Block Lotto Catch-up

First, THANK YOU NANN for taking control of the Block Lotto for March. I love the Wings of Spring block. Because of some upcoming changes in my life, I am looking for a volunteer to lead the block lotto in April–do you have a 6-inch block idea that you think would be great for us? Let me know. Last, for those who are wondering where the mailing info for the February Alternate 9-Patch blocks … I am working on it. The winners have...

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Did you see Plaid?

Did you see Plaid?

When I saw Nann’s 9 blocks together, I saw plaid … and thought how you could sew up 48 of this month’s blocks into a cool, gender neutral throw like this. I added a 1 1/2 inch light inner border and a 4.5 inch very dark outer border for a quilt that would measure 48 x 60...

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What if (a quilt design idea)

What if (a quilt design idea)

What if you make (or win) a bunch of this month’s blocks, but … You want to make a large quiltYou want something different than “balls” In the block directions, I suggested you could think of this block as a blocky Drunkards Path block and consider layouts used for that traditional quilt unit. What about this one? Drunkard’s Path quilt found online In this traditional quilt, an equal number of blocks are made with...

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Using the New Editor

Using the New Editor

With the latest update update, there is a new editor. It was known as Gutenberg when it was under development and is now just called the WordPress Block Editor. It looks a little different and that may be a bit daunting … to refresh your memory, here’s how a new post in the old (now called Classic) editor looks: And here’s how the new Block Editor looks when you start: The new Block editor includes many types of...

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Something New …

The next time you crate a post, you’ll notice that that there’s been some changes. Along with an update of the underlying WordPress for this site, came a new, more flexible editor. I’ll put together a tutorial post this weekend, but in the meantime, please don’t get frustrated and be a little patient with me until...

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The Year That Was – a Block Lotto Review of 2018

The Year That Was – a Block Lotto Review of 2018

Happy New Year! As I was waiting for my Black-eyed Peas to cook this morning, I was thinking about the year that was, here at the Block Lotto. Last year, when I realized that the work and health-stuff I was dealing with was overwhelming, a number of quilters stepped up and took over the Block Lotto–one month at a time.  I probably haven’t said it enough, but I am very grateful to Robin, Cathy K, Angie, Beth, Deana, Nann (who hosted...

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A Quilt idea for Scrappy Star blocks

A Quilt idea for Scrappy Star blocks

For those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a peaceful Christmas.  A reminder to everyone that the drawing will take place on this coming Monday, New Year’s Eve.  As my time zone is about 7 hours ahead of most of you (UTC+02),  I will try to do it as close to mid-day Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05) as possible. And, after falling down the rabbit-hole of looking at pretty quilt pictures on the web, I found an idea for a quilt top with...

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2019 Theme for Blocks (and rules for monthly Block Lotto Leaders)

2019 Theme for Blocks (and rules for monthly Block Lotto Leaders)

Based on the survey feedback, here’s my vision for 2019 and the rules for anyone who’d like to create a pattern and be the Block Mom for a month next year. Blocks will: Be 6 inches finished size As postal rates increase and rules become more restrictive about “squishie” envelopes, this feels like the right size Have designs which become something more when they are joined into a 4-patch. This could be something like the...

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Halloween witches, goblins and ghosts have been working while I’ve been away

I’m happy to see all the beautiful Halloween blocks — we’re up to 59! I’ve been away from the site (and my sewing machine) for most of the month, so happy to see all the good work going on!  The running tally is in the October 9 post, so check to see if I have correctly listed your blocks, entries, and donations. Keep sewing, and start sampling that candy!...

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Plan for Block Lotto 2019

Plan for Block Lotto 2019

I left the survey open longer than planned, hoping for more responses and just closed it.  We had 48 quilters respond–which is about half as many as last year.  You can see the results of the four multiple-choice questions and some of my thoughts here: 2019 Block Lotto Survey Results Based on your input and the suggestions you supplied, here are some of the highlights from my plan: There will be a theme and uniform size (6 inches) for all 2019...

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