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Our Stop on the Blog Hop

Today is our stop on the blog hop, yay!! This entry is for three fabric giveaways from our new line, Birds and Berries (see above). We’ll be accepting comments through the 14th, and we’ll announce the winner on the 15th! So stay tuned!

(Usually, on our blog hop posts… all three of us participate, but it just so happens that my sister, Carrie, is in Spain right now (jealous)… and my mom is frantically trying to put together the patterns that we need to turn in for our book that’s coming out sometime next year. :) ) Anyway, it’s just going to be me today…

And so without further ado, I’m now going to talk about my hometown of Spartanburg SC. That I fondly refer to as “The Burg”.

1. My absolute favorite restaurant in the whole world is Wade’s Southern Cooking

It’s a “meat and three” restaurant that has been around since 1947. EVERY SINGLE TIME that I go out to eat there, I order 2 fried chicken legs, 2 orders of macaroni & cheese, and 1 order of string beans with a sweet tea and corn bread.

No matter what time of day that you go, there is a line that goes out the door because its awesome!

Now that I’ve moved away, I only get to eat there maybe once every six months or so which is sad… so my mom usually buys me a t-shirt to get me through the months that I’m away. :) See above.

Anyway, Wade’s has these really funny billboards that are all over town… all of which, focus on their tagline, “Have you eaten your veggies?” They crack me up.

2. Andie MacDowell is from Gaffney South Carolina.

Gaffney is spitting-distance away from Spartanburg, so I’m going to lump her into this blog entry… because Spartanburg doesn’t have much else. :)

3. And now… a funny story about my family (more specifically my dad), who was famous here in Spartanburg for about a week after he was ARRESTED.

So it all started with a neighbor who lived up the road from us (hmmm, let’s call him Mr. Cailey). Well Mr. Cailey was annoyed by the fact that the traffic passing in front of his house, didn’t abide by the stop sign at the end of the road. Well… eventually, this was just too much for him to bear, so one morning… after everyone left for school and work… bulldozers and dump trucks arrived to close the road off at the stop sign. Thus dividing the neighborhood into two parts.

When residents returned home that evening and drove down this road (same as always)… they hit a dead end… complete with newly planted grass, shrubbery, and a split rail fence.

Everyone was up in arms about it. School buses had to be rerouted. Fender benders occurred when residents realized (a little too late) that their street was missing. Meetings were held. Petitions signed… Etc. This is a picture of where the street dead-ends. The previously connected road is sitting just beyond the trees.

Well, my dad had a walking route on our street that he took every night. And, street or no street, he REFUSED to be rerouted. He went on his merry way… and when he’d come to this newly landscaped yard (that used to be the street), he walked right across it and continued on to the other half of the neighborhood.

One night Mr. Cailey had the nerve to accuse him of trespassing. To which my dad responded, “Sue me”. (My dad lives by no one’s rules. And so he was not deterred by this confrontation. He continued his nightly trek.)

The next night, while he was walking across this yard, he tripped and fell over a drainage rock that was sitting in the middle of the path. (He swears that this was strategically placed.) In order to avoid tripping over it in the future, he tossed the rock into the bushes.

…And… at that very moment, Mr. Cailey lept out of the bush and snapped a photo.

The next afternoon, two policemen came to our door to arrest my dad for throwing the rock. He wasn’t home at the time, so my mom was instructed to tell her husband to turn himself in at the courthouse after he came home. At which point, they would arrest him. Can you believe this? So that night after dinner, my dad (being the hardened criminal that he was) picked up his Scientific American Magazine, and headed downtown to pay his debt to society. He actually DID spend the night in jail (which he was less than happy about). In the end, he was let go because the grounds for the arrest were downright dumb.

Anyway, to finish up the story, things wound up OK… My Dad took Mr. Cailey to court and won. His record was expunged, and the neighborhood association was granted the right to pave a “scenic walkway” through Mr. Cailey’s landscaped street (for walkers like my dad to use).

The funny thing is… this whole story was written up in the Spartanburg Herald Journal. And so, years later, when one of us recounts the story… many listeners will jump up and say… “I SAW that in the paper….that was YOUR husband????…or that was YOUR father???”

Yep, the Jungs were the “buzz” of Spartanburg for a week. True story!!!

And that about wraps up Spartanburg.
Now for the free pattern!

You can download it here. This is a traditional bow-tie pattern with a little something special. The centers of the bow ties stand up off the quilt 3-dimensionally. Super cool, right?

Also, make sure to check out the other two blog hop stops today… Pieces From My Heart   /   Fig Tree & Co.

Hmmm, I think that’s it. Am I forgetting something?

Oh! Yes! The giveaway. We have three giveaways on this blog entry! And then THREE MORE giveaways on the next blog entry entitled My New Adventure!

First, to win one of our 3 fabric give-aways (1 jelly roll and 2 layer cakes), simply write us a comment on this blog entry. …(And if you could “Like Us” on Facebook too, that would be awesome… but not required to enter this first giveaway!)

Then for the SECOND giveaway… I’m working on a really special project right now that I want to share with you. So, if you read the entry right below this, entitled “My New Adventure”… you’ll get a chance to win one of 3 FAT-QUARTER-SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATES for $75 each! Yay! Who doesn’t like free fabric right?

For those of you who can’t find the comments… at the bottom of this entry is a little blue link that tells you how many comments we’ve gotten. Click on that link, and it will take you to the comment section. :)

We’ll be announcing the winners on the 15th!

Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!

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  1. Posted November 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

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  2. Posted November 14, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  3. Angie Spendlove
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh that was so much fun to read! Lol – thanks for the chance :)

  4. Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Loved the story about your dad! Great giveaway, thanks very much.

  5. Deb
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    What a great story! AND what a great bowtie quilt!

  6. Karen
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Great story. Love the Birds & Bees fabric! Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Posted September 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Loved the story about your Dad

  8. Sara
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! That is such a funny story! As I tell my kids “Can’t we all just get along!” I am still chuckling! Thanks for brightening up my morning!

  9. Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Okay, now I am jealous of Carrie, too! A trip to Espana.. or Italia.. would be lovely!!!! Ha! So would winning!!! :) Thanks!

  10. Kay Mc
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Such a cute bowtie pattern. It would make a wonderful baby quilt.

  11. Susan K
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Don’t you just love small towns. The good thing about small towns is everyone knows everyone – the bad thing is that everyone knows everyone. I’m one of 7 and any one of us could walk in a store and they’d say “Hey aren’t you Leroy and Rosina’s daughter?” I love small town stories – the crazies stand out even more than in the city!

  12. Jo A
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    This blog hop is the first time I’ve entered fabric giveaways on blogs. Hopefully there will be some first timer luck. Loved your story and your designs are gorgeous. Good luck with Shelf.

  13. Leslie
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    People are funnier than just about anything, aren’t they? My husband’s uncle lived in your town. He was in the FBI, so maybe you never met him. I imagine he kept a low profile…I love your fabric and would be thrilled to win, of course! thanks for the chance.

  14. Debbie Peterson
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Still laughing about the your story. Love it. The new fabric is wonderful.

  15. Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Please, please, please include me in your fabulous giveaway! I loved the story about your Dad and @ass neighbor. I also wish they had restaurants like Wade’s where I live although I’d probably weigh 300 lbs if they did!

  16. Karen Dobbs
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I live in Fresno, California. William Saroyan is from Fresno. Thanks for your beautiful designs.

  17. Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I have an image in my head of your dad and HE ROCKS (no pun intented). I love your 3D bowtoes – that is super clever :) Thanks for teh chance to win yummy fabric!

  18. Dorian Stanley
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I loved the story about your Dad…what a character! Now about your fabric, the colors are right up my alley…Orange, that certain color of blue and a bit of yellow makes a cheerful quilt or table topper. Thank You for the generous giveaway.

  19. Regina
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a story! So Mr. Cailey could just stop the road? I live in a city and what I found out to be a busy street. I need to know his contractors so I can build a park to stop traffic down my block. hahahahaha. I am glad your dad won. What a story. I can’t wait to tell my husband and daughters about this. It would have been over dinner but tonight is the Packers vs Bears game (GO PACK) so it will be over snacks!

  20. Lin
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Poor Dad…Why didn’t you guys bail him out? I want to try your bow tie quilt!…need some cool fabric!

  21. Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful fabrics and good luck with your new venture!!

  22. Linda L
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I love your story (and your fabric). And your good with your new venture.

  23. Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the story about your dad! Gotta love small towns :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Cindy Smith
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I am a late admirer. I just listened to your sister on the Patchwork Quilting podcast and wanted to come check out your fabrics. Y’all are so talented. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I just love your birds and bees line!! It is beautiful!!!

  26. Kathy Lancaster
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Love the Bow Tie Pattern

  27. Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Love your fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Jean B
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Love the story and the fabric

  29. CindyC
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I love living in the country without close neighbors…they are about 2 acres away. Still a bit too close.

  30. LC Caldwell
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Love your fabric line and the mystery of your story. Thanks for the chance!

  31. Melanie C
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    That story is hilarious!!! Loved it!

  32. Alexis
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    I really love your fabric, such beautiful colors and fun patterns. That story about your dad rocks! I can’t believe your neighbor could change the street so drastically and then claim trespassing on the property. CRAZY! You really made me laugh with that one.

  33. Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you are the daughter of an overnight criminal rock thrower, now how exciting is that. I’ll bet it is a hoot when you all get together and the story is being told. I live in Missouri and Old Drum is my claim to fame but I am afraid to tell my story because I don’t want to spend 24 hours in the hoosgaw!!! Thanks for a chance to win.

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