Monday, May 1, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 15 - Sizzle Star - Blog Hop and Giveaways

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour!





I am so excited to have a block called Sizzle Star in Volume 15 of the 100 Blocks magazine by Quiltmaker (and my block even made the cover)!  This is my sixth block to appear in the 100 Blocks magazines.  You can see my previous 100 Blocks: 

Sizzle Star is a great advanced level paper-pieced block.  The 12" (finished) block does have a lot of pieces and template sections (so it is not the quickest block to sew up), but I think that the resultant block has a striking look to it.  I designed the block using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) by using some of the Serendipity functions and then further refining the design.

Just like my Ruby Roads quilt I shared 2 weeks ago, the Sizzle Star block has a different look and feel when placed on-point:



Horizontal                                           On-Point

To show the versatility of this block, I played around in EQ7 to see how many different quilt top designs I could make with the block.  Here are some of my favorites...


The Sizzle block in a horizontal layout (with sashing) in a variety of colors.

The Sizzle block in an on-point layout (with sashing) in a variety of colors.

A single column of blocks (great way to enlarge a quilt without having to piece so many blocks)

On-point with a dark background and some half blocks around the edges.

An on-point patriotic version, great for a 4th of July picnic or a Quilts of Valor quilt.


I hope that you have enjoyed all of these renderings of Sizzle Star being used in different quilt tops to see how versatile the block is!

One question I was asked to answer in this blog post was where is the oddest place I have hidden fabric.  The only time I have had to hide fabric was after I bought an Elsa (from the movie Frozen) quilt panel at a quilt guild meeting and was showing it to my husband when I heard my daughter come towards the living room.  I quilt hid the panel in one of my end tables so I would not ruin her surprise before I could sew it up into a full quilt for her (here is Elsa peeking out!)



Make sure you stop by Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for some great prizes and a complete list of blog tour participants! 



Now on to the Giveaways (yes plural!):






Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 15.  This magazine drawing is open to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker.














Prize 2:  I am also sponsoring a second prize, a copy 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 15 plus a printed copy of On a "Jelly" Roll (my most popular pattern).  This giveaway is open to everyone-international included and will be shipped from me.





To Enter:  

1.  Leave a comment on this post, any comment.  If you would like a topic/question to answer, you can tell me how you feel about paper piecing (like, love, dislike, hate, or have never tried it).

2.  My blog followers (old and new) get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment with how you follow the blog.  (Here are some links for following... BloglovinEmail)

The giveaway will run for 4 days, until 8 pm EST on Friday May 5th.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - 
If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Thanks!

**Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering! **



335 comments:

  1. Love your Sizzle block! Congratulations!

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  2. I love this block, particularly with a dark background. I think I have to make this.

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  3. I follow you on Bloglovin ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I really like the block! I think paper piecing is wonderful, great results. I do have to focus while doing it, though. Easy to make mistakes!

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  5. I have a love hate relationship with paper piecing. Recently I finished a Twisted Log Cabin. Love the quilt, but oh so much work.

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  6. I love your block and will definitely be making it and will use one of your suggested settings. Paper piecing is not my favorite process, but I do it because I like the outcome.

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  7. I follow your blog with Feedly

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  8. I love the block and it is great to see so many quilt options.

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  9. You have done it again, Cheryl. I love the versatile block. When you showed the great way to increase a quilt, I thought it would also make a interest back to make a column of the blocks down one side. At first, I thought it was the back of a quilt. I don't usually put that much effort into the back of a quilt, but there's always a first. It's difficult to see when the block is horizontal and on-point. Different parts of the block are horizontal and on-point depending on which part your eye happens to capture. Great! Thanks for showing just some of the potential for this block. I always great to see the new 100 Blocks.

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  10. I actually follow you two ways - Bloglovin' and Facebook.

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  11. The block is beautiful and the quilt variations are absolutely stunning. I'm not generally a paper piecer, but those variations have me thinking!

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  12. I still have never tried paper piecing-it is on my list of thing to try, but new things always get pushed to the back burner since I usually want to actually get something done when I find a few minutes to sew!!!

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  13. I love following your blog on bloglovin!

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  14. Lovely block! I really like versions 2, 3 and 4 of quilts you designed with it.

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  15. I actually got into quilting through paper piecing! My first quilts were all paper pieced, and I still love it very much! Beautiful block!

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  16. I am a follower of your blogvia bloglovin!

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  17. PP is not my favorite thing, but this is one I might try. I really like the versatility you illustrated.

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  18. You are in by Blogger reading list.

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  19. Hi Cheryl: I love your block. It would make a really pretty quilt.

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  20. I love the look of paper pieced blocks, but have not tried it! Love the pink and black version on point--I think I need to learn paper piecing!!

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  21. I love the black and pink idea!

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  22. I follow you on bloglovin and by email!

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  23. I follow you on bloglovin.
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  24. I enjoy foundation paper piecing, but find that I have to give it time to sink in everytime I do it. Once I have done a few pieces, I am back in the groove and enjoy myself.
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  25. I don't like paper piecing, but I love your multi-colored stars on point it's beautiful.

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  26. I challenged myself to do a paper pieced quilt, just so I wouldn't be afraid of tackling a block if it said those "dreaded words", I can do it, but it's not my favorite.

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  27. Would love to win this gorgeous pattern or the book!

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  28. Paper piecing was scary until I took a class--now I love it!

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  29. What a great block, Cheryl! It looks great in any color way and setting!

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  30. I have done some paper piecing and this block is drawing me in. I follow your blog from another blogger that follows you.

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  31. LOVE this block. Haven't ever done paper piecing but this encourages me to try!

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  32. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  33. Love your Sizzle block, & all the layout ideas! I don't do it as much as I used to, but I do like paper piecing.

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  34. I follow via e-mail & Bloglovin'.

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  35. I love paper piecing, but generally need a break from it after I'm done and have to sew some nice simple HST.

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  36. Your block is fantastic and I love the other versions you show. I have done some paper piecing and the only thing I don't care for is the odd chunks of scraps that I have to cut off. I think if the shapes are prelanned and cut then what you cut off would not be so odd and bias-y. If that makes sense?

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  37. I love the new block. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I love this block on point! The black background and the blue background designs are especially stunning. I've tried paper piecing, but I am not an expert.

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  39. Love your block design! I like paper piecing but there's a lot of wasted fabric, imo. On the other hand, beautiful points...

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  40. I follow and get your blog posts via email!

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  41. I love your block and all the possibilities with it. I don't love paper piecing, but when I want to do something with a graphic effect, I tend to paper piece.

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  42. Love your design. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  43. Your sizzle block would make a wonderful Quilt of Valor when done in patriotic fabrics. I like the precision that I get with paper piecing, but I don't like the time it takes. I have learned to lessen the fabric waste by strip paper piecing and that method also cuts the time a bit. The large size of your sizzle block would help a project go faster too.

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  44. I follow your blog via email. :)

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  45. I follow your blog via email and love getting your updates!

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  46. I am going to try my hand at paper piecing. Looks to be a fun challenge.

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  47. Love the red, white and blue quilt!

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  48. You've done it again with another fantastic block. I have tried paper piecing but I know that I need a lot more practicing before I can say that I have master this skill. Thank you for being a part of this Blog Hop and giving me this opportunity to try and win a copy of this wonderful magazine to keep forever.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  49. I am following thru emails and really do enjoy my time printing off copies of your patterns as well as spending time there looking and getting inspiration from you.

    Sandi Timmons

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  50. I have never tried paper piecing, but plan to do so in the future. I like your layouts using dark fabrics for the background.

    yfg3749@yahoo.com

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  51. I have done some animal blocks with paper piecing. I even did some by hand in a hotel room once (not recommended!).

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  52. I tried my first paper piecing block a few weeks ago. It was fun! I really like your quilt with the dark background, it's beautiful!.

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  53. I follow you on blogspot and email.

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  54. One of my first quilts was a paper pieced queen sized quilt. I love how it turned out, all those points are perfect. It was tedious, but I'd do it again.

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  55. I love sizzle star and as my favorite quilt blocks are stars. This one is spectacular, even better it is paper pieced which is also something I love doing. Thanks for designing this block. Now to find a copy of this Vol 15.

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  56. I follow you via email notices!

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  57. I don't like paper piecing, primarily because I don't do it often enough, so when I do find myself having to use that technique, it takes me w-a-y too long to figure it out again, lol!

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  58. Thanks for the give away. I love to paperpiece. My points are Always correct. :)Greetings, Dini
    akuijer@versatel.nl

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  59. Beautiful block. I really like the first quilt. I did my first paper piecing when The Splendid Sampler blocks started. I totally hated it. It took me all day to make the fist block that was shared.That was the first and last time I tried it. I prefer to applique wherever possible. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  60. I am a new follower on Bloglovin.

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  61. WOW! I love star patterns and yours is a winner. Thanks for the block and the chance to win.

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  62. I love the precision of paper piecing. I was scared and confused by it first, but once I learned how to do it, I really started enjoying it.
    Holly
    silverilex@hotmail.co.uk

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  63. I have been following you by email since before the meadow mystery quilt. I finally started sewing the blocks together a few days ago and hope to have the top completed soon. Two hand surgeries have slowed me down in getting it done. I really enjoyed the mystery quilt and hope to do this year's as well. Thank you!
    Holly
    silverilex@hotmail.co.uk

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  64. I love this new block. Then again, I love paper piecing.

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  65. I really like the colors in your sizzle star. The coral,blue and black and white. Great great great.

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  66. Congratulations,your Sizzle block is fabulous and love all the layout!

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  67. I follow you on bloglovin and by e-mail. And it's been a blast.

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  68. Love your sizzle star. I haven't really given paper piecing a try yet.

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  69. I follow you on Bloglovin'.

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  70. I've never tried foundation paper piecing; I always think I'm just about to. I enjoy EPP.

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  71. I follow you via email (wordygirl at earthlink dot net)

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  72. Yes!!... Another great block, Cheryl!!
    And, it's amazing, the difference it makes, when the block is turned on-point! (I really like it on-point, too... like your Ruby Roads quilt is stunning on-point!)
    I have had one major project in paper piecing... I did not realize at the time that it was rather complicated for a first-timer... and afterwards felt that it had been a "been there, done that" experience, never to be repeated!!! (It was for my daughter-in-law, and I told her upon presentation, to appreciate its uniqueness... That there would never be another like it from me!! Actually, it delights me that she does love and use it!!)
    Not unlike childbirth, time dulls the memory of the labor... and I think I should try paper piecing again! This block just may be the enticement!!
    *Congratulations!* on an exciting block, Cheryl!!
    Pat T.

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  73. Oh, I do SO enjoy following your creativity by email (and, Instagram, too!)
    *Thank you!*, Cheryl, for all you do... sharing, instructing, inspiring!!
    Pat T.

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  74. I am going to get the magazine I love this block and the many variations for it.

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  75. A really great block and loved all the setting ideas! I like paper piecing especially for the really sharp and accurate points.

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  76. I follow your blog by email!

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  77. Sizzle Star is brilliant! I have done a little paper piecing. I love it when I'm doing it but it isn't my go-to technique. I do have plans though :-)

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  78. I have never tried paper piecing....

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  79. Paper piecing is one of my favorite methods of making blocks -- perfect points,, yes! it is like a jig saw puzzle to me. Love it!

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  80. I use Bloglovin to follow you,, thanks

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  81. Paper piecing is great when I want to make one or two special blocks. Love the detail you can get. but I have not finished a quilt where all the blocks are paper pieced. That one is still sitting with most blocks done, but the border I've yet to start and now I think I might have lost the pattern.

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  82. I've used Paper Piecing to complete a couple of Quilts, and love the results. However, it's more time consuming for me to do than piecing, so I don't do it as often.

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  83. Love this Sizzle block and paper-piecing-can't go wrong! Thank you, Susan

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  84. I follow you by email and bloglovin! Thank you,Susan

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  85. I follow you by email,
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. Congrats on your Sizzle block! I really like all the ways to lay those blocks out! And I adore paper piecing!!! Thanks for the giveaways!!!

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  87. And Xheryle, I follow your blog via email!!!

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  88. Congratulations on having your block in the magazine/book. That's so cool. To answer your question on paper piecing, I haven't tried it. I'd like to try it. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  89. I follow you by email. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!!

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  90. Tried paper piecing once and just couldn't get it sorted out. I really like how the points are so sharp and precise with paper
    Piecing. This is the year I will learn paper piecing. Sizzle looks so nice and I appreciate you showing us different color ways, and layouts. Thanks for giveaway.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. Paper piecing haven't done it yet, still can't get over the waste involved.

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  92. Love your block, as I have an affection for star blocks.
    There are times when paper-foundation piecing is the only way to get the results I want.

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  93. I follow by email and bloglovin.

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  94. I love the dark background, on point quilt! Just beautiful.

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  95. I love the Sizzle Star block and all the quilt design options.

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  96. I follow you by email. You are my favorite blogger.

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  97. This is a beautiful block. I love all the different ways you showed it. The level of difficulty makes it more exciting to try.

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  98. Congratulations on having another block in the magazine this year.
    I started paperpiecing last year and I love it. I've been playing around with it in EQ7.

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  99. Fabulous block! So crisp and deep with the solids. Love, love, love the design option with the single column.

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  100. Follow you via FB, Instragram, Bloglovin

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  101. I follow you by Bloglovin and email
    I LOVE paper piecing VERY MUCH

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  102. Paper piecing can make some really beautiful blocks. I'm getting better at it slowly but surely.

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  103. Love this design. Really like the black, pink, white and grey combination.

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  104. I follow you via email, on Instagram, bloglovin and Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚sounds like I'm a stocking you.

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  105. seeing you blocks in the rainbow colors blew my socks off...they are gorgeous!

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  106. Fantastic block! Love all of the different ways you have showcased it.

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  107. Wow! This is a very visually striking star! I really like it.

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  108. Truthfully, I am not a paper piecing fan, but your block is so beautiful, that I'm already thinking it would be perfect for the centre of a medallion quilt.

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  109. I am a faithful follower via bloglovin

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  110. I like to work small projects when doing paper piecing, I find that working larger projects makes for a lot of work getting that paper off. I might add, my daughter lives 2500 miles away and we are going to each do your next mystery quilt - she is a beginner quilter and by doing a project together I can give her some long distance help and encouragement! Cannot wait for July!

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  111. Sizzle Star is a great block, versatile, and good looking, thanks for sharing!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  112. I follow your Blog!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  113. Great block!
    I hate picking the paper out when paper piecing!!

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  114. Love this block! I haven't done epp yet but I see so much I love that I need to try it!

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  115. Love your star quilt and different color variations. I have done a couple paper piecing quilts but find them too tedious. rozz01 at cox dot net

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  116. I follow you by email. rozz01 at cox dot net

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  117. I love to paper piece and am looking forward to trying this block :)

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  118. I follow your blog on Bloglovin

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  119. I especially like your block in the black/pink/gray combination. Very pretty. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  120. I follow you by email. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  121. Cute block. Thanks for showing how it works in a quilt. I do like paper piecing, foundation and English.

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  122. Like when you show different colors and settings for the blocks. Ann antiques@eoni.com

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  123. I'm a recent convert to PRO-paper pieceing. And I love this star block!

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  124. I follow you on my blog reader.

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  125. I'm a follower and love the crispness and sparkle of your block!

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  126. Also love the preciseness of paper piecing and would love to make a quilt with your block sizzle star, it's so pretty and stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  127. Love your block.. great idea drhodeds9@cox.net

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  128. congratulatons. Your block is wonderful. I love paper piecing.

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  129. The layout variations really showcase how versatile your block is. Love it!

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  130. Love the block and the many variations for layouts. Another excellent job!

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  131. I used to hate paper piecing, now I just find it annoying (I made a quilt with only 6 paper pieced blocks, the rest were pieced and that was ok) I love your variations of layout esp ones that show fewer blocks
    thanks
    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  132. I follow via bloglovin

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  133. I like paper piecing but am struggling with the size to cut the pieces

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  134. I Love this block - and I love doing foundation piecing because of the amazing possibilities the techniques offer. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the latest magazine!

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  135. I follow by email and bloglovin :-)

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  136. thanks for all the different versions, helps to get the juices flowing. I like 2 1/2" strips, so I could use your pattern! I do paper piecing, and patchwork the most.

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  137. I forgot my email: memoose55atyahoodotcom

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  138. I've been a paper piecing geek lately, so this design really SINGS TO ME!

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  139. Paper piecing is my favorite! Your block is fabulous and I like seeing the different color and layout options.

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  140. I've been enjoying being a follower on BLOGLOVIN

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  141. I love paper piecing. Everything is so acurate

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  142. I follow your blog. Saved in my fovourites

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  143. Discovered your site last year and love to follow it..crafty-woman@comcast.net

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  144. I follow your blog via email...crafty-woman@comcast.net

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  145. I really like your block. I am a beginner, but I do like paper piecing because I can sew on a straight line. I still have problems getting a 1/4" seam, so PP helps me gives me success.

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  146. Hiya!!! I've only tried paper piecing once, so still not sure exactly how I feel about it. I love that it is so precise, but I did mess up a couple of times and had to rip (carefully). I need to do it some more to get my head wrapped around it completely. Thanks for doing the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  147. I love your block - it really does sizzle!
    I also love paper piecing!

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  148. Hiya!!! I follow you by email. Thanks for doing the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  149. It's a great block, Cheryl. I like both the dark and light versions.

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  150. Saw your star on Facebook and popped over to your blog to get more information. New follower here so choose email :)

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  151. Hi Cheryl, I don't need to be entered in the giveaway but from one designer to another, your post is wonderful! Loved seeing all the different possibilities. Nice job!

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  152. Such a striking block! I like how the black really enhances the design. I do some paper piecing. I like the results, but it is slower.
    Congratulations on having another block in the 100 block series

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  153. I love your Sizzle Block! I don`t often do paper piecing - don`t enjoy taking out the paper and I find that more fabric is wasted. Still, it`s sometimes necessary to get just the effect you want.
    Congrats on your published Sizzle Block!

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    1. Your block is a beauty! I love the results of paper piecing, but I do not enjoy the process very much and I really dislike the bumpy seams when quilting!
      my email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  155. I follow your blog by email!
    my email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  156. Your block is really cute. I don't do much paper piecing, but might have to try your block. Thanks for sharing. Diane

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  157. I LOVE paper piecing! While it uses more fabric, it gives such accurate results! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  158. And I follow with an email subscription- never miss a post!

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  159. I think it's a great block. Sometimes I get tired of seeing "new" patterns that are simply rehashes of a traditional block in a traditional setting, made in the pattern maker's new fabric line. This beats that! I've not done much paper piecing, but I am not afraid of it.

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  160. I follow your blog by e-mail. Probably also by BlogLoving, but e-mail makes sure I don't miss any. I would love to win a copy of your pattern. It looks like fun.

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  161. I really like the black/pink layout of your block! Thank you for the chance to win! I will sign up to follow your blog on blogspot.

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  162. Thanks for the great ideas about how to color and lay out the blocks! Haven't tried paper piecing, but it sure is tempting since my piecing accuracy is slowly evolving ;)

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  163. I happily follow you via email!

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  164. Loved the quick thinking on hiding the Elsa panel. Congrates on the cover. Thanks for sharing

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