January 2022 Block Lotto

Half Square Triangle Round Up

There are so many ways make half square triangles! Try one of these techniques, hopefully at least one is new to you!

Since we are meeting on Zoom this month, our January block lotto is free to all members, as you’ll supply your own fabric.

COLORS: Please use solid fabrics. Everyone is picking their own fabrics, so let’s stick to solids so the final contributions will be able to work together. 

We would highly suggest using dark and light of the same color, for example try:

  • Navy Blue and Sky Blue
  • Royal Purple and Lavender
  • Forest Green and Mint Green

SIZE: There’s no limit to the size of half square triangle you’d like to make! You can choose any size HST. Let’s aim for that an be trimmed and squared up to inch increments (finished HSTs of 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and so on). Therefore, your block would 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch, or 4.5 when turning in at the March meeting.

HST Tutorials

Gathered.how – How to make half square triangles – all you need to know
Homemade Emily Jane – Easy Half Square Triangles video
Blossom Heart Quilts – HST Tutorial and Maths Formula
Blossom Heart Quilts – HST Tutorial: Strip Method
Coral + Co. – Half Square Triangles 4 at a Time
Sew Easy – 8-at-a-Time Triangle Squares video
Amy Smart – 16-at-a-Time video
Quilters Candy – 32 Half Square Triangles at Once
Fat Quarter Shop – Tiny Half Square Triangles

HST Resources

Midnight Quilt Show – Stress Relieving Half-Square Triangle Quilt
Lo and Behold Stitcher – How to Trim Half Square Triangles
Inquiring Quilter – Trimming HSTs the Fast Way
Lee Heinrich – How to Sew Together HSTs Without Losing Points video
Just Get It Done Quilts – Making a Perfect Half Square Triangle Block video

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.

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: https://www.instructables.com/id/Quilt-As-You-Go-Quilt/

OPTION 2 – Alternatively, cut your fabric into smaller scraps. Sew the scrap right side up onto the batting.

Then you will….

Quilt over the scrap to secure in place. Straight-line quilting looks very good in this method.

Grab your next scrap. Lay fabric right side down, overlapping the previous piece. Sew the seam in place.

Fold the second scrap over (right side now up) and fold down onto the batting.

Quilt this second piece as you go. https://heyletsmakestuff.com/bloomin-quilt-as-you-go-panel-tutorial/


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.