American Made Brand Blog Tour: Oregon or Bust!

on June 10 | in Products & Books | by | with 338 Comments

A few months ago, Heather Jones announced her collaboration with a new manufacturer of cotton solids, American Made Brand, so I shared the news on our Facebook page. The fans went wild!! Seriously, everyone was very, very excited to learn about this new collection of cotton solids from Clothworks. Like many other solids, there are beautiful colors, the hand is wonderful, and the price point is amazingly affordable. But the unexpected bonus is, as the name of the brand indicates, the fabric is completely sourced and manufactured in the USA.

To launch the new line, American Made Brand organized a 50-blog tour. Everyone involved is from a different state and we were all charged with making fabric license plates for our state. So without further ado, welcome to Oregon!

Here are a few facts about Oregon you might not know:

  • Yes, Portland really is like Portlandia!
  • Our state motto is “She Flies With Her Own Wings.” Isn’t that awesome?
  • Sisters, Oregon hosts the largest outdoor quilt show in the world every summer.
  • Wine, beer, donuts, ice cream, berries, in no particular order.
  • It is illegal to pump your own gas! Crazy, right?
  • Fabric Depot and Powell’s Books are must-sees.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US.
  • Mt. Hood offers year-round skiing.
  • Only adults in wet suits and small crazy children swim in the ocean, but there are many lovely tide pools, light houses, and taffy shops to visit.
  • At the End of the Oregon Trail there is a wonderful, interactive museum. You should bring the kids!

For my license plate, I chose to do a simple paper-pieced pattern representing Oregon’s beautiful green landscape, imaginary blue skies, and the iconic image of Mt. Hood, with appliquéd letters.

While creating the letters for my license plate, I did a short tutorial on how to use fusible web for appliqué, which you can see here.

American Made Brand is giving away a bundle of fat quarters to one of our readers. To enter to win, tell us one wacky fact about your state. A winner will be randomly selected next week. (Sorry, US entries only.)

Make sure you follow along for the rest of the tour to see the license plates and try your luck at winning more prizes!

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338 Responses to American Made Brand Blog Tour: Oregon or Bust!

  1. Emily R says:

    Did you know…..
    Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner theater) in the country?
    Now you Know….

  2. Afton says:

    White Sands National Monument of NM is not actually made of sand, but of gypsum crystals.

  3. Karen Thurn says:

    Will you be sharing your pattern?

  4. Karen Thurn says:

    Will you be sharing your pattern?

  5. Sue says:

    Love your fun facts. Oregon is indeed a gorgeous state! 😉

  6. Candice says:

    Kristin, LOVE the wacky state facts – so fun! Thanks for participating in the blog tour! Your license plate design is perfect. I love how it just shouts OREGON – a great state!

  7. Nancy says:

    I am also from Oregon. Beside the items mentioned – Hood River on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge is one of the best Wind surfing sites in the World. It also has a fun quilt store.

  8. Mary D says:

    At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.

  9. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I’m in Tennessee (lived here over 1/2 my life), and I have learned in recent years that scorpions are considered indigenous to Tennessee… I thought they were only WAY out west! (shudder)…

  10. Geni Pickens says:

    Not so much wacky but a couple of interesting facts about Oklahoma: Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water and Oklahoma’s state capitol building is the only capitol in the world with an oil well under it.

  11. Melanie C says:

    The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

  12. Becky M says:

    I live in Pennsylvania where you can only buy alcohol in a “State Store”. Although that is slowly changing, we can now buy beer in specific grocery stores, but only in small packs and one pack at a time. LOL So backwards!

  13. Jenny K. says:

    New York is home to the ORIGINAL Chautauqua – a community that inspired the adult-education movement around the turn of the twentieth century.

  14. Dee D says:

    I love your block. I live in Texas and we still own all of our public lands – the federal government must ask permission to create a park or cut timber.

  15. Brenda says:

    Nebraska, known as the “fly-over state” to many, contains the geographical center of the continental United States.

  16. Emily C says:

    I live in Pennsylvania, jokingly nicknamed the ‘Tax Me’ state. We have a bunch of taxes, including the Right to Work tax. This is a $52 tax… because you are employed! (this is on top of local tax, state tax and federal tax)

  17. Patty says:

    Visiting from North Caroline – the Tar Heel state! Comes from tar, turpentine exported from all the pine forests in the state.

  18. Vicki says:

    Nevada. I live in Las Vegas (but 9 years in Bend, OR before that). Shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is 60,000 pounds per DAY – more than all the rest of the country combined! 🙂

  19. Wendy says:

    Having lived in Oregon before moving to Montana, I really like your post 🙂 However … the Sisters Oregon quilt show is certainly a bright spot to mention 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for your share!

  20. Antonia Arnold says:

    A wacky fact is that there’s more to Nebraska than a flyover territory and looong I-80. Very colorful block for Oregon, and I hear Powell’s Books is awesome. We’re along the Oregon Trail so a visit to the ineractive museum would be interesting.

  21. Jane says:

    In Montana it is illegal for a married woman to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for an unmarried woman to fish alone at all. I say that’s one day that I’m guaranteed alone time to quilt….lol

  22. Jocelyn says:

    I live in the Sunshine State of Florida. The wackiest thing that happens here, is it can be raining on one side of the street and perfectly dry and sunny right across the street. It makes me laugh every time I see this. Thanks for participating in the blog tour. It’s been fun to visit all the states.

  23. Cathy Remus says:

    I don’t know how wacky it is but Tennessee is so wide it is part of the Appalachian Mountains and part of the Great Plains.

  24. jean says:

    Oh random generator…
    please pick me!


  25. Susan K says:

    I’m from Texas. We have borders not state lines. When traveling we’re always asked if we have oil, ride a horse to work, own a ranch, have guns, and wear boots and cowboy hats. They’re surprised by our answers and a little disappointed I think.

  26. Mary says:

    In Louisiana a city or town must buy a permit for the rights to hold a festival. Once bought, though, the city holds the rights to the festival name forever.

    I also want to tell you how much I love your license plate! It is creative and very pretty, and thanks for the tutorial on using fusible web.

  27. Mary says:

    In Louisiana, a city must buy a permit from the state to hold a festival. Once purchased, the city owns the rights to that festival name forever. Our counties are called parishes. Our French heritage is the reason our government is slightly different from every other state.

  28. Barbie K says:

    Love Oregon!!!
    And in North Carolina elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

  29. Pam says:

    California grows over 300,000 tons of grapes each year! Pismo Beach also has a Monarch Butterfly Preserve!

  30. Kim S says:

    I don’t know what’s so wacky about my state. I am sure there are lots. I live in CA.

  31. Jennifer says:

    I’m originally from Kansas. We have the world’s largest ball of twine. You can visit it and donate more twine 🙂 We have vacationed in Oregon and loved it! The not being able to pump your own gas thing threw us for a loop. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Karen says:

    Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

  33. Kris S says:

    Wisconsin has a state muffin – it’s cranberry- which just goes to show our state legislators have too much time on their hands! LOL.

  34. Margaret says:

    The California State Dance is West Coast Swing, but the CA State Folk Dance is Square Dancing. Who knew!?

  35. Cynthia T. says:

    Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis,IN created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914.

  36. DebbieK says:

    When someone says they’re from New York, it doesn’t always mean NYC! I say upstate NY now by default before I get asked about city life. 🙂

  37. Beth says:

    The Wisconsin state beverage is milk – I bet you were guessing beer! It is the only place I know where when you attend a conference, in addition to being offered ice tea as a beverage, you are also offered milk!!

  38. barbara woods says:

    we have Paula Deen, thanks

  39. Wanda Dotson says:

    The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.

  40. Emily says:

    The northern part of Indiana used to belong to MI until IN wanted rights to the great lakes and the state lines were redrawn

  41. Alexis says:

    The salt flats in Utah are so flat that you you can see the curvature of the earth on them.

  42. Fran says:

    Wacky things about Mississippi? I could write a book, but Greenwood, MS is called the Cotton Capital of the World; Belzoni, MS is called the Catfish Capital of the World; Vardaman, MS is the Sweet Potato Capital of the World; and Greenville, MS is called the Towboat Capital of the World.
    The first bottle of Dr. Tichener’s Antiseptic was produced in Liberty, MS and Borden’s Condensed Milk was also first canned there. Pine – Sol was invented in Jackson, MS
    Coca-Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg Miss and root beer was invented in Biloxi, MS.
    The celebration of Memorial day orginated in Columbus, MS!

  43. terri henderson says:

    we are home to a long line of beer drinking pigs. the first one died due to too much alcohol. the subsequent pigs drink non alcoholic beer now. The original pig is buried right in front of the bar/restaurant.

  44. Barbara says:

    I love Oregon! I’ve called it home since 1969 and really can’t think of living anywhere else. I might add that the Mill Ends Stores (several locations) also have wonderful fabric selections, but Fabric Depot is my favorite – it was started by the owners of Fabricland after they were bought our by Joanns.

  45. Barbara says:

    MAX goes out Burnside, about 5 blocks from Fabric Depot at 122nd and Stark. But it’s a “must see” if you can find a way to get there!

  46. Connie Rodriguez says:

    My state is known as the Garden State, and we get no respect,

  47. Connie Rodriguez says:

    My state is known as the Garden State and we love our Jersey Tomatoes.

  48. Amanda says:

    I live in Texas, but I am still an Iowan at heart! 🙂 The town I grew up in is the home of the marionette puppets from The Sound of Music!

  49. Carol says:

    In Kansas, the state game laws prohibit using a mule to hunt ducks.

  50. Kathy L says:

    There’s nothing wacky about my state!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Sara Nixon says:

    I live in Texas, it is the only state with a capitol building bigger than the capitol building in Washington!

  52. Sarah says:

    I live in California. We have the hottest desert in the country, the largest tree, and the tallest mountain (in the lower 48).

  53. Wendy says:

    This may not be wacky but it is a fact….Vernors Ginger Ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the US. We also have the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.

  54. Cheri Barker says:

    Here in NC our state mammal is the grey squirrel….so watch where you drive and what your dogs and cats chase….yet one of our biggest controversies over the past year was if we could drop a opossum on New Year’s eve at midnight (think the NY crystal ball drop). Yup, the legislature is working on bills as to how to do this drop with the most humane manner….in a box, closed box, just drop it…etc….

  55. Jane Modjeski says:

    Wisconsin is so wonderful Al Capone had at least two retreats….he and his pals would drive the 7+ hours up to a stone house on a peaceful private lake….there was a nice containment “center” for any rivals they brought with….18 inch glass in the windows….

  56. Lisa E says:

    San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country. It consists of 3 million acres. Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. Marian says:

    If you have a house in upstate NY watershed region, and it happens to have a old pond in back with cat tails, and you decide to clean out for water hole with kids, you have to fork over $20,000 plus to the DEC to get right to make a swimming hole on own land, nice right?

  58. Gina says:

    Something wacky about my state of WI is that we are really into cheese here. We are called “cheeseheads” and I read once that you need a license to make cheese here. Also people love cheese curds here-the cheese that squeaks!

  59. jo says:

    Cool block! I also live in Oregon and I did not know half the facts you named! Pretty sure you about covered it. What I want to know is does the max go anywhere near Fabric Depot I have heard of it but never been and driving in Portland terrifies me!

  60. Sue S says:

    Here are two wacky things about Wisconsin: The modern day Republican Party claims to have been started here. I guess that’s not so wacky if you’re a Republican. And Harrison Ford dropped out of college here in Ripon WI!

  61. Amber Arnold says:

    I live in Nebraska, and while there are lots of cool things about my state, the wackiest thing I can think of is this: Outside Alliance (a small town in western NE) there is a recreation of stonehenge made out of old cars called Carhenge. There are also a bunch of other sculptures made out of cars there too.

  62. Mary E says:

    Louisiana has the tallest state capital building, the longest bridge over water, and our state is subdivided into “parishes”, not “counties”.

  63. Annette says:

    I’m from Wisconsin, the birthplace of the Hamburger!

  64. nique et says:

    FL: our loose privacy laws make us look alot crazier than we really are

  65. Glenda says:

    I’m in Illinois, the “Land of Lincoln” state with the former president that a half dozen other states also want to claim. Popular guy!

  66. Missy Shay says:

    It is the law in MO that:
    Worrying squirrels is not tolerated in Missouri.
    It is unlawful to throw hard objects by hand in Missouri
    Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.
    A milk man may not run while on duty in Missouri.
    Frightening a baby is in violation of the law in Missouri.

  67. mary says:

    The crazy thing about Oregon is that it all seems normal to me and rest of the country seems crazy.

  68. Moved to GA about five years ago. They call license plates “tags.” This confused us for awhile being from WA and AK where you put tags on the plates every year.

  69. I live on a lake in NH and I like the idea that I can get to the mountains, the ocean and the fun small cities of Portsmouth or Portland, Maine all within an hour’s drive from my log cabin.

  70. Deb says:

    Virginia is known as the home of the Presidents and many of our leaders have homes here. Such very interesting history!

  71. Andy Franzmeier says:

    I live in Arkansas. Our state capitol is a replica of the White House. It is also against the law to mispronounce our state.

  72. Chris says:

    In 1999 moved a lighthouse 2900 ft at Cape Hatteras. How crazy and amazing at the same time is that?

  73. Nancy says:

    As warm as it is here in Hawaii, we actually get snow up on the 4200-meter-high summit of Mauna Kea, also home of the world’s largest observatory.

  74. Mary says:

    Nice block. Something wacky about CA? Ever had a “date shake”? I hadn’t and really couldn’t imagine why anyone would make a milkshake with dates. Then I visited the Palm Springs area and decided to try one. Yummy!

  75. Beth T. says:

    I don’t know any wacky Oregon facts, but as someone who was transplanted here, I can say that Oregonians are very warm and welcoming–even to former Californians. 🙂

  76. ritainalaska says:

    Alaska is the northern most, western most and the eastern most of the 50 states. we’re one big state!

  77. Juliet H. says:

    More people in Alabama can name the head football coach at the University of Alabama then the governor! Not hanks for the chance!

  78. Nancy says:

    We have the crooked street in the world: Lombard in SF.

  79. Debbie H says:

    A wacky fact about Minnesota is that we have more lakes than any other state and more shorelines than most states. Thanks!

  80. Anarii Hakala says:

    I’m in Idaho. Here is an interesting fact: The statehouse in Boise is geothermally heated from underground hot springs

  81. Leticia says:

    Solids! How neat! I like to stock up on those

  82. Kimberly says:

    I am from Utah where 65% of the state is owned by the government. This includes 5 national parks and 43 state parks. It is a gorgeous place to visit!

  83. Evie H says:

    I’m from California. Do I need to say more? I know how much you Oregonians love us! =) I do like your block.

  84. Janet T says:

    OK, I had to look up facts for California. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state. Hope they are talking about birds!

  85. Nicole Sender says:

    Washington state has the best slugs! Terrific plate!

  86. Cheryl Hovey says:

    I live in Missouri & the state of missouri is where the Pony Express Riders first began delivering mail around the states. One of the mottos for Missouri is “we are always changing horses” , because the riders would switch riders with each other after a certain point to give the rider & his horse a break.
    I don’t really know if it is considered wacky but I do think it is
    interesting 🙂

  87. Pat V. says:

    Did you know that “The Wave” was invented by Husky fans at the University of Washington? I didn’t either, and I live here!

  88. The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona, is equal to 4,800,000 pennies. ????

  89. Denise F says:

    For a few weeks in 1998 Lake Champlain, which borders New York and Vermont (where I live) was officially declared to be the sixth Great Lake! The fabric is lovely — thanks for the giveaway.

  90. Diana Wylie says:

    Texas is where I live and we are all a little wacky to live here in the Summertime!

  91. Lisa says:

    Kansas has the worlds largest ball of twine!!

  92. Diana Wylie says:

    Oregon is a beautiful state and your license plate is too. I hope to visit your pretty state someday. Great Job on your block!

  93. Sue says:

    Not sure that I can share anything too ‘wacky’ about Virginia; it’s a great state.

  94. Dana Cargill says:

    I live in Amarillo, Texas and we are closer to 3 other state capitals than to our own.

  95. Cathy R says:

    I have been living in North Carolina since Christmas so no really wacky facts–but Blackbeard the Pirate made North Carolina his home, You can still see his sunken ship and explore the shoals where he met his violent end.

  96. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Tomatoes are not allowed in the production of clam chowder.

  97. Kathleen McCormick. says:

    Tomatoes are illegal in clam chowder!

  98. Jeanette says:

    Or for the rest of us, a trigger fish!!! I’m in CA and my daughter had to learn to spell it and pronounce it before her grandparents would take her to Hawaii the first time!

  99. Betsy N says:

    I live in Indiana…we’re known nationwide as the “Hoosiers” and most people have heard of the movie by the same name. Truthfully though, no one in Indiana knows what a hoosier really is.

  100. Karen says:

    I love beautiful Oregon – born and raised here – and I love your license plate. Our license plates have always been made by a manufacturer in Portland, not in prison as many people believe. Our flag is the only one in the nation with a different picture on each side. We have a ton of covered bridges and ghost towns. Thank you for sharing your plate design.

  101. Cynthia Knapp says:

    Oregon is on my bucket list to visit someday! It looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  102. Serena says:

    I LOVE the license plate you created!

    California…well, maybe not something that applies to the whole of CA, but after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, a mine owner went there and offered scrap metal prices for the ruined cable car tracks. He used them to shore up his mine shafts and they’re still doing their job to this day (though the mine is not still in operation).

  103. Jen says:

    Oregon rocks! (or Orygun, as a lot of the US pronounces) I live in the fabulous city of Bend, with more brewpubs per capita than should be legal! Where dressing up for Friday night on the town is wearing your “good” fleece! Where wearing socks with your Birkies or Chacos is OK! Powell’s and Fabric depot and Sisters Quilt Festivals are meccas worthy of the trek, thanks for the nod!

  104. Garilyn says:

    Ohio! Circleville is the home of the Circleville Pumpkin Show…the greatest free show on earth!

  105. Lori Morton says:

    I live in Ohio…and tho we do have lots of cool things & places here…I honestly don’t know anything “wacky” about it…except that I live here…and have been considered “wacky” at times! lol lol giggle….

  106. heidi says:

    Although I am an original Oregonian, I will share a wacky fact about NV: We pay about a quarter apiece for Blackberries.

  107. we have aligaters

  108. Cindy Pilkington says:

    I’m from Alabama, but now live in Florida. Once a year, thousands of Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead fish into Alabama. It’s the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola. It’s just “a silly excuse for a huge beach party.” Also, a crypt in Key West is inscribed “I told you I was sick.”

  109. Glenda Britten says:

    California: Wacky law: Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses. Did the lawmakers take into consideration “May Gray” or “June Gloom”?
    Love your plate!

  110. Diane says:

    We have the crabs here in Virginia and we bread em, fry em, throw em on a bun and eat em, legs, claws, heads and all. The Chesapeake Blue crab that is:)
    AKA blue swimmer.

  111. Lisa R says:

    From Ohio where “Hang On Sloopy” is the official state rock song.!~

  112. Laura says:

    I live in Maryland but am from Alaska. One wacky fact about Alaska (although it’s not so true anymore) is that the percentage of men vs. women in the population used to be very skewed towards men. So the women would say, “The odds are good but the goods are odd.” 🙂

  113. Kathy Howard says:

    Oops! that probably would not be considered wacky, but the monster in the lake, nicknamed Champ, could be. He is thought to look something like the Locke Ness monster.

  114. Kathy Howard says:

    I live in Vermont. Lake Champlain is considered the 6th great lake.

  115. Mary Ellen says:

    In Florida, it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
    Thank you for the giveaway and I like your design for the license plate.

  116. Karen S says:

    I currently live in New Mexico. As has already been mentioned, it is known as the Land of Enchantment. Our state question is “red or green, or Christmas?” That refers to the finest chile in the country, grown right here in our state.

  117. Barb Colvin says:

    I live in Washington. When talking to customer service reps, it is often necessary to clarify where I live by saying Washington STATE. Also, Spokane is not near Seattle, and no it doesn’t rain all of the time. LOL

  118. melissa says:

    Missouri recently made jumping jacks the official state exercise.

  119. Kathleen says:

    New York State: Home of the Buffalo chicken wing and Beef on Weck! No one makes ’em better than here in Buffalo 🙂

  120. Kellie from Indiana says:

    Indiana used to have four seasons. Now we have one – COLD.

  121. Marianne says:

    Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

  122. Donna W says:

    We are the “cheese heads”!

  123. Sharon Lagace says:

    Greetings from New York. Love your plate.
    fun fact:
    New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.
    European settlers who brought seeds to New York introduced apples in the 1600s

  124. Mama Lusco says:

    I’m an Oregon girl, too! It is quite the culture shock moving from Western OR to Eastern OR. Now I’m 3 hrs from a Walmart of fabric store!

  125. Adele says:

    Louisiana-drive through daiquiri shops! ‘Nuff said.

  126. Peggy says:

    I’m a native Oregonian, and I live in the Willamette Valley which is the grass seed capital of the world. I actually live on a grass seed farm that was settled by my family in 1847. Oregon didn’t become a state until 1859.

  127. Karen Schultz says:

    World’s first McDonalds opened in Illinois, how wacky is that. It is still up and running too!!

  128. Karen Schultz says:

    Thanks for the information on your state, you did a great job on your block. It is very pretty! The wacky thing I can say about my state of Illinois is that the world’s first McDonalds opened in Illinois.
    It is still open and is a very fun place to visit!!

  129. Marcia King says:

    I live in the wonderful state of Georgia. When you visit the peach state you need to keep this law in mind! No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. LOL

  130. Allison C says:

    Hmmm… I guess the wacky facts would be that you can’t have happy hour and we have car taxes (which is more annoying than wacky).

  131. Lorri Brager says:

    Hello neighbor to the south! I live in Washington, but have many ties to Oregon. Love Portland! So happy to have found your blog, lots of great info!

  132. I live in Oregon!! One wacky thing you forgot to mention is that pubic nudity is ok as long as it is in the form of protest-something people used to their advantage over the weekend for the naked bike ride protesting oil dependence and who knows what else…Oregon is a great place to live but for sure wacky!

  133. Kari says:

    The southern most state in the US is Hawaii. I’m moving to Oregon this summer so it was really great to see all these facts and can’t wait to visit Fabric Depot!

  134. Regina says:

    Iowa here – we insist on having the 1st caucus for president – if they get any earlier we’ll be doing it at New Years parties

  135. BeckyR says:

    Did you know that in Washington this law exists:
    “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.

  136. Chelsea says:

    I live in Oregon and I don’t have any wacky facts, but I do know we measure distance in time (usually hours) instead of miles and “road construction” is an actual season here. So glad to see a great Oregon fabric company!!

  137. Pat Evans says:

    Despite having the highest taxes in the country and winter that lasts almost 6 months, New York is still the third most populous state (as of July 1, 2012). How wacky is that?
    And, believe it or not, there’s much more to New York than New York City.

  138. Sarah M. says:

    Do you think sand dunes are only on beaches and deserts? You would be wrong. Most people do not know that landlocked Oklahoma has sand dunes. Little Sahara State Park is a few miles from Waynoka. Don’t know where that is located? Look on a map of the Sooner State, Oklahoma.

  139. Lorraine says:

    I live in Oregon. I always loved that there’s a city called “Boring”. Maybe that’s kind of boring. lol I love these fabrics!!

  140. TeresaVan de Castle says:

    So… I’m from Virginia.. which s actually NOT a state! It is The Commonwealth of Virginia. Not sure what the difference is, but there it is. Wacky, huh?

  141. Jessie Hansen says:

    NM is called the Land of Enchantment, though many of the locals/natives call it the Land of Entrapment. After having lived here about 8 years, I really don’t mind it at all.

    Question: What is going to happen to all of the license plates? Will all of the different blogs send them in to be assembled as a wall hanging for the American Made home offices? That would be awesome!

    • Kristin says:

      It is my understanding that they are going to sew them into one quilt.

  142. Cheri says:

    A wacky fact about California? The whole state is wacky…and that is a fact!

  143. Lee says:

    Michigan has 150 lighthouses, the most of any U.S. state

  144. sunny says:

    Fun stuff! In Maryland, it is illegal to mistreat oysters. And in addition to our state bird and state flower, we have a state cat!!

  145. Sandy K says:

    In Minnesota, the beginning of the Mississippi River flows north before it turns to flow south.

  146. Vicki H says:

    Kansas has the largest ball of twine.

  147. Colette says:

    It is illegal in Michigan to use profanity in front of women and children.
    Love your plate. I grew up and raised my children in Oregon and miss it so much. Thanks for the chuckle.

  148. Penny J says:

    Don’t come to Greenville, SC if you have severe allergies as it’s got the highest pollen count that I know of. Thanks!

  149. Jennifer says:

    Here’s a few about Idaho:
    The Gem State: Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones.
    Nearly 85% of all commercial trout sold in the U.S. is produced in the Hagerman Valley.
    Idaho is the 13th Largest State in the U.S.
    The Fosbury Flop, a high jumping technique, was invented by Ketchum resident Dick Fosbury.
    The word “Potato” first apeared on an Idaho license plate in 1928. The now famous words “Famous Potatoes” apeared on our plates in 1957.
    Shoshone Falls (212 feet), near Twin Falls, drops 52 feet further than Niagara Falls.
    The statehouse in Boise is geothermally heated from underground hot springs.
    63% of Idaho is public land.
    The deepest river gorge in North America is Idaho’s Hells Canyon (7,900 ft deep).
    Idaho’s Salmon River near Riggins is the longest free-flowing river that heads and flows within a single state.
    Idaho has 3,100 miles of rivers – more than any other state.
    Arco was the first city lit by Atomic Energy, July, 1955.
    The first alpine chairlift was used in Sun Valley. In 1936 the fee was 25 cents per ride.
    The Great Seal of Idaho was designed in 1890 by Mrs. Emma Edwards Green. It is the only Great Seal in the 50 states to be designed by a woman.

    (I kinda like Idaho…can’ya tell?)

    • Kristin says:

      I graduated from Boise High and visit Idaho every Thanksgiving and every summer. Next month we are camping near McCall!

  150. carolyn montgomery says:

    texas is the only state to have been and independant republic.

  151. wendy iris says:

    Spokane, Wa bloomday big road race and hoop fest the largest 3 on 3 outdoor basketball tournament

  152. Rachell R says:

    The Bonneville Salt Flats are left over from a giant ancient inland lake called Lake Bonneville. The fastest race cars in the world get tested out there.
    Utah is a desert, but the desert valley floors are generally about 4500 feet above sea level. It’s hot and dry during the summer, but we can get huge temperature swings between night and day because of desert conditions. However, we can get very cold and have lots of snow during the winter; one of Utah’s slogans is “The greatest snow on earth”.
    I love the mountains and MT Hood sure is pretty.

  153. Brenda Howard says:

    Hello, I live in TEXAS and here is some interesting info about our state.

    It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else’s cow. It is also illegal to indecently expose or swear in front of a corpse in Texas.

    In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.

  154. Jennifer says:

    Well, California is known for wacky, but here is a tidbit: there is an alley named Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo. Why the name? It is covered with wads of chewed bubble gum. And I believe it started in the ’50s.

  155. Sarah says:

    Virginia is the only state to have the same plant for state flower and state tree – the Flowering Dogwood.

  156. Debbie Weishaar says:

    In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.

  157. Jill says:

    I live in Utah and here we have a celebration on the 24th of July that is just as big as the one on the 4h of July. It’s called Pioneer Day and celebrates when the pioneers first came into Salt Lake Valley. There are fireworks and parades and all sorts of events all around the state. I would say Utahns love their celebrations. I grew up in Oregon however and was one of those crazy little kids that swam in the ocean! It was fun!

  158. Julie in WA says:

    Here is a fact I just learned about Washington State: it has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined!

  159. Kathy h says:

    Centrailia, Pennsylvania has an underground coal fire that has been burning for over 50 years.

  160. Kelly P says:

    The Cincinnati reds were America’s first professional baseball team!

  161. Sue says:

    In New Orleans – You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.
    Makes sense to me. LOL

  162. Debbie says:

    I live in Cleveland, GA, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids and their creator, Xavier Roberts, was in my high school graduating class.

  163. Lynne in Hawaii says:

    Hawaii has a state fish. In Hawaiian it is the HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUA’PUA’A.

  164. Four dogs and one quilter says:

    At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. Here in Eugene, the sky today is blue, blue, and more blue!

  165. Karen says:

    Austin, TX, is home to the largest bat colony in North America. Over 1.5 million bats roost beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge over Lady Bird Lake and eat between 10,000- 30,000 lbs. of insects a night. It’s amazing to be there when they come out!

  166. Kat Scott says:

    The February 7th 1812 Earthquake in the New Madrid Fault (New Madrid, MO) caused the Mississippi river to run backwards for several hours…..

  167. NJ has a North and South part, and arguably a “Center.” People from Central Jersey believe it!

  168. Charity says:

    Arizona… grows enough cotton each year to provide more than one pair of jeans for every person living in the USA. Hottest recorded temperature: 128 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowest recorded temperature: -40 degrees Fahrenheit

  169. Lori says:

    The statehouse in Boise, Idaho is geothermally heated from underground hot springs.

  170. Sarah says:

    Minnesota has the distinction of being home to the largest ball of twine, at least according to it’s host town, Darwin, MN.

  171. marta says:

    hello from California..I live in this state more then 30 years, I visited a lot of places north and south inside of Ca and still have places to go..btw..already made plans to visit Portland in Sep for Northwest quilt show…like your block…thank you

  172. Linda says:

    Most people think of Arizona as nothing but sand and cactus, but our state’s weather is created by the mountain ranges that exist all over the state. I’m in SE Arizona, surrounded by mountain ranges (admittedly, the highest ones are only about 10,500 feet).

  173. Lisa Marino says:

    In Texarkana, Texas, it is illegal to ride your horse at night without tail lights!

  174. Amorette a says:

    Oregon’s coastline is all public. No private beaches!

  175. Carmen says:

    We love our food, here in Nebraska. Gold Medal flour, Kool-Aid, Spam, Tin Roof Sundaes and the Rueben sandwich all hard there beginnings here in Nebraska!

  176. Teresa says:

    Another Oregon factoid for you: There’s no place like home and I’ll be back mid-July.

    • Kristin says:

      Yay! Congratulations on making that decision, although I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I hope it was a fun adventure and you’ll see home with fresh eyes.

  177. Buffy says:

    I live in the beautiful NC mountains, home to the Biltmore House which is the world’s largest private home!

  178. Regina D. says:

    I live in Georgia and I have heard of 2 wacky facts: Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs and
    no one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. I guess you could do it other days of the week. Very colorful license plate.

  179. Teresa says:

    Siskiyou County, California is where the “State of Jefferson” originated – parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon banded together in the 1940’s to form a new state – there were actual posted armed citizens posted at the county line informing all travelers they were entering the State of Jefferson. Unfortunately, the day picked was Dec 7, 1941 and the movement was abandoned for the War. However, it was on the ballot last week to renew the State of Jefferson.

  180. April says:

    The state of Michigan has copper mines in the Upper Peninsula, sand dunes on Lake Michigan, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rock cliffs along the coast of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to visit and they have no vehicles (except for emergency personnel) on the island. Only forms of transportation are bike, horse or foot.

  181. Lisa Marie says:

    What an entertaining post, including the comments! I was in Portland once and went to Fabric Depot having never heard of it before — what a big surprise that was! Anyway, my wacky fact is really more of a wacky story from KY where I live. It is a factual story though. In 2007 there was liquor store robbery that was first reported on the local news and eventually made national news — have you heard of the “Duct Tape Bandit”? A great “stupid criminal” story, you can still find it with an online search. The robber wrapped his head in duct tape as his disguise and when they showed him on the news denying it, you could actually see the red lines on his face from the tape.

  182. Chiska says:

    Such a fun block. I love Oregon

  183. Linda S says:

    Hello from Illinois. My fun fact is that DesPlaines, IL is the home of the first McDonald’s.
    Beautiful plate/block. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  184. Emilyplays says:

    Washington is the home of the world’s largest building, Boeing in Everett

  185. marci says:

    The Marionberry was grown on Marion County and developed at Oregon State in Corvallis. In the movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” when Katherin Hepburn and Spencer Tracy go out for a milkshake at a locate diner and they order a Marionberry shake.
    I’m from Oregon and love Marionberries

  186. Karen B says:

    The incubator was invented in my hometown, Petaluma, CA. (You know, to incubate chicken eggs so they will hatch, but without the chicken.) Yeah, we’re in to chickens around here.

  187. MelissaW says:

    Salem, OR is on the 45th parallel north, halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

  188. Ramona says:

    I live in MI. It has two parts to it, the upper peninsula and the lower peninsula connected by the Mackinaw Bridge.

  189. Susan says:

    I live in crazy NY where the lawmakers recently voted Greek Yogurt as the state snack. There are big problems in this state as this is how are representatives spend their time.

  190. Mihla says:

    When I was a kid (’50s) it was illegal in Minnesota also. When it was finally legalized, it was white and came in a plastic bag that contained a dot of concentrated coloring. You had to squeeze the bag to give the margarine a buttery color.

  191. Maryellen says:

    Pennsylvania’s state flower is Mountain Laurel. The are like rhododendrons, but smaller leaves with little white flowers with pink in the center. The clusters are smaller, too. Anyway, you can’t transplant a Mountain Laurel if you want one in your garden. They are protected and only grow in the wild. I want one! Boohoo!

  192. Paula Cox says:

    I live in Florida. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.

  193. Christine says:

    Jersey girls don’t pump gas.

  194. Mihla says:

    I grew up in a tiny town in northern Minnesota that had the distinction in the 1950s of being named the smallest town in the United States with a bank by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. They now call the town “The Restaurant Capital of the World” because there is an eating establishment for every 5 residents.

  195. Peggy Gibbs says:

    St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

  196. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    OU Football slogan – BOOMER SOONER came from the Oklahoma Land Run which many contenders jumped the gun and went in early to claim land. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  197. Amy L says:

    Virginia is a must see state for Civil War buffs. One place to check out is the Lacy family cemetery in Fredericksburg, where you can visit the grave of Stonewall Jackson’s arm.

  198. teri c says:

    I live in Oregon. There is an official state mushroom….Pacific golden chanterelle. Blue skies are not imaginary on the eastern side.

  199. Barb Johnson says:

    A whacky place in Pennsylvania is Gravity Hill. It is a portion of a small country road in Bedford County where your car, balls, liquids, etc. will all roll UPHILL. We’ve been there and it actually works! I’m sure there is a logical explanation, but it sure is fun to try.

  200. Carrie P. says:

    I live in North Carolina. We have several lighthouses on our coast. Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to erosion problems

  201. Kelly Wilson says:

    The snowmobile was invented in Wisconsin and we have over 15,000 miles of maintained snowmobile trails. Oh, and it snows here. A lot. : )
    Thanks for the state tour! notwendy gmail

  202. Sally says:

    I live in Oregon born and raised and my wacky fact is that Oregon’s Birthday is Valentines Day.

  203. Brenda Hulsey says:

    Ky has a bridge that starts in one county crosses Rough River, then another county, crosses Green River then end in the same county it started in.2 counties and 2 rivers!

  204. Tressa Young says:

    I am so very pleased to see our own textile industries coming back! I live in Oklahoma and all Okies are not defences, cowboys, or Indians. There is room for everyone here.

  205. Mandy says:

    The state animal of California is the grizzly bear, but the last grizzly seen here was in 1924. (More sad than wacky, I’m afraid!)

  206. Anya says:

    Most people outside of Oregon don’t know how to pronounce Oregon.

  207. audrey says:

    What a great License plate! Washington State produces more apples than any other state in the USA.

  208. Charlaine says:

    I just moved to Nebraska in March so I am learning about this state. So far I’ve found it has a lot of windy and sunny days and the saying here is it is the only place where you can have snow, a tornado, go biking and swimming all in the same day! I live in Bellevue, which is the oldest town and while Omaha is by far the largest city, Lincoln is the capital.

  209. The Pony Express started in St. Joseph, MO, which is about 20 miles from me. Great license plate.

  210. LINDA says:

    GREETINGS from Montana! Here every guy has a pickup + a dog !

  211. Margaret Schindler says:

    I live in Arkansas and I think it is the only place you can gkeep any diamonds that you find at the diamond mines.

  212. Kendra says:

    Otis Redding wrote “dock of the bay” sitting on a houseboat in Sausalito, about 10 minutes from where I live, in Marin County, California. The houseboats are quirky and wonderful.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  213. Jean Brittingham says:

    Minnesota-Only state where kids are born with hunting gun in one hand and fishing pole in the other!

  214. Karen Thurn says:

    Did you know that North Dakota is the only state in the nation to never have an earthquake? We also have less than 900,000 people living in this great state and we’re growing. Probably because a lot of people want to get away from earthquake zones.

  215. Oregon has a two-sided flag. I think it is the only state to have one.

  216. Margie says:

    I live in California. When a small N. California town decided to have a festival they
    discovered that all the “good” fruit or vegetable names were already taken by other towns so they chose the egg plant to honor for their festival. The Egg Plant Festival takes place every year in October in the little town of Loomis, California.

  217. Nancy says:

    Not so wacky or weird, well maybe a little coincidental, is the fact that I never forgot a license plate I saw as a child growing up in New England. NM, Land of Enchantment……….now, 70 years later, I live in NM and think those plate designers all those years ago got it right just as all of you are doing with your plates……..nice design and great tutorial! Thanks!

  218. Lesley says:

    I live in Eugene OR. We have a tofu outlet store!

  219. Allison D says:

    The percentage of non-religious people in Washington is the highest of any state, and church membership is among the lowest of all states

  220. Michelle Olsen says:

    WA fact: In Seattle, it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length…not sure exactly how one could conceal a weapon that long, but for it to be a law, someone must have pulled it off!

  221. Diantha Howard says:

    I live in VT, on Lake Champlain – where we have our own lake monster “Champ”. He’s also the mascot of our single-A baseball team, the “Lake Monsters”.

  222. Diane says:

    Love that these are American Made! From NC where Babe Ruth hit his 1st home run 100 years ago!

  223. Eleana Zeits says:

    I love your block and blog!!

  224. Linda Middlemist says:

    I like your license plate design. enjoyed your fun facts. would love to visit Oregon someday

  225. Linda says:

    GREETINGS from Montana ! Here every guy has a pickup + a dog !

  226. Meriel says:

    Minnesota – where Zubaz were invented! Yes, those horrible (but very comfy I’m sure) zebra striped pants!

  227. Christine says:

    Here’s a California fact
    Castroville, California is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, Norma Jean, who would later be known as Marilyn Monroe, was crowned Artichoke Queen.

  228. Tami Knox says:

    The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs, CO. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.

  229. Julie says:

    Great fabric!!!!

  230. K Brown says:

    California makes you soft. The perfect weather, the easy-going attitude, and the -oh so carefully crafted critic, has made me less resilient towards sharp, direct confrontation.

  231. Debi says:

    Nebraska – Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927 in Hastings. He changed his soft drink syrup, Fruit Smack, into a powder to make it easier to ship.

  232. Terri says:

    Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  233. Yay Oregon! The hazelnut is Oregon’s official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut.

  234. Traci Paetzel says:

    I live in Gilroy, CA… That bills itself as the garlic capital of the world. Besides growing lots of garlic, there is also a plant here that processes 200+ types of garlic and onions and so it smells of fajitas almost all the time.

  235. Kristin S. says:

    Hello from Minnesota. When I moved to the midwest as a kid, I was intrigued by the world’s largest ball of twine -a roadside attraction in Darwin, MN (where they celebrate Twine Ball Day every year!) The weirder thing it, it’s since been re-labeled largest ball of twine made by one person because people/groups in several states have worked to make bigger ones after the original.

  236. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Love your plate! The Sisters Outdoor Show is wonderful and I love Portland.

  237. Tina C. says:

    The state sport of Maryland is jousting.

  238. QuiltinKat says:

    Born in Eugene, I am a true Oregonian! Wacky fact, Portland just had their annual nude bike race, yes, men and women ride nude through the town to protest whatever…

  239. Debbi says:

    I currently live in Denver, CO. The state capital is just a couple of miles from me and “Beulah red” is the name of the red marble that gives the CO State Capitol its incredible beauty. Cutting, polishing and installing the marble took 6 years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced at any price.

  240. Therese says:

    I’ve only been in NY state less than three years. The state flower is the rose. They never did pick a certain color or type.

  241. bee says:

    KY is home to the largest cave system in the world at Mammoth Cave – it’s amazing!!

  242. Jessica says:

    New Jersey has the highest population density in the country and it is illegal to pump your own gas 🙂

  243. R says:

    Colorado is home to the highest paved road in North America!

  244. Julie says:

    Another great pioneer, Amelia Earhart, the first woman granted a pilot’s license by the National Aeronautics Associate and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was from Atchison, KS.

  245. allison pogany says:

    Once a year, thousands of Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead fish into Alabama. It’s the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola.

  246. Cait says:

    Yay, Oregon! Weird fact: Portlanders are very proud of being weird. There are a lot of “Keep Portland Weird” stickers on cars in the area. The weirdest thing I’ve seen in Portland? A man riding his unicycle down Hawthorne wearing a kilt and a darth vader mask. Because… Why not?

  247. c. says:

    Speaking of license plates, fun fact about Connecticut: In 1937 it became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.

  248. Nancy Root says:

    I live in St Joseph, MO and here you can “come see the bullet hole” in Jesse James’ home. The bullet hole is the one made by the bullet that killed Jesse James it is in the wall of his home here in St Joseph. Kind of wacky to me but there are many more positive things to see the Patee House museum is one of the top western museums and we have the Glore Psychiatric museum with artifacts and history from the MO Lunatic Asylum#2 opened in 1874 as well as several other museums. Thanks for the opportunity to win fabric.

    nroot at lycos dot com

  249. Carol McIntosh says:

    I live in Nevada. Although it is only 4 miles long there are over 75,000 miles of neon on the Las Vegas strip.

  250. Karen O says:

    There is an oil well on the grounds of the state Capitol here in Oklahoma

  251. I love your license plate block-I have always wanted to visit Oregon-thought I would love it

  252. Leah says:

    Funny facts about Alaska…
    It is illegal to feed a moose an alcoholic beverage. *
    Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barbershops.
    You will notice if you look at your keyboard that Alaska is the only state in the USA whose name can be typed on a single row of letters on the keyboard.
    Love my Alaska!
    It cost more to make the movie “North to Alaska” than it did to actually buy Alaska, about double!

    *(The moose sometimes get drunk themselves on fermented berries! but that isn’t illegal!)

  253. Raina DelRio says:

    Florida has 663 miles of beaches and more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.

  254. Joanna says:

    I live near Horseneck Beach State Park in Massachusetts which is 2 miles long and 600 acres of beach and salt marsh. Not wacky but pretty nice.

  255. Jen Beatty says:

    I have a personal fact about Illinois. I moved away as a kid due to my dad’s job transfer and it was my own job transfer that brought me back to Illinois 20 years to the exact week I moved away!

  256. Kim M says:

    Here’s a weird GA law! Drinking was allowed in bars in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969 only if men were wearing suits and ties.

  257. Sandra Timmons says:

    Just love your license plate block. I live in Sonora, CA and sometimes I think that we only have a very long winter and a short summer and no in-between. Thank you for being a part of the AMB Blog Tour and the chance to win that fat quarter bundle. This has been fun as well as very educational, learning about the 50 states.


  258. Natasha says:

    I love that fabric and I especially love that it was made here in the U.S. One awesome fact about my home state of California is that blue jeans were invented here.

  259. Lonormi Manuel says:

    Fun fact about Kentucky: The first American performance of a Beethoven symphony was in Lexington in 1817!

  260. kim schorer says:

    I am from California where we have Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United Statesat 14,495 feet AND Death Valley which is 282 feet below sea leve!, the lowest point in the western hemisphere! Thank you for the give away, finally fabric from the great USA!

  261. vikki says:

    I grew up in Montana, loved that so here is a fun fact from the Big Sky State. The density of the state is six people per square mile. There are actually more wild animals per square mile in Montana than people. The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.

    Also this is interesting:The notorious outlaw, Henry Plummer, built the first jail constructed in the state.

  262. Claire Christiansen says:

    I live in Oregon and my fun fact is that nearly all of the hazelnuts grown in the US are grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Also we grow filberts but sell hazelnuts.

    Block’s blue skies are mostly imaginary on the west side of the state.

    • Kristin says:

      I didn’t know that about filberts!haha. And apparently we are the only state with an official state nut.

  263. Susan C says:

    South Carolina grows more peaches than our neighbor Georgia, the “Peach State”!

  264. wendy says:

    does that mean no international entrants? I don’t live in a state…

  265. beth p. says:

    Our state dog is the Plott hound – a North Carolina original!

  266. Sue says:

    Michigan is number one in state boat registrations.

    And I love the fact that this fabric is completely sourced and made right here in America! That is just awesome! I will enjoy this blog tour very much:)

  267. Amanda T says:

    Not so wacky but the first child born in America was in North Carolina. My middle name is named after her, Dare.

  268. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the fun facts about Oregon. Powell’s is AWESOME!! I live in Vancouver, BC, so I have a home province now and not a home state. Here’s a wacky fact about BC: although it’s not legal, marijuana is either our largest or second-largest export product (I can’t remember which).

  269. Missy says:

    I live in St. Louis, MO. I don’t really have a wacky fact, but a fun fact about my town is the number of free places you can go, including our awesome zoo and art museum!

  270. vikki says:

    Woo Hoo, I live in Oregon and love it. Here is my wacky fact:
    Mill Ends Park in Portland, the world’s smallest official park, measures two feet across. It was created in 1948 for the leprechauns, and a place to hold snail races on St. Patrick’s Day.

  271. Lori Smanski says:

    Plate is very nice. Illinois has two seasons: Winter and Construction
    Big joke in Illinois

  272. Beth Brown says:

    One wacky fact about Pennsylvania….hmm….I know there is a coffee pot shaped house in Bedford PA. I know this because I LOVE coffee and would gladly live in a coffee pot shaped house 🙂


    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

  273. Erika says:

    I don’t currently live there, but the state flower of Nebraska is the Goldendrod – a weed allergy sufferer’s nightmare.

  274. Diana says:

    oh…and we have like 50,000 words for rain 🙂

  275. Diana says:

    Greeting from Oregon, the land of Voodoo Donuts, Powell’s Books, the football field know as Fabric Depot (truly mind blowing…you can spend hours, and I regularly do) and all types of microbrews and wines! I’m in the Willamette Valley, about 20 minutes south of Portland(ia) 🙂

    Fun Fact: Our major college football teams are the (rabid) BEAVERS and the (sucky) ducks 🙂 Can you tell which school I went to??? 🙂

  276. Cocoplum says:

    Fun Florida Fact: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is one of the few places in the world where a person can make a living as a shelling charter captain. info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.

  277. Tina says:

    “Imaginary blue skies” made me chuckle! Rhode Island’s state drink is coffee milk (think chocolate milk, but with coffee flavored syrup).

  278. Vivian says:

    This has been a great blog tour and I love your Oregon license plate. I’m from NY and my wacky fact is actually right up the alley of the tour: NY was the first state to require automobiles to have license plates! So you can partly thank NY for this blog tour and I thank AMD and all the participating bloggers for hosting it!

  279. Peg says:

    Hmmmm….wacky…..not sure, but to me it is wacky that in Colorado, we can have a near-blizzard one day and a 70 degree day the next. Our weather can certainly be volatile! But it is lovely here. Thanks for the opportunity for a giveaway.

    • Kristin says:

      So true! I used to live in Colorado. “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes!” Right?

  280. Danielle says:

    Florida has the most lightning strikes in North America. Highest concentration is just about an hour from me, and we certainly got an amazing show when the flooding storms came through a month ago.

  281. Laura says:

    Maryland’s state sport is…jousting!

  282. carol n says:

    Well, I guess just the name and spelling of Pennsylvania are wacky

  283. Marilyn says:

    Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle, Washington

  284. Liz says:

    How wonderful to have your gas pumped. I patronize one gas station because they pump my gas since I have respiratory disease.

  285. Trish says:

    At one time, margarine was illegal in Wisconsin. As the dairy state, I think it still should be! 😉

  286. MarthaB says:

    Georgia leads the nation in the production of paper and board, tufted textile products, and processed chicken. ( I had to look that up)

  287. Theresa says:

    As a resident of Indiana, I am a “Hoosier.” Oddly enough, no one seems to be able to know for sure how we got to be the Hoosier state, or where the term “Hoosier” came from.

  288. Ali says:

    WA has a little bit of everything: beach, mountain, rain forest, desert.

  289. Jill Hicks says:

    I am from Illinois and in my lifetime we have had more than 3 governors in prison. It is a terrible fact.

  290. I live in Colorado and there are several wacky facts about this state. You can’t buy a car on Sunday, but you can purchase marijuana in certain parts of the state….

  291. Carrie says:

    Kansas City, MO has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.

  292. Cindy says:

    I’m from Ohio and our state flag is shaped like a pennant.

  293. Quilting Tangent says:

    New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

  294. Jill says:

    I live in PA and here you will see a place where the “ducks walk on the fish” at the Spillway.

  295. Robynn says:

    Hi, I live in California, that should be wacky enough, but Joshua trees only grow in three places in the world So. California is one of them.

  296. Diann Cornell says:

    I live in the other state where you can’t pump your own gas (NJ). And I’m perfectly happy with the situation!

  297. I live in Colorado, and we have the highest incorporated town in the US. It is Leadville at 10,200 feet. Thanks for the chance to win! I have been enjoying the blog tour!

  298. patty says:

    It is illegal to get a fish drunk or fish for whales on Sunday in Ohio. Now that is pretty wacky.

  299. dianna eickhorn says:

    Great giveaway! Now I want to go to Sisters to see the outdoor quilt show. Something I haven’t done. My husband had some ash from mt hood but lost it somewhere.

  300. Meg says:

    Maryland has the best steamed blue crabs!

  301. Susan says:

    The world’s largest shrimp is on display at the Old Spanish Fort in Pascagoula, MS (which is about a mile from my office).

  302. Laura Rosenwald says:

    Montana is the “Big Sky State” where you can see trillions of stars at night!

  303. DianeY says:

    My home is Hawaii. It grows every year in area because of the active volcano on the big island which has been spewing lava for the past 30+ yrs that makes it’s way into the ocean

  304. Have to say, I’m in Oregon too, and it seems like you’ve already listed the wacky facts I can think of at 5:30 a.m. But there is the infamous Cover Oregon website – more sad than wacky I’m afraid …

    • Kristin says:

      So true and so sad. I really liked the ad campaign though. The billboards were great.

  305. Heidi says:

    South Dakota is home to a palace decorated with corn, aka the Corn Palace 🙂

  306. JLVerde says:

    Wacky fact about Pennsylvania?

    Pennsylvania is shaped like your hand. Hold your left hand with the palm facing you and your finger tips pointing to the right. Keep the fingers together and the thumb slightly bent (to make a wee point). You have Pennsylvania!

  307. Sue says:

    Would love to visit Oregon. I have seen such beautiful photos from there.

  308. Anne Rust says:

    Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

  309. Jean says:

    There are roads here that end at the beach, others that end atop a mountain, some end in the woods, and some (think northeast) seem like they’ll never end. VA is an interesting place. I live in the part with woods and mountains.

  310. PT in SC says:

    Love your block. Hmm, interesting fact about SC…before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was know as the Iodine State.

  311. Julie B says:

    The Texas flag is the only flag that can be displayed at the same height as the US flag.

  312. Michele says:

    Your block turned out great and will look fantastic in the final quilt with all of our other state blocks.

  313. Michele says:

    I love Oregon. My son is a dentist in Portland and my other son used to be a speech pathologist in Salem but relocated back to Missouri to be closer to family. Dang. we had planned to move there when we retired and may yet. Younger son is making sounds about moving back– they miss the liberal attitudes and the temperate climate. Lovely, beautiful state.
    Sometimes the skies are blue!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  314. Allison Evrard says:

    Centralia, Pennsylvania, is a town that was abandoned due to an underground coal mine fire that began 62 years ago. The fire still burns…

  315. Jackie says:

    I live in Missouri (not from here) and had to look up fun facts. In 1865 Missouri became the first slave state to free its slaves.

    I’m thrilled that the fabric is American made.

  316. Betty Woodlee says:

    I live in Kentucky and it is illegal to trade horses after dark! Love your block.

  317. Beth says:

    Virginia – the first peanuts grown in the USA were grown in Virginia! Yay for Peanut Butter!

  318. Ren says:

    Wacky fact: my current state isn’t one, it’s a commonwealth.

  319. Sarah says:

    I have only lived in Ohio for about 3 years, so I don’t know a lot of wacky facts but I do know the town I live in was where the electric traffic signal was first tested. The inventor was also a sewing machine repairman and invented a zig zig attachment for manual sewing machines. Thanks! BTW- Oregon is beautiful– I love Haystack rock.

  320. Kay says:

    Good morning! I live in Texas – a weird “law” that we have is……it is illegal to milk another persons cow…….and it is also illegal to sell your eye! Welcome to Texas!

  321. Gina in MO says:

    Missouri’s state musical instrument is the fiddle.

  322. Michele T says:

    Great license plate and thanks for sharing those details about Oregon… Interesting indeed!! I would love to visit the museum at the end of Oregon Trail!!

  323. Tabitha Keener says:

    I would love to visit Oregon, from what I’ve seen, it is beautiful! Your block captures it! I’m from Ohio but the only wacky thing I can think of is in Greene County, Xenia, Ohio, they actually arrest people if they don’t pay City Taxes. It can be a penny and your off to jail! I think it’s wacky! Thanks for the giveaway!

  324. Joyce Mitchell says:

    North Carolina fact: Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville NC on March 7, 1914. Thanks for the fusible tutorial & the chance to win.

  325. Laura B says:

    In NJ it’s also illegal to pump your own gas. Love it!

  326. Amy Verne says:

    Edgar Allen Poetry died in Maryland.

  327. Susan K. says:

    Fact about California: a drive up the coast from Santa Monica to San Francisco is one of the best ways to get rid of the blahs and restore wonder that I know. (You can drive further and marvel even more, but Santa Monica to San Francisco will do for starters.) Thanks for the giveaway!

  328. Heather says:

    I grew up in Maine, which by some counts has a longer coastline than California (if you count all the tidal areas).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  329. Linda Wujcik says:

    Oregon sounds like a beautiful state. I want to visit someday! I follow you on bloglovin.

  330. Belinda says:

    Very nice license plate. My fun fact for Kansas: Barton County is the only Kansas County that is named for a woman; the famous volunteer Civil War nurse Clara Barton.

  331. Deb says:

    Texas is so wide that El Paso is closer to California than it is to Dallas.

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