Saturday, January 13, 2007

2007 Block Lotto Shopping List

Here's the list of fabrics/color themes we'll be using for lotto blocks for the rest of the year--just in case you happen to find yourself in a quilt shop, at a quilt show, or shopping online ... and need a reason to buy.

These are listed in no particular order.

This month we're making blocks for a classic blue and white two-color quilt. Later this year, we'll be going for a more contemporary feel with blocks that are PINK or ORANGE with white-on-white backgrounds.

We'll do SCRAPPY fabrics of your choice for twomonths and use CREAM tone-on-tone fabric for background. For one of the months, you'll need some shade of BROWN or TAN (darker than your cream background). A third month will be SCRAPPY BRIGHTS on white-on-white (WOW) backgrounds.

I-SPY fabrics with coordinating DARKS (very dark like navy, forest green, burgandy) will be the basis of the blocks for one month. You'll need a 6.5-inch square of the I-spy type fabric for each block. (bright, multi-color prints will also work.)

BATIKS on CREAM tone-on-tone backgrounds were very popular when we made Goshen Star blocks last Fall, so we'll be repeating that combination.

Another block with a cream tone-on-tone background, will be made from PURPLE and YELLOW/GOLD combinations.

We'll be combining RED or ORANGE or YELLOW with light or medium Blues.

One month we will start with ASIAN (Oriental) fabrics, with BLACK and a coordinating tone-on-tone.

We'll try going for a COUNTRY look this year, using muted colors on a MUSLIN (or other solid off-white) background.

Next month (February, we'll be working with MONOCHROMATIC LIGHTS and DARKS. For a twist, we'll be choosing light/dark pairs which coordinate with this year's Hoffman Challenge fabric.

Hoffman 2007 Challenge Fabric
(click for larger image)

The Hoffman fabric itself will NOT be used in our blocks. We'll use it as a basis to choose the light and dark monochromatic colors for our blocks--for example you might make blocks that were light and dark pink or light and dark orange or light and dark gold ... that would coordinate with this print ... and the February winner(s) may find some of our theme fabric enclosed with the blocks they win to use in their quilt.

Our brainstormed list was much longer than we could use for 12 months. I'm sorry if your favorite didn't make the list. I did my best to match fabrics to block patterns and to end up with a variety of colors and styles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Mucho Lotto Blocks!

I have been slowed down by work and life (and a broken car), but I managed to pick up a lot of mail today including a lot-o-lotto blocks.

Photos soon, but in the meantime, just let me say that there are now 35 pairs of lotto blocks already at my house, from Amy, Ardyth, Becky, Colene, Carolyn, Debbie, Jeni, Julie, Kate, Vicky and me.

Yep, it's not even the middle of the month yet and we're already in 2-winner territory. What a great start for the lotto this year.