Hey Sophie!

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in block lotto community | 1 comment


I can take a month but not May or June.  It’s the least I can do for all the fun I’ve had with Block Lotto.



What If?

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in block lotto community | 5 comments

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 only up now because I need to go to the drug store for more stuff that I hope will help me get better faster.)

Quilt Layout Idea – Blocks on Point

Posted by on January 10, 2018 in block lotto community | 2 comments

This layout has 41 blocks set on point with 2 inch sashing and 5 1/1 inch borders.  It results in a quilt that measures 89 inches square.

Commercial Pattern – BQ By Maple Island Quilts

Posted by on January 3, 2018 in block lotto community | 5 comments

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 this pattern on the Maple Island Quilts site, at the top of this page. The associated gallery page has a lot of interesting interpretations.

As I haven’t seen the Maple Island BQ pattern and created the directions for our 9-inch block entirely on my own based on the image from Pinterest that I shared earlier, I don’t believe there is a copyright issue.  Had I found this commercial pattern, I would have chosen a different block for us.

Maybe this is proof of how I really need to step away after this month …




Inspiration for January Block

Posted by on January 3, 2018 in block lotto community | 1 comment

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.


For the Fence-Sitters

Posted by on December 19, 2017 in block lotto community | 4 comments

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 that have been around long enough know that we’ve made sawtooth stars and double 4-patch multiple times (and they are always popular).

If you haven’t read through all the comments about what people want from the block lotto that I posted in Something To Think About, go take a look.  You’ll see that, as a group, we want it all: big blocks, little blocks, traditional blocks, modern blocks, improvisational blocks. Whatever block you have in mind will find an audience here.

I created a table on the At-A-Glance page that will show who is leading each month in 2018 and–if they have made a decision–what size and colors their block will be.

If you have an original block idea and are worried about writing block directions or need drawings to show what you mean, I can help.  Robin has also offered to help with any computer graphics, converting things to PDF format, etc. While I haven’t actually asked them yet, I’m confident that other volunteers will help, too.

I have decided that I will continue to maintain the spreadsheet with everyone’s info in it, will collect the mailing info from everyone, and will work out the mailing info each month which I think is the most complex step–so no one needs to worry about that. As a block leader, you need only create two block posts:

  1. On the first day of the month, a post that has your block choice, the directions to make it and your fabric/color guidelines.
  2. A second post that has the list of quilters that make blocks.  You can also create this one on day one of the month, but you’ll be going back to edit it as most blocks are made and posted.

Still sitting on the fence?  If you have a question or concern, please let me know.


Survey Results

Posted by on December 16, 2017 in block lotto community | 1 comment

I have already shared most of the responses to the “what would you like to see …” question in Something to Think About. Here are your responses to the other four questions:




2018 Block Lotto

Posted by on December 16, 2017 in block lotto community | Comments Off on 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 … but only one of you stepped up publicly.  A couple others who have previously volunteered to help have also committed.

Thank you Angie, Cathy K, Deanna, Linda, Julie W and Robin.

But, I need more help. If you volunteered and I missed it–please email me again.

If you want to help and lead a month of the Block Lotto, but don’t have a block in mind or aren’t comfortable writing patterns, you can choose a Block Lotto block from the past: a good place to start looking might be here.

I will take care of the Block Lotto in JANUARY, but if others don’t step to take on the work for the following months, I simple will NOT be able to continue and there will be no Block Lotto. It’s not because of a lack of desire, but real physical/health limitations.  Maintaining this website, the database of names/addresses of members and sorting out who sends blocks to which winners each month is ALL I WILL BE ABLE TO DO.

For those who want to help with the expenses of the site, please contact me by email .



Something to Think About

Posted by on December 7, 2017 in block lotto community | 4 comments

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 love for you to start thinking about choosing a block and a month next year to lead us.

As you can see in the list below of some of the responses to the question, “What would you like to see most,” there are a wide range of suggestions and someone will love whatever you plan:

  • Standalone blocks, rather than a series. Love it when they form secondary patterns, but that’s not a deal-killer.
  • Interesting AND easy blocks
  • Pieced blocks
  • Learning different techniques
  • I like blocks which are fairly quick to make and which can be made from things I probably have on hand…
  • Continued emphasis on stash-busting ideas
  • Ideas and new interpretations of classic blocks
  • Row by row quilts using a combination of blocks in every row.
  • More as before. As I said in a comment, I like how you challenge us to use certain colors and make blocks that are a bit traditional and a bit mod, and a lot of fun.
  • Love the modern block designs!
  • Consistency and patterns that could work together.
  • Traditional patterns that I haven’t thought of in a long time.
  • Different blocks the same size
  • Simple blocks
  • Blocks made without teal! JK-I’d like to see blocks that are a bit different but not yet ‘modern.’
  • Swapping ideas
  • Liberated blocks!
  • Blocks that aren’t to technical. Classic stuff.
  • Teaching me new techniques
  • I prefer piecing, but it doesn’t have to be paper-pieced.
  • Slightly larger blocks… about 9″ or so?
  • Any free patterns that are easy & quick to make
  • I like a variety of blocks. I don’t think they need to go together into a quilt. In other words. Keep it simple and make the blocks challenging at times
  • Simple blocks that are quick to make.
  • Loved the wide variety of fun techniques over the years — I especially enjoyed the houses with people and things in the windows, the elongated churn dashes, the scrappy stars, the split circles, the baskets, — enjoy seeing a trasdional block made differtnly ins ize or proportions or using innovative fabric-pairing. I like ALL the patterns/blocks you’ve set up for us to do over the several years I’ve been a member and have sent in almost each month to the winners. So, not much in the way of new directions for you to find as I’ve loved it all
  • I really like the blocks to be makers choice of colorways. Any blocks are fine.
  • When I win, I use the blocks to make charity quilts, so something colorful. Bigger blocks rather than 6 inchers so I don’t have to make so many myself to make a twin size quilt. Maybe a few blocks and colors that would appeal to boys & men rather than mostly girls and women.
  • Modern designed blocks in different sizes that are easy to construct
  • More scrap blocks.
  • More of the same. Loved the variety of blocks and the fun of just making a few then later seeing a whole quilt made from all the submissions.
  • Modern design
  • I really enjoyed the years with more random designs. Especially really scrappy designs like the Bonnie Hunter Around the World block that we did that
  • Just had the center diagonal color to unify the blocks. At the other extreme I loved the blocks that are just one color and white. Planning for a year end sampler is a cool idea.
  • I can go traditional, modern, even applique. I think good to have a single block size for the year.
  • Fresh ideas, with some challenging techniques.

Restarting the Block Lotto in 2018?

Posted by on December 1, 2017 in block lotto community, housekeeping | 15 comments

Here’s a little hint to one of the recent events in my life that have kept me away–I promise to share the rest of my story with you all … but first, would you please take a minute and click over to Survey Monkey and complete a quick 5 question survey and honestly tell me what you think?

Restarting the Block Lotto in 2018?



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