Monday, July 1, 2013

Stamp on It blog hop day #4

The winner for the Moda charm pack is none other then...Pat:

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo ... adorable! I love it. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win, too ... :) Pat

Pat please email me with your info and I will get it out to you.....I have left you a message on your blog.

Thanks for stopping in everyone and have a wonderful holiday.....






What a wonderful hop this has been.  I really struggled with what I wanted to do.  Since I love shoes and handbags I was going to do that but then thought differently.  So what I did decide on was taking something from my state of TN  that most people are aware of here in Chattanooga and see if I could put it on a stamp.  Here is a little history on the Chattanooga ChooChoo:

Thanks to Thearica for being a wonderful cheerleader and Madame Samm for such a wonderful fun filled blog hop and being a great hostess also to our sponsors. Please go and visit with my fellow stampers today and let them know you were there.


I am assuming we all know the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo which actually was song by allot of people;
for one Glenn Miller  put it to music back in the 40's which was about a train trip from Pennsylvania Station New York City through to the terminal Station in Chattanooga.  But what I did not know is that it was also sung by  many, many people such as; Andrews Sisters, Ray Charles, Harry Connick, Jr., The Muppets  and Elvis Presley just to name a few.

Per Wikipedia It was  a former railroad station, once owned and operated by the Southern Railway, listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesThe original Chattanooga Union Station was built in 1858 but continually was too small with the expansion of passenger  use and had to be rebuilt a few times.
The station was re-opened in 1909 and was the latest and largest station in Chattanooga's history.  After the decline of the railroad traffic in the 50's and 60's the last train to leave the station happened in 1970.  Then it was bought by local business's and renamed Chattanooga Choo Choo.  Today the 24 acre complex is a convention center, hotel resort with restaurants and shops.  You can stay in a half of a restored passenger railway car; the restaurant is in the terminal station itself.  And the "Dinner in the Diner" is the complex's fine dining venue housed in a restored 1938 Class A dining car.  There is much more info out there if anyone is interested.  After all this ( and thank you for staying with me)here is my little art quilt depicting the Chattanooga Choo Choo:

There is many layers to this 15" x 15" stamp.  I started with duck and added a coat of modge podge then layered the fabric for the scenery, ink dyed  it  to take some of the starkness out of it and quilted it.  I appliqued the train and tracks down used buttons for the wheels, angelina for the smoke from the stack on the train then added the state and stamp markings all in jacquard pearlesence paint.
If you stayed with me this long then you certainly deserve to be in a drawing of some kind .. Since the 4th of July is in a few days I will make this the prize for one lucky person at the end of the blog hop,..good luck and thanks for visiting..





72 comments:

jan said...

That is too cute! I love the Choo-Choo.
jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

Kathryn said...

Thanks for the history lesson and the details on how you constructed your stamp. Very nice. Kathie L in Allentown

Judy B said...

Now that Chattanooga Choo-Choo stamp is a real tribute to your hometown! I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

Your stamp is so cute. I love it. Thanks for sharing your creativity

Anita said...

Love the cute stamp!

feltfree på Åsly said...

So beautiful your stamp. Thanks for sharing

Debby said...

Yes, I know the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo"! Your stamp captures it and I think it's so cute! Thanks for sharing the story and your stamp.

Anonymous said...

Your Choo-choo is very cute and I enjoyed reading the history behind it. From California, thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

Thanks Nellie for visiting and I am so glad you enjoyed the little bit of history I shared with my stamp.

charlotte said...

How cute. I love your Chatenooga Choo choo. Sew cute and you did a great job.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Thanks for sharing the history, and the cute stamp!

lauraluvsloons said...

I'm enjoying seeing all these miniature works of art. Your stamp is so cute. I love big band music - always makes me nostalgic for my parents and their generation.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love it!!! I think it was a fantastic idea for your stamp...and thanks for a giveasway

Liz - Moments said...

Your stamp os cute ...my nephew would love it !
He's a big Train fan !

ga447 said...

I love the way you did the Choo-choo, and the background. I love anything with trains.

patchouli moon studio said...

Sharon that stamp is darling. The cute train with the button wheels and the tracks and the lovely sky is great.

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice - what a fun stamp!

Mary said...

Great stamp. Love the history. Thank you for sharing.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Great job on the stamp. Interesting story.

apple blossom said...

love your stamp. very creative and thanks for the chance to win at your giveaway.

Robin Sheaffer said...

Haha, your choo-choo is awesome!

Madame Samm said...

I LOVE your stamp...chattanooga....ok, did I get that right....totally into...

Linda said...

Your Chattanooga Choo-Choo is adorable! You did a great job on your stamp!

vicki said...

Lol, cute stamp! Thanks for the history and the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

Very creative stamp -- love the embellishments you added. Great job!

Carol said...

"Pardon me boy(Sharon), is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?" You are so creative! I love the different methods you used to create this stamp...it's beautiful!

Katie M. said...

WOW, so creative! What great use of fibers. A really cute stamp.

Kathy L said...

Love your choo choo. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I love your choochoo and my 3 boys would immediately adopt it!

Anonymous said...

My boys would immediately adopt your stamp! :-))

Abbigail said...

Love your stamp!
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Agnes B. Bullock said...

YES! a train stamp! My husband will love seeing this- he works fro the Metro system in St Louis, but has also worked for CSX railroad and the Susquehanna railroad. Don't even get me started on his O-guage train layout!

Robin said...

wow what a lot of work but a great finish.

Robin in Washington State
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Linda J said...

I love your Chattanooga Choo-Choo stamp! Perfect choice for area landmark since Lookout Mtn, Rock City and the Aquarium would be a challenge. I've been to the venue that you were talking about so smiled through the whole post. Way to go, Sharon!

JanesQuilting said...

Your stamp is great. I knew the song, but did not know the story. Thank you for taking the time to shar with everyone.

Joanna said...

It sounds as if the old terminal has been put to good use. Your stamp is a nice tip of the hat to a part of our history. It looks super.

Emily C said...

Very cute stamp. Love the train and your postmark is quite nice. Great job.

Little Quilt Shop said...

Very Very sweet....we always sing....Pardon Me Boys, Is THAT the Chattanooga ChooChoo when we run around that city on the Highway!!...with the Bing Crosby type singing....Thanks!!

krislovesfabric said...

Nice lil train, love your stamp :)

Jeanie said...

Great tribute to the Chattanooga.... I still love to ride a train....even if it's a mini one at the zoo! Thanks for the stamp history and the giveaway!

Gill said...

This is fabulous - I'd love to learn more about how you made it!
Thanks for sharing!

Joyce Carter said...

Wow, Sharon. It sounds like you put a lot of work into your stamp and it really shows. I love the way the colors look at the top and the train is just adorable. Great job!

tink's mom said...

Great stamp. I like that you included how you came up with the idea and how you created it. I especially liked the history on the station. I love little tidbits like that, they round out the work.

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

That's a cute stamp!
Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

The Slow Quilter said...

I love show tunes and I love the Chattanooga Choo-Choo one. That is a great stamp and thank you for the giveaway.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love that choo choo!!

Bonnie58 said...

Love your stamp. It is great. Thanks so much for sharing

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

What a fun stamp! Great story too. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Cathy said...

Wow! Your stamp is just the Cutest! Gosh, I love it! Thank you for the history too. Great post!

Lou said...

Love your Choo Choo!

Denise Russell said...

I love your stamp! Great blog, too!!!

Vicki H said...

You've got a real cute choo choo. Thanks for sharing.

Cecilia said...

Very cute! I love the choo choo! Thank you for sharing.

Scrapatches said...

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo ... adorable! I love it. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win, too ... :) Pat

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

This is a great post! we stayed overnight in refurbished caboose cars, totally fun! I just love your stam and now I will be singing the song!! Thanks for sharing.

evelyn said...

What a fun stamp to make. Thanks for sharing the process.

robin said...

Awesome choo choo stamp! :)

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

How wonderful your stamp looks. Thank you for sharing with us. That was a lot of work for a little stamp. Good history lesson...




















Julia Plunkett said...

Great stamp quilt! Loved the history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

maggie said...

I really do love your stamp. Chattanooga Choo Choo, my mom always played that song. I think it was a record by Glenn Miller Band.
Very unique stamp! Thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

Leslie said...

I've been through Chattanooga but haven't' had the opportunity to visit. Of course we all know about the choo choo. Great idea to use it for this hop.

LJ said...

Fabulous stamp. It's just adorable with it being a landscape and the train having button wheels. You did a marvelous job! Thanks, too, for the little history lesson; you shared lots of things I didn't know the real Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Janarama said...

Your stamp is too cute! I love all the layers. I remember the Chattanooga Choo Choo song from Sing Along with Mitch when I was a wee tot.

usagypsy said...

I love your stamp! So creative with all the different steps that went into it. Enjoyed the history that goes with it too!
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Sewgirl said...

Cute stamp...love the train and the creative layering. Thanks for sharing.

BizyStitches said...

great stamp. You went to a lot of work, and it surly paid off. It is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway and for the fun.

gpc said...

What a great stamp -- who doesn't love a choo choo?!

Theresa said...

I love trains and I love your choo choo stamp, so sweet!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Now just how fun is this, complete with a little bit o choo choo history! I can see Elvis hanging out the window of the train, singing away! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, it seems like you put a lot of work in your stamp, I love the layers. Thanks for the giveaway choo-choooooo haha
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Annette Schultz said...

nice little choo choo.
I think most of us remember that song. thanks sew much for sharing and hosting your own give away too.
in stitches

Scrapatches said...

Thank You! I am sew happy ... :) Pat