Block Lotto – August 2020

The challenge for August is IMPROV! You can create any shape or design you like. Let the fabric inspire you.  However, if you are stuck some inspiration and online tutorials follow. 


IMPROV CROSSES – Inset an “X” or criss-cross slices into your block.

Choose your background fabric square. Next, choose two cross fabric strips. Cutting with a ruler or cutting freehand, slice a straight line through your background square.  The line can be going in any direction and at any angle. Next, sew a fabric strip in the opening you’ve cut.  You’ll simply sew the strip to one side of the opening and then to the other.  Press seams. Again, cut a straight line through your background square.   The new cut should intersect your first strip at some point.  




Block Lotto – July 2020

Quilt as You Go is your challenge for July. Each kit has a square of batting and three colors. There are two ways to go about making your block.

  1. OPTION 1. Sew your scraps into a block that finishes about ~7×7. Lay your finished block over the batting. Quilt as desired. No need for backing at this time.. For an example, see:
  2. OPTION 2. Alternatively, cut your fabric into smaller scraps. Sew the scrap right side up onto the batting.
    1. Quilt over the scrap to secure in place. Straight-line quilting looks very good in this method.
    1. Grab your next scrap. Lay fabric right side down, overlapping the previous piece. Sew the seam in place.
    1. Fold the second scrap over (right side now up) and fold down onto the batting.
    1. Quilt this second piece as you go.

Online tutorials:


Block Lotto – June 2020

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make a cactus or succulent inspired block. Design your own or take a peek at the resources below. You can put your cactus in a pot, add a flower or prickly pear, and I think these cactus block could lend themselves well to some embroidery embellishments. Any size and any shape welcome. Any technique too!

Fabric kit is free this month. 1 kit per member available for pick up at the Swap & Meet. Color palette is white fabric for the background, greens for the cacti, and bright colors for pots and flowers.

Resources and Inspiration:

March 2019 Block Lotto

This months block were inspired by Maria Shell’s work and her exhibit at Visions Museum in San Diego. See her Instagram “Tales of a Sticher” for reference. Each block should make a nine patch, making a cross. Use solid colors only for the outside and aim for a strong mix of fabrics. Make your own prints by mixing patterns, stripes and blocks. 


Block Lotto 2018

In 2018, our monthly Block Lotto was organized and presented by Lisha. Each month, a new block is presented. The guild supplies fabric and instructions for making each month’s block. The cost is $2 per block, or 3 blocks for $5. Members bring their blocks to the next month’s meeting and will receive one raffle ticket for each completed block. Then there is a drawing for the lucky participant who will get to take all of the blocks home! In 2018, we had challenges for members to complete quilts from Block Lotto blocks too. Take a look at the amazing blocks our members made in 2018!



Pumpkin Block Lotto


Cecile demonstrates how to make a wedding block

Completed quilt top from Block Lotto blocks!

Completed quilt top from Block Lotto

Completed quilt from Block Lotto blocks!

Completed quilt from Block Lotto blocks! This quilt was also donated for our Philantrhopy Challenge.


Block Lotto display



Finished Peace Symbol Block Lotto