Finally….today is my day to share my block in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8 and partake in their blog tour. You can find a list of the other participants in today’s tour on the Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.
Now you might wonder, why Arkansas? I am a born and bred lifelong Chicagoan so how does Arkansas fit in?
Arkansas is home to Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas) and my twins both attended Hendrix (newly graduated) and so for the last four years of our lives, my husband Paul and I would do the Arkansas Whirl and drive 10-12 hours each way several times a year to see our kids. Arkansas, specifically Conway, kinda snuck up on us and stole a piece of our heart. It is great town and we love it. But honestly too hot for this northern loving girl to ever live full time in.
While designing this block the kids were in the final semester of college and it was thought that we would no longer be whirling to Arkansas. So I named the block after what I thought was an end of an “era” in our family lore. But we were wrong. Dear daughter Emily is now an employee of Hendrix and I foresee a whirl or two in our near future. (she obviously has no problem with the heat).
I wanted to take the block to the next level and designed a simple table runner to share. You can find the FREE PDF Pattern HERE and in the very near future it will reside on a special PDF pattern page on my website. I made my rendition in fun Christmas prints.
I plan to gift this to dear daughter so she can have it in Arkansas to enjoy!
As you are probably aware (with this being the final day of the blog tour) Quiltmaker will be giving away a free copy of 100 Blocks Volume 8 to a lucky reader of this blog. To enter you need to leave a comment. I am asking that you tell me a favorite state of your own in your comment. I think that would be fun to learn. PLEASE NOTE: if this is your first time commenting on my blog your comment will not automatically appear. I will approve it and you will automatically be able to comment and enter giveaways from now on (and I will have another in December). I will do my best to approve comments in a timely fashion until Sunday afternoon. I promise.
I, myself will be giving a second issue to a blog commenter also. YES! Two issues will be given away on this blog.
If you click here you will go to my “Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre” facebook page. The page was started and named after by book Pieced Hexies but truly we discuss all things quilty and life there. On the page look for a post with this graphic and make a comment. Here you can just say…”found it!” if you would like (it would also be great if you LIKED the page).
By doing this you will be entered into a special drawing of just fbook page commenters for a THIRD copy of 100 blocks Volume 8.
And you will get a bonus entry if you share the post on your own page. whew…ok I think I got it all in. Oh wait…
I will draw all 3 winners on Sunday at noon cst and will post the winners here! Note you can buy a copy of 100 blocks in my store and if you are a lucky winner I will refund your monies so no worries!
Piece ‘n Happiness,
p.s. TODAY is the last day of my “Clear My Shelves of Small Quilts” Sale on Etsy. You can click the Etsy stamp on the side bar to go right to my Etsy store. These small quilts need new homes and I have priced them so that they hopefully will find them. 🙂