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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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 BL-esque design

Benartex is having a blog hop this week to promote a new fabric line.  It’s been a great way to meet new (to me) quilt bloggers.  I thought of Sophie’s designs when I saw the quilt in this post.  http://quiltachusetts.blogspot.com/p/quilts.html Cathy L. and I have corresponded lately and we both express how much we miss Block Lotto.  I hope you’re doing better, Sophie — and I hope all the BL gang is fine and busy...

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