Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AMB Blog Tour- Rhode Island

Welcome to Rhode Island! It is my pleasure to represent Little Rhody on the American Made Brand Blog Tour

Even though I grew up in upstate New York, I've always loved Rhode Island. I was the shortest kid in my class, so I always felt a connection with the smallest state. I came here on vacation with my parents in the 70's, and our car broke down in the town where I now live.

From the beaches and lighthouses to Newport mansions and Waterfire, I invite you to Discover Beautiful Rhode Island.

If you visit, and I hope you will, you will need to try the clam cakes at Aunt Carries, doughboys at Iggy's, Del's frozen lemonade, and jonny cakes.

And then there's Coffee Milk, our state drink. Imagine chocolate milk, but replace the chocolate syrup with coffee-flavored syrup. I had never heard of it until my son started drinking it for lunch in first grade. He's a Marine now, and this is what he asked me to buy for him when he came home last weekend.

Rhode Island is the smallest and possibly most misunderstood state in the Union. Let's have a little fun with a True/False quiz. (answers at the bottom of the post)

1. Rhode Island is part of New York State.
2. Roger Williams founded Rhode Island after being kicked out of Massachusetts.
3. Rhode Island is smaller in area than Los Angeles and Dallas.
4. The state bird is a chicken.
5. Rhode Island has a strong history of textile manufacturing.
6. Quahog is a town in Rhode Island.

Here's my license plate for the 50 states tour. I was inspired by Rhode Island's sandy beaches, sea glass, and the state motto. 

Click here to download the pattern for my Rhode Island block. I pieced the background from eight 3" Bright Hopes blocks in sand and sea glass colors. 

The block does require sewing partial seams which is not difficult, and it is a good technique to have in your tool box. Visit this tutorial if you've never tried it before. 

For my vanity plate, I machine appliquéd the word HOPE in navy blue. To finish it up, "Rhode Island" was embroidered with a running stitch in navy thread.

I know you're really here to enter the giveaway! American Made Brand is offering a pack of fat quarters at each stop on the tour. I am offering a second prize pack including one of my paper pieced lapel pins, some chocolate made in my little town, and a set of AMB 5" charm squares in almost all 50 colors (sorry, I miscut my leftover piece of navy). You must have a US mailing address to be eligible. To enter, leave a comment telling me what state you are from and be sure I have your email address. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, June 2 at 0800.

Enjoy the rest of the tour!


Quiz Answers:
1. False. Rhode Island is not the same as Long Island.
2. True. Roger Williams settled in 1636 in an area called Providence Plantations. The official name of the state is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
3. False. Rhode Island: 1,212 square Miles. Los Angeles: 503 square miles. Dallas: 385 square miles.
4. True. The Rhode Island Red is a popular breed for small flocks.
5. True. Samuel Slater started the first cotton spinning and textile manufacturing mills in Pawtucket, RI. There is a great quilt shop in the old Lonsdale Mill in Lincoln.
6. False. A quahog (pronounced KO-hog) is a type of clam. Family Guy is set in the fictional town of Quahog. Creator Seth MacFarlane graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design

The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for visiting!


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Jennifer Gail said...

Born and raised in Tennessee.

Brenna said...

Hmm. Well, I'm not from any ONE state since I'm a military brat, but I claim Texas when pressed (I'm technically an 8th generation Texan despite only living there for 6.5 of my 30 years). And now I've happily made my home in Washington DC, which isn't a state at all ;)

Amy said...

I live in Virginia and visited Rhode Island when I was in college. It's time to go back and try that coffee syrup. Thanks for the lovely block (which I pinned).

Allison Sews said...

I'm from WA

Ali said...

I'm from Washington state, I LOVE your block, and I have coffee syrup in my fridge and am going to go make some coffee milk now, that never occurred to me and I am afraid I'm going to have a new addiction...

Ginny said...

I am from Indiana!

aus_chick said...

I'm *from* Australia but I live in Virginia!

Mary Graff said...

I am from the amazing state of Missouri!

Regina said...

Love your block! The Y seams are indeed something I need to conquer. I am from, and back in, Upstate NY after a long absence.

Stoney said...

Hello from Wisconsin, where I have lived for 65 years. I have been in 43 of the 50 states but always come back.

spirit dot in dot stoney at gmail dot com

Grandma Helen said...

I am from Kansas. Love your block with the subtle neutrals!

giddy99 said...

I am from Tennessee, and coffee milk/syrup sounds divine!!!

Margaret said...

Hopefully there's no caffeine in that coffee milk! I'm a fourth-generation California girl. :-)

Donna said...

From New York

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I'm originally from Minnesota, and now I live in North Dakota, about 80 miles away from where I grew up.

Mara said...

Love the T and F test, so fun. I used to live in California.

Mara said...

Lovely block and I like the T and F test.

Adtski31 said...

I am from North Carolina.

Christy H said...


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