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Welcome to Texas, Y’all!

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A great big “Howdy” and welcome to everyone stopping by on the American Made Brand blog tour!  I’m so glad you’re here, and can’t wait to show you around the spectacular state I call home.

First, here’s a little trivia to explain the spirit (some may say “ego”) of Texans. The word “Texas” comes from a Native American word meaning “friends”, which is also why our state motto is “friendship.” Aside from rush hour on the highways in Houston or Dallas, you’ll find most of us trying to live up to that motto.   Texas was an independent nation before becoming a state in 1845, and Texas is the only state to join the United States by treaty.  If you have ever been in Texas and wondered why sometimes the state flag is flown at the same height as the American flag, it’s because of an agreement made in that treaty.

Texas is full of amazing things to see and do.  Nearest and dearest to my heart are the state parks.  Before starting a family, I worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife and an urban park in Houston, so it’s small wonder the great outdoors is where I feel most at home.  I’ve created a pinterest board highlighting some of my favorite parks, attractions, restaurants and recipes to try to give you a “virtual tour” of Texas.  It’s a small sampling, but hopefully representative.

Follow Emily’s board Things to love about Texas on Pinterest.
Trying to capture the spirit of Texas in a single quilt block was about as easy as predicting Texas weather. I chose our flag for the background, representing Texans’ proud and independent spirit.  I added a bluebonnet (0ur state flower), and coreopsis flowers as a nod to the stunning beauty of Texas highways through spring and summer.  For more about wildflowers and a great biography of Lady Bird Johnson, check out this link. And finally, I embroidered the word “Texas” in a way that imitated a cattle brand.  Texas produces more cattle than any other state in the nation (and the continuous brand lines are easy to backstitch!).

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You can download the Texas block for free in my Craftsy shop.  This is a complete pattern, including step-by-step directions and illustrations for English paper piecing, detailed block instructions, and a template page you can photocopy for the hexagons and diamonds. If you’re new to English paper piecing, this pattern is a fantastic place to start!

So, what are you planning to do with all these fun state blocks?  I can’t wait to see quilts with all the blocks.  However, a project of that magnitude is a bit daunting to me.  So I designed a simple tote pattern to show off a single state block.  Here is my “Going Places Tote Bag”, made up in luscious AMB solids.

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This pattern is available at a special sale price in my Craftsy shop.  If you’ve never made a quilted tote before, this is a great beginner pattern.  If you can make a quilt, you can make this tote!  Plus, it’s a fun project for trying out quilting designs.

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All photo shoots of Texas tote bags must include a picture of the tote on a barbed wire fence.  It’s just how we roll.

On to the giveaways!  Clothworks will be giving a gorgeous bundle of AMB fat quarters to a commenter on this post.  Have you thought about what you would do with one of these bundles?  If you check out each blog on the tour, you have fifty opportunities to win! You could make a quilt and enter it in the American Made Brand Farm to Fabric challenge! If your quilt is selected, you could come see it at International Quilt Festival this fall! (Did I mention that Quilt Festival is held every November in Houston, Texas?!  Another great reason to love Texas.)

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For my own little giveaway, I’ve compiled a bundle of bluebonnet-inspired quilty goodness.  One winner will recieve a copy of each of my Texas wildflower patterns, two packs of die cut papers from Paper Pieces (which can be used to make the first Texas wildflower pattern, or the Texas block.  Less paper cutting. More quilty fun.  I love paper pieces.), AMB fabrics to make all of the wildflowers in both patterns, a packet of bluebonnet seeds, and a package of my all-time favorite flavored coffee.  (Did you notice the bluebonnets on the coffee package?  Don’t worry.  It doesn’t taste like bluebonnets.  But it is a delectable blend of cinnamon and vanilla.)

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To be entered in both drawings, leave a comment below and tell me what you’re planning to do with the AMB block patterns. Or you can just say “howdy”, or whatever else you’d like.  I’ll randomly choose two winners on June 21 and notify the winners via e-mail and a follow-up blog post.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the states on the blog tour.  And, as we say in Texas, “Y’all come back now, ya hear?!” (Translation:  thanks for visiting, and I’d be glad to see you again anytime!)

Happy Stitching, and road tripping!

emily

 

 

 

186 comments

  1. Elizabeth McDonald (catskill quilter) says:

    I do not think I will make all of the blocks, but it would be fun to make a mini-quilt with just the states I have lived in!

  2. Linda says:

    Howdy from Alabama! I plan to make wine bottle covers for my friends with the license plate covers. I loved learning about Texas!

  3. Linda W says:

    Howdy from Alabama! I plan to make wine bottle covers for all my friends for Christmas from their state license plates. Loved your history of the Lone Star State!

  4. Chris says:

    I was just in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. Such a diverse state. I love the food and so much quilting going on. Your block is great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Ruth Quinn says:

    HI Emily,
    Thanks for the generous give away. I would proably make a modern quilt with the fabric. Speaking of modern quilts, my niece is getting married and this would help with the making of that quilt.

    Thanks again,

    Ruth

  6. Diane says:

    Really like your tote, and especially like your block design. I’m a nut for anything Texas. Think the design would make a cute mug rug.

  7. Judy says:

    What a great idea to put your license plate into a tote bag! It is beautiful! I have thought of making a quilt using all the license plates of states that I have visited.

  8. Stoney Monte says:

    3rd attempt to leave a comment…..
    I’ve enjoyed two winters in Port Aransas and walked a labryinth in Austin, but have missed the famous flowers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Laura says:

    Howdy Emily!
    Great post…I learned some things about Texas that I did not know. Someday I hope to visit your great state! What a fun block you created…it represents your state well!

  10. Betty Woodlee says:

    Love your Texas block. I think I will make a pillow for my granddaughter who lives in Dallas. In fact, I’m in Dallas as I write this message. But heading back to Kentucky in an hour or so. Sure enjoyed my visit to the great state of Texas.

  11. Jill says:

    I love your block and so want to visit Texas. We have a good friend that lives about 1.5 hours outside of Houston and has invited us many times. I think it is about time we take him up on the offer.

  12. Michele says:

    I really like the plate you designed. I’ve been to Texas for the HOuston quilt festival but I haven’t seen much of the rest of the state yet.
    Your giveaway is great– thanks for the free pattern!

  13. Jean says:

    I would probably use the fabric for contrast in the Cat and Happy Scrappy Houses blocks I’m making to eventually use in Kids quilts. I visited Abilene when an member of our family graduated from college there. Have a relative in Houston.

  14. Kay says:

    You did an awesome job on the Texas plate! Of course I’m a little partial as I live in south Texas! Great job! Great post!

  15. Diann Cornell says:

    I’m considering making a big quilt with all the license plate designs, but I’m still not sure. It would be a big commitment-even if only to myself.

  16. Annmarie says:

    I have heard so much about Texas blue bonnets – would love to make some. Your patterns are great and so is your block!

  17. Julie B says:

    We moved from southern MN to TX about 20 years ago and I love it here. Love your block and already added your pattern to my Craftsy page. I will not attempt all the state blocks. I did like the tote bag idea.

  18. Julie B says:

    We moved to TX 20 years ago and I love it here. I love your block and already have the pattern added to my Craftsy library. My projects are many, but your tote bag idea is great.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Wonderful!!!! The block is so very cute and so very US! It needs to be on a tote at my house. It may also get incorporated into a gift for my truly Texan in-laws. That map explaining why you don’t go to Corpus every weekend is SOOOO perfect. My dad was having that very conversation with my aunt from Illinois last week. I wasn’t born here in Texas, but I’m so glad I got here! Howdy and I’ll certainly be back 🙂

  20. Nancy A says:

    I’m enjoying seeing the creativity displayed in all the license plate blocks, but don’t think I’ll make any of them. Loved your tote though! Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. Chiska says:

    What a fun plate! I’d really love to do a rainbow something if I were to win one of the bundles. Thanks so much for the chance!

  22. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    I think a home state block on a tote for my military friends is a sweet touch. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  23. Peg says:

    I think TX is beautiful and you captured it well. I will definitely be doing a state tote when my state rolls around – great idea. I will want to do your blue bonnets in another project, too. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Would LOVE/NEED that delicious Texas coffee.

  24. Marianne says:

    I used to live in Beeville (find that on a map!) in elementary school and then again as an adult but this time in Corpus Christi. I used to like driving up to the Hill Country and see all the bluebonnets in the spring. My sister and brother are Natives! Lol. Love your block.

  25. MarthaB says:

    I was married and my children were born in Texas. I am thinking of making a small quilt using the blocks from states I have lived in.

  26. Sue S says:

    I have enjoyed lots of visits to Texas… mostly Houston but Dallas and a few other places too. Houston just happens to be world headquarters for the American Sewing Guild. I might make a wall hanging of the 25 or so states that I’ve visited so far. Great block!

  27. Susan C says:

    What a clever idea to use the state blocks on a tote! Thanks for the great suggestion and the chance at a wonderful giveaway. I’ve only been to Houston to quilt market but would love to see more of Texas some day.

  28. Lisa Marie says:

    I’ve mostly been enjoying learning about each state’s attractions and seeing the plates. Hadn’t really thought about what to do with the patterns. I’ve read some of the other comments though, and there are some creative ideas. Might have to make some plans for some of these patterns!

  29. TeresaVan de Castle says:

    would make a commemorative quilt with the plates.. I love traveling and have been through Texas, Houston airport! and drove the interstate through. Gotta get down there and spend some time and see your lovely state!

  30. patty says:

    I am not sure what I will do with the patterns, but I will be visiting Texas for the first time next year as I am headed to QUILTCON!

  31. Amy L says:

    You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl. I’m a TX native living in Virginia. I am planning a quilt of license plates of the states with special meaning for me. I love the hexie bluebonnets on your block. The tote bag is a great idea.

  32. Bonnie says:

    I would love to have these for quilting. My solids are getting low, and they would be great for a special little project. I’ve never tried EPP, but it sounds fun to try!

  33. Susan says:

    Howdy! I was born and raised in Texas. TAMU grad too. I would love to move back but job scene didn’t allow it. Lucky you to live in Texas!!

  34. Carol McIntosh says:

    I have no plans yet for the blocks but I am thinking about what to do. Interesting tour of your state.

  35. I don’t think I will make all of the state blocks, but maybe a string of banners for the states we’ve lived in. I’m interested in the AMB solids for hand quilting a wholecloth quilt – in one of those luscious colors, not white! My only time in TX was driving across the panhandle many years ago and seeing all the tarantulas crossing the interstate – strange and amazing sight.

  36. I have no current plans to make any of the license plate blocks, but I sure have enjoyed seeing all of them and learning things about each state. Your license plate is gorgeous!

  37. Penny J says:

    I’d love to win such a nice package. I’ve been wanting to make a quilt out of all solids and these would be wonderful. Thanks

  38. Claire Christiansen says:

    Love your block. It’s so bright and cheery. Would love to go to IQF but it conflicts with our harvest.

  39. Nancy E says:

    I didn’t know until I read your blog what I would do with the plates. Now I know! What a great idea………tote bags for my family and friends with their state license plates. Thank you for a great TX plate, 5 bags to make for that one alone. This is a great way to use AMB cotton and reduce my stash. I will definitely be visiting the shop.

  40. Trish says:

    I have no idea what I would do with all of the blocks!! It would most likely take me 50 years to make all of them 😉 I do think I will use bits and pieces from lots of them to make other blocks (I think that’s legal 😉 I’ve always wanted to visit Texas and maybe someday I will for Quilt Market 🙂

  41. Sue Bennett says:

    Love the tote bag with your license plate on it. I think I will have to copy that idea.
    Would love to visit Texas one day.

  42. Joanna says:

    Howdy to you too! I have some AMB fabric in red and white and plan to make a quilt. I’m not sure about making all of the state blocks, although some of them are really cute. I like how you used your sweet block to decorate the tote. Just right.

  43. marta says:

    Howdy from California ! I loved learning about Texas! Never visit Texas but went couple of years ago to Huston for the quilt show..thank you…

  44. Sandra Timmons says:

    Howdy y’all. Just love your license plate. I love your tote bag idea. I am going to incorporate your idea for a CA tote bag for me. I am considering making the quilt but you just never know. Yes, I live in Sonora, CA which is considered the foothills. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and making this so much fun as well as educational.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  45. Laurie says:

    What a good idea for a tote! And enjoyed the tour info. You know, there is a different tradition that says Dr Pepper was invented by a pharmacist in Virginia, in the little town of Rural Retreat, before he moved to Texas. Got to do some research on that!

  46. Kat Scott says:

    Maybe I could make a set of placemats out of the different license plates… just pick where you want to go for dinner! 🙂

  47. Kathleen says:

    I can attest to the “friendship” motto. My niece married a guy from Texas and he’s such a polite (is that a word?) person and comes from a lovely family! Love all the work you did on your block.

  48. Liz Rehrauer says:

    We loved San Antonio when we visited Texas. It’s such a BIG state. I have never used solids to make a quilt. I think that would be in order if I won the bundle.

  49. Barb Johnson says:

    I’m being realistic and not downloading the license plate blocks, because I know I won’t make any of them :< I just have too many projects on the go right now! So what I am going to do with the blocks is enjoy them during the blog hop!

  50. Julie in WA says:

    I would love to make a quilt of all the license plates, but I just don’t have the time right now. I hope some people do make a quilt, I would love to see it!

  51. Dora G. says:

    Howdy ! Love your website. I never made a quilt. I am currently working on a lap size disappearing 9 piece. I would probably make another if I win or try and make one of the plates I’ve seen. Love the quilt square next to comments as well. Dora G. ladyhawk201@hotmail.com

  52. Linda S says:

    Love your block. I have so many projects on my list already, I do not know if I will ever make all 50 blocks, but it has sure been fun visiting each state on this blog tour.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  53. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    I don’t know if I ‘m going to make these block or not. I’m not good with applique, but I’m loving the hop and am going to use the AMB cottons. Love American Made, it’s so important.

  54. Diantha Howard says:

    I hadn’t decided what I’d make with the blocks before – but seeing your tote bag – I think that’s a good idea. I am excited about seeing these Made in USA Cottons, though!

  55. Lori Smanski says:

    Wow how generous you both are. I love your block and how you incorporated it into a tote. How fun. I will be getting a sewing room of my own when our son gets married May of next year. I would love to make one of these patterns to hang on my wall. I love flowers of all kinds.
    I do have a quick question that is seperate. Do you know where I could buy fabric that is for the foot ball team “Sea Hawks” of Washington?

  56. Sarah M. says:

    Hi from a neighbor in OK. I lived in tesas for a while years ago. I visit there often and have always wondered what those yellow flowers were that grow along the raodside. Thanks for the answers.

  57. I want to make a wallhanging of all the states I’ve visited! I was in Texas once – flew into San Antonio.I would love to drive through and see the bluebonnets!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

  58. Nancy says:

    Your block is lovely. Nice job. I have spent a fair amount of time in Texas, as my dear brother and his family live there, in San Antonio..

  59. Dana says:

    Great job of representing our big ‘ole state of Texas! I live in Amarillo & many people don’t realize how far it is to Houston or that we are closer to 4 other state capitals than our own.
    Love the blue bonnets made from hexes!

  60. Pat Evans says:

    Haven’t thought about what to make with the blocks. I’ve just been enjoying all the variety. My son lives in Conroe and my step-daughter lives in Spring so I’ve spent some time in Texas. Also was in Dallas for a library conference years ago. I’d love to visit San Antonio sometime. And I’ve been to the Houston Quilt Festival twice. Like your block. Those hexies must be tiny.

  61. Mary Ellen says:

    Many years ago we visited your ‘large’ state as my brother was stationed there. I think I will make the one block quilt (I’m rather a newbie) with 2′ sashing around each block. I perused your blog and really like your Great Products reviews.

  62. Colette says:

    Love the solids they would make such a dramatic quilt. As to doing all 50 license plates, I do not think I would have the wherewithal to make all of them but I do love most of them that I have seen. Also I love the mini tours.

  63. Cheri says:

    I am from Texas too! Odessa and Houston! My and my son LOVE Bracketville where John Wayne recreated the Alamo for his movie and I love driving that middle area on the way to San Anton to see the real Alamo. I love the history sites of the states. I love texas to..wish I could go back! I don’t make any plans on what I will do with any giveaway I participate in….to sad to change plans if I don’t win! Your plate is really great!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

  64. Marsha says:

    I love your license plate block; it’s very creative! The bluebonnets and cone flowers were a great idea with the hexies. I will probably make some mini quilts with pairs of state plates for each couple I give them two – wife from New York, husband from Maine they’d get those two state plates, maybe buttoned together.

    Great giveaways. Thank you!

  65. Vicki H says:

    My husbands family is from Texas, my family is all in Minnesota. So we live in Kansas, kinda in the middle. I think I would like to make some blue bonnets like yours. Thanks for the chance.

  66. Sandy K says:

    Love your block. I hope to someday visit Texas, it’s just down Interstate 35 from Minneapolis MN several hundred miles.

  67. Karen B says:

    I hear so much about Texas in the news (not good things) that I have always felt like I don’t need to go there, but your parks really look beautiful. It’s good to remember that the actions of some don’t mean everyone in a given place is the same.

  68. Michele T says:

    Your license plate is very pretty!! I’d love to visit the parks too!!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

  69. Tabitha Keener says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a quilt out of all solids, so this would help me get part way there! I love your EPP, I’m in love with the process and I make them a lot! I’m also a coffee nut, so I would love to win, love your block by the way! I love the flowers and colors! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

  70. Evie H says:

    I hadn’t really planned on making all the blocks, just a select few. But I like your block and the idea of a tote — clever! Thanks for the giveaway.

  71. Wendy says:

    Howdy! Haven’t been to Texas in several years but enjoyed it immensely when I was there. Mostly I was in Houston for market but took an opportunity when I could to see a few sites. Looking forward to another visit sometime.

  72. Candice says:

    Emily, I learned a lot about Texas and I’ve been there several times! LOVE your block – especially the bluebonnets and branded lettering! Very creative! And what a great idea to create a bag pattern – so cute! Perfect way to display one’s license plate. Nice job!

  73. Patty says:

    fabulous job on the Texas block! love the tote bag idea as well. I’ve been to your great state a few times – my son also goes to school in Houston

  74. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Howdy! My Dad used to live in Texas, near Longview. My 3 sisters & I would get together & visit in the Spring & Fall (never the Summer). Thanks for sharing your block & thanks for the chance to win.

  75. Jocelyn says:

    I made my very first visit to Texas a few weeks ago, when we traveled there to pick up our Camper. It is such a huge state. Thanks for sharing about your state.

  76. Jennifer says:

    I love your license plate! All the very Texas-y elements – Very clever! A lot of the designs have a flower element, and I’m thinking about collecting all of those to make something with out of these wonderful fabrics.

    You’ve put together a wonderful package – Thank you and thank you for the chance to win!

  77. Karen Shackleford says:

    This has been the coolest blog hop. It’s been great learning so much about each of our states, and the quilt license plate blocks are fabulous. Plus, learning about each of you and your quilting has been so interesting. Got a few more blogs to follow now ; ) Thanks, too, for the chance to win.

  78. Maryellen says:

    I really want to visit Texas, and getting to Quilt Market is on my list. I’m enjoying the hop, and love the different ideas on making the parts to represent the states. The hints and ideas are inspiring. Thanks!

  79. Jean says:

    I was thinking about entering the challenge before I broke my arm, I might try the designing and still be able to pull off the construction by the deadline. Send me fabric, I’m in!

  80. Cathy Romanczuk says:

    Howdy! Actually I lived in Texas for a couple of years and my son was born there. We were in San Angelo. I plan to make a quilt with these blocks–but after I finish some UFOs.

  81. Sue says:

    Howdy Emily! You’re right about the quilt market in Houston; that’s something that just shouldn’t be missed!

  82. Carolyn Boutilier says:

    Would love to visit Texas and see the blue bonnets
    Love your hexies, I am doing some small hexies and enjoy the sewing.
    Carolyn B

  83. Lorri Brager says:

    I am loving the AMB blog tour. I am learning so many facts about our wonderful country! I want to make my own license plate quilt. I may make the blocks smaller, and make it a wall hanging to hang on the wall of my quilt room. Need to add it to my list of projects to be done. lol

  84. Cynthia Knapp says:

    I lived in Katy, TX for 25 years and have to move away for my job 8 years ago. I miss Texas dearly. We, too loved the state parks and were fortunate to have visited many with our kids. I love your block. I’m going to make one, for sure. Cynthia.

  85. Kathy Howard says:

    I’m not sure what I will do with the block. If I won the fabric, it would probably go into a baby quilt with some other solids I have.

  86. Lori Morton says:

    Howdy! from Ohio!! 🙂 Love your block…and idea to make a Tote!! Beautiful!! I would make a Tote with the Ohio block..for me! lol Maybe NC one for my daughter..& a Kansa one for Sister-in-law..and a Kansas Friend too!! Thanks for the grrrreat idea!!!
    Ohio Hugs!! 🙂

  87. Pam S says:

    I love the way you incorporated your license plate into the tote bag! Thanks for sharing this great idea. And thanks for all the inspiration on your lovely blog!

  88. Mary says:

    Howdy from Louisiana! I have been to the Houston quilt show every year for the last seven (maybe?). Love your tote idea! I have to get busy with my own Louisiana blocks and think of a cool way to use it!

  89. Regina D. says:

    Love the license plate and love it even more on the tote! What a clever idea. Lived in Texas for 11 years and call it my second home! Thanks for your blog!

  90. Nicole Sender says:

    Greetings from WA state. Great block! I’ve never seen bluebonnets but would love to travel to Texas when they’re in bloom!

  91. Rachell R says:

    Hi all y’all ! My cousins grew up in northern Texas, and they’re very proud of it, so it’s hard not to have a bit of their accent and friendliness rub off on me. They would adore your block. I love the hexagon flowers, and I love to paper-piece.
    I would love a bundle like this, because it could start my Night Sky quilt (pattern by Jaybird Quilts), because I love stars in a night sky (and I know the song about the stars in Texas!)
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  92. Pat V. says:

    Your license plate is great! Not sure how I will utilize these patterns; I do love your tote. Visited San Antonio last year; my first time in TX.

  93. I’m not sure I’ll be making all or even many of the license plate blocks, but I am using lots more solid fabrics in my quilts, and I’d love to visit Texas, especially Austin and San Antonio. I’ve heard so many interesting things about both cities.

  94. Emily C says:

    I am currently enjoying everyone’s beautiful license plates. I doubt I will make a quilt out of them, although I think one would be beautiful. I have many WIPs right now.

  95. Juliet H. says:

    Just moved to Texas and enjoyed my first bluebonnet season! I would love to recreate that plate! Thanks for the chance!

  96. Brenda Hulsey says:

    What!!! I would never, ever attempt to make the beautiful blocks from all the states! They are all so pretty but I just couldn’t begin to make some of them. I love yours by the way and Texas is an awesome state! I was there last year!

  97. Barb Colvin says:

    I’ll probably use some of the plates on a picnic/travel quilt. Something that can be stashed in car.

  98. Jen Beatty says:

    Great plate! Since it’s almost summer, I think new placemats that can be used enjoying the outdoors.

  99. Audrey says:

    Beautiful plate. I love EPP so your plate is not only attractive to me in how it represents your state but also in that it is paper pieced.. I have not had the fortune to visit your state but it is on my list of places to see. Thanks for sharing the places I should make sure I see. Thanks for offering a giveaway. I would love to create with AMB solids. The colours are so vibrant and true.

  100. Margaret Schindler says:

    I have been saving each license plate. I would love to make a quilt out of them. I love Texas too as my sister lives there in Cleveland and I plan on going and seeing her when the quilt festival is held. We have so much fun going to it.

  101. Geni Pickens says:

    I’m a misplaced Texan, born and raised in south west of Amarillo. I’ve lived in OK for the past 24 yrs, but visit often as family lives in the panhandle, New Braunfels, and Spring. I’m going to have to make either a tote or a wall hanging, I love EPP and what a clever use of it in you license plate block.

  102. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Howdy from North Dakota! I love paper piecing too! I would love bluebonnet paper piecing patterns, as they’re a beautiful flower. Love your license plate, and the cute tote bag you put it on, have a great weekend.

  103. Sue says:

    I think it’s great having people from each state do a plate. My sister lives in Texas so I’m learning more about it now. Nice plate. I’m considering what I’d do with plates from states I’ve been to and I like the idea of banners.

  104. Jess says:

    Not quite sure what I’d do with them yet but I’ve been wanting to do a solids-only quilt for a while; maybe a rainbow something?

  105. Joan H. says:

    Clever idea to put your license plate block on a tote bag. We spent a couple winters in southern Texas and loved the weather and the friendly people.

  106. Beth says:

    Great Plate. I am working on the farm to fabric challenge. If my design is lucky enough to be chosen, I would love to visit it at the Houston show. I really like your tote bag idea. I am trying to visit all 50 states and was trying to think how to incorporate that idea with these blocks. Now I am leaning toward travel tote 🙂

  107. Thunder says:

    Howdy !! If everyone offered a pattern, I would have made a quilt. but seeing as this has not been the case…. I am not sure what I will do with the blocks I make. If I win a bundle, I will make something for my grand daughters.

  108. Charlene McCullough says:

    My Grand Daughter in stationed at Fort Bliss right now. She seem to like Texas. I’ve been there and taken in a lot of the historical sites. I’m sure the other areas are beautiful because they’re not as commercialized. Love you flag and the tote you made. I’ll have to try doing some totes but no all cause 52 states is way too many totes. LOL. Thanks for the tour of your state and the giveaway.

  109. Sarah Goer says:

    I agree that quilts with all 50 states will be fun to see. I love how you used your block to make a tote bag. I look forward to surfing around and seeing more states. Thanks for sharing yours!

  110. PT in SC says:

    Love your plate/block, especially the blue bonnets. Too many irons in the fire to start another project, but love all the plates.

  111. Dorothy Schreyer says:

    Hello from Colorado, where we are getting rain and tornados today! Went further in your blog and saw the owl totes, love them! May try one for the church bazaar. Thanks for the giveaway and I like your block, too!

  112. Debbie Weishaar says:

    Being from northern Louisiana, I’ve visited Texas many times growing up and I’ve visited as an adult as well. Lovely tote and license plate. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win.

  113. Brenda Howard says:

    I love your block I am a TEXAS girl born and raised. I have been wanting to make a quilt with all the states that I have visited and this has given me the inspiration to do it. Thanks for such a wonderful block. PS I live in the Houston area (Humble)

  114. Antonia Arnold says:

    Texas sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I’d use the fabrics to make a wall hanging of plates of the states I’ve lived in, Nebraska being my home now.

  115. Char says:

    I love your state block. I’ve actually been doing some English paper piecing in the evenings. I usually crochet but it’s gotten a bit too hot to have yarn in my lap.

  116. Christy says:

    Hi! I love the Texas block you designed! I lived in Texas for about 8 years, and I have lots of good memories. I miss many things about it, including the mild winters, the spring wildflowers and all the great Tex-Mex restaurants and Whataburger.

  117. April says:

    Love the Texas block! You can’t beat driving the Texas back roads in the spring! The wild flowers are just gorgeous! Moved to Katy, Texas (just outside Houston) from Michigan 15 years ago, and it’s a great second home!

  118. Linda E in AZ says:

    Howdy to you! I was your neighbor for 30 years when I lived in New Mexico, but we moved off to SE Arizona, “Hummingbird Capital” of the US.
    Beautiful cottons and a most generous bundle of goodies
    thanks!

  119. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the Texas tour! I’ve been to Austin a couple of times and loved the Mexican food. We also drove across Texas the long way once (across I-10), and I recall well the stark beauty of the western part of the state.

  120. Amanda T says:

    I probably won’t do anything with the blocks but it is fun to see everyone’s creativity and learn about all the states.

  121. Karen Thurn says:

    I like your state block. One year my husband, two young sons under the age of 5 and myself drove from Louisiana all the way through Texas to AZ. It was a long drive!! I love road trips and I just retired to spend more time traveling and quilting so I’m thinking of combining the two (after seeing this state block hop) and making a quilt block as I finish traveling through each state. I then either will sew the finished blocks into a “scrapbook” or make a quilt for my bed. I better get started. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. kthurn@bektel.com

  122. Regina says:

    Iowa here – but used to live in TX – I’d be making comfort quilts for cancer patients – I love to do these for people I don’t know

  123. Diana Wylie says:

    Love your block, you did our state very proud. A lifelong Texan myself I never knew the tidbit about our flag, very interesting!

  124. Leticia says:

    I used to travel a lot to Texas in my previous job. I loved heading there. Every Texan always made a point of making you feel welcomed

  125. Diane says:

    Hey Ya’ll:)
    we say that here in Virginia too.
    Solids, boy do I need solids, to start a quilt using a Moda charm pack that I was recently gifted with. How cool that Clothworks is offering, and totally made in America to boot. By the way love Gruene (Green) and the dance halls. Not to many of those left

  126. Bunny Ryan says:

    So many new projects to try…. That used to be my favorite coffee when I lived closer to HEB!! Happy to have found your site!

  127. Dee D says:

    I love your Texas flag with the flowers -what a great way to use the solids! I am a native Houstonian and couldn’t wait to get back after we were transferred to Louisiana. Texas is a great state.

  128. Mary D says:

    I would love to include the AMB license plates in a quilt of some sort. My college roommate and I made plans to visit all 50 states. I have visited 35 states so far with 15 left to go. She has visited a few more than me since she moved up east.

  129. If I were to win the AMB fabric, I would use them to make an art quilt with American iconography. I’d love to give it a try! I’m a native Texan and have already finished one original American flag design art quilt. Would love to try another similar original design.

  130. I get to see one of my friends from high school this weekend at our 10 year reunion who is currently living in Austin, Texas, she loves it there. I have really enjoyed looking over your blog, you make some beautiful projects! Thank you for sharing, have a wonderful day!
    ~Brandy

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