Each year at the Allatoona guild we select a Christmas fabric, cut it into fat quarters and sell them to the members for our Christmas Block Lottery. Each person can make up to 5 12-inch blocks and turn them in for the lottery. We put a name in the lottery for each block made. The only rules are that the blocks are 12 1/2 inches when turned in and must incorporate the feature fabric. They can be pieced, appliqued, anything the maker wants to do.
The fabric was selected last month and the first blocks are being turned in. Sandra made three of this block, using the fabric for his shirt. She made five total blocks but this is the one that I loved.
We alternate yearly - usually between traditional and non-traditional fabric. As you can probably tell from the block, this is a non-traditional year. The fabric is from Moda’s Twelve Days of Christmas line.
We usually get well over 100 blocks turned in. They are divided into sets of 12 blocks and the lucky people whose names are chosen get a set. Sometimes there are a few left over so those are given out at the end, for table toppers or table runners. Last year I think we had 10 sets of 12 blocks to draw names for plus 3 for a table runner.
Since we never know how many people are going to buy fat quarters, we usually have some left and each winner gets one or two so they can use them in finishing their quilts.
Just another one of the fun things we do in guild.