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:
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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