Saturday, December 03, 2011

I Won the Block Lotto!

I won the Block Lotto for November!

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I was so surprised.  
I had to read the list twice and then check the participants to make sure I was the only Kristin.
I almost didn't enter my blocks, 'cause I wanted to make something for me.
I'm so glad I did!
Whoo hoo!

BL 2011-11

I entered 5 blocks.
It was totally fun to use up the "what was I thinking" and "thank you for the wonderful gift"  fabrics.  Individually some of the fabrics are cringe worthy, but together they make a happy scrappiness.
The pattern and info are here.

These blocks are great because they are so scrappy.  Putting them together should be a breeze.  I won 37 blocks, and I made extras to bring the total to 42, which is a nice 6 block x 7 block layout.
I've decided I'm going to do it completely randomly, sewing them together, just making sure that there aren't two blocks with the same fabrics side by side.  I'm leaning towards a barn raising layout, but I'm not sure.

The pattern is on Bonnie Hunter's website, Quiltville, and she's got a couple different layouts pictured there.

That got me thinking about the other blocks I've made for the lotto.  

Looking Back...

I started playing the lotto in August of 2009.

BL 2009

I was new to quilting and totally stressed over each block making it perfect before I entered it.
The official 2009 Block Lotto archives are here.
(The archive has links to pattern info and what-not)
I made 39 blocks that year.

BL 2010

2010 was a year of improv-y wonky blocks, which I'm not a huge fan of.
I won in January. a set of 40 blocks.
Those totally awesome Tic-Tac-Toe blocks are waiting patiently.  I had a hard time coming up with a setting I liked, and then when I did I got busy, so they are still waiting.
I have a plan now.  It's nothing like what I originally was going to do.

I only was able to participate the first three months before life got in the way.  The word blocks were fun.  The rest of the year I looked at the blocks each month, but they didn't really strike my fancy enough for me to take time to make them.  

The 2010 archives are here.
I made 24 blocks that year.

BL 2011

This year the lotto was a mish-mash of patterns.
If sophie had a theme, I'm not sure what it was. 
The archives for the year are here.
I made 36 lotto blocks this year.

So, I've made a total of 99 blocks over 15 months, and won twice, a total of 77 blocks.
useless facts, I know.

It's been totally fun and I'm looking forward to next year.
It's been fun to play with all the different patterns and fabric combinations.

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