Friday, June 6, 2014

AMB Blog Tour: Welcome to Wisconsin!

Welcome to the blog tour for American Made Brand cotton solids! Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods today: beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm not a Wisconsin native (I grew up across the lake in Michigan), but I've lived here for 10 years now and love my adopted home, so I was very excited to represent the Badger State.

For those who are new to the AMB blog tour, quilters in all 50 states are making "license plate" blocks from American Made Brand solids, a new line of solids from Clothworks made (you guessed it) right here in the US of A. For my block, I considered all the usual in-state suspects: Cheese. Beer. A cow. You can't go wrong with any of those in Wisconsin, after all. : ) But in an effort not to be too clich├ęd, I ended up pursuing a more offbeat idea. I wanted my block to look like one of those old-school retro postcards. Like this little piece of awesome right here:


So here's what I came up with:

Want to make your own "Greetings from Wisconsin" block? You can download my applique templates right here. I chose American Made Brand solids in a retro-ish palette that echoed my inspiration postcard above, and just traced the applique shapes onto double-sided fusible. I ironed the fusible onto the fabric, cut out the shapes, and fused it to my background fabric. Stitch down your applique in whatever way you choose, and then embroider on the "Greetings from" (I used my Bernina 750's alphabet stitches). And there you have it!

But wait! Before we get to the giveaway, here are a few fun facts about Wisconsin:

• You can thank Wisconsin for the following: Blenders, ice cream sundaes, bone marrow transplants, typewriters, Harley Davidson motorcycles, Les Paul guitars, the National Weather Service, and kindergarten. You're welcome.
• Wisconsin actually has more lakes (14,000) than its next-door neighbor, Minnesota, the land of only 10,000 lakes. : )
• Wisconsinites inexplicably call drinking fountains "bubblers."
• We have racing sausages. Yeah, I know you're jealous.
• Oh, and Wisconsin has this whack-a-doodle place. Also, a mustard museum. Enough said.

Now, giveaway time! I'm giving away two prizes:

1) an FQ bundle of American Made Brand solids from Clothworks, and

2) All the solids from my bundle that I didn't use, plus your very own racing sausage. This is Bratwurst—he's fresh out of Miller Park and can't wait to come live with you!

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll draw two random winners next Friday, June 13. And don't forget to visit all the other stops on the American Made tour for more chances to win—including Kindred Quilts, who is representing Iowa today. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by Wisconsin today!

341 comments:

  1. What a great block! Love the racing sausages! :)

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  2. Love it! It certainly says "Wisconsin!" to this native. And I know from experience that you don't ask anyone where the nearest bubbler is, unless you're in Wisconsin!

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  3. This native says "Great Job" Your license plate does remind me of those old postcards. My grandfather was in the tourism business, promoting Wisconsin back in the days after the Depression. The railroads were instrumental in getting hunters up into the northwoods since roads were often impassable and wretched. Love your sausage gift to the winner!!

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  4. So excited for this new brand of solids and love your block!

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  5. What a great block and fun inspiration!

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  6. I'm from near Philadelphia and am a Phillies fan. I love when the Phillies play the Brewers because I love the sausage race!

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  7. Nice block!

    eveningemma at gmail dot com

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  8. Racing sausages. That is way too cute.

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  9. HI Lee,
    Thanks for the chance to win some fabric and the sausage.
    I live in Canada but have learned so much about Wisonsin and the other States through the AMB Blog Tour. May have to try a similar idea for Canada.

    Ruth
    ruthq@rogers.com

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  10. I have family in Wisconsin and have visited many times - but I have never seen a racing sausage!

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  11. Wow, I've learnt some facts about Wisconsin today. The fabrics look great.

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  12. Nice block and cute racing sausage!
    Bridgette
    bedmison07@gmail.com

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  13. I love Wisconsin. When my SIL lived in St Germain, we watched fireworks through snow flurries on July 4th.

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  14. I love vintage postcards and your block definitely captured the spirit!

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  15. Be Wisconsin proud! A beautiful state indeed! I so want the Suasage dude!

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  16. Fabulous block. I have lived in Wisconsin for 40 years. Great summers, long winters. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  17. We call drinking fountains "bubblers" in Australia too :) (well, at least I do and it's all I've ever known!)

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  18. I've always wanted to go to Wisconsin; will have to plan a trip soon.
    Thanks for the chance to win-- your block is great

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  19. Racing sausages? That's freakin awesome :-)

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  20. Have gone to Wisconsin quite a few times on vacation. The first when I was 12 and had a cast on my leg. My parents rented a cabin by a lake and I couldnt go swimming. But it was memorable for sure. The last we went a couple years ago to House on The Rock. Loved that too.

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  21. Solids and a racing sausage? Sounds too good to be true.

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  22. Fun, fun, fun!!!! Sweet block! And a sausage too?! Woohoo! :)

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  23. Love hearing about the unusual things that make places special. Racing sausages certainly sounds fun!

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  24. when I moved away from Wisconsin and persisted to call water fountains "bubblers" for several years I would get the most weird looks - I finally realized no one else called them that!! you forgot to mention "cheese heads" LOL I've been away from the state for 42 years but still call a creek a "crick"

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  25. Nicely done! We've been to Wisconsin at least one time when our daughter was a competitive Irish dancer but that was really just driving there from St. Louis and staying overnight with the day spent at the competition. Then driving back home.

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  26. I like the retro colors you chose for your block. And I did not know Wisconsin is famous for bone marrow transplant!! I saved my brother's life with my bone marrow, 18 years ago. He will be 63 this October, and I would do it again in a heartbeat, for anyone, except I will be aging off the Marrow Registry soon. I encourage everyone to do this without hesitation if they ever have the opportunity.

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  27. I visited Wisconsin many times growing up in southern Minnesota.

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  28. Would definitely love to try these fabrics! I'm so impressed they're entirely made in the US

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  29. THANKS for the add'l info regarding W - I love reading that kind of stuff. GREAT WI BLOCK!!!

    Dianne

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  30. When I was a kid and we went to visit grandparents in northern Illinois, one time they took us to the zoo in Milwaukee. My mom was born in Kenosha. I like your block - straight and to the point!

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  31. It's been a blast reading about all the states. Thanks! I really like the block you designed too.

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  32. Racing sausages??? Oh my... Thanks for the chance!

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  33. Never heard of racing sausages before. Nice Wisconsin block.

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  34. My husband is originally from Wisconsin so I get the chance to visit it often. It is a beautiful state. I hadn't heard of racing sausages before though. I'll have to check with him about that!

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  35. I'm impressed by racing sausages and your block. Love made in America.

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  36. Wisconsin home of cheese and sausage!

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  37. I've heard of racing pigs but not racing sausages. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. I've lived in Wisconsin my entire life and get weary of the cheese, beer and brats references....even if we do have the best of those things....so thanks for going "out of the box" on your block representing our fine state! I think the invention of the hamburger can also be credited to the small town of Seymour in northeastern Wisconsin. As well as the birthplace of the Republican Party in Ripon!

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  39. I spend a lot of time in Wisconsin visiting grandkids, sons, and sister. I love it.

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  40. Love your block! Typewriters, my kids do not even know what one is!

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  41. I think these state blocks are so neat! This is going to be a great quilt! We visited Wisconsin several years ago and had a blast. It was a family reunion and we spent a week, camping and seeing the sites. I remember going to a dairy and tasting cheese curds for the first time!

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  42. Very cool ! love the block! Went to a wedding in Wisconsin. It was a lovely time in a lovely state!

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  43. I didn't realize you are a Wisconsin transplant. Way to represent! Diane from Madison

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  44. Love your licence plate and the sausage guy too! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  45. I just love that you added the "fun facts" at the end of your post... they were great additions and made me smile...... especially the mustard museum! WOW, that's just too funny!!!! LOL!
    Oh, and thank you for 'the blender' by the way, my margaritas just wouldn't be the same without one! :)

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  46. Looks like we all love our Wisconsin summers. No one said anything about winters here, did they? Well, I don't like them either, but I call it home, anyway.

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  47. You had me at "racing sausage" :) Looking forward to seeing these new solids out there!

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  48. I love Wisconsin - I was amazed at all the huge indoor water parks! My brother and I drove nonstop from mid PA to Eau Claire to pick up 12 baby goats and we just loved how beautiful the state was. Hoping to go back soon!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  49. And...we call them "bubblers" in PDX as well :)
    http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/352768

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  50. I think I would have more use for the fabrics than the racing sausage, but he would definitely add interest to my sewing room

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  51. "racing sausage"??? You learn something new everyday!! Thanks.

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway. And the racing sausage :)

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  53. "Bubblers" - Yay for midwestern-isms! Bubblers may be a Wisconsin thing but I feel like the Midwest tends to say things differently than much of the rest of the country. My husband always gives me grief over the fact that I drink "pop".

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  54. Your block is screaming "road trip". Drooling over the solids

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  55. I've been to your lovely state several times. So beautiful ! I have lived in Michigan my whole life and hope to travel again to your state soon. Elaine

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  56. Loved the whacky house. If I get back to Wisconsin, I'll put it on my list.

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  57. Racing sausages, huh??? Love those retro postcards. And wasn't the author of Rascal from Wisconsin? Would love to visit there again.

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  58. I have to say - I live in MN, and have NEVER heard of the racing sausage! That is absolutely hillarious ;)

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  59. I've never been to Wisconsin, thanks for sharing a bit about it!

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  60. We also lay claim to the 'big muskie' -- a giant fish statue that you can walk into somewhere 'up north' -- I forget just where. We have lakefront festivals and an awesome state fair right here in Milwaukee. Oh and frozen custard that tastes better then any ice cream I've ever eaten. The Dells are a great place to visit in the summer. You can find anything from live theatre to goats on the roof in Door County. It's a wonderful place to live!

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  61. I like your license plate. I enjoyed Wisconsin and kissed its ground when I got off the ferry from Ludington, Mi. My brother talked me into that one. I am so afraid of water. Can you imagine that coming from the Great Lake state. I enjoyed the Dells and Frank Lloyd Wrights school.

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  62. Love the vintage post card. A racing sausage. How fun.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  63. I seriously lack solids in my stash and would love to try these, thanks!

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  64. I have never been to Wisconsin. But now I have some places to see should I make it there. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. I have never been to Wisconsin but live across the way in Michigan. Love the racing sausage.
    Shawn

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  66. I need to go learn more about that racing sausage, that little guy is too too cute!

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  67. To me Wisconsin is beer cheese soup. The postcard inspired plate is great and gives off a retro feel.

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  68. Racing sausage, there must be a crazy story in there somewhere!

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  69. Racing sausage ... how cute is that! I have good quilter buddies from your state who winter here in the warm Nevada desert. ;)

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  70. I've never been to Wisconsin and would love to see the racing sausage!

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  71. Any place that chooses the badger as its mascot is good by me.

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  72. thanks for your funny facts about your state. I am familiar with the racing sausage as I am a Colorado 'Rockies fan and have watched ball games from Miller Park.

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  73. It would be quite the honor to win the racing sausage. Both are great giveaways but nothing beats your own Racing Sausage. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and sharing your State's history with us. This has been a lot of fun as well as educational. I am from Sonora, CA and know as the foothills.As you continue to drive to Kennedy Meadows or even to the Sonora Pass, you just can see the beauty of all the trees. You just can't believe how many beautiful trees CA has.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  74. I'm intrigued with the racing sausage (I live in NASCAR land) but I'm blog hopping to get my hands on those luscious fabrics. Come on bratwurst and bring me some luck!

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  75. Thanks for the chance to win. My grandmother was raised in Wisconsin and I still have relatives there. It's a beautiful state and I get jealous because you seem to have lots of fun quilters and sewists living in that area. Happy sewing!
    Natasha Friegang nfriegang@gmail.com

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  76. I've never been to Wisconsin and it`s the first time I hear about racing sausage.I`m from Spain

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  77. Love your block. I have family in beautiful WI.

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  78. I love the fabrics...but being a chicagoan, can't get behind the sausage. :D

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  79. good morning love your block-and I have always loved Wisconsin-I am a huge Packer fan-cheesehead the whole works lol
    I just won at the NC drawing so don't add me in-just wanted to complete this fun tour

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  80. Love the racing sausage! I spent about 2 hours in WI about 12 years ago! Just enough time to have sausages and buy a lottery ticket!

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  81. I'm from Wisconsin originally. Love the House on the Rock-such a crazy collection of random stuff!

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  82. Your block looks great & I really enjoyed the fun facts (:

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  83. Your Block is wonderful ! Love the solid colors. Never heard of the racing sausage. How cute !!

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  84. I love the word bubbler, I first learned it in 1984 as a kid when we moved from Illinois to Massachusetts, I now know it's used in Wisconsin too and can use it since I'm back in Illinois now.

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  85. I didn't know what a racing sausage was... love your block.

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  86. A racing sausage! I have spent several fun weekends vacationing in WI but have never heard of a racing sausage...........must do some research on the web as I live too far away now to spend a weekend there easily.

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  87. Your block looks great. Enjoyed reading about Wisconsin. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.

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  88. I never heard of racing sausages! We went to Wisconsin Dells once when I was a kid - I don't remember too much about it though.

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  89. It is interesting to hear that Wisconsin has more lake than Minnesota!

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  90. I never heard of the racing sausages...they are hilarious! I will be spending/wasting time today on Youtube watching the videos of the racing sausages. Sooooo funny. Glad you shared about them! Your license plate is a perfect rendition of the old time postcards! Great job!

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  91. You did a great job on the block! I thought I'd see a Cheesehead on here somewhere though! LOL! I worked with a lady from there and she is a diehard Packer's fan!

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  92. I love this idea - the license plates - and love the colors of the new fabrics from Clothworks in Seattle. I'm looking forward to working with these! Thanks for the inspiration - I see a retro California design in my future!

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  93. All those lakes! I wonder why we don't ALL live in Wisconsin!

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  94. Wisconsin looks like a fun place to be. I like your plate and the sausage racer.


    nroot at lycos dot com

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  95. What a novel idea and so retro. Pretty fabrics, thanks for sharing

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  96. Nice job on the license plate.... am loving this whole concept.

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  97. Hah, the racing sausage is great. My boyfriend would love it.

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  98. Too bad you can't ship some of that lake water to CA !! Lovely state.

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  99. It is so interesting how each state has its own culture! Thanks for sharing about Wisconsin -- racing sausages! Wow. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  100. I'm from Western Pennsylvania, and we have racing pierogis! They run a race around the outside of the baseball field during the Pirates games!

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  101. Another Rockies fan here and also a huge post card fan...luv the post card angle! Thanks in advance for the chance! B-)

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  102. Wisconsin - what a great state!. We also have lots of cows, mosquitoes(at least by my house), Circus World Museum, Green Bay Packers, - the list goes on and on. I may have grown up in Illinois, but have lived in Wisconsin long enough to really love it.

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  103. What a wonderful block. I live in Illinois, but have family that live in WI. And they love the state. We are always up there with them doing or going someplace. Really is a great state.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  104. I thank Wisconsin for their amazing cheese. I am a cheese lover. Those new solids are beautiful. thanks for the opportunity. acbeier71@gmail.com

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  105. I've spent a lot of time in WI over the years as I always lived in the corner of IL, IA and WI although born in IL. I love your block and I too love those old vintage postcard images. You did good! I would like to make your block so I'll stop by later for the pattern. You did a great one!

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  106. i'm enjoying all the fun blocks and facts about each state that everyone is posting!

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  107. I'm not familiar with this regional peculiarity! Racing sausages indeed!

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  108. I've been to Wisconsin twice and it's a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing with us. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  109. Racing sausages! I've heard of racing snails before...

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  110. HI, well LOL for sure! Thanks for sharing a neat giveaway!
    Happy Summer!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  111. Hi, from an Illinois neighbor. Never heard of racing sausages. Hmmm, not sure what to say about that. lol. Thanks for the chance. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  112. Wonderful block! When I saw your line about "You can thank Wisconsin for blenders", my first thought was- how did they come up with tonal fabrics first? I had to read it several times before I realized you were talking kitchen appliances. You know you've been quilting too long when. .. .

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  113. Nice license plate. I have never heard of racing sausages. LOL

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  114. Loved your tour of all the 'different' things that are in Wisconsin. Drove through it several times and it's lovely. Thanks for sharing! tweetyb936@aol.com

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  115. I had never heard of the racing sausages, so thanks for posting the site to see them. That is so funny! I am a Texas Rangers fan tho I live in OK. Great license plate.

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  116. When I lived in Massachusetts, they also called drinking fountains "bubblers.' Who knows why.

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  117. I have been wondering what the state was famous for. My sister is off up your way for her tree climbing championships in august, and wasn't too sure what the state's claims to fame was, so to speak. I shall tell her of your blog post.

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  118. Thank you for the greetings! I've never been to Wisconsin, but would love to visit! And from here in Kentucky, it shouldn't be too long of a road trip, so I'm hopeful!

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  119. I love your block, thanks for the chance at this fabric. USA!

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  120. Good Afternoon! I have never been to Wisconsin...maybe some day! Interesting facts about your state - especially the "racing sausages".....I thought it must be something like the wiener dog races! How funny! Truly enjoyed your post!

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  121. sounds crazy, but we are big fans of the mustard museum! We have ordered from them for a major super bowl party/taste test we hosted, and even bought someone a wedding present there once!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  122. On Wisconsin!! I am a fellow Wisconsinite and I love your block!! Thank you for not using brats, beer, cows or cheese :)

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  123. What a great mix of fun facts. Wisconsin sounds like a great place to live. Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabrics.

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  124. This is a fun way to tour the USA from Canada....doubt I will get to all of the States so it is great to learn more about places I may now add to my travel list that I had not considered before. You have represented Wisconsin well and I enjoyed reading all about it today.

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  125. I am a native of WI - grew up in a couple of little towns S & W of Milwaukee, Muskego and Mukwanago before that. Been to the House on the Rock in the 1960s - probably in 65, and I saw the Mustard Museum on TV, but didn't know about the Racing Sausages! Thanks for the updated intel.
    Hugs

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  126. Oh I need to come visit. I have never been to Wisconsin.

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  127. i am from Georgia, thanks for the chance

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  128. You forgot to mention that sub-sandwiches are called grinders. Well, they were when I was in Milwaukee many years ago drinking from bubblers. :) catremus@gmail.com

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  129. this is a fun tour...love seeing what you all come up with!

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  130. Love your block!! Anything vintage looking gets my vote.

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  131. great block, vintage is cool!

    jean
    jlickun@aol.com

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  132. Raised in Wisconsin now living in France, I would say I miss the cheese. Truth be said I miss the cheddar cheese. Living in the land of 387 cheese, cheddar is not one of them . Now how do I add that to your block... Thinking...

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  133. Looking forward to trying these fabrics. Great block!

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  134. OMG, Bratwurst is too funny! Great block Lee!

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  135. Love the retro idea, that is how I remember state postcards being. I'm not sure I understand a sausage race, but will take your word for it. I'd love to come visit and see some of those lakes. Thanks you for sharing.

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  136. wow! those colors are so vibrant! melcrafts [at] Hotmail [dot] com

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  137. Like the vintage look of your plate. What is a racing sausage?

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  138. Oh my, that sausage race is a riot. Too funny. Bratwurst would be welcome here.

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  139. Love your plate! I lived in Madison for awhile; great folks!

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  140. Another thing about Wisconsin is the people who live there seem to have a wicked sense of humor :-)

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  141. Eek! As much as I love fabric...I'm a huge baseball fan too and even saw a Brewers game in Milwaukee a couple years ago. As much as I love my own Minnesota Twins, our mascot race around the bases is just not nearly as fun as yours. ;)

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  142. What vibrant colors. I would be happy to win either bundle. I'm a Giants fan but have seen the sausage races during Spring Training in Arizona. Guess the sausages need to train too...haha.

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  143. Racing sausages - that's a new one! Nice job Lee on you fun license plate design. I LOVE the vintage lettering and stitching! Thanks so much for participating in the blog tour!

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  144. I have lived in Wisconsin for 35 of my 52 years, and thanks for the reminder as to how great of a place it is to live!!

    lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

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  145. what a fun contest! thanks for the chance!

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  146. Taking our oldest daughter to college in Minnesota, our youngest said Wisconsin is even bigger than Ohio!

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  147. Great license plate design and I love visiting Wisconsin!

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  148. Cute license plate but my favorite attraction in Wisconsin was this huge purple cow standing on its hind legs with its skirt pulled up flashing its udders at the motorists going by. Sometimes you need to beware of the back roads.

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  149. I love typewriters!! And Beer! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  150. Racing sausages and mustard!!! What more could you ask for :D

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  151. I'd love to visit the wacky House on the Block in your state. thank s for the contest!

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  152. We live in MN now are are native Wisconsiites (yay). Thanks for the chance to win the bundle!

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  153. I was born in Milwaukee. Use to love going back on vacations because family was split between small town/farms and big city relatives so got a chance to see plenty every three years when we visited. Miss those summer thunder storms.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  154. Yay for kindergarten, I think bubblers is also an Australian thing. Great giveaway

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  155. Love that fabric Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  156. Well, I'll be.... I learned something new!!! Thanks for sharing that info about Iowa!!

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  157. No home would be complete without a racing sausage, thanks for the chance to win one :oD

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  158. I haven't been to Wisconsin yet! I enjoyed your license.

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  159. I love learning about Wisconsin. My husband just had a stem cell transplant done. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  160. 'Bubblers' is actually due to regional branding... http://whoonew.com/2013/03/why-a-bubbler/

    Goes to show you how good a marketing campaign can be!

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  161. Hahaha!! "Only 10,000 lakes". Poor Michigan. And we love the University of Wisconsin :)

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  162. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  163. I love the shout out to Wisconsin - I learned some things today. Thank you! :)

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  164. This is such a fun project..I love meeting a sewist from each state

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  165. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  166. When was the 1st Kindergarten class? 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  167. Love the block! Very classy. Racing sausages? Too funny!

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  168. Great job on your block. Thanks for the chance.

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  169. ...and the Cunningham's and the Fonz and Laverne and Shirley are from (Milwaukee) Wisconsin!!!
    I remember those post cards for each state. I tried to collect them when I traveled from Ohio to California...but got bored with it round about Utah! good job on the 'plate"!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  170. Beautiful solids... thanks for the giveaway.

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  171. I've seen a few other state blocks. Makes me wonder what I would do for Illinois.

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  172. And I ask, who doesn't love a racing sausage??!

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  173. Great giveaway! I love all the bright colors.

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  174. I'm going to follow all these blog posts so I can learn more about the USA! I love the old postcards , I think they must be a worldwide thing cos I remember collecting them here in Australia when I was little!

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  175. Yay! way to represent my state!!!! I love everything this state has to offer. You did a great job showing everyone what we have here! Thank you!!! I am going to have to look for these fabrics. I just the love the bright colors.

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  176. I have visited your state many, many years ago and enjoyed the people and scenery immensely. We spent considerable time travelling through the countryside in search of awesome sausage. I love racing sausage, Bratwurst. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway. I would love to create with these AMB solids.

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  177. Thanks for all the Wisconsin facts. Why isn't the mustard museum represented on your plate? (Just kidding, you did great!)

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  178. A fun post and great block!! thank you!

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  179. Never been to Wisconsin. Maybe some day. I'm really enjoying this blog tour and laerning a lot about other states. I'm in western NY near Rochester.
    Pate393@gmail.com

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  180. Love the racing sausages. Made me laugh out loud!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  181. I like the lettering on your Wisconsin "plate." Nice job!

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  182. I love the retro colors in your block! And now I know what a racing sausage is! Thanks!

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  183. A racing sausage certainly is unique! I'm in SE Florida and thank you for the giveaway.
    maryellen1304@hotmail.com

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  184. What a fun way to do a blog tour! I'm going to enjoy touring with fabrics!
    I'm still looking for a favorite solids maker, maybe this will be it!

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  185. I've never been to your state, but I love to travel. Fun post.

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  186. I have been to Wisconsin many times. My husband and I love to go to Monroe Wi just for the cheese. I live in Ark and they dont even know what Brick cheese is. We also used to go to the zoo each summer. The Milwaukee Zoo is the best.

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  187. What a cute block -- nice use of the solids.

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  188. Racing sausages! I can't believe I haven't seen any of those around Cincinnati.

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  189. Your applique is so intricate and I love this color palette! Wisconsin has produced some cool stuff too. My husband loves Les Paul Guitars. :) Did Kindergarten in the U.S. begin in Wisconsin? I think it was actually founded in Germany (kindergarten is a German word, translating to "children's garden"), but it makes sense that this part of the country would have adopted it first since so many Germans immigrated to the Great Lakes region.

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  190. I hope to visit your wonderful state someday. Never heard of racing sausages.
    Carolyn B cab4325@yahoo.com

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  191. Nice job from another Wisconsinite!

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  192. Love the license plate idea and may have to try quilting some as my husband and I collect license plates from places we've visited and display them in our garage. We're missing Wisconsin, though, where or sweet daughter-in-law, Becky, is from. Perhaps we'll have to return to the state of her birth and of her wedding to our only child, Preston, a Texan, to get one. What friendly people live in Wisconsin...and what a gorgeous state it is! Thanks for the inspiration and for allowing me to share a "quilting moment" with my son. Priceless!

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