About Us

Welcome to the home of the Block Lotto.  The Block Lotto has been a monthly online activity for quilters since January 2002.

The Block Lotto is open to all quilters, world-wide, at any level of experience.  No commitment is required beyond mailing the blocks you enter and keeping in touch:  make and enter blocks when you want; sit on the sidelines and read along when a block doesn’t really interest you or you don’t have time.

On the first of each month, the new block and guidelines are published.  Participants make blocks and post photos of them.  Each block made becomes a chance to win a set of blocks at the end of the month.


Learn More about the Block Lotto

Block Lotto Basics

An Illustrated History

Blocks we’ve Made, month by month, year by year

About Sophie

I started the monthly Block Lotto as a discussion on a quilting forum in January 2002 . . . and still have lots of quilt block/color ideas.  Whether you have been playing along for years or just discovered the Block Lotto, I’m glad you’re here.


  1. Hi Again, think I will join your group if that is still OK! I love heart blocks so this should be fun.
    Hugs Raelene

  2. I would love to join! Please tell me how.

    • To begin, you need to:

      1. Register as a user on the site, using the format first name dot last name for your username. (For example, jeansophie.wood is mine). There is more info about how to do that here:

      Accounts and Author Privileges

      Once your account is created, you can log in and edit your profile to add your blog or website, if you have one, add a nickname, if you’d like and choose a display name. Here’s the step-by-step of editing your profile:

      Setting up your Account

      2. Email me with your name and (postal) mailing address and preferred email address.

      3. Make blocks.

      When your blocks are ready to post, let me know and I will add Author privileges to your Block Lotto account. Then you can post your blocks and enter them into the drawing. Details of how to do that are here:

      How to Post

      If you have any questions/problems, be sure to let me know so I can try to help.

  3. Hello! I’m dying to have the pattern to the African Violet quilt block, but I cannot find it here… Can anyone help me?

    Desperate Quilter!!!!

    • Barbara, I think you’re all set now, patternwise. If anyone else is looking for any of the patterns, don’t be afraid to ask.

      • Yes–I would love to buy the pattern for the African violet block—

      • I am confused as to how my request for the violet pattern has been requested already–how do I receive this information?

  4. I just registered and I’m excited to be playing with such creative people. However, I couldn’t change WordPress’s password. I kept getting a “Mismatch” error. Can you help?

  5. I have finally managed to register with the site. How do I get the monthly block to make?

    Ruby in MS

    • You can always find links to the current month’s guidelines (including block patterns, fabric guidelines, etc) on the At-a-Glance page which is linked in the top navigation (under the block lotto banner quilt at the top of the page)

  6. Hello: I have been a past member and would like to rejoin. I need to send all my info and get up and running. Please let me know what else you need. Thank you, Sharn

    • Sharon, welcome back! I have info for you from 2008. If your USPS mailing address or email address has changed, let me know and please send updated info. Otherwise, send me email when you’ve made your first blocks and are ready to post and I’ll update your account here to have author privileges. Look under the < href="http://www.blocklotto.com/category/faq/">Help link for information about how to post.

  7. Hi I am new to this group and looking to making blocks, this just seems so much fun.

  8. Greetings!

    I sent an email with information needed to join the group.


  9. I would like to join your group.

  10. Hi Sophie
    i tried to register and realized i didnt use my name with the dot format….
    ex: lisa.westrope
    instead i used blackbearcabin (my forum name…blog site, etc)
    when i realized this mistake i re-registered doing it the correct way ( i think).
    now im waiting for an email to come back to me to log in, but the email doesnt seem to be showing up. does it take long to process?
    pardon my ignorance :)

    • oops…never mind…it worked the second time :)
      ill figure it out!

  11. Mailed my blocks today,


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