Embroidering with a Grateful Heart


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I was so honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour. I chose to create the Grateful Heart panel. It included seven embroidery designs and four woodgrain designs for quilting.

My wall hanging attaches to a wall display that looked like the top of a rolling barn door.


I cut the panel down to 15″ x 17″ with board lines centered, left and right. Because the panel had boards imprinted on it, I decided to use the wood grain quilting on a border. I chose Moda Grunge by Basic Grey in Brown. It looked like old barn wood that had been repainted over the years.

Side borders were sewn to the panel with a half-inch seam allowance. Seams were pressed to the dark border fabric.

Pellon fusible fleece was cut to around 40″ x 40″ and the center panel and side border piece was fused to the middle of the fleece.

Quilting the Borders

I used the thumb tack and basting box technique for positioning and embroidering the wood grain designs.

Wood grain files 1-3 were combined into one file with wood grain 4, 1-2 combined into another one. Run a basting stitch on hooped stabilizer. Thumbtacks through two corners closest to the border edge help with aligning the quilting designs on the border fabric.


Trimming around the tips of the wood grain template for the second hooping shows where it should nest into the previous stitching. A line drawn on the border at the uppermost position will show where the next embroidery basting box should go.

Embroidering the Heart

Stitch the heart where desired using the heart template. Fuse the heart to the panel and stitch the decorative stitching.

Because I used the same “wood” fabric for the heart as I did for the border, I added embroidery to the center of the heart to make it pop. I edited the corner flower design and rotated it 45 degrees.

After side borders are quilted, attach the top and bottom borders, fuse to the fleece, and quilt.


Bind it as desired or mount it to a foam board or framed canvas.


I secured mine to the decorative board for display.

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4 thoughts on “Embroidering with a Grateful Heart”

  1. I love the message on this panel and your embroidery embellishment is the perfect touch for a display piece! It has such great country charm!

  2. What beautiful panels. I love the heart you added. These would be great for wall hangings, or even cushion covers.

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