September 8, 2012

Sew Sweet Moda Blog Hop Day 4

It’s so nice of you to swing by for a visit. Hope you've got a full tank today because you'll be headed coast-to-coast from here in Connecticut to Ohio to visit Deb and then on to sunny California to visit Anne.

This time around, the Moda Blog Hop is about hometowns, sampler souvenirs, and a travel snack you can win, compliments of Moda, to celebrate National Sewing Month.

If you're new here, i'm Kate Spain and i design all sorts of patterns that are featured on all sorts of products from dishes at Crate and Barrel to wrapping paper at Michaels Craft Stores to fabric for Moda. Welcome to my hometown of Fairfield, CT! How about we go for a quick tour?
A little history if you like this sort of thing, if not just skip the next few paragraphs :) Fairfield, CT is in southern New England and has so much history, it's hard to figure out where to begin! The town was established by British settlers in 1639, after the area and beyond had been home for hundreds of years to the Pequot tribe.

In the summer of 1779, about 2,000 British troops burned the town to the ground, even the church. Ten years later, while passing through Fairfield, President George Washington was amazed by the many visible remnants of destruction. In his diary, Washington noted stopping in Fairfield where he stayed here at the Rising Sun Tavern.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Fairfield was largely an agrarian town — prosperous due to, of all things, onions!

The crop was grown on the hills of Fairfield and shipped out of Southport Harbor. You can still buy heirloom seeds of the Southport Red Globe onion through the Sustainable Seed Co.

In the 20th century Fairfield transformed into a suburb to New York City, Stamford, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. Fairfield grew rapidly as neighboring Bridgeport became a booming manufacturing center for U.S. and ally efforts in World War I and WW II. The famous Corsair fighter plane, the first plane to fly 400 MPH, was constructed nearby.
 Today, Fairfield is home to about 60,000 people, two universities, and to General Electric and Bigelow Tea. Constant Comment and Earl Grey are two of my all-time favorite flavors.
So why in the world did we move here?? That's pretty simple:
The New Yorker is my fave :)
And maybe this place (i mean, mon Dieu! just look at those baguettes and home-baked tarts)...
Isabelle et Vincent French Bakery

Or perhaps we moved here because of this place...
Original tomato pie, plain and simple. yumm
...or this place...
"Thanksgiving on a Bun" is one of my favorite sandwiches from here
...but mostly, i think it was this that brought us to Fairfield:
There are 5 beautiful miles of public shoreline stretching along Long Island Sound (we like to call it the Gulf of Connecticut), and we've walked along these sandy shores so many times and have come to know them in every season.
What else? Oh yes, some famous people are from here. Fairfield was once home to Meg Ryan, writer and U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren, actor Jason Robards, conductor/composer/musician Leonard Bernstein, and pop star John Mayer...and these two:
It's a cute little town, and we have loved living here. But last week, we moved. Just one town over to where wild parrots roam the sidewalks (not kidding, see for yourself):
and to the original home of:
I think we're going to like it here!

Here is the Oh Sew Sweet souvenir sampler block for you to add to all the others you've collected so far. You can download the instructions here. This block uses Moda's newest precut, Candy (those adorable 2 1/2" squares), and is made with my newest fabric collection called Cuzco — due to ship in early October. 
And what would a road trip be without a snack?? How about fueling up on one of these?
Moda was so generous to send me two layer cakes and six candy precuts of Cuzco, and i am so happy to give them away to eight lucky winners. To enter, please just leave a comment and let me know one thing you especially love about where you live. Winners will be randomly selected on September 15th. Good luck!

Thanks so much for pulling over for a pit stop. Have fun with Deb and Anne, and all my other wonderful Moda friends, but don't drive too fast or you might miss some attractions along the way.
Whoops, too late. You just whizzed right by a peek at my next fabric collection!

829 comments:

  1. The reason I love to live in Florissant, Mo., is it is an old French established town with friendly, small town atitude. Several families have lived here for generations, remain active in community events, and it is one of the safeist towns in the US.

    Thanks so much for an opportunity to win Cuzco fabric precuts!

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  2. Looks like I have the first comment! I live in Erie, PA and I love the four seasons. We have lovely spring, hot summers, colorful fall and snowy winters. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Thank you for an inside look at your town, I live in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada. Northeast of you. I was born here and this will always be home. I am retired now, and have no plans to move. The best I like about my town is that my 3 year old grand niece lives here, and we do crafts together now, so your never know she may become a quilter.

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  4. The thing I love about where I live...is that it's an amazing suburb of Houston...and we're still only 30 minutes away from all of the amazing things that the "BIG CITY" offers. And my house is pretty awesome ;)

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  5. I'm having so much fun reading about where everyone lives! It's so cool to see the seashore with snow on it like that. I've always wondered if that happens. lol! We're going to have to take a trip over there sometime. We're not that far away in upper Westchester, NY. Not sure what we're famous for -- I guess the lake?? lol! Thank you for the giveaway -- the fabric looks so pretty!

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  6. I love the small town feel and controlled growth. We have a square with a large gazebo and ampithere walled seating. They put on musical shows building elaborate sets around the gazebo then taking them down as if they were never there! Lewisville NC is a great town!

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  7. Living Tallahassee, FL I especially love Florida State football. Makes up for the fact that we don't have a quilt shop:)

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  8. We have a new park in our town, Dexter, MI with a new walking trail that will extend for MILES! Yea! Also a great fairly new library and it's close to Ann Arbor where there is always something to do.

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  9. I live in the country near Richmond, VA and I love the peacefulness of being away from the city. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I lived in Syracuse, NY pretty much my whole life. I had a breif time in Houston Tx, but then came back after two years. I love that we have all the seasons here. Although some are longer than others...umm Summer is about 3months and winter is about 6. LOL I can't imagine living any where else. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. I especially love that my entire family lives in the same city as i do. and I love Coney Island...a declious hot dog stand with teh best coney dogs ever!

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  12. I live in Michigan. We are so lucky to have a huge selection of quilt shops in our area!!

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  13. I love living in New England. We enjoy Cape Cod during the warm months,have beautiful fall foliage, and have lots of time to quilt and sew during our snowy winters.
    Thanks for sharing Fairfield with us.... It's just a day trip away.

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  14. I live in Natimuk,a small rural area in Australia, we have Mt Arapiles, ( a rock formation amongst flat farming land!) a mecca for rock climbers world wide, lots of international visitors to our part of our world!
    Hope I am lucky with the giveaway!
    Thanks

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  15. I moved to Park City Utah 2 years ago. Wow am I in love. I finally have 4 beautiful seasons in my life. The people are amazing, the facilities blow me away and I'm astounded at the physical activity that happens here. So inspirational.

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  16. Well, if we each stand on the shoreline of the Long Island Sound on a clear day we could see each other waving hello! I live straight across the sound in Rocky Point, Long Island. What I love most about where I live is that it is very quiet here and with the fall coming the sites are beautiful; lots of farms. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  17. How great to live so close to the beach! I live in a town near Raleigh NC. It is a great place to raise a family, plenty of parks and fun things to do.

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  18. I live in the farming community of Bristol,Quebec Canada.It has been a good place to raise four daughters.The fall is my favorite time with the leaves turning, the grandkids coming to pick their pumpkins for Halloween and the cooler weather.

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  19. I live in Minlaton, South Australia, Australia. It's a very small town in a rural area. Minlaton is on a peninsula so it's only 10 minutes drive west to beautiful beaches, or 20 minutes drive east! So my favourite thing is access to beautiful, sandy deserted beaches! sarahleighATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

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  20. The little town in Kentucky where I live is a great family town. Safe, quiet, but just a few hours from several cities with lots of things to do.

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  21. I am in CT also, up in Litchfield County. I like living here since we are a bit in the woods, but close enough to stores. I love seeing the wildlife in our yard. This week we had a fawn napping in our yard. Last year, we had one sleeping in our garden three feet from the house. What a cutie that one was!

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  22. I truly enjoyed learning about Fairfield CT, so thanks for the history and tour. Connecticut is a marvelouse state, which I wouldn't have realized if my sister hadn't moved there 5 years ago. She lived in an area that reeked of American history, and it was so much fun to learn about it. Anyhow, back to your question, what do I love about my hometown? The easy answer is Michigan State University!! I live outside of East Lansing, MI, where MSU resides. We attend cultural events, sporting events, walk the beautiful!!! campus, visit the gardens and museums. There is always something going on at MSU, or you can make your own fun just wandering around and watching the students (were we really ever that young?)

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  23. Kate, I live at the opposite end of the east coast, down in South Florida... Boca Raton, actually, between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale... I've lived throughout Florida virtually all of my life, though I was not born here... I love the weather, the sea, the green around me, orchids which thrive, and most especially do I appreciate them when I watch the news in the winter, and see what others deal with...

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  24. I enjoyed reading about Fairfield! Love the history bits. One of the best things about my town of Ennis in Ireland is, again, the history. Winding little streets built up around an abbey that was founded in the 1200s. I am a history nerd so the immersion in history thrills me.

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  25. I love the sense of community we have in my suburb. We all look after each other. I love everyone of your collections and would be so honoured to have Cuzco in my stash.

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  26. I live in Grand Ledge, Michigan,population of about 8,000 The city is well known for, and named for, its 300-million-year-old, sandstone and quartzite rock ledges that rise 60 feet (18 m) above the Grand River and are used by recreational rock climbers. I love our quaint downtown area.

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  27. I live in Georgetown Tx and I love living so close to a river. The dogs love to go swimming and my family loves to walk the river bed in the summer.

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  28. My husband and I moved to Omaha Nebraska 6 years ago and we still know that it was one of the best things we ever did. For me I have found this whole area to be a quilter's heaven with shops and guilds abounding!

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  29. Hey, Margaret (comment above mine), I am an MSU alum. My favorite thing about my hometown of Grand Haven, MI is the beach. They have wonderful, soft sand on beautiful Lake Michigan. I don't live there anymore and I miss it.

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  30. My hometown was a great place to grow up..very small, safe and "trapped" in the 50's. It is there no more due to joblessness but it remains dear in my heart. I really enjoy your fabric designs and the colors are so WOW!

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  31. I live in a suburb outside of Milwaukee, WI. What I love about this area are the seasons of the year. We experience all four seasons. And fall is my favorite of them all.

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  32. I live just outside Boise, Idaho home of the Boise State Broncos football team and the blue (Smurf Turf) football field. It is a great family oriented plave to be.

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  33. Kate
    IMHO the post you wrote about your hometown is the best thus far. I love your humor. One great thing we have in my Ohio hometown is the Fraze. An outdoor pavilion that offers great music concerts from May to September.

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  34. I live in Omaha, Nebraska and the thing I love most about Omaha is it's a city - but not a big one..in a land that changes seasons and values those who work and respect the land and Mother Nature.

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  35. Hi there
    I live in Dayton Texas. Our place is out more in the country I love where we are at as it is quite and we have a lot of the wildlife coming in around the yards. Fall is my favorite time as it it cool enough to sit our on my swing and sew and watch the birds and squirrels .I really like the block you made I have been looking for a quick pattern for x-mas gifts and this one will do just nice! so thank you. hope you have a great weekend.
    Jennifer

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  36. Right now I live in Frederick, MD. In a little over a month, we're moving to Pittsburgh, PA. Most of all, I will miss the sense of community that's here. It's been a wonderful place to call home.

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  37. I'm originally from Nebraska. My Hubby is in the service so I have lived on both coasts as well. There is something to love about all of these places but I miss the Midwest charm. They joke that "even when you dial a wrong number you still end up talking for 10 minutes". I love that!

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  38. I live in Selkirk, NY. quiet town within a few miles of our Capital Albany. Best part is I have a quilt shop, Log Cabin Fabric 1.5 miles from me!!!!

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  39. I love Japan's fabrics! There really isn't anything else to love more here is there?!

    PS - in the process of ordering Terrain and Joy from Makiko! Thank you!

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  40. Best thing about my home town is all the lakes and fun recreational possibilities. Love the new fabric line. Can't wait to see it in person.

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  41. :) you make me laugh - we all whizzed right by that new fabric line. Here in the suburbs of Detroit MI - hard to pick only one great thing but I will choose all of the Great Lakes! Miles of beautiful shoreline and no sharks. Thank you for the fun and Moda too!

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  42. I live in a small, remote community and I love it that you can walk just about anywhere in no time!!

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  43. I live in Albert Lea, Minnesota and I love the lake right in the middle of our town. It is fun and beautiful to walk around!

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  44. We've just relocated from a small town in NC to the big city in MD. I also loved being close to the beach in NC, but I'm really enjoying all the green space and running/hiking trails in MD :)

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  45. Best thing about my hometown is that it is small enough to drive across it in 10 minutes! It is also a historic town but many of the buildings were burned by Sherman. Worst thing about my hometown is there is NO quilt shops here or even within an hour's drive! I love your Cuzco and from what I could see, squinting my eyes and looking really closely, I'm going to love your collection!

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  46. I live in a wonderful small town in northern Iowa. Lots of friendly people call this place home, and it's a great place to raise a family! :) thanks for the chance to win.

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  47. Here in Indiana we are looking forward to our beautiful fall colors. Our town is developing lots of bike trails that are great for the whole family. Thank you for a chance to win some of your fabric.

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  48. I live in Comanche, Texas, well, north of Comanche, in the middle of the pasture. Not too many (random) visitors. If we do get a salesperson they say "boy it's a long way out here!" I say, YES it is. :=)

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  49. I love living in Delaware. Its nice and quiet and a short drive to many major cities. Only 45 minutes to Philly, about an hour to Baltimore, New York and D.C. maybe two to three hours.

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  50. Hi Kate, I live in Somerset uk and I love the light here on the Somerset levels, misty mornings and beautiful sunsets x

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  51. Spokane, WA has a many beautiful parks. My favorite is Riverfront Park. It is smack dab in the middle of downtown. The Spokane River runs thru it, there is a Looff Carousel, an IMAX theatre, an ice skating rink in winter, trees, grass, sculpture, winding paths and lots of great events throughout the year.

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  52. I live in Wisconsin and we have many wonderful lakes here. Lake Michigan and Lake Superior take a close second to having the ocean so close

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  53. I too have recently relocated, but not to the next town over! On August 3 I moved from just south of Boston, MA to a small town in southern Ohio called Amelia. Since moving here the one thing I truly love is that the local farmer sets up a farm stand 1 mile from my house every afternoon. Nothing beats his fresh veggies and he always has a great story for me. I am a big fan of your designs & would the love to win 1 of those tiny candy treats!

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  54. Oh Kate how can I tell you just one thing? I live in France for goodness sakes!!!! I love the scenery, the weather, the food, the people (most of the time. The fact that I can travel and see mountains, the sea, all the castles and medieval towns. Sorry I just can't name one. Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

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  55. My favorite things about living in south Alabama--- we have so many beautiful lakes, rivers, and of course, the Gulf of Mexico--- and I have lots and lots of family that live nearby, so we get to see one another often! :-)

    I love your Cuzco line! I was entering a blog giveaway a couple days ago, and for an extra entry, we had to visit their online store and post our favorite new line. While scrolling through page after page of beautiful fabrics, Cuzco really caught my eye and is my favorite!! :-) Thank you for the chance to win!!!

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  56. I live in East TN and one thing I love about our town is that it is small enough that the librarians all know me and my kids and we never have to pull out our library cards!

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  57. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - the best part is the four seasons, It's a small town, but there's something good about fewer choices to make.

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  58. Love your post Kate!

    My favorite thing about McKinney, Texas has to be the new little coffee shop on the square! This sweet little shop has the best (yes better than Starbucks) coffee served up piping hot in huge white mugs. They have two very comfy-cozy oversized quilted chairs in the front window. I love sitting up there sipping on my coffee, enjoying a chat with a dear friend!

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  59. I live in Trenton, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. What I love most about where I live is that my two adorable grandsons, Keason and Grant, live near by!

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  60. One thing I love about Madison WI is the beautiful lakes. In fact, our capitol is located on an isthmus between two lakes. There is always a lot to do for a "small town". Love your fabrics!
    ~ Debbie

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  61. I live in Key Largo Florida, pick one thing? I guess it would be that I still see how beautiful it is here. Just running around town doing errands I see gorgeous flowers, beautiful birds and water with it's stunning colors, every shade of blue, green and purple. Don't even get me started on the sunsets. Thanks.

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  62. In my temporary home here in central CT, I like all the bike trails, trees, and hills. I think it will be a beautiful autumn here Ina few weeks when the leaves really begin to show off their colors!

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  63. I've lived in Cleveland, Ohio my whole life! We have many attractions like delicious ethnic food, fabulous shopping choices and great entertainment! After all, we are the Rock-n-Roll capital of the world!

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  64. Oh, no fair with that blurry sneak peek! Enjoyed reading about your home and the parakeets are amazing! Wish they were here in Chattanooga where I love the beautiful mountains. The colors in your fabrics are wonderful. Thanks!

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  65. I live in a small town in Massachusetts, not far from the N.H.border. Love reading about everyone's area. Just more places I want to visit.

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  66. One thing I really love about where I live is that it is very much like the town I grew up in.. It is quiet neighborhoods, mixed with country. Cattle just out the back door. Strange, but wonderful.

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  67. We just moved, too. We were living in Hawaii, but now we live in Yorktown, Virginia. Yorktown is the site of the battle where American won it's independance! Yes, this was the site of the surrender of English forces. Not too far away is Jamestown and Williamsburg, too. There is so much history here! And hams. And peanuts.

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  68. Hello Kate, I really like the place where I live. It's a very small village with a lot of space between the houses. It''nature all around us. Only from 1 window I can see a house from the neighbours.
    Henny

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  69. I live in St Charles, MO which is west of St. Louis. We have lots of history here being the gateway to the west area. Love living in the Midwest. I love the little candies. And your wonderful fabric designs.

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  70. I live in Allentown, PA, and I love the park system in the city. The farmer's market is a close second. Thanks.

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  71. I live in a small rural town in northern Oklhoma where we have numerous beautiful parks due E. W. Marland. Also, now, superior city services to help us survive ice storms, etc.

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  72. I live in Winslow, ME...love the small town "hominess"...sometimes familiar is good. Just wished we had our own quilt shop!

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  73. I live in Omaha, NE and when people visit they are so surprised, we have great museums, opera, theater, zoo and music is a great part of our town. I love the four seasons.

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  74. I live in the north Ga mountains and I love the fall festivals.ca wonderful timecof year with perfect weather and the smell of fall in the air!

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  75. I love that my town is a small, quiet town. It's a place where everyone waves when they see you, even when you are driving down the road. We don't have much here. But it's friendly.

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  76. Great job on your hometown feature (but then I'm partial to New England)! And I love your new fabric line (have I ever NOT loved one of your lines?) and your sampler block (who knew I could want to do half-square triangles again). Kate Spain, you hit a home run!!! I live in northwestern Vermont in a rural area surrounded by farms and mountains, and the great thing about it is that it's only a half-hour drive from Burlington - "civilization!"

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  77. I love my church! I live between Ft. Worth and Arlington so there a lot of handy touristy stuff and shopping, but I can't wait to move back to a small town, I hate the mix masters!LOL
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  78. Hi Kate. I live in a small town in NJ and what I like most about it is that my son can walk to school, walk to his friend's homes, walk down town for pizza...a great place to raise a family. BTW...always love your fabrics and other products as well. Love to try those new precuts!

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  79. I live in Maumee,OH and I have my choice of 4 quilt shops in the area! I love your fabric.

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  80. I live in Eau Claire WI and we have a wonderful river path that goes along the Eau Claire river. It winds through the University and the Water Street shopping district

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  81. I love that all of my family lives here and we get together often! I also love Goumas candy for their yummy caramel apples!

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  82. Hi Kate,
    I came to the town I live now for work. And we bought our place and feel so happy... So this is why I love where I live!

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  83. I live in a small town in southeast MO. I love the fact that I can get anywhere in town in about 5 minutes. That leaves more time for sewing!!

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  84. I love everything about my city! I can get to anything, shopping, entertainment, parks, the lake, the whole gamut! Plus I have a lot of family around. Thanks for the chance at the give-away!
    (mgw070 at shaw dot ca)

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  85. I live on a farm in SW Kansas; 15 miles from anywhere. I love the peacefulness. jmh

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  86. I enjoy where I live not so much because of the town itself but because I have a big yard for my children to play in and we've made so many memories here. We also have many friends. So I guess you can love anywhere.

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  87. I like the fact that this time of year I can see the dear by the road as I drive the kids to school. We don't live in the country but it feels like it!

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  88. i wish I lived where I could smell the ocean! But am happy to live in a small town next to a city so we have the advantages of city living without the day to day hassle of it.
    Matthews, NC, next to Charlotte.

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  89. I live in the Minneapolis area and love the green space and parks, lots of bike paths

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  90. I live in Sydney and it's got some pretty well known landmarks and it still thrills me every time I drive over the Harbour Bridge and see the Opera House almost a touch away!

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  91. i love peoria, IL... it's just big enough to have everything we need (and three hours from chicago AND st. louis), but it's small enough that it only takes 20 minutes to go anywhere, and i run into people that i know all the time!

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  92. Good Morning Kate
    I live on a lake in Oma,Wi. I grew up in the city and married a north woods man. Love it here, my neighborhood consist of all retired folks, we play, picnic,and pray together.Quilt days together are the most fun.
    Love your blog.

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  93. I live in the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon. We are 1 hour from the ocean, 2 hours from the Cascade Range and 3 hours from the high desert. I loved your post and now have put CT in the top of my "go visit" list. Thank you!
    p.s. I dl'd the block and love it, cannot wait to
    make it!

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  94. Kate, you tease! Giving us that glimpse of fabric at the end. I live in south Florida so the beach would be my favorite thing about where I live. I loved your picture of the snow on the beach. Having lived here all my life I just can't imagine what that's like. Snow at the beach.

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  95. I live in Anchorage, Alaska where I enjoy the winters just as much as the summer. There is many things to do outside for all ages such as fishing and hiking. The only things we have to worry about is the wildlife sometimes camping out in your backyard such as moose and bears. I love your fabric designs and have some of your Michaels collection at work to look at all day. I love it!

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  96. I live in Sonora, CA. It is called the foothills. I love living here in Sonora because it is so pretty and is still a little city. We didn't use to have stoplights. Still, it is a lot better living here than living in the bay area like San Francisco. We live close enought to a shopping center. We had a nice hot summer and our winters are cold and rainy. I have my mom and sister that live in Jamestown, where is about 10 miles away. I have lived here all my life. So, I guess I really love living here.
    I really love your new line of Cuszo. Thank you for the chance to win a layer cake or even precuts.

    Sandi T.
    szndit1@sbcglobal.net

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  97. There are plenty of things to love about living in New Orleans: the food, the history, the culture. But I'd have to say my favorite is the people of New Orleans - they are friendly, giving, family-oriented and resilient. Oh, and they know how to pass a good time!

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  98. The thing I love about living in North Central Arkansas is that we're surrounded by blue lakes and cold rivers where you can fish, camp and boat.

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  99. I live in Sweden and I really love our long, light summer nights. North of the polar circle the sun doesn´t go down at all during the summer.

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  100. I live in Mt. Juliet, TN, which is just east of Nashville. I love the fact that although we are near the big city, we feel like we live in the country - on a hot summer day, when I turn down my tree shaded driveway, it's ten degrees cooler in my yard than in town! Lovely friendly people here, too! Come visit us!!

    Although I have to say, now I want to come visit Connecticut!

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  101. Loved the travelogue of Fairfield. I can see why you live there. The video of the parakeets was fascinating! I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and on beautiful mornings like this, I love waking up to see the snow-capped Rocky Mountains to the west of the city. It's only an hour's drive away to breathtaking scenery and great hiking.

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  102. I live in Harlan, Iowa. I was born in southern Iowa and lived several years in Ann Arbor, and the one thing I missed most about Iowa was the sky and being able to see the horizon. Iowa has a beautiful big sky.

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  103. I live in a small town in Iowa and my most favorite thing is the friendly people who live here and the beautiful countryside. I love people's dedication to faith, family and friends.

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  104. The Mountains of Utah are the thing I love most about the state. I live 5 miles from the nearest one and there is so much to day up in the Mountains.

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  105. Hi! I'm a CT born girl, too (Groton Naval Base) but I live in SC now! One of my favorite things about South Carolina are our boiled peanuts! Yummy!

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  106. So nice to see some of the neat things about your new hometown! You know my hometown pretty well, but the thing that brought me here, was Mr. Jefferson. He was an amazing man that left behind a legacy that's enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. I especially like sitting in the dome room of the Rotunda and just being - one of the perks of working at U,Va.! I have more spectacular photographs of the area than I will ever need and although I have lived here for 16 years, I find I am never at loss for new things to photograph!

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  107. Most of all I like the open countryside where I can walk my Irish Wolfhounds just seconds from my front door, and they love it to!
    Regards Miranda

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  108. I especially love being able to see the big blue sky here in Oklahoma. Sometime it's filled with clouds and sometimes dust but you can always see the sky.

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  109. I love the Moravian Cookies in Winston-Salem.

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  110. I live in Alabama, and I love the kindness of our neighbors!

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  111. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and what I love most is being close to my familly....and we host the International Quilt Festival in the spring. Hope to see you there. Kristy

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  112. I love that our town is so small that the people in our little grocery and post office know me when I walk in. That I constantly run into other people that know my kids from school. I just like the community feeling of being around people that recognize me and my family.

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  113. I live in Allen, TX. Mostly I love it for the mild winters!

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  114. Monument Colorado - I love that it is still small.

    marksey3@msn.com

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  115. Greetings from Kamloops , Canada! I love our hot summers : ) Thanks

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  116. Rochester, NY has the most beautiful trees in fall! Love your pattern! Thanks for the Connectucut tour.

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  117. I live a small, rural farming community in Western Minnesota without a quilt shop. Thus, I get to travel to satisfy my sewing urges!

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  118. I live in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. My favorite time of the year is our annual city fair. It's actually blocks from my house where the kids can ride the carnival rides, craft fair and lots of music and other fun things to do. It's fun to meet the neighbors and have a nice night out. Thanks for the chance I love the colors.

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  119. The one thing about living here I love is, when the sunshines there is nowhere on earth that is more beautiful!!

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  120. Thanks for sharing. I love the bright colors you use in your lines. My favorite part of my hometown is that my family all lives here . . . it's fun to have grandmas and grandpas around the corner.

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  121. I live on the coast in South Carolina and love the water views- on my way to work or just about anywhere.

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  122. i loved your history lesson, and those restaurants look delicious! wish i was there!

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  123. I live in High Wycombe, UK. We moved here because my husband was promoted to a job at HQ which happens to be in one of the most expensive places to live in the UK!

    So we moved here, about 10 miles away and affordable!

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  124. I love being nestled in the mountains. I live in Tooele, Utah just 30 miles from Salt Lake (close enough to shop!) I used to live in Bethel, Connecticut. Beautiful state!

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  125. I live in southwest OH. I love the rural area I live in. It's a slower pace than the city, and a great place to have raised our kids.

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  126. I live in the wonderful town of Lansing, IL! I love it here because of its close proximity to always-exciting Chicago as well as the beautiful beaches and wineries of SW Michigan. We also get to enjoy all 4 seasons...sometimes in 1 day!

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  127. The thing I most love about Granbury, TX, its small town feel...and that its less than 30 minutes away from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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  128. One of the reasons I love living in NW Arkansas is all the cute, quaint downtowns in all the little cities around us. Plus, being a west coast girl, this experience of living in the south is fun, new adventure! I love these new little candy pre-cuts! Thanks.

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  129. We live in Evanston Illinois, home to:
    http://boomerangcoupons.com/logo/1284435112_Weiner%20and%20Still%20Champion.jpg
    (the Weiner and Still Champion - really good hot dogs :) ).
    My favorite thing about living in Evanston would be living so close to the beach. We love it!
    Thank you for letting us participate in this blog hop - it's been a lot of fun (and I love 'visiting' all these places!)

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  130. I live in Gloucester, England I love the beautiful countryside around where I live :D

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  131. I live in Eagle River, Alaska and love the natural beauty of the mountains and the wildlife that frequent our neighborhood.
    I commuted to your hometown once a month last year for work!

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  132. I live in Calgary Alberta. I love being so close to the Rocky Mountains. We can see the mountains from home and be there in half an hour, enjoying the beautiful scenery. Thanks for a chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

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  133. What I love most about my small town of Saline, Michigan is that as it grows it is still trying very hard to maintain that small town feel.

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  134. The two things that I like best about where I live are the beaches...gorgeous...and the hiking trails through the West Coast Rain forests..spectacular!! Thanks for sharing your corner of the world!! I am loving this Blog Hop! Thanks for the chance to win cake or candy!! Love them both...I must have a sweet tooth!! :o)
    Take care!
    Paulette

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  135. I live in Uithoorn in the Netherlands. I love it because it's a village between three large citeis: Amsterdam, Utrecht and Haarlem. And not too far from the coast neither!

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  136. Oh what a tease with that last picture! Those parrots were something else! I wonder how they ended up living wild in Connecticut. I live not too far from you in Leominster, MA. I grew up mostly on the west coast and have also lived in Florida and traveled most of the United States. I love New England best though. It has a little bit of everything, and all of it close by! No wild parrots here though!

    MGM

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  137. Oh, that blurry tease is cruel! I can't wait for a slower look at that one... I love that our town is so quiet and feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, but everything we need is a short drive away.

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  138. Love the parakeets! We have Roadrunners here in Albuquerque, New Mexico--one of my favorite things. Thanks for the chance to win some Cuzco -- and for the sneak peek at your new fabric. Looks like fun!

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  139. I live in Maryville Tn. at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountain. There are so many things I love here but todays love is going to Townsend, Tn and sitting on the Back Porch of a wonderful Dulcimer shop, eating homemade, apple-cranberry, crumb-topped pie with a scoop of homemade icecream and listen to the free concerts on Saturday nights.

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  140. Nice tour and pretty fabric, Thanks.
    Linda L. in Tx.

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  141. I live in Phoenix, and don't particularly like it, especially at this time of the year- when I'm wanting cool and crisp and I'm still getting 100+ degrees. I miss seasons. But I do like being relatively close to the beach (5 hours to Cali). Thanks for the fun intro to your town and giveaway!

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  142. Thanks for the tour of your old town - hope you like your new one just as much. I live in Kelowna BC, and I love being surrounded by lakes, vineyards and the warm 4 seasons. We get just enough snow to keep the kids happy!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  143. Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful fabric.

    In LaPorte IN I love our fall colors and apples.

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  144. I live in Phillipsburg, NJ - I like being really close to Pennsylvania so I have a lot to choose from in terms of shops and restaurants :) It's near the Crayola Factory, too, and one day I think my kids will love being so close to there (if I'm still living here!) Loved reading about the history of your town (I'm a history teacher) and thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

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  145. I have recently moved to Milford, PA from the middle of Georgia, so there is no doubt that I most enjoy the chancge in weather. Gone are the days of 100+ degrees with 97% humidity. Our favorite new family saying is "It's so pleasant here."

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  146. I live in Columbia, MD (half way between Baltimore and Washington, DC). We have the best of big city life and rural sleepy town. I mean, we see deer on an almost daily basis and 2 years ago a doe gave birth in my next-door neighbor's back yard!!! Thanks for the chance to win your new fabric. I just love your designs. Thanks!!

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  147. I live in western Oregon and I love that within an hour's diving time I can be at the beach, or in the mountains, or in the high desert.

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  148. Gaylord, MI - the golf mecca of Michigan and maybe the Midwest. Skiing and snow sports in the winter. Love it here! Oh, a great quilt shop too - Delphine's Quilt Shop!!!

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  149. lisawalsh@frontiernet.netSeptember 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I live in Minnesota and I love the four seasons! Right now some of the leaves are beginning to change. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  150. I live in Murrieta, a small town in SoCal. I love that it's so diverse, and that I can get to the mountains, the desert or the beach within an hour.

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  151. Hi Kate, i love the design of your new fabric - very Spring inspiring which is handy as here in Sydney Australia, we have just entered our springtime! I love my city for the birds - beautiful native wild birds - noisy, nosey and messy! they make me laugh.

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  152. I live just outside of Edmonton, AB Canada. My favorite thing about living here is all the great shopping and restaurants.

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  153. I live in Ames, Iowa and love it because it brings people from all over the world to Iowa State University.

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  154. I love where we live outside of Raleigh, NC because of the small community and quiet countryside. Turning into our lane after a trip to Raleigh (via interstates) is having a sigh of relief that we are once again home safely. We have our space and privacy once again. Judy C sure would love to win some of your giveaway.

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  155. Oooh slow down new collection!!! Or come to Laura! I love the blue skies in winter in Perth :)

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  156. I live in the Sunshine State of Florida. I love living in Florida as we have beautiful weather year round. Thanks for the tour of your home town and for the generous giveaway!

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  157. I live in Duluth, MN, and there are two things I like about this place: the change of seasons, and that my whole family is here.

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  158. I live in Thousand Oaks CA and my favorite place is our local quilt shop, Cotton & Chocolate.

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  159. Soemthing I love about my hometown munich, germany, is it's histroy and that it's unique in the whole wide world ... and of course Oktoberfest;-)
    Love the colors in your new collection, hope to see some more soon! Hildy
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  160. Hi Kate,

    I live in Copperas Cove TX and I love that my grandaughter...the one and probably only lives in the next town over:) We are both on either side of the world's largest military base in teh world. Ft Hood TX.

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  161. Enjoyed your tour very much! Hope you are feeling more settled after moving. It is always a lot of work! My hubby is in the military so it has been a constant in our lives for nearly 30 years. Right now I live in southern AZ not far above the international border, but we are preparing to move to Texas after the first of the year.
    Something I love is Terrain! I think it might be my all time favorite fabric! I love the rich colors and all the detail in the prints.

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  162. I grew up on Round Hill Rd in Fairfield! I remember going to the beach after storms to see horseshoe crabs. I live in VA now where the only war they remember is the 'Recent Unpleasantness' between North and South... We LOVE winter down here and Spring is Mother Nature's way of apologizing for what's to come.

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  163. I live in Gilbert, Arizona and my favorite thing about where I live is growing my own citrus. . .delicious!

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  164. I am from Salem, OR and I live here because of the forests and the gorgeous green countryside.

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  165. I live in Severn, Maryland and I love having most of my family living nearby.

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  166. I love the mix of countryside we have on our doorstop - the sea, the hills, the woods and the moors, we're spoilt for choice!!!

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  167. I'm in Cordova, TN. I guess what I like most is Fall. We just try to survive the summers, Spring brings on allergies, and there is not much of a winter, unfortunately. But we do have beautiful Falls. The best of anywhere I have ever lived.

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  168. This is so much fun! What a great September. Being from Canada it's always nice to learn more about your country.
    On the quilting side I am downloading the patterns with excitement and entering the give-aways with hope.My 66th birthday is on the 13th so who knows.
    vboschman@shaw.ca

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  169. We live in Carson City, Nevada, only twenty minutes to Lake Tahoe!!

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  170. I live in central FL surrounded by lakes. I love crossing the bridge on the main road and seeing the water birds fishing. Oh, and I love the nice temperatures in winter. I also love your designs. congrats on your new home. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    Susan MG in FL, seedotamericaatyahoodotcom

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  171. Best of luck with the move, Kate! Your post, with all the great food references, made me salivate! I don't mind one bit about being defined by the food I love!

    The thing I like best abour where I live is that it is so close to so many great places, the beach, NYC, Philadelphia, the mountains, DC and my family!

    The fabric is exquisite and I would love to make it into the most wonderful dog bed for my rescue pup.

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  172. I love living in a very old residential neighborhood in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia that has lots of giant old trees, as well as many white & pink dogwoods that have been planted by later residents. The autumn colors of the leaves and berries are beautiful.

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  173. I live in Hawaii, and it's hard to beat the ocean and the weather. I hate being cold, and it is perfect here

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  174. I live in Pella Iowa. My friends are the best thing about living here! We love sewing and sharing life together!

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  175. I live in Sarasota, Florida and I love the birds! We have many flocks of those Monk Parrots here as well.

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  176. I live in Mattawan, Michigan...in the heart of growing fruits and vegetables. We grow organie veggies and berries, and right now I can hardly wait for the Fall raspberries to ripen...maybe this week.
    Love your fabrics and thanks for the chance to win.

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  177. I live in Calgary, Canada close to the Rocky Mountains.
    One of the reasons that I love living here is because of my many quilting friends.

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  178. In Lancaster County PA, I love the Farmers Markets and roadside stands. You can find produce, flowers, baked goods and decorations - year round!

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  179. I live in Vancouver BC and it's absolutley beautiful - ocean, rivers, mountains you name it we have it. This fall is turining out to be especailly gorgeous - mild and sunny.

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  180. I live in Oregon City, Oregon...the End of the Oregon Trail. My town is small to me, 30,000, after growing up in Southern California. What I love most is that after living here 16 years and working in the high school for three, I can't go to the grocery store without running into at least one person I know. I love feeling so connected in my community!

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  181. I live in upstate NY and I think the best thing about this area is the change of seasons. I love your fabric and would be thrilled to win.

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  182. It was fun knowing more about your hometown.
    I absolutely love your Cuzco fabric line. And the pattern was also pretty cute. Its definitely on my list.

    Your colors are so wonderful and very girly girl. I think I'm going to love your new fabric line too ;).

    Happy Weekend!

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  183. I love the fact we live in a small town in the middle of farm country -- not a lot of noise but if there is, it is cows mooing or tractors going by. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  184. I'm from central Florida and I love the weather where I live. I'd love to win one of your your layer cakes or candies. I just finished a quilt using charm squares from your "Terrain" line. I love it. It should be up on my blog today or tomorrow (minus binding, LOL! That will take me a little longer). The colors you use in your fabric lines are Fabulous and scream FLORIDA to me!

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  185. I live in Oxford, CT. I love living here because it's a nice quiet rural town. Love the block & fabric, thank you.

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  186. I live in Vancouver, WA just a hop skip and a jump from Portland, Oregon where my daughter lives and a couple of hours from Seattle where my son lives - sadly my youngest and her yr old triplets live in Alaska, but I am only 7 miles from the airport!

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  187. I live in Oregon City Oregon and I love the history in our town. I know it's nothing compared to the East Coast but we are the first incorporated city west of the Missouri River. The Hudsons Bay Colony was even headquartered here for a while. Lewis and Clark started a settlement in our town when they couldn't find a way to go around the falls on the Willamette River.

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  188. I love in Lincoln, England. It is a very historic town and we have a beautiful cathedral and castle both of which are over 1000 years old. We also have the largest christmas market in England which I really look forward to every year. Thank you for the giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  189. I live in the small town of L'Orignal in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The beautiful Ottawa River is just a stone throw away from my front door. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of your hometown and the generous giveaway.

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  190. i live in waltham, ma and i love how accessible everything is, and how there is still a blue-collar, small town feel to it.

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  191. I'm from Ventura County in Southern California living in the city of my birth Oxnard!
    Love the new fabric line and thank you for the great block!
    Happy Sewing everyone!

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  192. In Maryville, TN we have the beautiful Smoky Mountains, and not much snow! Thank you for participating in the giveaway. Lana

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  193. I live in Columbia City, Indiana. All of my family lives here.

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  194. I live in Chapel Hill, NC. I love the weather here.

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  195. I live in New York, on Long Island. I think my favorite part is that its so close to so many things.

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  196. Love the block! Great fabric! In Baxter,Minnesota you are always 5 minutes from a beautiful lake!

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  197. I live in Hutchinson, Ks. Home of the Kansas State Fair, which started yesterday for 10 days. We also have the NJCAA National Basketball Tourney here in March. We are a town of about 40,000. Besides quilting I enjoy going to all the sporting events at our Hutchinson Community College, girls and boys events.

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  198. We live in Victoria, Texas 10 miles out of town. 25 minute drive to the coast. Thanks for sharing....Judith, Texas

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