Running Hot and Cold!

Hello fellow quilters! As if things weren’t crazy enough, the weather has me running around in circles. I took my dogs for a walk the other day, and it felt kind of cool out. By the time I got home though, I had my sweatshirt around my waist and had seriously asked myself if my underwear could pass for shorts at the turn for home. For the record, they cannot. My tulips though have been loving this weather; warm enough days to blossom and grow, but enough cool days to make them last a few weeks. It’s just so back and forth, and it has inspired our color palette for June’s block lotto.

We are going to start with Better Basics Zig Zag White. You can purchase this at Blue Bar Quilts. I spoke to Gael Boyd, and there is plenty in stock. If you would like a fat quarter, select a 1/4 yard and for participating MMQG members simply type, “Block Lotto FQ” in the notes, and they will have it ready for you. Remember they are still doing curbside pick up from 10:00am to 3:00pm. You are also going to need to pick a “warm color” and a “cool color” for the rest of this block. Your warm and cool colors can be solids or patterns but please just make sure they read as a color.

A color wheel to help you determine which colors are cool and which are warm when selecting your other fabrics.

The block for this month is the classic Quarter Square Triangle, also known as a QST. This is fast fun block and I chose this block because of the fantastic presentation last month by Rebecca Lindstrom. Her One Block Many Ways impressive and smart! What a great approach to designing your own quilt. And I believe, QST’s are one of the best blocks to do that with.

Just a few simple rearrangements and you have a whole new quilt.

There are a lot of ways to make these blocks, but I am including my favorite instructions here. This is a fast, easy approach to make four 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (6″ finished) QST’s. These are a lot of fun to make, and you’ll be surprised how fast they come together!

So here’s the skinny: We are going to make Quarter Square Triangle blocks which will measure 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ when you are finished. They will finish at 6″ in a quilt.

You need to use Better Basics Zig Zag White and then choose a cool color and a warm color fabric to use in the block. The colors can be patterns or solids, but if you use a pattern please make sure that it reads as a color.

I hope you have fun with this block lotto, and I can’t wait to see all your colorful blocks. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to reach out. Happy Quilting!

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