October block lotto – Halloween

It was recommended that since this will be our October 11 meeting, perhaps the next block lotto theme should be Halloween. And who am I to deny your use of happy skulls? Well, I won’t! Make any block, in any colors. Just so long as it feels like Halloween, and it it’s a 12″ block (12.5″ unfinished). Show me your best spooky! For every block you bring, you’ll get one entry to win the whole lot […]

Sept block lotto – selvages

Sorry I have to miss the August meeting and won’t get to see your awesome community of house blocks, but I’m hoping there will be a lot of pictures. Because I won’t be there, I’m also announcing the September block lotto early. For the September 13, 2018 meeting, the block lotto theme will be SELVAGES! Make any block, in any configuration, and any colors. Feel free to add other non-selvage fabrics too – but somehow feature […]

August block lotto – In the neighborhood

Let’s celebrate the amazing MMQG community we’ve built – with a block lotto full of houses for the August 9, 2018 meeting! Build whatever kind of house you want. Make it simple or complex. Realistic or whimsical. It can look like your house, or your fantasy house, or just some random house. Wonky or precise. Applique, pieced, paper pieced, or some combination. Make one block, or make a bunch – you’re in the drawing once […]

July block lotto – pineapple at the pool

This month for block lotto I’m offering a bit of a freedom, with just a few rules. Let’s make pineapple blocks! I’m not going to give you a pattern or even a tutorial – there are a million of them out there, so warm up your Googler. Make any of the variations or versions – just end up with an 8″ finish block (8.5″ unfinished). To unify things just a bit, let’s go with a color […]

June block lotto – juicy Ohio Star

For the June 2018 block lotto, we’re doing a traditional Ohio Star block that finishes 10.5″ (11″ unfinished). I have a collection of 5″ charm squares I want to use, and those pre-cuts work well for this size: each block element (just squares and hourglasses) will need to be trimmed to 4″ before assembly to make the correct finished size block. There are a million tutorials on Ohio Star blocks, but the Missouri Star Quilting […]

May block lotto – side stripe, aqua/lilac

As I teased at the April meeting, the block lotto for May requires you to log in to the national Modern Quilt Guild website to get the instructions for this month’s block. I chose the block they featured in February – the side stripe by Renee Tallman. Use the measurements in the pattern (no wonky this time), and let’s work through Step 5 (where you trim the block to 6.5″ square) and then STOP. Don’t […]

April block lotto – candy bento box

Here are the instructions for the block lotto for our April 12, 2018 meeting. I changed my mind slightly on the color palette – let’s not use white, and instead mix these spring pastels with CHOCOLATE!   The block instructions can be found here. Don’t sew the quadrants together, though – let’s leave them in quarter-block units that will be 6.5″ unfinished. Where the tutorial’s pictures show white, substitute BROWN. Use the pastels for all […]

March 2018 block lotto

Thanks for your patience in the delay posting this – finally, here are the block lotto instructions for the March 8, 2018 meeting. This month we’re going with a super-simple and strip-friendly block. March 2018 green square block Here’s the basic info: BLUE fabric: need one 2.5” x 2.5” square (any shade or print of fabric as long as it looks blue) for the center GREEN fabric: need 18” total x 2.5”  (any shade or […]

February block lotto – Valentine envelopes

For our February 8, 2018 meeting, let’s make Valentine envelopes for the block lotto! Use the great tutorial here – ignore the parts about making the larger quilt and just follow these directions for a single block. (Of course, you are welcome to make more than one block to increase your odds of winning, though!) Block size: 6.5″ unfinished Colors: you choose – think Valentine’s love notes Bring your blocks along to the February meeting […]

Jan block lotto – tiny trees

Hello MadModders! Here is all the info you need to participate in the block lotto for the January 2018 meeting: FREE tutorial on Diary of a Quilter Small size means you can make a bunch Tutorial makes 2 blocks at a time Let’s use the same color scheme she uses in the tutorial: mainly any green (olive, lime, leaf, pine) with true red and neutrals, small amounts of other colors OK as long as they’re […]