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.   http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/ 
 
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.

241 comments:

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Mary Marcotte said...

Hi Sandy, I love your block. That horse could not have been easy to create on such a small scale. I had a little trouble getting to your comments page. It could be my connection since we're having bad weather, but you might want to check that out to see it there is a problem.

Judymc said...

Love your block! And Kentucky is a lovely state. My husband was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY, in 1968.

brenda90159 said...

I love your block, I met my best friend on a quilting cruise last year and she is from KY. I think we were separated at birth. We do our next quilting cruise in August to Alaska.

brenda90159 said...

I follow your blog.

Kim said...

Love your KY plate.

Kay said...

Good morning - nice license plate! Beautiful state!

PymaGirl said...

Kentucky is a beautiful state. You did a great job highlighting it. mmmjjjfff@yahoo.com

cityquilter grace said...

love your block...so simple but says it all!

Lisa Marie said...

I am originally from Pennsylvania but have now lived over half my life in Kentucky. We live in the town where my husband grew up. Your license plate is lovely!

Lisa Marie said...

I have signed up to follow your blog.

john hutchens said...

Your block is very nice. I love Kentucky it is a beautiful state

john hutchens said...

I follow via GFC

sunny said...

Great job on the block! We came to visit your state a few years ago, and it was beautiful.

JoyceLM said...

Great block - thanks for sharing & thanks for the giveaway.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a new follower - thanks again.

Dorian said...

what a great license plate! and fun interesting facts. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

maxine17 said...

Your block is very nice! I like it a lot

WhoMom said...

Hi Sandy,
I never realized how many great places to visit there are in Kentucky. The caves look really cool. Your horse is very reflective of what people think about when they think of KY. I'd love to see the fireworks. The bluegrass color is beautiful.

quilter said...

I love Kentucky, I lived there for awhile

Chiska said...

Thanks for sharing so much about Kentucky! I love your block.

Chiska said...

I now follow you.

Quilting Babcia said...

Kentucky is one of the few states I've not visited - yet! It sounds so beautiful, and your license plate block is too.

Sue Bennett said...

Love you block. I live in VA so I have been to your state.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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Sue Bennett said...

I am a follower.

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Jennifer said...

Hi Sandy,
Thanks for the giveaways. I am following your blog. I have visited KY a couple of times and really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

love your block. My son and his wife live in Lexington.
Thanks,
Terri Karls

Vicki B said...

I would love to visit Kentucky some time. I have a friend that used to live there and they loved it.

Karen said...

My mom was born in KY so it's special to me. Congrats on a fun block.

Cathie said...

your block came out great, defiantly says Kentucky!

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

Hello from Minnesota! I'm really getting excited about these American made cottons. Did you like working with them?

Emily C said...

Lovely block. Horses are my favorite animal.

Kellie from Indiana said...

Love your block! And we love KY as well. Hubby and I plan to move there. We love the Mammoth Cave area.

cbooth said...

Lovely block!

Lee Ann L. said...

That is perfect for Kentucky!

Karen said...

I'm excited to play with this new American fabric.

Lee Ann L. said...

New follower! :-)

Beth said...

Good morning. I like your plate. I lived in Louisville briefly many, many years ago. Beautiful state.

Linda said...

Love your license plate with the Derby horse and bluegrass. I have been to Chimney Rock which is very scenic and the Derby. I love northern Kentucky too! You have a beautiful state. I decided to follow you blog! Great job!

Joanne Hawks said...

Love your block - very appropriate for Kentucky! I lived in Louisville from my 5th through 9th grades of school.

Cocoplum said...

Love your block (and the horse)! Thanks for the giveaway. info(at)cocoplumbeachhouse(dot)com.

Sandra said...

Just really admire your KY block. So darn clever of you. I always think of the KY Derby. Gotta love horses. I am from the State of CA. Actually I live in Sonora, CA which is the foothills. I grew up in Jamestown, which is about 5 miles from Sonora. Jamestown is well known for the Sierra Railroad, where Engine 3 was used for movies and is now used for rides. Thank you for sharing the educational history of KY and for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour as well as the chance to win either one of your giveaways.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Jennifer said...

I learned so much about Kentucky this morning! Thank you!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Your block is a perfect representation of Kentucky.

Dana Gaffney said...

Great facts about your state, I'm still wondering about a museum with a sinkhole :)

Jo said...

Wonderful block. I never realized how many things came from Kentucky.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Kentucky is a beautiful state. We've driven through before, and noted the amazing color of the grass! Thanks!

Julie said...

I would love to attend the Kentucky Derby someday.

khowardquilts said...

Nice block. Kentucky sounds like a lovely state. I have never been there. I'm from Vermont.

NRoot said...

I really like your block the horse adds that special Kentucky touch. I have been to Kentucky at Paducah, fun place to be.

PeginCO said...

KY is a very pretty place to visit. Great block? And thanks for the chance to win!

PeginCO said...

Oops - that should have been an exclamation point not a question mark!!

Sandra said...

Your block is very nice and your state looks like an interesting place to visit.

Beth Brown said...

Hi Sandy - I loved your Kentucky block and hope to make it for my quilt!
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Beth Brown said...

I follow your blog on bloglovin -

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Margaret said...

I love how your presented your state and love your license plate. Thank you for being part of this blog tour.

Margaret said...

I follow by GFC

Abbigail said...

My Home state! I love your block!

Abbigail said...

I joined your site.

Connie Cain said...

Thanks for the info about Kentucky. Never realized all that stuff came from your state! Love the block. :)
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Connie Cain said...

Am a new follower via GFC. :)
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Claire said...

I remember visiting horse farms in Kentucky when I was about 7 or 8.

Barbara Kanta said...

Kentucky is a beautiful state, I've traveled through it north and south, and from Lexington to Paducah! Loved your "tour", too!

bee said...

Kentucky is also home to the National Quilt Museum. So much to explore.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Kentucky sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Vicki H said...

I am loving this hop, learning so much about the states.

Sandi Griepenstroh said...

Fun block! Be sure to check out mine on June 12 at renaissanceSandi.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The corvette issue..sounds rather sad, but at the same time..YES...leave the sink hole as the attraction! In a way it is fitting as if the models aren't "here" anymore...at least there is the rememberance - and a new memory!Thanks for the giveaway and your block is great!
Cheri
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Sarah Craig said...

Great block, Sandy, and a wonderful tour of Kentucky! We lived there for a while when my husband was at Southern Seminary, and I love the state! Didn't know the cheeseburger, though!

MissPat said...

Thanks for the info on Kentucky. I've visited Louisville twice and driven through the state several times.

Roberta Johnson said...

Interesting facts about your state. I'm in Illinois, so I've been to KY many times, driven the length of KY more times than I can count. Thanks for offering prizes.

Tabitha Keener said...

Your block personifies Kentucky perfectly! I've got quite a few relatives there and I've never met half of them. I do love visiting it is so beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Tabitha Keener said...

I follow by Google. Thanks

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Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Cute block! We loved living in KY when we were stationed at Ft Campbell : ) Hard to rival the gorgeous spring you have there!

bertha shepherd said...

Love your license plate.

sklinn62 said...

Interesting Kentucky facts. I really need a road trip!

MooseStashQuilting said...

Kentucky is one state I have not be fortunate to visit yet. So many gorgeous photos you posted. I need to add that to my list of places to go! :-) Wonderful license plate you designed. It's perfect!

tac73 said...

Love your block. Am really enjoying learning about the states this way.

dcargill said...

I was fortunate to spend a week in Louisville, Kentucky. It was beautiful.

JANET said...

Love your block and love Kentucky!

Donna W said...

Great block. Thanks for the info on Kentucky.

Winona said...

I did not know Kentucky was the home of so many things. It looks like a lovely state. Your license plate is beautiful.

Winona said...

I follow your blog.

graysongal said...

Thank you for nice tour of your beautiful state.

paula Cox said...

WOW! I didn't know so much stuff had began in Kentucky. Very interesting!

Moogy said...

I spent a lot of time in Kentucky in the 70's for y job. It's a beautiful state and your block does it justice.

quiltgrannie said...

Thanks for all the interesting things about your state and a chance to win these lovely fabrics.
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Julie said...

Hi Sandy, Wonderful block. Really like your color choices.

OhioLori said...

Your block is Awesome! Thanks for cool info about Kentucky too! :)

OhioLori said...

I'm also a follower of your Blog! :)

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Growing up in IN, I've been to Kentucky many times! Love the caves!

Kathy H said...

Such a cute horse. Looks like you have a very interesting state.

LindaS said...

I like the block and the facts about Kentucky. I loved visiting Mamoth Cave many years ago, may have to make another trip.
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lindamid said...

thanks for the tour of your state. I like your license plate design

Pam said...

That Kentucky Block is awesome. I love the little horsie!

Chele said...

I love your block and I would really like to visit Kentucky one day, looks like a nice state!

Sarah or Semmy said...

Can't wait to see the finish. The block is great so the rest of it will be also.

Quilting Tangent said...

Following on bloglovin'.
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Quilting Tangent said...

Fun hop finding out facts about each state.
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terriquilts said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the fat quarters. Can't wait to get my hands on some of those luscious colors! Loved visiting Kentucky a few years back; we visited Mammoth Cave and the Kentucky Horse Park.

Bonnie said...

I love the appliqued horse!

Bonnie said...

I follow you through bloglovin'

Bobbie said...

Thanks for the Kentucky tour, really interesting.

And thanks for the opportunity to win the fat quarters.

Quilting in the South said...

Thanks for tell us about Kentucky. I would love to see the fireworks show some day.

Tinliz said...

Striking block

Quilting in the South said...

I have started to follow your blog using Bloglovin.

Rachel said...

Lovely block. What is the connection between big hats and horse racing? Is it just to keep the sun off? Thanks for the chance to win.

Tinliz said...

I started following your site on Google.

Kathryn said...

Love your state. I really enjoyed Mammoth Caves and the Lincoln sites I visited.

Carmen N said...

We traveled through KY a few years ago - making a quick stop between TN and IL; I want to go back and explore your state some more!

selleck said...

Great license plate.

Bradley Gibson said...

Love your block and your blog. I'm having a great time visiting via my computer. Thank you. Dora G.

Carol in Mesquite said...

So glad you included a horse in your design. We have visited you beautiful state twice and one was to see the Derby and visit the horse farms.

Carol in Mesquite said...

Now following your blog. Looking forward to readng about your adventures.

Jules said...

I loved reading your post since Kentucky/Louisville holds such a special place in the heart of this Southern California girl. I just graduated from UofL last year and it is where I met my fiancee. Sadly, we now live in Texas but your post was a trip down memory lane =) Thanks so much for the opportunity

Jules said...

I also follow your blog via bloglovin!

carla said...

Hi!!!! Yes!!!! Perfect for KY!!! Love your license plate!!!!

carla said...

I am a follower and thanks for the give aways!!!!

barbara woods said...

great giveaway

barbara woods said...

new follower gfc

Gaynell Rowe said...

love the design, and I live in Ky. now and back in the 80's also..gaynellrowe@ymail.com227

Missy Endres said...

Love your block! Kentucky is a beautiful state; I have been there several times for the Horsey Hundred bike ride!

Sylvia said...

You did a lovely job on that block!

Dianna Eickhorn said...

Love your horse license plate. Great job. Now I want to go see the worlds largest bat. Thanks again. Stargal714@yahoo.com

Candice said...

Sandy, LOVE our Kentucky license plate! As A rider, I'll have to make one myself for sure! I think of KY as a very green state. The caves are a perfect family activity on a hot summer day, too. We visited them as we moved from CA to MA in 1971. Love all the interesting facts. Going to have to revisit!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Love horses :)

Aunt TC said...

Great block!

Sarah said...

Very nice block! sarah@forrussia.org

Margaret said...

I enjoyed your tour of the state of Kentucky. My son lived in eastern Kentucky for awhile and it holds a very tender spot in my heart.

Susan C said...

I have been fortunate to visit your beautiful state and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to return some day and visit dome of the places you wrote about.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Thank you for the tour and the give away. Sweet block

Diann said...

I love that you added the date Kentucky became a state to your block.
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Joanna said...

I love learning about the states in this hop. Thanks for all of the interesting info about Kentucky.

Joanna said...

I'm a new follower. Love your plate.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am a new follower on Bloglovin. Loving learning about the states on this hop. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DebraKay Neiman said...

I just love horses and glad you used a racehorse on the block. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Marianne said...

I love Kentucky. Been to The Corvette Museum but never to the Derby. Hope to get there one day! Your block turned out great.

Marianne said...

I'm a new follower on Bloglovin.

earth visitor said...

Iowa here - wow I do love your block - way too detailed for me to do one

Cynthia Knapp said...

Your license plate turned out very cute. What a fun quilt. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Cynthia Knapp said...

I am a new follower of your blog. Thanks for sharing. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net Cynthia Knapp

Anonymous said...

Hello from New York. Love your block. The fireworks show sounds great! Sharon Lagace/ronsha01@nycap.rr.com

kathyinozarks said...

I have really enjoyed ths blog tour-and I remember going to mammoth cave way back in the early 60s.
love your license plate block too Kathy

emmy said...

Your block certainly reflects your state. Great job and thank you for the giveaway.
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Diantha said...

Cute block - I like the horse.
Fun to learn new things about the state too!

Patty D from NC said...

love the horse. Very nice plate for KY

Deb said...

Never been to Mammoth Cave although I'd love to! Kentucky is pretty famous, and I loved reading all about it.

Carolyn Boutilier said...

I would love to win this giveaway as I am working on octagon hexies and these bright wonderful colors would make a great center to the flowers.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Very fun block!

Cathy Romanczuk said...

I love your block. I have driven through and stopped in Kentucky many times.
Thanks for the giveaway

PK Sews said...

Your license plate is beautiful! And thanks for the lesson on Kentucky. I learned a lot! It sounds like a lovely place.

Allison C said...

I really didn't think you actually made that license plate when I first looked at it. Super impressive!!!

Patsy Wilkerson said...

Love your block! Giddy-up!!, lots of onteresting facts on Kentucky.

Cherry said...

I think your license plate is great! And so is your state.

Patsy Wilkerson said...

I hate typing on a small keyboard!

Melissa Miller said...

I've been to Louisville a few times when my daughter was a competitive Irish dancer. Kentucky is very nice.

wendy said...

Great plate! I've enjoyed parts of Kentucky when I was traveling through the area a few times. Would love to return for a longer visit.

Mary said...

I really enjoyed learning more about your beautiful state. I am surprised you didn't mention Paducah and its quilting connections. You did a fabulous job on the license plate. Thanks for sharing.

annmarie said...

Thanks for the great tour of Kentucky. Mammoth Caves is on my bucket list! Your block is sew representative - great job!

KMSC said...

I love your block; it definitely says Kentucky.
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gab said...

Lovely block and I would love to visit your state.

Andrea said...

Your block is great so your your information about your state. Thanks for sharing!

Sewgirl said...

Your block is great…wonderful horse! I have never been to Kentucky but you make it sound very enticing…Hope to get there one day!

Sewgirl said...

I'm a follower!

~Kris~ said...

I love Kentucky. I have been there many times as I grew up on the Ohio River.

charlotte l said...

cant wait to try out these pretty american made fabrics!

Carol said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Geni Pickens said...

Love your KY license plate block!

Geni Pickens said...

I follow your blog

Afquilt said...

Love Kentucky, planning on vacationing there this year!

kshackabq said...

Thanks for all the wonderful information about Kentucky. I love watching the Kentucky Derby! You did a great job on your plate block. And I'm so excited about this American made cotton fabric. Thanks for the chance to win some!

Victoria M. said...

Great block and Kentucky pictures.

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

My mom visited Mammoth Cave and she really liked it.

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

I follow with Feedly.

Charlotta said...

Hi Sandy -
Love your true Kentucky block. Though not originally from the Bluegrass State, I've lived here for the past 6 years, on my husband's small family farm in Danville. That's central Kentucky - beautiful horse country - and, dare it say it Wildcat territory!
Unfortunately, I've only been to Louisville a couple of times and quite briefly, so far; but I plan on living here the rest of my life, so hopefully I'll get to know your city better.

Charlotta said...

Hi Sandy -
I just started following your blog, and as a fellow Kentuckian, look forward to seeing what's happening quilt wise in your part of our beautiful state.

Cherry Tree Quilts said...

My husband and I met on a vet school bus trip that included a visit to Kentucky. It certainly is a beautiful state! Thanks for the chance at your goodies!

teachpany said...

Great post! I have to visit Kentucky! It's on my list. Thanks.

teachpany said...

I follow your blog! Thanks.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Following with GFC! (Erin Davis)

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Love your plate! I grew up on a thoroughbred farm, so horse racing is in my blood. We actually had a few brood mares from KY!

jirons42 said...

Our favorite Kentucky venture is a trip to visit Jack Daniels.

Michele said...

Hey Sandy! Thanks for all the info on your state. I do like learning more about each stop along the way. Your block turned out great.

GranChris said...

Love this state, so pretty with all that green grass.

Barb said...

I definitely associate horses with Kentucky! Didn't know about the Corvette though :)

barefootT said...

are you going to do a tutorial for your beautiful block?? My son was stationed at Ft Campbell. very pretty state.

Mary Jane said...

Love your AMB plate. Some of my dearest friends are from KY.

Mary Jane said...

I follow your blog.

Jean said...

This is such an interesting blog tour. All you moms need to keep this in mind when those school reports on states comes around. Instant research.

Jill said...

I have been to Kentucky a few times and I think it is a beautiful state. I would consider living there if I ever moved from PA. Thanks for the chance to win and your block looks great!

Deb Lovejoy said...

Loved reading about your state, I have never visited there yet, but maybe someday :)

Penny from S.C. said...

Your block is a great representation of Kentucky. Beautiful. Thanks

Penny from S.C. said...

I follow via e-mail. Thanks again.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! You did a great job representing Kentucky on your block.

Carol Anderson said...

Kentucky is beautiful! Especially love the horses and your block.

Evie H said...

I've only driven through Kentucky (on my way to Tennessee), but noted what a beautiful state it is. Maybe some day I'll get to visit. I love your plate -- especially the horse!

Sewing Sue said...

I love the block and it does represent Kentucky so well. Nice job!

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

What a fun block! Would love to visit KY someday :)

Teresa Evans said...

Great block for the great commonwealth of Kentucky

Kathy L said...

Love your plate. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathleen said...

like your Kentucky license plate!

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