Monday, November 30, 2009

November Recap

Here is the list of the 179 blocks made in November, 2009:
  • Barbara - 6
  • Dianah - 6
  • Gail - 4
  • Ginny - 6
  • Jana - 9 (donate chances)
  • Jill - 9
  • Julie - 7 (doneate chances)
  • Kate - 9 (donate chances)
  • Kathy - 6
  • Kelly - 4
  • Kristin - 9
  • Laura - 9 *** WINNER ***
  • Linda - 8 *** newbie ***
  • Linda N - 5 ***newbie***
  • Linnea - 5
  • Lisa - 9
  • Manuela - 4 (donate chances) ***newbie ***
  • Mary Jane - 9
  • Michelle - 9
  • Pat - 9
  • Rho - 9
  • Sophie - 3 (donate chances)
  • Terri - 7 *** WINNER ***
  • Trudi - 9 *** WINNER ***
  • Wilma - 9
One more month of our traditional blocks . . . and then onto a more modern and liberated 2010!

Kelly's Spools

Kelly mailed these to me just in time to be included in the drawing . . . but I forgot to post the photo until now.

Kelly's blocks brought us to a total of 179 blocks for the month.

Thank you!

I can't believe I won! I was thinking about donating my chances, but I really like this block.

Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks for "pulling my number" Sophie!


Congratulations to Laura and Terri

Congratulations Ladies :o)

Congratulations to November's Winners!

I'm sad it's not me, but I'm glad that each of you have won some very nice blocks. Congrats again!

And the Winners Are . . .

Congratulations to our November Winners:
#1 - Trudi (67 blocks)

#2 - Laura (56 blocks)

#3 - Terri (56 blocks)
I waited too long to recruit a volunteer this month, so I ended up doing the "drawing" myself (using the free random number integer function at

We had a lot of donated chances this month, which went to our newbies, Linda and Linda, then to anyone who hasn't yet won, then to anyone who hasn't won this year.

Because we were close to having enough for four winners, these three are receiving fatter-than-usual sized sets.

Congratulations, Ladies.

The December block will be posted tonight at midnight. If any of the sneak-peekers have made blocks but not yet sent photos to me, I'd love to have them so I can include them in the announcement blog post tonight.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jill's spool blocks

Here are my blocks for November, with a few hours to spare!

Happy Holidays,

Welcome Linda!

We have another newbie named Linda this month. Linda N is from Dallas. I met her at a Guild Guild of Dallas new member event last Spring and I'm happy to see her here . . . and sorry that she is also having problems accessing the blog.

Here are her 5 blocks.

Welcome, Linda!! With your blocks and Pat's nine, we now have a total-so-far of 166 blocks.

Nov. Lotto blocks

Here are my 9 for this month. I really liked this block!
Pat K

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kathy's Spool Blocks

Kathy in Colorado is having problems getting into blogger and asked me to post this photo of her 6 blocks.

These bring our total-so-far this month to 152 blocks.

Friday, November 27, 2009

5 more added!

Here are five more. Finally got to take a pict and post.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Nov. blocks from rho

I had the chance to make more blocks for November. Included in the photo above is the original one that I submitted (top/middle) along with 8 more for a total of 9 for the month - - Yeah!

To My Block Lotto Friends on Thanksgiving

At this time of year in America we pause for a moment to count our blessings and give thanks.

Please consider yourself counted.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Sneak Peek is Coming . . .

I know that at least one of you is wondering if you missed the sneak peek . . . and the answer is that LIFE has been in the way, but I plan to send it out later today.

In the meantime, for anyone who wants to get started . . . the fabrics for the December Block will be quilter's choice. It's a two-fabric block and I'm hoping everyone will use this block to showcase some of their favorite fabrics and/or fabric/color combinations.

I'm sorry for the delay.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Milky Way Stars Received ...

From Shelly and Lisa, thank you ladies, they are fabulous! I'm so excited to see how these will all go together. It may have to be brought forward to a holiday project! :o)

More Blocks Received

Thank you Lisa! I received your 5 blocks in yesterday's mail. I am so excited to see them all together!


Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm Baaack!

When Sophie saw on my blog that I am back into quilting, she suggested I take time to make some lotto blocks, which sounded like a fine idea to me. SO I started Sunday night getting fabrics chosen and cut. Monday morning I started sewing. Then My DH interrupted the process with a request for a baby gift quilt for one of his students who is becoming a father for the first time at age 48. Knowing I was going to be gone all day Wednesday, I said "probably not" and promptly challenged myself to do it anyway. And I did! I finished it yesterday before dinner. So before bedtime last night I got back to the lotto blocks and trimmed the triangles and started sewing them 9 patch together. FInished up this morning and took a picture with my phone camera, which unfortunately has a scratch on its lens.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh My Stars!

My mail box is bursting with Milky Way blocks! Thank you all, I love them!

Today I received:
Shelly 5 blocks
Kristen 4 blocks
Debbie 4 blocks

Everytime I open a package I think "what beautiful fabric, where do they shop?" I can't wait for my Christmas sewing to be done so I can put this quilt together. Thank you all!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oriental Stars received

I received my final four blocks from Debbie Markowitz today, all the way from Israel. Very nice, thanks Debbie.

LJRandolph (Laura)

More Blocks Received

I have been a little hectic lately, but can happily report I have received the following blocks :

Mary Jane 4 blocks
Kristin 5 blocks
Julie 3 blocks
Sophie 3 blocks
Laura 5 blocks

Thank you everyone, the variety in the blocks is stunning! I'm looking forward to playing with them all!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

6 More Spools

My personal deadline was today. Whatever number of blocks I had done were getting posted. I got 6 finished.

If I have time I would like to make 3 more.

4 blocks for lotto

I loved making these cute little Christmas blocks!
A fun pattern - thanks Sophie!

I wasn't

I really was going to skip this month because I have so many Christmas projects going on right now, several I want done by Thanksgiving to send as early presents (quilts that are Christmas themed mostly) but as I was getting some Christmas themed fabric out of a tub to use as backing I had to pull out nine different Christmas themed fabrics....yup, nine exactly. So I made them.

As I was cutting the fabric I told myself "I'll just donate my chances this month, I have too many projects for this Christmas and I'd hate to have those blocks just sitting around for 10 or so months before I put them into a project.

Then I made two sets. Two. One for me, and one for the lotto. One set to keep if I win and can send the other set to the other winners (I noticed we had at least 100 blocks so far this month and it's only the 14th) so I could be selfish but not too selfish. And if I don't win, then I have an idea for all this other random holiday fabric I have. (Easter fabric? with fancy scissors on it? If you need some, I have it! hehe!)

Moral of the story, here are my nine blocks, and yes I am playing for the pot this month. Good intentions out the window.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some Well-Aged Lotto Blocks

I just saw these on Michelle's blog, Quilts 'n' Kids 'n' Stuff and had to share.

The blocks are some well-aged Hope of Hartford blocks won in the lotto a few years ago . . . I was surprised when I scrolled down the list of blocks in the left sidebar to see just when these 30's blocks were our lotto blocks. It didn't seem it was so long ago (February 2006).

Click over to her blog to see what else she's been up to lately–she's been busy and the result is some lovely eye candy/charity quilts ;-)

Friday, November 13, 2009

seven spools

I could only find seven Christmasy fabrics in my stash, so that's how many blocks I made. Since I'm clearly not much of a holiday fanatic, I'll donate my chances this month to those who've never won the lotto.

Kristin's 9 Blocks for November

Here are my 9 blocks. My mom stopped by while I was working on them and told me her grandmother called it a bowtie block.

Happy Weekend!
- Kristin

Milky Way Blocks Received

Sorry for they delay on this post. My only excuse is that my husband was home for 2 weeks from working in Iraq, civilian employee at Camp Liberty, the internet took a backseat to him.

Without more delay Big Thank You to:
Mary Jane 3 blocks
Pat 3 blocks
Laura 4 blocks
Julie 3 blocks
Kate 4 blocks

Trudi I will be mailing your block tomorrow.

Thank you everyone!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My November blocks


I'm new here. This are my four blocks for this month. I hope you like them, because I really enjoy doing them.

I want to donnate my chances.

More Blocks Received

I received blocks from both Pat and Terri yesterday. The postal strikes are now over and mail is getting through just fine. Thanks you ladies, these blocks are beautiful.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three Spool Block Variations

Here are three more blocks for this month–I'll be donating the chances for these.

Sophie's Spool #3 Sophie's Spool Block #1 Sophie's Spool Block #2

If you click the photo to see the larger images to see where the seams are (and where they aren't), you'll be able to tell that they were not made from squares and half square triangle units. I'll be posting directions in the next day or so, if anyone is interested . . . and you might be, if you want to use 2.5 inch noodles or don't want to slice up a large print any more than necessary.

It's not rocket science and you could probably figure it our on your own, but it was fun to play with the various ways one COULD make this block . . . OK, we all know just how easily amused I am ;-)

BTW, it is perfectly OK to make this block however you like this month as long as the proportions are the same as the blocks we've been making. If you're especially on the run this month, you might even think about carrying them with you and hand-piecing them, like my center block.

blocks on their way

mailed the blocks off today! I have never sent anything overseas before....well except to AO/military addresses, but those count as US ones. Trudi, I have the customs form number with me if it should get lost in the mail between here and there, especially with those strikes!


It's been a while, but I finally got motivated and made these 9 entries for the November block lotto. Sophie, do you still have all my info? It's all the same.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Have You Mailed Your Milky Way Lotto Blocks?

I finally walked my Milky Way blocks to the post office today and mailed them . . . how about everyone else?

This is my birthday month and your gift to me could be to mail early so I don't have to spend the end of this month chasing missing blocks for our winners . . . between us, I'm having a rough time and I would really appreciate it.

If you haven't yet mailed, please please PLEASE get your blocks in the mail this week if at all possible.

In case you're wondering. I was passed over for the perfect job at the dream company by the twenty-something hiring manager . . . so you all can uncross your fingers now. I've recently passed the one year anniversary of losing my job in Michigan and another major milestone birthday yesterday, spent alone and mostly forgotten. I'm coming to grips with the fact that I'm facing some pretty harsh age bias in my job search for the first time in my career and I don't have a clue how I'm going to get around it, find a job and keep a roof over my head.

Louise's Block Recieved

Thank you Louise, your block is stunning, the gold fabric really works well, very sumptuous !

milky way mailing

I took my blocks to the post office this morning -- sorry for the delay!


Finally Mailed the Blocks

Dropped the milky way blocks off at the post office today, sorry for the delay!

- Kristin

Barbara B

It's been awhile since I joined in on the fun, but here are my 6 entries.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Linda's Spools

Linda has been a fan of the Block Lotto for years, but (I don't think) has never actually made blocks until now. Welcome to the Block Lotto, Linda.

Here are her 8 traditionally pieced, spool blocks.

(Click for a larger image to admire those Y-seams ;-)

Her blocks bring our total-so-far this month to 60 blocks.

Nov Spool photos - Jana

My November blocks.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Something finished

I used my Thrifty block winnings from earlier this year to make this weighted blanket for a niece with disabilities -- each block has some poly pellets in it and the weight is supposed to be comforting.There's a little more information and a link to instructions on my blog --

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blocks received

Thank you Jill! The blocks are great.
I hope all is well!
Best wishes,

Blocks sent

Blocks were sent to Trudi and Dianah yesterday. Congratulations ladies!!
Make something terrific!
Pat K

Rho's Spool Block

I don't know where this month/year has gone. Here's my single block, so far for Nov. If I have time, I will submit others. Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Received oriental star blocks from Jill today...

very pretty!


Block posted

Hi Trudi,

I posted your block from Derbyshire this morning. Hope it reaches you safely before the strike action on Friday...

Best wishes,

Debbie's blocks mailed to Dianah

My four blocks for Dianah were mailed this afternoon.

Blocks Recieved!

Kate, I received your blocks in the post this morning :o) Thank you, they are delightful! And so quick to arrive too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blocks posted

Hello ladies - posted my blocks off yesterday - one should be there today or tomorrow, the other will take a little longer... Congrats again!

Blocks Posted

Dianah, I'm just back from the Post Office, your blocks are in the mail to you (Airmail). Enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Blocks Mailed

Trudie and Dianah:
I mailed your blocks to you this afternoon. Hope you enjoy them.

Blocks sent

Trudi, I sent your blocks off this morning. Congratulations!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mary Jane's November Blocks

Here are my nine for November.

October Mailing Info Has Been Sent

If you made October lotto blocks, you should have email from me with mailing information.

If you didn't receive the mail or there are any errors, be sure to contact me ASAP.

This month we have a new challenge for the lotto. Trudi tells me that the Royal Mail in the UK is on strike and that there are several 1-3 day strakes (stoppages?) planned over the next few weeks. So Trudi may see some additional delays on blocks coming to her and Dianah may experience some delays on blocks from the UK.

Let's all try to mail early so that any added delays don't really matter to our winners Trudi and Dianah.