This year, they are even more tied together–if only in my mind–for a couple of reasons:
- The fabric guidelines for the Block Lotto have been chosen based on the color of the month for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge.
- I have designed 2 mystery sampler quilts–one more of a mystery than the other–that are suitable RSC projects.
As I was making my blocks, I started thinking about Angela's theme–snowflake. She provided this beautiful snowflake inspiration.
I was thinking that how those who live in snow and cold weather often have a different feeling about snow and snowflakes (and the freezing temperatures that are part of the equation) than those that do not. I confess that I don't think pretty blue/purple images when I think snow.
But, the idea of snowflakes as a theme, inspired me to bundle up, take my blocks outside and photograph them on my snow-frosted deck. I have new admiration for those that photograph quilts in snow without disturbing the snow ...
You can find more information about this month's Block Lotto here:
New Year, New Block and Birds in the Air
And, you can download my Birds in the Air quilt block pattern here. Using the Payhip service is something new for me, so I would appreciate hearing about your experiences.
The pattern includes traditional and alternative methods for constructing the block and cutting measurements for making the block in 7 sizes. Check out the Block Lotto to find out how to get the block pattern for free for the first 10 days of the month.
Both sampler quilts I have designed for this year's lotto blocks could be made scrappy or not ... but in my mind, they are definitely scrappy.
It measures 54 by 66 inches, without borders or sashing, just 99 six inch blocks in a 9 by 11 grid. The number of each of the 12 blocks you'll need for this quilt varies between 2 and 15.
For this month, make 6 Birds in the Air blocks in colors that suggest sky (I'll be using pale blues and purples combined with medium blues).
The other sampler quilt design is less mysterious because I can tell you that you need to make 4 of each of the monthly blocks and I can share the setting with you. It measures 60 by 82 inches. Although this once can certainly be made NOT scrappy, I have come to think of this design as RSC Meets the Block Lotto.
Here is the setting in three color ways. Each of the open squares represents 4 lotto blocks, sewn together as a 12 inch 4-patch.
Thinking scrappy, the sashing and borders are constructed of small squares. I envisioned using black and white prints in the gradated setting on the left. The blocks could be also be black and white, maybe with pops of color (or a single bright color used as the background fabric in the blocks). The middle quilt is a simplified 2-color setting–I was thinking QOV quilt when I played with the idea of red and white setting fabrics and predominately blue blocks.
I plan to make the rainbow version on the right. I'll be going through my scraps and constructing the setting units as I make my blocks. I suspect that my quilt colors will have an over-all softer look than this quickly constructed graphic. My four Birds in the Air blocks will fill the spot on the left in the bottom row.
I will be sharing more information–beginning with fabric requirements for those that need them–if anyone is interested in quilting along with me.
I am joining the parties for Scrap Happy Saturday and Oh Scrap! Please let me know if you're interested in joining a quilt-along for one of these block lotto samplers.