Cut 2 – 1″ strips for each block, approximately 15.5″ long. These should be longer then the diagonal of the 10″ square blog
Sew one strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.
Sew the long side of the second triangle to the other side of the strip.
Cut the square in half diagonally, across the center strip.
Sew the second strip to the long side of the first triangle. Press.
Sew the second triangle to the strip. The photo below shows how to center the pieces so the cross pieces are closely aligned. These DO NOT need to be perfectly aligned. Press.
7. Repeat step 4, then step 5 (shows aligning the cross)
Flip up to see if alignment is how you want it
Et Viola! Finished Block Lotto block.
You might be wondering … where’s the improv in this one block? Well, for me it’s about not having (and not trying to have) that cross *perfectly* aligned. Which can be difficult if you’re used to perfectly matching points.
The other part is actually cutting into a block, across something you’ve already pieced together. That’s another huge step for someone who’s never done improv.
If you are the winner, you have some options:
Sew the blocks together in a traditional manner and quilt. Pretty….
2. Or continue with more improv. Sew together as in the above picture, then using a 6.5″ square ruler, cut the fabric into smaller squares, and re-assemble!
Here’s how it works: We provide some/all of the fabric (quilt cotton quality) and you pay $1 for each block’s worth of fabric. You make the block and bring it to the next meeting, then names will be drawn to see who gets all the blocks!
Big Thank YOU! to our President, Janet, for pulling the directions together and making the sample blocks.
Here are the fabric choice guide lines and directions for making the blocks.