AMB Blog Tour – Welcome to California!

Today the AMB Blog Tour is visiting California and Minnesota. Welcome to California! My name is Joan Lucchese and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most picturesque regions in the United States.

Cali2 California is a State filled with diversity. Home to more than 40,000,000 people, California is a “minority majority” state, with 58% of its population being Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other groups. 26% of its people were born outside the U.S. This provides us with a very rich cultural environment. California is also diverse in its topography.

From the majestic mountains of Yosemite Valley, to the beautiful sandy beaches of Southern California….




….to the quiet desolation of Death Valley, and the cool, lush redwood forests…



California has many features that attract visitors from around the world.


California contains the lowest and the highest points in the continental U.S. You can travel from 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney in less than a day.

Invented in California:  Apple computers, fortune cookies, blue jeans, the Barbie doll, and theme parks (Disneyland).

 The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has enough steel wires in its cables to circle the earth at the equator 3.5 times.

My license plate was inspired by this post card from the 1950’s:


Palm trees are an icon for California, so I decided to use them. I also wanted to celebrate the variety of beautiful colors available in AMB’s line of solids, so I added a quilt made from them. If you would like to make this block for yourself, you can find a pdf of the pattern here. Make one copy of the pdf as a placement guideline for the applique pieces. Make a second copy of the pdf and either print or trace it onto the dull side of a sheet of freezer paper. Cut out the individual pieces and iron them onto fabric and cut out the shapes. Affix them to the background with iron-on fusible. I lightly traced the shapes of the letters onto the background and then hand-embroidered on the outlines for the State name.


Thank you for visiting CaliQuilter on the Blog Tour today. I have some gifts to give away.

amb-giveawayAMB is giving away a fat quarter stack of eight of their lovely solids. The person that wins the fat quarter stack will also be receiving this brand new book just released by C&T Publishing. “At Home with Modern Jane,” is filled with creative projects. There will be lots of inspiration here for all that fabric coming your way!


Two more people will also be chosen to receive 6″ x 7″ charms of all 50 colors of AMB fabric. I cut up the samples they sent me into two piles. (A few have small pieces cut from them for the license plate, so forgive the imperfection.) It is what quilters love best – free fabric!


Those two people will also receive a copy of “Playful Petals” written by my friend, Cory Yoder (Little Miss Shabby). This book offers a number of applique projects using petal shapes, and the fabrics I am sending you would be perfect in these quilting projects! playfulpetals

For a chance to win one of these gifts, leave me a comment about the Blog Tour. (My followers will get an extra entry.) Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour and enter their give-aways, too! I will pick the winners on Friday, June 13th, using the Random Number Generator tool. If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure to leave your email address in your comment.

Day 16 9-Jun California Sept. 9, 1850 Cali Quilter
9-Jun Minnesota May 11, 1858 The Curious Quilter
Day 17 10-Jun Oregon Feb. 14, 1859 Sew Mama Sew
10-Jun Kansas Jan. 29, 1861 Lilac Lane
Day 18 11-Jun West Virginia June 20, 1863 Coop Crafts
11-Jun Nevada Oct. 31, 1864 Inventive Denim
Day 19 12-Jun Nebraska Mar. 1, 1867 Renaissance Sandi
12-Jun Colorado Aug. 1, 1876 Sew Incredibly Crazy
Day 20 13-Jun North Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts
13-Jun South Dakota Nov. 2, 1889 Moneik Quilts
Day 21 16-Jun Montana Nov. 8, 1889 Why Knot Kwilt
16-Jun Washington Nov. 11, 1889 Bloomin’ Workshop
Day 22 17-Jun New Jersey Dec. 18, 1787 Studio 78 Notes
17-Jun Wyoming July 10, 1890 Excessive Compulsive Sewing
Day 23 18-Jun Utah Jan. 4, 1896 Fireball Quilts
18-Jun Oklahoma Nov. 16, 1907 Hollyhock Quilts
Day 24 19-Jun New Mexico Jan. 6, 1912 Dora Quilts
19-Jun Arizona Feb. 14, 1912 So Many Quilts, So Little Time
Day 25 20-Jun Alaska Jan. 3, 1959 Quilt As You Go
20-Jun Hawaii Aug. 21, 1959 Barbara Bieraugel Designs

Happy traveling! Until next time,