Friday, June 6, 2014

Welcome to I O W A !!!

I'm so happy that the next stop of the American Made Brand tour has brought you to my adopted home state of  I O W A! 



Iowa became the 29th state on December 28th, 1846.  Iowa is bordered by the mighty Mississippi on the east, and the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers on the west, making it the only state whose east and west borders are formed entirely by rivers. 


Des Moines, Iowa's state capital, is the largest city in the state
 and the political and economic center.

Iowa is generally not flat, as it is often thought of.  Most of the state consists of rolling hills.  Rich in agricultural production since the introduction of railroads in the 1850's and 1860's, the Farm Crisis of the 1980's caused a major recession.  Iowa's economy became less dependent on agriculture and presently has a mix of manufacturing, biotechnology, finance, and insurance services.
 

One can enjoy all four season if they live in Iowa.  I use the word "enjoy" loosely... winter can be brutal!





Iowans are proud of the Hawkeye state!  Whether one is a fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, the University of Northern Iowa Panthers, or any of the other colleges or universities spread across the state, we support them enthusiastically.  The states gets considerable national attention every four years because it holds the first presidential caucuses, making it the starting point for choosing the two major-party candidates for president.  Every August we flock to the Iowa State Fair - 10 fun filled days of carnival rides, livestock shows, local and national entertainer performances, and eating whatever can be served on a stick!   Iowa continues to attract the Hollywood movie industry, allowing us to showcase the beauty of the state in blockbusters movies like "The Bridges of Madison County," and "Field of Dreams."  ("Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa!")   I'm especially fond of our state parks, with their endless walking and biking trails, cavern exploring opportunities, campsites, and scenery that can take your breath away... a photographers dream!   I feel fortunate to have been able to raise my children here, and now watch them as they raise my grandchildren here.  Life is good in IOWA! 

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I enjoyed the design process for this project, although I will admit that transferring a design from graph paper to fabric isn't as easy as I thought it would be.  I had several drawings in the works, some more intricate than other.  I wanted my license plate to depict the strong agricultural side of Iowa.  After all, one Iowa family farm grows enough food and fiber to feed 279 people!  And Iowa ranks near the top in the production of corn, soybeans, and grain production every year.

Here is my Iowa license plate, made with AMERICAN MADE BRAND 100% COTTON SOLIDS. 


Nestled among my pretty patio blooms!
Laying flat for a better look!



My design incorporates paper piecing, machine piecing, machine applique, hand applique, prairie points, embroidery, and the luck of finding metal tractor buttons at my local sewing center!  If you are interested in the pattern, send me an e-mail, (sojoha3@gmail.com) and I will e-mail a PDF file back to you.  (Please keep in mind I am NOT a pattern writer!) 

Now for the opportunity to win a bundle of 8 brightly colored fat quarters from American Made Brand!   I'm keeping it simple... leave a comment telling me where you live.  If you are a no reply commenter, please provide your e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win.  International comments are eligible for the drawing.  I will draw the winner the evening of Tuesday, June 10th.

Imagine the pretty something you could
make with a bundle of these!!!

The WISCONSIN license plate is also being revealed today.  I was tickled when I found that out... I was born and raised there!  Make  www.freshlypieced.com  your next stop on the road trip!   You can also visit the 27 states that joined the union before Iowa, by clicking on the AMB button at the top of my sidebar.  Click on their large AMB road trip button for a list of each blog featuring a license plate design beginning with Delaware and Pennsylvania on May 19th, and ending with Alaska and Hawaii on June 20th!  Have a great road trip!!!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and come again!!!
 






226 comments:

  1. Such a nice post; I love seeing pictures of the Midwest - so flat sometimes! I live in Pennsylvania.

    Nice blog; I think we like the same kinds of things.

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  2. I live in VA now, but born and raised and raised a family in IL, right next door. I'm sending you an email, I love your pattern. I'm not a pattern follower so if it's a little rough to follow it will be just like following the 'patterns' in my head. No prob!

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  3. Great license plate - very creative! I'm from Texas - been here since day one! Enjoy your day!

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  4. What a great license plate! I love the sun and the tractors are a perfect topping :) Thanks for joining the fun blog hop.

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  5. Oh My Gosh!!! This is so awesome! The different greens in the fields and the happy sun shining through! And the tractor buttons are a perfect added touch! This is my favorite plate so far! :-) I live in NJ... which is supposed to be "The Garden State"... but, I see more and more farms being bulldozed for townhouse developments every day... that's why my friends in VT call us "flatlanders"... lol! Have a great weekend!

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  6. That just says Iowa to me! ;-) I'm here in your neighboring state, Illinois.

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  7. What a fantastic block! I'm in Wyoming

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  8. I love your block! I'm from Pennsylvania.

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  9. Hello,
    Thanks for tha chance to win some fabric. I live in Canada and would love to visit Iowa. I also love the quote at the top of your blog,regarding when "thread and fabric meet." That is how I feel most days too.

    Ruth

    ruthq@rogers.com

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  10. Absolutely the best block yet! This Wisconsin girl has come to appreciate Iowa recently and I appreciate that you are a transplant, speaking from your Wis Heart, but learning to love the state you're now in. Thanks for the intro to Iowa....

    spirit dot in dot stoney at gmail dot com

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  11. Love your block! I am in Virginia.

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  12. I love your block - especially the hand stitching. I live in New Zealand and have only visited 2 states in USA - Hawaii and California. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  13. Your block is awesome. I live in Florida. I think it would be nice to make a license plate quilt

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  14. Your Iowa design is very good! Creative use of your limited space to really represent the state.
    I live in Florida....a long ways from you.

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  15. Love the block this one is my favorite. My cousin lives in Knoxville. We love going up there and visiting . My home is in oklahoma

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  16. Your plate is my favorite so far. I live in Missouri. Think I'd add a tiny piglet if I were making your plate but I love it.

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  17. Im in NW Indiana. The home of high property and sales tax ;)

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  18. Living in Virginia and love the focus on farming in your block!

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  19. I love your plate. And the tractor buttons are the perfect touch. You'll be getting an email from me because I have a friend from Iowa that needs a pillow. Oh, and I live in Virginia.

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  20. What a fun post, and a really super block! I live in Montana...but I have a few Iowa roots...both my parents and 2 of my 4 sisters were born there, and a niece, too :)( And one sister born in...Wisconsin!) We always run up the western edge on our way back home from visiting family in Indiana :)

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  21. I absolutely love your block and how you depicted the rolling farmland! So cute with the tractors too! I must say this one is my most favorite so far!! I live in New York State, near the shores of Lake Erie.

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  22. Hello Kathy!

    Wonderful post promoting our beautiful state of " IOWA"! Your plate is so much fun and the tractor buttons put it over the top! Congratulations with representing Iowa!

    Hugs, Carolyn (IOWA)

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  23. Born and raised in NY but now living in South Carolina! I love your block!

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  24. Great block!!! I hail from your neighboring state... South Dakota! I'm sure you have jokes about us just like we have jokes about Iowa residents :) Have a great weekend!!

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  25. We moved from southern MN to central TX about 20 years ago. Great block!

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  26. Your license plate is outstanding!! I am from Iowa and am so proud our state! You did a fantastic job of describing Iowa...so glad you were chosen!

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  27. I live in NE Ohio, but I am from east central Ohio. Doesn't sound like that would be much of a difference, but surprisingly it is with me moving from a small town to a medium sized city. Your plate is beautiful! You put in so much detail! Great Job!

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  28. I have lived in South Carolina for the last 29 years. Moved from North Carolina so I'm still not far from the rest of my family! Love the colors!

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  29. I live in Missouri. I love your plate! It is so bright and cheery!

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  30. I just love your licence plate. I live in a small summer village in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  31. I live in Colorado and believe it or not we grow lots of corn here too! Your license plate is gorgeous!

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  32. Your block is so cool! Love the tractors. Checking in from hot & humid North Carolina. Thanks.

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  33. I LOVE your license plate and the pictures on your blog! I have never been to Iowa, as I am an East Coast girl having lived primarily in NJ and VA!

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  34. Born and Raised in Virginia. I've lived in Missouri, Florida and North Carolina.

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  35. I've been to Iowa once and your block is exactly how I remember it!

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  36. Such a cute block! And I LOVE those tractor buttons. This is going to be a great state quilt!

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  37. I love your license plate block! Too cute with the tractor buttons. Love the hills and the sun, great job! I live in Arizona AKA: Valley of The Sun.

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  38. I love your licence plate. I live in a small summer village in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email address.

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  39. I just love your block! I'm from Pennsylvania and I hope to one day visit your state!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  40. I love the block! Cute buttons. I live in Mississippi.

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  41. Such a cute block! I'm originally from Indiana (born and raised) but I now live outside of Atlanta, GA!

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  42. I'm in Missouri! Love those tractors!

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  43. What a gorgeous block! I live in Virginia, but my mother went to school in Iowa, and I have driven through twice. Would love to visit again. Thank you for the lovely photos.

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  44. I love your license plate. The workmanship is beautiful. I have driven thru Iowa many times and camped at the army corp of eng. park on the Mississippi several times. I was always impressed by the different kind of barns you have. Being from Michigan, our barns are different from you. I liked how you made the sun look like a sunflower, because those fields are beautiful and I saw my first wind farm in Iowa.

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  45. I love this block. What a great design. I'm from upstate New York originally but currently live in Oregon. Have traveled thru Iowa many times.

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  46. Hello neighbor, I'm from Wisconsin! I love your block. Great color and the theme is so fitting.

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  47. I love this block. You did a great job with it. Is that a John Deere tractor I see in that field.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  48. I live in Kentucky. Enjoyed your post!

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  49. Great plate! I live in Oregon but I was born in Washington. Very much a northwest girl!

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  50. I think your block is my favorite so far. I live in Nevada.

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  51. I really like how you did the fields. I am a Michigander.

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  52. You have done a fantastic job on your license plate. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and sharing the history of your State with us.Hoping to win those fat quarters.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  53. As soon as I saw your design I couldn't help grinning! SO cute!! What a great representation--and those buttons are perfect. Great work, Kathy!
    Janet in Utah.

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  54. I am from Colorado. Your license plate design is great. I also enjoyed your pictures of Iowa.

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  55. Oh my goodness, I LOVE your block! It is soooo funny because I did something a bit similar for Nebraska:) I guess great minds think alike:) Be sure to check out my block on June 12 at RenaissanceSandi.blogspot.com Also, check out my current post about a retreat I just went to in Creston, IA. Have you ever been there to the quilt shop and retreat center? It is wonderful, and the owner Joyce Franklin is a lovely person.

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  56. Your plate is just beautiful and thanks for the great pics.I arrive from Spain!

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  57. Seattle, WA is where I live and I am inspired daily by the beauty. I LOVE your little license plate.
    Thank you for the tour.

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  58. I live in Seattle, WA and am inspired daily by the beauty.
    It is a sweet license plate. So cute . . .

    Thank you!

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  59. Wow! Love your license plate design. I'm from California and corn can be grown here but the very most tender and sweetest corn I ever tasted was freshly picked in Iowa !!! People we met on our road trip were friendly too.
    gbpius2pb@gmail.com.

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  60. Love your license plate! I live in Washington state!

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  61. You did a great job! I think it's the best so far but then maybe I'm prejudice since I lived and raised my family in Iowa for years too. My children and grandchildren all still live there. I will be emailing you for the pattern as I think that would be nice to use in a quilt or even frame for Christmas presents for them. I just love it! Oh, please enter me in the drawing too as what sewer can't find a use for more fabric? LOL! Thanks again!

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  62. I live in NC but spent 13 wonderful years in Iowa! So many good memories of time spent in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Des Moines. We still have so many good friends in Iowa and I remember those winters!!
    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  63. I love your license plate! I just won the drawing at NC so don't add me to the draw-just wanted to complete this fun tour of the state and see all the plate blocks
    Kathy

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  64. Nice work on the plate........I lived half of my life in Iowa, not a native, and think you did a great job depicting what one sees as you drive around the state. I loved that there were definitely 4 seasons and sometimes the summers were brutal too but overall a beautiful (as the word Iowa means) place to live.

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  65. Your plate is so neat. I am very familiar with Iowa since I live just south of Iowa in St. Joseph MO. I have and still make many trips to quilt shops in Iowa. There are several nice quilt shops there.


    nroot at lycos dot com

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  66. Very nice job on your quilt plate -- I especially like the tractor buttons (so cute!). I'm from Florida. Thanks for the giveaway. info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.

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  67. I love your license plate for Iowa! Especially how you did the sun! Beautiful green fields! I live in Alaska.

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  68. Oh how I love love love this license plate! I grew up in SW Minnesota, but I have family in Iowa...we spent many holidays in Pella. It is a beautiful state, but I am rather allergic to it. I now live in the Seattle WA area, and it is beautiful here, too. I just miss the wide open skies and the wind of the Midwest!

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  69. It's my 2nd time living next door in Illinois. Great plate!

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  70. I like your block a lot! You captured the fields and sun so well.
    I live in VT. We have a lot of farms here too - mainly dairy, or smallish vegetable farms.

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  71. Wow! This is so cute! Love the sun and the little John Deere tractors! Wonderful job!

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  72. I love your Iowa license plate - so creative! I am from Florida.

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  73. I live in Georgia, but I was born and raised in Kansas and my family grew corn. Love your block!

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  74. Love your checkerboard sun! I spent many summers in Iowa as a child, my grandparents lived there... Now living across the river in Missouri.

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  75. Love your license plate, and the way you did the sun and the corn!

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  76. What a wonderful block! I am living in Pennsylvania, but I am from Minnesota. sarah@forrussia.org

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  77. I live in Pennsylvania and was born and raised here. Most people think of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh when you mention Pennsylvania, but PA is a big agriculture state, too. For example, PA is the fourth largest dairy producer in the US!

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  78. I live in the state where "pieces of your heart" live, Wisconsin. Your plate is so fun!

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  79. You did an awesome job on your plate, using a lot of the fabrics, well done! Born in Minnesota and have lived in Michigan I know all about those fit defined seasons! Currently in North Carolina now where we have two seasons, hot and/or wet. Thanks in advance for the chance!

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  80. Your block is wonderful. You did a fabulous job portraying Iowa. It is so colorful. And I really love how you used different ways to put it all together. I live in Illinois.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  81. Very sweet! I love all the detail.:) I live in Eastern Washington.

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  82. I think this is one of my fave blocks so far - super cute! I live in WA.

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  83. i live in Quilt City USA - or Paducah, KY as it's typically known. love your block - so cute and I always think of Field of Dreams when I think Iowa.

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  84. I love the Iowa plate! I currently live in NE Oklahoma, but I was born and raised in Danville, IA and I'm a Cyclone. I've got many fond memories of growing up there. Thanks for sharing with us. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  85. Your block is very nice and the tractor buttons are perfect! I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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  86. Love your plate, the tractors are great! I am nothwest of Chicago in Illinois. Thanks for the chance.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  87. Your license plate is so cute. I love how you have so many techniques used to make it and those buttons, extra cute! I am from Pennsylvania.

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  88. What a beautiful (and intricate!) block! Well done :-)

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  89. HELLO FROM MONTANA, the home of the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
    Thanks for sharing on your Blog+Giveaway !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  90. I love your license plate! I live in your neighboring state of Missouri. I am actually in the northwest corner, so not too far from your state. LOL

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  91. Oh what a cute tag! I just have to pin it and use it someday soon. My state is Oklahoma in the dry and dusty part. All that green looks good on your tag. We are getting rain today which is a blessing.

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  92. What a gorgeous block! Love the colors you incorporated and the stitching. I currently live in Georgia where lots of cotton is grown for all these wonderful fabrics! tweetyb936@aol.com

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  93. I have to say I love your license plate. I live in NJ.

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  94. What a pretty and inviting block! I live in Kentucky, which isn't too far away, but unfortunately I've never visited either Iowa or Wisconsin. I think I see a road trip in my future!

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  95. Born, raised and living in California. Your block is amazing!! I love it.

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  96. LOVE your block! Right now, I'm calling Florida home!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  97. Wisconsin!! I love the Midwest :) I absolutely adore your block and I will be emailing for the pattern!! (although paper piecing is NOT my strong suit!)

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  98. Still in CA - trying to sell and move nearer the grandkids in WA.
    Love your block, blog and state. We used to live in WI, MN and tripped to IA lots of times - got stuck in the snow there a couple of times in the 1990s... ahhhh, fond memories. Lol
    Hugs

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  99. I currently live in Maryland, but was born and raised in South Dakota, one of your neighbors. I think this is the prettiest license plate that I've seen so far!

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  100. Greetings from North East Pennsylvania!

    jean
    jlickun@aol.com

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  101. I remember driving through Iowa and being struck by its beauty
    Teresa

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  102. Georgia, i am enjoying this road trip

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  103. I am in Utah but from Colorado and arrived here after a jaunt through Georgia, where I picked up a husband and two sons. Your license plate is great! So authentic.

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  104. Love the sunshine in the background with the hills layered in. It has so much depth. Thank you for sharing all the fun facts. I have a BFF who lives in Sioux City but haven't yet been able to visit. Thanks!

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  105. Born and raised in MIchigan. Cute plate!

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  106. I'm in Massachusetts. Your block is so well done. It really portrays warmth and space. Nice job.

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  107. I live in Tennessee, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your block! Well done!

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  108. Hello from right next door...in Minnesota! Your block is delightful. Truly. :)

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  109. Kathy, You're right. I did think Iowa was flat having not been there. Your design depicts the rolling hills perfectly! I LOVE those little tractor button and your piecing and stitchery. Great job! So glad you could participate on our tour!

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  110. I am a transplant to Michigan. I have been through Iowa several times and I can say that I think it is gorgeous! I love the rolling hills and your plate is great.

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  111. I am currently living in California. and I love your Iowa license plate. Great job!

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  112. I live in Spokane, WA. South of is an area of rolling hills called the Palouse. Lots of wheat and legumes are grown on those hills.

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  113. OMG!!!!! I love, lover, love your license plate!!! It has to be my absolute favorite!!! Beautiful!!

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  114. great license plate. I am currently living in North Carolina.

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  115. I am from New Mexico. Love all the pictures and information you posted about Iowa. Definitely beautiful.

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  116. This is a super-cute design! I live in Pacifica, CA : )

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  117. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. I love your appliqued block the best so far. I really Really love those tractor buttons...what sewing center did you get them from, do you know who made them? crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  118. Great licence plate I live in Hillsboro, Oregon

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  119. Pretty block. Live in New York. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  120. Your block is a fantastic interpretation of Iowa. I love the feel of the land and colors. Perfect. I'm writing from Colorado.

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  121. I'm in Oklahoma, but I'm from California.

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  122. FIrst let me say...so far of all the "plates" I have been following... yours of Iowa is the absolute THE best! Number 1 in design! I love the applique and shades of green to indicate the field tracks and the little tractors and all the colors. Kudos to you! I am from from California
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  123. Hi Kathy, I love your block, and the little tractors are so cute! I live in the state of Victoria, Australia, which is known as the 'Garden State'. There are many very beautiful gardens around the area I live in, the Macedon Ranges.

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  124. I love your block; I think it is perfect for Iowa. The little tractor buttons are adorable! I'm your neighbor to the west, Nebraska. Go Big Red!!!

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  125. You make me want to visit Iowa now! Being that I live in Melbourne Australia that seems rather remote, don't you think?!

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  126. A beautiful licence plate block. You have captured what you set out to capture. Love those tractor buttons. I am certainly enjoying learning more about each state and viewing lots of magnificent scenery during this blog hop. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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  127. Awesome design, you nailed it! I live in WA and have not visited Iowa...yet!

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  128. I love your block! So happy and bright! Hello from Michigan!

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  129. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- the Land of Enchantment. Love your Iowa block. It's fabulous!

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  130. I'm from Wisconsin, but I went to college in Iowa! I love the color and embroidery on your license plate. Thanks for sharing!

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  131. I live in SE Florida and love it. You license plate is beautiful and certainly depicts your state. Thank you for the give away. maryellen1304@hotmail.com

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  132. Your license block is fantastic. I live in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. WE visited Iowa on Amtrak train. It reminded me of Virgina with all the corn fields.
    Carolyn B cab43252yahoo.com

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  133. Love your license plate! I'm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA....and i see a commenter ahead of me lives in this area, too! how fun!

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  134. I live in Arkansas We moved here from Illinois 15 years ago. I love your license plate. I will be emailing you for the pattern.

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  135. I love you plate and will also be emailing for the pattern. Thanks for the chance to win. Whoever came up with this idea, it is a great one. I am your neighbor from Wisconsin.

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  136. Hope this isn't a repeat, of my last comment. I wanted to say thanks for the chance and will be emailing for the pattern. This is such a great idea. Your neighbor from Wisconsin.

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  137. What an awesome license plate. I've only went out of WI twice this past year and both times were to visit Kalona for the IL-Iowa quilt study group. I visited a lot of quilts stores in Iowa.

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  138. Really cute license plate. One of my favorite so far! I am from CA.

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  139. Born, raised and live in Indiana.

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  140. Howdy from Ohio! :)

    LOVE your Block!!! It is Gorgeous!! & thanks for the Awesome pictures too...Beautiful places!

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  141. I live in the Sunshine State of Florida. I love your license block!!

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  142. Born and raised in Iowa! I currently live in Texas, but visit often and will always consider Iowa home. :)

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  143. Your state block is one of best sewn blocks I've seen...Beautiful Central Oregon!

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  144. Oklahoma. Your block is stunning!!

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  145. Your block is so cute! I'm in California and my late husband was born in Dubuque.

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  146. I love the look of rolling farm land in your block! I have not visited your state, but it's definitely on the bucket list will the other states we haven't see yet. My hubby is a Louisiana farmer, so I can really appreciate all the food and fiber that comes from Iowa.

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  147. Away for the summer, but PA is home :)

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  148. Love you block. It is very creative. I am from Texas.

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  149. I was born and raised in Minnesota, and now live in North Dakota. Love you license plate!

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  150. hey, nice to meet you!
    I was born and mostly raised here in Utah. my community is still considered a farm community, with fields and orchards nestled up against our mountains. I can drive 5 minutes and be up a canyon from my house! I live in the valley, at 4800 feet above sea level. The mountain behind me is almost 12,000 feet! Utah is a desert, but we experience plenty of four seasons: hot summers and very cold, snowy (sometimes) winters.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  151. Absolutely darling! I live in Arizona, but California is my home.
    jpshirley@ymail.com

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  152. Your block is stunning. I love every detail.

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  153. I was born and raised in Kentucky. I have lived here my entire life with the exception of two years I lived in Tennessee.

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  154. I live in Pennsylvania. I adore your sun on the license plate. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  155. I'm from Dayton, Ohio and have lived in the state my whole life. I visited Fort Dodge once in the early 90's and played some friends golf for the first time! I love your bright and happy block, beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  156. I loved your block and was fascinated by your thumbnail sketch of your state.

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  157. Your block turned out fantastic and will look great in the final quilt with all of our other blocks. Hi from the NY block.

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  158. I'm in New Jersey. LOVE your quilt block!

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  159. This is fabulous! You did a wonderful job - the tractor buttons just make the block. Visiting here from NC.

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  160. Love the licence plate the buttons are the finishing touch. I live in Oshawa, Ontario. This is close to Toronto (Canada)
    Barb@Witsend

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  161. I sent you a email but I dint think you got it. You said I'd we are interested in the pattern for your license plate block to email. I'm interested in this pattern, please. Thanks so much.

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  162. Very nice block! Love the prairie points. I was a RAGBRAI participant for a few years when I lived in Iowa. Definitely the green corn fields!!

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  163. Love your block! I live in The Villages, FL.
    johawks21@gmail.com

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  164. I love your Iowa license plate - great depiction of the rolling hills you mention in describing your State. I am from Calgary, Alberta, Canada where we "enjoy" 4 seasons as well. So glad winter is over and we are well into Spring!

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  165. I live in Washington (state).

    I think I'm not a no-reply, but just in case: jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  166. I live outside of Boston, but I grew up in MN and all of my family still lives there. I've been to Iowa several times.

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  167. OMG that is the cutest license plate yet! I love all the detail you put into it. I'm a Colorado transplant, but have been thru your state plenty of times going back to Illinios!

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  168. I live in Raleigh, NC. My mother-in-law grew up on an Iowa farm, and I'm excited to show her your plate - it's my favorite so far!

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  169. I live in Henderson, MN but...... I was born and raised in the great state of Iowa! My hometown is Lehigh. :-) I'm working with my brother to coordinate a little quilt show at the Lehigh historical in October. I love your Iowa license plate but i would have to put a red Farm all tractor in the fields. :-)

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  170. I'm from Washington State. Your block is amazing - I especially love the embroidery work you did on the fields, the ear of corn, and the prairie points on the sun!

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  171. Your license plate is beautiful! I love the design, especially the sun and too cute Jon Deere tractors, I live in Greece but I am from America!

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  172. I live in Pensacola, FL in the Panhandle of FL. We've been here 41 years, but I was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Great colors in your license plate.

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  173. I live in northern Wisconsin - I love it here! Great block.

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  174. Oh, this is my favorite block so far.

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  175. I live in Madison, WI now, but originally came from the central part of the state. Your state license block is my favorite so far. It represents your state especially well.

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  176. Just divine -- all the techniques came together brilliantly.

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  177. Hi! It's Kris from WI in the Emerald Woods. I love your checkerboard sun. So clever! I used the little tractor buttons on one of my quilts, too. They are the perfect size and color. Nice job.

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  178. I live in Florida. Love your design.

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  179. Born and raised in New Mexico! Love your patchwork and quilting on this cute quilt!

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  180. I love in Florida. Love love live these fabrics

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  181. I live in Minnesota, so Iowa is very familiar to me. Our daughter went to college in Grinnell. Last summer, my husband and I took a Beer and Quilt Shop vacation in the Des Moines area. We also took part in the Highway 141 garage sale. My husband enjoyed the craft breweries and I sure had fun at the quilt shops! Your block is so cute. I will be asking for it.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  182. I'm from Hillsboro, Ohio. I live in a very rural depressed area of south middle Ohio, not to far from the Ohio River and about 2 hours east of Cincinnati. I've never been to Iowa so thanks for the highlights and mini tour. I love your flag. From your description of the State it looks representive of your beautiful State. Thanks for the fabric giveaway.
    katztoo at exede dot net

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  183. Your block is adorable! I love all the details.

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  184. Love your plate. Iowa is a great state, know it well since I was born in Kansas but now live in NC.

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  185. Love your LP of Iowa! Thanks for a chance to win the fabrics, and it live in Wisconsin!

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  186. I live in Pennsylvania. I love the sun on your plate.

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  187. I live in California :-D Your license plate is AMAZING !!!! I really enjoyed of of your pictures of Iowa .

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  188. I live in Alaska but miss the midwest, love the license plate great job

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  189. I love your block! Especially the little tractors motoring over the hills. too cute!

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  190. Your plate/block is so creative, great job. I live in South Carolina, never been to Iowa, maybe one day.

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  191. love, love your "plate' I live in North Carolina.

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  192. I love your block! I have lived in Colorado and Nebraska, family in Wyoming and Kansas, all farm states! So please send me your link for the pattern! I am not sure if I come up as no reply; so here is my e mail address; dorocarol@gmail.com.
    thank you for the block and the chance to win.

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  193. Currently living in Kansas but it's not home.

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  194. I so love your block and sent you an email for the pattern. Thanks for sharing and I live in the Houston, TX area. brenda90159@yahoo.com

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  195. I live in Neb. but since I am a native of Wis. I have traveled over the hills of Iowa many, many times. Your block really highlights Iowa's beauty.

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  196. Your Iowa plate turned out awesome! I live in West Lafayette, Ind.


    jones50(at)purdue(dot)edu

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  197. Your block is gorgeous - so detailed and truly representative of Iowa farm country. I live in Kansas. We travel through IA often as we go to MN, in all seasons!

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