The Guidelines

Posted by on December 17, 2007 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Guidelines

Revised December 30, 2009

The Block Lotto is open to anyone. NO long-term commitment is required; you are free to make only those blocks which interest you.


To participate, you will:

  1. Contact me (Sophie) by posting a comment on the block lotto blog indicating that you’d like to join the group or contacting me via email. Once we’ve connected, email me with your real name and mailing address and URL of your blog, if you have one. I’ll respond with an invitation to become an author of the block lotto blog.
  2. Make blocks.
  3. If you are already an author, post a photo of your blocks. If you don’t want to become an author or post your own block photos, you may also email them to me and I’ll post them on your behalf.


In 2010, we will NOT be making the same size blocks each month, so read the announcement message posted on the first of each month carefully.

Each month, you may make up to NINE (9) blocks to enter for chances in the lotto, or TEN (10) blocks (5 pairs) during any month when we make pairs of blocks. In the months we make pairs of blocks, each pair will be good for one chance in the lotto.

In 2010, we will be exploring blocks made using free-style or “liberated quilting” techniques. Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quilting books are a good source for additional information. Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville web site also features directions for some blocks made in this style.


Fabrics should be pre-washed 100% quilting cottons and follow the guidelines given for the month. Your finished block shouldn’t be more than 1/4 inch smaller or larger than the specified size. The golden rule of swapping also applies to the Block Lotto: Enter blocks that you would be happy to receive if you won.


The deadline for posting a message with a photo (or link to a photo) will be NOON, eastern time (9AM on the US West coast, 5PM in the UK) on the last day of the month or the posted deadline date.


If you finish and post your blocks at least one week before the deadline, you’ll receive a sneak peek email message with the next month’s block. Photos of early blocks from sneak peekers may be used for inspiration when the block is announced.

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