These United State counted cross stitch blocks were made by Sue Ann as a memory of her travels which I put into a quilt for her. Hand needlework has never been my strong point but I sure do admire what others do and was thrilled to make this quilt for Sue Ann.
For those of you that may be interested in turning your counted cross stitch blocks into a quilt, this is what I learned about working with Aida cloth. First off it is relatively stiff especially alongside quilting cottons. This worked to my advantage as the Aida cloth did not move on me as I was applying the sashing. It became problematic as I sewed the rows together. The stiffness made it difficult to line up each row and secondly, it became heavy. The solution was lots of pins and taking my time to ensure each block was lined up properly. Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again and recommend that you try it if you have many cross stitch blocks that are being neglected.
One of my favorite states because I love the motto 🙂
The quilting was kept simple, cross hatching through the blocks in very thin thread, swirls through the sashing and around the continental United States applique to represent water. Echoed wavy lines in the borders for “amber waves of grain”, a star in each corner. The applique center is quilted with words: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. The top border says America the Beautiful the bottom border, from sea to shining sea.
Thank you, Sue Ann, for letting me be a part of your quilt.