For the Block Lotto this month, I extended the color of our violets a bit beyond purple on either side of the color wheel to include pinks and blues. So far all the blocks made and posted have been delightful and feel like spring, even if they aren't spring flowers.
We made a larger version of this block in 2011. You can download the free, updated block pattern (with measurements for making the block in eight sizes) here:
Violet Block Pattern
After making these blocks, I kept going and made some progress on the two (different) samplers I am making from this year's lotto blocks.
For the scrappy, rainbow-colored graduated sampler, I made these four blocks and cut the rest of the purple and blue setting rectangles I need.
Put together with January's Birds in the Air blocks, the bottom of this sampler quilt will look something like this–the pieced in the right third were overlapped and squished together to fit on my small design wall.
I know I will arrange and re-arrange the fabrics that make up the setting around the blocks and probably replace some of them when it comes time to put it all together, but so far, it's working for me.
For my Old MacDonald's Mystery Sampler, I have cut all the fabrics, but only just started putting together the blocks. You can see where the 11 violet blocks fit on the 2016 QAL page on the Block Lotto.
The violet blocks are concentrated near the bottom of the quilt and mixed in with last month's Snail's Trail blocks.
I used some of the same pale tans and greens as the background for my purple violets.
As soon as I had made a couple of the violet blocks, I had to put them on the wall with my desert-colored Snail's trails to see how they looked together. My plan for the weekend is to finish the remaining 9 violet blocks needed for this sampler.
While digging through my blue and purple scraps and looking through my stash for additional fabrics, I realized that I still have A LOT of blue fabrics–probably I should think about making a scrappy blue quilt ... as soon as I make some progress on the UFOs around here.
I'm joining the party for Scrap Happy Saturday.