Get a Grip!!!

Pot holders…an essential tool for any cook, but sometimes not the loveliest thing in our kitchen. Sauces splatter, pies go over and sometimes more than the toast gets burned. With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be fun to make something practical to use for the next holiday feast, or a fun last minute hostess gift and then SWAP with another member of the guild. Your pot holders can be themed for the holidays, […]

Oh My Gourd!

Well the season is upon us…halloween candy, scare crows, pumpkin spice everything and we have even seen some crisp fall nights already! For this month’s block lotto I want you to carve up some creativity, and I’m going to limit the rules so we don’t squash your enthusiasm. October’s block lotto is going to be all about pumpkins! They can be scrappy, striped or single fabrics, but please plant them on neutral, low volume grounds […]

I Can Do The Splits! Can you?

One of the great joys of quilting is pulling together a color palette for your next project, and we all have our favorites that maybe we fall back on too easily. One of the easiest ways to start to mix colors together is to use its compliment. For any color, the complimentary color is it’s opposite on the color wheel; red and green, yellow and violet, blue and orange are all complimentary color combinations. Sometimes […]

More Scrappy Improv!

Whoooosh! There went July, and here we are ready for the August Block Lotto. This month we are continuing with another little scrappy, improv block. I took inspiration for this month block lotto from the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild who did a similar block lotto a little more than a year ago.┬á I am tweaking their version (they used 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares and only pink scraps) for our guild in the hopes that […]

July Block Lotto – Modern Churn Dash

Greetings! Dustin here, and I am launching my first block lotto for the month of July! This was inspired by a post on Facebook from member Cathy Birkholz. Please check out this video for some tips and ideas to make a traditional churn dash block, play with proportion and then another that gets a little wonky! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrkGyNuPbX0 PLEASE NOTE! We are not going to use the “required fabrics” as stated in the video, but we […]

May block lotto – no-color free-form log cabin-ish

Welcome to the blog post for the next block lotto – it was supposed to be for April but I forgot, and I almost forgot again for May. But here it is! We’re doing no-color blocks this time, meaning black and white with no color. Gray is OK, but not brown. Also, be inspired by a log cabin block, but do whatever you want with that. It can be square or rectangle, it can be […]

March 2019 block lotto – bright straight strings

This month for block lotto we’re going a little more free-form. I want you to take all the brightly colored fabrics from your string stash that are 8.5″ or longer and sew them together into squares. You see a lot of string blocks sewn on the diagonal, but let’s do these on the square, and not wonky but nicely trimmed into straight strips. Combine skinny strips and chubby strips, lots or just a few, however […]

February block lotto – whirlwind

The block lotto for our February 14, 2019 meeting will be a whirlwind block. And the best part of this tutorial? It makes 2 blocks! So there isn’t really a background, because that fabric becomes the feature in the second block. Just pick two that work together ­čÖé Use this tutorial from SewCanShe for the whirlwind block that will finish 12″ (12.5″ unfinished). And since Pantone just announced that the color of the year for […]

December Block lotto – Vector planes

This month I’m using a less complex paper-pieced pattern that can be found on the Modern Quilt Guild website – you’ll need to┬álog in as a member to access the Vector pattern found here. (If you have problems with national site login, contact treasurer Catherine Van Hove) While you’re on the MQG site, poke around a little bit: There are some amazing resources on the national site, and you’ve already paid for access to them! […]

November block lotto – chickens

You don’t think I’m just forcing you to make blocks I love, do you??!?┬áBecause this month we’re all going to make CHICKENS!! I saw this block posted on Quilty Love and I┬ákinda lost my mind. I knew it would be so much fun in a mix of styles and fabrics.   Here’s the tutorial to use for the blocks. It’s not a square – it ends up┬á7″ x 8″ unfinished. Low-volume fabric (print or solid, […]