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  38. Charlotte B
    March 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to do an embossed background when I do a monogram as I mostly monogram on towels. It really helps the lettering pop right out!

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  39. Ellen
    March 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Swirls or a flourish
    Ellen in Tx

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  40. Susan
    March 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm (6 years ago)

    “star” – everyone likes a star!

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  41. Shirl R
    March 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I like just the monogram itself, maybe a border, nothing else.

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  42. Berenice
    March 6, 2014 at 12:36 am (6 years ago)

    Why, a dragon of course…

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  43. Wanda H Leffingwell
    March 6, 2014 at 4:12 am (6 years ago)

    I would add a flower

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  44. Darlene Gerber
    March 6, 2014 at 4:23 am (6 years ago)

    If I was to add one it would be a Buckeye! They remind me of my state Ohio, and my favorite team The Ohio State Buckeyes!!

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  45. Marcia Dumas
    March 6, 2014 at 5:40 am (6 years ago)

    I would like a little dolphin, they are always happy because they live in the ocean and are wonderful to see in action.

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  46. Nancy Weber
    March 6, 2014 at 5:46 am (6 years ago)

    I don’t usually add designs to a monogram. I do always add a border or frame of some sort. To me that just makes it look more professional. Now that I see one done with an added design, I think I will give it a try!

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  47. Ann B
    March 6, 2014 at 6:09 am (6 years ago)

    Swirls or a Flourish or sometimes a frame. Love this idea. I am not consistent with my own monogram… Maybe I will begin! 🙂

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  48. Orvalee Roe
    March 6, 2014 at 6:55 am (6 years ago)

    I am new to machine embroidery and have not tried to do a monogram. Partly because of what my monogram would spell ORK. Lol. However this has got me thinking I could add a signature design to just my first and last initial.

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  49. Cathy
    March 6, 2014 at 7:11 am (6 years ago)

    I would add a leaf to mine, but not sure what someone else would like.

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  50. Joyce Andersen
    March 6, 2014 at 7:14 am (6 years ago)

    I like just a little flourish- something understated and elegant. Unless, or course, the monogram itself is wild and crazy, then all bets are off!

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  51. Donna F
    March 6, 2014 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    When appropriate I like to add a little heart. Congratulations Jeannie G.

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  52. Adeline Brill
    March 6, 2014 at 7:40 am (6 years ago)

    Actually the shamrock is perfect for my DIL. She is a “wee” bit Irish and I can make a bookmark for here using these directions. Thank you!

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  53. Kim Fisher
    March 6, 2014 at 7:41 am (6 years ago)

    something sewing/embroidery related

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  54. Patty
    March 6, 2014 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    I like to add a little flower.

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  55. Pam
    March 6, 2014 at 7:46 am (6 years ago)

    I add a heart where/when I can to add a punch to the monogram.

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  56. Valerie Gwara
    March 6, 2014 at 7:47 am (6 years ago)

    I,and my sisters, are cat persons, so I’d add a cat face

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  57. Ann
    March 6, 2014 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

    A diamond because diamonds are a girls best friend. 😉

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  58. Saundra Romanus
    March 6, 2014 at 7:49 am (6 years ago)

    I would like to add a dachshund. I have two and they are my “little loves”! Saundra

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  59. S.Ann Brown
    March 6, 2014 at 8:19 am (6 years ago)

    I would add a dressform to show my love of sewing.

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  60. Crissy Caldwell
    March 6, 2014 at 8:21 am (6 years ago)

    A baseball!

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  61. Katherine
    March 6, 2014 at 8:26 am (6 years ago)

    We are a farming family so I always add something along that theme cow, tractor wheat etc

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  62. Kay Schroeder
    March 6, 2014 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    A butterfly to represent our risen Savior.

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  63. Pam
    March 6, 2014 at 8:53 am (6 years ago)

    You got me thinking. Never done many before.

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  64. Deb E
    March 6, 2014 at 9:09 am (6 years ago)

    I would add a tulip. One of my favorite flowers in spring.

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  65. MoeWest
    March 6, 2014 at 10:01 am (6 years ago)

    I would add a sewing machine for myself. I like to choose something that the person can relate to. The shamrock would be a good one for our Irish heritage too.

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  66. Gyanja
    March 6, 2014 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

    Flip flops or palm tree with beachy colors for my pool bag!

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  67. Kristal
    March 6, 2014 at 11:11 am (6 years ago)

    I love to add a flower to my designs. It has become my trademark!

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  68. Mary Ann Genre
    March 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Dragonflies!

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  69. Penny Kitzmiller
    March 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm (6 years ago)

    It depends on who I’m sewing for….everyone I sew for has a different personality, so I add something I know they would like. Me myself I love dragonflies tho! Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  70. Vicky Isliefson
    March 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm (6 years ago)

    A clock face with the hands at five minutes to twelve: “just in time”, because I do everything at the last minute!

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  71. Barb
    March 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I love pinecones! I live in a place surrounded by pine woods and love to embroider pinecones with a spray of pine needles.

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  72. Melissa Rosander
    March 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t always add one because it’s not always appropriate, but for my personal monogram… must have a butterfly!

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  73. Kathy
    March 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to add a Polish Eagle to reflect. It shows how proud I am of my ancestors.

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  74. Pat Black
    March 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d take the easy-peasy way, and after composing the monogram, after I place the hoop in the machine{my Ellisimo] and press the border/satin stitch option on the machine, and have the exact border to surround the design

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  75. Anna Hollar
    March 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Scrolls are always generic and quite charming for all.

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  76. Karen
    March 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I only add something if they want something. I have never done my own monogram.

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  77. C.K
    March 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to add whatever matches the persons interests. This makes it really personal and gives me lots of variety in my embroidery!

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  78. KKN
    March 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I always use a very small silver star. It has meaning for me and it is tiny and not obtrusive.

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  79. Mary Haggenmaker
    March 7, 2014 at 9:26 am (6 years ago)

    The most monogramming I do is for men’s handkerchiefs at Christmas. There are several son-in-laws, grandson-in-laws that look forward to their Christmas handkerchiefs. Sometimes I put a little scroll on each side of the monogram.

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  80. Joan M
    March 7, 2014 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the encouragement to do a monogram. I have never done one and am in the process of making a purse. A monogram on the front pocket would be the crowning touch. Perhaps with a small rooster because we raise chickens here on the farm and I love hearing them crow.

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  81. C J
    March 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I really enjoy a small paw print but the shamrock is a great idea and could be used in lots more applications.

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  82. LCB
    March 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I like laurel wreaths around my monograms 🙂

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  83. Robin Farley
    March 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to use a dragon fly because the are so graceful and they remind me of my aunt who passed away a few years ago.

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  84. Elaine
    March 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I use a cat paw on my gift items for friend and family.

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  85. Karen W
    March 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Adding another design or logo totally depends on whether the embroidery is for myself or someone else!! For me, a tiny cluster of grapes is my go-to design. My kitchen & dining rooms have a grape theme – everywhere. Everyone knows that just says “me”! If not that, then I’d like lots of Fleur-de-lis designs.

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  86. Lisha
    March 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to use either a tiny honeybee or fleur de lis for myself.

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  87. Debe
    March 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Flourishes or stamps (my software calls them that)

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  88. Tonya Taylor
    March 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I would add a HEART. God is love and hearts are a symbol of love.

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  89. Ann Wright
    March 8, 2014 at 12:31 am (6 years ago)

    I would like to thank you for showing something in the software program Bernina Artista.
    I have had that software since they begin calling it The Customizer. That was a great software, then it changed to Bernina Artista ver.1.0.I really got to loving it when ver.3 came out. as the newer versions came out,they don’t seem to be as user friendly to me. I would add what ever is in season. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the free designs & lessons & producing a great magazine for us.

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  90. Carolyn
    March 8, 2014 at 10:34 am (6 years ago)

    I usually add something that relates to the person for whom I am doing the monogram. This little clover is perfect for my Irish friend, Jodie.

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  91. Barbara
    March 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to keep things simple, although the idea of adding a “special touch” sounds like a lot more fun!

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  92. Doreen
    March 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm (6 years ago)

    A moose for my oldest brother, shamrock for my friend.

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  93. Pamela Bynes
    March 11, 2014 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

    I’d like to have a heart with a cross on the inside. This reminds me of Christ in my heart.

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  94. Pat
    March 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    Hmm, if I was going for country of origin then it would be a Scotch Thistle + a Shamrock + a spray of Wattle for Scotland, Ireland & Australia.
    For just me – it would be a cat & a parrot. Have had a cat for ever! And a parrot for most of my life. Love both.
    My daughter would be a butterfly.
    My youngest son would most likely want some orange & white checks for his volunteer work. Now that would make a great border!
    The older son a piece of Leggo as he does Leggo modelling for exhibitions.
    Been working on a motorcycle for DH.
    The possibilities are endless.

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  95. Nancy King
    March 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm (6 years ago)

    It depends on who it is for. My grandkids are into sports so I might put a soccer ball or football around the monogram

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