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Block Lotto is back! August 2022

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

As I write this, we are in the middle of a heat wave, but the countdown is on. The weather will be cooling and the kids getting back to school. That means fall is creeping up on us.

With that in mind, I have chosen these blocks, perfect for fall, with just a nod to Halloween. The hope is for a more versatile quilt which will be used for more than just that short time around spooky season.

What better way to kick off our return to Wood Creek Community Centre in September, than a big stack of lotto blocks! Someone will be going home with a nice pile of blocks to make something special.


Yes, we are making pumpkins.....white pumpkins to be exact.

Until typing this, I didn't realize all the cool names for some of ghostly varieties. Baby Boo, Lumina, Casper, Full Moon, Polar bear (it's big), and of course White Ghost.

Fabric choices

Pumpkin body

  • white or cream print

  • print should read as a mostly white fabric

  • other colors on the print should be kept to black, grey, or neutral


  • lighter brown, or beige


  • green, leaning to yellow rather than blue.

  • leaf is optional. let's mix it up!

  • vary the direction ie, left or right of the stem


  • Black. solid, or tone on tone, that still reads as solid.

The Pattern:

Strippy Pumpkin Quilt Block - 8 1/2" square block

I found this block over on Craftsy. It's by Diane Knott. Block link

We are using the Craftsy tutorial, but with this change. You don't have to piece the body the same as the pattern. You could run strips in another direction! You could make the body from an improv slab, a log cabin, another quilt block, or even one piece of fabric. The is not a ton of variation in the body colours, so the piecing will be more subtle.

  • The body piece is 5.5 x 6.5.

  • I might have a couple of extra draw tickets in my pocket for any blocks that are extra special. :-)

Blocks Due at September Guild Meeting

Social media #'s@calgarymqg #calmqgblocklotto #calgarymqg

Tip: Don't forget you can use your 1/4 washi tape instead of drawing the diagonal lines!

General Lotto Rules: 1. Make one quilt block (or many) following the pattern and color scheme outlined in the lotto announcement blog post. For every block you make and bring to the following month’s meeting, you will get one entry in the lotto. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but really want to participate in the lotto, ask a friend to get your blocks to the meeting, but make sure they are named so we can properly account for your blocks.

2. The winner gets all the blocks to make a quilted project from them (guild reserves the right to vote on splitting up the blocks between more than one winner if there are enough entries). If you win, the blocks become yours and you can use them in any way you choose. You may only win one group per lotto.

3. We would like to see your finished project, either in person or in pictures, within a year of winning the blocks. You may continue to participate in and win subsequent block lottos during that time (at least for now…we may elect that you can not win again until you've shown your finished project). After the year is up, you cannot participate or win again until the original project is finished. *means we have seen the quilt

4. Use modern fabrics that you like or love! If you are unsure about your fabric selection as it relates to 'Modern', please ask.

5. Have fun! Keep in mind that (most likely) someone else will be taking home your block to incorporate into a larger piece and things must fit together (literally, …so keeping your block true to size is probably the most important thing), but you should also make it yours and enjoy the process.

6. Remember, you must be a member of Calgary Modern Quilt Guild to participate.

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