The Guidelines

Posted by on December 17, 2007 in Uncategorized | 29 comments

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.


  1. Sophie – I think this will work well for 2008. The guidelines you have written are pretty straight forward and easy to understand. I can’t wait for the 2008 Lotto to begin!


  2. Hi Sophie,
    It looks very good to me. Guidlines are simple and easy to understand.

  3. It looks like we are in for another exciting block lotto year. I can hardly wait. I love the part about exta entries for finishing up a project with previously won blocks.

  4. The incentive idea was Kate’s. I think it’s brilliant.

  5. Excellent!!

  6. Can’t wait, can’t wait! Since beginners luck wasn’t on my side, I’m crossing my fingers for ‘intermediadate luck’.

  7. Debbie, there’s all kinds of luck. Statistically, I think everyone who has stuck with it, eventually wins πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m in! I think this will make it easier for the hostess and more exciting for all of us.


  9. This is all new to me, but I think I want to play too.

  10. This is brand new to me and it sounds like a great way to come up with gorgeeous quilts for relatively little work. Count me in!

  11. Please be sure to join us on the quilting forum on –you must be a member of the forum to play.

  12. Sophie, I joined the forum, but am not sure how to identify myself on the comment page. Am I a google/blogger?

  13. I would like to join the block lotto group!



  14. I want to send my block photo and personal info but I can’t find the link of who to email it to? Please help.

  15. Melissa, I will put a link back in the side bar–it used to be there and has dropped off. I’m glad you were able to find a way to reach me and have joined the fun!

  16. I would like to join the block lotto!


  17. Janette, your profile is not accessible and your comment arrived with “no reply” as a return address, so I’m unable to find you. Please send email to jeansophie (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get you all set up for the lotto. We’d love to have you play with us!

  18. I would like to join the block lotto!

    Thank you

  19. Kristin, we'd love to have you join us. Your google/blogger account doesn't allow me to reply by email, so send me a message at jeansophie (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get you set up to play with us πŸ˜‰

  20. I'd love to join the Block Lotto, it looks like such fun!



  21. I would like to join. Please tell me how and what I have to do to be a member.

  22. Micki, you should have mail from me with details. We'd love to have you join our group.


  23. I'd like to join the block lotto! I'll be getting some WOW fabric so I can make my January blocks. Thanks for organizing this! June

  24. June, your account is set no-reply, so I can't respond to you by email. Please contact me at jeansophie (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get your info. Thanks.

  25. Sophie, I'm not quite sure what WOW fabric is. It's not just plain white is it? Can it be white fabric that has a white pattern printed on, or does it have to be white fabric that has a white pattern woven into it (which in my fevered imagination is usually called damask)?

    I find the whole Blog Lotto idea hugely enticing, but I'm failing to do another challenge blog so I might not be able to join in just yet, and I've only ever done one bit of patchwork so I might wait for an easier month to actually join & submit something!

  26. One of the features of the Block Lotto is that you don't have to make any commitment and can make blocks each month IF you have the time and like the pattern, colorway, etc.

    WOW is an acronym for white on white, meaning, as you described it, white fabric that has a white pattern printed on it.

    We'd love to have you join us … but understand if projects have your attention right now.

  27. Sorry another question, I've not got much commercial quilting cotton, most of my supplies are self dyed Whaleys Cotton Sateen, which I understand is brilliant for patchwork. (I'm more of an embroiderer – I use it for machine work). Will that be ok if it's self dyed? I'll put a pic on my blog of some of it so you can see what I'm talking about:

  28. I would like to join this lotto… I have been wanting to join a quilting group to get some more experience and meet more quilting friends. you can email me or visit my blog
    thanks and I look forward to hearing from you AND winning πŸ™‚

  29. We'd love to have you join us, Brooke. The notification that this message was here came HOURS after you and I emailed about it. That's why I was asking questions that were answered here.

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