This is a pretty straighforward pattern and yet, not one of my favorites. I just did one block and added an extra border and remembered that I don't really like going around rectangles. I usually get the corners not quite right or somehow miss a stitch. I've tried marking the corners and that helps a little bit but it's one of the things I struggle with in crochet.
The middle cream section is done in rows and then you crochet a border around it. I do like the way the spike stitches look on this and if this was done well would make a pretty nice rug. I used Red Heart Super Saver or the equivalent yarn from other brands for the background and Scheepjes Catona for the cross-stitch part.
I just did part of the cross-stitch in the center because I think I'm going to take it out and put a green "L" in the center.
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.