Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's Your Hometown? Giveaway

While I've always dreamed of big-city life, perhaps Mellencamp had it right when he sang, "I cannot forget where it is that I come from, I cannot forget the people who love me, I can be myself here in this small town, People let me be just who I want to be."

I suppose that is the beauty of a hometown - small town or big town - that it is the place where your loved ones are, where you put down some roots, and where you can fall into the person you're most comfortable being. Maybe it isn't true for everyone, but I have found over the years that it is true for me.

Sweetwater's new fabric line, Hometown, captures the essence of small town America. With fabric names like Marketplace, Barbershop, Town News, and Flower Shop, the designs are a subtle blend of comfort and sophistication. You can almost feel like you're on Main Street USA smelling the local bakery's donuts as you walk down the cobble stone sidewalk to the farmers market to pick up this week's produce.

From a large-scale polkadot to a trendy typeface print in shades of blue, gray, red, and cream, this line of fabric is my new favorite! And I cannot wait to make something from it.


We have a solid line-up of Hometown at Swell Cloth - 18 bolts in the range of colors and prints. Cuts are available from Fat Quarters up to multiple yardage. Feel free to convo me if you need a custom amount, and I'll set up a reserved listing for you.



We also have a nice stock of Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, and Layer Cakes to support all those fun new patterns coming out for pre-cuts. I don't know about you, but I can't seem to get enough of them - they make piecing so easy!


I can see this line translating easily from quilts to bags to aprons and more. In fact, here are some great project ideas over at the Moda Bakeshop.


The Road to Tennessee quilt takes four charm packs plus background, binding, and backing fabric, but it yields a nice-sized quilt. With these colors, I can see it easily transitioning from a cozy fall quilt right into winter in my living room.


In case you're in the mood for a smaller project, here are some great pillow patterns, also from Moda's Bakeshop, in a collection called Pillows Gone Wild. Fun, right?

I'm also bringing in a couple other patterns to the shop that should arrive in a few weeks - Lighthouse quilt and Down Home Tote. You can see more of this collection over at Sweetwater's blog. They also have a Flickr group dedicated to projects made out of their fabrics and patterns. Feeling inspired yet? :-)

Want to get your hands on a fat quarter bundle of Sweetwater? Leave a comment on this post telling us your hometown (it can be whatever hometown is to you - where you're from, where you've settled, someplace you visited that you felt like home.. whatever it means to you). 


Enter your comment by midnight EST Sunday, August 28 for a chance to win the Hometown Red and Cream Collection of Fat Quarters. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. Good luck!



 






 










69 comments:

  1. I'm from Gloucester in the UK! I live in a tiny village about 2 miles from where I was born!

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  2. I'm from Bright Star, Arkansas. Bet you can't find it on a map!

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  3. technically my hometown is Huntsville, Arkansas (Hi, Jane! I've never heard of Bright Star.) But I'd have to say the place I feel most at home is Indian Rocks, Florida. That's where I'd like to be at the end of every.single.day. Too bad I'm stuck in Connecticut til who knows when. :) Thanks!!

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  4. My hometown is Port Angeles, Washington, a beautiful town up in the Pacific Northwest...but somehow here I am in Seaford, Delaware, which isn't so bad either :)

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  5. My home town is Rotherham in South Yorkshire, that is where I was born, I lived in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire for 22 years before moving to France. I now live in a little town called Rochechouart in Haute Vienne France. Linda

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  6. My hometown is Melbourne, FL, but now I consider myself a Cincinnati girl. I could also feel right at home in Knoxville, TN or New Orleans :)

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  7. My hometown is San Mateo, CA - but thanks to the military I call Olympia, WA my home now :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Sigh, this post made me feel all homesick! My hometown is Corvallis, OR but the military currently has us in Germany! I absolutely LOVE this line, so thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I am from Roosendaal, The Netherlands. This is 5 minutes from the boarder to Belgium. I was born and raised there and moved to Utrecht (in the centre of Holland) after I graduated from college. I fell head over heals with the city, it's over 2000 years old, a Roman settlement and just gorgious. The atmosphere is fantastic, it has cute canals, windmills and lots of bikes... and not that many tourists, wich is a petty. So come on over some day!
    Esther.

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  10. I'm from Camarillo, CA- which is mostly known for having a state hospital! It was rumored that Camarillo State Hospital was the inspiration for the Eagles song Hotel California.

    Kristin

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  11. My hometown is Brooten, Minnesota. Don't blink or you'll miss it.

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  12. A little town called South Boston in VA. When my husband first told his New England family he'd met a girl from South Boston, they immediately thought Boston, Mass.....until they heard my accent! Ha!

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  13. I was born and grew up in Portales, New Mexico. We moved to Albuquerque, NM when I was in grade school and I have been here most of the time ever since. I have traveled all over the place and seen lots of things but Albuquerque is home.

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  14. My hometown is West Newbury, MA. I was born in the town over but moved here when I was two. I grew up here then went off to college, grad school, got married and lived away for 8 more years but have moved back in the last 5 years and we plan to stay!

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  15. My hometown is Melbourne, Australia. We are coming to the end of winter here and today is one of those perfect cool but sunny days that put a spring in your step!

    Thanks for the chance to win

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  16. I'm from Phillipsburg, NJ - we're known for football, wrestling, and the town that everyone goes through to get to Pennsylvania - but honestly I'd really like to get out of here =P :)

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  17. I grew up around baton rouge, la. I sure do miss the food, Mardi GRAS and the mild winters!!!!

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  18. I was born in Hampton, VA, but I don't really consider that my hometown. My family has moved all around the state of VA, but the longest chunk of time was spent in Williamsburg, so that's where I consider that I grew up.

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  19. I grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA but my hometown is Long Beach, CA - the place where I have grown into a woman, loved my husband and raised (still raising) my children. Thank you for the opportunity to win some Hometown!

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  20. I grew up in historic Williamsburg, VA, although I love where my family is located now in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of VA!

    Love the reds and greys of Sweetwater Hometown.

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  21. I grew up military and traveled a lot, but we would return to my Daddy's hometown of Gate City, Virginia. For me, home was where the family was, wherever that may be.
    :-}pokey

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  22. I was born in Dayton but grew up in Cincinnati. We now live in the burbs, but I think I'll always be a Cincinnati girl. ;)

    And by the way, I can't believe you're already blogging and having a giveaway! ;)

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  23. My hometown is Ferguson Missouri. Part of the suburbs of St. Louis, but still has that small town feel. It's where I was born and raised and where I still hang my hat. :)

    Sandy A

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  24. My hometown is where my house is..........

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  25. I am from a little town in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan! McDonalds just came to town! Very small. Only a Pamida to shop at. But... I would move back in a heartbeat! Thanks for a chance!

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  26. Born in Cincinnati, OH but have called many places home. Right now, it's Davidson, NC - love it here.

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  27. Sarah, I can't believe you're already back to blogging and having a giveaway! Next thing you know we'll have a short but sweet podcast episode from you with an update on the baby (hint-hint), lol.

    I've lived in many places but I consider my hometown to be here in the DC area. We lived here the longest as a kid and somehow I knew I would find my way back, and here I am!

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  28. Seattle, WA - hometown and home. Love the red prints in the Hometown line. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I love my little town Ayden! I never thought my hometown would be such a place bit I've lived here longer than anywhere else. IRS where we've raised our kids and that is what makes it Home! (welcome to your new baby!)

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  30. Hometown is tough...I was born in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) and now our home for the last almost 10 years has been on Vancouver Island. BUT where my parents live also feels like a hometown to me just because they live there, even though it is a town where I have never personally lived!!

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  31. My hometown is Marion Ohio, population 37,000! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  32. Holt, MI
    Not settled yet, so it's still home I suppose. My hubby's hometown too.

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  33. Allardt Tennessee. I've never left:)

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  34. Hi Sarah! Wow! You're already blogging again. WhooHoo for us! I love this fabric line. I'm from Fulton, MO. I've moved around a lot since I left home, but I'm always happy to go home for a visit. Thanks so much!

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  35. My hometown is a little town in NJ called Milford. It sits right on the Delaware River, there was a mill at one time, and one could ford the river there, hence the name!

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  36. I was born in Nuremberg, Germany but now I live in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada!! It's just such gorgeous fabric and congrats on the baby.

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  37. I was born in McKeesport, Pa, but moved away from there when I was eight. I spent the rest of my growing up years in Belleville, MI which really feels more like my hometown to me. Instill live in that general vicinity.

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  38. Congratulations on your new addition to the family, Sarah! I grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and I love red and white!

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  39. I was born in Kamloops, BC and raised in Pitt Meadows BC. Both are much larger communities now, than when I grew up....

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  40. My hometown is Ipoh, Malaysia. A small town surrounded by mountains :)

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  41. I've lived in Camp Hill, Pa for 45 years, but my hometown will always be McConnellsburg, PA, a small town in a rural, farming community in the mountains.

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  42. I grew up in St. Augustine, FL but now we live in West Newbury, MA. My hometown is wherever my husband and girls are! :)

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  43. I was born in Reading, PA, grew up in Catonsville, MD and now call Hampstead, MD home. Love them all.

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  44. I was born in Den Haag, Holland. But I've lived most of my life in Southern California. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  45. My hometown is Rochester, Kent UK - and believe it or not the quilt shop in Rochester is called Hometown! Thanks

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  46. I grew up in Trumbull, CT and still love it, with all its quirks. I still work there!

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  47. My hometown is right where I live even though I have only been here a couple of years...Cumberland Gap, TN. This will always be home and has been since I was a little girl. I love the smallness of it. I hope all is well with the girls.

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  48. I moved around a lot growing up but always on the East Coast - even though I've stayed put in Ohio for 15 years now it still doesn't feel like home. When I am in anywhere in New England I definitely feel like I'm "home".

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  49. I was born in Groningen, Holland but live for 25 years already in Israel!

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  50. Love this line!
    My hometown is Colombo, Sri Lanka :D

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  51. Spanish Fork Utah!
    Love this line and the fun stuff you have added too!

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  52. My hometown is Charlotte, NC. I live in Bentonville, AR, now.

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  53. Winston-Salem, NC... born here and still living here. Travelled halfway aroung the world and back and can truly say there's no place like home. :o)

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  54. I love Hometown and love Sweetwater. I call home Rapid City, SD and love it here, moved away for 7 years but had to come back. My brother lives in Des Moines, IA and having been there several times, I could see that being my home too. I love being close to family.

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  55. I've lived in the same basic area all of my life - within a 20 minute drive of where I was born in Boise, Idaho. I love it, but also sometimes crave a small hometown way of life. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. Congratulations with the new baby!
    My hometown is Copenhagen.

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  57. I was born in the Seattle, WA area, but I've been here in Portland, OR so long that it's my hometown now.

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  58. My home town is New Hope, MN. I have always liked the name, new hope. I miss it

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  59. My hometown is Exeter, Southwest UK-it is where I have lived longest and call it home! Sweetwater do such lovely prints

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  60. Even though I was born and raised in Sacramento, California, my hometown is here in Bonney Lake, WA because that's where my kids, grandkids, and parents are. Can't wait to hear how your family is doing with your new addition!

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  61. I was born and raised in Salem OR, but I live in Portland OR now...

    Love the Sweetwater fabrics.

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  62. Oh my how lovely! I'm gonna attach myself to Walla Walla, Washington {they got their name ON the fabric}. It's where I went to college and I'm still close enough :)

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  63. Hi Sarah,

    My home town is Naples, Texas. I moved after high school to Dallas but came back to allow my kids to grow up here.

    Congrats, she's beautiful!

    Cindy

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  64. My original hometown was in NY, but Atlanta feels pretty good right now.

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  65. My hometown is Martinsville, Indiana. I have to tell you that I have seen Mellencamp concerts two times and have joined in on the singing of "Small Town" each time. :-)

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  66. Small town, Mapleton, Kansas.

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  67. I hail from Curtice in northern Ohio. We are on lake Erie, and not too far from Cedar Point, a popular destination for Ohioans and Michiganders.

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  68. I still live in my town I grew up in NC...use to want to move away when I was young but now I love it here.

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