Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sew Sweet Moda Blog Hop Day 5



Welcome to Day 5 of the Sew Sweet Moda Blog Hop.

Today you will travel to Iowa, then on to New Jersey and South Carolina to visit Lauren and Jesse Jung, and finish up in California to visit Joanna of Fig Tree.




As you probably have already figured out, this blog hop is about our home town. Bruce and I are both originally from Minnesota. He a city boy from Jackson and me a farm girl, raised on a farm south of Jackson. A job brought Bruce to Algona, Iowa in 1971.


I moved here in 1973 after we were married.

We have lived here all of our married life.


Algona was founded in 1854 by two brothers, Ambrose and Asa Call, who named the city after the native word for "Algonquin waters".

Population: 5,560.

I won't bore you with any more history - if you need to know more - Google it.

We were asked the question does anyone famous live in your town?

Algona's claim to fame does not reside in a person but in a thing.

The world's largest Cheeto resides in Algona Iowa.

Yep that’s right I said Cheeto. Weighing in at 1/6 of and ounce and the size of a small lemon.

How did we come to have the largest Cheeto.

Long story short:

A navy petty officer, Mike Evens, based in Pearl Harbor bought a bag of Cheetos for his 3 year old son.




This Cheeto (or as I see it - a blob that looked more like a chicken McNugget.)-was found in the bag.

He decided to auction the Cheeto on Ebay.

Bryce Wilson our radio station disc jockey at the time headed up a campaign to buy the Cheeto and bring it to Algona. He was able to bid $180.00 with the plan to enshrine the Cheeto and put in on display as a tourist attraction.

However Ebay cancelled the auction as prices reached millions of dollars.

Evans liked what Algona wanted to do with the Cheeto.

He said they could have the Cheeto if we donated the $180.00 along with a $1000.00 donation from Frito-Lay to a food bank. We did so.



The Cheeto arrived by mail on March 10th. 2003.

It was shellacked and placed on a velvet cushion encased in Plexiglas.

David Letterman wanted to do a show featuring the Cheeto but Algona had to turn him down as they had already struck a deal with Jimmy Kimmel.



The Cheeto is on display at Emerald's Restaurant at 1515 N. McCoy Street in Algona. And like many of us know… with age comes shrinkage - I think it is now smaller than a small lemon.

And that is how the Big Cheeto came to Algona.

When you come to see the Cheeto - because I know you are all booking your flights now - be sure to take time to have lunch or dinner at Emerald's Restaurant. It is owned and operated by Chad and Molly Berte and the food is WONDERFUL! Tell them Sandy sent you. (FYI they do not serve anything with Cheeto as an ingredient!)


Now onto what this blog is really all about.

Moda's new pre-cut call Candy. Forty-two little 2 1/2" squares of sweetness.

Each designer was asked to make a project using the candy squares. We then did a show and tell with these projects at the Moda School house at Spring Quilt Market. Well some of us did. The day of school house I woke up with one of my migraine headaches. I have pills, but it usually take me a good 8 hour sleep after taking the pills before I am feeling "normal". So I tried to fight it off with extra strength Tylenol. That did not work so at 12:00 I gave in and took one of my miracle pills. School house was at 4:00. My headache was gone but needless to say I was still "loopy".

As we were all heading up to school house it dawned on me I needed to take some of my new quilts to show along with my candy project. I set my candy project down to pick up some quilts… yep you guessed it… and walked away without my candy project. For me school house was a blur.


You know the warning on the pill bottle...do not operated heavy equipment after taking these pills. They need to add or do a Moda School House!



This is the little pillow that no one has seen until now.

It is made with a my line Everlastings.

You can download the instructions here.

And there is more FREE to be had.



Leave a comment - anything - who is famous in your town, what is famous in your town, do you like Cheetos, do you not like Cheetos, and you could win one of these four Everlasting pre-cuts. Each of the 4 winners will also win a bag of Cheetos along with some other "Algona Goodies". We will announce the winners on Sept. 15.

Make sure you stop by to visit Joanna, Lauren and Jesse today too.

Good luck to all. I'm glad that you stopped by to learn a little bit about Algona.

I hope you will come to visit Algona sometime.

Beside the Cheeto we have:

Two quilt shops - Seams to Me and Heartland Quilt Shop. And many in the surrounding area.

The Chocolate Season. Yummy!

The Perky Parrot. Coffee shop by day martini bar by night.

The Pet Kingdom. Everything your pet could possibly want.

Three antique shops. Home Store Antique, The Vintage Shoppe and the Vintage Shoppe Too.

Phoenix. A gift shop with a lot of repurposed items.

The Market. Another great gift shop.

POW Museum.

The Grotto of Redemption. Located in West Bend, IA. - just 20 minutes from here.

Three golf courses. Algona Country Club, River Road and Spring Valley. (I had to have something for the men.)

Tomorrow we will visit Lily Ashbury, French General and Primitive Gatherings.

Happy hopping.

From my heart,

Sandy

588 comments :

  1. Love Cheetos - those flavor crystals mmmm. We have great gardens and farmer markets!

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  2. We love Cheetos in our household! We live in Godley, Texas. It is a very small town. Our town is really only know for 2 things: it's history on the Chisholm Trail and our girl's basketball team has won state numerous times. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  3. I am addicted to Cheetos! I try to limit my intake to a bag a day and try not to eat them while I am using my iPad, unless I have had a goodq amount of time to lick my fingers clean. I make. A special trip to SAMs club to but them- costc ISPs right across the street but they don't carry the box of 50 bags anymore.
    Doubt if I'll come to your hometown, but found it interesting that the largest chito was from my hometown!!!

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  4. I love cheetos, and can't get a lot of them here in Australia. Thanks for the the tour of your hometown!

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  5. I can't figure out why I am only the 4th comment! Although this isn't directly about my hometown, I do work for the company that makes the cheese coating for Cheetos. :)

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  6. Don't exactly love Cheetos, but I've been known to eat them when there was a bag in front of me! :o)

    Our town, Bentonville, AR, is famous for Wal-Mart being headquartered here. Also, with the Walton family local, we now have a world famous art museum, Crystal Bridges.

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  7. I do love Cheetos - especially the jalepeno ones :)

    My town, Coos Bay, is the hometown of Steve Prefontaine. And the New Carissa - that was quite the deal! Anyway, I'd sure love to be a winner!

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  8. I love crunchy Cheetos whiles our grandchildren like the puffy ones. Our retirement community is one of the best things that our town is known for.

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  9. I never buy Cheetos, but I do notice I tend to grab them first if they come into class in those variety bags! Home is where the heart is, in our case. We both grew up military, and met in Alaska!
    :-}pokey

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  10. Hey Sandy, Well I do like Cheetos but I am not sure if they are the same as the ones we have here in Australia.Our town was once famous for its jam, Monbulk Jam. It has long gone the small company was taken over by Cottees. Not sure if you can buy the jam anymore but we still have lots of berry farms in the area. You can go there and pick your own berries and make jam yourself. I am really enjoying the Moda Hop. It is so nice to see where everyone lives.

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  11. Cheetos are yummy and very addictive so I don't have them very often. Our Prime Minister's home is a few blocks away from my house. Pretty cool, eh!

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  12. I do like Cheetos especially the little paws. I don't care for the orange powder that clings to everything though.

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  13. I like cheetos but have not had them for along time. My town is famous for our 100 year old tabernacle built by the founbders of our town.

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  14. Cheetos are one of those things that never appeal to me until they are sitting in front of me on an empty stomach and then I wonder why I don't eat them more often. Kenai, AK is famous for the salmon fishing.

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  15. OMGOSH...I LOVE Cheetos...the puffy ones only...hmmm...now that you've put that thought in my head - I must run out in the morning and buy a bag to munch as we watch our Jacksonville Jaguars play in the afternoon!

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  16. My hometown is Fair Oaks, CA. Someone famous that people would probably know is Lisa Ling from the View, Charlie's Angels, etc...
    Love your new line!

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  17. I live in England but whenever I have visited the USA the one thing my son wants me to fill my suitcase with to bring back is CHEETOs. The ones with cheese that stick to your fingers! Best snack EVER!
    Please enter me in the draw to win some (and some fabric would be great too!) :o)

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  18. Love cheetos! Love the story about the biggest cheeto too. lol! Too bad about the shrinkage. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. My hometown is a small village in the south of the Netherlands.

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  20. My son loves Cheetos - I don't!
    I live in a tiny village with a population of less than 100 where nothing ever happens! I love it!

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  21. Not sure if the giveaway is international but.... Cheetohs are known as Cheezles downunder!

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  22. I love cheetohs. Our oldest daughter, when she was first talking loved them too and she called them "zahzahs" - I know, I have no idea why.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  23. I live in a small town: Minlaton, South Australia, Australia. It's surrounded by farms, but still only 10 minutes drive to beautiful white sandy beaches. Minlaton is famous for being "The barley capital of the world", due to the high yielding barley crops grown locally. sarahleighATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

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  24. I live in Grand Rapids Michigan and the most famous person from my town iw Presiden Gerald R. Ford.

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  25. I'm from the UK, and obviously very deprived. I've never had a Cheeto!

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  26. I love Cheetos! It is fun to read about hometowns -- such diversity!

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  27. My town,Flower Mound, is known for a mound in the center of town that is left in its natural state and wildflowers grow. Was a ceremonial site for Indians long ago. Supposedly no structure has ever been built on it.

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  28. Cheetos & a coke used to be my favorite treat. Now I haven't had them in years. Thanks for the tour of your town & for the giveaway!

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  29. Hi there,
    I love your cushion pattern. I needed an idea for x-mas gift for my mother in law and this is perfect!!
    Everyone in our house loves cheetos but when we try to eat them we have to give each of the dogs one at the same time! they would steal the who bags from the snack cabinet of we didn't use a curtain hook to lock the doors!! We got tired of always finding the chips missing!!!

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  30. LOL about the Cheeto! I have to admit, we aren't normally Cheetos aficionados but now that we live out of the US, in Ireland, and miss all things American, I think we'd fight over a bag of Cheetos!

    We live in a small town in the west of Ireland. I suppose the claim to fame is that we have a lot of history, the town regularly wins a tidy town award (seriously), and Muhammad Ali's ancestor emigrated from the town in the 1800s.

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  31. I am going to add that Cheeto to my bucket list. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. Love Cheetos! Sorry to say that we have no one famous in Holly Springs, NC. Your pillow pattern is adorable! Thanks for sharing your town and for the giveaway.

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  33. Oh yes, I do love Cheetos! Baseball is famous here in Cooperstown, NY as it is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. I like Cheetos. Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada is the home of the former US Air Base, Earnest Harmon.

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  35. Fun story!!

    I don't like Cheetos. No great way to get the orange off my fingers if I'm snack-attacking away from home.

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  36. My town is known for its golf carts, used to get anywhere in town. I can buy Cheetos at any grocery store in town without using my car!

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  37. I imagine you probably already know this, but Cheetos burn. No candles? Grab a bag of Cheetos. LOL I like them anyway, but they are not a quilting friendly snack!

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  38. I hate what my town of LaPorte IN is famous for. Belle Gunness murdered 49 people between 1884-1908 before she disappeared without a trace. Some books and movies have been done on her but the whole thing is just too disturbing for me. So get you Cheetos our and google her, if you want the horrid details.

    The fabric line is beautiful, thanks for the chance to win some.

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  39. Love Cheetos! I DO NOT love orange fingerprints I find when the kids eat them though! They go right down to the bathroom to wash their hands however, I always find a few prints! Out town is known for the world famous (at least that what the announcer says!) Harwinton Fair, not sure why he says world famous, but I get a laugh out of that every year when they have a time check.

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  40. Loved your story!!:) I live close to beautiful Lake Erie in Ohio and we have the best perch fish sandwiches around!!:) I'm also close to Cedar Point Amusement Park which is also on Lake Erie! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  41. Hi Sandy, Funny story. I live in Comanche, Texas. We are famous for having the oldest "standing" wooden court house in Texas. Her name is "Old Cora". She's a little log cabin that sits on the courthouse square, right by the big one. Cheetos, I take in spurts, less often than I used to.

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  42. I live in beautiful Boise, Idaho, home of the Boise State Broncos and the blue "Smurf Turf" football field. Love your tour.

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  43. What a funny story, love it! I live in munich, germany, and we had and still have a lot of famous people. E.g. Albert Einstein was born here and Phillip Lahm, the captain of FCBayern and the german National team (soccer). But sadly we don't have a good cheeto story.
    Thanks for the giveaway and greetings from germany, Hildy
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  44. Love Cheetos. I am in Richond, Virginia. A famous person who lived here was Edgar Allen Poe.

    The fabrics are really pretty. Love the pillow.

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  45. I do not love Cheetos but my book club does so they would get a big treat and surprise:)Me.. well I love fabric! thank you for the hop and to Moda. I live in the suburbs of Detroit, of course known for everything Motor City and for their 4 national sport teams. Little know is Scottys Fish and Chips which is fabulous! thanks again!

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  46. Thanks for entering me in the contest too. Love Cheetos!

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  47. Cheetos can fix just about any bad day..... We have tons of snowy ones in Michigan....

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  48. I live in Murphysboro, IL. I guess Mike Mills is famous in our town because of his BBQ. He has been on food channel, won many awards for BBQ. Also, he owns 17th Bar an Grill a restaurant chain. Love your new fabric line. My grand children love cheetos.

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  49. Ah, Cheetos vs. Cheez Doodles - choices, choices! lol

    I'm from Queens famous for having the most diverse school population in the U.S., and I now live in Kingston, NY famous for being the first capital of NY.

    Love the fabric! :)

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  50. My grandkids love it when I have cheetos at the house, we serve at all football games. I am from Omaha, and Warren Buffet lives here, he is a very very rich and nice man.

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  51. I Love Cheetos!! As far as anyone famous here in Eau Claire WI - Hank Aaron played baseball here and Bon Iver - Grammy winner is a Eau Claire native.

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  52. Cambridge,MN is the county seat of
    Isanti, and first settled by Swedish
    immigrants. Have been known to down
    a bag of Cheetos in an afternoon, some years ago, and still love to
    indulge now and then. Thanks for the
    chance to win.

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  53. Love Cheetos !!!! I live in Michigan. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  54. I live in a small town in Michigan - located in the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Cheetos are my favorite snack!

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  55. Love the Cheeto story! Thanks for sharing :)

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  56. Love cheeto's, just not what they do to me fingers..

    I have visited your town..I was born in Dubuque, Iowa and now live in Ohio.

    Thanks for a chance.

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  57. Love Cheetoes, and also love the pillows, Thanks

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  58. I enjoyed ready your post this morning. I live in Genoa City WI, the home of the soap opera The Young and the Restless. NOthing here resembles what is shown on the show, but alot of times when I say where I am from, people say "The Young and the Restless, right"?

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  59. Who is famous in our little town of Dexter, MI? Well that is easy. It was the hometown of that very FAMOUS quilter, Laurie Simpson, part of Minick and Simpson. I think her sister grew up in a nearby town. And also Millard Fillmore's (past President) brother is buried in our local cemetery. Um-m-m Cheetos!

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  60. Not a big Cheetos fan, I hate the crud stuck in your teeth after you eat them. I have a thing about crud stuck in my teeth. My husband, however, loves the Cheetos. I can always tell when he has been sharing his Cheetos TV snack with my big black dogs, because the dogs have orange powder on their faces and necks. BUSTED!! You're BUSTED, Mister! (He's not supposed to share junk food with the dogs. He does anyway because it's how he shows them love.)

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  61. Cheetos are a guilty pleasure. Like potato chips you can't eat just one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  62. Latest notable person in the town that I grew up in: Kettering, OH? That would be Brady Hoke, head coach of the Michigan Wolverines football team. And giving away my age I went to high school with him. Even though I was born and raised in Ohio, we were forbidden to go to OSU. So GO BIG BLUE!

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  63. I'm from Broadview Heights, Ohio; a little south of Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is famous for The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Patricia Heaton is from Cleveland. I love CHEETOS! Funny & true story: When we moved into our neighborhood several years ago, our dog would bark a lot. I would tell him in polish to (cheho). Our neighbors thought for the longest time that our dog's name was CHEETO!

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  64. I like Cheetos...but I love Cheese Puffs! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I call boston my hometown in U.S.
    There are a lot of famous people from here. A few I can think of actor Ben Afflack & Matt Daemon American Idol Ryan Seacrest and others.
    I wish I could remember other many other people.

    Oh, I absolutely love Cheetos. But try not to over do it ;).

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  66. I live in Austin, TX. Austin used to be famous for a cross-dressing homeless man that was able to get 3% of the vote for mayor. Now we are famous for live music and Willie Nelson!

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  67. I like cheetos but not very passionately. Your fabric line on the other hand, I have a great deal of enthusiasm for.

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  68. I live in Freedom, PA very near Pittsburgh, home of the famous "Pittsburgh Steelers". Live in a wonderful active community. Love cheetos and can eat the whole bag alone, but I shouldn't. The great-granddaughters love them as much as I do. Hope to win one of your giveaways.

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  69. Love Cheetos here in Indiana. Thanks for the cute pillow pattern and the chance to win!

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  70. What is better than Cheetos? Nothing!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

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  71. I LOVE. Cheetos! And you story- so cool! Thanks for the pattern and give away.

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  72. I love the cheeto story. Big cheetos fans at our house. Totally understand about the headache. I call them stupid headaches because I am apt to do stupid things I wouldn't normally do when I have one. I have a friend who put a pot holder in the oven with the food and started a fire while having a "stupid headache!" Thanks for including cheetos in the giveaway.

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  73. there is really nothing famour in our town but in one of our "suburbs" the Moundbuilders Park is located. It is a world heritage site and is an ancient burial ground on the Moundbuilders Indians. I love Cheetos- original flavor, regular or crunchy. i am a purist!

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  74. Love Cheetos, but it has to be the crunchy kind. Thanks!

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  75. My Hubby loves Cheetos!!!!!
    I live in Copperas Cove, TX which is right next door to the most famous and the largest military base in the world.... Ft Hood, TX! That is pretty much what is famous around here:)
    Thank you!

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  76. I love Cheetos, but eating them doesn't cause shrinkage. Most famous local person is Ava Gardner - from Johnston County, North Carolina. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  77. My city, Adelaide is famous for the Pie-floater! It is a small meat pie floating in pea soup and usually has a squirt of tomato sauce to top it off.

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  78. New Bedford is historically famous for having one of the largest whaling and fishing
    ports,,,,,, and yes I do love Cheetos.(a little too much)

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  79. Can't say I am a cheetto fan - like your old basic chip myself. Thanks for a chance to win

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  80. I haven't had Cheetos in probably 20 years, but loved them then! I'm in Costa Mesa, CA and among other things, Costa Mesa is home to several medal winners from the London Olympics!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  81. Cheetos are such a fun food! Have you ever seen anyone eating Cheetos that were not in a good mood?

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  82. My hometown of Marshall, Missouri, is known for Jim the Wonder Dog. Jim lived during the 30s and was able to obey commands in several languages, predict the sex of babies, and predicted the winner of the Kentucky Derby 8 years in a row.
    I love Cheetos, but not as much as i love your fabrics!

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  83. I live in Wytheville Virgina, Edith Bowling was born in this little town and married a president. We love Cheetos. Arent they in the food group?

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  84. Cheetos are my favorite snack, as for who is famous in my hometown... that would be President James Buchanan, Robert Fulton they are from Lancaster, but I now live in Northwest Florida Panhandle and the boxer Roy Jones Jr calls this area his home.. He is so nice... I worked with his aunt and he would visit her.

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  85. That is the craziest story I have heard in a long time. Thank you so much for starting my day with a laugh. Sandi Mayville,Michigan

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  86. I live in Harlan, Iowa and I'm embarrassed to say I've never been to Algona, but I have to say the quilt shops and antiques stores have more appeal to me than the world's largest Cheeto. But still -- I do love Cheetos. And I really love your fabric.

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  87. I live in Boise, ID. We are known for our blue football field...home of the Boise State Broncos. People come from all over to see it! And we love Cheetos in our house!
    schmitzsharon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. I'm not sure what my town is famous for. I've heard it was once called the Turkey capitol. Also, Casey Tibbs, a famous rodeo cowboy, slept here or rodeo'd here or something. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. I love Cheetos, when I have had a really bad day, Cheetos are for me.

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  90. I love cheetos too and don´t know when to stop when I open a bag.

    I live in Murcia,is known as Orchard Murciana and also here are the best wines.

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  91. Love Cheetos! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  92. Love your Cheetos story! At 89, my mother has suddenly discovered Cheetos, so each week I have to bring a supply to her at her assisted living facility. She loves to spend her afternoons reading romance novels and eating Cheetos!

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  93. I love Cheetos :) I am forever on a diet so only splurge once in a while:) thanks for the giveaway!

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  94. I love Cheetos, but don't indulge too often.

    Our town has the world's largest fondue pot. It's in the Guinness Book of World Records and everything. We have a fondue fest every year, but they only made the fondue in the giant pot once. The name of my town is Fond du Lac, which is why fondue is our claim to fame, I guess.

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  95. I can't recall ever meeting anyone who did not LOVE Cheetos. I definitely do! Love the pattern.

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  96. I love Cheetos! Sorry about the Migraines. I too suffer from migraines. Have for years. The medication I take is a preventative that I take daily, and then I have an injection that I take that works in like 5 minutes (AWESOME STUFF). But I think the preventative is working less and less, so I am going to see a neurologist October 2nd haven't seen one in 5 years, it is time.

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  97. I love cheetos. I don't know of any one famous in our town but our area is famous for bar-b que. thanks for the giveaway and hope you get to feeling better. I know about those migraines.

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  98. I live in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, home of the Hodag. The Hodag is a viscious animal that only eats white bulldogs. It has horns down it's back & is the high school mascot. It's origin stems from a story-teller & prankster named Jack Shepherd - a logger many many decades ago.Thanks for the Algona info - sounds like a nice place to live. And thanks for the chance to win some Cheetos - I love em - OH and some fabric too :)

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  99. Very cute pillow and I love Cheetos. What a funny story!

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  100. Loved the Cheeto story - I will definitely pay a visit if I ever make it to Algona! I happen to be a fan of Cheetos, but don't eat them often as they're rather addicting!

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  101. Your Cheeto story is very funny. Amazing what the internet has brought. My town - Kelowna BC - is probably best known as a summer vacation place and as having a very high percentage of seniors. It's a good retirment area because of the mild climate.
    Like Cheetos - love your fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. I am from a small town in Maine and it is probably most famous for its 4th of July celebration that people all of=ver the state attend...and yes I do like cheetos!

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  103. My kids love Cheetos, me, not so much. My hometown of Ft. Myers, Florida is famous for having the Thomas Edison museum. You can tour his home, laboratory and gardens. thanks for a chance to win.

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  104. I loved your Cheetos story--it made me laugh. My hometown, Vernal Utah, is known as Dinosaurland because of the Dinosaur National Park close by. All we have are dinosaur bones and fossils in a quarry--nothing as interesting as giant cheetos here. I love your pillow pattern with such awesome fabrics. Thanks!!!!

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  105. I love all your fabric, Sandy! Thanks for the chance to win. I also live in Iowa, but it's been a long time since I've been in Algona. Joan S.

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  106. Carly rae jepsen is from my town.

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  107. I love cheetos...live in Amite, Louisiana. Not known for much of anything...even though they did film part of the new Denzel Washington movie here a couple of months ago. Thanks for being so generous.

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  108. Oohh, I'm giggling at this!!
    We love Cheetos ... we have issues though - we can't just eat a "couple" - it ends up being the WHOLE bag!!
    Famous - I'm from Whitehorse, Yukon - Land of the Midnight Sun - So, in a way, our Northern Lights are famous - because it is seemed as "good luck" to conceive a child under the midnight sun - so in the dead of winter, we have a whole bunch of Asian tourists coming up here to .... Have good luck!
    (So that's my quirky famous thing up here)

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  109. King City, Ca is immortalized in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Im glad you are including a bag of Cheetoes in your give away.

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  110. What an interesting story! My town is famous for Thomas Jefferson, his home, Monticello and his University, the University of Virginia. Cheetos are an interesting snack, but the Puffs version are my favorite!

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  111. Love Cheetos, but since Weight Watchers, I have not had any. Once I reach my goal weight, I will use points to have a few.

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  112. Once I start eating Cheetos there is no stopping me!!:o) Nelly Furtado (singer) and David Foster are both from my home town...the home of Butchard Gardens and the Empress Hotel found in beautiful Victoria, BC in Canada. Thanks so much for being a part of this blog hop...I am learning so much about different cities right across North America! Also thank you for the chance to win your wonderful and VERY generous Give Away!
    Paulette

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  113. I love Cheetos. Cute story. Here in Omaha, our claim to fame is Warren Buffet. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  114. Cheetos! YUM!Love your story and a great donation to food bank. I live in South Texas where the weather is always warm not far from the gulf a town call Victoria. Thanks for your story and sharing. Judith, Texas

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  115. Cheetos are my absolute favorite of all things crunchy, no off brands will do! I guess under famous people in my town would have to be, Kara Dioguardi. She only comes to Prospect Harbor Maine in the summer if that counts. She is a song writer and a music producer, (was a judge on, American Idol). Love your blog and thanks for all your hard work!

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  116. Love Cheetos . . . but can't remember last time I had one! Also love you sweet little pillow. Looks great in Everlastings. We are famous for our chile here in New Mexico--red and green. It's used like chicken soup to cure whatever's bothering you. Not sure about headaches though. Fun to learn about Algona, and thanks for the chance to win.

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  117. I love Cheetos! Except the spicy ones. Just give me the regular cheesy goodness and I'm a happy girl! :)

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  118. I come from Duncan which is home to the largest hockey stick in the world - no cheetos but......thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  119. Thank you Sandy for sharing your blog with all of us! Love your stories and pictures ... and humor! I also get migraines so I extend my sympathy!

    We live in Winnebago, IL which is known for the Native American Indian Tribe "Winnebago" Indians. It's a small, sleepy little country town where the local merchants actually get to know everyone here!

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  120. I don't think I have ever eaten a Cheeto! Not surprising as I live in the UK. Although I have visited the US at least 12 times in the last 8 years, I don't think I have ever been offerd one.

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  121. That was a funny story! Love Cheetos but I rarely eat them...just can't eat one (bag that is) so I just stay way from them!
    Nothing that funny from my seaside town of Oxnard,California...lot's of produced grown here and 2 large Naval bases, that about it!
    New to quilting and so these Hops help me "meet" new people and find wonderful designer like yourself!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    Happy Sewing!

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  122. I love how the fabrics look in your pillow, beautiful shades. I enjoyed reading about your town and life and love your wedding photo. We live In North Kingstown RI and were married in 1975, fun to look back at how we dressed then.

    Debbie

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  123. What a fun story - world's biggest Cheeto; who knew??

    Milford, PA's most famous holding is the flag that was placed under President Lincoln's head after he was shot. Not nearly as fun as a big Cheeto, but an important reminder of a horrible day.

    Thanks for the introduction to Algona and for the wonderful chances to win!

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  124. The Cheetos story is so funny, if I'm ever in the area I will definitely stop in to see it. Thanks.

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  125. No one famous in our small town; I love the taste of cheetos, but not the orange residue! LOL

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  126. I like Cheetos, but rarely buy them ... to addictive! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. Cutw pillow pattern. I live in Thousand Oaks CA. Thanks for sharing your town and the Cheeto story. I do like Cheetos.

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  128. YUM! Another great food, Cheetos. Nice story.
    My home town is Cadyville, NY ( located between Lake Placid and the Canadian Border). Our "famous" well loved local food is the Michigan. It actually is a hot dog in a bun with a zesty hot, meat sauce on top served topped with onions and mustard. YUMMY! I'm really enjoying this hop with where all you talented people live. Thanks for sharing.

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  129. Didn't know at first what a Cheeto was - then I saw the oicture of the bag. Never had one but love the story. I live in Bristol, UK and our most famous person is Banksy - a grafitti artist (now quite know outside the UK I think).

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  130. I love cheetos and could eat half a bag at a time!

    Thanks for your giveaway chance!

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  131. I love the story of your Cheeto. I live in Maryland, where crabs and crab cakes are the mainstay of restaurants (and cream of crab soup, too). Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway.

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  132. I love the big puffy cheetos! I love to grab a small bag on the way out of the grocery store and sneak them until I get home. i do not like to share them..

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  133. I guess it's time I find something famous about my hometown! I love where I grew up as well as where I live now. My kiddos love Cheetos, but I love fabric much more!

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  134. I live in reno nv. We are famous for gambling, silver. I love cheetos!!!!

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  135. Cheetos is one of my favorite foods. Love your fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  136. Cheetos are pretty great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. Like cheetos. Cleburne, TX is where I live and it's named for a Confederate General, Patrick Cleburne. Thank you for the fabric giveaway.

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  138. I too love cheetos and they are addictive.Your fabrics are addictive also thanks for the giveaway.

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  139. Greetings from Kamloops, Canada. We are famous for our ski resort " Sun Peaks" . Thanks

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  140. I live in Columbia City, Indiana. We have had a Vice President of the United States and we also had a Governor of Indiana from our town.

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  141. I live in Severn, Maryland and the only famous person I know that lived here it Toni Braxton. My daughter is the Cheetos lover in the family so if I win, she will probably claim the snack.

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  142. I love crunchy cheetos. I live in Winston-Salem, NC, home of Wake Forest University, which has had some famous professors and students such as Maya Angelou and Arnold Palmer and Tim Duncan.
    Susan
    susie.gsalasso@gmail.com

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  143. Ames, Ia home of the ISU CYCLONES!!
    Hickory Park Restaurant-Great Plains Sauce and Dough Pizza. Crunchy Cheetos are the best!

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  144. I live in Calgary Alberta, home of the Calgary Stampede which is held for ten days in July. This year was the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

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  145. Hi Sandy...

    I live in Bremerton, WA...Howard Duff was born here (not sure many remember him) also, Bill Gates Sr. (I hear his son is pretty successful). Not a big Cheetos fan tho..but my sister loves them!!

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  146. I just love Cheetos. I think the most famous person from my town or maybe the town next to mine is David Archuleta.

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  147. Thanks for the tour. I had not seen your new line, and certainly did not know about the famous Cheeto. I love your little pillow pattern as well - hope I can make it someday.
    -Clara

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  148. I live in Omaha, Nebraska (in historical order) the winter quarters of the Mormons as they trekked to Utah, the eastern beginning of the Transcontinental RR, once the meat-packing capital, birthplace of Pres Gerald Ford (although he only lived here a very short time), Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando and current homehome to Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller) and of course, Warren Buffett.

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  149. Love your Cheeto story, and I love puffy Cheetos! Thank you for the chance to win your beautiful fabric!

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  150. ha! the big cheeto story is funny and yes I like them but don't eat them much because I like to stay away from processed foods. those are some great goodies - thanks for the chance to win

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  151. I love CHEETOS!!! The cruchy ones are always the downfall of my diets!....janet

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  152. I live in Williamsport PA. We have Mike Muzzina,(#42,Orioles), Kelly Mazzanti, professional WBL. and a host of others.

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  153. I love Cheetos (hate the orange fingers though...LOL!) but I love your fabric more. Please pick me for the giveaway :)

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  154. Love the story. However if I had found a lg. cheeto in a bag, I probably would have eaten it and thought, "lucky me". I also grew up in MN. Lamberton to be exact. Close to Little House on the Prairie's Walnut Grove. I live near KC, MO now though. Really like the fabric and pillow. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Jean

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  155. I think I would like to visit your town, the chocolate season stopped me right away! I love Cheetos, as does everyone in my family. I am from West Chester, Pa, and our claim to fame is this is the home of QVC! There is lots to see and do in our hometown but everyone knows about QVC.

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  156. What a cute pillow! Thank you for the pattern. :)
    I live in Libertyville, IL and we are famous for Marlon Brando having grown up here. He attended Libertyville High School, and worked at our local theater (until they fired him because he sometimes didn't show up to work!).

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  157. I love cheetos!!! And I'd love to make that pillow! It's darling.

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  158. We don;t have any famous Cheeto's here in Breezy Point, MN, but we do have a cheesy Elvis impersonator that performs on the beach every Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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  159. I love cheetos, but the big cheeto kind of grossed me out. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  160. I live in the Willamette Valley, Oregon and we are most famous for
    our wineries and Grandma's Attic Sewing Emporium. I am not all that
    crazy about Cheetos, but that was a fun story!
    thank you for the sweet pillow pattern.

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  161. Love cheetos! The movie "One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" with Jack Nicholson was filmed at the Mental Hospital here.

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  162. Hubby loves the crunchy while I prefer regular 'puff' Cheetos ... you make me want to visit Algona's quilt shops and dining places! It's been a long time since I attended community college in Estherville and I really haven't been back through Algona since then (30 years ago!)

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  163. Cute pillow, I would like to make one to match a quilt.

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  164. HAHAHA!!! I love Cheetos! My hometown, Saint Joseph Michigan is known for it's sandy beaches on Lake Michigan. Thanks to you and Moda for the giveaway!

    b.

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  165. Sorry to see I don't likje cheetos, only crisps I eat are salted patato chips. I live in à small dutch village called Valkenburg and we host the world championship cycling next week, so Maybe one of you sees my little town
    Greetings Miranda

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  166. First of all, I like Cheetos, I just don't like the orange mess they make all over your hands.

    We recently moved to Centennial,Colorado so I don't know much about what our adopted town is famous for except it is the home of Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin. Of course, that is enough in my opinion!

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  167. Well I really like cheatto's but I know I could not eat one that big, it kinda looses it appetizing appeal :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  168. We're famous as being the state capitol: Carson City, Nevada. We're just a 20 minute drive to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. This weekend we've got the balloon races in Reno (about 25 minutes away) and the camel and ostrich races in Virginia City.

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  169. If I won some Everlastings precuts my husband would be happy because he loves Cheetos, and of course I would be thrilled. Your town sounds adorable, I hope I can visit it some day.

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  170. I grew up in a small town called Leamington in Utah, population 100. It has grown to about 200 now, but I'm not there anymore. I much prefer the city. Cute pillow pattern, thank you very much for it and for your wonderful giveaway!

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  171. Love Cheetos! I'm from opposite end of the state, Ottumwa, IA. Many, many years ago Ottumwa was called Little Chicago. Radar from TV 'Mash' was always saying he was from Ottumwa and Tom Arnold is from here. Thanks for taking part in the Moda Shop Hop.

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  172. I enjoyed reading your blog. It was extremely entertaining. Sounds like they may need to add a magnifying glass enclosure around the famous cheeto over time. :) I live in Apex, NC and there was a small movie made here at the Rusty Bucket. Downtown Apex. It is a rapidly growing place about 15 min from Raleigh NC Thanks for entertaining blog ; pattern and give away.

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  173. Love those Cheetos! They carry them in super hot here in N.M. I love the traditional crunchy ones. Love your fabric line and thank you for the free pattern.

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  174. I love cheetos! I am from Cardwell, Montana! I guess we are known for the beauty of Big Sky Country and all of amazing wildlife we have. We are also very close to the Lewis and CLark caverns (great caves to tour). I love your everlastings fabric! I saw it at our local quilt shop, Cozy Mountain Quilts in Whitehall, Montana (An amazing quilt shop and website!).

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  175. Hello...I am in Spokane, WA....and maybe it is famous for Bing Crosby's home town. I have Cheetos in my pantry right now. My grand kids love them. The fabrics that you are offering on this fun contest are fantastic. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  176. Hi, I love crunchy cheetos. Don't like the orange fingers though. I live in the Phoenix area of Arizona. We are famous for cacti, Mexican food, a dry heat, mountains and lakes. We have more boats per capita than anywhere else. We have lots of high end hotels. People love to come here in the winter.
    Many celebrities have come from here: Steven Spielberg, Wonder Woman, David Spade, Erma Bombeck, Zane Grey, Bill Keane, Frank Lloyd Wright, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Nicks to name a few.
    Oh, also Geronimo and Cochise.
    Have a great National Sewing Month...

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  177. I enjoyed reading the Cheetos story! I'm not sure I've ever had a Cheeto, but we do have Cheezies here, which I believe is close. I do like those! I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and we're famous for the Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and the gateway to the Canadian Rockies!

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  178. My hometown is not too far for you ! Clarion, we have a teddy bear festival. Where I live now is Dubuque and we've got just about everything! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  179. Cheetos are great, but not a "quilting friendly" snack-- unless we're trying to add ore orange to our projects ;) No one "famous" from Mission Viejo, CA (where I'm from)... Greg Louganis was an Olympian Diver form here, and we have some shi-shi neighborhoods where celebrities dwell, but that's the best I've got.
    ~robin
    welchrobin@Hotmail.com

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  180. I live near Elmwood NE and it is the town where author Bess Streeter Aldrich lived.
    And, I love Cheetos!

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  181. I know what you're talking about--I have those headache 'miracle pills' too. And after I had surgery this summer, my discharge instructions actually said 'do not operate any machinery such as a sewing machine, lawn mower, snow blower or chain saw'! Love the pillow and the fabric (Cheetos too)!

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  182. Like cheetos, don't like the orange fingers.

    marksey3@msn.com

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  183. I live in Aldergrove BC Canada. Nothing famous here. But I'll start checking my popcorn, or chocolate bars or tea bags for unusual sizes to see if I can get our town to be famous!

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  184. Sorry to say I am not a fan of Cheetos's, but would love a chance to win some of your goodies! I live in a small town in Southern New Hampshire. Thank you!

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  185. love the story of "The Giant Cheeto"!!!!!!

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  186. I love cheetos, who doesn't? My home town is famous for the "Ranch Hand" sold at a small local drive in - Burger West.

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  187. My husband loved Cheetos so there would be something for him if I won. My town is Big Rock and there is a big rock in town.

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  188. I love your little pillow, I love making mini or small pillows.
    and I really love love cheetos-they are the best snack ever-besides popcorn and potato chips-lol
    thanks for the chance to win some awesome giveaways

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  189. My hometown has been declared as the Baseball Capitol of Nebraska. I remember spending a lot of summer evenings at the ball park.

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  190. Oh, I was laughing so hard at the Cheetos story...we're big Cheetos fans at our house...at least my youngest daughter and I! Thanks for such a fun visit...my daughter says we have to come visit someday to see the world's largest Cheeto!

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  191. Hi, I live in Dallas Or. Near Salem the capitol. I love the "natural" Cheetos. In the 80's James Gardner and James Woods filmed part of a movie in our town.I wish I could remember the name. Something about a mentally challenged brother.

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  192. This post was hilarious. Thanks for making me smile! The town I live in is the hometown of Naomi, Wynona and Ashley Judd and a couple miles down the road is the hometown of Billy Ray Cyrus. I wonder if any of them like Cheetos?

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  193. I live in Tracy, CA (which is between Stockton and Oakland in Northern California)....I'm not sure if anyone is famous from here but we just had our bean festival....the only problem, there was one 45 foot tent that sold beans and the rest of downtown was other foods, entertainment and wares...can't complain though, my family had a great time still, just a lil too hot....cheetos are okay, but i know my 3 year old son would love them!!

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  194. Love your designs, love everything you do! You make me smile.

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  195. My sweet little town is known for it's Tony Award winning...Utah Shakespearean Festival.

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  196. Love the Cheetos story---
    I live in a rural Western MN community. I'm not sure we're famous for anything special. We do have a 4-year college in our community.
    Your fabric line is awesome.

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  197. I love love love Cheetos ! The famous person from our home town is Sam Walton founder of Walmart.

    Sure would enjoy getting one of your gifts. Hope I win.

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  198. I grew up in Neola, Iowa but I have not heard of your town. I love Cheetos and your story is funny. Love the pillow, sorry you had a bad time doing the School House presentation. So did you lose the pillow or find it? Thanks for the chance to win fabric.

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  199. Oh, yes, I do love my Cheetos!! :-) I really enjoyed your tour of Algona-- and the story of the Giant Cheeto! LOL This whole blog hop has been so fun-- getting to visit all these different -- without having to leave the comfort of the recliner! :-) And, I must say, that the prizes being offered are so imaginative and FUN!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!! :-)

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