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.

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Allison Evrard said...

I've visited Kentucky--a lovely state! And your block is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Kentucky is one of the states I have not yet been to. I have an Aunt & Uncle who live there so I hope to visit soon!

Wanda Dotson said...

I lived in Danville, Ky for 6 years. I do miss the beautiful horse farms.

Karen said...

I like your block. I didn't know about the sinkhole in the Corvette museum. Scary! And people are afraid to live in California because of the earthquakes. Sinkholes are much scarier to me!

craftytammie said...

what a perfect little horse!

tweety tweet said...

Love your blog and your AMB license plate! so informative.
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tweety tweet said...

I follow your blog.... so inspiring!

Kat Scott said...

Great block! Can't wait to see all of the blocks together.
My brother lived in Louisville for years and I visited often.

Helen L said...

Hi!! I've actually been to Kentucky: my sister used to live there in Possum Trot (Yep, it's a real name!!), right next to Paducah. At that time I wasn't into quilting, so I didn't even visit the museum! Now I kick myself for that one!!! And I got to go to Mammoth Caves though: they were wonderful!!!

Peggy said...

I'm a new GFC follower.
Thanks,
Peggy
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Peggy said...

I've been through KY on my way to and from other states, but have never visited.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Cecilia said...

Great block! I get to visit Kentucky once a year , specifically Louisville. It is a great city. Thanks for the giveaway.

jen said...

Thanks for your giveaway ! :)

Joan H. said...

I really like your license plate.We have visited your beautiful state several times.

Rachell said...

Nice!
Nice to meet you, too!
I've always loved horses; when I was little, we had Morgan horses. I grew up reading all the horse stories I could find.
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rachell said...

I now follow you on Bloglovin
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Debra G said...

I love your license plate block! It really does represent Kentucky so well.

Lorri said...

Great block. Have been to Kentucky and it is beautiful!! I like your block and enjoyed all the info I learned about Kentucky from your post. Thanks !

Lee said...

We just were visiting Kentucky - I am from MI. What a beautiful state! Love your block!

Lee said...

I am a new follower also!!

Jan said...

I have lived in the great state of Kentucky for over 20 years, so I really love your block.

Arianna M. said...

I like your block! I love horses but I've only watched the Kentucky Derby once, on TV.

Stephanie said...

Love your Kentucky plate. My daughters would love too. I would love to go to the caves.

Sandra said...

Thank you for the chance to win. Those colors look gorgeous.

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Amy said...

I have always wanted to visit Kentucky, enamored of horses after reading The Black Stallion series. Now I want to experience Paducah... Lovely plate and the KY color is gorgeous.

Julie in WA said...

You did not mention the Creation Museum that is in Petersburg! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour there!

Allison Sews said...

Such a great block!

Ali said...

My boyfriend sure loves his bourbon, I didn't actually know so much came from Kentucky! I like your block, this blog tour is fun and informative!

Ginny said...

Your block is so cute! Love Kentucky, I am a neighbor to the north in Indiana!

Regina said...

I like the simplicity of your block - lovely!

Stoney said...

Enjoyed your block and the challenge of doing the horse. Good job!

Grandma Helen said...

Very appropriate block! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

giddy99 said...

Love your block! It certainly reads as KY to me (my mom lives in Golo, KY). I live in Tennessee.

giddy99 said...

I'm following your blog via Feedspot!

Margaret said...

Thanks for the glimpse at Kentucky. I've always imagined it to be a really beautiful place.

seeneed said...

Oh Kentucky. Home of the great Paducah quilt show. Gotta love it.

PJ Howard said...

Kentucky -- rolling hills and good sipping whiskey -- what's not to like!

LuAnn said...

Would love to visit Kentucky one day.
Luann716@hotmail.com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I love your block, so clean and simple and just plain gorgeous.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I follow you on google friend connect.

Nellie Duclos said...

Sandy-
Lovely block. Is there a pattern available so that I could make the 50 State quilt? Thanks
Rosemary

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