July’s Patriotic (Lotto Block) Thing
The block lotto pattern for July is Marcia Hohn’s original, That Thirties Thing. This paper-pieced block seems designed for a red, white and blue color theme.
It’s one of those blocks whose odd angles becomes much more interesting when assembled into a top–imagine something like Marcia’s illustration of the completed quilt (at the bottom of the pattern page linked above), but better, because it will have all the richness of a scrappy quilt.
If you’re new to paper foundation piecing–also known as paper piecing or simply pfp–be sure to check out Janet Wickell’s Introduction to Foundation Piecing on the Quilting site on about.com and look at the annotated in-progress photos I took while making this block.