Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hugs and Kisses, How Sweet!

So what is your first thought when you hear the words "Hugs and Kisses"?  I bet you don't think of what I am thinking!

Before I tell you mine, I want to give a big "Thank You" to Soma from "Whims & Fancies" and Madame Samm for all their hard work and to let them both know how much fun it has been for me.

When I first seen your post on "Hugs and Kisses", I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I quickly blurted out to my son, and he started laughing.  He said he knew what I was thinking.  "HERSHEY"!!! 



Oh, yeah,  I lived there most my life.  I sat with the security guard when I was young.  My mother worked 2nd shift, and she sat me with them till my father came out.  He worked 1st.  Most of my aunts, uncles, even my brother worked there.  Eventually, so did I.

Well, before I show you my guys....let me tell you I also had a "Love - Hate" relationship with this.  I Love doing Applique, that is part of what I was thinking....but as I read on, I seen it was Paper Piecing, Which, I Hate (only cause I am not good at it)  That didn't stop me.....

So here is my Kiss......


Hershey Kisses were introduced in 1907 by Milton Hershey.
He dedicated the Plume (paper pull) extending out of the wrapper in 1924.

And here is my Hug......


Hugs were introduced to the Kiss family in 1993.
They are a delectable combination of Hershey's Milk Chocolate hugged by sweet white cream.


Together they make a great combination of sweet treats.
The name Kiss, came from Milton.  The machine dropping them on the conveyer belt, makes the sound Kiss.  He also said that they taste so sweet...just like a Kiss.


The first Kiss made was 2 inches tall. That didn't last but a month.  The Kiss also became the first automated candy made in the factory.  As of 1921, no human hands touched the kiss till they were in the bags themselves.  Those that were unwrapped, or missed, were melted down and put in Milk Chocolate bars.  


1,300 kisses are wrapped in a minute, and there are a total of 90 kisses in a 1 pound bag.
The Large Kiss was discontinued in Hershey, PA and sent to Mexico to be made in 1994.
The rest of the Kisses and Hugs were then transferred to the West Hershey Plant. 


All the Main Street lights are Kisses.  Every other one is wrapped in Silver.  
They especially look good in Winter with snow on them.  

I must say that I started my diet the first week of January.  So I must give a special thanks for this hop...It also gave me.........


(Well, I had to buy these.  I needed them for a picture, LOL)

Sad to say...the original factory was sold 2 years ago, and was torn down.  The only thing remaining are the large smoke stacks that say "Hershey". 
(but don't listen to the rumors, the candy was not shipped to Mexico, they are still being made in Hershey in a new plant that was built on the West end of town. 

I hope I didn't bore you too much.  I seem to get long winded.  
Here it is, now hanging in my kitchen:


  

Now, lets grab a handful of the kisses, and hop on over to get more
"Hugs and Kisses"


Feb 17th




Lady Mary

Lady Vickie

Lady Anne

Lady Selina

Lady Theresa



Feb 19th



 Lady Bente

Lady Kristen

Lady Linda

Lady Marcy

Lady Susie


Mdm Samm

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day....I sure did....I got a dozen Yellow Roses from my husband.  (he has gotten me either yellow or pink roses every year since we were married...and that will be 39 years this year)




I must show you my card.  




And the inside:



Fits me to the tee.....LOL....

Till next time,

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!!!

To get special designed quilts or to see my gallery, check out my site at: http://janesquilting.com

66 comments:

Judy B said...

I sew enjoyed the story of my favorite candy! Your quilt is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

jan said...

Kisses are my favorite candy. I keep them all the time (even tho I am not supposed to) I love your version of Hersey Kisses and your quilt is adorable. Great job and thank you for sharing the Hersey story!
xo jan

Anita said...

An interesting story, and a lovely quilt!

Theresa said...

Oh, how sweet, so creative. Love it!

Marian said...

I love the wallhangings, the story, and the husband who gave you roses, can I have him :) Oh wait, I have a perfectly good one living with me already.. no roses, but then I wasn't home this year either.

I have a cousin who works for Hershey, she loves it, has worked there for years. So it's cool to be reminded of the story, reminds me of the visits to see her. :)

Teatime Creations said...

Wonderful story of the Hershey's chocolate. Very pretty runner and sweet husband who still delivers roses.

Judy said...

Waouh, this was a very nice story!!! Your quilt is wonderful and very sweet, LOL! Great!
And the card, hahaha, what a big smile I had when I read it. You know I am living in the country of chocolate, want some? I don't actually like chocolate, can you image, a Swissie which prefers olives to chocolate... well, yes, tha't me!
Thanks for you posting!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Thank you for sharing! I truly enjoyed reading about yummy chocolate!! I love the kisses added to your project... It's a perfect creation for this hop!

Baa. xxx said...

Wow! That is so coolio! and the story so interesting! Thanks

charlotte said...

Love ALL your kisses and thank you for the Hershey lesson. I found it interesting. Your quilt turned out lovely too.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Very clever! Thanks for all the yummy Hersey's history too.

Shari said...

Ok, soon as I can I'll be going out to by hugs and kisses. Like I really need more chocolate! LOL Love your hanging and thank you for the story. What a fun post...my eyes and ears were glued the whole way! Sew very creative!

Dorian said...

Thank you Jane for the history on Kisses. How cool. I love your little quilt, those Kisses are great. And so is your V-day card!

Britt-Inger said...

Your quilt is so lovely . I haven´t seen that kind of candy here in Sweden. But Valentine is not big over here.

Alicia said...

how VERY cute your kisses are! no-not the candy ones, your appliqued ones! Darling! I enjoyed your hershey's kisses history. Did they ever make them in DARK chocolate?

Mdm Samm said...

I love the story behind the kisses…I spent my summers in Philly, and I had one uncle who always took me to hersheys park…such fond memories…so thank you for your story but most of all your lovely wall hanging/table topper….really lovely Jane

Thearica said...

Now that is really thinking outside the box! Love your contribution to the hop!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Very interesting post-I did not know the history of the Kiss but I do know that I love them. What a great quilt piece our kisses made! blessings, marlene

tink's mom said...

Love the quilt and the memories and the history of the kisses. Adding chocolate to a quilt, wonderful combo.

Purl Buttons said...

I LOVED learning about Hersheys! Your little kisses are so cute. A lot of people who don't care for paper piecing went ahead and gave it a try and did such wonderful projects. You should be proud of yours.

Vickie said...

Your wall quilt is just adorable Jane ! I enjoyed reading about the Hershey company....if I had ever worked there I would have looked like the Goodyear Blimp...I love chocolate !

Vickie said...

P.S. Your roses are beautiful, what a wonderful thing to be able to say that he always gives you roses :)

Mary said...

Jane your quilt is so cute. Love the Hershey's kisses!. All your touches are so wonderful. Congratulations for being chosen today.

Doris Rice said...

Oh what a SWEET story. I really enjoyed it. And an even SWEETER project It is just too cute! I've been to Hershey back in the early 90's and was so intrigued by the street lamps. They are neat! Would love to go back someday! Thanks for the memory!

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful quilt and great read. I enjoyed all the details about Hershey Kisses and Hugs. Your applique is sew sweet. XOs from me to you ... <3 Pat

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

My nieces both work at the theme park! Love your unique twist on the theme.

Linda said...

I LOVE your little kissy quilt! How cute! Thank you for the history lesson, too!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love kisses, the chocolate ones, and the ones from my husband too. Love the history lesson too. Your wall hanging turned out lovely.

Cynthia said...

What a gorgeous quilt! You are so creative! This quilt has extra meaning for you and I just loved hearing about you and your family working at the plant. I also loved reading about all the interesting history and facts about Hershey, thank you :)

Needled Mom said...

Your Hugs and Kisses are fabulous, but I loved reading all of the Hershey facts. What a place to work!!!

Carol said...

I was not bored for one minute with this post...I loved it! Your quilt is adorable and goes so perfectly with your Hershey story. Sweet roses and a funny card made you a lucky woman for Valentines Day!

Carla said...

Oh, this is so cute. Thanks you for sharing your story about the kisses. Your kiss and hug are perfect with the blocks. Your roses are very pretty, too.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Just love this! The Kisses bring it to life and they are my faovrite candy!

desertskyquilts said...

That is just the cutest little hanging. Thank you so much for all those facts about Hershey's Kisses. That was so interesting! Even when I'm on a diet, I can allow myself just ONE a day to keep me from going crazy. =) Love the card your husband gave you. How wonderful to have all those beautiful years together.

Flicsha said...

Great Idea!! Loved you Hugs and kisses.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Oh that is too cute. Love your little chocolate guys!

Carrie P. said...

What a sweet wall hanging. Thanks for sharing the history. Glad to know a plant is still in Hershey.

Beth Strand said...

How very fun and I loved hearing the history of the candy. I work part-time seasonal for See's and love sharing that history with customers when they come in. Beth @ Words & Stiches, pbstrand@msn.com. (Who is also very, very fond of chocolate!)

Amanda Murphy said...

Great project for a chocolate lover! Love how you personalized it!

legato1958 said...

Your wallhanging , with the applique and paper piecing , is so very pretty! Love how you combined them!

Susie

LJ said...

Ha, ha, ha. What a card! Your quilt is wonderful; how neat that you added your own special hug and kiss to the pp blocks. I throughly enjoyed the little history lesson. Not too long - just enough. Excellent!

Mara said...

Oh this is adorable, wonderful job on the kisses and I LOVE the story.

Nellie Duclos said...

Jane-Love your creative endeavors, but since Hershey's abandoned their factory in CA, I've not bought any of their candies. My husband buys them once in awhile as it's his favorite, but I avoid buying anything not Made in America if I can. Thanks for sharing.

Nellie Duclos said...

Jane-Love your creative endeavors, but since Hershey's abandoned their factory in CA, I've not bought any of their candies. My husband buys them once in awhile as it's his favorite, but I avoid buying anything not Made in America if I can. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

I really enjoyed the story about kisses. I love you project it is awesome. Thanks for sharing

Janarama said...

Really enjoyed reading your post. I love eating a Hershey kiss with my coffee. Your wall hanging is really beautiful.

Leanne Parsons said...

That is gorgeous! I love Hershey's kisses too, but I never thought of making a quilt about them!

Soma Acharya said...

So sweet!! I love your wall hanging so much. So creative and beautiful!!!

Thank you for joining the blog hop!
-Soma

gpc said...

What a sweet idea! I love that you added another kind of kisses to your project! :)

Linda J said...

I must admit that I thought candy too but what fun to know the history about the plant and how it came to be named. Just the right size for a sweet treat, if you ask me provided that is where you stop.

I love how your piece turned out so you got to incorporate your true love after all. WTG!

Createology said...

Oh my goodness you could not bore me with the Hershey's History or their wonderful chocolate. I LOVE your quilt and how very clever of you to create it. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

the girlfriend gap said...

Great job expressing your creativity . Thanks for sharing. janita

madebymeinred said...

Neat that you added the Hershey kisses and shared some history with us. Part of quilting is memories.

Nancy said...

Your post was very interesting and educational. You did not bore me at all. Anectodal writings of life stories are many times the best to read. You quilt is great.

Crow Calling Woman said...

Oh wow, talented applique artist you are!

Farm Quilter said...

Great wall hanging!! Love your hugs and kisses :) Thanks for the info about Hershey's - love the interesting history lesson. Of course, now I want some kisses and the closest store is 50 miles away!!! *sniff* guess I'll have to just suffer :(

Lana said...

OK...this is JUST AWESOME! I love the whole little quilt and setting!!!! SO CREATIVE!

Carol said...

What a great project! The name of the hop made me think of Hershey too! :) We've been there several times. Anyway, your wall hanging is very cool--great integration of applique and paper piecing. Thanks for sharing!!

suemac said...

I lived in Harrisburg for three years and never made it to Hershey. Love your wall hanging.

Barbara Kanta said...

Thank you for sharing all this, and your stitching!

sandra said...

Jane I loved your little history lesson on Hershey and I have visited both Cancdian and American plants I felt so sad when they closed the one in Canada.
I love your wall hanging it is both creative and adorable you get my vote for most creative.

sandra said...

Jane I loved your little history lesson on Hershey and I have visited both Cancdian and American plants I felt so sad when they closed the one in Canada.
I love your wall hanging it is both creative and adorable you get my vote for most creative.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT and so gorgeous fabrics you used. Thanks for sharing!

MoeWest said...

It seems very fitting that I'm sipping a hot chocolate as I read your post. Your wall hanging looks wonderful and I enjoyed the history lesson!

Kristen King said...

LOVE this! :)

Laura McFall said...

Adorable!!! Yours is the best one yet!!!