Monday, May 26, 2014

Welcome to North Carolina!

Welcome to the beautiful state of North Carolina!


I have been so excited to represent NC and share my license plate block.  NC has a beautiful coastline with miles and miles of sandy beaches and 7 lovely lighthouses.  These lighthouses are fabulous icons of North Carolina - Cape Hatteras is probably the most famous.
I made a second identical block and turned this one into a table runner!


It looks great on my hall table.   My applique pattern can be found here.



Now lets go on a tour - starting from the south and working my way north - or left to right across my block -


Oak Island lighthouse stands 158 feet tall and was built in 1958, the youngest of the NC lighthouses.  Unlike most lighthouses, it does not have a spiral staircase for the lightkeeper and has a series of ladders instead.  I've not yet had the opportunity to visit this lighthouse and found some good information - and this picture - here.




Bald Head island lighthouse is affectionately called 'Old Baldy' and this version was built in 1817 and is 110 feet tall.   I've always wanted to visit Bald Head island and climbing this lighthouse is on my to do list.  More information on Old Baldy - and this picture - can be found here.

Cape Lookout LighthouseCape Lookout lighthouse is striking with its black and white diamonds and nearly identical to the Bodie Island lighthouse with its horizontal stripes.   It is situated on one of NC remote barrier islands and must be a magical place to visit.  (info)    The lighthouse stands at 163 feet and was built in 1812.  Another lighthouse on my must visit list!

The next four lightlhouses are ones that I have visited - several of them more than once.  


The Oracoke Island lighthouse is one of the oldest - built in 1823 - and one of the smallest - only 75 feet tall.   The lighthouse isn't open to the public to climb but you can peek inside and look at the spiral staircase.  As with all these lighthouses, there is really interesting history.





Cape Hatteras lighthouse is likely the most iconic of all of these beautiful lighthouse.    It is 187 feet tall and was built in 1802.  In 1999, NC moved the lighthouse from the beach where it was in danger of eroding into the ocean to a site 2900 feet inland.  A great summary of the move can be found here.





Although Bodie Island lighthouse only recently opened for public climbing, my family has always enjoyed making a stop to visit.  The lightkeepers cottage is open (part museum, part bookstore.)  This lighthouse stands 163 feet tall and each of those strips is 22 feet.  It was built in 1872.  More information on visiting the lighthouse can be found here.




The Currituck lighthouse is set back from the shoreline although visible from out at sea.  It is 162 feet tall and construction was completed in 1875.   Unlike all the others, this lighthouse was not painted and retains the red brick color.


This is the only lighthouse I have ever climbed.  I've a bit of a fear of heights so once I climbed the 214 steps to the top, I was so scared that I plastered myself on the wall and couldn't walk to the railing much less take in the view from all directions!

Two of my kids have no problems with enjoying the view.  They love to stay up there for a really long time.



I hope you enjoyed this tour through the beautiful North Carolina lighthouses.  





I am thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a giveaway sponsored by American Made Brand.  They have supplied a fun FQ bundle of 8 fabrics.  You will really enjoy the opportunity to sew with these fabrics.  They are soft and the color is vibrant.


The giveaway rules:




  • First entry, leave me a comment and tell me the state you call home.
  • Second entry (optional), follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me how you do so - Feedly, Bloglovin etc.
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only.
  • Giveaway closes Sunday, June 1 at 8pm est.
  • Ms. Random Number generator will choose the winning comment.
  • Winner will be contacted by email - entries without email address (i.e. no reply bloggers and anonymous) will be invalid

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop and have a chance to visit all the bloggers.  The full tour list can be found here.    It is cool to share today's with New York.  In my adult life, I've lived in two states - New York and North Carolina!


Happy Stitching!

316 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your block! I have yet to see a lighthouse in person. Some day soon, I hope. Beautiful work!

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  2. Love your license plate block. A most excellent idea you hatched here. I did a light house tour, a visit to each of those seven light houses about five years ago. Great trip.
    If you guessed that I'm from North Carolina ... you would be right : )

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  3. I'm from Ohio! I just visited NC year before last. Beautiful state! Your block is so pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  4. I follow you by bloglovin. Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  5. currently calling Maine home, though lived in Massachusetts most of my life; will be heading south to Maryland soon i hope...where my DD and SIL are...

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  6. i follow by email...love those lighthouses, which we have here in Maine also...Portland Head Light is the most visited site in Maine and then there is Nubble Light in York....

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  7. good morning, I am up early so I am your first comment-we retired to Missouri 10 years ago so this is my new home.
    I loved the lighthouse tour-I lived in NC back in the 70s and really enjoyed it-lived on the Wrightsville Beach for awhile-good memories

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  8. I am a new follower with google friend connect

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  9. Hello from Utah

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  10. Your light houses are great! I am originally from Minnesota, but, now call Florida home.

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  11. What beautiful work and how lovely to represent your state. I'm in Scotland so not eligible but I couldn't not comment on the lovely work.

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  12. Love the lighthouses! I live in Virginia.
    Raylynn(at)homemail(dot)com

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  13. Hi Patty!! I am here in NC too! Love your lighthouses!

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  14. Great block and I like your lighthouse tour. I also love your table runner. Makes me want to return to the outer banks.

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  15. Brilliant! Just brilliant.... I knew you'd come up with something spectacular and you did NOT let me down! Those are GREAT lighthouses....

    Like you, I'm afraid of heights... the one lighthouse I went up, I was plastered against the side and if the railing wasn't within arms reach, I would never have touched it. I did look down but mostly out... and coming down those open, iron steps about did me in! Much slower going down than going up...

    I do follow your blog and I think it's thru blogspot... it's been a while since I started following you so I know it's not bloglovin or feedly or whatever...

    My home state is NORTH CAROLINA and I've been to all the lighthouses... they are just gorgeous... as are the beaches.

    Thanks for the give away... what fun!

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  16. Great block! I have been to four of those lighthouses. I love visiting. I will eventually go to all of them. I live in SC so they are fairly close.

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  17. Love your lighthouses. I have seen most of them.

    Virginia

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  18. I now follow thru Bloglovin.

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  19. You did a really nice job with your little license plate quilt! I just love light houses and they look really great on the quilt. Thanks so much for the giveaway too! I'm from Indiana.

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  20. I follow with GFC and Bloglovin.

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  21. I've visited North Carolina many times and have been to several of the lighthouses you showed. Great representation for your state. I have lived in Kentucky for over half my life now so it has become home.

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  22. Im from Indiana. Your plate is neat with all the lighthouses. Theres one here in Michigan City and its about an hour away.

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  23. Love for the light houses from Texas! Great block!

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  24. I love your license plate. I come from Missouri and have never even seen a lighthouse in real life. I am land locked. LOL

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  25. I am new to blogging and not I am doing this right. I am from Indiana and I live reading the information about each state.

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  26. I love all your lighthouses. I once did a quilt in which I digitzed 52 different lighthouses I love going through North Carolina on my way to Charleston where we have family. I live in Arkansas.

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  27. i am from kentucky. thank you for all the info on ligh houses. it was very interesting. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  28. i am already a happy follower via bloglovin. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  29. Really like your license plate! I am from WI and just signed up by email.

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  30. I have lived in Illinois all my life!

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  31. I so enjoyed the tour of the light houses!! I'm such a land lubber!!! I hail from Central Texas, but was raised in Wyoming and Colorado - no coastlines there!!

    Blessings

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  32. Just beautiful! The scenery and your license plate! Home to me is Colorado. We have beautiful mountains, but very little water. I love the water and those majestic light houses!

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  33. Love your block! I live in Tennessee!

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  34. Oh and I am a new follower on Bloglovin and Feedly :-)

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  35. Love your license plate. I have always enjoyed visiting and quilting lighthouses so it was especially fun for me. Good idea on the table runner too. I am from Pennsylvania.

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  36. I follow through google friends.

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  37. I call Florida my home state. I follow you plus more on Bloglovin. Paulacox7198@yahoo.com

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  38. I live in Massachusetts. I love your block; very original. And when it's quilted it looks great.

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  39. I'm following by bloglovin.

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  40. Love your block, and I've seen some of those lighthouses. I used to live in the Greensboro, NC area, but have been retired in The Villages, FL, for the past couple of years. NC is a great place to live!

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  41. I follow on Bloglovin! Love your lighthouse :)

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  42. Good morning. Thank you for sharing the background information regarding the lighthouses. Wisconsin has several lighthouses along the shores of the Great Lakes.

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  43. I live in Colorado. I read books by Diane Chamberlain that often feature those light houses.

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  44. I just signed up to follow via email.

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  45. Hi Patty, New follower on Bloglovin, found you in the Picnic Hop list. My day is June 9, isn't this fun?!! Carole @ From My Carolina Home - I'm an NC gal too, in the Western Mountains.

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  46. I call Florida home but hoping to move later this year.

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  47. Following by email. Forgot to mention I like your lighthouses. Whenever I think of NC I think of them!

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  48. I am from Alabama, and I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  49. I too can relate to your fear of heights - not rational but still there. I have driven from my home in Texas to NC to visit my sister, but have never made it as far as the coast. I would love to see the lighthouses, but would admire the from outside as my husband climbed to the top!

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  50. I'm from Massachusetts. I've never been to NC, but it is on my list.

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  51. I am from Texas. I love your quilts!

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  52. I'm living in NC too. Love your block. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  54. I live in Georgia. I enjoyed your history on lighthouses. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Love the lighthouses! I'm from Colorado and can't wait to see our block.

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  56. Second chance: yay! I just started following you by email.

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  57. I love lighthouses although I prefer to enjoy them from the ground! I was born and raised in NY but now make my home in South Carolina.

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  58. I live in Michigan. Love your project.

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  59. I grew up in North Carolina and it will always be home to me!

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  60. I grew up in North Carolina and it will always be home to me! I live in PA now, but hope to retire to NC someday!

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  61. I live in Maryland. Love your lighthouse block!

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  62. I live in New Mexico but in the early 1960's I lived in North Carolina and I loved every minute of my time there.

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  63. I just subscribed and will follow you on Feedburner........

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  64. I live in PA. Thanks for all the fun info about your state's lighthouses.

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  65. I live in Texas. Love the lighthouses and the photos.

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  66. Awesome block. I am from nc as well.

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  67. Thanks for the lighthouse tour. I am living in Kansas.

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  68. Hi!!!! I love your lighthouse block!!!! Very pretty!!!! I am in Ky!!!!!

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  69. I am a follower!!!! Thanks for the fun tour!!!!

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  70. I love your plate! I'm in Wyoming.

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  71. I'm from Michigan but have had the pleasure of visiting NC before. Your lighthouses are fantastic, thanks for a bit of history on each one!

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  72. Pennsylvania is my home, but the outer banks of NC are my favorite vacation spot!

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  73. Minnesota, where the snow has finally melted!

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  74. I'm originally from Maine and love lighthouses. Your table runner is awesome.

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  75. Great post - thanks for the tour. I live in Wisconsin& we have lots of light houses on Lake Michigan too.

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  76. I am from Pennsylvania, the Keystone State. Been to NC several times for business. I especially love the Ocracoke Island lighthouse as well as the ferry. Thank you for opportunity to win your gjveaway!

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  77. I am a follower and have been following your big quite a while now through Bloglovin!

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  78. I currently live in Maryland, but if I were to ever move, it would be to NC. I've been to all of your lovely lighthouses, because Hatteras is my favorite place on earth. I also love the mountains and have been to the Ashville area many times. You've done a beautiful job with your quilt!

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  79. I was raised in Illinois, but now call Missouri home!

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  80. New York is home. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  81. Following on bloglovin'. It is fun finding out facts about each state. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  82. I live in Kentucky - I grew up in Denmark, and the very first state I ever lived in was North Carolina! For a year, 1974-75!

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  83. I follow you on Bloglovin'. Keep on stitchin'

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  84. Greetings from Oklahoma. I love your block and it made a nice table runner. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  85. I follow you on bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  86. I live in Florida now, but the state I will always call home is New York.

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  87. I follow you with blog lovin' and with feedly.

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  88. I'm originally from Long Island, NY, but home is now PA. I love lighthouses, and plan to make a quilt with some. Thanks for the tour!

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  89. I live in Texas, born and bred :)

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  90. Love your block! I live in North Carolina too. :)

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  91. I live in KY. I have been to several lighthouses and climbed the stairs. I was at Cape Hatteras they day they started the big move! I love lighthouses!

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  92. I receive your emails. Love your block! I have a t-shirt with all these lighthouses on it.

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  93. I call North Carolina home too. I have visited most of those light houses too. I have been to the first two. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  94. I am a native Californian…I am with you on the heights thing!

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  95. New Jersey is my home! Love your block - it reminds me a a summer vacation on the Outer Banks!

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  96. NORTH CAROLINA is my home! Always has been, hopefully always will be!

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  97. I live in Nevada near the border of Arizona/Utah. I really enjoyed reading about the lighthouses.

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  98. I joined as a follower of your blog. As soon as I found your Downton Abbey bag I knee I would enjoy your posts. ;)

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  99. I follow you via google friend connect

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  100. Wow...would I Love to see those light houses! What an amazing structure! I am from California!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  101. I follow you via email!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

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  102. Iowa here - not much need for light houses here but there are a few along the Mississippi - I do love your blocks

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  103. Great lighthouses, I love the table runner what a good idea! I live in Oregon but Connecticut will always be home for me.

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  104. I've called Washington home since 1984. I had no idea there were so many lighthouses in NC!

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  105. I was born and raised in Louisiana and that is the state I will always call home even though I currently live in Kansas. We love visiting lighthouses and have been to a few that you have posted.

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  106. I'm from Virginia! I love the Outer Banks and try to get down there every year! Stayed in Currituck last year on the 4 wheel drive beach with the wild ponies! They are awesome!!! Lived in Mebane NC during my high school days and graduated from Western Carolina University in 1984

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  107. I was born in Pennsylvania and have lived here my whole life. My mom, daughters and I vacation in North Carolina and last summer went to Cape Lookout. We loved it!
    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  108. I follow you using Bloglovin

    oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

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  109. I reside in Oklahoma with Texas being my home state!

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  110. I was born and raised in IN but know live in GA with my husband. There have been a few other states in between (including a summer in North Carolina!)

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  111. I'm from Wisconsin, and thank you for the lighthouse tour.

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  112. I live in NY now - but have been a little bit of everywhere...

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  113. Love your lighthouses block -- so pretty! I'm from Florida. info(at)cocoplumbeachhouse(dot)com.

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  114. Virginia is my home, but I have enjoyed many trips through North Carolina from the mountains to the shore, and have seen several of the lighthouses.

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  115. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

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  116. Enjoyed the tour of the lighthouses!! I call VA home, so we're not far away from each other!

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  117. My home state -- well, I consider it Minnesota, but having lived in Pennsylvania so long it's becoming a second home state. Thanks for the giveaway; beautiful block! sarah@forrussia.org

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  118. I'm from right here in NC! Isn't North Carolina the best. Your post reminded me of helping my kids do the 5th grade lighthouse project. I wonder if they still do that. Anyway it was a fun post.

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  119. Thanks for the info on your light houses. I have always had an interest in them. I live in Michigan and we have several around the Great Lakes.

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  120. I follow you via email. I love your lighthouse block!

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  121. Wow - thanks for the lighthouse tour. I had no idea there were so many in North Carolina! My home, home state is California, but my current home is in New Mexico. Thanks for showcasing this lovely new fabric.

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  122. I've lived in upstate New York all my life except for one year in Ohio.

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  123. I live in the Sunshine State of Florida.

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  124. I love your NC license plate block. Thanks for the tour of the lighthouses. I've visited the state a few times, but was able to see only one lighthouse and that from a distance. I like that you made a second block and turned into a table runner. Hope to see you on Friday when the Louisiana block debuts.

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  125. Being from Missouri I find light houses to be so intriguing. Thanks so much for sharing.,

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  126. I am a follower via Bloglovin.

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  127. Great block! Our most famous lighthouse here in Minnesota is split rock lighthouse on Lake Superior. It's no longer being used but it's a state park so you can go inside. Very cool!

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  128. I'm a new follower by email. Thanks

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  129. This Whovian is living in WA state.

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  130. I already follow on bloglovin'. Also following with e-mail now too.

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  131. I love your license plate! Thanks for the education about the lighthouses too. I like visiting them. I'm from Wisconsin.

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  132. I follow your blog via Bloglovin. Thanks for sharing!

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  133. I follow via Bloglovin,. Thanks! Notwendy at gmail

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  134. Wisconsin. But I grew up in South Carolina and lived in Durham, NC while my husband finished his PhD.

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  135. I'm a lover of lighthouses, and I love your license plate. My home state is Minnesota, but I live in North Dakota now.

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  136. Love your block! I live in California, thanks for the giveaway :)

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  137. I live in Michigan and being surrounded by the Great Lakes, we also have a lot of wonderful lighthouses.

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  138. I have bookmarked your blog and that is how I follow you.

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  139. I love your block and would love to see a light house in person one day! I live in Illinois.

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  140. I'm following you through e-mail.

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  141. Hi Patty! I'm waving from New York. We've been to NC a few times and am looking forward to going back next summer. We have a time share on the Outer Banks and we will be moving there permanently some day. It is a fabulous state and one we can't wait to call home. Your block turned out fantastic and of course the lighthouses was a great idea to represent your state.

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  142. Georgia born, raised and stayed.

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  143. Love your light houses. I live in Michigan but I am originally from Oregon. Both states have many lighthouses.

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