It’s an “Arkansas Whirl” kinda day!

Vol8-blog-tour-this-week-socialmediaFinally….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.

My block is a Foundation Pieced Block called Arkansas Whirl.Arkansas Whirl0001

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. Arkansas Whirl Table Runner 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. ChristmasArkansasTableRunner

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.


FB100BlocksGraphicIf 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.  πŸ™‚



283 Responses to “It’s an “Arkansas Whirl” kinda day!”

  1. Kelly Kreft says:

    My favorite state is Oregon, specifically the Pacific Northwest. That is where my heart is and always will be. To be within driving distance to the coast would be a dream. In the meantime, I’m happy on our little prairie home in Colorado.

  2. Becky Lomasney says:

    Born and raised in Indiana, but lived in Kansas for 20 yrs.for husband’s job. Finally back home in Indiana. Enjoying the trees and hills again.

  3. Beth T. says:

    I’m a native Californian who moved to Oregon after 40 years of sunshine. I am happy to report that I have grown to love our new state, too.

  4. Jitka says:

    I love your block.

  5. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I live in Louisiana and love it!

  6. Loretta Aymond says:

    Born & raised in northern Minnesota, live in the Twin Cities metro area now, but hope to retire back up to the area where I grew up. Still a country girl at heart!

  7. Helen Finnimore says:

    I love the different colours for this block – the Christmas prints are lovely. My favourite state is Texas – I love the heat!

  8. Gill says:

    Born and raised in England!! still living within a mile of the house I was born in!!

  9. Mary Hayes says:

    Native of Kansas, have lived many other places throughout my life; but Kansas is where my heart is.

  10. nmoir says:

    I am a Canadian but have been to the US many times and I would have to say the black hills in SD has a special place in my heart

  11. WyoDi says:

    My home state of Idaho for it’s rugged beauty, diversity, and cultural heritage. Hexie on!

  12. Sherry Tannert says:

    I’m from texas so I know about the heat!. But my heart is in Kentucky. Home of race horses, blue grass and bourbon. ALAS they have too many ice storms so I had to get out of there! Arkasas does remind me of Kentuchy in places tho, so when I get homesick we just go for a ride cuz its just 30 miles to the state line!

  13. Judy says:

    Born and raised and still in Ohio. I have never lived anywhere else. Like the seasons.

  14. Lisa McGriff says:

    Sweet Sweet Sweet Home Alabama!

  15. Sue says:

    Congrats on your block being included in QM’s Vol. 8. Thanks for the chance to win a copy…I look forward to making your block. Favorite State…TEXAS.
    Sue CollectInTexas Gal

  16. Sandie says:

    Love the page and the pattern.

  17. W Jensen says:

    My favorite state is North Carolina, although we have never lived there (yet), it is our summer vacation spot and hopefully where we will retire!

  18. carol says:

    Great, thanks

  19. GEORGIA! We retired here from Florida. I was tired of green all the time–including mold on everything due to humidity. Now we are in the mountains and have seasons and SNOW!!!

  20. Anita says:

    My favorite state is Oklahoma.

  21. Narelle says:

    Lovely block and love the design in a table runner.
    I’m a Queensland gal in Australia and have a cousin living in Illinois.

  22. KT says:

    I love Maine! As a kid I spent my summers at a camp in Maine, and then my husband and I honeymooned in Maine….love the ocean, lakes and mountains there.

  23. Lee says:

    My favorite state is where I was born and still live and raise my family – Michigan! Thanks and congrats on a fabulous block!

  24. pat smith says:

    I try never to tell people that they should do something “at least once in their life”, but everyone needs to visit Hawaii at least once during their lifetime. Unique and spectacular! (I’m a Michiganian, another beautiful state)

  25. Martina says:

    I born in Switzerland and love to live in Basel. It is a lovely small town.
    Love your block, the tablerunner looks so cute!

  26. Sharon Green says:

    I reside in East Tennessee close to the Great Smoky Mountains..I love the area. Originally from Ohio, I have lived all over the US. TN is number one, but AZ comes in a close second. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  27. Marca Fritzemeier says:

    I’m a Kansas girl! Still love the Sunflower state even though I haven’t lived there for many years.

  28. Dana Gaffney says:

    I really like Virginia, we’ve visited there a few times and it’s so beautiful.

  29. Kathy says:

    My favorite state is Missouri where my daughter was born. My husband was transferred there and it was so different from my home state of Pennsylvania.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  30. anita lansberry says:

    Have been making the cross country trek from PA to CO for the past 10years and have been thru most of the states, but haven’t been thru Arkansas. Love the block. I’m a big fan of hexies and foundation piecing. Thanks for sharing. You’re a hoot. Keep it coming.

  31. Sharon Dickman says:

    I have two favorite states: Arkansas, because that is where I was born and where all my small town childhood memories were made; and Texas, because this is whrre my adult memories were made, including marriage, children, and learning crafts, especially my newest–quilting!! Love your Arkansas design and the fabrics you selected!

  32. Lisa Marie says:

    I have a special fondness for Virginia because I went to college there and that’s where I met a smart, funny, good looking boy who became my husband!

  33. Ruth says:

    Oregon is my favorite state and we are planning to move there. It’s where our oldest son lives and is just gorgeous!

  34. Marly says:

    Lovely block; I’m certainly going to use this one, probably in a table runner.
    My favourite “state” is the UK, and more specifically, the Scottish Highlands, although I’ve never lived in the Highlands.

  35. Bernie S says:

    I’ve lived in 8 states, and traveled in dozens of others. I love them all, but my heart and body reside in Georgia. We’ve lived here three times, and it is where we have chosen to retire, not only for the weather, the scenery, the people, the cultural activities, but because my youngest grandchildren are here.

  36. JanetB says:

    North Carolina is my home! As you know from the Collaboration Celebration, Winston-Salem is a wonderful area. Not only is it full of history, you can get to the mountains or the beach in just a couple hours. It is a wonderful place to live.

  37. Maggie Szafranski says:

    My favorite state is Hawaii! The state of bliss is a close second!

  38. Deb G. in VA says:

    I live in Virginia, which is a lovely state, but my heart is still in Iowa.

  39. Julie says:

    I’m an Iowa girl, couldn’t think of living anywhere else. But, Hawaii is beautiful, I would love to visit again.

  40. Donna Coffey says:

    I live in NY so that must be my favorite state πŸ™‚

  41. Jocelyn says:

    My favorite state is Florida! Love the balmy days year round. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Leanne says:

    Canadian through and through, but we spent our vacation in Florida this past summer so I guess that gets my vote. Great block and I love the story that goes with it.

  43. Elaine says:

    Michigan, forever my home and will always be my favorite and I never plan to roam.

    No whirls for this old girl.

  44. Marge Harrington says:

    I have visited all 50 states and my favorite spot is right where I am Central Louisiana. I do like your block and thank you for the freebie.

  45. Dee says:

    Lived in MN all my life – love the season change, although winter could be a bit shorter.

  46. Debbie Rhodes says:

    My favorite state is Oklahoma.. that is where I was born and all my grandparents lived. They are gone now and I very rarely go but when I do I feel my heart skip a beat with memories…

  47. Deborah Marshall says:

    My favorite state is Ohio… where I was born and raised… but I am a country girl now living in upstate NY

  48. Vivian says:

    My favorite state is NY, upstate not the city. I miss it. I like the Christmas version, very different but cute.

  49. Sheila Roberts says:

    My favorite state is illinois. I was not born and raised here but settled here as our oldest son wanted to go to the university of illinois. My husband is retired military and we are well traveled but are perfectly content in the land of corn and soybean fields. I am new to quilting but am fascinated by your pieced hexies and so want to try arkansas swirl one day. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  50. Sherry VF says:

    I love the scrappy version of the table runner. My favorite state is pretty much any in the midwest (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri) because of the people. They generally are very friendly, polite and ‘down to Earth’ kind of people with strong values.

  51. Bonnie says:

    My fave state is my home state of PA… Amish country is where I am from.. But I live in Florida gulf coast area and love the weather here… most times it is spring or fall type weather..

  52. Sylvia Anderson says:

    Illinois is my favorite state. Was born in Chicago and now live in a small town near Oswego, Illinois. Thanks for this opportunity!

  53. Betty Woodlee says:

    I love your Arkansas Whirl Block. Reminds me when we did the Mississippi whirl while my granddaughter attended Ole Miss. This is the first time I’ve visited your page but I will be back to visit many times but I must leave right now I’m on a mission to win a copy of QM’s mag. Thanks for the chance to win. Congrats on making the magazine again.

  54. Mary Holman says:

    I will have to say that Mississippi is my favorite state since I have lived here all my life, but I really do like to visit Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains.

  55. Debby says:

    Hi – I don’t think I have a favorite state. I live in NJ and can’t really say it’s my favorite – I do like going to Florida to see Mickey!LOL Congratulations – I love your block -and I love the Christmas version – I think that would look just perfect in my family room! Thanks so much for all the chances to win. πŸ™‚

  56. Linda says:

    I live in Illinois, but Oregon is my favorite state.

  57. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I am Wisconsin born and bred, I’ve lived her my whole life. But a little part of my heart belongs to Florida and the palm trees! My husband and I were married there. Thanks for the give away!

  58. Janet Frank says:

    I’ve lived in many states and visited all but about 10-12. My favorite is Florida, where I live now. On my bucket list is to visit all 50 states. This country is just so beautiful!

  59. Maria OHaver says:

    My favorite state is Oregon, even though I live in MD.

  60. Sandi says:

    Nice block and it looks beautiful in a table runner. I live in NY state and have been traveling some within the last 3 years. I think TN and SD are beautiful states but I wouldn’t want to live there in the winter. We go to FL for a couple of months in the winter but not sure I would want to live there year round. Thanks for a chance to win.

  61. Holli says:

    I am a native Tar Heel and love my North Carolina but I was really crazy about my state when you and Bonnie were both in it this August. Now that was an over-the-top Tar Heel Collaboration Celebration!

  62. Cathy B says:

    Minnesota!!Great Block, congratulations on having it in the magazine.

  63. Donna says:

    My new favorite state is Wisconsin on the Great Lake Michigan. It’s awesome here.

  64. Sharie says:

    Love your site and bookmarked it for later. Thanks for chance to win. My favorite state would be my own Louisiana where I was born and raised. I’ve lived and visited quite a few others but always come back here.

  65. Barb Johnson says:

    I’m a Pennsylvania gal, born and raised in Pittsburgh. I’ve visited a few other states, but honestly can’t imagine living anywhere else! I wouldn’t mind missing the worst of the PA winters by being a snow bird, but I’d always come back!

  66. Jeanne says:

    Wyoming, some of my happiest memories are there!

  67. Kathy Garringer says:

    I live in AR and it is a beautiful state, but my heart will always be in Oklahoma!

  68. sue says:

    LOVE the state of Washington. Visited for the first time this summer and was in awe of how green everything was, in spite of the often gray skies. Absolutely breathtaking!

  69. Rachel Wright says:

    Hummm state like TN or FL or state of mind like Happy lol πŸ™‚ Thanks for a chance to win πŸ™‚

  70. Carolyn P. says:

    I guess my favorite state would be Missouri. I absolutely love your block. I can’t wait to make it.

  71. Alberta Price says:

    Maryland is my favorite as I spent my first 67 years there. Since retirement I moved to Georgia but still call maryland home.

  72. kaylace says:

    I’d have to say Minnesota. Even though I reside in Georgia all my life, no matter where we lived in the country we made the pilgrimage to MN for vacations. That means even from southern California where we lived in the 1960’s, a long drive for vacation. We now have the family cabin and I look forward to restful days and weeks at the water’s edge.

  73. Jeanne G says:

    I love your website and facebook page. Great ideas for hexies. I’ve made several and it was a lot of fun. Michigan would be my favorite state as I have lived here all my life. Second in the running would be North Carolina.

  74. Linda E in AZ says:

    Favorite state is Utah with all of its beautiful national and state parks.

  75. Lucy says:

    Colorado is my favorite state. Lived here most of my life and hope to never leave this colorful state.
    Love your block!

  76. Dorothy G says:

    Congratulations on having your block published in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 8. It’s a beautiful block and can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine. My favorite state is Mississippi. I grew up in Arizona and I do love Arizona, but now that we moved to Mississippi, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

  77. Lynn Nicholson says:

    North Carolina, we have the mountains and beaches. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

  78. Frances Ledenbach says:

    I love California. I’m not particularly interested in moving back because I love it here in TX, but I miss the mountains and the beaches. Glad I have family there to go visit.

  79. Donna says:

    My favorite state is Tennessee. It’s just beautiful. I love the mountains and history.

  80. Janine Marie says:

    I’ve lived in Michigan nearly all my life, and it’s a wonderful state, but my husband and I recently took a leaf peeper trip to New England. I fell in love with Vermont, and if I had a parallel life, I’d move there in a minute. (Mount Desert Island in Maine is also in the running.) Your block is fun.I like the movement in it.

  81. Hanke says:

    I live in the Netherlands and visited the usa this year. So the only state I know is Texas πŸ˜‰ It was great to visit quiltshops! Thanks for the chance!

  82. Barb says:

    Can I say the state of Confusion?
    Because wherever I reside I am always it that state.;)

  83. Lorri says:

    Lived in Iowa my whole life so have many seasons. Love the designed table runner.thanks

  84. Jane says:

    Born and raised and still live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

  85. michele says:

    Probably Massachusetts, where I was born and grew up. Or Oregon where we’d hoped to retire, until the kids came back to Missouri.

  86. Robyn Orchard says:

    Born in Missouri, living in Utah but I will always follow the Yellow Brick Road back to Kansas where I went to school. Once a Jayhawk always a Jayhawk. I love Kansas!

  87. Siobhan says:

    I’m a native Californian, and I love my state. If I had to pick a state to move away to, I’d pick Oregon. I think.

  88. Lori says:

    My favorite state is Pennsylvania…warmer than western NY but still has the 4 seasons. Countryside is beautiful!

  89. Diane Bowron says:

    I would have to say Washington is my favourite state. It has such a beautiful coastline, and it’s close to where I live in Canada.

  90. Laurel P says:

    I’m a native Vermont-er now living in Maine. It’s getting chilly, my favorite tim

  91. Margo Scott says:

    Of the states I’ve been un so far, hands down, it has to be Tennessee.

  92. christina wright says:

    I grew up in New Hampshire, it will always be my “home”, and my favorite state!!

  93. I’ve lived in Iowa most of my life and I love it!

  94. Melanie says:

    I love and live in Tennessee. It’s a beautiful state!

  95. Kathryn Knox says:

    Hi! Congratulations! Like your block. thank you for the free table runner pattern, will make a nice Christmas runner for me.

  96. Andresa says:

    Haven’t done much traveling. Grew up in Wisconsin and live in Minnesota. Like hearing about other places, but I generally come back to the conclusion that I want my four seasons.

  97. MaryLou says:

    I like your design and love the bright colors for the table runner –
    Have lived in many states – they each have their best and worst things as time goes by but the best is where you and your family are..Texas is a good one..
    Thanks for the chance.

  98. Terry H. says:

    How could I pick just one? so I will say the Redwoods of Northern California, the coast of Oregon ( and Portland) and the beautiful Sierras from the Nevada side. On a separate note, I love hexies and as soon as I finish my current project I am bring pieced hexies. I won your wonderful book on a blog hop earlier this year. Thanks for sharing with other bloggers.

  99. Janet P. says:

    I like my home state of Nebraska, but I have lived in many other states and each offers wonderful things!

  100. Elaine Morgan says:

    My favorite state is Texas, heat and all!

  101. When I saw the beautiful handmade quilts in West Virginia, i wanted to learn to quilt. Seeing the block on the cover of your book, created the same excitement. cant wait to get the book!

  102. jojo says:

    I’ve lived in many states and each f them hold a special place in my heart. I do tend to love the ones that have the ocean nearby. Southern CA was a wonderful experience. Oregon is also great .

  103. Charlene McCullough says:

    I really like the block. It’s interesting how you came about the name. I’m really loving this magazine and the tour of Vol 8. Thanks for the chance to win 1 of 3 copies.

  104. Jackie H says:

    Dreaming of the California sunshine, we don’t get much sun in the winter here.

  105. KT says:

    I love CA where I live!

  106. Kim says:

    Born and raised in NW Indiana but my heart is in Kentucky.

  107. Joanna says:

    I am a New Englander and think we have some nice things to see here. Rhode Island is a really cute little state with some terrific beaches.

  108. Kris S in WI says:

    My new favorite state is Alaska after touring there this summer. Unbelievably beautiful everywhere we went.

  109. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I live in Tennessee, but one of my favorite states is Arizona. I love how very different the landscape, the flora and the architecture is there. The absence of humidity is also very appealing!

  110. SewCalGal says:

    Love your block. Just looks like fun to create with.

    Favorite state ? I see benefits of every state, and truly like them all. How about Hawaii as a fav of the day as I’d really like a walk to be able to spend the day their today, relaxing in some shade, admiring the water and reading Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 8. Yes, that would be a perfect day in a great state. Want to come join me?


  111. Qltmys says:

    Alaska, the Last Frontier, where I was born many years ago before it was a state!

  112. Sallie says:

    Favorite state – Alaska

  113. Deborah DeBerry says:

    I also have two states that I love. Mississippi, because I live there, and North Carolina, because we lived there when my husband was stationed at Fort Bragg. Two beautiful states and I am lucky to be and have been a part of both.

  114. Lee Ann L. says:

    Texas! I was born and raised in this big state!

  115. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’m an Army brat & we lived in a variety of states, but I’ve made North Carolina my home & I love it here. Thanks.

  116. Tish Miller says:

    Love your block, can’t wait to try it. Congrats on being in the new 100 Blocks. Bonnie Hunter got me started on hexies, but have read and watched videos to learn.
    My favorite state at this time is Idaho, where we live, but being an “old” military brat, there are several that were favorites at the time. Thanks so much.

  117. Carol says:

    Born and raised in Oklahoma, living now in Mississippi, but thinking Tennessee or Missouri would also be great places!

  118. Sandy says:

    As a fellow Chicagoan, I guess Illinois should be my favorite state. But I was born in Nebraska and raised in Indiana. I’ve worked in Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and I have family in New York, California, South Dakota, Montana, Texas, Alabama, Connecticut, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and maybe some others. I’m just gonna say that I really love Chicago. πŸ™‚ And it’s great to see a neighbor who’s involved in quilting! Hello!

  119. kathy pfaltzgraff says:

    Home state, of course, Colorado and our corner it out on the plains, not up in the mountains, 100 mile drive just to see a glimpse of them. Kathy

  120. Kathy L says:

    I have lived in many states in my life and have to say the current one always has to be my favorite. That is Missouri.

  121. Linda Webster says:

    Washington because I live in BC and visit Washington often. Congratulations on having Arkansas Whirl in the 100 Blocks Magazine.

  122. Gabi says:

    congratulation for beeing in the magazine.
    I live in Germany.

  123. I have to say Minnesota! Love your block–it’s pretty cool!

  124. marta says:

    I am from California and love it….thank you

  125. LeAnn says:

    My favorite state is New Hampshire, where my oldest son and his family live.

  126. Mel Meister says:

    I live in Florida, but my home state is Pennsylvania. My heart will always be in Pennsylvania (Erie).

  127. Rhonda says:

    My favorite state is the Bluegrass state–Kentucky. Lived in Colorado for a while so it’s my second fave. I have already won a copy so if I’m picked, please pick again. I’m currently taking your hexie class on Craftsy and lovin’ it!

  128. Cindy Wienstroer says:

    Guess I’m a prairie kind of gal – love the sky you can see all long the center of our country. I live in Missouri but have a son in MO, a son & granddaughter in eastern Colorado and a daughter in TN. No favorite state since I have lived in quite a few but just our big country with sky – both day & night.

  129. Margaret Andrews says:

    I love Alaska. Lived it over 40 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

  130. Darla Dishman says:

    I love your block, It goes outside the box and that is what I enjoy. Congrats for making the QM 100.

  131. Donna Phelps says:

    My favorite state is my home state, Florida. I was born and raised in Florida and have lived in North Carolina. I love North Carolina but it gets COLD there, so here I am in Florida.I love your block and the story behind it.

  132. Debby says:

    My favorite state is NY. It is the state I have lived in for the last 23 years. I was born a Jersey girl and to some extent will always be a Jersey girl since that is where I grew up. But most of my adult life and the raising of my 3 children took place in NY.

  133. Shawn J says:

    Wyoming is my favorite!!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  134. Rebecca Schmitt says:

    I’m a Wisconsin girl thru and thru – go Pack πŸ™‚

  135. Audrey says:

    I love Arkansas Whirl and the story behind it. I have already printed out the table runner pattern. I have only visited a handful of American states but my favorite is definitely Alaska. My husband and I spent three months camping and touring Alaska in 2012. It was a lifetime dream come true filled with countless memories.

  136. Vicki H says:

    Although I have lived in Kansas for 36 years, my home state of Minnesota (21 yrs) is still tops.

  137. Sandy K says:

    I have lived all my life in Minnesota, but would love to be a snowbird and winter in Arizona.

  138. Shirley Wells says:

    My home state of Kansas–the Sunflower State! Dorothy Gale was right–“There’s no place like home”–in Kansas!!!

  139. Gwen W says:

    Love your block! Colorado is my fav state!

  140. Dorothy H says:

    yup.. I found it on facebook!

  141. Dawn Frisch says:

    My favorite state is where I live, Arizona. Yes, there is a lot of heat but at least here in the Phoenix area, we don’t have to shovel snow. LOL
    Happy quilting

  142. Janet T says:

    I love the USA. All of them! Each state has some place beautiful.

  143. Shelor says:

    My favorite state is the one I have lived in my entire life–NC. We have everything!

  144. Julie in WA says:

    Minnesota will always be my favorite.
    With four seasons and large sky and beautiful landscape, I see it as the most beautiful state in the Union! (I was born and raised there!)

  145. Linda says:

    Arizona comes to mind as a favorite state but there’s also Florida and California and Hawaii and New York and . . . .and, how can I forget about the provinces, being a Canadian !!!

  146. Tyne Dimitrov says:

    I will always Love New Mexico.. that is where I was born and raised… and now I live in New York… I guess I couldn’t migrate too far away.. kept it new. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  147. Robin Bunch says:

    I have lived in Maryland my entire life but I love Virginia.

  148. Connie Wood says:

    Wisconsin, but also love South Dakota since my Mom was from there

  149. Susan Paxton says:

    My favorite state is Utah. I moved to Utah over 30 years ago and loved the 4 seasons. This year I am going south for the winter but enjoy quilting no matter where I am.

  150. Krista Y. says:

    I am far northern California born and raised but Oregon is where I want to retire to…someday. I love to see the lush, green landscape and the forests as a result of the rain. And if it’s raining, I don’t feel guilty staying inside to sew!

  151. kathy h says:

    Favorite state is Pennsylvania, went to college here and never left. Your block makes such a great table runner.

  152. Alice M says:

    Favorite state is Missouri, was born and raised in Missouri, also like Arkansas, the state where my husband was born. Like Texas, state where my son was born.

  153. Regina says:

    I would have say “state of confusion” but when it comes to US states, probably Virginia. Have never lived there -but it is so lovely to visit and drive through.

  154. Joyce Carter says:

    I have always lived in Georgia and this is my favorite state. I love the people, the scenery, and the warm climates. And it snows just enough to enjoy it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  155. Texana says:

    I’m an Oklahoma born Texan living in NC, but my heart is definitely in Texas.

  156. Susan says:

    My favorite state is MI where I was born and raised. I especially love the upper peninsula. I am also fond of NY after having lived there 10 years. My least favorite state that I have lived in is Indiana.

  157. Carolyn Kerr says:

    Love that quilt block! I can see that table runner in several colourways! Thanks, Mickey.

  158. Sandy Curtis says:

    Oregon Coast will always be my favorite. Moved to Kansas to be near the grandkids last spring. Sure missed the ocean breeze last summer!

  159. Connie Higgins says:

    My favorite state is “rest & relaxation”.

  160. Carolyn Teter says:

    I’ve lived in California, Arizona, Missouri and Texas. And spent summers in Montana for ten years and Colorado for five years. Each is special and beautiful. How can I choose one in this beautiful country?

  161. Maryellen says:

    I live in the beautiful Pccono Mountains in PA, between Scranton and Stroudsburg. I’m 5 minutes from a beautiful lake, 15 minutes from most shopping, and 1 1/2 hours away from NYC. It’s perfect!

  162. BillieBee says:

    I just love all stars, but I am from Texas….Lone Star block.

  163. Judy says:

    My favorite state is Oregon but that is where I was born and have spent most of my life. We have everything here mountains, desert and ocean. I have been to several other states and they all have something unique that made me like them and want to go back but Oregon is my home.

  164. My favorite state is Maine, I love the mountains and lakes and a drive will bring you to the oceans and cliffs. Fresh air and beautiful scenery.


  165. Kathy says:

    My favorite state is NH. I love that you can everything is within a couple of hours. Ocean, Mountains, big cities, are all there or close by.

  166. Renata says:

    Wow, what a colorful block! Love the color choices

  167. Joan H. says:

    We have been in every state in the USA and they all have their own unique beauty, but they can’t outshine Wisconsin!

  168. Julie B says:

    My favorite state is AZ because of the different landscapes and the warm weather. I grew up in southern MN. I hate the cold and snowb, but love the summers there.

  169. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    My favorite state is Minnesota. It’s beautiful, really has over 10,000 lakes!

  170. Suzanne Flaro says:

    I think your block is beautiful! Congratulations on making it to the book.

  171. JunkArt says:

    Love your block, but really like your logo!!

  172. Holly Casey says:

    I guess I have to say Louisiana is my favorite state, because it’s home. I escaped and spent a year in Colorado and three years each in Maryland and Texas. Each state is wonderful, but I guess there’s no place like home, in spite of the heat and humidity.

  173. Madeline says:

    my favorite state is Alaska, but I’ve never been there, and probably never will, but it sure looks and sounds nice.

  174. Cynthia H. says:

    New Mexico for me!

  175. I LOVE Montana! It’s gorgeous there!

  176. Nancy says:

    Love your Arkansas Whirl block. I live in Mississippi and love it. Everyone is welcome to some visit.

  177. Anne Cowan says:

    My favorite state is Maryland, because that is where I was born and I love crabs, both catching them from the Bay and eating them steamed. It is a great family reunion when I can come “home” and have a crab feast!

  178. Kathy says:

    There is no place like Illinois. Open plains in the midsection, very hilly with rock formations, forests and cypress swamps in the south, and Chicago in the north.

  179. Nancy says:

    Love the block! As for favorite states, IL will always be “home” since that is where I was born and raised, but I have really come to love NC over the past 16 years….it is beautiful, and I love being close to the mountains and the coast. I’ve even (finally!) become acclimated to the hot, humid summers….as long as AC isn’t too far away!

  180. Kris B says:

    Grew up in Kansas,but I have lived in several states and now live in Florida. But Kansas will always be in my heart.

  181. Sandra Visser says:

    I love Washington & Oregon. Grew up in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and do miss it.

  182. Pat Evans says:

    I’m a native and life-long New Yorker (upstate, a totally different world tha NYC). It’s great to have four real seasons, although winter can last way too long. If I had to go somewhere else, I think I’d try North Carolina.

  183. Carole M. says:

    Born in Massachusetts, have been living in Maine for 35 years, so I have 2 favorite states. Last year I completed a quilt which had a different block for each state. Enjoyed learning some new techniques. Really like your block and the story of how you named it.

  184. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    Love the name! Thank you for showing several together, I was wondering how they would look! Love the movement in the block! I’m a New England girl…. I think my favorite state right now is Vermont. My son is up there, and we do the “Vermont Whirl” about twice a month… 5-6 hours in each direction, and we DAY TRIP *UGH*!!! With our 2 youngest (1.5 & 3) and our dog(s)

  185. Rachell R says:

    nice to meet you.. I’ve seen your name quite a bit.
    I’ve lived in Utah most of my life. I don’t really remember Colorado. Trips to Southern Arizona is too hot. my parents live in Washington, and while its gorgeous, it’s too dark and rainy. Utah is still great to me, because of clearly defined seasons, lots of different scenery, and mountains!

  186. Beth says:

    Hi Mickey

    I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and now live in Wisconsin. My favorite state by far is Oregon.

  187. Shan says:

    Tasmania (the island at the bottom of Australia) is by far the best state. We moved here 18 months ago and couldn’t be happier. We have it all: mountains, snow, beaches, wilderness, not too many people, and everything we need.

  188. Liz Engman says:

    As a Midwesterner, I have to say I like Illinois and Wisconsin and Minnesota. Even though it is HOT, I do like visiting Arizona.

  189. Kate Taylor says:

    Hi Mickey! Super cute block and congrats on getting in the issue. I just got your latest pattern from Bonnie when she was here in Denver. Looking forward to seeing you next year!

  190. Marianne says:

    I Like the state of NY. Different weather, different areas.

  191. Donna Joy says:

    I haven’t been to very many states, but I would love to go see the grand canyon.
    Your block is going to be delightful in many colors. Wouldn’t it be fun to see all the variations.

  192. Nichole Alvarez says:

    My favorite state a few months ago would have been Colorado. We lived there for a few years before going to Ohio for a year, and then Texas for 14 years. We moved to North Carolina, though, and I love it! There are trees, rain, there were even snow flurries this week!

  193. v dale says:

    Nice block and blog!

  194. Sherry B says:

    What an interesting block, and the story behind it. One of my favorite states is Colorado; we visited there in May this year & it is so beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. Candy says:

    West by God Virginia! Love the mountains and the coolness of the evenings. Almost always a white Christmas and my birth place.

  196. Margaret Schindler says:

    Arkansas is my favorite state. Born in Missouri but lived most of my life in Rockford (you know where that is right) Moved to Arkansas 15 years ago and love it. Not too far from Conway. Since I live by the Spring River the place where everyone comes to go canoeing.

  197. Judi says:

    Grew up in Atlanta, but have lived for 38 years in Bucks County, PA! I used to think I liked snow, but it’s just another 4 letter word!

  198. Cecilia says:

    I found it and liked it! πŸ™‚

  199. Cecilia says:

    I really like your block and the table runner. I guess Tennessee is my favorite state. I’ve never lived there, but we would vacation there a lot and my oldest daughter went to college there. Thanks for the chance to win.

  200. Susan Blumenshein says:

    I am an Idahoan by birth and education, and an Eastern Washington State transplant by life experiences~job & family. Our town is situated in the middle of rolling wheat, barley, peas, & lentils fields and appears like a big patchwork quilt in the spring & summer. You have some great patterns and you inspire me!

  201. Louise K. says:

    I love many states, but I was born and raised in California. I moved away, but part of my heart is still there!

  202. Wendy says:

    Very creative block! Love the Christmas table runner, I’m sure your daughter will be a happy recipient. I have lived in Michigan all my life. I love spring, summer, and most of fall but wish I was someplace warmer in the winter.

  203. Jenn Reed says:

    I love the state West Virginia. My husband’s grandparents have land there and it’s beautiful. I also want to share that I have been to Germany once and I have always wanted to go back someday, it’s lovely there as well. And I love your story on how you named your quilt block, great job !!!

  204. Marie WIlliams says:

    I’m a native of Oklahoma, but my favorite state is actually Arkansas! I live right on the boarder, and nothing beats the lovely vacations I take in the wilderness of AR.

  205. Emily C says:

    My favorite state in Washington. I lived there, near Puget Sounds for a few years. I miss it terribly some days.

  206. usairdoll says:

    What a striking block! Looks beautiful as a table runner. My state, which I still consider home is Alaska. I grew up there and would love day to move back. Congratulations on having your block included in Vol.8, Quiltmaker’s 100.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  207. Linda says:

    We’ll I am Canadian so I really don’t have a favourite state, but I would love to visit Virginia. My mom’s father came from there. Thanks for the chance to win.

  208. Patty Swatzell says:

    I love your block and Congrats on making it in Vol. 8. I was born in MA but lived in MO. Hubby was USAF and we loved Alaska!!

  209. Sheila Ivany says:

    What a unique way to come up with a name. I would like to make a table runner. Congrats & Thanks. Happy Quilting:)

  210. Angelia L. says:

    Growing up in an Air Force family I have lived in many states and countries. For the last 12 years I have called North Carolina home. I love your block and table runner! Congratulations and Thank You for sharing!

  211. barbe price says:

    very cute block, really like the Christmas one, i think your daughter will too.. i’m Canadian, but my favorite state is Florida because my sister and her family all live there.

  212. Beth C says:

    Currently live in California. North Carolina is my favorite of the many states we’ve lived in.

  213. Sally says:

    My favorite state by far is Hawaii. Our daughter lives there and it’s so much fun to visit!

  214. Deb says:

    I’ll have to pick Virginia since that’s the only state I’ve lived in for over 60 years.

  215. Debra Neiman says:

    Love your block, and I love hexies. My favorite state is Oklahoma. I was born and raised here. After 30 years away, we are so glad to move back to Oklahoma. We just love the people here. I found your Facebook page and liked it as well as sharing the picture found there. Thanks. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  216. Annmarie says:

    I have been to a lot of states but my heart stays true to Wisconsin where I was born, raised & have lived for 65 years. I love every one of the 4 seasons (even when it is 30 below zero!) wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

  217. Betty Domal says:

    A Tennessean all my life (77 years)

  218. Maureen says:

    Fantastic block! I live in Canada so we have Provinces rather than states. Since I’ve only been to the western part of country, I would have to adopt Winnepeg as my “go to” Province. Beautiful! Thanks so much for a chance at the give-away.

  219. Diana LaFaro says:

    I have lived all of my life in NY but I left my heart in Hawaii 30 years ago. Since then I have recently gone back twice. I have visited a few other states but Hawaii is my favorite.

  220. Ruth Wohlgemuth says:

    Like the runner great block

  221. Nancysue says:

    I love South Carolina’s coast around Charleston, but love my state of Maryland and our wonderful seasons πŸ™‚ Leaves sadly are almost gone! Thank you for a wonderful blog hop!

  222. Barbara Young says:

    Even though I have lived in AZ, MI, IL and CA and visited most of the continental US, my heart has a special place reserved for Arizona. I was born there and I must have a bit of desert rat in my soul. This is a fun block, thanks for sharing.

  223. Linda Christianson says:

    I like Missouri’s block.

  224. Marcia says:

    I live in WA and have a daughter in college in Iowa. So I saw Iowa because we love to visit her!

  225. Fey Raine says:

    I love your quilt block esp. b/c it has a story! I’m currently working on an Ohio Star block for a 2nd cousin going to Ohio State. I’ve been to all but 5 of the 50 & they each have their charms.

  226. Awesome block! Thanks for the giveaway.

  227. Penny says:

    What g rest extension of the beloved pinwheel! I love pinwheels and love your block. I can’t wait to try it.

  228. Mary C in WA says:

    I’d like to Visit my favorite STATE anytime- HAWAII! I’ve been there twice and still haven’t gotten off Oahu. I’ve heard The BIG Island and Maui are fun. I’d like to WIN on this last day of the Blog Tour, THANKS for a fun block.

  229. Ellen says:

    I have a hard time picking a favorite state. Each state I have lived in or visited has a special place in my heart. Since two of my three children were born in Texas, I will have to choose Texas. Although I was born in PA and love the change of seasons.

  230. Bonnie says:

    My favorite state is California, especially the San Francisco Bay Area. Love your foundation pieced Arkansas Whirl Block!

  231. Leslie says:

    Favorite – definitely Virginia ! I live in horse country in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Love All the seasons here. Yes there’s fall, summer, spring & winter. But there’s also dandelion season, June bug season, grasshopper season, hunting season, allergy season, etc., etc. I’ve lived in other states but here is where I’ve lived the longest by far.

  232. Carole Williams says:

    My favorite state is Virginia (loads of history here). I love your block.

  233. ritainalaska says:

    Arkansas is my favorite other state … my older son, after 23 years in the service, retired in Arkansas with his family. Arkansas is a great place to visit!

  234. Jennifer says:

    I love your block! Lots of movement and I really like the secondary design when the blocks are put together.

  235. Lori Smanski says:

    “found It”

  236. Lori Smanski says:

    This has been a fun blog hop. Congrats on being published. This is a wonderful block. Thanks for sharing and for the give a way.

  237. Kathy says:

    Favorite state – Ohio!!! I love the general atmosphere, the Cincy Reds and Bengals, the Buckeyes and the Bearcats and Cincinnati Chili! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  238. Laura says:

    I’m a fan of Minnesota. So many homegrown foods to try. We just had some honey crisp apples from the southern part of the state. I had some awesome raspberries this summer. And it’s coming up on the holiday season so there will be all sorts of baked goodies arriving soon!

  239. LizA. says:

    Alaska. It has been on my bucket list for a long time and I finally got there this summer and definitely left my heart there.

  240. Pamela Reim says:

    Loved the block, and the story behind it. table runner pattern is great too! Like you on Facebook too.

  241. Tammy Taylor says:

    Iowa has a special place in my heart. Like your daughters, I went to Iowa for college specifically Iowa State University in Ames, Ia. My parents would also do a whirl to visit me but only 6 hour drive each way. They were coming from Chicago area. I loved the way people treated their neighbors and friends. It’s a great place if you need a down home community.

  242. B.J. Peters says:

    Love the Christmas version table runner!

  243. Dorothy Matheson says:

    My favorite state is the one I live in. Texas. It is so big and has so many things to do in it. Yes quilting is a favorite thing to do.

  244. apple blossom says:

    love the pinwheel block thanks for sharing

  245. Mary Ann says:

    I grew up in Chicago! I’ll, lived in Pittsburg PA for a short while and then moved on to CA for 43 yrs, yep I consider myself a Californian! Thanks for the opportunity, love all, the blocks and ideas.

  246. Judy Forkner says:

    My favorite state is Colorado–my home for most of my life! But I do love to visit other states–especially Hawaii!

  247. Jamie Todhunter says:

    This is a tough question for me. I have lived in several states throughout my life and there has always been something great to love about the location. If I had to pick just one, I think it would be Virginia, since that is where I was when I meet my husband.

  248. Pat V. says:

    What a fabulous runner! Your daughter is so lucky!

  249. Loriann says:

    I like to visit other states, but Utah will always be my favorite place.

  250. Lynn Nelson Markley says:

    Love your block!, my,favorite state is kinda a whirlwind too! First I was born in So. Carolina, raised in Pacific Northwest, but love, love, love Tennessee!

  251. kbo says:

    My favorite state ? state of MIND! (California)

  252. Carla G says:

    I love your block!! And awesome color combo too! πŸ™‚ My favorite state to visit is Hawaii! πŸ™‚

  253. carol says:

    great block

  254. Jennifer says:

    Love your block Mickey! And my favorite state is Michigan, or maybe Colorado. Love them both as year-round outdoor playgrounds πŸ™‚

  255. Becky in Georgia says:

    Dear hubby and I grew up in Louisiana, but have lived in Georgia once we married. Georgia, especially north Georgia is my favorite state. Thank you for sharing!

  256. MaryBeth says:

    Cool block. Thanks for the giveaway.

  257. Pat Wade says:

    My favorite state is my home state of Virginia. We get the gift of all four seasons, yet none of them is too extreme. I love the mountains, as well as the sea coarse. You really have it all in Virginia.

  258. Louisa says:

    I’m in Canada, have visited briefly — I would probably choose the state of Washington.

  259. paula dalby says:

    Lovely block. Congrats on making it into the book! My favorite state is Utah, where I live. I was born in Virginia, then grew up in Indiana, but have now lived here almost 30 years. It’s home now. I love that we have all 4 seasons and I enjoy each and every one of them and all the varied activities that go along with them. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  260. Elizabeth Dale says:

    I grew up in New York state and lived in the northeast before moving here to Florida. I like the northeast in the summer, but, since I hate dealing with snow and cold, I prefer to live in Florida.

  261. Amy Lause says:

    Wow, what a great block, and just love the Christmas fabrics!! One of my favorite states is Kentucky, which is terrific because I live in Kentucky! Love the rolling hills and the southern culture. Thanks for all you do for us!

  262. Marilyn Tucker says:

    My favorite state is Montana! I moved here in 2009 and love it!

  263. Laura G says:

    Michigan! I am in love with NORTHERN Michigan, it is absolutely gorgeous! When you say Michigan, people think Detroit…but there is so much more! Great block, thx for the change to win.

  264. Helen says:

    Gorgeous block. Last year we combined a vacation with an appointment at Mayo Cinic in Minnesota. Before the appt. we traveled the North Shore of Lake Superior in NE Minnesota – beautiful lake shore and scenery. I couldn’t live there in the winter but loved the summer trip.

  265. Kathie L says:

    I love my home state of PA. No bad weather events and lovely forests.

  266. Linda Wayda says:

    Very different block. I like it. Washington state is my favorite state, so far. I have only visited about 7 so I reserve judgement until I have visited more.

  267. Debbie H says:

    My favorite state is Alaska. I lived there 17 years and I miss it!

  268. Mary Arline Smith says:

    “Congratulations!” Your choice of
    fabric so enhances your pattern.
    Mary Arline

  269. SoccerMom says:

    Great block with lots of possibilities!

  270. I’m a Canadian, but love Maine- often visit, especially the many wonderful quilt shops! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks!

  271. Denise says:

    This block fascinates me. Can’t wait to see how it is made. State I miss the most is Maine. We used to vacation there each summer.

  272. Laura McFall says:

    Great block – I’d try paper piecing just for this one! πŸ™‚ I am familiar with the Conway Arkansas area and could probably move from central Texas to the Hot Springs area….
    Thank you!!!

  273. Connie Hendryx says:

    I have only lived in California, so that is my favorite state! Thanks== Connie chendryx(at)nctv(dot)com

  274. Anita says:

    The state that I love is New Mexico!!

    Really love your block!

  275. Janet S says:

    I just started clicking through the blog hop list and found your Arkansas Whirl. I live in Conway, AR – small world. It’s a great town and yes we have our summer heat but it’s a nice state with all four seasons.

  276. I am a New Hampshire native living in Santa Barbara CA. I love it here, especially the weather! And it is so beautiful, on a little strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains. But I do miss New Hampshire, especially the color green. There are so many shades of green there! Judging by my fabric stash, you’d say my favorite color is green — actually, my favorite is aqua — I think I just miss the green so very much. I like the Arkansas Whirl block — lots of energy! The border on the runner is super.

  277. Kate says:

    Hello Mickey, this is my first time commenting on your blog and I am in the UK so a faveourite state is a difficult one for me! I’m a big Bonnie Hunter fan also, so North Carolina would be a good choice. I love the colours in your block, very hot and intense.
    Thanks for the chance to win, and best wishes.

  278. Genee Davis says:

    As a retired Navy spouse we have lived, and traveled so many great states! All of them have their own unique beauty and assets. But,My favorite state is WA because that is where our only son, daughter in love and 2 grandsons liveβ™‘

  279. Becky Preston says:

    Illinois! Or wherever I am heading next. Always good to come home!

  280. jeanette says:


  281. arlette says:

    I live in another country, Costa Rica, and I lived for a year in a half mostly in Vermont

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