Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 6 Blog Tour - How I Do Paper Piecing


Welcome to my blog!  I'm part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 6 Blog Tour because a block I designed is in that issue of their magazine.  It's called "Year 'round Hibiscus " and you can find it on page 37.  It's Block #540.
There will be lots of giveaways as part of the blog tour.  You can get more information about that on Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures .

                               FREE STUFF                                  
If you leave a comment on my blog saying what your favorite quilting food is, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the Volume 6 issue of QM's 100 Blocks magazine.  If your email address is blocked on your sign-in, be sure to include it so I will have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.

I will also be giving away one of my patterns to another person whose name is drawn.  The pattern is called "Christmas Cactus."  The quilt is paper-pieced, pieced, and appliqued.  It finishes at 43" x 43".

Okay.....on to how I made the Year 'round Hibiscus block. 

Photocopy or trace each template.  For this block, there are 4 different sections so that makes 12 templates in all.  Cut out each template & be sure to include the 1/4" seam allowance.
To determine the size of fabric to cut for the paper-piecing, measure the length & width of the longest & widest pieces. 
I added 1" to each length & width measurement, then cut my fabrics using that new measurement.   (For example, if the length measured 2 1/2" & width measured 3/4", I would cut the piece at 3 1/2" x 1 3/4".)
Place 1 each of the orange/pink & burgundy fabrics right sides together.  Place the pair on the wrong side of the foundation section with the edges 1/4" past the stitching line.  Stitch on the line on the right side of the foundation section.

Turn back the foundation on the stitched line.


Trim the seam allowance to 1/8".
Turn foundation piece out flat.
Press the fabric open.
Add the next piece of fabric.  Align it to about 1/4" past the next stitching line.  Adjust it up or down so that it will cover the space it needs to fill when opened.
Stitch on 2nd line.  Turn back foundation on stitching line.  Trim seam allowance to 1/8".  Turn foundation piece out flat.  Press fabric open.  Hint:  before pressing the fabric I "finger press" it first.  That usually makes for a nicer, flatter press.

Another hint:  before adding the next piece of fabric, finger-press the last piece using the printed line as a guide.  When you add the next piece of fabric, you can use the finger-pressed line to help determine correct placement.
Continue in this manner to stitch all of the fabric pieces onto the foundation section.

 Trim the excess fabric away along edge of foundation section.
Tear away the foundation pieces.  HINT:  I use tweezers to help remove the little pieces of paper that may remain.

For the center & outside templates, place them wrong-sides together on the fabric.  I then traced around each piece & cut them out.



You will have 3 pieces for each block section.
On the foundation pieced section, baste a scant 1/4" from inside curve line.   Clip curve just short of the scant 1/4" basting stitches.
 
Mark the center point on the inside purple piece and the inside curve of the foundation pieced piece.  Matching the center points with right sides together, pin the two sections together easing in the fullness.  Stitch on the 1/4" seam line being careful to not stitch over the pins.
 

Press towards the center.   
On the outer piece, base a scant 1/4" from the inside curve.  Clip curve just short of the scant 1/4" basting stitches.
Mark the center point on the of the foundation pieced section and the inside curve of the outer section.  Matching the center points with right sides together, pin the two sections together easing in the fullness.  Stitch on the 1/4" seam line being careful to not stitch over the pins.

Press towards the outer section.  Trim (square up) the block section to the appropriate size.
Place the 4 finished sections in different configurations to see what looks the best to you before doing the final stitching together.  


 
  This is the one I chose this time.
The final step is to sew beads to the center to give it that special touch!

Thanks for following along.  If you have any questions about how I did this, let me know.  Also, if you make this block & would like to share, email your picture to me & I'll post it on my blog.  My email is:  clf.sam@gmail.com

Comments

  1. Cool block! :) I'm a chocolate lover :)

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  2. I try not to EAT while quilting (messy!) but I love to put dinner in the crock pot so I can COOK while quilting. Chicken chili is a favorite.

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  3. I would have to say that anything prepared by someone else so I can keep quilting would be my favourite quilting food. Joanne

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  4. I usually cut up some veggies an fruit, to snack on. Because it doesn't fill me up when I'm quilting. And I do not get so tired from eating then..

    Love your new block!

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  5. Great block! I love to eat an apple!

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  6. Lovely block. I don't eat whilst quilting but I do drink many, many cups of tea

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  7. I don't eat while quilting, but love my coffee - love the block and thanks for the tutorial

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  8. Thanks for sharing your paper piecing techniques. Love your block. Jordan almonds combine well with quilting - lots of crunch & no mess. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Chocolate, almonds, peanuts, or celery....isn't that a great list!!!!

    Thanks for the tutorial for making your block!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  10. Not an eater while quilting, but I stand up frequently to relieve the pressure on my back. So when I stand I often walk and pick up some tea.

    Love your block and glad for the tutorial on piecing.

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  11. Lovley possibilites with this block. Congratulations! Thanks for the tutorial too.....
    I try not to eat while quilting, but m n m's sure are nice with my coffee, ;)

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  12. Interesting center - will have to try this block-thanks for a chance to win

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  13. CHOCOLATE!!!
    I love the fabrics you used in this block. It seems everyone is paper pieceing but me! Beautiful job!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  14. A great block & I love paper piecing! I keep some favourite little chocolate covered jelly bon bons in one of my desk drawers in the sewing room, LOL, little goodies just for me! Thanks for a chance at the give-away!
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  15. Great block! I hate removing the little bits of paper too!
    I keep a bar of 'galaxy' chocolate in the drawer of my desk!

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  16. I loved the tutorial! My favorite quilting food? That is a tough one as I rarely eat while sewing. But, I'd have to say it's either potato chips or Hershy's chocolate during breaks. :-)

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  17. My favorite is bite size homemade dark chocolate / cayanne truffles. I love paper piecing and would love your book! Thanks and congrats on your block!

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  18. Thanks for the pictures!! Good idea to clip on the curves. Taken a Judy Neimeyer class and I dont' think the instructor gave that tip.

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  19. Nice tutorial on paper piecing! I love to eat chocolate when quilting, any kind, in fact, I'm eating some Cadbury dark chocolate right now! I'm just stopping by to say "hello". Don't include me in the giveaway, I'm on the tour, too. Have a super day!

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  20. Anything Chocolate is my favorite while quilting. Love paper piecing.

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  21. Chips and dips are my downfall. You went to a lot of work for your "Year 'round Hibiscus Block. Really beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to show us how to make your block and giving us all a chance to win a copy of this magazine that has so many talented designers along with their creative blocks. You are going to make someone's day when a name is chosen to win your Christmas Catcus pattern.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  22. When I take a break in sewing, I enjoy any kind of chocolate. I like your step-by-step tutorial.

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  23. Hummus is never among us because I have a hummus addiction. I love the commercials that say use hummus instead of chip dip, ...well, they don't know me. I don't know what it is, but I take too many breaks when it's around screaming my name from the fridge and don't get a lot of quilting done. If I could only channel that craving to celery!! Congrats on a great block!!

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  24. Thanks for the step by step instructions! I get so busy when I sew/quilt that I don't eat but I keep some raw almonds close by - no mess and they're good for me.

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  25. Wonderful tutorial on how you create your winning block. I am not a muncher while I quilt, but during breaks I love spicy salsa and chips.
    I love the winter cactus quilt!

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  26. Thanks for the great tutorial --- it is very clear and concise. It's difficult to name a favorite food, so I'll go with two --- chocolate and popcorn --- not exactly the best for a diet!

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  27. I snack on coffee--with about a quarter teaspoon of baking cocoa! MMMMmmmm--delicious! I live in a town so small we don't even have a grocery store let alone a designer coffee shop so I make my own fancy coffee.

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  28. I don't eat while I quilt! Must be something wrong with me!

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  29. How pretty is this! Love it and the colors are fabulous

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  30. My favorite quilting food is popcorn! I keep it near my sewing machine and sneak a bite between block piecing!! Your tutorial is great! Most complicated-looking blocks are never attempted because you don't know HOW to do it! I have never tried paper piecing (my best friend loves it!) but I am going to do your block just to try it! I am excited to see what the hoop-la is about! Love your Christmas Cactus pattern, too! I have one that is beginning to bloom now! Maybe it is a THANKSGIVING cactus instead!!

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  31. My favorite quilting foods are pretzels. They don't get my hands all dirty while I am sewing. I love to paper piece so really enjoy your block. and such gorgeous colors.

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  32. Beautiful block and fabrics, really stunning.
    I really don't eat when I am quilting, but I take breaks and usually it is an oatmeal cookie or a dish of apple crisp, my comfort foods.

    Debbie

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  33. If I eat while I'm quilting it's M&M's but just a few(lol).Cute block.

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  34. Great block and perfect batik to make it sing! And chocolate is the go to quilting food!

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  35. I get so engrossed in quilting that I forget about eating. Frequently my hubby has to remind me about dinner!

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  36. A very nice block! I´m not good at sewing, especially round blocks, so mayby I´ll choose to sew a squared candy or a piece of bread :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lappp.se

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  37. Love paper piecing -and your block! My favorite quilting food is chocolate, but have to make sure I wash my hands. LOL!

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  38. I have never done paper piecing. Your block is interesting. Perfect for batik.

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  39. wow, your block is beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial parade of pictures.

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  40. Thanks for sharing your methods--makes it all seem doable for a newer quilter. My favorite quilting food is M&Ms--non messy chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. Love your block and the Christmas Cactus pattern is beautiful. Thank you very much for the fantastic tutorial also.

    If I am eating at all, which usually I'm not, it's probably something like Starburst since I have to stop to remove the papers on those and give my already sore daily hands without quilting or my most favorite, White Cheddar Cheez-Its. Of course, now that Fall is here, I'be been craving my homemade caramel corn and I don't have the popcorn I use right now and can't order any until my check comes in another week.

    My email should be accessible, but just in case:
    vburr at charter dot net

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  42. Love this your paper piecing instructions are so good.. thank you

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  43. What a BEAUTIFUL BLOCK! THANKS for sharing! My favority quilting food? Diet Pepsi

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  44. Great block! I love paper piecing.

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  45. Hey we have a lot in common!!! I love to ride and am a Gramma. My grandkids are in So. Cal, to far away but that's the way it is. I lived in Salem for a couple of years. My husband is from Lynden, WA so he eased me up here :) Love your block...glad you made the magazine, keep up the good work :)
    vickie.van@hotmail.com

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  46. What a sweet little block! My favorite food to eat while quilting is cookies, and my favorite food to quilt is Orange Peel. ;D

    Sandy
    wrybbunz@gmail.com

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  47. Does chocolate count as food? Cute block, there are so many ways to put it together. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

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  48. I ride, and I am a grandmother too!! I keep some kind of hard candy in a dish on my sewing table., and a bottle of water. Only stop to eat when the darlin hubs comes in with a plate of food. such a good guy :) learned a few things form your tute, thanks much.

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  49. oh chocolate chocolate and more chocolate...!!! Great block!

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  50. just learned to do paper piecing as i was doing my "dear Jane" not as hard as i had anticipated...my favorite quilting food is pretty much anything i don't have to cook, but chocolate chip cookies will win me over every time...hrtnmtns at gmail dot com

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  51. Wheat Thins and Diet Coke. Love this block! Tamsyn

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  52. I can't quilt without red licorice nearby! Thanks for the pp tips!

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  53. I can't really say I have a favorite quilting food since I've never quilted before. I want to learn though, and appreciate your tutorial. Thanks much.

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  54. Super block. And great tutorial. Believe it or not, I lose weight when I'm on a quilting "binge" because my hands are busy and I don't want to get the fabric messy. But if I get REALLY hungry and don't want to stop, a Tootsie Roll Pop does the trick. As long as I just suck on it and don't chew, it can last a LONG time! :-)

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  55. My favorite quilting food is cookies; any kind at all. Thank you for the great how-to photos for making your block. I am not very good at paper piecing and just don't seem to get it, but your photos look like it just may be possible. I'll definitely try it.

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  56. No food when quilting only big mug of tea (with lemon and honey) that makes it all. Thanks for sharing that tutorial on your impressive block!

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  57. My favorite quilting food is chocolate.

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  58. Chocolate is definitely my favorite quilting food. Thanks for the tutorial of your block it is very pretty.

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  59. OMgosh....the dreaded curved seam made easy. I don't eat while handling fabric. I think about the chemicals they spray on fabrics and it takes my mind off eating.

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  60. I unfortunately snack on Reisens (a hard chocolate covered caramel) when I quilt,and wine too. Thanks Vivian

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  61. My quilty pleasure is a box of Sno-Caps - little chocolate chips covered in non-pariels. I hide them in my sewing room, but I am VERY careful not to get chocolate on my fabric! Your block tutorial is very well done.

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  62. Love your block, I'll give it a try..., my fave quilting food has to be "a piece of cake"!

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  63. I like Chocolate and Hot Tea in the winter. In warm weather I like Chocolate and ice tea. I really enjoy paper peicing. That's a lot of caffine isn't it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. I don't snack when quilting and forget to drink water and then wonder why I am so thirsty! I like paper piecing as it is so accurate.

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  65. i don't snack when quilting, either. Hands are too busy. However, when I go on retreat, my caramel popcorn is a requested item that I have to bring.

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  66. Hmmmmm....I don't take food into my sewing room, but maybe I should. I probably would get a lot more done. I wouldn't have to leave for snacks every 15 minutes...:)

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  67. quilting food = chocolate
    cute block - congratulations on your selection for the magazine

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  68. Well anything that crunches is good with me, but Ive learned not to eat near the quilting, cumb spots dont always come out! Very fun block, thanks for the chance.

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  69. Any candy works for me. Very interesting block but I am OCD and I don't know if I could do this but I am sure going to try.

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  70. I really like M&M's they are small enough to plop in your mouth whole and they do not melt in your hands. hehe. I like your block. I have never done paper piecing before but it is on my list of things to try. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine.

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  71. Very unique block. I think my favorite "food" has to be Jelly Belly jelly beans. Love all those unique flavors. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. My favorite food is Syders pretezels. Love paper piecing.

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  73. I never eat when quilting or sewing anything.Afraid to get fabric dirty. But I always keep something to drink handy, usually sweet tea.

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  74. I do love those little Dove chocolate treats!

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  75. Chocolate & popcorn nice tutorial, thank you

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  76. My favorite quilting food is anything anybody else makes, 'cause I don't want to stop! Thanks for the chance to win. I love the Christmas quilt!!

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  77. I like M&Ms when I'm working with fabric because they melt in my mouth, not on my hands, fabric,or in the floor should one escape me.

    Have you ever tried the Ricky Tims "Stable Stuff" for paper-piecing? It runs through your printer so you don't have to draw off and then stays in your quilt so you don't have to pull those little pieces out any more. Great stuff!

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  78. My favorite quilting food is anything chocolate. I also like paper piecing very much. I had fun visiting your cute little fishes too.

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  79. Favorite quilting food is anything that is quick so I can get back to sewing. Thank you for the chance to win. mcdowallrc@gmail.com

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  80. Great block and super tutorial for how to construct it. Quilting always goes better with a bit of chocolate! But I also love to get something going in the crockpot so I don't have to stop sewing to cook!

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  81. My quilting food would have to be coffee and cheez-its. Have to get up often for the coffee and that keeps me from getting leg cramps. I've never done paper piecing but it's on my To Do List. Love your block and just adore the views from your outhouse. Hibiscus always were blooming in our yard when I was young. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  82. My fav quilting food would be chocolate!!!!
    Could be choc cake, muffins, cookies, or just plain ole chocolate:) yum!!!!

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  83. Nice block, love the colors. Flavored cofee is also my weakness.

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  84. I like chocolate, especially M&M's.

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  85. My favorite food is chocolate. I have to have some with me. I love your block.

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  86. You make curves and paper piecing look so easy!!! What a talent you have :) My favorite quilting food is Baby Ruth fun sized candy bars fresh from the freezer! I need to know your secret to packing enough clothing on a bike for more than a weekend!!! Congratulations on having your block chosen to be in the book!!!!!

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  87. I'm following the herd, because my favorite quilting food is chocolate! Candy, cake, ice cream, etc. all work for me.

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  88. I love a good cookie anytime. Love your cactus quilt.

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  89. Congratulations! Walnuts and chocolate chips mixed together. Thanks for the giveaway. I love your Christmas Cactus quilt!

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  90. My favorite quilting food is CHOCOLATE, of course! But I can't indulge too much or I won't be able to manuever around my sewing room. :) Like your block!!

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  91. My favorite food..coffee....chocolate...strawberry shortcake.... It's all good! I spend about as much time baking as I do sewing, so I have lots of favorites! Thanks for the great tutorial on how you made your block!

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  92. I usually have a little bag of chocolate covered english toffee bits from Trader Joe's next to my sewing machine. I go through a lot of these! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  93. Love your block - my favourite quilting food is nuts

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  94. I am almost never without my Chick-fil-a (Large) Unsweet Tea with lemon! lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  95. Tea and shorcakee cookies or butter pecan cookies! Congrats on a fabulous block!

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  96. Congratulations on being published and thanks for the chance to win! I like to have some pretzles handy - not greasy and easy to clean up! :)
    samtaylorcjsmimi(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. Your block is lovely! My favorite quilting foods are Dove dark chocolates and Diet Coke.

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  98. Thanks for such a detailed tutorial. I love the4 colors you used in the block as well.

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  99. Great block and tutorial! Thankyou! My favorite quilting food is chocolate.

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  100. dried banana chips, thanks for the detailed look at paper piecing, haven't tried it yet.

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  101. Lovely block and tutorial. Favorite quilting food...chocolate! Thanks! pbstrand@msn.com

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  102. Your block is beautiful. My go to food is dark chocolate Reese's. Peanut butter cups.

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  103. What a fun, fun block!! Great job and congratulations! My favorite quilting food would have to be Raspberry Dark Chocolate M&Ms!! :)

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  104. Gotta love those peanut M & M's to keep your quilting energy up! Congrats on your beautiful block!! Thanks also, for the chance to win.

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  105. wish I could say I ate healthy when I quilt, but OH No! chocolate, licorice, peppermints,, all sorts of bad bad things.
    love to paper piece too!

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  106. Oh, am I supposed to stop and eat??? Must be what I am doing wrong because when I take a break I am usually starving! Kwiltpharm@aol.com

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  107. Wow! What a fantastic block. The more blogs I visit, the more I want this new volume!

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  108. this is really cool. it looks so much like a flower. im loving this hop. if i dont win this magazine im going to have to go get one for sure. i eat a lot of nuts while sewing.

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  109. Love your blog. and I love chocolate!

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  110. Great colors, thanks for the tutorial. That is a wonderful unexpected shape to the flower.

    Nancy in SC
    mommabee24 at the gee mail place

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  111. Your blog is great! I love your Christmas pattern! I love to eat chocolate or other snacks like peanuts.
    NyRoraback@aol.com

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  112. Interesting block! My favorite quilting food is also my favorite non-quilting food: chocolate.

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  113. Mmmm -- I love fresh salmon! It's my reward food of choice. soparkaveataoldotcom

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  114. Interesting and pretty block. Chocolate is favorite quilting food.

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  115. My favorite quilting food is anything I can put in the crockpot, so I don't have to think about feeding the family, and can keep quilting! ;->

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  116. cool block!!! I love that...have been wanting to try soemthing like that. This is a great tutorial!! My favorite quilting food...hmmm.....pizza!! why?? Well, because that way I can grab something quick like that and then the family can feast on it and I can quilt in peace!! hhehehehehe
    mhardey(at)ymail(dot)com

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  117. Believe it or not I do not have a favorite quilting food. When I get in the zone I am in the zone. Usually I have my husband go for take out. (Terrible I know!) I like your block very much. I always enjoy sewing a good paper piece block.

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  118. Give me something salty rather than sweet (I'll take nuts before chocolate any day). Thanks for the great tutorial. It entices me to try paper piecing again. swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  119. Thanks so much for all the pictures of your process in making the block. W=Very easy and clear to follow.

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  120. I don't eat while I'm quilting, but I go through pots of mint tea--hot in the winter and iced in the summer.

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  121. Dove Dark Chocolate Promises or Jolly Ranchers.
    I love paper piecing, and use Peggy Martin's Quick-Strip method, which is similar to yours.

    Nice blOck and great batiks!

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  122. Thanks for sharing your block and how you make it. My favourite food while I'm quilting is whatever DH wants to cook. That way I can carry on quilting.

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  123. Tea and cookies (preferably with chocolate in them!)

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  124. Your block is stunning! I have not yet tried paper piecing but it is on the list of things I'd like to try. My favorite munchie while sewing is Laffy Taffy. I also like hot cheetos but they leave my fingers orange, lol. Thank you for your giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  125. Pretty, pretty block. Congratulations on having your block published.

    Thank you and Quiltmaker for a great giveaway and a chance to win. Your pattern Christmas Cactus is gorgeous!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. The best food, chocolate, anytime! Like the block

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  127. Oh, no food when I'm quilting! Same rule as for cross-stitch or other handwork. But an ice cold Coke is a must.

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  128. Tea with chocolate cake! Lovely block!

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  129. Wonderful block. My quilting food are handfuls of nuts.

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  130. Great block! I love paper piecing! I think my favorite quilt food is Cheez its.

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  131. I keep a little candy stash by my machine - sixlets, kisses, twizzlers, and kitkats. They aren't just for me, I use them to bribe my children to let me sew just a little longer!

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  132. My favorite is raw almonds. Love your blog!

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  133. I love chocolate, but it's hard to eat and quilt at the same time :)

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  134. Awesome block! I love the tutorial. I drink Coke and sometimes eat chocolate candy or a few potato chips. Thanks for the chance to win

    Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  135. My fav quilting food is M&M's. thanks!

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  136. Really nice block! My favorite food is Chocolate Peanut Clusters.

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  137. Beautiful!! I can't eat anything while I sew!!

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  138. What a very interesting explanation, thanks. My favorite quilting food is definitely browniew. They sustain me. thanks scarlette shobbs@scarlette.com and i love your quilt pattern - lovely

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  139. Hmmm, favorite quilting food. I tend to just drink large amounts of coffee or tea while quilting. I guess yogurt would be a favorite quilting meal, fast, no prep, satisfying!

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  140. I don't always snack while sewing, but when I do it's dark chocolate or almonds. Yummmm. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of 100 Blocks , or your lovely pattern.

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  141. I try not to eat at the sewing machine or when sewing the binding. It would be just like me to drop something that couldn't be easily washed away.

    Love the story behind your block. The Rose of Sharon was a good inspiration. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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  142. Nice block. Love the colours you've used. I usually have my Diet Coke and a whole whack of candies if I really want to keep sewing for a long time. thanks for sharing.

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  143. My favorite quilting food are Teddy Grahams! And I love your block...the beads are a great touch!

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