AMB Tour Day 4- South Carolina

South Carolina State Block Tutorial

Hello All!  Or should I say, Welcome Ya'll to South Carolina!  I am Kristin of The Crafty Quilter's Closet, Day 4 on American Made Brand Tour. I am sharing Today with Spring Water Designs in Maryland so be sure to pop on over there and check out her block.

Being chosen to design a block for South Carolina was simultaneously exciting and scary.  Not being a Native to South Carolina, I felt a TON of pressure to do this wonderful state justice.  Since moving to the state 6 years ago, we have learned a lot about this place we call home.  One of the things we've learned is South Carolinians have fierce pride in their State.  Nowhere is this pride more evident than in the their flag.  The South Carolina Flag can trace it's roots back to the Revolutionary War.  The Blue of the Flag representing the blue of the uniforms worn by the troops warn in the war.  The Crescent, which most people wrongfully assume is a moon, is actually a gorget.  A gorget was originally a protective military throat covering, although over time it has become an ornamental military piece.  The palmetto tree on the flag was not added to the flag until 1861 as a reference to 
Colonel William Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island.

Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, SC

Fort Moultrie

The significance of the flag and the broad use of the palmetto tree and crescent throughout out South Carolina made including them into the block a no-brainer.  I wanted to add something to the block that made the block evident to other's, who may not be as familiar with the South Carolina Flag. Thus the pieced block in the shape of the State was born.  As part of the criteria for the Block set forth by AMB we had to include the name of our state.  South Carolina is quite a long name to try to add to a 12"X6" piece of fabric, but I managed that with a little embroidery.

You can download the hand embroidery images Here .You can get the South Carolina Block directions Here

Now for some free stuff!

I have 3 give-aways today.  You heard me!  Three!

First is a lovely bundle of Fat Quarters Solids from American Made Brand. Oooo. Ahhh.

Second is this beautiful stack of 6.5" x 6.5" solids.  Also American Made Brand.  (Did you see that coming?) But wait there's MORE.  The winner of this stack of fabrics will also be sent A package of Aunt Maggie's Sweet Corn Bread Mix.  A produce of the Gullah Gourmet Inc., made right here in Charleston SC!

Third, and sadly, Final winner will be sent One Royal Blue and One White Fat Quarter, White and Blue DMC floss, a package of 22K Gold-Plated needles!  GASP!  (did she say Gold?!) and That's not all.  Included in this prize is a bag of Cromer's (Guaranteed Worst in Town) Roasted p-nuts!  A Columbia, SC original since 1935.

You'll have just one week to leave me a comment telling me what state you're from and something fun you like to do there to be entered.  Make sure if you are a No-reply blogger that you leave someway for me to contact you.  If I cannot email you, I will have to pick another winner. Sorry. Winners will be announced May 27th!

Only US residents or those with a US mailing address are eligible for this giveaway.This giveaway is now closed.

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