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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Kansas American Made Brand Giveaway!

Hello from Kansas! I'm Melissa Stramel, a pattern designer, and it's such an honor to be the Kansas stop for the American Made Brand blog tour. If you're not in the loop on this, American Made Brand is a range of 50 cottons made entirely in the USA. I mean ENTIRELY! The cotton is 100% American grown. Then the yarn is made right here too. The cloth is then made in the USA and even dyed here.
 The challenge in representing my state is that there is so much to love about Kansas! We are known as the Wheat State, the Sunflower State, and the Jayhawk State.
I've lived in Northwest Kansas my entire life, except for 6 years when I went to college and pharmacy school on the other side of the state. (Go Jayhawks!) Northwest Kansas is very rural and very lovely, so I've attempted to show this in the Kansas block.

We have absolutely gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. These are the views out my back and front doors. When I think about being the Sunflower State, it reminds me more of the wild sunflowers in the photo below than fields of sunflowers. We have those too, but you don't see them all that often.

When I was asked to be the Kansas representative for the AMB blog tour, I had already begun a wheat study. If you've been on this blog lately, you know that I love to paint. There is something so musical and water-like about rolling waves of wheat. Kansas has been fondly called "The Breadbasket of America."
We also have lots of other crops out here. In the middle photo above, you can see that it's corn harvest, milo is ready to be picked and wheat is starting to grow.
Who can forget Kansas's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz? We actually do have lots of rainbows as well. You can see this on my book cover (now out of print), and no, it is not photo-shopped.
I so agree, there's no place like home!

There are about a zillion different Kansas license plates, but here is one I particularly like:

And so, in developing this block, I wanted to showcase the wheat, the rainbow, and the year of our statehood. And the rainbow is so free that I also wanted it to symbolize a sunset. To make your own Kansas block, you can download the instructions here.

OK, so it's giveaway time! Up first, I have a set of 8 fat quarters from American Made Brand and Clothworks!
And second, a little Kansas giveaway from me with some souvenirs, a set of 5 of my quilt patterns (if you don't like to quilt, just let me know. We can switch them to clothing patterns or bag patterns!), 10 "Handmade with Love" sew-in labels, and a little set of 4 cards with envelopes from my painting.

And finally, all of the leftover bits of 50 solids from American Made Brand and Clothworks! Actually theses are mostly pretty large, so enjoy.

There you go, three winners. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this blog post. If you are a "no-reply blogger" please leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you. The giveaway is open until 6/16/14 and I will draw 3 winners on 6/17/14.

Thanks so much for visiting Kansas with me!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Love,
xoxo

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Michele T said...

Thanks for the virtual tour and interesting bio of Kansas! Love the photos of your children... Would make a beautiful painting.

Stoney said...

I've been through Kansas dozens of times and have family near KC. Your state is beautiful and so is your license plate. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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Tabitha Keener said...

Growing up and watching The Wizard of Oz, I've always wanted to visit Kansas, it's a beautiful state! Your block definitely captured the rainbow effect and is so bright and colorful. I love everything you are giving away, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks so much! :)

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Dorian said...

What a beautiful license plate! Thanks for being part of a great hop.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

so very generous Melissa....lovely giveaway...thank you I would be thrilled to win.

Kay said...

Good morning! Very nice painting! I have always wished I could paint/draw - my daughter and my husband can.... I love the Wizard of Oz - remembering watching it as a child with my brother and sisters - it was a big deal because we rarely watched T.V. Enjoyed your post - have a great day.

Marj said...

Love the design you came up with, maybe you should submit it to you state to become an actual plate. Thank you for the chance to win.

sue I said...

Would love to visit Kansas it looks like a beautiful state and love all your patterns.

Michele said...

I live in Missouri and love seeing the fields of sunflowers when we've driven through Kansas on the way to the west. Pretty
Like your block very much.

Michele said...

I live in Missouri and love seeing the fields of sunflowers when we've driven through Kansas on the way to the west. Pretty
Like your block very much.

Beth said...

Your state sounds like a beautiful place! Now I want to visit!

Michele said...

I really like your block and it will look fabulous in the final quilt with all of our other blocks. I lived in KC for 5 years and really miss it some times.

Allison said...

Kansas is a beautiful state! Thanks for posting the pictures and thanks for the giveaway, too!

Julie said...

Great state tour and photos. Love your block.

Jean said...

I love the sunsets over the plains when i lived in IL.

Renea said...

I have never been to Kansas but it does look really pretty. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Sue Bennett said...

I have not been to Kanas but would love to come to your state. Your children's photos are wonderful.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

Quilting in the South said...

I was born and raised in Kansas! Love that you put wheat on the license plate! My family are farmers.

Liz Rehrauer said...

Gorgeous photos. Love your Kansas block. We were "stuck" in Kansas for a day traveling thru on our way to warmer weather. The snow delayed us 24 hours. Returning just a week later there wasn't a sign snow.

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Quilting Babcia said...

Super design on your license block! I really enjoyed touring rural Kansas through your photos. It is beautiful, and the misty sunrises must be so inspiring.

Leslie Mark said...

Congratulations on being featured on the AMB tour. I loved learning a bit more about Kansas. I am a designer for clothworks and when I saw your dress patterns I fell in love because these are the dresses I envisioned as I was designing the Unity collection. Beautiful work!

Judith C French said...

Hi , I drove thru Kansas once and sneezed from one end to the other. You see, I have allergies and it was harvest time. What I remember of that trip long ago, was the rolling of the land, the sunflowers and the nice police officer that did not give me a ticket, just told me to slow down. I was sneezing so much and your rolling hills with very little traffic and a car I had never driven before just made it very easy to be over the speed limit just a little. Gotta Love that police officer, he told me to slow down and I did. He saved mine and my mother's life. I believe in devine intervention.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

What a beautiful block!! I love your use of colors!!

sklinn62 said...

My grandparents lived in Wichita. Papa used to take us for Sunday drives in the country in his Cadillac driving 90 mph (no kidding--he drove like he was on the autobahn (he was German) and scared me so badly I was on the floor of the car! I loved seeing the miles of wheat fields.

Kathy S. said...

Great pictures. I have only been to Kansas once. We drove straight from Ohio to purchase a used motorhome, sight unseen, from eBay. Luckily it's a pretty flat drive. It would have overheated if we had to go through mountains. Tons of cows and telephone poles is what we saw on our drive. It was pretty, though. Thanks for the chance to win. I'd LOVE to get my hands on your patterns and the scraps! The bundles will be a bonus.

Dianna Eickhorn said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful! I'm a quilter but I too have somewhat of a passion for painting that I didn't know I had. And I would so love your painted cards! And it has a little butterfly! That's what I painted! So cool. Stargal714@yahoo.com

patty a. said...

I have never been to Kansas, but it looks like I need to add a visit to my bucket list!

cbooth said...

Howdy neighbor! I'm from Missouri, near St. Louis. Thank you for the giveaways.

Diann said...

I've lived in NJ for more than 30 years, but actually lived in Kansas for a couple of years as a small child. I do remember wheat fields.
diannc(at)aol(dot)com

Joanne Hawks said...

Very nice block, and my mother used to live in KS.
johawks21@gmail.com

tweety tweet said...

Thank you for a very inspirational tour of Kansas. Can feel your love for it through your words and of course through your license plate. Lovely pictures and absolutely beautiful painting. God bless. tweetyb936@aol.com

Jill said...

Love the block and how you featured the things important to you. Thanks for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Nice rainbow and wheat block.
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Pattij said...

My oldest son was born in Kansas. Such great memories there! Love your block!
Evin5 at aol dot com

Amy said...

I absolutely love your Kansas block. The use of color is just beautiful. Great work!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I love how your license plate turned out. Sunflowers are my favorite and I love the wild ones that spring up randomly during summer. Thanks.

Margaret said...

I always think of the Wizard of Oz when I think of Kansas. Thanks for the tour of Kansas. Love your license plate.

Jill Hicks said...

Love the Kansas plate. Thanks for sharing.
jhicks62@hughes.net

delaineelliott said...

Wow - what beautiful photos! And what a beautiful licence plate! Kansas is definitely on my list of places to see. Thanks!

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Vicki B said...

I really like your block. I'm a big fan of sunflowers and sunsets. I remember the wheat fields here in Nebraska when my dad was farming. What a great childhood memory. Can't wait to see what our state will look like.

Trish said...

I love your painting! I really get a sense of how much you love Kansas! Your quilt block is awesome and I think represents Kansas well!

quilter said...

A friend of a guild member is from Kansas, she has been to one of our retreats while visiting, and we love her!

Tinliz said...

Your block is beautiful. Enjoyed the photos and your explanation of your choices for the block. Your have adorable children.

PeginCO said...

Beautiful block! Beautiful children! I love visiting KS quilt shops on my way from CO to our family farm in MO. Always stop at Needle in the Haystack on hwy 400, as well as the shop at Hays and sometimes Colby.

visitfortmyersbeach said...

Nice quilt block, and love your pictures! Thanks for the giveaway. :) info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.

Missy Endres said...

I love your license plate! It is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth Brown said...

I really enjoy your blog and just love your photographs! Thanks for sharing!

Beth

oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

Lori said...

wow, what a lovely block. You did a great job portraying Kansas. I love to quilt, and am going to start to learn to make a purse. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Rachel said...

Very nice block, I love the rainbow and the curvy letters! Your painting is also really neat. Thanks for the chance to win.

momiji said...

Thanks for your thoughts on your home state! We drove across Kansas many years ago, and I was surprised by the quiet beauty of the place.

Adtski31 said...

My family drove through Kansas one summer when driving across the country.

Bradley Gibson said...

Love Love Love your blog and your block. Going to head up north one of these days. Dora G. ladyhawk201@hotmail.com

Missy Shay said...

I love how your block turned out, you did a great job!
missysaprons@gmail.com

Susan C said...

Beautiful block, it captures the feeling of your state wonderfully.

Claire said...

I used to live in Kansas and loved the rolling wheat fields.

G Congleton said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing this tour of Kansas. Your watercolor of the wheat is beautiful.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Wow - your area of Kansas looks beautiful!

Jen Beatty said...

Great license plate, thanks for the sharing the great tour of your state!

Joanna said...

You do have pretty sunsets. I'm not used to seeing such a flat landscape; it's beautiful. I am a quilter, so I hope I'm lucky and win.

kathyinozarks said...

oh your license plate block is awesome-and thanks for the chance for extra giveawy goodies. I have never been to Kansas-sounds nice

Sandra said...

Hi, I am from Sonora, CA.You have the neatest license plate block. Just printed off the pattern as well as the butterfly pattern. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour, sharing the history of your State with us and the chances to win those 3 generous giveaways. This has certainly been fun as well as learning all about the 50 states. Quite the history lesson. Where was this when we were in school about 50 years ago?

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Janice said...

Love the concept of American Made. We as a nation need to get back to that.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Carol in Mesquite said...

Your block is so clever. Really enjoyed the photo tour.

bee said...

i love the block - the rainbow/sunset is really nice.

Barb S. said...

Your block is wonderful,so are the pictures of Kansas and the children are so precious. What I really love is the license plate, "In God We Trust"! Thank you for the extra giveaways.

Barb S. said...

Your block is wonderful,so are the pictures of Kansas and the children are so precious. What I really love is the license plate, "In God We Trust"! Thank you for the extra giveaways.

WhoMom said...

/Wonderful photos! I didn't realize you had so many rainbows, but knew about the wheat and the Wizard of Oz. Your plate is lovely and I think it's going to be a need to make your rainbow.

Regina said...

love your blog...your part of the country is amazing!

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

Hello from Minnesota! I love Kansas and have always had family there in and around Liberal so I grew up going to Dorothy's House and the museum there. I still haven't traveled much in Northwest KS but next on my list will be Independence and the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum there.

allison pogany said...

Beautiful! Kansas looks so peaceful!
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Eleana said...

Love your pictures, love everything about your blog!! BEAUTIFUL!

Debbie K said...

I haven't been to Kansas yet, but it looks beautiful!
Thanks!

Diantha said...

It's fun learning about the different states. I like how your block is simple, but characterizes your state so nicely.

Deanna said...

I am a western girl, too, and love wide open spaces. Lovely job on the block design...sort of modern and flying geese and...very nice!

Thanks for the giveaway chance. Who doesn't love fabric and I have wanted to try some of your patterns for quite some time.

lindamid said...

I love your license plate design. I have family that lives in Holton and Wichita, so we visit Kansas often.

Cheryl said...

I think your wheat & butterfly painting is just wonderful - you have so much talent.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Would love to visit Kansas one day. Thanks for the virtual tour!

Allison Sews said...

Great block! I have a friend from Kansas who always talks about how pretty it is. Also that she rode a tractor to school sometimes lol.

Linda said...

GREETINGS from Montana from another Kansas Jayhawker (raised in Downs, Ks! Loved your post! Thanks for sharing on the Tour+a great giveaway too!

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Nancy Evans said...

What a beautiful plate....good representation of Kansas. I agree with the sentiment that you submit the design as an official plate. I have driven through and visited the Eastern and Southern areas of your state which are as beautiful as where you live......nice work!

banjo795 said...

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies! But they only showed Kansas in the black and white portion. Your pictures and your quilt show the true colors of the state!

Karen Thurn said...

I enjoyed reading about Kansas on your blog and I like your state block pattern and your description of each detail of the block. Today was the first day I discovered this state blog hop and look forward to upcoming posts and now have to go back and look at the past ones. kthurn@bektel.com

Winona said...

I live in your neighboring state of Missouri. I have a daughter and her family who live in Lawrence. My 7 year old granddaughter is obsessed with the Jayhawks. LOL Cute license plate.

Kelly Wilson said...

I love the way you worked a wheat stalk into your license plate design. The one time I was in Kansas I was in a tornado! I didn't know Wizard of Oz was a travelogue. : ) Thanks for the state tour. notwendy gmail

debbicrowl said...

Your Kansas plate is my favorite so far! Very clean line and great use of symbols for your state! Thanks for the giveaways!

Amy said...

Your plate is striking in its simplicity. Very lovely.

Peggy said...

Beautiful quilt block. We traveling through Kansas one time-beautiful sunflower fields.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Abbigail said...

I love the pictures of your children! They are precious!
Don't forget Kansas beef! I have been through Kansas and loved it.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Greetings from Oklahoma, USA, your neighbor in the south. Thank you for the tour. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

teachpany said...

Great plate! I love it. I need to visit Kansas! Thanks for sharing.

paula Cox said...

WOW that's a great give away. Keep on bloggin.

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ruthq2013 said...

HI Melissa,
You are being generous with your give aways-thank you. I love your license plate and would love to win some fabric as well.

Ruth

ruthq@rogers.com

LindaS said...

I love your plate, so colorful and I am all about color!
Your state is still on my to do list, the goal is to visit all 50. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

Emilyplays said...

Your plate turned out beautiful! I cannot wait to try sewing with the AMB fabrics :)

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful block. Much of my husband's family is from Kansas so I've had the pleasure to visit, but only around the Lawrence area.

Ramona said...

I love your painting. Just beautiful! Your license plate does a great job of representing your state and man oh man, your kids are adorable.

Chiska said...

Thanks for the wonderful eye candy!

Lisa Marie said...

So lovely to learn about Kansas! Your license plate looks great.

April said...

I love your block! And the picture of the rainbow over the house is gorgeous!

barbara woods said...

lovely pictures , thanks

Gill said...

Hi Melissa
I don't know if I'm allowed to enter from England but I just wanted to thank you for a tour of Kansas - I've never visited and I knew very little about it !!

NRoot said...

That is a very nice plate, I like it! I am pretty familiar with Kansas my daughter was born in Kansas we just drive over the bridge from the Missouri side and we are in Kansas. Thanks for the opportunity to win goodies!



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ytsmom said...

Very nice. I'm your neighbor to the north, but have not spent a lot of time in Kansas.

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely block & thanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

Hello from next door in Missouri. I love your wheat painting!! Thanks for sharing and being a fun part of this blog hop.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the giveaway, and a glimpse of Kansas. When I was a kid we used to drive there for summer vacations, since I'm related to practically everyone in Goodland, KS. I remember the fields that went on forever and ever. sarah@forrussia.org

Kat Scott said...

Love the open-ness of the plains states... although when you are driving through they do seem to go on forever! Great plate!

Deb Lovejoy said...

I love your Kansas plate, I am just north of you in Nebraska and have a cousin who has lived in Kansas for years but don't think I've been there since I was a baby :) I am not sure if I am a no reply blogger and don't know how to check so here is my email just in case
deblovejoy1975@gmail.com
thanks :)

Kathy H said...

I have ever been to Kansas but it looks beautiful. Great license plate and your paintings are beautiful.

Linda said...

Your photos and license plate design are wonderful - keep growing that what for us all!
thanks!

Julie in WA said...

Oh, the sunrise and sunset pictures are so beautiful. I grew up on the plains in Minnesota; and I really miss the sunsets there! Love the sound wheat makes when blowing in the wind!

Sam and I Designs said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie Weishaar said...

Beautiful license plate. I'm from Louisiana and currently live in Central Kansas.

LKaye said...

I live in SE Kansas. I love all the things you love about Kansas. The quilt block you designed is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your love of our beautiful state.

brenda90159 said...

Wow love the block and your book cover is impressive. I love the thought of OZ I was mesmerized when I saw the shoes and other items at the Smithsonian a few years ago. Wizard of Oz was always my favorite movie.

Jennifer said...

Great license plate block! Thanks for the chance for these goodies!

Mary Ellen Coumerilh said...

Melissa - Thank you for the lovely giveaway, and also for showcasing Kansas so beautifully! I am a NW Kansas transplant and love, love, LOVE the wide open spaces, the views, the culture and, of course the sunsets!

Penny from S.C. said...

I like your license plate and the real one that you showed. I have the "In God We Trust" plate from SC. Thanks!

Penny from S.C. said...

I like your license plate and the real one that you showed. I have the "In God We Trust" plate from SC. Thanks!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your license plate is fabulous and gorgeous pictures. I have been to almost every state West of the Mississippi except I keep missing Kansas. Most definitely have to visit.

Vicki H said...

Your license block is great. I have been transplanted in Kansas and we are now rooted here.

Lee said...

I love your block! thanks for the generous giveaway!!

sunny said...

Thanks for a great tour of Kansas. You did a very nice job with your license plate. My DH was raised in Kansas, so we've been to visit a couple of times, but I'd like to see more of the state.

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I like that you put the year of admission on your plate. I think it should be on all plates...all the time.
Cheri
quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

Teresa Van de Castle said...

Love your artwork! You are talented! tsvande@gmail.com

Sarah or Semmy said...

I am so glad you included the wheat on your tag. There is nothing prettier to me than green or golden wheat (before the reapers) blowing with the wind on a sunnyday with big puffy white clouds and a true blue sky.

Linda said...

Thank you so much for providing the pattern and instructions for your Kansas block. I love the design and also the fact that you included the date. Love your photos and your painting. Thanks also for a fine giveaway!

earth visitor said...

Iowa here - beautiful work and the colors you chose work great - wow you are definitely generous with your giveaway

Lorri said...

Love your block! It should be submitted as a plate for your state! Enjoying the blog tour!

quiltgrannie said...

My daughter was born in Kansas when we were stationed there in 1979. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Donna W said...

Thanks for the fun tour of Kansas. Love your license plate.

Marianne said...

Kansas has always represented the heart of America to me. Love your license plate block.

Kellie from Indiana said...

I like your plate and your beautiful pictures. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Kathy said...

Your block looks awesome and I love your painting!

AnnieK said...

I can attest to the staying-power of weddings in Kansas; my husband and I got married while he was working in Wichita, nearly 32 years ago!

MissPat said...

A fitting block. Nicely done. I will be traveling through Kansas on my way to Denver this summer, so your intro to Kansas is very welcome.

Barb said...

Some of my dad's family lived in the Goff area. I remember seeing lots of sunflowers along the roadside, when driving through Kansas.

kshackabq said...

Your block is terrific, and I really love your painting. Thanks for telling us all about Kansas.

emmy said...

Thank you for the generous giveaway. Your license plate really exemplifies your states features.
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grandmarockton said...

LOVE the block and thanks for the new way to look at Kansas!

khowardquilts said...

We have friends living in Kansas, but I have never been there.

Lovely block! Wow! Three giveaways! These are all great.

gab said...

Love your pictures on today's post.
The scenery looks much like the Texas Panhandle where I was born & raised- lots of wheat and corn. Lovely plate!

Rachell said...

I really love it! The composition of your plate is wonderful! Balanced and pretty, with the wheat and rainbow.
I love sunrise and sunsets--don't you think sunsets with just a bit of clouds make the prettiest colored sunsets?!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Barb and Sharon said...

I love the misty sunset picture. My favourite thing to see is fields of open sunflowers following the sun.
Barb@Witsend

Garilyn S said...

Fun tour and great info about Kansas.

Cynthia Knapp said...

I love your block and all its symbols of your state. Thanks for the info about Kansas and thanks for sharing with us! Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Regina said...

Love your block! I was through Kansas once - but I was only about 6 months old so I don't remember a bit. I should go back - your photos are beautiful!

sue said...

I have never been to Kansas, but it looks beautiful. I love the scripture verse you quoted...

Cathy Romanczuk said...

I love your block. Thanks for the tour of Kansas.

dcargill said...

I love your block & your giveaway looks very generous!

Pat V. said...

Your Kansas plate is my favorite so far!

Carla said...

Great job for Kansas. Go Wildcats! Purple lives in Kansas too. lol You represented us well.

nicolesender said...

Your Kansas plate is very original and pretty. Have driven through Kansas but never got to explore it. I hope to see Kansas again.

JANET said...

Very nice block.

Evie H said...

I love your block! I think it'll be one of those I make. Thanks for the great giveaways.

Debbie said...

I love your block. My brother lives in Larwence. He works at the university. And also he is an extra in the new movie filmed there. Go Jayhawks!

Sewgirl said...

You did a nice job with your block…thanks for sharing!

Jules said...

I loved learning about Kansas! Thanks for the chance!

Charlotta said...

Wow! You really make Kansas sound like the best state in the Union! Now I really want to go visit, you need to go to work for the tourism board. And your block is awesome, too. Very pretty and inviting, simply, yet sends a very clear message, with beautiful colors. THANK YOU!

Aunt TC said...

Pretty block. I liked the description of Kansas and all that it offers. Thanks.

GranChris said...

I know this state well and yes I am a Jayhawk. I don't live there anymore, I'm in NC but I miss Kans a lot.

Deb said...

I can see why you picked that Kansas plate as your favorite. I love it, too, because it makes a bold statement! I've never been to Kansas but would LOVE to! I love all the things you mentioned...wheat fields, sunflowers, rainbows, etc....but i think I would be a bit afraid of tornadoes that are associated with Kansas. Always appreciate the scripture that you share. I'd love to win that beautiful fabric bundle or the other giveaway too!

vicki said...

I have family in sw Kansas, Cimarron/Dodge City area. Love it, miss it. Thanks for the great giveaway. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Lol vickise at gmail dot com

vicki said...

I have family in sw Kansas, Cimarron/Dodge City area. Love it, miss it. Thanks for the great giveaway. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Lol vickise at gmail dot com

Diane Beavers said...

Melissa, your Kansas block is amazingly beautiful w/the sunset and rainbow combo. Lilac Lane pattern shopping on your site, love that each includes the label to attach to my creation.
Thank you for the 3 opportunities on the AMB Tour. Blessings, Diane

Robin McCallister said...

Greetings from Sunny Florida! Love your license plate. Never been to Kansas but my former business partner was and all I ever heard was good things!

Sewing Sue said...

I really like your block! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sewing Sue said...

I really like your block! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jo said...

What beautiful pictures of Kansas! Your block came out beautifully!

Lisa E said...

I'm learning so much about each state from this blog hop! Kansas looks like a lovely place to visit!

Crickets Corner said...

Hello from another Kansas native! I was born on the eastern side of the state and have traveled to every corner of it, so many interesting things to see and do here. Love your block!

wendy said...

Very nice plate! I think we all have to agree with Dorothy...there's no place like home!

Lori said...

Cute license plate!

supersara20 said...

this block is great... I am from Maine where there is lost of ocean views, I've always thought wheat looked a bit like the ocean when the wind hits it.

Kathy L said...

Kansas is one of the few states I have never really visited.. driven through but not visited.

Patriotmom said...

I am from south Carolina and I love to Quilt! thanks!

Patriotmom said...

I am from south Carolina and I love to Quilt! thanks!

Sandi Griepenstroh said...

I really love the wheat on your block! Be sure to check out mine for Nebraska tomorrow! I am originally from a very small town just north of McCook, NE so your photos remind me of home!

Jennifer Stutheit said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I live in the Chicago area, but grew up in western Kansas. I worked a few summers driving a combine. So, I love the wheat on your block! I'm loving this blog tour. Thanks for participating!

~Kris~ said...

My dad grew up in SE Kansas and I have visited there a couple of times. I loved the hedge apples and pecan trees.

Cloud 9 said...

Kansas is a beautiful state. I've driven through a number of times but have not spent time site-seeing.

dcargill said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Great job on your block.

Kim said...

Thanks for the tour. Looks like a gorgeous place to live. Love your block.

Barbara Kanta said...

There is no place like home! TIA! B-)

Mary Marcotte said...

Very ingenious block. I especially love the wheat! We drove through Kansas on our way home to Louisiana and loved the rolling hills. It also began my infatuation with barns--which I still cannot explain and that was 20 years ago.

Lisa said...

Really like your interpretation for your license plate. Great use of color.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great post and plate block. I have always wanted to go to Kansas. We watch Gunsmoke everyday ~lol~

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We visited Kansas a couple of years ago, and the one thing that struck me was the beautiful sky!! I was in awe of the beauty. Thanks for the tour.

quiltonia said...

Your block truly incorporates all that is beautiful about Kansas. A neighbor to the north in NE. Love your wheat painting.

Patty D from NC said...

Your block is really wonderful!

Emily C said...

What a creative block. I love the wheat blowing in the wind.

Dee D said...

I love your block, especially the way you made the rainbow as the background.

Sarah Goer said...

I love the silhouette on your block!

Allison C said...

Thanks for introducing me to Kansas. Love your plate design.

PT in SC said...

Love you block, great use of solids. I don't know that I've been to Kansas, maybe one day. Thanks for the tour.

Geni Pickens said...

Love your Kansas block, I grew up as a farmer's daughter and we raised corn, wheat, milo, sugar beets, soy beans, and cotton. I live in Oklahoma now and sure do miss all the farm land and wide open spaces back home in the TX panhandle.

Donna said...

Such a talented person! Loved your blog entry. Thanks for the great giveaway.

giddy99 said...

eep! Love your colorful block! Driving across Kansas in the summer is on my bucket list! :)

Jess Burns said...

Growing up, there was a lot of construction near us. The people doing it would leave hay bales around, and some of it was wheat. We would go around and pick the wheat that ended up growing on the side of the road and pretend to be pioneers.

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