Monday, August 1, 2011

African Violets in the Dark ... in August

Caroline's Violet #4In August, we are making EIGHT inch Violet blocks in colors inspired by African Violets. Carolyn made this pretty example.  Download my directions here:
Violet Block

Our blocks will have:
  * Black backgrounds (solid or BOB print)
  * Yellow centers (solid or TOT print)
  * Flower fabrics inspired by African Violets

The MAXIMUM number of blocks you can make for chances in the drawing is NINE.  You may use the same black and yellow fabrics for all your blocks, but the "African Violet" Flower fabric must be UNIQUE for each block.


 Ellie found this amazing photo of the many colors of African Violets.  If you think you just don't have any African Violet flower fabrics . . . take another look–click for a larger image.


Please use these labels for your Block Lotto blog posts:

violet - for all posts about this month's block
August 2011 photos - for all posts with block photos
violets-mailed - for posts about mailing
violets-received - for posts about blocks received


Here are blocks made by sneak peekers, Andi, Andra, Caroline, Cindy, Ginny, Jennifer, Joan, Julie P, Kate, Kathie, Laurina, LInnear, Pat, Tina, and Toni. Thanks everyone for the great photos!

Caroline's Violet #2Caroline's Violet #3Caroline's Violet #5Caroline's Violet #7Caroline's Violet #6
Caroline's Violet #8Caroline's Violet #9Jennifer's Violet #2Jennifer's Violet #3Jennifer's Violet #1
Andra's Violet #1Andra's Violet #5Andra's Violet #4Andra's Violet #3Andra's Violet #2
Laurina's Violet #1Laurina's Violet #2Tina's Violet #3Tina's Violet #2Joan's Violet #9
Joan's Violet #8Joan's Violet #7Joan's Violet #6Joan's Violet #1Joan's Violet #5
Joan's Violet #4Joan's Violet #3Cindy's Violet #4Cindy's Violet #3Cindy's Violet #1
Julie P's Violet #2Julie P's Violet #1Julie P's Violet #4Julie P's Violet #3Julie P's Violet #2
Julie P's Violet #1Julie P's Violet #4Julie P's Violet #5Julie P's Violet #3Kathie's Violet #2
Ginny's Violet #1Ginny's Violet #2Kathie's Violet #1Kate's Violet #2Linnea's Violet #1
Kate's Violet #1Pat's Violet #1Andi's Violet #1Caroline's Violet #4Caroline's Violet #3

Click any of the individual violet blocks for a closer look and to find out who made it.


If dark background quilts aren't your thing, here's  Carolyn's Flower Garden Quilt. (Click the link to read more about the quilt and the liberated version of the block that Debbie made).

The wide, light-colored sashings turned the dark-background blocks into a light, airy, modern quilt.


  1. Sophie, this block looks fun, and the instructions look pretty easy. However, I cannot get the instructions to print on my computer. I've tried copying a selection and printing that, but either I only get the photo and the text is blank, or only half a page. I tried both the link from the peek email and the link from the blog. I'm letting you know in case others have the same trouble.

  2. Love this block. & thank you for posting the picture showing the range of possible bloom-colors.

  3. I will look into the printing problem ... and will blog the directions later today/tonight. In the meantime, anyone can email me and I can send the word doc (Linda, you should have it in your mail now).

  4. I cannot get to the directions at all. Seems you need to ask permission for access on Google Docs. Is this my issue or am I missing something? Your block is lovely and we want to use it for a guild event!

  5. I just had to request permission too

  6. The block pattern has been updated and is now available on the Block Patterns page on


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