What If?

What If?

What if you put a 6 inch quilt block in place of the colored square?  For this example, I used a 6 inch sawtooth star. I thought this could make for an interesting setting and a way to make a bigger quilt from smaller blocks … what do you think? I planned to make my own blocks this weekend, but instead, after I got home on Friday, I found myself coming down with the flu … and barely got out of bed for the past three days.  (I am...

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Commercial Pattern – BQ By Maple Island Quilts

Commercial Pattern – BQ By Maple Island Quilts

Honestly everyone, before I selected the block and created the block directions for this month, I LOOKED for a commercial or other pattern for our block after I found it on Pinterest and came up empty–probably because it had been referred to by a different name: I’ve Been Framed. Tonight, Glen sent me email identifying the commercial pattern based on a larger block (18 inch squares) like ours and asked about permissions. You can find/buy...

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Inspiration for January Block

Inspiration for January Block

This month’s block came from a photo of a portion of a quilt I found on Pinterest.  I tracked it down to 2012 post on a quilters’ bulletin board called mqresources and to it’s maker, Donna Ferrill James (aka donna in BC).  She called her quilt, Modern Reds. And here’s a closer look at the fabulous quilting....

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January 2018 Block List

The list of blocks made (and who made them) will appear in this blog post. Total blocks made and posted so far: 91   Blocks in the Drawing: Barbara P – 4 Cathy K – 4 Cathy L – 3 Christa – 2 Elizabeth C – 9 Jude – 4 Julie P – 5 Julie W – 6 Kate – 3 Kathie – 4 Kathleen – 3 Marsha – 2 Margaret – 3 Nann – 9 Pat K – 3 Peggy – 6 Robin – 6 Susan...

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Put a Frame Around it in January

Put a Frame Around it in January

We are kicking off 2018 by “framing” bright colors in black and white in this 9 inch (finished size) block. The fabric guidelines below and attached block directions describe how you may interpret “white,” “black” and “bright” for your blocks. You can find the directions for the block here: Framed Color Block The inspiration for this block came from a quilt I saw on Pinterest.  I especially like...

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For the Fence-Sitters

For the Fence-Sitters

If you are still considering whether or not you could lead the Block Lotto for a month, here’s some additional information and help that might help you get off that fence. You can choose ANY block and almost any size you’d like (between 6 and 12 inches). If can be a traditional block, a modern block, an appliqué block, an original block … you could even choose a block that we’ve made in the past for the Block Lotto–those...

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2018 Block Lotto

2018 Block Lotto

A lot of you said you wanted the Block Lotto to continue. To do so, I need your help. Offers to help with the expenses of maintaining the site are very much appreciated, but I also need help leading the monthly activities: choosing the blocks, making samples, creating (or referencing a block pattern), keeping track of blocks posted by others. More than a dozen people responded to the survey, saying they would be willing to help in this way...

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Something to Think About

Something to Think About

81 of you have taken the survey that I posted a week ago.  THANK YOU. I will leave it open through the weekend, so if you haven’t had a chance to share your opinion, please find time for this quick, 5 question survey:  Block Lotto in 2018? I promise I will share ALL the results soon, but in the meantime … for the 12 of you who said that you would like to create a block pattern and lead the Block Lotto for at least a month, I would...

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A Break and a Plan

In the past week (or so), I’ve seen posts/comments/email messages of three types: Looking for the June Block information Suggesting I take an open-ended break until I feel better Offering to help Here’s what I propose: Take a break for the month of June to get organized and see if anyone will volunteer … Recruit quilters from our community to be the “Lotto Leader of the Month.” If you are willing to be...

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