Bonus for December – Anyone Interested in a Dud Block Lotto?

Posted by on November 23, 2013 in block lotto community | 11 comments

It’s Julie’s fault … when I read her sent-and-received blog post earlier today, I thought it was a great idea.

Do you have orphan lotto blocks–well made, but not entered in the lotto because maybe they were a test block or had size issues or made from fabrics that didn’t quite follow the guidelines … or maybe at the time you didn’t think they were good enough.

The blocks should be made from this block lotto, but could be of any vintage.  I quickly found these three … I know I have a few more.

So … my questions are:  who would be interested in playing in the dud block lotto?  Do you have some of those orphan/dud blocks?  Would you want to win them?

Sophie's duds & orphans

Sophie’s duds & orphans



  1. Yes. I have some leftover winnings that I didn’t use in a quilt (the stacked coins, blue green purple rectangles, eclipses) , plus some pink and white squares from last year ( some of the pinks are too lilac-y for my sampler UFO), plus a few other orphans.

    • I completely forgot about the possibility of perfectly good but left-over lotto blocks. Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. I have an orphaned split star that came out too small last year….I have no idea why since all the pieces were cut correctly and sewn a quarter inch…the other 3 turned out fine.

    Yes, I think a dud block lotto would be fun! Maybe that could be a January 1st drawing…new beginnings for orphaned blocks! The randomness of the blocks would make for a fun quilt.

  3. I think I might have at least one around somewhere! That would be fun, I think!

  4. This sounds like a hoot & a half! I’d love to join in even though I only have 1 dud, a duplicate oak leaf. I love the idea but “dud” is a dud of a name. I’m sure a better name can be imagined like wayward, errant, extraneous or something else. How about it?

    • I kind of like dud even though it’s a misnomer, for sure.

  5. I have a few blocks that didn’t get into my final quilt that I’d be glad to contribute. These make great starts for placemats. I just used a few to make placemats for our local Meals on Wheels clients.

  6. I would like to take part in this but haven’t been here long enough to have any “dud” blocks or leftovers.
    I could go back over the past months instructions and make some extras though.
    It would be fun to win a mixed bag of blocks

    • I’d love someone to come up with a way of including those who don’t have any duds/extras and would like to participate, short of making blocks. Does anyone have any ideas?

  7. Sophie, you are so full of ideas. Fun! And useful! How do we participate?

    • I can’t take any credit for this one–it was all JULIE P’s (aka Joe Tulips) idea.

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