Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TN's Turn on the AMB Blog Hop, & a Giveaway!


Hey, y’all!

Welcome to Tennessee’s stop on the AMB Blog Hop!  American Made Brand Fabrics has come out with a line of fifty beautiful solid fabrics, made of American-grown cotton right here in the US.  I hope you’re enjoying the hop so far - I’ve been really inspired by all the fabulous work all my predecessors have done, and can’t wait to see the blocks of those who follow!  (You can see the entire list of hop participants here if this is the first you've heard about it.)  But for now, let me tell you a little bit about Tennessee....

I’ve lived in Tennessee for the past 25 years, longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, and I have to tell you, I love this state!  It’s absolutely gorgeous, and there’s so much to do and see.  We’re far enough south to avoid the harsh winters of the north, and far enough north to avoid the blistering heat in the south.



Tennessee was granted statehood in 1796.  Interestingly, it was the last state to secede during the Civil War, and the first to be re-admitted to the Union.  It stretches from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the Mississippi River in the west.  Geographically it is broken into three “grand divisions", each with its own beauty and sights to see.  

The Eastern Division, centered in Knoxville, comprises the mountainous portion of the state.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. The park was named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops these fabled mountains.  

The Great Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are famous for their beautiful fall scenery and shopping, and you wouldn’t want to miss the Dollywood theme park while you are there. Knoxville hosted the 1982 World’s Fair, and you can still see the Sunsphere, built especially for the World’s Fair as you drive through.  

The Sunsphere in Knoxville, TN

In 1974 Walter Cronkite designated Knoxville as the “Streaking Capital of the World.”  It was in the spring of that year that an estimated 5,000 people on the University of Tennessee’s famous Cumberland Avenue took their clothes off…stripping on the “strip.” The atomic bomb, modern history’s most closely guarded secret, was developed in nearby Oak Ridge.

The Middle Division, centered in Nashville, the capitol, is full of rolling hills and beautiful lakes.  Nashville is the home of country music, and yes, the show “Nashville” is actually filmed here.  It’s a lot of fun to watch the show and see places around town that I’ve been!  Nashville hosts the CMA Music Festival each June, when country music fans from around the world come to meet country musicians in person. 

The stage at the Grand Ole Opry


 Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.  The phrase “good to the last drop” was coined by Theodore Roosevelt at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville after he finished a cup of the locally produced coffee they served.  



You can also visit a life-sized replica of the Parthenon near downtown Nashville, which was built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition.

 Just down I-24 in Coffee County, Bonnaroo is held each year - a massive music festival attended by tens of thousands each year and boasting a wide variety of styles of music.  

The crowd at Bonnaroo 2013
The festival basically turns a 700-acre farm into the 7th largest city in Tennessee overnight, for four days!  

Chattanooga, down on the Georgia border, is famous for the world’s steepest passenger railway line and the largest fresh water aquarium in the world.  

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanoga

The Glen Miller Orchestra won the first gold record awarded by the music industry for its recording of The Chattanooga Choo-Choo.  Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1899 at a plant on Patten Parkway in downtown Chattanooga after two local attorneys purchased the bottling rights to the drink for $l.00.

The Western Division, with Memphis as its largest city, is in the delta, with low-lying fertile farmlands. Beale Street is famous for its music and barbecue.  The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis boasts a flock of resident ducks who make a trek to the indoor water fountain each day!  

The famous ducks of the Peabody Hotel

Cotton made Memphis a major port on the Mississippi River. The Memphis Cotton Exchange still handles approximately one-third of the entire American cotton crop each year.  Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, is also located there, and sees 600,000 visitors each year.  

Graceland by Thomas Kincade 

It is the second most visited private home in America, second only to Biltmore House in Ashville, NC. The legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones, who was killed when his train crashed on April 30, 1900, lived in Jackson, TN and Jackson is also the home of Pringles Potato Crisps!



The license plate block I designed represents the different divisions of the state.  At the bottom of the block, you can see the brown representing the Mississippi River, also known as The Big Muddy, which borders the western section of the state.  Next you see the green rolling hills of the central portion of the state, and finally the gray and blue bands which reflect the beautiful mountains of the Great Smokies.  All of this under a beautiful Tennessee blue sky! The red, white and blue circle comes from the center of the Tennessee flag. The three stars in its center represent the three grand divisions of the state.  

Tutorial for the block:

This block measures 6.5” high by 12.5” wide.  I used the following American Made Brand solid colors:

Mississippi River - 64 Light Caramel

Rolling Hills - 17 Light Lime, 18 Lime

Mountains - 5 Light Gray, 32 Light Aqua, 100 Light Turquoise

Background - 97 Light Sky

Symbol - 
Outer Ring - 4 Light Red
Inner Ring & Stars - 1 White
  Center - 93 Light Navy

You can either print the landscape design from the PDF, or create your own landscape design.  Once you have your design, print or trace it so that each piece is longer (top to bottom) than the visible portion on the block.  This will allow you to overlap the pieces to stitch them together.  I used Heat and Bond to applique my pieces to the block.  Use whatever technique works best for you - I am not skilled at applique and it’s quite likely there’s an easier, better technique to use!  




Starting from the bottom, take the bottom two applique pieces (the brown Mississippi piece and the light lime piece) and overlay the brown on the light lime.  Using your preferred technique, applique the two pieces together along the top of the brown piece.  I used a machine blanket stitch with clear thread. You could just as easily use needle turn applique or raw edge stitching. 




After stitching it down, turn the piece over and cut away the light lime that overlays the brown, so that you have a piece with only one layer.  




This will help reduce the thickness of your finished piece.  Repeat the process until the entire landscape applique is finished. 




To make the Tennessee state symbol, trace the symbol in the PDF to cut circles for the outer, middle, and inner circles, and the three stars.  As before, I used Heat-N-Bond to make my symbol, so I traced the designs onto Heat-N-Bond before ironing it to the fabrics.   Assemble the symbol.  

Lay the applique and symbol on your background piece to determine placement of your lettering.  I traced the lettering onto my block and (carefully) filled it in with a fabric marker, because as I said, applique is not my strong suit.  It could also be embroidered or appliqued if desired.



After the lettering is completed, attach the landscape applique and state symbol.  You’re done!

If you'd like a copy of the PDF file that contains the landscape diagram, the lettering and the state symbol, please request it in a comment below, leave your email address, and I'll send it to you!


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And now for the fun part - the giveaway!  American Made Brand has provided a fat quarter bundle - eight beautiful, colorful pieces of their new fabric!  


And I'm adding to that a "uniquely Tennessee"  gift bundle - GooGoo Clusters (the world's first combination candy bar, invented right here in Nashville, TN), Moon Pies (made in Chattanooga, TN since 1917), and a few other goodies to give you a taste of Tennessee!  So how can you win all this goodness?

1.  Leave a comment sharing how many US states you've visited or lived in, and which is your favorite!

2.  Hop over to the American Made Brand site, then come back here and leave another comment mentioning your favorite color out of the fifty for a second entry!

3.   Leave a comment letting me know you're a follower for a third entry!

Easy peasy!  Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, June 3rd at 6 pm, and I'll announce a winner on Wednesday, June 4th.  Please please please be sure you aren't a no-reply blogger - or if you are, or don't know, please leave your email address in your comment.  It would be a shame if you won, but I couldn't reach you to let you know!

Oh, and by the way, if you're looking for a place to purchase these wonderful solids, my friend Shannon at Fabrics N Quilts (in Jamestown, TN) has all fifty colors!  Check her out - she'll set you up in fine style!

Hugs!

Sarah

PS Be sure to check back Sunday to see the beautiful quilts that have been created by the participants in this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge, and then come again next Monday for something really special!  Hope to see you then!

621 comments:

  1. i'll be the first to comment! i love your block and yes i have BEEN to Tennessee....seen the aquarium, the chattanooga choo-choo too! i've been to all new england states, mid atlantic, nebraska, missouri, florida, tennessee, alabama, georgia (a corner)....and my fave is any state on the coast

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  2. and my favorite color? so hard to choose just one as i love working in solids, but it would be navy blue first...

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  3. Good morning. I have a personal goal to visit all 50 states. I currently have 38 crossed of the list. I have been to Tennessee several times.

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  4. I follow you via bloglovin. I so enjoy the pictures of all the quilts.

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  5. I have visited all but 3 states and hope to visit them this year. My favorite state is Alaska, I love it here

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  6. I have lived in 5 states and visited many on the way from the midwest (where I grew up) on family trips to California, and from the midwest to Washington DC. I have lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past 34 years, and I guess it is my favorite because I have no desire to move. I have visited several states along the eastern seaboard since I have moved here, as well, but never got around to counting. I have been to florida to visit my parents since they retired there, but I prefer the northern states and winter over hot and humid.

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  7. My favorite color is dark turquoise, but it was hard to choose only one.

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  8. I follow you on bloglovin, and look forward to your posts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  9. I have lived in 7 different states (an Army brat). North Carolina is my favorite - have lived here over 40 years now. Thanks.

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  10. Light lime is my favorite color of the AMB fabrics. Thanks.

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  11. I have lived in Iowa, Texas and Missouri. Texas is my fav.

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  12. I'm counting 14 states that I've visited, but I might be missing a couple. As for states I've lived in that would be Illinois and Iowa (currently Iowa.)

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  13. I have lived in 3 states and visited probably somewhere between 30 and 40 of them. I have especially enjoyed visiting Hawaii and Utah, and have liked all the states I've lived in. There seem to be good things about every state, can't really pick a favorite.

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  14. I'm a follower too. I remember buying a bunch of GooGoo Clusters at the airport coming back from visiting my sister who lives in TN. Thanks again.

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  15. I lived in 1 state, and visited about 6 I think... I think every state has something great and something not-so-great so I will not pick a favorite :) thanks for the chance to win

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  16. I've not traveled much but have been just inside TN. Let me count.... only 8 states.

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  17. I think I'm going to have to get my hands on a bundle of this fabric to start playing. Every time I thought I found a favorite color I'd see another one that I like better. I'm thinking the light and dark turquoises might be the colors I was searching for to finish my FW quilt so I'll go with those for today.

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  18. And I am a follower! thanks again

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  19. The AMB colors are lovely. Light Aqua is the color I seem to be drawn to lately.

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  20. I'm a follower too. I really want to try those Moon Pies. (I'm sure if I looked I could find them around here, but I've never had one before.)

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  21. Also picking a color is hard :) I like them all... but probably my favorite is Aqua!

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  22. Oh what a great license plate! this quilt is going to be so neat. I've lived in 6 states, we traveled A LOT when I was growing up, living in various places in a few of those states. I'm happy to have set roots down in upper California 26yrs ago. thanks for a great blog hop.

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  23. I have lived in four and my favorite so far is Florida

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  24. All the colors are wonderful but I have to pick agua

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  25. Wow. I had no idea there were so many pieces to the landscape of TN. I love the layers on your plate, especially the mountains. I am going to try out making this block. I haven't been to very many states. Figured once I had been to 12 states.

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  26. I have traveled to all the states east of the Mississippi and some west of the Miss. I always say my favorite is the one I'm in at that time! Each is special in it's own way.
    Please send me the pdf for the license plate. You did a fabulous job.
    marsha.hodgkins@yahoo.com

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  27. I've visited or lived in 15 states. I don't know that I have a favorite--I love how unique each state is and just how much you can see and do that is sooo different! I'm loving this blog hop for that.

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  28. My favorite co,or is 113, Forest.

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  29. I guess I've been to or lived in 38 of the 50 states. Most of the ones I've not seen yet are in the deep south. Guess we'll have to make that circuit after DH retires!

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  30. Waiting for our LQS order of AMB to come in so I can see all the colors in person, but right now I'm testing a piece of light yellow for hand quilting a wholecloth quilt, and love the way it needles. The light yellow is a gorgeous soft shade, love it.

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  31. I have lived in New York all of my life, moving from the suburbs of NYC to the ocean, to the mountains. I have visited or passed through about 15- so much to see and learn!

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  32. I am following via e-mail. Lyn Kaufmann

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  33. I like them all! If I really have to pick I was able to narrow it down to the raspberry and periwinkle.

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  34. I love Tennessee. So much to do there. I would love a copy of your PDF for the pattern.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  35. I am loving the teals in this fabric. Hope the local quilt shop gets it in.

    I follow thru Bloglovin.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  36. I love the Raspberry and Periwinkle and Dark Purple. I can't pick just one!!

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  37. I have visited about 20 states. But my favorite has to be PA as that is my home and has been all my life. :-)

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  38. I am following your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I learned a lot from your write-up. It was very interesting. I lived in New Hampshire as a very young child and have probably visited about. 20 states over the years.
    As for favourite colour raspberry would tickle my fancy.

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  40. I have visited 49 of the 50 states - have not gotten to Hawaii yet. I have lived in 8 states - one of these are counted twice as I lived in Idaho twice but now and the last 34 years have lived in Arkansas

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  41. I love the aqua's and the tomato red the best

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  42. I have lived in 3 states, so far and my favorite is Washington. We lived near the Puget Sound, the view was awesome and I love the weather out there. The rain is often a soft sprinkle, so you don't really get very wet. I often went without an umbrella. The west coast doesn't have much humidity, either, which I miss.

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  43. My favorite color is the Dark Aqua.

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  44. I have been in 25 of the 50 states. Great job on your plate. The fabrics are beautiful. Can't wait to see them in the shops.
    janita

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  45. I follow you by email. Thank you. Janita

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  46. TN is in my family's blood - really! We recently became one of the "First Families of TN" based on several people in our family tree who first settled there. We've always loved our vacations in E. TN - the Tweetsie Railroad, Clingman's Dome, etc - even since I was a little girl. As a military family of my own, we were mostly overseas, but did drive from Washington to Washington twice. Homes have been in WA, FL, TX, CA, MD.

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  47. Hello from Minnesota! I've lived in MT, MN, and NY (If you count military training sites, I'd add SC, VA, WI, AZ, IN, LA) and as for visiting, then there's OR, WA, CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, IA, MO, IL, FL, MD, NJ, and ME. That's only 29... But it's fun to count!

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  48. I love the light red. Think I'll have to order a swatch card.

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  49. I have lived in two states. Visited six. Love your plate!

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  50. I've lived only in MO but have visited many.

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  51. Dark raspberry is a real pretty color!

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  52. One of my bucket list items is to set foot in all 48 contiguous states. I've visited half of them -- 24 total -- so far! My favorite is Maine simply because I am biased. I went there quite a few times on account of my Grandmother and other relatives lived there.

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  53. My favorite colors are purple and green; but, none of those colors in the AMB fabrics strike my fancy. Next favorite is orange and I'm really loving the Dark Orange (37)! The Gold (68) also is lovely and different and is something I most likely use often!

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  54. Favorite color: 85 Periwinkle. Reminds me of the Forget Me Knots on my vintage Franciscan ware dishes. And, I forgot to mention living in HI - first as UH student, then later as military family.

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  55. I am not sure how many states I have been in but probably 2/3 of them.

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  56. I liked Raspberry the most. Give me a hot pink and I am a happy camper.

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  57. I have visited 35 states...I love Ohio....I was born there.

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  58. My favorite color is dark aqua!

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  59. My favorite color is Dark Orange.

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  60. I've lived in Missouri, Texas (twice), Kentucky, Georgia (twice), Tennessee, North Carolina (twice), California, and now The Villages, FL.

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  61. very nice!!! I've visited Maine, Chicago. New York, New Hampshire.
    Pennsylvsnnia, and anything we drove through to get there...LOL.
    I loved Pennsylvsnia

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  62. I am a follower of your blog! You made a great block and I loved all the history you shared. Thank you!

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  63. I have been to 10 states. It is hard to pick one, but probably California because of the ocean...

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  64. My favorite color is the light turquoise.

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  65. I've only ever lived in one state - Alabama. But I visit TN often (not nearly as often as I'd like though) - primarily the Franklin/Nashville area. I love TN!! I've visited several of my surrounding southern states, and this backwood country girl even visited NYC when my son was stationed at Ft Dix NJ for his pre-deployment training before going to Iraq (four years ago).

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  66. I've been a follower for a while now, first via GFC then I switched over to Bloglovin.

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  67. Hi. I have been to 22 states, and have to say Florida is my favorite (home is where the heart is and we have great beaches).

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  68. My favorites are all the 'darks' .... but specifically the dark aqua. (Ask me again tomorrow and I might pick something different!) LOL.

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  69. I really love your block. I think my favorite color is Aqua.

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  70. How is it possible to pick just one color? Okay, how about Dark Tomato.

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  71. I have only lived in 1 state--California.

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  72. I've been to 25 states, lived in two and my favorite is Virginia, it's so beautiful there.

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  73. My favorite color in the fabric is 97 Light Sky, it's a perfect blue.

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  74. WOW Thank you for sharing the history of Tenn. with all of us. There really is a lot to see and do in your state. I am from Sonora, CA. We live in the foothills, where we are expanding to a bigger city including stop lights and by-passes now. We live 2 1/2 hours from the City of San Francisco where you can travel over the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate Bridge and then over to the Fisherman's Wharf. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and the chance to become a winner of those awesome solids. A quilter cannot have enough solids in her stash. I would love to have the PDF file for your block, which you took the time to design for us.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  75. There are so many different colors to choose from. I like all of them but you would like us to pick one. I really love the color blue, so the Royal Blue is my choice. Still, all of them would make a beautiful quilt for me, of course.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  76. I have only lived in two states but have visited 20 states. My favorite was North Carolina. Living in the flatlands of Florida, I always enjoy the fresh breezes of the NC mountains.

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  77. I think my favorite color from the collection is Aqua.

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  78. I am a long time follower of your blog :-)

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  79. I have been to Maine 3 times and I have been to Hawaii. I live in CA and I plan of living here for the rest of my life. I just love the foothills and the weather is just perfect. Besides, the people from the Bay Area want to move to the foothills and I am not going to give them a chance to move where I live. I love it too much myself to move. I also am a follower thru emails.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  80. Great license plate!. My grandparents lived in Sandpoint, Idaho before they passed. That is the only US state that I have visited, so I guess it is my favorite. Thanks!

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  81. I used to drive truck cross country so I have been in all the states except for Alaska and Hawaii, which I hope to see someday. I never got to visit a lot of sights as there was not time hopefully a more leisurely trip will be in my future. I have to say Connecticut is my favorite state it is where I grew up and I vacation there at least once a year if not more.

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  82. My favorite color is Dark Eggplant.

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  83. There are so many beautiful colors but my favorite is the Dark Raspberry

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  84. I don't travel much, but I have been to Tennessee. I met my daughter in Memphis when she was living in Alabama. We went to Graceland and had a great time. Lovely state.

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  85. I have lived in 4 states, but my place is in Colorado! Love this state!

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  86. My favorite color is the dark Eggplant.

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  87. I grew up in Southern Minnesota and moved to Texas about 20 years ago. We like traveling by car so we have driven through a lot of states in our travels.

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  88. My favorite American Made color is dark purple.

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  89. Oh, and I follow you through Bloglovin!

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  90. Hi, I have lived/visited 34 states and am living in Missouri. I took 9 Girl Scouts to Tennessee for the 60th National Jubilee camp. We had a wonderful time. Opryland hotel, Opryland, Dollywood and camping for a week.

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  91. I've lived in 3 states - New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Pennsylvania is my absolute favorite! I've visited nearly all the states on the East coast and on a goat run, drove through most of the northern states. They are all beautiful!!

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  92. I am following your blog on email.

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  93. I follow you on bloglovin - oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  94. My favorite color for today would be dark turquoise!
    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  95. My favorite colors are Dark Eggplant (46) Light Aqua (32) and Light Grey (05)

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  96. I have lived in Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois and now Arkansas

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  97. Please send me the pdf of the landscape, emblem and lettering.

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  98. My favorite if I have to choose are 81 dark Tomato,36 orange and 354 dark aqua

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  99. Wow! How beautiful and I think you captured the entire state with the design! I've been in 37 of the states and have enjoyed each and everyone of them. Of course my favorite is which ever state I'm in at the time! I do favor Colorado and Maine.
    I have a question for you! What did you learn about this state as you were designing the block?

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  100. I love the dark gold! I wish I had a charm package of all these colors or a color swatch of each. That would be great when trying to find background colors!

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  101. Have lived in nine states but have visited many more. Have yet to make it to Tennessee.

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  102. Washington and Oregon are the only two states I have lived in. I love the northwest and can't imagine living any where else. Love your creative plate!

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  103. I've always lived in WA & have visited Oregon, California, Missouri & Montana.

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  104. My favorite American Made color is Dark Eggplant.

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  105. I've visited about 45 of the 50 states and have lived in 8 of them. Currently live in Oregon and its my favorite.

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  106. I have lived in 5 states and each one has its highs and lows. I lived in Missouri and Kansas, loved the Springs and Falls there, but hated the Winters and Summers! California's Northern Forests are wonderful, loved the rich musty smell while hiking. Nevada's high desert has the most beautiful sunsets. Now I live in the coastal region of Oregon and am loving it. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  107. my favorite is dark raspberry.

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  108. i have lived in 6 states and been to 21 total! Not sure I have a favorite as they all have good memories tied to them. :)

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  109. The Forest Green has got to be my favorite. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  110. I have only visited Minnesota and Michigan... many, many years ago!!!

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  111. What a wonderful insight to your state! I am enjoying the many different storied about all the states. I think the one about the ducks and the hotel fountain is my favorite so far! :) Love the block. I am a new follower via e-mail.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  112. I have visited all but two states, Idaho and South Dakota; I have lived in four states. I have visited TN many times, its is a beautiful place.

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  113. My favorite color is the Aqua, Number 33.

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  114. I follow you via Bloglovin' - thanks!!!

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  115. I lived my first 21 years in Minnesota (family is still there), married and living in Kansas for nearly 37 years now. I have visited about 12 states.

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  116. My favorite color is raspberry.

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  117. I love your block! As a former geography teacher, I loved your post even more:) You did a great job of educating us about your great state. If I were still teaching, I would bring it into the classroom for my students! My husband and I visited Tennessee on our 20th wedding anniversary, and it was beautiful. Be sure to check out my block on June 12 at renaissanceSandi.blogspot.com

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  118. Wow.. I have been to so many of the states between Ohio and California! Most of them actually as back in the day we did alot of camping and historical park visiting! I loved them all! Plus..interesting about the Roosevelt and "good to the last drop" comment! I'd love to visit TN...so many things there that I "know" about or of!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  119. I follow you via email for some time now. You are a great forum of inspiration! Thanks!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  120. I have lived in Vermont most of my life and it is my favorite. I have not been to many states. NH, Maine, Ma, NY, Pa are all I can think of and I have been to Canada.

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  121. Visited about 15 - 20 states. Live in and favorite state is New York.
    24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  122. #28 Dark Purple is my favorite color.
    24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  123. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  124. I have lived in New York and Ohio (only for a year), but I have visited or driven through maybe 25 to 30. NY is my favorite despite the long winters and high taxes. I guess there's no place like home.

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  125. My favorite color is dark fuchsia.

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  126. Hmm, I've visited about 15 states but only lived in one.

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  127. Loving the dark turquoise color

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  128. I've probably visited at least 15 states and I've always lived in Ohio. My favorite one I've visited is probably Tennessee because of the mountain chalet and hot tub I got to stay in! The mountains were beautiful too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  129. While I don't subscribe to your blog, I do visit regularly and enjoy the Friday "Can I get a Whoop Whoop posts. And I'm impressed with the volume of good works you accomplish.

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  130. I've lived in GA, KY, TN, MA and ME and while I *loved* spring in KY/TN and wish I could be there just for that season, I have to say ME where we are now is my favorite - when you grow up on the ocean, you really miss it living inland : P As for visited... gosh I don't even know - quick count 28, but maybe I forgot some? We'll be moving next year to a new state, so then I can add one more!

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  131. Great license plate representing all the area of the state.

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  132. Light aqua is my favorite! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  133. And dark raspberry - my got to favorite color!!

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  134. I follow by email and bloglovin! Love your block! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  135. You know its hard to rival the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, but I think this fabric is a close second! For me it's all about purples, plums and lime greens. :-) I've visited about 40 of our states, but my heart belongs to Alaska. One of these days, I will move there!

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  136. Not sure how many states I have visited, but I did enjoy TN!

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  137. I have lived in Texas my entire life (57 yrs) so I guess it would have to be my favorite

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  138. I have thirteen more states to visit to complete all fifty. I have lived in MN, WA, NV, MI, CO, NC and Tennessee, of which you have done a most excellent job representing! I
    would certainly have a difficult time picking a
    favorite, I love them all, so I will just choose
    where I am now, North Carolina.

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  139. I follow the blog via e-mail.

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  140. I like the dark purple color the best.

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  141. I'm not sure how many states I have visited, as we traveled when I was a child, and I travel for work. I always loved the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  142. I'd love a copy of the pattern for the block! Thanks!!

    Ida

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  143. I have lived in 2 states. Illinois and Wisconsin. Have to say that Wisconsin is my favorite.

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  144. Hard to choose just one favorite. But, I will go with Dark Turquoise.

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  145. I follow your blog via email.

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  146. I have lived and visited 12 states. I really need to get out more. lol
    paulacox7198@yahoo.com

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  147. Hi Sarah
    Can you send me some rain up this way? Love your block. I have only been to Kentucky and Georgia. I have never seen the ocean. Born and raised and never left Tennessee. God blessed these hills:)

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  148. I have always lived in Missouri, so of course it is my favorite state. ;) I have visited 7 other states. We don't travel much. LOL

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  149. Forest Green is my fav. I'll go see Shannon and take a look at the real thing.

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  150. I love #18 Lime.
    paulacox7198@yahoo.com

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  151. I have lived in Texas, Kansas and Illinois where I was born and live now.

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  152. I now follow you with bloglovin.

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  153. My favorite color is the dark eggplant, but they are all so lovely! I forgot to mention in my first comment that Tennessee is one of the few states I have visited. I stayed for a week when our daughter moved to Memphis. We had a good time, but they only stayed there for about 10 months.

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  154. I like the dark taupe, it seems it would work well wiht lots of other fabrics.

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  155. I am following you through email.

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  156. I've been to 37 out of 50 states (plus Washington DC). Alaska is probably my favorite - it is gorgeous!

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  157. I have only lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and pa. Is my favorite. Love your plate, mountains are always a favorite of mine.

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  158. My favorite is the dark tomato.

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  159. I follow you through google friends.

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  160. I've been in 37 states. I don't have a favorite state. My visits to HI and Alaska were wonderful and memorable. But I'm very fond of PA, where I was born and raised. And Maryland, where I've lived most of my life, has the wonderful Chesapeake, which I love. Last year I visited Nashville on my way to Paducah, enjoying a visit to the Grand Ol Oprey. I really like your Tennessee block.

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  161. I've been to about 20 of the states, and of course my favorite is my state Texas!!!!

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  162. My favorite color is the dark tomato.

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  163. I follow your blog and love it.
    paulacox7198@yahoo.com

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  164. I used to live near Memphis, TN! In Horseshoe Lake Arkansas. This is an awesome ride to see all these states, thanks for the opportunity to win a bundle of fun!

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  165. Hi Sarah, Your Tennessee State plate is awesome. I have been to 19 States. Washington State is my favorite. Here we have mountains, rivers, Mt. St. Helens & the Pacific ocean.

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  166. Lovely block. I have visited 30 states and have lived in 3. Tough to choose a favorite, but I really enjoyed my 6 week stay in Maine.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  167. I'm following you with Google and I just checked out the AMB site, I love the Forest Green!

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  168. Favorite AMB color is # 113 Forest :)

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