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February Stitch-Along

We must thank Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame for the trending farm house décor embraced by America.  Restaurants, hotels, furniture stores, department stores, home stores, craft stores and more.  Painted signs touting sentimental messages, acclamations of faith or humorous sayings are adorning walls everywhere.

As seen in a national home store.

While I love the look, I don’t want to buy/collect or make wood signs for my walls. First, I’m not a painter or vinyl user. I don’t want to age/paint/assemble wood pieces that are part of a fad. And I love fabric more than wood. I just can’t change the fiber of my being (sorry, couldn’t help that pun!) – it’s cotton all the way for me!  So what’s a fabric lover to do?

How about wrapping that fad in beautiful cotton?  Let me explain. Last summer, I looked at the trend and thought, “Why can’t we get the same look with fabric?”

So that’s what I did. I created a line of Farmhouse Panels just for us – embroiderers and lovers of fabric – and digitized designs to embellish them. The panels are designed to wrap around pre-framed canvas.  By finishing the panels as wall art, they fall right into the popular farm house décor trend.  Of course, the kits come with the quilting and embroidery designs plus full instructions for making one for your home. 

I’m so excited about it that I reached out to Baby Lock and asked them to join DIME on a Stitch Along for National Embroidery Month (February) featuring Farmhouse Sentiments. 

During the stitch Along, you’ll find 13 blog/social media posts showcasing the Farmhouse Panel.  You’ll learn different ways to embellish them and you’ll have 13 chances to win a Farmhouse Kit.  Just look for the Stitch-Along badge and you’ll know you’re in the right place. Make sure you join us!

Look for this badge during February, National Embroidery Month.

I’ll kick it off next week, February 1, with a Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST. I’ll reveal the list of Baby Lock/DIME influencers who are participating and share a quick how-to of what’s needed to stitch one of the kits.   I can’t wait to see how the influencers will finish their panels. 

During the month, you’ll find me on Facebook Live three more times: Feb. 6, 20 and 28 so that’s a great opportunity for you to join in and ask questions about quilting with your embroidery machine.  Before we get started, tell me what panel you would stitch first if you win Farmhouse Kit, the Grateful Panel or the Gathering Panel. Both panels come in the Farmhouse Sentiments Kit.





    The gathering

    • Nancy Kurrasch

      The gathering place. Love them both. Always wanted to try making signs.

  • Sylvia Erspamer


  • Tricia Witte

    LOVE! More please !

    • eileenroche

      We’ll be releasing more over the next few months. Glad to hear you like the idea, Tricia.

  • Karen Poole

    I’d do the grateful heart one!

  • Bev

    The Gathering panel

  • Peggy Schroeder

    Eileen, I would do the grateful one, as my mantra has become, when someone asks how I am, I say “I am not great, but I am grateful.
    I miss seeing you and Marie, would love to attend another one of your sessions.

    • eileenroche

      Hello Peggy! So nice to hear from you – it’s been ages. Truth be told, Marie and I miss doing the events…but we are grateful for the memories! If we ever do head out West, you’ll hear about it here first. Take care of yourself, Peggy! Hope you’re still enjoying machine embroidery.

  • Carolyn Hauber

    Greatful is my 1st choice

  • ShirleyC

    I can’t wait! Love, love these!

    • Sheila

      Sounds exciting,. I would choose the grateful one. I already have a pillow this says Gather.

  • Sharon Repici

    The Gathering Place reminds me of the days when friends would come and sit around the kitchen table for hours.

  • Pamela Hansen

    The grateful panel!!!!

  • Jackie


  • Linda

    These are beautiful, but I can only see two of the thirteen you mention. Bummer! I choose grateful of these two.

    • eileenroche

      Linda, the reference to 13 was that how many blog posts there will be in February, National Embroidery Month. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

  • Carol

    The Gathering Place…
    I live in Dairy country, my spouse works at the cheese plant. I love it when the Dairy families get together, share ideas, etc. Reminds me… foundation that America was built and keeps growing on.

    • Colleen Smith

      Grateful absolutely!

  • Michelle Hall

    love both of them but probably would do the gathering one 1st

  • Cyrill long


  • Ellen


  • Patricia Bergeron


  • Vickie Bell

    The Gathering Place…so love the knife and fork and sharing a meal!

  • Karen MCDONNER

    Grateful! Because I am grateful to have another day, every day!

    • eileenroche

      Me too, Karen! Blessed to be here!

  • Karen

    Grateful, but I love them both. Beautiful, I love the wood grain background!!

  • Cathy Rosynek

    Gathering panel – love your idea!

  • Kathy Harms

    Grateful, they are both awesome! I’m Grateful and I love to Gather with family and friends.

  • Susan Spiers


  • Cathy

    Grateful! But I like them both. So many things to be Grateful for!

  • Sharon


  • Debi Flessert

    The gathering panel.

  • Betsy Evans

    Grateful heart!

  • Brenda Kennedy

    The gathering place

  • Tari Jewett

    I love them both, but I think I’d start with The Gathering Place!

  • Elizabeth K Lantz

    The gratefulheart

  • Becky

    This is a great project, especially since I am just at the planning stages of a kitchen remodel. The Grateful Heart would be the one that I would want to make and hang where everyone enters my house.

  • Patricia Gabhart

    I love them both, but I would probably stitch the Gathering first.


    The Grateful heart!

  • Betty


  • Cherri K

    Love the Grateful Heart. This is a fabulous idea! Keep them coming!

  • Donna S

    Gathering first and grateful second. I love them both!

  • Sandra Stegner

    I would do the grateful panel first.

  • Terry P


  • Delores

    I love them and would do the grateful one first.

  • Dee D


  • Rebecca

    I love them both of course but I would begin with the “Grateful Heart” panel, As we should begin everything.

  • LyndaWhittemore

    I like them both but would do the gathering panel first.

  • Carolyn Morgan

    Definitely the Grateful ❤. I took part in one of your weekend classes. It was wonderful. Wish I could do it again.

    • eileenroche

      Thank you Carolyn!

  • Dalene Hokanson

    Grateful heart

  • Phyllis Marshall

    Grateful, always looking for new ideas, love ❤️ this

  • Judy H

    Grateful for sure as I am thankful for every second of my life.

  • Donna G.

    Grateful Heart!

  • SL

    Grateful heart

  • Gloria E. Stewart

    Love the grateful panel!

  • JD

    I would do the Grateful Heart first. Love your idea for these projects.

  • Becky Thompson


  • Karen

    I would start the grateful on one machine and the gathering on a second machine so I could do them both at the same time. Thanks

    • eileenroche

      Love that idea, Karen!

  • Sandra Sanders

    I would start on the start each day with a grateful heart. It would be nice to see it each day.

  • Pam Johnson

    I would start with the Grateful heart. We akk need to be reminded of that some days

  • Doree Shandera

    I would go with the gathering panel. That is my family. Always gathering in the kitchen when times are fabulous and times are low. I really like this idea. I have never done a live facebook, so hope I will be home and figure it all out.

  • Linda Ilgenfritz

    The grateful heart ❤️ panel!

  • Nancy Fetter

    I would like the Gathering panel. But would do each, as I would make gifts for my daughters as they use the farmhouse theme in their homes. I love this idea you have developed!

    • eileenroche

      Thank you Nancy!

  • Kim Bridgewater

    Grateful Heart, although I love them both

  • Sandy McCallum

    Grateful heart. Love the idea behind this project.

  • Patricia Oishi

    Tough to decide, but I choose Grateful

  • joyce

    Grateful as my first choice, though gathering is great, too.

  • Laurie Lukaszewicz

    Love them both! can’t wait to see what comes next!! would have fun starting out with Gratefful, for myself and our three married daughters!! As always, thank you Eileen and team for your helpfulness and creativity!

  • JudiC

    I always start with a grateful heart. I am very excited about this new farmhouse look. I also loved Fixer Upper.

  • Ann Cotton

    I’d start with Grateful Heart, making several for family. Between my siblings and my kids, we all had a rough 2018, and 2019 hasn’t yet improved for the kids and grandkids. Your design would be a gentle reminder.

  • Sue Yost

    Both? I think I would start with grateful heart, and then do the gathering place!

  • Marcelene WORKMAN

    Start each day with a grateful heart!

  • Terry

    absolutely GRATEFUL

  • Mary

    I would stitch the Grateful Heart one first.

  • Brenda Aigner

    I like to approach each day being greatful for all of the blessings God gives me! Greatful!

  • Vicki


  • Lauire B

    I would do gathering, we were in the military far from family. Our friends were and still are our family. Love them both!

  • Pat Fritze