Block Lotto Jan-Jun 2015 by Clairealex


Disappearing hourglass
In Progress


1/23/15 January lotto colors are blue and yellow. I browsed Barbara Brackman's encyclopedia for most of the ideas and blogged here. All 32 quilt block names are listed on the blog.

The odd ball one is one I found at the bottom of my box of scraps--the assignment was to make a nursery rhyme block, and I chose Sing a Song of Sixpence.

2/15/15 February's lotto color is red--block can be other colors, but must include red. Since I'd just finished the Portland Bridges (using Waterfront Park line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller), I had scraps left. I cut an 8 1/2 inch square of the bird fabric, "flight"; since I had about half a yard, I didn't feel a need to use it up. The other reds were another matter. Turns out I had to add some solids from my scrap bin to get to the 12 1/2 inch size. I still don't have a good eye for how many scraps it takes to get to a certain size. I did use them all! Improv takes a lot longer than making a known pattern!

3/11/15 March's color is (no surprise here) green. (Tutorial link is to Missouri Star demo of Disappearing Hourglass). I had to adjust the sizing to end up with a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 block. I did so by starting with 10 3/4-inch squares and trimming the resulting 4-patch blocks to 7 inches. Others have managed with 10 1/2 inch starting square, but when I did, my HSTs were too small.

3/24/15 I won half of February's lotto blocks and (rare prompt event) pieced a top. I used what we in Sunshine call the Tammy Setting because she popularized it. There are three more blocks that will go into my pile of left over blocks; someday I'll get them out and see how they play.


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