Thursday, June 5, 2014

Touring with American Made Brand

Have you been traveling to each state these past couple weeks, seeing some of the neat license plates I've seen? I hope so!

Today's stop is...

So many wonderful thoughts come to mind when I think of Florida, that it was difficult to narrow the long list of items I could have included on my license plate. Mind you... this license plate is my second attempt, as I had even more "things" on the first one!

With only a 6-1/2" X 12-1/2" (unfinished) space in which to convey Florida, I had to go with the obvious - sun, sand and surf. And I added my personal favorite warm-weather "thing" - palms. I've been all about palms since I started this blog in late 2008, while living in Iowa. Even then I was dreaming about living in a tropical place, never imagining that dream would actually come true. On June 23, we'll have been Floridians for two years.


And to give credit where it's due... we wouldn't be living in paradise if it weren't for almost 30 years of hubby's hard work while living in Iowa, working for John Deere. Believe it or not, John Deere manufactures cotton pickers in Des Moines, Iowa!

I remember when... in about 1989, all of us John Deere wives were invited to the factory for a luncheon and tour. The plant manager told us that to help the company and our family prosper, we should "buy cotton." He said, "Buy cotton clothes. Buy blue jeans." I completely understood his unspoken words - "Buy quilting cotton." - and took them to heart!

When this John Deere cotton picker - technically, a "cotton harvester" - photo appeared in an article about American Made Brand fabrics, in the March issue of American Quilter magazine... 

...my husband was the one to pipe up, "That's a model 7760 harvester!" Who else would know?! And would you believe, just one cotton harvester costs more than $800,000?! Wow!

So with hard work for a great company, our dreams have come true. We're living in a climate that suits our preferences for warmth and sunshine.

And don't you know? All our favorite people live in Florida!

From where we live, it's just a 75-minute drive to see them and many other attractions like Universal Studios (Blue Man Group!), Sea World, and Legoland.

We also like historic St. Augustine where lovely Tiffany furniture and glass can be seen at Flagler Collage. And oh! If you're Louis Comfort Tiffany fan (be sure to read "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland), don't miss a visit to Winter Park, Florida to the Morse Museum where you'll see the largest collection of Tiffany glass. It's breathtaking. 


My license plate design uses 14 of the 50 American Made Brand solids. If you like what you see, you're welcome to download and use this design as you wish. Click here for instructions that include print-outs for the foundation paper-pieced sun, and appliqué elements. Appliqué pieces were backed with a fusible web, cut out, ironed to background fabric, and machine-appliquéd with a narrow and shortened-length zig-zag stitch.

If you machine appliqué on a Bernina sewing machine, use the #20 appliqué foot, and don't forget to feed the bobbin thread (I use #60-weight The Bottom Line) through the bobbin's "finger." This keeps the bobbin thread drawn to the bottom, forming a prettier stitch on top.

I pretty much exclusively use Aurifil threads for piecing, machine- and hand-appliqué, and quilting. I recommend two-ply 50-weight thread, the one on the orange-colored spool.

A Bismarck palm, in my front yard!
Have you seen some of the license plates that were posted to blogs during the past two weeks? Michele of QuiltsFromMyCrayonBox is doing a great job of creating a collage of each week of license plate blocks. All 50 blocks will later be made into one, very neat quilt!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Thank you for visiting me during this tour! To enter my giveaways for a:

1. fat quarter bundle of American Made Brand fabrics,
OR
2. bundle of all extra samples and pieces of AMB fabrics not used in my license plate

comment to let me know where you would like to go on a vacation in Florida. If you're a "no reply" commenter, be sure to include an email address so I can tell you if you win.

I am stunned to find so many "no reply" commenters in the first 70 comments. PLEASE be sure you know if you're a "no reply." If in doubt, include your email address in your comment. Many of you will definitely NOT win because I won't be able to contact you!

This giveaway is open to international visitors! Giveaway ends Saturday, June 7 at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

After commenting, stick with us as we continue on our tour. Visit today's other state blogger from Texas, and then go here tomorrow to continue on our road trip to the remaining 20 states! That's 20 more chances to win an AMB fabric bundle! Linda

180 comments:

  1. To answer the question of where in Florida I would like to visit, I had a son move to Miami and another one move to Naples, but then one moved up to Orlando and the other moved to Tampa. I liked all four cities, but never made it to St Augustine, so that would be my pick. Confusing? That's how my mind works...

    Thanks for the giveaway. I took a tour through your older blog posts and am impressed by all you do.

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  2. I already live in Florida for ten years now and feel like every day is paradise for me here except the winters where we freeze. My favorite spot to visit is fort meyers

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  3. Whata great license late! Love the orange :) I would love to take my kids to Disney world/lego land. Thanks for a fun blog hop.

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  4. Does the tourism board know you wrote this post? J/k
    I would love to visit Miami and EAT!
    Thanks for including the Deere information and how much combines cost. Most people think it happens magically by elves.

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  5. Where would I visit in Florida? "The Villages" I expect! Your licence plate makes me want to visit even more!

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  6. HI Linda,
    I would love to go to Disney Land with my kids. They would have a blast. Thanks for the give away.

    Ruth

    ruthq@rogers.com

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  7. I would like to visit the new Wizard World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. I am at lhs4664(at)q(dot)com

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  8. We are frequent Florida vacationers and will be visiting Legoland and Sea World again soon. The favorite of all the places we've visited so far, besides Disney of course, is Sanibel Island. Your block turned out fabulous and it will look great in the finished quilt.

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  9. Florida is one of my favorite vacation destinations! Disneyworld and I are old friends, and of course, there are so many places to go birding. This was a delightful post, Linda. Your license plate is perfect!!

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  10. Marco Island is just gorgeous! I've love to revisit it.

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  11. Perfect License plate for Florida! I would love to visit my sister and her hubs in Ft Myers...on the beach :)

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  12. I've only been to Miami Intnl Airport, so St. Augustine would be at the top of my list if I ever have the chance to really visit Florida.

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  13. I would like to visit the beach at Daytona.

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  14. Nowhere! I live in Florida so I vacation elsewhere. And I've never been to Disney! LOL.

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  15. Love your block. Have been to Florida twice before and loved Epcot and SeaWorld. Would like to see the gulf coast when I get there next. Elaine

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  16. You represented Florida very well Linda!! Love the back story and tie in of your husband's job at John Deere and the quilting cottons. So glad you are now a Floridian. Thinking I am going to hand deliver your bee block in person so we can finally meet ;-)

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  17. When it is winter here (in PA) I would love to visit any part of Florida. Give me some great beaches, warm weather and sunshine and I would be happy. I visited Florida once and loved the beaches on the Gulf.

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  18. I would like to visit the Orlando area, where I have friends. I have been to Destin many years ago.

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  19. I vacationed in Florida a few years ago in the Daytona Beach area. It was a wonderful trip. Your block is eye catching.

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  20. I would visit Sarasota, or any of the west coast cities with great beaches.

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  21. What a beautiful plate! We went to my niece's wedding in Delray Beach last year - I'd definitely go back! Take care, Byrd

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  22. Simple answer, Jacksonville - my sister and her family live there. I went to college in Tampa - I LOVE Florida!

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  23. I have been to FLorida several times but have never visited the islands off it's coast . Would love to vacation on Santa Anna Island!

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  24. On a beach somewhere to relax and soak up the sun! At least for a while.

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  25. ooh i love your block and the story of the cotton harvester too...and where would i like to visit? well, a week at disneyworld and the grand floridian comes immediately to mind....

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  26. I would like to visit St. Augustine again. Last visited on my honeymoon. Have booked a bed & breakfast in two weeks! Whoo Hoo!

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  27. Love all the different design elements in your license plate! Anywhere in Florida where I can kick off my shoes and wade in the beautiful sand and surf.

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  28. I would love to visit St. Augustine sometime. I have had several people recommend it to me!

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  29. What a delightful license plate you made! And thanks for the reminder about the bobbin case "finger." I live in FL and the Morse Museum is on my to-do list, so that would be my pick. Already love St. Augustine and have been there many times. Just right for a day trip. Fun post, and job well done~

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  30. I love to visit FL - I love to do birding there. My sister lives in Cape Coral and its so much fun! I would love to visit Sanibel Island! Your block is fabulous!

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  31. I would like to visit the panhandle Gulf side of Florida.

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  32. I don't know except that Sea World Comes to mind and if I remember correctly the author of the Yearling has a museum house there somewhere and I'd love to visit it.

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  33. I would love to go back to Walt Disney World in Florida now that the children are grown. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  34. Any beach on the Gulf side would be fine with me! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  35. Most anywhere in Florida would do as long as it is by the beach. I miss the beach. Your license plate is very pretty I like it a lot.




    nroot at lycos dot com

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  36. I'd love to visit St. Augustine again. You can buy a house for the price of a John Deere cotton harvester! I enjoyed browsing around other places on your blog. Very interesting!

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  37. I have visited Florida frequently to visit family. In fact, we're headed there soon to the Daytona area to see family and then to Orlando for my granddaughter's first trip to Disney World!

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  38. I would love to visit the places where you said I could see the Tiffany glass items! Oh, and Disneyworld and SeaWorld and all that good stuff too...

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  39. Would like to see the Florida Keys. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  40. Just got back from Melbourne Beach, FL!! I have a cousin down there and I loved visitng her. We area planning a trip to Key West... I lived in FL a couple years and have visited many of the lovely beaches.. Sarasota, Pensacola, Miami, Datona, The Keys. Would love to visit Santa Bell Island some day!
    tsvande@gmail.com

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  41. We like to visit National Parks. We've never been to Everglades National Park but hope to get there someday.

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  42. I would enjoy visiting Miami and seeing the Cuban influence.

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  43. I would like to visit the beaches along the northern gulf. I have seen pictures and the beaches were beautiful!

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  44. I would like to visit Pensacola with my friend, Debbie. Her father lives there and I am teaching her genealogy so it would be a win for me and for her as well.

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  45. I would go to Pensacola, because my husband used to live there. Thanks!

    Please click on delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  46. There are two places in Florida that I would like to visit. My uncle lives in Alachua, so it would be first. Then I would head to Key West, stopping at the other Keys along the way. And thanks for the thread tips. I am going to try the monofilament one soon.

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  47. I have been many places in Florida, but I have never been to the NASA space station - I would love to tour that! Wish I could have seen a space shuttle take off before they canceled the program.

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  48. Love your plate! I have always wanted to go to Disneyworld but there are a few other places I now want to visit. Thanks for the tour!

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  49. I've vacationed to FL many times. But one thing I haven't done yet is to go SCUBA diving in the Keys!

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  50. I was there on vacation last year! We went canoeing and met up with an alligator! :D Or was it a crocodile? I don't know, I can't remember which is which. Anyway, that was really fun and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

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  51. I love your block and enjoyed the tour. I would like to visit the Tiffany glass museum.

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  52. I would go anywhere in Florida, if given the chance!

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  53. I have always wanted to go to Key West and just sit outside and sew.

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  54. I am from Missouri, so dreaming of Florida this past winter helped me get through the snow and frigid temps. I would love to see the ocean. I have always lived in the midwest and traveled very little. Your license plate is so cute.

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  55. Hmmm...where would I like to vacation in Florida? How about if I take a month, and visit everywhere? Love Pensacola, Amelia Island, Ft. Meyers Beach/Sanibel/Captiva, and St. Augustine. I'd like to visit the Keys, and take an air boat in the Everglades next time! Great job with the license plate.

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  56. I'd definitely go to the beach, that is such a gorgeous picture, and I would pass on Disney. :) What a pretty block. And thanks for showing us how all the lovely blocks are coming together! It's going to be an awesome quilt.

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  57. I'm not sure where the best place to go would be. I'm not a "crowd" person so somewhere not quite so crowded but near the water would be very nice. Thanks. I love all the great license plates. You are all very creative.

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  58. I would like to check out the beaches.

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  59. I'd like to go to St. Augustine and back to the Florida Keys.

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  60. I have never been to Florida but I would like to visit the Universal Studios and St. Augustine. I just love those Palm Trees. My ex-husband has a sister and a brother from Windham, Maine. They get together with their fifth wheel and meet others in a campground in Florida sometimes to just get away from the horrid cold Maine Winters. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and the chance to win that fat-quarter bundle.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  61. The beach......a sandy beach (like the one in the picture you included) with seashells and birds to wonder about and a picnic to enjoy.

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  62. Since most everyone in Florida is a transplant...I've got to say that even my friends born there would love and appreciate your license block. It's just great!!! I love Clearwater Beach for fun in the sun...but if I wanted less crowds St. George is where I would go. Hugs!

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  63. My brother moved to St. Augustine last fall, so I'd love to visit him!! If I wasn't visiting my brother, any old beach would do ;)

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  64. Love to go to Key West sometime. thanks for the chance to win.

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  65. I have heard the Keys are nice!

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  66. I've visited in Florida many times but have never been to Tallahassee or much of the Gulf Coast, so would like to see those places, plus the birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston and home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

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  67. Just went to the Keys. Oh so nice.. How funny your husband worked for John Deere, my husband works for James River Equipment in Virginia and they sell John Deere. Small world. Love your license plate. I would also love to visit Naples.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  68. I really like your license plate design and you showing all the plates at once. I would like to visit my daughter who has a home on Long Key also love the Ft Lauderdale area

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  69. Disney World is one place I'd like to visit, and I've been told Fort Myers on the west side is pretty nice. I love your idea to hang your block on a palm tree, too cute. I agree we should be buying American cotton and its products.

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  70. I would love to visit a quiet beach somewhere, but I doubt many of those exist... :) I've heard Naples is nice. Great design, depicts Florida very well!

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  71. I have some relatives who live in Florida, so I'd probably start with visiting them and have them show me the best attractions! Your block looks very enticing!

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  72. i would visit my brother in naples and would love to go to key west

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  73. PGA hall of fame, and then golf there.

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  74. I would love to visit the museum you pictured in Saint Augustine.

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  75. My daughter lives in Fla so I am there a lot. I really like Sarasota. Great city in my opinion. Wonderful gardens, beaches are great, easy airport, good food.

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  76. My parents used to be snowbirds and drive to Florida every winter. They would always rent from the same couple on Casey Key, on the Gulf Coast. It was beautiful, and that is where I would choose to go!
    I am signed in with Google, so you should be able to track me down when I win ;->

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  77. I remember visiting Florida when a child. Cape Canaveral is definitely the place I would want to revisit!

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  78. I have never been to Florida but I have friends that have. Of course, Disneyworld is a favorite. I know of a couple that goes to one our your beaches and bbq a turkey for Thanksgiving and just love it there. Probably I'd do both. Love your block. Dora G. ladyhawk201@hotmail.com

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  79. I have been to Disney and the Keys a few times. Next time I want to spend some time in St Augustine.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  80. I want to take my daughter to Universal Studios in Florida. All of my four children love Harry Potter. My fourth child was rather "eclipsed" for a year while we dealt with her brothers' brain tumor. She is dying to see Diagon Alley and I'd so love to take the kids there. Love your block. lyn at plkaufmann dot com

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  81. I would love, love, love to be able to take my children to legoland someday! sarah@forrussia.org

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  82. There are so many things I would love to see in Florida, for the purpose of my answer I will just say I would like to go to Disney also a little town called Jensen Beach. Your licence plate is wonderful!

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  83. I would like to go to Orlando, and see Disney, and Universal (Harry Potter!!!) and Legoland

    I don't know if I'm "no reply" so:
    diantha.howard@gmail.com

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  84. I would love to visit Disney World some day.
    I have a question seperate from this.
    I am looking for fabric that has the foot ball team "Sea Hawks" from Washington. Do you have any idea where I could find this?
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  85. A few years back I lived in Florida, all over the state, eastside, westside, Panhandle, middle, and South. Have family members on vacation there right now and kin that live there. It is a beaufiful state in the interior as well as the coasts. Everyone needs to visit there at least once and get sand in your shoes so you will return there.

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  86. I would love another visit to Orlando. Our kids were 10 & 14 when we took a family vacation to Disney World. They are 25 & 29 now & we finally have the trip paid off. lol
    It would be fun to go now that they are adults.

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  87. I've never been to Florida but for their senior year, I would like to take my twin daughters to Disney to run the half marathon! I just love your block and I love John Deere!

    Beth

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  88. I have been to Orlando and the Disney complex, but we really didn't have time to see it all…guess it's hard to see it all. Also would like to visit the Kennedy Space center.

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  89. We go to Florida every year to visit friends and family mid-February to mid-March. We stay in West Palm Beach, Davie (near Ft Lauderdale), Venice, and Gulf Breeze (near Pensacola). This year we also visited Redington Beach (near Clearwater). Always have fun and it's great to get away from the snow and cold in upstate NY.

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  90. I'm a Disney-phile, so it would have to be Disneyworld! Need to check out the new Fantasyland!

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  91. I would like to go to Daytona Beach and see a race at the Daytona Speedway.

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  92. Love your plate. I used to live in FL and visit St. Augustine one time. I would love to go back there again.

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  93. i really want to visit harry potter world now that the new part is opening!! sounds like it'd be amazing.

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  94. I live in SE FL and although we've seen a lot of FL, we have not visited the Panhandle area. You're license plate is a perfect reflection of why we live in FL. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  95. My favorite vacation spot in florida is Naples because the majority of my family is there! I wish I could get to Disney more though. :)

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  96. A couple of years ago DH and I took a trip to Fort Meyers Beach, Florida, someone loaned us their condo for the week. It was fabulous. Now I have an itch to go to the Keys.

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  97. I always love going to Pensacola! Love the beaches. Stargal714@yahoo.com

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  98. Everywhere! I have never been to Florida and I know that there is so much to see. I'd need at least a month to start.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  99. Saint Augustine, Florida is a lovely town full of old buildings and history! I would love to vacation there.

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  100. Saint Augustine, Florida is a lovely town full of old buildings and history! I would love to vacation there.

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  101. I love Florida and own a small piece of that paradise in the center of the state. We'll be spending our winters there from now on. Your license plate is just lovely. I'm fond of foundation piecing and that was a great addition to your plate.
    marsha(dot)hodgkins@yahoo(dot)com. I know I show up as a no-reply blogger and can't help it. It's a Blogger/Wordpress issue.

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  102. Love the plate! I have been to florida, but one thing I have not seen that I would like to the only remaining standing fort St Augustine. My kids went there and said it was awesome..I want to go!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  103. I've been to Florida a few times now, coming back at Christmas. I have always taken photos of US State number plates as a tourist thing. Love your one

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  104. I have been to Florida once. It was nice but way too hot and sticky for me permanently. I will have to return sometime in your winter. My husband would love to visit the Daytona 500.

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  105. I don't know much about Florida beyond the stereotypes. I would however love to visit the Everglades and see some alligators!

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  106. Funny how I have never been interested in visiting Disneyland...but I would much prefer to visit St. Augustine it sounds amazing!!!

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  107. I would love to visit Disney World! I went once about 25 years ago but would love to see it now! I love your sunny block, beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  108. I visited Florida many years ago with hubby and 2 of our 5 children. I would like to spend time on the beaches and visit some historical places.

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  109. I do have Florida on my "to visit" list, mostly so I can go to Disney World and especially Epcot Center. One of these days .... I love your block! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  110. Linda, What a fun block! It definitely speaks Florida - LOVE it! Thought I'd stop by and tell you my husband is IN the harvester in that picture that ran in the American Quilter. No surprise they didn't let him drive it; he was excited enough just to ride in it. He went to great lengths to ensure the cotton in your American Made fabric is truly grown in the US of A!

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  111. Oh, man! I would *LOVE* to go back to the Destin area for a week in a beach-front condo this September! :D Linda, you did a really great job coming up with a FL plate.

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  112. Excellent block - love your color choices! (love your state as well - big Disney fan)

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  113. I'd love to visit St. Augustine & Epcot. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt block & the chance to win.

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  114. I live in Central Florida and love where I live. I would probably like to visit NW Florida. It's not your typical tropics.

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  115. I sooo want to go to Harry Potter world - yes, I'll be the oldest "10 year old" in the bunch!

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  116. I would love to return to Key West. I was there for one day a year ago, and really, really enjoyed it. So much to see in such a small, beautiful area. I'm so impressed you memorized the book of James. Wow! Glad to find your blog, and thanks for the chance to win.

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  117. I love your license plate! It looks very much how I would think of Florida!
    Flagler College is so beautiful, I loved taking the tour.
    Please don't enter me in the contest, I have my own stack of fabrics!

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  118. I want to go back to Jacksonville. Was there this past April and didnt have near enough time atthe beach.

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  119. I need a few days at Disney. It's been too long. I also want to see the Keys. Thanks for the tour, and I love the block!

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  120. I would like to visit the keys sometime for a new place, a re-visit to Amelia Island would be good too.

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  121. I have visited Florida--we went down the coast to Orlando and Universal. Once we went to see the Blue Angels at Pensacola. I think I would like to get to St Pete for a visit with friends and family. romanczukc@yahoo.com

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  122. I would pick Ocala because my Mom winters there.

    khowardquilts(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  123. Love what you did with your design for the licence plate. Great job. Well you know me I would love to get some time to truly vacation at the Villages.

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  124. I have lived in Fort Myers and loved it but family illness brought us back to Virginia. love your license plate, you have it all sun,palm trees and beach.
    Carolyn cab4325@yahoo.com

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  125. I have been through Florida, but I want to take my Grandson to Disney World. I need to wait a bit, he's only 18mos old. lol

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  126. You'd find me walking the pure white sand beaches of the gulf coast; probably the Pensacola Beach area!

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  127. Your Florida license plate is super cute! Hubby and I both want to visit the Florida Keys someday. It's our dream vacation. Thanks for sharing. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  128. I've visited Florida once in my life and that was to Satellite Beach. I'd love to go back there.

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  129. Great job on the license plate. I would go to Destin, love the Panhandle of Florida :).

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  130. Would love to visit Florida... & see the beaches & ocean & sunsets!!! Friends of ours just moved to Sarasota this past month...miss 'em & would love to visit them!! :)

    Looove your block by the way!! & my husband is impressed with the John Deere info! (we have two here...)

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  131. Hi Linda,
    I'm from Louisiana, so visiting Disney has happened a couple of times in recent years. We've never been to Miami, so I'd really like to find myself there for a few days of sticking my toes in the sand.

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  132. You did a super job on the Florida license plate block. I love it. The colors are perfect, and they express the Florida life. If I could go back to Florida, I would visit Deerfield Beach and my cousins, Susan and Melissa. I've not seen them in 13 years. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  133. I would love to visit St. Augustine after reading your wonderful post. And I love your license plate - you really captured Florida! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  134. Love your plate Linda. You pretty much summed up my view of Florida. I'd like to visit the beaches on the gulf and Orlando of course.

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  135. I would like to go back to Key Largo on vacation. Just in case: catremus@gmail.com

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  136. I'd love to see the coast - your picture of it is beautiful. Lovely license plate.

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  137. I would like to visit the Everglades. I haven`t ever been to Florida. I imagine it is hot there.

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  138. Would love to visit St. Augustine. Beautiful license plate! tweetyb936@aol.com

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  139. Linda, your license plate is perfect for Florida. Where in FLA would I live to go -- well that is a hard one. I've been to a few cities a long time ago (college age - St. Pete's Beach and the tip of Florida. More recently (10 yrs ago) I visited a friend in Naples and she took me to Captiva, Sanibel and Ft. Myers areas. That was really neat. I love riding a bike around the islands. Now -- any place would be fine with me.

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  140. I'd love to go back to Orlando where my husband was stationed in the 60's. I'm sure everything will look very different!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  141. My best friend grew up in Orlando. She loved it. I would live to visit Disneyworld and LegoLand (so would my boys--and my hubby is included in that "boy" category!).
    It's fun to "travel" on this tour because I want to travel this huge country of ours, but don't get opportunities.
    And yes, I want the bundle!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. Your colours and sunny design say it all! Your new home state looks so inviting, and what a coincidence that the colours one associates with Florida are your favourites :-) Where would I like to go for a holiday in Florida? That's a no-brainer … Your place, of course, my dear friend!

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  143. I've always wanted to visit Miami.

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  144. Your block really says Florida, you did a great job! Since I don't have kids my favorite place to visit is Key West. (With kids it would've been Orlando! And I did take my niece and nephew there when they visited from Denmark.). My husband and I have vacationed in Key West twice, in the winter time, and we'd love to go back. Florida in the summer, is too hot for me.

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  145. I love the license plate and that you've used so many colors on it. I'd love to go to Disney World and to the beaches. I remember the warm water even though it was many moons ago when I visited. Thanks.

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  146. Very pretty block. I love that you include tips for others when making the block, very nice.

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  147. Great job on this post! I like how you incorporated the John Deere cotton harvester. I hope we can bring more products back to the US for manufacture. Since I live in Florida and have been all over and work full time, my favorite Florida vacation is a staycation, where I can sew all day and night and my husband reads all day and night and we don't worry about having to be anywhere or do anything. Maybe I will try that this summer.

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  148. Oh, I remember my visit last autumn and would love to come once more :-)

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  149. Just have to say: I love, love, love your quilt block (not that I'm biased as a fellow Floridian). I expecially love the way you used the different blues to capture the waves. We love to visit Fort Myers Beach (only 2.5 hours from our home in Miami).
    info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.
    P.S. we too have a Bismarck palm in our front yard. :)

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  150. I love Florida! I'd love to visit Key West or go back to Miami.

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  151. I've been to Fl. many times but could always go back! Oh wait! I'm going back to the Pensacola area again in October! Beautiful block!

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  152. I've been to Fl. many times but could always go back! Oh wait! I'm going back to the Pensacola area again in October! Beautiful block!

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  153. There are a lot of places in Florida that I would like to visit.i would especially like to visit more of the keys.

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  154. Hello,I'd like to live in the St.Augustine area>have visited there and love the Palms+Beach!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  155. we just moved to florida and are living the dream as well! just took our first in-state vacation to orlando to universal. so much fun! but who needs a vacation when we already live in paradise?
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  156. We visit Orlando at least once per year, but I really want to see the Keys and the Coral Castle!

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  157. I like to visit the Keys and St Augustine.

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  158. What a perfect license plate for Florida....waving to you from Iowa! I would love to visit Sanible Island again, it was so beautiful!

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  159. I just came down from IL and went to Universial & Kenndy Space Center. So next up needs to be the beach!

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  160. I love destined! Great memories from my college days!

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  161. Great work with the license plate block. I have never visited Florida but I would really like to one day visit Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Centre and LEGOLAND. The rest of my Florida time would be spent soaking up sunshine on the mainland beaches or on an island off the coast. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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  162. Great job on your license plate. Love it! I would like to visit Sanibel Island again. Beautiful place to relax.

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  163. I have to say that I love Daytona Beach. My husband and I used to go every Feb which was off season and spend a week there and then to Disney land. We had planned a trip this year but my husband passed away in Dec. I just couldnt make myself go alone.

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  164. Would love to see Key West, your license plate is great!

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  165. Would love to go to the Florida Keys and Disney World. Your license plate block is awesome!!

    genipickens at gmail dot com

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  166. Would like to revisit Sanibel Island.

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  167. You taught me something about my Bernina, thank you! I would loveto go to the Florida Keys and the Gulf and take my grandkids to Disneyworld and see the swamps! So much to see. Your license place is darling.
    jpshirley@ymail.com

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  168. I would have to choose Orlando, as that's where my son wants to go. He wants to go to Disney World, is that in Orlando?, and Universal Studios. He's Intellectually disabled, so I'm going with Orlando, because he's probably smarter than me, lol.

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  169. I have been to Fort Lauderdale a long time ago while in University. If its hot I'd like to go there especially during my winter break!
    Barb@Witsend

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  170. I live in The Villages, FL, so am very happy to just stay right here!
    johawks21@gmail.com

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  171. When I was little, we went to Epcot and to the beach. I liked the beach better; I remember lots of cool seashells, which you don't get where I live. So I'm probably go back there.

    I tested if I was a no-reply and I think I was good, but if not: jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  172. Disneyworld! It's so much fun!

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  173. Definitely the Everglades, but I'd try to avoid the height of mosquito season. :)

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  174. We would love to take our son to Disney. We would love to stay at a campground with water attractions about an hour away from Orlando. we would also like to camp on the beach for a few nights. thanks for the chance to win.

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  175. I missed your giveaway, but I sure to like your Florida plate, Linda! I never knew that tip about the bobbin "finger"!

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  176. I know I've missed the giveaway but I wanted to comment anyway. I don't know a lot about the lesser populated states in the US, but I did know that Iowa was really involved in grain farming. I'm not surprised and kind of delighted to know your husband worked for John Deere. A very popular brand here on Yorke Peninsula South Australia. Aren't the farmers and machinery men funny with their knowledge of model numbers! I should say though, my family are red tractor and harvester loyal. They are "very slightly" cheaper in Australia! But interestingly still around the 800k mark!

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