Friday, September 18, 2015

Beatrix Potter Alphabet: Cross This One Off!

It's such a relief to finally cross this one off my list for the 2015 Finish Along hosted by On the Windy Side

alidiza: Beatrix Potter Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet Quilt
Fun Facts:

This is actually the second time I've made this quilt.  I made the first version as a baby gift for my boss.  His daughter just left for her sophomore year of college.  The letters come from Sampler Wall Hanging that I split apart to make individual quilt blocks.  I liked it so much I immediately started working on another one for myself.

I started this in 1998.  This is NOT my oldest UFO.  I'd never make this quilt today...  the top has been finished for a really long time but I had zero motivation to quilt it.  I finally decided I had to finish it or get rid of it.  It probably deserves more quilting but in the end I'd really rather it just be done.

The first time this touched a machine was when I added the binding.  Obviously the counted cross-stitch blocks were all done by hand but I also hand pieced the blocks and borders...  another thing I would never do today.

alidiza: Beatrix Potter Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet Quilt
Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts and checking this off my list for the 2015 Finish Along with On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


  1. Adorable! Love the cross of the stitching and quilting. Great job.

  2. Oh my goodness. I love it. I teach preschool and love my ABC's. (insert wink) You really put a lot of work into this!
    I linked at Crazy Moms too I'm #100! Have a good weekend.

  3. Wow! This was a lot of stitching!
    It turned out very well, good for you not to get rid of it but to finish it!

  4. What a lot of work you have put into this project - the cross stitched blocks look lovely. I bet you are really pleased that it is finally finished, rather than getting rid of it all, that would be sacriledge. Great job!

  5. Awww - this is so sweet. I'm so glad you finished it, too, instead of dumping it off. That's a lot of hand work! You can always add more quilting to it later down the line if it catches your fancy to do so, but it's great already. :)

  6. Wow - seriously impressive finish! Great work!

  7. Can anyone please tell me what colour thread is used for the letters on this cross stitch - I started it 27 years ago !! pre children, now they have left home I have time to finish it!!!! Can't see what colour thread the letters are on the pattern.
    Many thanks.

    1. Hello EK99, I also started this three decades ago and have just pulled it out to finish it myself, I started mine in 1994. I got to the letter H!

      The color for the letters listed in the pattern is DMC 320 Green - however if your are going out to buy it now it is called Pistashio Green - Medium now (still is DMC colour number 320).

      Hope this helps :)