Monday Morning Comment Tip

Did you know … If you login with your Blocklotto.com account before leaving a comment on a post: you won’t have to fill out the form with your name, email address, etc. your comment will be published immediately. If you notice that your comments are being held for approval … try logging in...

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Block Patterns/PayHip Q & A

Block Patterns/PayHip Q & A

I can’t call this a frequently asked questions post yet because a couple of these questions have only come up once so far, but since I know if one person asks a question or encounters a problem, there are likely others with the same question/issue, I’ve created this post and will add/update it as necessary.   Q. Why doesn’t the pattern number pages correctly when I save paper and print on both sides?  A. I considered...

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What’s an Excerpt and why would I want to create one?

What’s an Excerpt and why would I want to create one?

The system used to auto-magically create excerpts of posts … but lately I notice it no longer is. I may be able to fix this when I apply a bunch of updates to Blocklotto.com next week … but there may be times when you want to create your own version of an excerpt for your posts rather than relying on the system to take the first X-number of words from your post.

Here is how to create it and where it will be displayed on the site.

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Comment Tip

If you are logged in when you post a comment, it will publish immediately with no approval required. If you have NOT logged in before you post a comment, it won’t publish until I see it and approve it. If you are wondering why your comments don’t immediately appear, this could be the answer.  Login first and no intervention is required to publish our...

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Rules are Rules

Rules are rules, but when I reject 10 blocks for not following the color rules for this month’s block … it feels like I must be failing somehow to communicate them to all of you. I always feel bad when I have to reject blocks for not following the color/fabric guidelines, especially because in my own scrappy quilts, you are likely to find those kind of rule-breaking blocks.  But then I start feeling all kinds of ambivalent because...

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Bizarre Behavior (on blocklotto.com)

In the middle of creating the post about setting a Featured Image, I became disconnected from Blocklotto.com, with the error that said the  server was not responding. I was a little freaked out because of the timing as we are on the brink of the end-of-the-month/beginning-of-the-month rush and I worried what would happen if the site was down for long. I checked with our hosting company and couldn’t find any notice of maintenance or...

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Selecting a Featured Image (and Why You Might Want to Select One)

Selecting a Featured Image (and Why You Might Want to Select One)

When you create a post, you can choose a featured image for it.  There are a few reasons why you might want to take the time to set the featured image: Show and Tell Posts When you create a post in the show and tell category, it is featured at the top of the home page where images (with links) from the 7 most recent show & tell posts are displayed in the slider in the top half of the page.  If you don’t choose a featured image, the...

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Reminders about the Rules

There is a link to the Block Lotto Basics on the home page. I also include the link in the email I send to everyone who expresses interest in joining the Block Lotto. It’s not a long list and yet a couple of the rules never quite seem to stick with everyone. If things don’t seem to be working the way you expect, please take a moment and review the basics.  I have updated the page with the acceptable range of block measurements for...

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Do you know?

Not sure if it is ok to ask this question on Block Lotto so I am going to go ahead and ask. I absolutely love to pick out fabric and piece quilts and on the throw size I quilt myself but on larger ones I have someone local quilt them. My question is…. Does anyone know a good way for me to list and sell them? I have about 13 quilts right now for sale at excellent prices. They are beautiful too! Quilting is my therapy and my hubby tells me...

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Printing Templates

Printing  Templates

If–like Cathy and Toni–you are having problems printing the GIF version of the templates on the Quilter’s Cache … try this PDF one: sweet_dreams_template-converted I simply converted Marcia’s image to a PDF file format that will print at the correct size IF YOU DO NOT LET YOUR COMPUTER SCALE IT. The dialogue box you see when printing will likely look different than mine (on a Mac), depending on the computer/operating system...

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The Deadlines are Always the Same

The Deadlines are Always the Same

Someone recently emailed me to ask what the deadline is and I realized that I probably should include the deadlines in the first post of the month and on the At-a-Glance page, even though the deadlines are always the same: Post a photo of your blocks by 12 PM (Noon)  on the US East Coast of the last day of the month to be included in the drawing. If you are unsure of when that is wherever you are, here’s a link to a pretty easy to use...

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