First Flowers of Spring – Violets Redux

Posted by on March 1, 2016 in housekeeping | 1 comment

SophieVIolet-FeatureSizeThe Violet quilt block is an original design, created for the Block Lotto in 2011, made popular through social media–thank you Pinterest–and updated in a different color way and size for this month.

We will be making a 6-inch (finished size) block–like all the lotto blocks this year.

The block is made from three fabrics: Background, Flower and Center. See guidelines below.

You may make a maximum of 9 blocks for chances in the drawing at the end of the month. The target set size for the winners will be 48 blocks.


VioletBlockPatternCoverScreenshotYou can download the pattern by clicking the pattern cover image or the link below.  You won’t need a coupon code to get this pattern for free–it will continue to be offered for free, with a pay what you want option.

Violet Quilt Block Pattern

The pattern has been updated with new photos and additional information for making the block in different sizes: from 4 inches to 12 inches. I was hoping some recent Spring-like weather would lead to a greener blocks-in-the-wild photo … but didn’t finish making my blocks until after the latest snow storm–I cropped out the snow in the photo, but it still doesn’t look very Spring-like, does it?


Fabric Guidelines

This block is made from 3 fabrics–Flower, Background and Center.

Flower –This will be the main color of the block; visually it represents the petals of violet. Use pinks, red-violets, purples, blue-violets and blues. The fabric may be solid, tone-on-tone (TOT) or a multicolor print that reads as one or more of the flower colors. Use only ONE Flower fabric for each block.

Background – Creates the shape of the petals and should have a lot of contrast with the flower fabric. Use black and white (B&W) prints or gray solids and tone- on-tone (TOT) print fabrics.

Center –The flower center should also have high contrast with the petals and not look like background. Use yellow or gold solids, tone-on-tone (TOT) or a multicolor print that reads as yellow/gold.

If you make multiple blocks, you can repeat Background and Center fabrics, but use a unique Flower fabric for each block you make.

Tags and Categories

Add the tag violet to all your blog posts about this block.

The category should be blocks when you are posting photos of your blocks to enter them in the drawing; use the category sent and received when you are posting about mailing or receiving blocks; and the category show and tell to share projects you make from this block (whether they are lotto blocks or blocks you make for yourself.)


color-wheelThe Rainbow Scraps Challenge Connection

Purple is the color choice for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge this month, with a suggested accent of yellow. For the Block Lotto, I have extended the Flower color to those adjacent to it on the color wheel, from blue to pink.


The Virtual Quilt

For an idea of how a scrappy bunch of these blocks will look when they are all put together, this virtual quilt is made from photos of 30 blocks made by some of the sneak seekers. Thanks to Barb P, Carol, Debbie, Erin, Jude, Karen N, Lori, Naomi, Peggy and Teresa for sending me photos of our blocks. If you don’t see your blocks here, it is probably because your photo was taken at an angle or didn’t include all of your block(s), so I couldn’t crop a square virtual block.

Debbie-Violet3 Jude-Violet2 Jude-Violet3 Sophie-Violet1 Sophie-Violet3
BarbP-Violet3 Erin-Violet2 Sophie-Violet3 Debbie-Violet2 Debbie-Violet4
Naomi-Violet Sophie-Violet4 Debbie-Violet1 BarbP-Violet3 BarbP-Violet4
Lori-Violet1 Lori-Violet2 Sophie-Violet2 BarbP-Violet2 Jude-Violet1
Erin-Violet3 BarbP-Violet1 Erin-Violet1 Sophie-Violet5 KarenN-Violet2
Teresa-Violet KarenN-Violet1 KarenN-Violet4 KarenN-Violet3 Erin-Violet4

1 Comment

  1. Oh Sophie I really love this block. Thanks for picking it again


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