Thursday, September 11, 2014

Star Spangled Banner Day 5

I even crochet in patriotic colors!
Today is a somber day in America. It is the 13th anniversary of the fall of our Twin Towers in New York City. As we watched it unfold on our televisions all across the nation, we were so emotional. And then as the days went by, flags began to appear EVERYWHERE I looked: in the front of many houses on my street in Atlanta, in the front of stores, gas stations. Everywhere!

Here's my flag quilt again:

American flag quilt by Debby Kratovil
And here is a block I designed for my Block a Day Calendar with Martingale:

Star Spangled Banner block from from the Quilter's Block-A-Day Calendar (Martingale, 2007)
You can have the pattern for this 18" block FREE: Star Spangled Banner block

Would you like to see all the blocks? How about WINNING a copy of the companion CD? It has all 366 blocks in two sizes PLUS 12 quilts made from the blocks.



And then there's the FABRIC giveaway, right? How about 5 half-yard cuts of these from Benartex?

Five half-yard cuts of fabric is our prize today

DAY 5 CONTEST:

1. The contest is over at midnight tonight, September 11, 2014 (EST). (I have another contest tomorrow, so come back and bring your friends).

2. Fabrics and Calendar CD 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!

OK. This is different: do you knit or crochet? What colors and types of yarn do you like to work with.

And come back tomorrow for more quilt inspiration, free patterns and of course, free fabric!

58 comments:

  1. Love the fabrics and the quilt calendar, dare I hope Mr. Random will pick number 1? I learned how to knit and crochet growing up, but it always hurt my wrists, so I never really got into it. I wish I could have. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  2. I do love the Flag quilt. I wonder how many people will stop to remember 911. It was such a somber time for the whole nation. So many tears then and now. All the lives changed forever. God Bless them all.

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  3. I both knit and crochet. For knitting I like to use wool, for crochet I most often use cotton.

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  4. I love knitting, especially those easy ruffled scarves, with bright colors like turquoise, or black. Over the past few years, I've also done some crochet work, but I still need to review how to make each stitch. :0) Thanks for the giveaway - a nice way to remember this important date in our history.

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  5. Unfortunately, I don't knit or crochet. I did try it as a youngster...but didn't make much...just long scarves. Luckily, my mother in law does both and is super at making items just for me!

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  6. Such lovelies! I do knit and crochet. It's my favorite 'to go' project, esp. while driving in a car - so much easier to do when the roads get a little bumpy. I prefer soft yarns, but don't have any favorite. 9-11. Somber day, indeed.

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  7. I crochet. Love using all colors.

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  8. I can't crochet to save my life. All I can do is make one long chain. I used to knit in my teen years, but haven't done so in a very long time. I keep thinking I would like to get back into it again. The only yarn I remember using was Sayelle.

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  9. I can knit. I guess hats are my specialty. Use mostly synthetic yarns.
    Giffordjoan@gmail.com

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  10. I crochet and can knit, but haven't done either in quite some time. I use whatever yarn is on sale and fits the project I am doing.

    Sandy A

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  11. I crochet, but can not knit. The yarn I use, all depends on what I am making. I've used many types over the years.

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  12. I have been crocheting since high school and quilting almost as long. Crochet is usually my travel project.

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  13. I have been crocheting since high school and quilting almost as long. Crochet is usually my travel project.

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  14. Very cute block. I am working on blocks like that with the string method red/white/blue today at my quilting group. Love the pattern. Don't crochet or knit. Never learned how.

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  15. Love the fabric and I want want want the calendar! Thanks for giving us the chance to win these.

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  16. Learned crochet from Mom-Mom. Taught myself to knit from a book. Don't do either anymore. Too much quilting!

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  17. OH, crochet...my mom tried to teach me but my fingers just wouldn't cooperate! I'd put the quilting things to good use, though, sewing has been my thing since I was 13!

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  18. I have crocheted the potholders you are showing. That is my favorite pattern. I like all colors and all kinds of yarn.

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  19. I learned both knitting and crocheting, but LOVE crocheting, especially crocheting lace. Never got into knitting. sarah@forrussia.org

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  20. I do crochet and try to knit (smirk). You are making me want to do some red white and blue. Love the fabric this day. Thanks

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  21. I crochet, but actually prefer the look of knitting. I have tried so so many times to learn to knit, I just can't do it. I will keep trying, and maybe one day succeed!

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  22. Hello Debby, love your fabrics for the giveaway, and such a great quilt block for today......I am sad to say I neither knit or crochet as I have arthritis in my thumbs so hard to hold those sticks, but I have a friend who crochets and we trade...I sew something for her, she for me...best of both worlds. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  23. I knit and crochet small projects.I made several scarves in browns and blues,but I like almost every color. I've enjoyed your posts this week.

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  24. I have crocheted everything from fabric strips into rugs to angels made of #10 cotton thread. My favorite is 4ply. My choice of colors depends on the project.

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  25. I knit, but I don't crochet. I usually knit dish cloths with other church members during our Knit Wits Bible study group and we donate them to our local food pantry. I only like to knit things that are quick and easy to finish! I use cotton yarn and tend to like the variegated colors...

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  26. I crochet more than I quilt (gasp, I know!), knit a little. I do mostly doilies with cotton thread, but have crocheted with sizes ranging from rope (using my hands) all the way down to sewing thread (with an almost microscopic hook).

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  27. I do both, usually in the winter. I like the bulky weight yarns. Love the fabrics. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. I knit and crochet, but haven't done either for years. My last knitting experience was a (to be felted) wool bag that I worked on while recovering from surgery. Knitting in bed with wool yarn and a mild allergy to wool--not a good plan!

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  29. I can do both but don't!! To busy quilting. Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  30. Wish I'd learned both knitting and crocheting from my talented Mom, but I didn't. Now the old fingers couldn't do it. Thanks for the pattern...can't wait to try it!

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  31. I do not knit or crochet. I tried both when younger in 4-H. Quilting is my thing. Thanks.

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  32. I knit. I usually use sock yarn and worsted weight wool. Cynthia Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  33. I learned to crochet when I was 10. My Great Grandmother taught me. I mostly made afghans, baby blankets, and baby clothes, but since I learned to quilt, I haven't had the time to crochet. 😊

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  34. I do crochet a bit but have not ever really mastered knitting. Sewing is my passion. I would LOVE to have the new calander. I keep buying them and haven't yet found one I really like

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  35. I did try to crochet once, but after about an hour my teacher told me that I would be better off sticking to sewing!
    allisonpogany@hotmail.com

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  36. Love those fabrics. I can't knit beyond the simple scarf - mom tried to teach me, but I am a lefty and it was too hard. I can crochet up a storm thanks to my Pap who had the patience to teach me at a very young age. As far as colors, well I tend to go for purples! takr26@hotmail.com

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  37. I knit and crochet. Love to do both with wool and silk yarns. I make potholders from cotton yarn. I love all sorts of yarns, even Red Heart!
    Love that fabric line

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  38. I knit and crochet...with the same colors I use for quilting...bright!

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  39. I gave up crochet, too hard on the arthritis in my knuckles. I knit, but I knit everything on either circular needles or double points. Rarely, if ever, the "short" single points. Bulky yarn is too hard to work with too. My favorite is fingering weight, mostly neutral colors, but I'm trying to break in to a rainbow. I just finished a shawlette using Malabrigo Silky Merino in a gorgeous raspberry color. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. I knit and crochet, and love bright soft yarns. I use mostly LionBrand, homespun or Vanna's Choice or some of the others, both natural fibers and acrylic blends. Lots of blues, reds, and purples.

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  41. I have done both knit and crochet, also cross stitch, but my all time favorite thing is to sew on fabric. Thanks.

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  42. I learned to knit when I was 8 years old. I've been knitting ever since. But I love quilting more.

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  43. I can knit and crochet. But, have to admit I do not do it much anymore. I like muted colors that go with everything.

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  44. Use to crochet a little but took up quilting. Sure are a lot of lovely yarns out there.

    Thanks for the contest.

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  45. I love your flag quilt! I also love to crochet! My favorite is doilies with #10 crochet cotton and usually in ecru/cream. I also enjoy making amigurumi with 4 ply and dishcloths with cotton. Thank you!

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  46. I have your quilt calender and it would be great to have the companion CD. I crochet and have make numerous potholders (my favorite is the patriotic heart pattern) and stuffed animals. Also tissue box covers.

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  47. I use to knit and would crochet around the knit edge, but I gave all my tools and yarn to my oldest daughter. I just don't think my hands could handle holding the knitting needles any more. But lately, I have seen some pictures of things that have made me wonder if I should give it another try. It is nice to have a hand project to work on while we travel. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  48. I love to crochet! I taught myself when I was pregnant with my first baby 43 years ago! And it's always been my go to when I was between projects or other crafts! Now I always have a crochet project going for car trips longer than 15 minutes - I'm working on baby afghans to donate to our church so I love all the soft and cuddly yarns. Thanks so much for another chance to win. :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi@yahoo.com

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  49. I love to crochet, I just learned last year and have made mostly dish cloths out of Sugar and Cream yarn.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  50. I knit and criochet but haven't done it for ages. It's hard for me to get the yarn weight right so the item comes out the right size.

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  51. Started knitting at age 9 and gave it rest for the first 20 or so years of adulthood. Recently started knitting again, this time w/Wool made in America. A Shawl for me, pattern from VeryShannon.com
    Thank you for the patriotic bundle and your inspiration and dedication to America.

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  52. I used to crochet but have not done it in years. At one time I made bed covers for everyones bed.

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  53. I know how to do both but rarely do either. I did crochet a football snug sack for my grand daughter for holloween last year.

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  54. thanks for the chance to win this lovely patriotic fabric.

    ABreading4fun [at] gamil [dot] com

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  55. I can both knit and crochet, but mostly I quilt. Crocheted scarves were big with me a while ago, and then knitted hats - both with knitted worsted.

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  56. Thankfully I don't knit or crochet. I can crochet, but quilting is enough of an addiction - I don't need another!!! However, I did buy some interesting yarns to make scarves on my longarm...just need to get it done! Thank you for offering such beautiful material!!!

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  57. It is hard to believe that is was 13 years ago, as it seems like last year. It still fills us with sadness. Yes, Flags were every where. Congratulation on the calendar block. And thank you for this chance.

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  58. 13 years have gone by quickly, and been filled with so much. I wish we were as united now as we were in the weeks and months following this horrible event. Love the calendar block, and I'd love to win the CD and fabric. Thanks for the chance to do so! dezertsuz at gmail

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