Let’s Plan Block Lotto 2015
Earlier this year, I asked for some input on colors and I hope you’ve noticed some of your suggestions in the blocks this year. But before I start thinking about color, I start with the block patterns themselves. I think about block sizes and overall themes for the year.
A lot of my block ideas start with a, “What if …” or “Can I …?” questions. This year, it was, What if we made blocks in an uncommon size (7 inches and multiples of 7 inches)? And Can I create block patterns for that unusual size? I also wondered, can I design blocks which would have a Modern Quilting feeling … and design a “Modern quilt?”
I think about things we haven’t tried … yet, like:
- English Paper Piecing
- Redwork or other embroidery
- Raw edge, fused appliqué
And wonder if there’s enough interest in trying these or something else completely different?
I ask myself, “Should we do more …” of a specific theme (liberated blocks, traditional blocks, modern blocks) or of a specific size–though the headache of mailing large 14 inch blocks earlier this year makes me think that they are generally a bad idea, even though there are some great large size blocks we could make.
In the past, the message I’ve heard is that you want all the blocks during the year to be the same size. I wonder if that’s still the case and–as much as I am enjoying the process of designing and making the Mod-Mod Sampler quilt, if designing a quilt for the blocks is interesting to you?
I worry that the Block Lotto has/may become stuck in a rut of my personal taste? This month’s red background is one example, too much use of other specific colors or black & white prints might be another.
I often think about a year of some of the most popular blocks we’ve made in the past–after a dozen years, there’s quite a list to choose from–but then dismiss the idea because there’s something new that I think we need to make …
That’s what’s bouncing around in my head … I would love to hear about your ideas. You can blog about the Block Lotto and join the linky list below OR just leave a comment. Tell me what you like or don’t like about the Block Lotto, or would like to see in the future. It can be about colors, size, style, technique, themes and quilt designs using the blocks.
As the fictional Frazier Crane used to say on his Seattle radio show, “I’m listening.”