Brainstorming for the Block Lotto in 2011
As soon as Fall arrives–even if it doesn’t look or feel much like fall around here–I find myself thinking about what we should do next year for the Block Lotto. As usual, I’d love to hear your ideas.
I’ve added a poll to the right side bar for some “big picture” input–please click over (if you’re reading form a reader) and vote. I’m basically asking whether you’d like to:
- Continue with more liberated-style blocks–playing with string piecing, drawing with your rotary cutter, creating wonky versions of favorite traditional blocks and making more abstract blocks.
- Go back to making traditional blocks . . . though not always in traditional colorways.
- Make a mix of traditional and liberated-style blocks. I include the “modern quilting” style in here, too.
- Since next year will be the 10th year of the block lotto, pick some old (and new) favorites to make again in new sizes/color-ways. If you are relatively new to the lotto, you can see the complete list of blocks made so far on the Block Patterns page and the Lotto Block Archive posts.
I’d also be interested to know if you would prefer to make larger or smaller blocks, blocks that are the same size all year (and what size that should be) or a mix of sizes.
Please also let me know about any specific blocks or techniques–liberated or traditional–that you think we should add to our repertoire. (If you have mentioned something to me before, feel free to bring it up again . . . remember that I accidentally overwrote my wish list of possible future blocks.
And if you have a color combination that you’ve fallen in love with or would like to try . . . I want to know about that, too. (Demanding, aren’t I?)
Keep in mind that my “filter” for all things Block Lotto is that it be beginner-friendly (with an occasional s*t*r*e*t*c*h block or technique) and that I do try to include a mix of techniques, whatever the selection of blocks.
Ps. You don’t have to be currently participating in the Block Lotto to vote in the poll (under the followers on the right) or to add your opinion in the comments here. I’d be interested in comments like, “I would join the block lotto if you did …”