Home Sweet(water) Home Giveaway

We’re always excited to see what the ladies at Sweetwater are up to. At the last Spring Quilt Market, we noticed a little extra excitement in their booth.

 Home Sweet(water) Home Giveaway

With a little inspiration from their Hometown fabric line from Moda Fabrics, the Sweetwater gals put together a wonderful assortment of canvas art prints and charms. And are they hot! Check out the entire selection in their etsy shop.

Susan Kendrick of Sweetwater graciously sent us a couple of our favorite art prints. Maybe you saw them in the Sept/Oct ’11 issue.

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Sewing Words Subway Art Print

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Hometown Alphabet Print










And maybe you have been waiting very patiently for the opportunity to win one.

Now is your chance. Leave a comment and just tell us the name of your hometown and what makes it special. We’ll draw two winners at random on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Each winner will receive one of the framed prints shown above.

We have randomly picked our 2 winners: Comment #38 from Amanda (who calls Marilla, NY her hometown) and comment #141 from DeDe (who says LaMarque, TX was a special place to grow up.)  Congratulations!

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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278 Responses to Home Sweet(water) Home Giveaway

  1. My hometown is Whitakers, North Carolina, a very small town northeast of Raleigh about 70 miles. How small? The population “back then” was just over 1000 people. The city limits were a circle one mile across. Everyone knew everyone (and sometimes their business too!). No one locked their doors. There were lots of kids growing up there in the 50s and 60s. Whenever someone was getting married, there was ALWAYS a bridal shower given (bring out the sterling silver flatware, crystal, and fine china) and the bride ALWAYS had ENGRAVED wedding invitations (none of this printed, new fangled, modern stuff). Two churches — Methodist and Baptist. Once a year we would worship together. Everyone attended Sunday school and church. We had a barber shop, three small grocery stores, a hardware store, a doctor (my grandfather and he made house calls!), the post office, one school that everyone attended (grades 1 – 12), and the bank. We didn’t have any chain stores or motels in my town. Still don’t! Whitakers was just a wonderful, safe, small town to grown up in and I will always have many fond memories.

  2. Marilee says:

    I grew up in Arcata, CA. Typical “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle during the 50′s.
    I love these prints.

  3. Lou Ann Janes says:

    My hometown is Rockledge, Florida. It truly is my hometown because I was born, raised and have lived here for 51 years. My entire family still lives within a 5 mile radius of my hometown and I wouldn’t want it any other way. When the holidays roll around my parents host all of the events and we never have to worry about who’s in town and how far they have to travel to join us. My parents home is the central point for my 3 brothers and me along with our extended family to gather and celebrate being a “FAMILY”.

  4. Christine Watrous says:

    My hometown is Glendale, CA. It is truly my hometown as I was born here and still reside here 70 years later. My home is across the street from my elementary school and my father is just two blocks away in the home where I grew up. Although Glendale, as a city, has changed in many ways over the years, it will always be home to me.

  5. Deb says:

    My hometown is little ol’ South Boston, Virginia. I lived there for 28 years until I was married and moved away. I’ve lived all over the state of Virginia but have finally settled down in the Shenandoah Valley….beautiful here!

  6. Debbie says:

    My hometown is Madison. It’s special because the downtown is an isthmus, with the student union (campus “livingroom”) overlooking one lake and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the other. Portions of Rodney Dangerfield’s “Back to School” were filmed on our beautiful UW campus.

  7. Jody says:

    I live in Mesa, Arizona. I wasn’t born here, but I did all of my growing up here. It is a city, and people are far apart, but when there is a need we can all really come together. I have good friends, good neighbors, and more! I love living in Mesa, Arizona. Dusty, yes. Dirty, sometimes. Beautiful, always.

  8. bookboxer says:

    My home town is Troy, NY, the home of Uncle Sam! Samuel Wilson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, Burden Iron Works, … the list goes on and on!

  9. Michelle G says:

    My original hometown is Dunedin in New Zealand, however we have been in Brisbane, Australia for past 27 years, so am happy to say this is my hometown now.

  10. Sharon Meyer says:

    Originally my home town was Los Angeles. We moved to Colorado Springs in 1982, and thus this is now home. Colorado Springs is great it has a lot to offer any one. From physical pursuits to a very laid back feel. The best part is the quilting community, everyone i have met has enriched my life and my quilting with help and or friendship

  11. Pat Sloan says:

    wow… my hometown is where I live now. I’m lucky to live in Herndon VA where one brother and one set of parents are also near by. I am close to Washington DC so I am able to take advantage of a huge number of events that my family enjoys!

  12. Peggy Sindelar says:

    My hometown is Alliance, Nebraska. Although I haven’t lived there for many, many years, there is nothing like going back and visiting “my hometown” – brings back lots of memories: cruising the Butte (main street), Rex’s Burger’s, football games, 4-H, etc. Still have family there an always enjoy a visit back home!

  13. Marguerite Guinn says:

    My hometown is Shawnee, Oklahoma. Shawnee is located near the center of the great state of Oklahoma and is home to two outstanding universities – Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory’s University. The very first Sonic drive-in was built in Shawnee, and Shawnee is home to Sonic Drive In #3,000. Shawnee enjoys a rich agricultural heritage (home of the Shawnee Milling Company) and is home to several native American tribes. I am proud to be from Shawnee in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma!

  14. quiltzyx/sue says:

    My hometown is West Covina (and no, there is no “East Covina”!). There must be something pretty special about it, because I the friends I hang out with the most all went to school with me there – - – back in the OLDEN days! :D

  15. Toni says:

    I am from Baton Rouge, LA. It is the capital of Louisiana and has the tallest state capital in the all the US.

  16. Jody says:

    My hometown is Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It is known as the place where three rivers meet. It was a great place to grow up.

  17. Gina S. says:

    My home town is Cypress Ca. I think it’s special because it holds all the memories of growning up with my 2 brothers. When Sweetwater did the shout out for hometown i sent mine in and it made it. So every time i look at the fabric i will think of my brothers.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  18. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I spent summers on my grandparents farm near Colman, SD. I loved the little general store where I was allowed to spend 10 cents on candy. You could get a LOT of candy for a dime back then. Cars would park right in the middle of the main street and everyone know each other. I haven’t been there for years and I’m afraid things have changed, but I have wonderful memories!
    Karen in Breezy Point

  19. Marilee says:

    Arcata, Ca was a great, safe place to grow up in the 50s. It still is a wonderful town with a college, a plaza surrounded by active business, the best farmers market anywhere every Saturday.
    I just bought some Hometown fabric. I love fabric with words on it.

  20. Jan says:

    My hometown is Pueblo, Co. Great place to be from because it is so close to the Rockie Mountains!

  21. Sandy says:

    I moved all over growing up and would love the hometown feeling.

  22. Maggey says:

    I live in a very small town of Brighton, Illinois,,We moved here when I was 30 and that was some 41 years ago. It is a farming community and we love the simplicity of the life style . Children have all moved away, but come home to see their hometown often.

  23. Wenda says:

    My hometown is Gothenburg, NE – a little town in the middle of Nebraska. It is known for being the home of an original Pony Express Station. Love your prints and would love to have one.

  24. Toni Anne says:

    My hometown is Yaphank, New York(Long Island). Our claim to fame is that Irving Berlin, wrote “Yip Yip Yaphank”, in his bootcamp days during WWI. Camp Upton was bootcamp for 30,000 men before deployment for WWI.(Camp Upton has since moved nearby and, is the home of the Brookhaven National Lab. Which is so large, Uptonnow has it’s own zip code.) Thanks for the great giveaway! ;->

  25. Joanne L. says:

    moving with the military, my daughter missed out on the hometown feelings,
    but this would be a great piece of art for her new apartment!

  26. Christine W says:

    My current hometown is Chelsea, Alabama. Its hot and humid. It has the most beautiful small mountains that are full of life.

  27. Sheila S says:

    My hometown is Boon, MI, population probably 50 or so. We didn’t actually live there as we actually lived 200 miles away-I was just taken there in my mom’s belly, to Gma & Gpa’s farmhouse to be born MANY, many years ago. We were poor and there was no money for hospitals in our family at that time. My husband and I make the drive at least a couple times a year to drive past that farmhouse. My heart will always be there.

  28. My hometown is Cumberland Gap, TN and it is special for so many reasons. For it is the feeling of being home even though I haven’t lived here my whole life. There are only 210 people who live here and for the most part we all know each other. No traffic lights, a couple of stop signs (more of a suggestion since virtually impossible to get over 20 mph), and some spectacular people. It is so Mayberry-like you feel the need to blink when you drive through. I love my town!

  29. Mary Jo says:

    Actually, I have TWO hometowns!! I have Clinton, Tennessee where I grew up, and I have Tazewell, Tennessee where I have CHOSEN to live for the last 30 years!! Both places are wonderful places to live and raise your children, so I have been VERY blessed to call both places my hometown!!

  30. Tina says:

    Rochester, Indiana… it’s wonderful because my only living grandparent lives there.

    Thanks for hosting ;)

  31. Katy (LethargicLass) says:

    My hometown is Ottawa, Canada. It’s special for a couple of reasons, one being it is the capital of Canada :) In addition, my Dad’s work took us all over the world, so it is special because it is the one place we always returned to… our hometown.

  32. Pattie C says:

    I live in DeKalb Il. The birthplace of barbed wire and Northern Illinois University.

  33. Sharon says:

    My hometown for the past 41 years has been Bakersfield, CA — home to Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, the Kern River and Strawberry Patches Quilt Shop! It’s a great place to live and work and quilt.

  34. Carolyn says:

    My hometown is Freeport, TX, which is where I was raised from the age of 7. I wasn’t born there and I don’t live there now, but it is where all of my wonderful childhood memories were made, where my parents lived until they both passed away recently, and just makes me smile thinking of the small town. We were able to stay out until the street lights came on, ran behind the mosquito truck, chased down the snowcone man, everybody knew everybody’s kids and made them mind, played outside all day and learned how to pretend. THAT is why I love my hometown…and there is so much more.

  35. Elaine says:

    Walnut Creek is my hometown. It’s a little town in the middle of Ohio Amish country. It is beautiful in the fall with the many colors in the trees amid the rolling hills. It’s a small community and a great place to raise a family.

  36. Patricia F McLaughlin says:

    My hometown for the last 10 years has been Lakehills, (aka Pipe Creek for the USPS) Texas. We are about 25 miles from both San Antonio and Bandera (Cowboy Capital of Texas). We live on Medina Lake, a beautiful man-made lake with crystal blue waters set in the beginning of the Hill Country. Although we have been enduring a drought for the past couple of years, it is still a beautiful area filled with lots of wild life and trees.

  37. Deborah Sandoval says:

    My hometown for the past 15 years is Los Lunas, New Mexico. We are 25 miles south of Albuquerque which is home to the International Balloon Fiesta. Talk about color! The hot air ballons look like beautiful fabrics floating in the sky. We live close to the Rio Grande in the heart of farming country, even though we are in the desert. The great thing about living here… the beautiful New Mexico sunsets.

  38. Woolie says:

    My hometown is Bend, Oregon. We are a beautiful high desert town with a view of the Cascade Moutain Range. Home of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, dozens of golf course, 100′s of lakes, a beautiful river run through it and miles and miles of hiking and mountain climbing. There is not an outdoor adventure that can’t be had right outside your door. I regularly see deer, coyotes, squirrels, racoons…and many more walk through my yard. But the very best reason for living here…we have 9 quilt shops all within a 45 min. radius!

  39. Linda says:

    I was raised in a small western Chicago suburb of Lyons, IL. Great place to grow children with family values and blue collar ethics. Currently I call Marsing, ID home. A little berg at the base of the Owyhee mountains in south west Idaho. Just love the prints and would love to win.

  40. Lynn Telke says:

    I have three hometowns Newington, CT., where I have lived for the past 18 years
    because I couldn’t buy a condo in the town I grew-up in. The street, outside
    the condo complex I live in, is the border between Berlin and Newington,CT.
    Berlin is my second hometown where I grew-up and where most of my immediate
    family members live. The third is East Lime (Niantic), CT, my parents owned a
    summer home there for over 10 years. This house now belongs to my oldest
    brother and I try to visit when I can.

  41. trillium says:

    My hometown is Glen Dale, WV–the birthplace of award-winning country singer Brad Paisley AND the hometown of the Bissetts, (Lady Gaga’s grandparents). Lady Gaga’s mom grew up here and graduated from the local high school before moving to NYC to find love & financial success. Brad started his country music career from here while still in his teens.

  42. Denise Fitt says:

    I live in Victoria, BC and to describe it is to say “Beautiful British Columbia” It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I never stop thinking “wow, I live here”.

  43. stephanie says:

    Lafayette, CO is my hometown and we love it! It’s small enough that everyone knows who you are the local restaurants and there is a big move to revitalize our tiny main strip. It has an extensive trail system next to a beautiful creek and everyone is always running or riding their bikes around town. It is very close to Boulder, CO but without of the college traffic…. plus, it’s got AMAZING views of the nearby mountains. It’s the perfect place to raise our daughter :)

  44. Carol Larson says:

    My hometown is Mesa, Arizona. I enjoy the closeness of family, friends, shopping, church, etc. Our children have excelled in every activity they have participated in along with meeting new friends. Our family of 9 feels this is the best place ever to live!

  45. Warren says:

    I’m from Springfield, TN. A small town where everybody knows everybody. Its special to me cause my parents, their parents, their parents…..many generations, were born and raised here (or close by), so the roots of my raising run deep. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  46. Deborah in Atlanta says:

    Even though I live in Atlanta, GA now, my hometown is really Augusta, GA. Augusta is known for its golf courses and hosts the Masters Tournament annually at the Augusta National Golf Club.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the framed prints. It would truly be an honor to have my number picked!

  47. My hometown was Watsonville, CA. It’s between Monterey and Santa Cruz, CA. Lots of agriculture especially strawberries. I’ve lived in Sacramento, CA. 8 years, one of the Hometown towns but will move next year. Thank you for a chance to win.

  48. Shayla Wolf says:

    My hometown is Spokane, Washington. It is special because Benny and Joon was filmed there and the 1974 World Fair was there!

  49. Karen Linton says:

    We recently moved and L.O.V.E. our new hometown. It’s small (35,000ish), yet feels metropolitan with great cultural diversity, lots of activities and tons of restaurants (Thai is my favorite). Bentonville, AR is a lovely place to live. 5 nearby quilt shops don’t hurt either.

  50. PDXPam says:

    Portland Oregon here. aka the Rose city, we have a beautiful rose garden here along with a great annual rose festival. Not to mention we are a short trip away from the ocean, the mountains and even the desert, we have it all here!

  51. SuzK says:

    I live in Manchester, NH which, up until the begining of the 20th century, was a mill town. The city was founded by and owned by the Amoskeag Mills. They set up a lovely city with parks throughout the city. The city is split by the Merrimack River and I live on the west side of the river. When we moved here 24 years ago, most of the people on the West Side was French Canadian. Their families had originally come to work in the mills. Many of my friends grew up on the West Side, married fellows from here and raised their families here. While the neighborhood is slowly changing, there are still French touches here and there. I’m the token non-French member of the group. I’m not related to anyone in the neighborhood and never went to school with any of my friends or their family members (it’s a silly local joke). It was like living in a small town with city advantages.

  52. Nancy D. says:

    I call Fort Worth, Texas my Hometown. I lived there for most my growing up years, found my sweetheart there and have worked there all my working life. My sweetheart is a FW police officer, so we moved away from the city to raise the kids, but my heart will always be in Fort Worth.

  53. Caroline Clouse says:

    I live in Burlington, ND. But I grew up in Minot, ND and that is the place I call home….my family lives there and I work there. Minot went through a DEVASTATING flood this summer. My folks and my girlfriend and her husband and also several other friends and co-workers lost their homes to the river. Minot, will rise above this and be better for it!

  54. Karen says:

    My hometown is Ballygawley – I don’t actually live in the town but in the country in the heart of the Clogher Valley, Northern Ireland.

  55. Marcia K says:

    Well, Hometown can mean either the place you live or the place you were born, that makes it genius. I will choose the answer… Hastings.

  56. jane denny says:

    Right now my hometown is Del Valle, Texas. It’s just a little east of Austin. But, sometime between now and March, we’re moving to Marblemount, Washington–I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.

  57. Susan says:

    My hometown, Durango, Colorado, is special to me because I my brothers and I grew up there. It was a little town not on the road to anywhere, really, but sitting in a stunningly beautiful natural setting. It’s a little bit bigger town, these days (there’s a turn lane in Main Street and everything), but just as lovely. Wouldn’t mind moving back…

  58. Paula G says:

    My hometown is Lockport, New York. It is special because it is where the fire hydrant system was invented and for sometime it had the honor of having the widest bridge in the world.

  59. Kate R says:

    My hometown is Sydney, Australia. I know I’m biased but I really do think it is one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world! Everytime I go back there I wonder why I ever left :)

  60. Chris says:

    My hometown is Newport News Virginia and it is special because I have raised my children here,(still rasing 5 of them:)) and because all my married children (5 more children :) )live here with 7 sweet grandbabies…its a “family” town! :) We have over 30 years of memories here raising our family.

  61. Marjory says:

    My hometown in Apponaug, Rhode Island, and what made it special to me was that my two grandmothers lived right nearby–one next door (we lived in my great grandmother’s house) and on just a mile away. That made for lots of wonderful childhood memories with them.

  62. Kellie harmon says:

    My home town is Green River Wyoming. I love it cause it’s a small town where the community is pretty close. And you can know alot people cause it is small. I love that it’s small and my kids were able to ride bikes and play any where they wanted thanks to small town. I Love my Home town

  63. Bonnie Granger says:

    I live in Waynesville, Ohio. I love it here and what makes it special to me is that it is the antique capital of the United States. Every October we have the annual Saurkraut Festival which draws people and vendors from all over the world.The town in so homey and antique antiquated. Friendly neighbors and just a good old all American town.

  64. Barb strack says:

    I live in Aiken, a little city with an urban forest at its center.

  65. Vera Clifford says:

    My hometown of Franklin, Ar population 75 when I was growing up there.
    Only town with bank that didn’t close during World War II when President Roosevelt
    declared a banking holiday. Communication wasn’t that great back then and we didn’t
    get the word in time to close. A great place to grow up!

  66. Janet Davitt Yatska says:

    Bee Branch, Beautiful rural countryside and the people are wonderful!

  67. Rae Henderson says:

    Aurora, MN small and sweet.

  68. therealfrannie says:

    My hometown is Napa CA or at least that is where I call my hometown and that is because we moved around a lot when I was young because of my dads work and Napa is where my parents lived the longest and where I also lived for quite a while. It doesn’t hurt that I love it there, have many friends there, and where I would like to go back to eventually. It’s most special because it is where my parents are still and of course where the best wine ever is made!

  69. Lisa says:

    I grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. San Luis Obispo was recently named the happiest place in America. What makes it special? The lovely climate, gorgeous green belts studded with volcanic peaks, locally grown vegetables sold at multiple farmers’ markets, wonderful wines, several quilt shops, walking and biking trails, all centered around the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa which was built in 1772. Nearby Hearst Castle is a jewel as well. I am so fortunate to have grown up in SLO. Come on out and see us!

  70. Kendra says:

    I live in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. What makes my hometown great is something that very few people from outside this area would actually know – this is the first place in North America that oil was found! Not Texas or Alberta Canada! But a little town of about 500 people!!! We are a very friendly town. We actually still have the site where the first oil well was dug and a replica of the original drilling equipment!!! What of those facts that make you go huh!!!

  71. Connie Martin says:

    My hometown was Sciotoville, Ohio. It was a wonderful small town by the Ohio River where we could play after dark catching lightning bugs and not worry about a thing. Now my hometown is Columbus, Ohio, home of The Ohio State University. GO BUCKS! It is a wonderful town also with Rivers running through. It has great ethnic neighborhoods and festivals and fairs and parks.

  72. Susan says:

    My hometown is Madison, WI. We have four lakes and four seasons, a great University, rolling hills, beautiful prairies, woods, wetlands, farms and a vibrant medium-sized city. Best of all– wonderful people!

  73. Julie T. says:

    I don’t really have a hometown. We moved every 3-5 years when I was growing up. My favorite place was a little town in Massachuesetts (ok, the spelling may be off – it has been a while since I have had to spell it). I remember the old town square after a fresh blanket of snow had fallen. Makes me feel all warm and comfy to think of it.

    Thanks for the memory and the chance at your giveaway.

  74. Linda Kennedy says:

    My hometown where I grew up was Warwick, Rhode Island. The littlest state! Warwick has a hometown parade every year called Gaspee Days….The Gaspee was the British schooner that was burned in Narragansett Bay by colonist and a prelude to the Boston Tea Party!

  75. Joyce Cloud says:

    I live in a friendly little town in Northwest Florida called Bonifay, where our main events of the year are the Rodeo the first weekend in October, All night gospel singing in July the first weekend and also it’s where my ancestors lived around this area and has the feeling of being welcomed being here… love my little town even though I was borned in Macon Ga…

  76. Karen says:

    My hometown is Novato, California. I did not live there until the fifth grade but my parents and memories are there.

  77. mary Jennings says:

    I live in Haskell Tx . A small town of 3000. We care about each other and are friends with nearly everyone in town.

  78. mary says:

    I live in the small town of Haskell, Tx. (pop. 3000) We are not famous for anything but we are friends with nearly everyone in town. We care about each other and support them in all their endevors.

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