Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, George - and a giveaway

George Washington - the first president of the United States of America
Today is the zillionth anniversary of the birthday of George Washington. Not really, but you get what I mean.

George was a man of integrity and never lost heart as he led our fledgling country to independence back in the 1700s.

I was listening to NPR this week and the announcer said on "President's Day" - February 17 -  that "today was the birthday of  George Washington . . .". Dude - just because we celebrate both Lincoln's (Feb. 12) and Washington's (Feb. 22) birthday on the same day - to conserve holiday time off - doesn't mean that it's literally the ACTUAL day. And this guy was not young, so he had to remember when we had both days off from school.

I remember when I was in school (a hundred years ago) that we actually celebrated BOTH days as holidays. Sigh. We've lost sight of how important each man was to the founding and birth pangs of our new country.

Those who don't live here - just overlook my tribute. I LOVE AMERICA and wouldn't want to live (for an extended period of time) anywhere else. America: the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE.

Happy Birthday, George. And thanks to Windham Fabrics for that awesome fabric released several years ago (Old  Glory). Gotta love it and find something awesome to do with it. Maybe give it to my daughter who is a high school teacher? Hmmm . . .

How about a giveaway? Only to USA residents. Just leave a comment and I'll have a giveaway of 1 yard of this fabric (this guy's head is HUGE on this fabric).


Tell me what you'd do with it!!! Contest over Monday, February 24 at midnight.


32 comments:

  1. My dad was my government teacher. He taught the subject for many years. My parents recently purchased a lake cabin... I'd make this into a lap quilt with GW's head in the middle surrounded by patriotic fabric from my stash. It would be perfect at the cabin!

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  2. I remember when we celebrated both. Seeing this panel reminded me of the portraits of certain presidents we had in the hallway in grade school. Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy was added when I was in 5th grade. I hadn't thought about that in years. I would make it the centerpiece in a throw that I would give to my brother, who is a history buff.

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  3. I would make a quilt, with George as the center focal point of the quilt and then donate it to the American Legion to be raffled off to raise money that they need for their building fund.
    I also remember when we had both days off for their birthdays.

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  4. Guess that makes me OLD to remember having both days off, lol! I think I would make a table runner to use during February and again for the 4th of July. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  5. I recently retired from education but it isn't hard to remember celebrating both days. My old district still does. My husband would love a patriotic quilt.

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  6. I, too, remember both holidays! It is a newer, quicker, world.

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  7. I remember having both holidays, too, and both were school holidays and work holidays. I think George would look great in the middle of a Quilt of Valor for a deserving soldier.

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  8. My step brother is a history nut, so I would use it to make him a pillow case!

    Sandy A

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  9. This may sound goofy, but my cat's birthday is also today and his middle name is Washington in honor of good ol' George. I'd love to make a simple wall hanging with GW as the center. Thanks for the great fabric giveaway!

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  10. Cutting the panel and adding windowpane sashing as if looking through the window at George. I think offering it for a fundraising quilt for an organization is a good idea.

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  11. It's time to start a Revolution to make our founding father's proud and bring bake a surging tide of Red White and Blue America! I still celebrate both Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays. Growing up we always made a great production...as my Dad's birthday was February 21st he would always tease stating he was older than George Washington! :)

    Clearly this fabric is rousing the patriots to remember the greatness of America proclaiming Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all.

    I will create a medallion quilt with each 'band' recording historical greatness from each presidential term...a Presidential Quilt! An American History recorded for generations to come.

    God Bless America! :)

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  12. It would have to be the center of a medallion quilt--my favorite kind of quilt and with this as the center, it would be very dramatic!

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  13. My sister is a blogger with a blog called All American Mary.....she is patriotic and her husband has been serving in the army for 8 years now....I would make a couch quilt for them...and send it to them...they would LOVE IT!

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  14. I would make a wall hanging for my daughter's classroom. She teaches GED government in MT through the National Guard Youth Challenge program.

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  15. My husband is a retired history prof & he'd get a kick out of a quilt made from this fabric. George's head would be the center motif & I'd add some traditional block around it. Thanks.

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  16. I think it would make a cool wallhanging. I switch around my walllhangings to match the holiday or season.

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  17. I would make a quilt for my mom who was born in a Montana blizzard on George's 150th birthday. They were expecting a boy (who knows why after 5 girls and 1 boy) and there was no girl's name ready. Mom narrowly escaped being named Georgina in tribute! pbstrand@msn.com

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  18. I've always wanted to make a "flag" quilt...
    So I'm thinking that it would look great in the bottom right hand corner of the flag. Talltoya@gmail.com
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  19. I think I would make it into a quilt to be auctioned off to support a veteran's group or program or make into a Quilt's of Valor quilt.

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  20. I would make a small wall hanging to hang up in Feb.

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  21. Count me in, this would look great in a sampler! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  22. The "George" would look perfect for the center of a patriotic wall hanging...although it might have to become a bed quilt to balance his size!
    thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. Add some other presidents, or perhaps founding fathers, and make a very patriotic quilt for the summer. Celebrate USA!

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  24. Wouldn't that make a great center for a wall quilt--the local Veterans hospital could definitely use some brightening on its walls.

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  25. This would make a lovely wall hanging for a social studies/history class - something to remind students and teachers of what was sacrificed to make this great country.

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  26. I would work this into a Hero Quilt for a wounded vet. (If his head is REALLY huge, maybe on the back...)

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  27. My hubby is waiting for me to make him a quilt. I'd probably use it for his quilt thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  28. I would make a flag type wall hanging. With him in the center. You are right they both need to be honored. I remember being taught in school about them.

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  29. I would love the opportunity to make a quilt about George Washington. I also remember celebrating both Abe Lincoln's birthday and George Washington's birthday. Thanks for the chance to win this piece of material.

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  30. I would love the opportunity to make a quilt about George Washington. I also remember celebrating both Abe Lincoln's birthday and George Washington's birthday. Thanks for the chance to win this piece of material.

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  31. My kids have been playing revolutionary war lately. My little girl loves being George Washington. It would be fun to make a banner for their "headquarters". :)

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  32. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway. If I were to win I would make a wall hanging for my step-father, since he and George Washington share a birthday. Thanks for a chance to win.

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