A setting idea …

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in block lotto community | 2 comments

This quilt uses 50 Modified T blocks, set on point. It’s been in my head for a while and tonight I found time to create a quick version.

50 by 59-inches


Posted by on May 11, 2019 in block lotto community | Comments Off on Oops.

I just heard from a neighbor Block Lotto member that I made a mistake on my purple blocks, reversing the positions of the corner squares. I have corrected the blocks, but taking a new picture and posting it is beyond my capability tonight.

April blocks

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in block lotto community, blocks | Comments Off on April blocks

3Twin Sister blocks in the mail from Norway to Canada.

Coloring Sheet

Posted by on May 4, 2019 in block lotto community | 1 comment

This is a two-for post: a coloring sheet for anyone who wants to play with quilt layout ideas for this month’s blocks, also a test post because someone was getting an error when they tried to upload an image

64 Tee Blocks to color

Here’s the link to a printable coloring page (PDF) – Modified T Quilt Coloring Page

April Twin Sisters

Posted by on April 3, 2019 in block lotto community, blocks | 1 comment

3 this month, too.

March Mailing Info has been sent

Posted by on April 1, 2019 in block lotto community | Comments Off on March Mailing Info has been sent

If you are one of the 25 quilters who made and posted Wings of Spring blocks in March, you should have received email from me with the mailing info.

If you didn’t receive it or found a mistake on the mailing info sheet, please let me know ASAP. Mistakes happen and I am human.

Here’s one of my ideas for using Nann’s block, adding some plain background squares in a random arrangement. I called it Kaleidoscope–the name for a bunch of butterflies. This quilt would be 60 x 72 inches.

Block Lotto Catch-up

Posted by on March 4, 2019 in block lotto community | 1 comment

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 email from me and as soon as I hear back from both of them, I’ll be able to finish up the mailing info and send it to the 20 quilters who made blocks last month.

Did you see Plaid?

Posted by on February 2, 2019 in block lotto community | 1 comment

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 inches.

What if (a quilt design idea)

Posted by on January 13, 2019 in block lotto community | 2 comments

What if you make (or win) a bunch of this month’s blocks, but …

  • You want to make a large quilt
  • You 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 opposite fabric placement, so for a Drunkard’s Fireball quilt, you’d need to make some blocks with red /orange/pink fabrics in the center and the skinny logs.

To make a large quilt, of course, you’d need to make a bunch of blocks … What if you did that?

Reverse Fireball Block

Here’s how a similar arrangement of Fireball and Reverse Fireball blocks would look.

This quilt will measure 90 inches square. It’s made from 144 Fireball blocks, with a 3-inch inner border and a 6-inch outer border. if you wanted a pieced border like the inspiration quilt, make 3 inch Half-Square Triangle units for the inner border.

There are other traditional layouts of drunkard’s path blocks to consider … here are a few.

If you win, what will you make from your blocks?

Using the New Editor

Posted by on January 13, 2019 in block lotto community, Help | 1 comment

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 “blocks” you can add and customize in your posts. For us, we’ll mostly use Paragraph and Image blocks. The editor puts each paragraph of text and each image into a separate block.

Because each block is separate, you can add things like custom backgrounds and font colors for each block, like I have here.

You will see tabs for Document and Block on the right side of your screen. after you have added the Text and Image blocks for your post click over to the document tab, to set the Category and Tags. To change things like font size and color and background color click the Block tab when you are in the block you want to change.

If you wanted to schedule a post, you’d set the new date and time by looking in section, Status and Availability, at the top, and click the link labelled immediately for Publish–a calendar and options to enter date and time will be displayed.

If you are interested to learn more about the capabilities of the new editor, search for “Gutenberg editor” or “WordPress block editor” and you’ll find lots of articles, reviews and videos that go through all the things you can do with the new Block Editor. Here’s one … of someone sharing his first experience with the new editor that covers the basics.

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