Sunday, September 7, 2014

Star Spangled Banner Day 1

US Frigate Constellation (1797-1853)
Warning! I am not an historian. My rendition of the events surrounding the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Frances Scott Key might get jumbled. That's why tomorrow I will introduce you to Jane Hampton Cook, an historian who writes books about American events just like the Battle at Ft. McHenry.

If you stay with me to the end, there is a FREE quilt pattern and a FREE bundle of fabrics to one lucky visitor today. 

Today is the first day of my Star Spangled Banner Extravaganza. The picture of the ship above is what our ancestors used to protect our harbors. Protect our harbors? From who, you may ask? Why, those pesky British who couldn't take "NO" for an answer back in 1776! We wanted to be independent (and who doesn't). They decided to come after us again,  using Canada as their land base and they first burned down the White House and then they came looking for a harbor to enter.

Baltimore is having a GIGANTIC celebration this week with all sorts of tall ships in the harbor. You can see some of the Visiting Ships to the Baltimore Harbor (Ft. McHenry) by clicking that link.

You can see all sorts of fabulous ships from around the world. They are open for visitors to go on board!  Here is the USS Constellation (built in 1854) that has Baltimore, MD as its home port.

USS Constellation - built in 1854
Pride of Baltimore II, “America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador,” is a reproduction of the 1812-era Baltimore Clippers that helped America defeat the British in the War of 1812.

Pride of Baltimore
Now, how about some quilts that were from this era? The quilt below is from Barbara Brackman's blog (with permission) about quilts from The War of 1812. Visit her site to see some glorious examples of quilts from this era. I just purchased her Encyclopedia of Applique Blocks eBook (I own the hard copy) and she shows beautiful examples of broderie perse quits from that time period.

1810 Date Inscribed
By Margaret Gundacker
Collection: Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum
American Beauty Quilt by Leslie Sonkin and Debby Kratovil
 The flag quilt above is a FREE pattern from Windham Fabrics. American Beauty Quilt, free for download.

How about a fabric giveaway? My generous fabric partners sent beautiful Americana fabrics to celebrate with us in a Star Spangled way. Here is a fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics, which goes to ONE lucky winner drawn from names entered TODAY only.

8 fat quarters from Windham Fabrics
1. The contest is over at midnight tonight, September 7, 2014 (EST). (I have another contest tomorrow, so come back and bring your friends).

2. Fabric can only be mailed in the United States.

3. If I randomly select someone from outside the United States, you can have ANY of my patterns from my Craftsy site. I will email them to you (obviously, the ones that are for sale).

4. If I don't have your email, I can't notify you! Anonymous bloggers can't win!

Leave me a message telling me about your favorite American holiday, patriotic or not.




67 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing today. I would love to see the tall ships some day. My favorite patriotic Holiday is Memorial Day - my greatgran's birthday, too. Many wonderful family reunion picnics at her home.

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  2. My favorite American holiday is Thanksgiving. It is a great time to celebrate with family. Thanks for sharing a little history with us.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing...I really enjoy thanksgiving the most. It is the one time a year that I have around 24 people for dinner..I get to make a slightly quilted tablecloth and see one of our dinner guest get win it. It is just another way of sharing my passion for quilting and love for my family all at one time. I get to look around the table and truly feel how blessed I really am......sgriff57(at)comcast(dot)net

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  4. My favorite holiday is July 4th. One of these days I will be back in NY for the amazing fireworks on that day.

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  5. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Good company, good food and the start of the Christmas season.

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  6. My favorite American holiday is Thanksgiving.

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  7. My favorite patriotic holiday is Memorial Day. We can never show enough thanks and praise for those that serve to keep us free.

    Thanks for a chance at your great giveaway.

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  8. My favorite American holiday is the 4th of July. I love our small-town parade!
    Raverne at comcast.net

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  9. I have had the pleasure of seeing the tall ships on more than one occasion and they are truly impressive. What a fun post.

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  10. I would have to say that Christmas is my favorite holiday, b/c that is usually the only time I have all 3 of my children together.

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  11. I love Halloween, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are also favourites. I think I just like fall/winter holidays!

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  12. I love patriotic holidays the best I think. So much rich history behind our freedom and so many soldiers/sailors/marines and more gave so much for us. I think the 4th of July is my favorite. And I love red, white & blue fabrics -- so cheery and bright.

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  13. My favorite holiday is Christmas, closely followed by Thanksgiving.

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  14. I love Thanksgiving. In a way it is a very Patriotic day. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  15. I'll be the odd one... I love Halloween. It's the fall season and it's just fun... no expectations, no hassles... no gifts. Thanks for the information and thanks for the great giveaway!

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  16. Christmas is the only holiday that all my family gets to take off, but I really like Thanksgiving best.

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  17. I really like Thanksgiving. Great family time.

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  18. My favorite holiday is still Thanksgiving, because we have so many reasons to be thankful!

    I'd love to win this fabric to make a Quilt of Valor to show my thanks to one of wounded warriors -- thank you for the opportunity.

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  19. My favorite holiday is Labor Day. The twins were born 19 years ago on this day so we celebrate both.

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  20. I love Halloween! It's a chance for grownups to pretend they are kids again!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  21. I cant say that I have a favorite holiday. Anytime the family is together is a holiday. In this day and age it's hard to all be together at the same time. but the red, white, and blue (July 4)is a fun one!

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  22. My favorite holiday is July 4th, because my birthday is the day before and the whole country gets to celebrate it! (At least that is what I thought when I was little!) :)

    Sandy A

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  23. Hmm, I really don't have a favorite traditional holiday. But anytime I don't have to cook or clean I consider it a holiday for me! Loved the pictures of the tall ships.

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  24. Love the flag quilt. I do not really have a favorite holiday, but any time we honor our military is a favorite time for me - even if they were on tall ships when they were protecting us.

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  25. My favorite traditional holiday is Thanksgiving, as my kids all try to be home then (tough once they are married). Patriotic would be the 4th...

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  26. Mine would be Memorial Day because we remember and celebrate the lives people who protected us through the years. I saw the tall ships years ago in Newport, RI while on vacation. They are impressive to say the least.

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  27. Just checked out your link to the visited ships - wonderful. Christmas and Halloween are my favorite holidays.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  28. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of history and for the great give away. I was fortunate enough to get to see the USS Constitution once! My favorite Holiday is Christmas - I keep a bit of Christmas in my house all year long. Patriotic Holiday - 4th of July.
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Wish I lived near Baltimore - would love to see the ships! Favorite holiday is 4th of July. Fireworks!

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  30. I love the tall ships and hope to see the one day! My favorite Holiday is the 4th of July. I love the picnics and fireworks with the family!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway. Favorite holiday is Easter.

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  32. History and fabric...what a great way to start the day! Thanks for sharing! pbstrand@msn.com

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  33. I love Halloween because it can be either silly or scary but always fun. My daughters went out to trick or treat for the first time last year and had so much fun. Thanksgiving is a close second, I love all the baking and time with family!

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  34. My favorite American holiday is Thanksgiving.

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  35. Those ships are so beautiful. My favorite patriotic holiday is the 4th of July. I love the red, white and blue combinations, the flags and the fireworks. It is also a great time to get together with friends and family.

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  36. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I had the opportunity to see the tall ships and they were quite impressive.

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  37. My Mom was born on Veteran's Day. We honor the sacrifices of those who serve(d) in the military and the sacrifices of a Special Mom who raised three girls.

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  38. I love Christmas! I love all the beautiful things, but I especially look forward to Christmas music.

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  39. I love the flag quilt! My favorite holidays are Memorial day (beginning of summer), July 4th, (fireworks and fun family time) and Labor Day,(beginning of cooler weather).

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  40. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July.. I love the patriotism, the fireworks, the music........and the fabric.
    We just returned from Baltimore (tOSU vs Navy game) so I just saw these ships.......how neat is that!

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  41. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July.. I love the patriotism, the fireworks, the music........and the fabric.
    We just returned from Baltimore (tOSU vs Navy game) so I just saw these ships.......how neat is that!

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  42. My favorite American Holiday is Independence Day. It's just a fun day w/o a lot of preparation & stress. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  43. Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I sure do love Thanksgiving and 4th if July... Both of which surround me with family and remind me to be thankful!

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  44. My favorite American holiday is Thanksgiving. I love all the cooking and having my family all around. Of course, there's football, too!

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  45. Great post and interesting history. I love the quilts from that era. Can we call Super Bowl Sunday a holiday? I think it is celebrated like one in the US. It's one of my favorite days. I also love Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is important everyday.

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  46. I would have to say Thanksgiving--getting together with family is awesome!

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  47. You know you do not have to be a historian to love history. My daughter just graduated with a PHD in American History. We are a history family so I have been looking forward to your posts. My favorite holiday of all, is The 4th of July, ( even more than Christmas). Looking forward to day two!

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  48. My favorite American holiday would have to be Thanksgiving, not the sales and commercial stuff, but the Giving Thanks part. CDahlgren at live dot com

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  49. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving

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  50. My favorite American Holiday is Thanksgiving. I love getting all of my family together and celebrating the abundance of our lives.

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  51. Thanksgiving.
    Thanks for the chance to win this fabric

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  52. This was interesting! I confess that my favorite American holiday is Halloween...although it comes from Ireland, immigrants brought it over, and it was quickly Americanized. For example, turnips with candles were replaced by indigenous pumpkins. To me, Halloween means personal freedom to explore alternative identities.

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  53. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I have so much to be thankful for.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  54. July 4th is my favorite holiday, it is also my birthday. The fabric is lovely. Thanks for the chance.

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  55. Thanks for sharing your blog. I seem to decorate more for Halloween and Christmas, but my favorite holiday is 4th of July. For the last 3 years I've got to spend the 4th with my granddaughter that I don't get to see often, and we both love fireworks. Thanks again.
    jenellejb at aol dot com

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  56. Thanks so much for the history and the look at these quilts. My favorite holiday ... I love any patriotic holiday because I love our country. I also love Christmas, the spiritual parts. I love stitching for both holidays. =) Thanks for a chance to win the lovely r/w/b fabrics - those would come in so handy for the patriotic quilts I make! dezertsuz at gmail dot com

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  57. I love the 4th of July we are so lucky to live in this country.

    Thanks for the chance to win. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  58. the 4th of July cus my birthday is the next day!!! Love the fabric:)

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite holiday is the day of the first Dallas Cowboys Football game, ha ha. Spent the day with family watching a horrid game, but had fun anyway!

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  60. It used to be Christmas because of the big family gathering. We still see at least one of our children and their family, but we are all so spread out that the big gathering just doesn't happen any more. Now I think it is Thanksgiving. Some of the family comes and then on Thanksgiving Day we fill our house with International students. We have had as many as 39 total of family and Internationals. And we might have Vietnamese spring rolls as well as the traditional American foods. We all look forward to it. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  61. I love 4th of July. It's one of those truly American holidays that always reminds me how lucky we are to live in this country.

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  62. My favorite U.S. holiday is Thanksgiving Day. It is a holiday shared by everyone, and its focus is on gratitude and the people we love, not on things.

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  63. My favorite American holiday is Christmas; I just love it! sarah@forrussia.org

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  64. What a sight it must be to see all the ships! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It's nice when family and friends can get together and be thankful for each other and what we have.

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Toss up between Thanksgiving and Christmas...both wonderful times with family! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!!

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  66. Halloween is my favorite holiday! I did make large Uncle Sam quilt, 24x60 that I display on the 4th of July and Memorial day. I thing I will go back and add flags to it, great idea.

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