Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

So today I wished `bon voyage` to my swap goodies, which are now winging their way to _____ and _____. I can`t say anymore because they are secret destinations, or rather secret partners.

I put mug rugs behind me and worked on the cross blocks for the backing of the Across the Sea quilt. I have absolutely loved this QAL (except the cutting out for the backing) and shall be sad when it`s all over in a couple of week`s time. QALs could become addictive.

In the meantime, there is work to be done. Here are the five completed blocks. To give you an idea of scale, they measure 12.5 inches square. I have another bordered block to do and will summon the mental and physical strength to do it tomorrow. Unlike all the other blocks, there was no room for error with this one as it came up at 12.5 inches with no room to trim.  I could barely pick up the ruler to check but phew, all was well.  Here they are.  I`m using a lilac solid for the backing.




Like me, Parisville is not a shy and retiring line of fabric. Like me, it`s big, bold and quirky. Check out the woman`s hair in block 1.  Yes, that`s a rat and I`m not good with rats.  In fact, I have a mild phobia about them. Not that that will stop me curling up under this quilt once it`s done.

Now who fancies a bundle of fabric deliciousness giveaway?  I have always prided myself on never having asked anyone to follow me but now I need 4 other followers before I can have a giveaway.  The lovely Julie at The Intrepid Thread has agreed to sponsor a giveaway should I ever reach 100 followers.  She may be a smart cookie and believes it`s just not possible. So go on..if you have stumbled on this blog and vaguely like what you see and you fancy the chance to win some lovely fabric, then follow me.  You can always de-follow me after and I promise not to hunt you down or tell Julie!

19 comments:

diane said...

This is a lovely post and your QAL backing blocks look marvelous. I will put a shout out for your blog and maybe we can round out that follower's number to 100 and then I can win the giveaway. That's a nice trade-off, don't you think?
XOXO

nicolette said...

Those blocks are gorgeous!

susan said...

Love the lilac!! And block number two, the way it swirls around. And the Interpid Thread! Wow - great for you to have a another giveaway, and a sponsored one at that. (I am currently wearing a prize from the last giveaway as I write this and it remains a favourite item of mine!)

Ellie said...

My goodness it is a rat. I had to go back an have another look. You shouldn't have pointed it out nobody would have noticed lol.
Your blocks a looking really good. Love that lilac.

Cindy said...

I think it is a bunny. Go with bunny. Am already a happy follower. No worries. You'll (without a doubt) be at 100 in no time.

Jan said...

Di sent my over, and I just followed you. Any friend.... Thanks for the give away.

Cindy said...

I have heard of putting "rats" in your hair, but I didn't think that is what they would look like.

I'm over from Di's blog. Hope you make your 100 goal.

Leanne said...

There you go, I am follower #100! Lovely blog, sounds like you live in a remarkable part of the world!

Hilachas said...

Your friend at Random Thoughts...do or di told me about you. I'm your 101st follower so you reached your goal. I only have 82 followers so you're ahead of me.

Toni said...

Yay, you're up to 101! Congratulations! Your blocks look fabulous, can't wait to see it finished!

Stray Stitches said...

You are now at 102 followers!! Congrats! Diane sent me over and I'm looking forward to snooping around :)

Flying Blind... said...

Congrats on the 100+ followers!!
Love your Parisville fussy cutting - going to be such a beautiful quilt xx

Katy Cameron said...

Your quilt's looking good! I sat down and worked out all my back cutting requirements yesterday (don't ask, wrong sized fabric, smaller top) and I hope to get to it at the weekend.

Marsha said...

Awesome Blocks!!! Love the colors, never notice the rat in the hair until you pointed it out. And I see your over 100 Followers. I think I'll stick around even after giveaway.

Jennifer Gail said...

Yay , you made it and I'm # 106:)

Jennifer said...

I'm a happy follower! I'm glad you met your mark! I'm a new blogger as well and I'm looking to up my following as well, if you have a chance i'd loveeee if you'd come see my blog :)

http://knotted-thread.blogspot.com

aracne said...

I am already a Hppy follower, I love your blogs, the fabrics and colours are beautiful. I think it is more confortable to have a rabbit on your head rather than a rat!

Melinda said...

They're all pretty but that top one is just yummy! Love that fussy cut face in the middle!

Catherine said...

well, you know I already follow you and will def blog about your amazing giveaway over the weekend.
Your blocks are looking fantastic, all that cutting out will be worth it. I have no idea what I will do for my quilt back, but I do need to get my thinking head on!