Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ch-ch-changes to the Block Lotto

With the overwhelming success of the Beginner Block Lotto came the realization that my process for managing it did not scale to bigger numbers of blocks. I had to make some changes in how I did what I did. Here's how they'll look to you.

Acknowledgments for blocks received will be posted on the Forum discussion only. I can no longer take individual photos of the blocks, tag them with the block makers name and blog them as they arrive. Instead, I'll take "group shots" of the blocks at the end of the month before I split them up into sets and send them to the winners. The groups will not be artistically chosen and arranged--as much fun as that could be, I'm going to force myself to pull them off the top of a stack of pressed blocks (OK, I can't skip that step), put them on the wall and take photos.

I've reorganized the block photos on Flickr into individual sets for each month and created two collections of sets.

2007 Block Lotto

2005-2006 Block Lotto

The links to the photos in the sidebar now point to the individual block sets (the links labeled with years take you to the collection page).

The other process change is the requirement for labels on blocks. Because of the numbers often involved, if you do not label your blocks, you may not be included in the drawing. Those labels are necessary in the case that my spreadsheet total for the month doesn't match my physical cogeunt.

I've updated the two-page Block Lotto Guidelines document which contains the guidelines which apply every month and answers to FAQs. There is a link to this document in the sidebar, in the section labeled Block Lotto Links, along with a link to the current forum discussion and to the Fabric Shopping List. If you're wondering what fabric combinations we'll be using for the rest of the year, check it out. Everything that we've already used is crossed off the list.

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