When I was working on my America the Beautiful towel, a line of the song jumped out at me: "God shed His grace on thee." Yes, the song is about the United States of America, but those words are true for everyone. God shed His grace on you. On me. On us. It needed to become an embroidery pattern.
I sketched a little, then I painted a bit...
And then I sketched a bit more until I landed at the design in the pattern. It's a little bit USA (think fireworks), but since I'm posting on the 4th of July (inspiration struck yesterday!), it would be suitable for other times if you stitch the stars in something other than red, white, and blue.
Stitch the stars with three stitches, but on the larger ones, you should tack down the middle with a tiny stitch.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day! And remember God's grace. No matter what we have done, He loves us.