Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A New Stroller Quilt

Our next door neighbor's daughter is having a baby.  She was only seven when we moved in and it has been so fun watching her grow up, get married and have her first baby.  They are decorating the nursery with whales so that gave me the idea to create a quilt especially for her new baby boy.  She also loves chevrons so I incorporated those as well.  This size quilt is not just perfect for the stroller but works great in the car seat.  I hope she loves it.  I do.

Monday, June 30, 2014

How to make the Kentucky license plate from the ABM blog tour

To make the license plate of Kentucky you will need:

The following pieces of AMB fabric

7 x 13 inch piece of white

5 x 8 inch piece of dark turquoise

3 x 5 piece of dark rust

Fabric adhesive such as wonder under

Dark blue fabric pen


Iron the wonder under to the dark turquoise and dark rust fabric pieces.

Trace the pattern to the fabric.  Make sure to copy it in reverse.  Cut out.

Find the center of the white fabric by folding in half, first crosswise and then lengthwise. 

Find the center of the state the same way and make sure the center of the state is centered on the white.  Iron.  Stitch down using a small satin stitch. 

Iron the horse onto the block eyeballing the placement.  Use black or dark brown thread to sew the mane and tail using a straight stitch. 

Trace the word Kentucky at the top of the plate and color in with the fabric pen.                            Do the same with 1792 at the bottom of the plate.



Kentucky   1792

Saturday, June 21, 2014

AMB giveaway, take two

Hey blogging buddies.  After I drew the winner for the AMB giveaway, I waited and waited.  Nothing.  So I drew another name.  Jill will be receiving the fat quarter bundle as soon as I receive her address.  Thanks everyone for participating.  I loved all the wonderful comments.  I'll be back soon.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

AMB Giveaway!

What a great blog tour of all the states American Brand fabrics is putting on. AMB is giving away a fat quarter bundle to one lucky reader of each blog.  I have drawn #151 - Patsy Wilkerson who said,
 "Love your block! Giddy-up!!, lots of onteresting facts on Kentucky."   Patsy, please send me your mailing address so I can forward your information to the folks at Clothworks who will be sending your fat quarter bundle along.
The second giveaway is a charm pack of these fabrics, minus the white, since I used all of it in my block.  It will also include these Kentucky goodies I picked up just for this giveaway.  The horseshoe was worn by a horse that ran at Churchill Downs.  And the  bourbon is from the distillery in Clermont that I am a descendant of. 

I drew #16 - Dorian, "what a great license plate! and fun interesting facts. Thanks for being part of the blog hop."  I will be sending yours along shortly!

I will be adding my pattern soon.  Come back in a day or two to see it!  Thanks everyone for visiting me along the way and please continue the journey through the other states.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

American Made Brand Blog Tour

Today is my day for the American Made Brand blog tour.  I am so excited and honored to be representing Kentucky.  I was born and raised here.  I have lived in a few different states and in Germany twice, but I live in the same neighborhood I grew up in now.  Our youngest daughter lives down the street and our oldest one is moving two houses down in a few weeks.  We love it here and can't imagine making our home any where else.
Kentucky has so much to offer and is such a beautiful state.  Nearly 95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky.  My maiden name is Beam, so you can be sure that I know this first hand. 

Kaelin's restaurant in Louisville claims to have invented the cheeseburger. 

 Colonel Sanders was a real person and he developed his famous recipe for KFC in Corbin, KY.
The Corvette is produced in Bowling Green, KY.  Recently, there was a giant sinkhole in their museum, which engulfed eight vintage Corvettes.  They have all been recovered and the museum is considering making the sinkhole a permanent part of the museum.
Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world.  And the U.S.'s second oldest tourist attraction only behind Niagara Falls.
The Louisville Slugger baseball bat is produced right here in Louisville.  It is home to the world's largest bat. 
Kentucky is home to the world's largest fireworks display.  Thunder Over Louisville kicks off the Kentucky Derby festival each year.  More than five times the crowd for the Derby attends Thunder each year.
The Kentucky Derby is "the fastest two minutes in sports".  It is the first leg of the Triple Crown.  People from all over the world come to see the horse race.  Women in hats are everywhere.  And the infield crowd is there for a great time. 
This brings me to my quilt block.  I chose the dark aqua color for the state because it represents  bluegrass.  The horse is my simplified version of the great horse race.  I added the year the state came into the union at the bottom of the plate.
Don't forget to visit all the other bloggers and be sure to visit today's other blogger, my neighbor, Tennessee's page. 
And now for the fun part - two giveaways! 
AMB is giving away a fat quarter bundle of their wonderful cotton solids.  These beautiful fabrics are amazingly vibrant and fantastic to work with. 
This giveaway is open to everyone in the United States. To enter just leave a comment on my blog.  For an extra chance to win just follow me.  Make sure I can contact you! For a second giveaway, I will be giving away a charm pack of these beautiful colors not including white, since I used all of it making my license plate.  I'll be adding a few personal goodies from Kentucky.  I will draw the winning entry on Saturday.
And make sure to check out all the other blogs along the way.  Be sure to check back after all the blocks are made to see the finished quilt.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Sneak Peek

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My day is fast approaching for the AMB blog tour.  I am getting a wee bit nervous to add my block to the beautiful ones already added.  I wanted to give you a little teaser of what's coming up.
I love this fabric!

Monday, May 19, 2014

AMB Blog Tour is Here!

I am so excited to be part of this amazing tour sponsored by American Made Brands.  Every day for the next 25 days two bloggers from across the country will be sharing their state's license plate designed by them using only AMB fabrics.  These license plates will be forwarded to the company and made into a quilt with all the blocks.  So you can travel the country from the comfort of your home without spending a dime on the gas.  It doesn't get any better than that.  Come back here on the 28th to see my block of Kentucky.

Day 119-MayDelawareDec. 7, 1787Blue Striped Room
19-MayPennsylvaniaDec. 12, 1787Cherry Lynch Quilts
Day 220-MayGeorgiaJan. 2, 1788Butterfly Threads Quilting
20-MayIdahoJuly 3, 1890Taffy Talk
Day 321-MayConnecticutJan. 9, 1788Jump Cut Arts
21-MayMassachusettsFeb. 6, 1788A Quilting Jewel
Day 422-MayMarylandApr. 28, 1788Spring Water Designs
22-MaySouth CarolinaMay 23, 1788The Crafty Quilter’s Closet
Day 523-MayNew HampshireJune 21, 1788Park Hill Farm
23-MayVirginiaJune 25, 1788Pat Sloan’s Blog
Day 626-MayNew YorkJuly 26, 1788Quilts from my Crayon Box
26-MayNorth CarolinaNov. 21, 1789A Stitch in Time
Day 727-MayRhode IslandMay 29, 1790Seaside Stitches
27-MayVermontMar. 4, 1791Quilter in Motion
Day 828-MayKentuckyJune 1, 1792Simply Sandy
28-MayTennesseeJune 1, 1796Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Day 929-MayOhioMar. 1, 1803Olive and Ollie
29-MayLouisianaApr. 30, 1812Fleur de Lis Quilts
Day 1030-MayIndianaDec. 11, 1816No Hats in the House
30-MayMississippiDec. 10, 1817Life as a Quilter
Day 112-JunIllinoisDec. 3, 1818A Sentimental Quilter
2-JunAlabamaDec. 14, 1819Green Quilts
Day 123-JunMaineMar. 15, 1820Quilts of Love
3-JunMissouriAug. 10, 182142 Quilts
Day 134-JunArkansasJune 15, 1836Sew at Home on Pine Ridge
4-JunMichiganJan. 26, 1837Crafty Blossom
Day 145-JunFloridaMar. 3, 1845Flourishing Palms
5-JunTexasDec. 29, 1845The Caffeinated Quilter
Day 156-JunIowaDec. 28, 1846Kindred Quilts
6-JunWisconsinMay 29, 1848Freshly Pieced
Day 169-JunCaliforniaSept. 9, 1850Cali Quilter
9-JunMinnesotaMay 11, 1858The Curious Quilter
Day 1710-JunOregonFeb. 14, 1859Sew Mama Sew
10-JunKansasJan. 29, 1861Lilac Lane
Day 1811-JunWest VirginiaJune 20, 1863Coop Crafts
11-JunNevadaOct. 31, 1864Inventive Denim
Day 1912-JunNebraskaMar. 1, 1867Renaissance Sandi
12-JunColoradoAug. 1, 1876Sew Incredibly Crazy
Day 2013-JunNorth DakotaNov. 2, 1889Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts
13-JunSouth DakotaNov. 2, 1889Moneik Quilts
Day 2116-JunMontanaNov. 8, 1889Why Knot Kwilt
16-JunWashingtonNov. 11, 1889Bloomin’ Workshop
Day 2217-JunNew JerseyDec. 18, 1787Studio 78 Notes
17-JunWyomingJuly 10, 1890Excessive Compulsive Sewing
Day 2318-JunUtahJan. 4, 1896Fireball Quilts
18-JunOklahomaNov. 16, 1907Hollyhock Quilts
Day 2419-JunNew MexicoJan. 6, 1912Dora Quilts
19-JunArizonaFeb. 14, 1912So Many Quilts, So Little Time
Day 2520-JunAlaskaJan. 3, 1959Quilt As You Go
20-JunHawaiiAug. 21, 1959Barbara Bieraugel Designs