No Apologies Nor Explanations Required …

Posted by on July 30, 2016 in block lotto community | 3 comments

A few people have emailed me to apologize or explain why they didn’t make this month’s block or how they tried and failed or how they would have made this block using a different technique like appliqué.

Honestly, while it makes me happy when I choose a block, technique and/or color way that everyone wants to make and we end up with enough blocks for a handful of winners, I don’t take it personally when my choices are not at all popular.

For what it’s worth, one of my reasons for choosing this technique and working with bias strips is that, once you get the hang of it, it can be used for so much more.  Consider this quilt, by Sherri Lynn Wood, from page 86 of her book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters:


(… with my apologies for the quality of this scan.)

The technique used to add the curves around the petals is similar to that used to insert the spiky leaf shapes in this month’s block–here’s a peek and a detail of the quilt, courtesy of Amazon:

I confess that the quilts I saw made using this “score” from the book are one of the reasons I bought the book. The book image below is a link to Amazon if you want to check out the book–it’s an affiliate link, which means if you use it to purchase the book, the Block Lotto benefits in a small way.



Bias Petals is one of the ten quilt scores or techniques/approaches to improv quilting included in the book.  I used another, Floating Squares, to make the little pinwheel quilt (using bonus triangles from lotto block) that I shared in the Spring in this post. In my (limited) experience and (not so) humble opinion, few quilting books with “Modern” in the title have something new to offer quilters, but this is one of those few.


  1. OMG, this is so inspiring. How I wished …
    Thank you for this blog and thank you for this month’s pattern. I had my challenge but the first (and so far only) is always the more difficult one. This will get me to make more, try more.

    • Hook, line and sinker! Made my husband order the book from your link. Can’t wait now till Monday. Eye-candy coming! I think this technique is so interesting … and effective.

  2. Love the petals. For me, it was just time. I kept thinking I’d get to it, and things kept coming up. =P But that doesn’t mean I can’t try it on my own for my quilt anyway. =)

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