Block Lotto Basics
Joining is Easy
- Contact me by email at jeansophie (at) blocklotto (dot) com or by posting a comment on the block lotto blog indicating that you’d like to join the group. Once we’ve connected, email me with your real name and mailing address and URL of your blog, if you have one. Register on the site using <firstname><dot><lastname> for your username, for example Jane.Doe.You can see how to do that, step-by-step, here: Accounts and Author Privileges.
- Make blocks.
- When you have made your first lotto blocks and are ready to post a photo, email me and let me know and I will add author privileges to your account.
Two Non-Quilt-Related Things to Consider Before Joining
- We are an international group and, therefore, you may have to pay international postage to send your blocks to winners outside your own country. (On the flip side, if you win, you could be receiving blocks from all over the world.)
- Communication is important. If I send you email which requires a response, the courtesy of a reply is expected.
Making your Blocks
Each month you choose to participate you’ll be following the guidelines provided in the blog post announcing the lotto block of the month. These rules apply to all blocks, unless noted in the block guidelines.
- Choose fabrics that follow the color guidelines. We share photos of our blocks, but photos do not always capture color and value accurately, so I trust that you are following the guidelines (until I hear from the winner who receives your block that you did not.) If the guideline specifies a value, for example, “light,” and you are unsure if your fabric follows that guideline, the easiest way to “see” value is to take a photo and then convert it to black and white. Cyndi posted this quick tip about using your smartphone and the Instagram app to do that.
- Fabrics must be 100% quilting cotton. It doesn’t matter if you buy your fabric from your local quilt shop, online fabric store or craft store, but it should be tightly woven cotton suitable for quilting.
- Pre-wash all fabrics used in your blocks. I don’t have a strong opinion about whether or not quilters should always wash their fabrics, but there are good reasons for washing fabrics used for making blocks for exchanges or the lotto … because even brand name fabrics sometimes bleed and colors may run.
- Measure your blocks. Blocks for the lotto must be no more than 1/4 inch larger or 1/4 inch smaller than the specified size. For 2015, this means that:
9-inch square blocks will ideally measure 9 1/2-inches square before they are sewn into a project, but must measure between 9 1/4 – 9 3/4 inches square,
4 1/2 by 18-inch rectangle blocks will ideally measure 5 by 18 1/2 inches before they are sewn into a project, but must measure between 4 3/4 – 5 1/4 inches by something between 18 1/4 – 18 3/4 inches.
- Check your seams and seam allowances. Seam allowances should be 1/4 inch. Especially if you are using a new-to-you technique, after you have admired your block, flip it over and check your seams.
- Make blocks that you would be happy to receive if you win.
For more on the rules, read Why Rules Matter.
Entering the Drawing
Sharing a photo of your block is REQUIRED in order to be included in the drawing. If you email a photo of your block to me during the sneak peek; I may use that photo for a virtual quilt, but it doesn’t count for the drawing until YOU post it in an individual blog post. This article steps through the process: How to Post
After you post a photo of your blocks, your name goes into the (virtual) hat for the drawing on the last day of the month. You can also make a block and contribute it without putting your name into the drawing. Your name will be added to one of the lists on At A Glance page.
The number of winners and the number of blocks each winner receives depends upon the number of blocks made. Generally each winner will receive at least 35 blocks.
The Sneak Peak
If you make and post a photo of your blocks at least one week before the end of the month, you will be eligible to receive a Sneak Peek at the next month’s block via email.
Winners are chosen by using an online random number generator. After the winners are chosen, they will receive email and have 48 hours to reply, confirming their mailing address and letting me know how many of their own blocks they’d like to keep.
Mailing the Blocks
Everyone who made blocks will then receive email with the mailing information letting them know to which winner(s) they will send their blocks. I ask that everyone mail their blocks by mid-month, so that the winner may receive all her blocks by month-end. Tips for mailing blocks can be found in the Help topics here: Mailing Squishies