Blotto: Block Lottery

Thank you to our Blotto Coordinator: Gwen JeSchonek

General Information about Blotto (short for Block Lottery):
 Participate as little or as much as you want—but we hope to inspire you to sew a few
blocks and take a chance of winning more!
 Make one or more of the presented blocks, following the design, theme, and color
palette presented, and bring them to the designated meeting to display, which will
include the drawing.
 Enter your name in the drawing for each block you bring—the more blocks you make,
of course, the greater the odds for winning!
 One name will be selected at each drawing and that person receives all the blocks
brought to the meeting.

“Symphony of Stars”

Blotto Schedule for 2021-2022:

Block #4 – Scrappy Friendship Star

Presentation: April 25 (evening) & May 7 (Market Day)
Drawing: Saturday, June 4 (at the picnic!!)*

  • NOTE: If you are unable to attend the picnic, please give your block to another member who is attending, or contact Gwen JeSchonek by May 30 (gwenajes @ / 608-833-1273).

HISTORY: Friendship Star blocks were often created in secret and then sewn together as a gift quilt when a loved one was heading out West. The person making the block would often embroider her name in the center. By displaying their friendship quilt, a pioneer woman was able to feel a connection to those she had left behind.

Block #3 – Disappearing 4-patch Star

Drawing: March 28 (evening) *** Only ONE Drawing for third block

Another 8-point star block but the center has a twist! The ‘disappearing four patch’ method is used to make the center

Block #2 – Rainbow 8-Point Star

Drawings: January 24 (evening) and February 1 (afternoon)

This 8-point star block uses 12 half-square triangles (HSTs) and four plain squares arranged to resemble a much more difficult block, the LeMoyne star, that uses “y” seams. The directions use squares to make the half square triangles, and thus you have enough HSTs to make two blocks for two entries! But, of course, you can make even more!

Block #1 – Woven Star

Presentation: October 25 (evening) & November 2 (afternoon)

Drawing: November 22 (evening)

Previous Blottos

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