Inspiration for this Month’s Block

Inspiration for this Month’s Block

A few years ago, I started making a scrappy version of blocks like ours in 6 colors for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge. It took a couple of years for me to make the 121 blocks in this quilt top, using only fabrics from my scrap bins–these blocks have 24-32 different fabrics in each block: The individual star blocks get a little bit lost, but I like the blendy effect. I am hoping to begin quilting it this month 😉 Last night, I saw this Broken...

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Ready, Set, Mail

Ready, Set, Mail

I have sent the mailing info to everyone who made and posted Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks. If you should have received mail but didn’t–or vice-versa–be sure to let me know ASAP. Ditto if you check the mailing info sheet and find a mistake in your information. Mr Zip and I thank...

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The Three Bears – A Fill-in-the-Blocks Quilt Idea

The Three Bears – A Fill-in-the-Blocks Quilt Idea

If you follow my personal blog, Sophie Junction, then you may have already seen this quilt design. It started percolating in my head as I was thinking about a sampler quilt design for this year’s 8 inch lotto blocks.   But I hope you don’t think of it as a sampler design ONLY.  My idea was to create a quilt pattern into which you could fill-in-the-blocks.  What you use to fill them with is up to you. You could fill them with: 8 1/2...

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Ideas for 2017

After 3-1/2 years in BL I have begun to see blocks that might be good for the lotto. (Unusual but not overly intricate.)  I’ve sent them along to Sophie for her idea file.   I was able to participate in all but two months this year — I just couldn’t get the pieced leaves to work out and I don’t have easy access to an enlarging photocopier for the chickens. I enjoyed making the blocks for the other ten months.  Ideas for...

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What I Really, Really Want for 2017 Block Lotto

Well, first of all, I’m a big fan, even though I don’t play every month. I like the simple blocks the best and the paper-pieced blocks the least. I like the colors Sophie specifies — she keeps track of what we’ve done and spreads the colors nicely around. And the 6-1/2″ blocks are the best for me and for the mail. As far as the mystery block and quilt-a-longs, they just don’t appeal to me. I’d rather...

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So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want …

This may seem late in coming, but I really really would like to know if anyone intends to continue following the Block Lotto (and making lotto blocks) in 2017. Is there anything that would make a difference in your decision to continue to play along? Larger blocks or keeping them small (and easier to mail)? A variety of sizes? More traditional blocks?  More improvisational blocks? More difficult blocks? New colors?  Different color...

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Need address of where to send my hen, please!

I need the address of where to send my single hen, please. My podunk-holler email provider did an upgrade and I have not received any email sent between Dec. 3 and today. Plus they wiped out any saved webmail I had in my inbox, contacts and sent mail.   According to the website they are still working on it but it’s a weekend so I think not.   Anyway…email is working for now so if someone could send me Barb’s addy I might see...

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The last blocks for Old MacDonald’s Mystery Sampler Quilt

The last blocks for Old MacDonald’s Mystery Sampler Quilt

My best laid plans for having my Old MacDonald’s Sampler quilt finished for December 1, came and went … I am still hopeful for an end-of-the-year finish, but in the meantime, here’s the layout with all the blocks. I will post more soon about how to make the half string-half split 9-patch blocks and share the bonus block pattern for the chicks … will anyone else be joining me in the race to the finish before the end of...

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September blocks?

I think I missed the mailing info for September blocks.  My husband had major surgery Sep 29 and was in hospital until yesterday so I’ve kind of been out of touch with the quilty world.  Has the info gone out yet?  If so, may I get another copy? I’ll try to get to the P.O. asap....

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