Monday, July 1, 2013

Stamp on It - Blog Hop and Giveaway

USA States fabric
I have lived in several states in the USA (and also in Africa!), but I've only visited Texas. But my husband was raised in the Lone Star State and remains loyal to it as though it were a country. Wait! It was a country at one time!

 A current picture of the Alamo, thanks to my friend Linda of Buzzing and Bumbling (of Texas)
The Alamo as it appears today
For 10 years they raised their flag as a sovereign nation and if you know anything about the Alamo and the big battle that raged there, you know how fierce these Texans are to their state.

Several years ago my husband asked me to design a postcard for his friend Tom in Texas. Simple shape wishing him a happy 50th. It went through the USPS and Tom was thrilled. Yes, this has something to do with the Blog Hop today!!!

"Gig 'Em Aggies" is something they say at Texas A & M


I began collecting stamps before I had children. Then that was abandoned, but I still own my two stamp albums, but not many stamps. I gave away my collection to a rabid collector when I moved from Atlanta to Virginia. What was I thinking? (He was a happy man.)

OK, what did I create for this Stamp on It Blog Hop?

I pulled out my postcards workshop box (I used to teach this) to see if I still had the freezer paper shape of Texas. Yes, I did! I used it again with a brown hay bale print fabric to cut out the negative shape. The little brown Texas is leftover.

Freezer paper cutout of the state of Texas
Then I dug around in my stash and found the perfect cowboy boot fabric:
Aren't these awesome boots. My husband has several pairs of cowboy boots.
I used fusible webbing on the back of one boot, centered it inside the cutout of the Texas shape and what did I get?

My Texas Stamp - soon to hang over my husband's desk
Measures 7-1/4" x 7-1/4"
Black fabric with stiff interfacing. Brown hay bales fabric with fusible webbing on top of cream. Reverse appliqued in brown around the outline of Texas. The curved edges were made using my Olfa cutter with a specialty blade. And those words? Tried a variety of things and settled on printing on colored paper and then gluing them on! It works!

In the process of writing this post I remembered a small quilt I made using some USA state fabrics by Blank Quilting (in 2009). I found the picture (my daughter has this hanging in her high school classroom) and added a postage value. What do you think?

USA states fabric from 2009. This is a real quilt, reverse appliqued.
And this makes for a perfect GIVEAWAY: a fat quarter of this fabric! If my winner is an international visitor, I will send another fabric - and pay postage -  (unless you want some USA state fabric). Just leave a comment telling me what state or country you live in.

Fat quarter of USA States fabric
Mr. Random Number Generator will select a winner on Friday, July 5th at midnight.

Many, many thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts for organizing, hosting and generally keeping things in order for this Blog Hop. Three Cheers for You!!!

Go be inspired by my fellow bloggers today and see what they've come up with for their stamps.









102 comments:

  1. That is really cute Debby. i am ure your husband loves it. The United States map is adorable too.
    jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  2. Lovely stamps. Beautiful fabric. I live in Pennsylvania.

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  3. Great Texas stamp! Thank you for sharing and for showing us the lovely map.

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  4. I'm a Pennsylvanian, but my brother lives in Houston and I love visiting that state. Wonderful projects you shared.

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  5. I am a native Californian now living in Oregon.

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  6. Great stamp. love the idea of a state stamp. You hit the nail on the head,

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  7. This is a very interesting hop! I am from completely outside the United States. live in Sri Lanka.

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  8. Good morning! I'm from Valencia (Spain). Many thanks for this giveaway

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  9. Great stamp! I'll be on vacation in the US this month.

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  10. Great stamps that you have made. I especially love that one with the boot. So much Texas for me
    Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  11. Great stamp. Lovely. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Love your Texas stamp! I'm from Florida where it is hot and muggy at the moment...well, all summer!

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  13. What a great stamp for your husband...it looks wonderful. I am from Chattanooga, TN....have a fun day

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  14. Love your Texas stamp and the USA one too. I have earrings made from stamps that I bought when I was teaching. My students were always curious about them. One pair has Thomas Edison, another Dr. Apgar, and I cannot forget the ones with quilts. They're fun to wear and I always get inquiries or compliments when I wear them. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a fabulous stamp! I'm from Michigan, the mitten state! :)

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  16. I love your Texas stamp. We lived there in Dallas for 2 years. I think the states fabric would make a great stamp! I live in rainy NC.

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  17. I love your stamp, the hay bale fabric and fussy cut boot are perfect. I live on a lake in beautiful New Hampshire.

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  18. Great stamp! I'll bet your husband will enjoy seeing this everyday. And you even have another Texas shape to make him something in the future! Thanks for sharing this morning! ....I'm in Indiana, enjoying all of the stamps.

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  19. The hay bale fabric is so perfect for your Texas stamp; great job! I'm in Massachusetts.

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  20. Beautiful job Debbie....I just love what you did!! I am in Canada

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  21. Very clever !!!
    I live in Germany...we are as big as the whole state of texas ! LOL

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  22. What a great idea for your stamp. Love it. Illinois

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  23. Debby your stamps are great! I love the hay bale fabric how perfect is that to use on your Texas stamp! I too have lived in several states, but have lived here in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) for 15 years now.

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  24. Today I am celebrating "Canada Day" because I am Canadian!!

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  25. Your Texas stamp is fantastic! Love the boot in the middle of the Texas outline!

    No need to add my name to the giveaway as I have 6 yards of this fabric! :) it is a backing for a 50 block Sunbonnet Sue quilt which represents each state of the USA. Just gotta get it done!

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  26. great texas stamp. I'm in NC but my son goes to school in Texas

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  27. Good Morning from the great state of North Carolina!
    You stamp is delightful!!!! :)

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  28. Good morning from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Your stamp is lovely.

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  29. Good morning. It is Canada Day today here. So fireworks tonight. Very nice stamp and a nice give away. Have a good one.

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  30. oh, I love your stamps...

    Live in ND and would love to enter your giveaway.

    thanks

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  31. Your stamp is great! I bet your husband loves it.

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  32. Great stamp Debbie, I have visited Texas and loved it . I am visiting today from Nova Scotia Canada .

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  33. YOU so stamp me up and down and all around....LOVE your TEXAS stamp...you know you are always a stop I enjoy ....no exception today from Niagara Escarpment...see me waving and blowing a kiss x

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  34. I luv your stamp quilts-really cool! That fabric is awesome and I live in Ontario Canada but would soo luv some!

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  35. Hi Debby, love your stamps and I live in the "magic mitten" called Michigan.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  36. How perfect, Debby! You did a great job coming up with a fitting stamp for the "perfect state"! ;) (Yes, we are fiercely proud of our state, but I am teasing!)

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  37. Love your stamp. I live in a mitten (Michigan).

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  38. what great ideas you used to come up with great finished projects!
    my son lives in Texas so I visit on a regular basis..go Texas!

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  39. Great stamp, Debby! Very Texan! That fabric is great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. My grandfather was a Texan and truly thought it was the best state in the whole country. My sister lives there now and she has taken on that same attitude...maybe I need to move there! Your Texas boot makes for a beautiful stamp and that fabric is perfect for it. Thanks for sharing your creations!

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  41. Great stamps esp since I live in Texas!

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  42. Great ideal and very nice stamp!

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  43. Your stamp is fun, but I am loving the USA map that hangs in your daughter's classroom, AWESOME! I live in Greece, but I am American so I would love some Good ol' USA fabric!

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  44. I love your Texas stamp! I'm in Oregon where we are suffering through unusually hot weather (101 yesterday.) I'd gladly go back to last week's 60's and rainy! pbstrand@msn.com

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  45. FABULOUS!

    I live in Missouri, but was born in New York.. Have also lived in New Jersey, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina!

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  46. Well done, Debby! Your husband is going to be thrilled with the TX stamp.

    I live in Alabama currently but was born and mostly raised in IL, with a few years out from 2nd through 5th grades in rural Wisconsin. THX for the opportunity for your giveaway.

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  47. I live in Washington State, was born and raised here. I have also lived in California.
    I have however visited 43 of our 50 states :)

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  48. Great idea for stamp! At first I thought you were going to put the Alamo! I like the shape of the state. Love that fabric, I'm a native California still here after all these years!

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  49. Love the stamp fabric....I live in Iowa on a farm.....out in the middle of nowhere!

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  50. I currently live in Wisconsin but spent three wonderful years living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex!

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  51. Our family was in Dallas/Fort Worth a few years back. We actually visited the Stockyards, and was at Billy's Bob's. It was Beautiful at night with all the lights. Some day we plan on going back. Your stamp does TX proud!!

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  52. I love your stamp. The shape of the state of Texas is perfect for cutting out and is readily recognizable. I live in Massachusetts.

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  53. You Rock!! and so does Texas!! Thanks so much!!

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  54. I absolutely love it! So cute

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  55. Fabulous!
    I'm in the UK but Texas is a state that even I recognise the shape of!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  56. In the bigness of Delaware! Love the stamp ideas.

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  57. Great stamp Debbie. wha ta fun hop this has been so far. Everyone is outdoing themselves with creativity. I live in South Carolina.

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  58. This is a really cute quilt stamp. I live in Germany, but I'd take the state fabric anyway because it's really cute. Thanks for the chance!

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  59. What wonderful stamps and a mini quilt. I live in Illinois. Thanks for a chance to win such great fabric.

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  60. What a great little stamp! I live in Southern Middle Tennessee, you know, the state that helped out in the battle of the Alamo. We figure that's why their accent is very similar to our own. I was born and raised in Virginia though and have also lived in New Mexico. Talk about a culture shock! I've always found it interesting that each state is unique while being part of a whole.

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  61. I love the state fabric! I currently live in Minnesota but I have to admit my heart is in North Dakota.

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  62. I love it and live in Washington State.

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  63. i love and live in Georgia thanks

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  64. I saw your stamp and a song came to my head ".... Right In the Heart of TX..." Love the stamp and I live in Washington, D.C.

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  65. Love the stamp. I'm from the western prairies of Canada. Thanks so much for sharing

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  66. Oh yeah your stamp is great, and the quilt too. I would love that fabric, can't ever have enough now can we?

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  67. Love your Texas stamp, and the USA quilt. Thanks for sharing.
    I live near Houston Texas.

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  68. Your Texas stamp is fantastic. It`s perfect! The USA quilt is wonderful too. Nice work!

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  69. Wonderful stamps! I adore the USA fabric map one. I live in Massachusetts, just above that little hook on the northeast coast ... :) Pat

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  70. I love your stamps! Both of them are great. I live in Georgia.

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  71. Great stamp of Texas! and your quilt, how proud your daughter must be to tell her students that her Mom made that! Happy 4th to you. I am in Illinois.

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  72. Love all three of your projects. The Texas stamp is my favorite. Love the boot in the middle.

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  73. LOVE your stamp! And the postcard. :) I'm in Manitoba, Canada but originally from Minnesota. :)

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  74. Very cool! Currently (probably forever) in TN, previously TX, CA, FL, MA, IN, ME. Would love some USA fabric.

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  75. What a cool USA map quilt!! I'm from BC, Canada! :)
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

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  76. Great projects and very creative! Really love your USA quilt, reminds me of the states we travelled thru when we were moving from base to base. I'm now a resident of WV.

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  77. That is just Texas all the way. Love it!

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  78. I love your stamp and love all of your projects. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  79. I live in Ontario, Canada.

    I always liked that in school we only had to remember 10 provinces (and two territories, now three), instead of 52 states...hee hee.

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  80. Excellent! Bet your hubby's happy with his Texas stamp! Enjoyed your storys. I'm writing from Iowa, USA.

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  81. Great stamp! 3 weeks ago we moved from Illinois to Alabama. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  82. Awesome stamp of Texas! Love the Usa quilt too. I always wanted to do a wall hanging like that. I have a goal to visit all the national parks. Each park I visit I buy a pin for that park. I thought it would be cool to quilt a map and put the pin in the proper state. By the way...when I started this pin collecting I had no idea we had so many national parks! I'm visiting from red hot Nevada! usagypsy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  83. I am fond of Texas...one of my dear brothers lives there and has for many years...love your stamp, and your United States quilt...so fun!

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  84. What a great stamp dedicated to Texas! You did an awesome job! I don't remember seeing the "USA" fabric before, it's so neat. I live in California now, but Alaska is home.

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. I love how you added the boot to the Texas shape. I live in Kansas thanks for the giveaway and for the fun.

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  86. What a great commerative stamp! I have to say, I was a bit disappointed to find, when I visited the Alamo, that it was across from a shopping mall. It gave a whole new meaning to remember the Alamo...was that the one across from Nordstroms??? LOL!!

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  87. I love your stamp! What a great idea. Whether one is born in Texas or not, if one ever lives there, one is a part of the state forever and vice versa. I was the only one of my siblings born in California instead of Texas, and from 2-9, I lived in Texas. I've always felt I belonged there, so I don't know why I'm not there now! LOL. It's bigger than many countries, and some people still hold out hope for it to return to independence! =) Wonderful post and giveaway.

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  88. I live in MI. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  89. great stamps. I like how you did up your state shape.
    from Saskatchewan Canada
    in stitches

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  90. Hello from California! Having driven across the country a few times I can say Texas feels like its own country. It goes on forever. Love your stamp!

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  91. I am making a memory quilt about our motor home travels thought the United States. This fabric would be perfect.
    Tina

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  92. I live in good old California :) I would love to make something for my hubby out of the stamp fabric, He collects stamps :)

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  93. I live in Virginia although I grew up in Indiana! Love the stamp fabric.

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  94. After 42 years of living in Michigan, my son and I packed up our car and moved to Texas last year to start a new life. We are loving it! Love the website!!

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