My Riff on Block of the Month

Another Block of the Month program?  Well, yes.  The MQG has lots of quilt blocks archived on their site.  Each modern block has not only instructions to make the block, but lots of different ways that the block could be used.  My guild draws on these blocks for a monthly block challenge.  Last year I decided that I would make each month’s block into a charity quilt for Comfort Cases.  If you are not familiar with them, then please check them out for the great work that they do supporting youth in foster care.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are not far from me, so easy to drop off quilts.  Actually, recently I became an impromptu collection point for guild members to bring their quilts and within a few days I had 51 quilts that I dropped off at Comfort Cases.  Not bad, eh?  Although there are floods in the South and wildfires in the West, unfortunately there will also always be kids entering foster care.

Sparrow by Heather Black of the Northwest MQG was the first block that I turned into a quilt.  I quilted it using a wiggle stitch on my domestic machine.


Boomerang block by Mitzie Schafer of Greensville MQG was the basis of the next quilt.

One of my guild mates, Ann L, saw some of the tops that I had pieced and volunteered to longarm them for me. That was an enormous help to me and greatly sped up getting some of these quilts done so that they could be donated. I have close-ups of some of those tops.

Next up was Cogs by Yvonne Fuchs. Check out the quilting that Ann did on this one!

On to Mod Z by Lori Miller of Detroit Area MQG, also quilted by Ann.

This one is a sized up Crisscross Applesauce block by Rebecca Severt of Baltimore MQG. Quilted with diagonal lines with my trusty walking foot for the win!

And one more that is not from the block study group, but that went to Comfort Cases as well. This is a block called Arkansas Traveller from the very first Summer Sampler Series hosted by Katie Blakesley, Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich. I made the full quilt and then used the free pattern for a solids only bee one summer – note that it is not a great bee block as it required folks to print it out the proper size and then is a bit trickier than most bee blocks. I made a giant block to round this out and quilted with wiggly lines.

I have six or so more blocks that need to be made into quilts. They sit in my sewing area and surface very sew often. Stay tuned!

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DCMQG is ten years old this year and the guild challenged us to make mini-quilts that represent 10 in some way.  For some time I have been intrigued by the idea of transparency and layering of colors.  My concept of 10 would use the letters, T, E and N.  I started with my sketch book and played around putting one letter on top of the other.

In my work life, I taught middle school science for many, many years and one of my favorite topics to teach was light, more specifically playing with colors of light and how mixing light is different from mixing colors of paint.  I had this little sample pack of theater lighting gels that I used show students about different colors of light and the absorption and transmission of light through the gel.  When I started to play with those gels to see how they could help me develop some strategies for selecting colors for transparency, it made me think about something else.

A little background on light …  skip onward if you are familiar with this. Sunlight (known as white light) is the combination of all colors of light.  If you see sunlight going through a prism the light is split into a rainbow, those colors commonly called ROYGBIV.  Now suppose instead of splitting white light, you wanted to create it by mixing separate colors of light.  Red, green and blue are the primary colors of light.  If you mix green and red light you get yellow light, red and blue gives magenta light, and blue and green gives cyan.  Thus, yellow, magenta , and cyan are the secondary colors produced by mixing pairs of primary colors.  This is the same concept as mixing colors of pigment, but the outcomes are different.

So, now imagine a green T, red E and blue N superimposed on each other.  Places where the green T overlap the red E will be yellow, but places where the green T overlaps the blue N will be cyan.  Places where all three letters overlap will be white since red, blue and green light combine to form white light.  There are a few places in my sketch that are not filled with any letter, so that would be without light, or black.


I colored my sketch to help me figure out color placement then drew a grid on freezer paper to scale up my design and make templates and constructed the top.


Next up was to check my work by taking pictures through green, red and blue filters.  If all was as I expected the T should show up when looked at through the green filter as only green light will come through.  Remember, yellow and cyan also have green light in them.  The same principle applies to the red E and blue N.

Onward to quilting.  I used clear monofilament as I did not want anything to interfere with the color values.


And then I again photographed the quilt through green, red and blue filters.

I might not have use the exact same filters, but the overall effect is the same.  Now that I found that concept to work, I want to go back to my original idea of using the gels to play with transparency.  Stay tuned!


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Pandemic Quilts

Wow, my last post was early February.  Who knew what was coming down the pike? Probably various health officials around the world, but definitely not me.  So let’s catch up, shall we?  My first three quilts were well on their way by the start of March.  Plaidish was completed, the top for Vintage Lace done as was the Go quilt.  The last two I sent out to different long arm quilters and I just got them back, but have not bound them yet.

March –  lots going on but no leaving home.  Fortunately I have a significant stash to keep me occupied.  While digging in my stash one morning I found a collection of fabric stuffed in a bag. Long ago (2005 perhaps?) I took a mystery quilt class by @marklipinski at the Quilters Unlimited show. It was a full day class for which you did all of the cutting out ahead of time. The morning was great and I got all of these blocks done. Then, the phone call came – yes it was a long time ago but I did have a cell phone. A family emergency.  Long story short, I spent so much time on the phone trying to sort things out that I eventually just packed up and left and went home and then to the airport. Things eventually turned out ok, but flying out was the right thing to do. I guess I just shoved all of the pieces in the bag and it was set aside and it worked its way deeper and deeper into the stash. A few HST units and some quarter triangle blocks and I could put it together and one more WIP would be on its way to completion.  Easy to do, it is now quilted and bound waiting for a label and for me to hide all of those threads!

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I also found in my stash a stack of 10 inch batik squares.  My husband was given them by one of his sisters when he was visiting them.  I presumed that they really were for me to make something out of, so I found an easy pattern that I could use for them – the disappearing nine-patch.  I made one from the stack of squares….

disappearing 9 patch 1

And then by adding just a bit of other background and supplementing the reds (stash shopping from guild friends) I was able to make another quilt.  Both are now quilted and mostly bound, but waiting for labels before being finished and ready for their glamour shots.

disappearing 9 patch 2

I also had this collection of charm packs – six of them – and some coordinating solids and worked them up into this double quilt.

modern neuitals

This one is actually a little too big for my design wall and is a bit big for me to happily quilt myself, so it is now off to the long-armer.

Once the pandemic was fully underway, I signed up for two sew-alongs that I knew that I could sew from stash.  The Homecoming Quilt is designed by Lo and Behold Stitchery


I really liked how this went together and might make another one day.  I already have the back, so hopefully it will get quilted in the next spurt.

And, finally, there is the Atmosphere Quilt by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  Lots of small flying geese and half-square triangles.  This one is waiting for a back and then to be quilted.

atmophere quilt

And finally, I was able to bind my DCMQG Sampler quilt, so I will include that in my tally also.

DCMQG fin sampler

And then there are some small quilts coming up….

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Sew-Along Craziness Week 4

So, I have never quite figured out if it is sew-along or sewalong.  Same thing for the quiltalongs and the finishalong – and I am one of the hosts of the FAL!  I never remember which form I am supposed to use.  Oh well, no matter.  It has been a resonably productive week.

Plaidish Quilt

This one is not an official quiltalong but one some of my guildmates decided to creat.  The Plaidish quilt is a great scrap buster by Erica Taylor Jackman @kitchentablequilting  A friend came over to sew one day last week, and I decided that these blocks that had the components all cut out were the perfect thing to sew.  I could more easily do random combinations – I have trouble doing random and tend to over think things, so with the two of us sitting and sewing at the kitchen table it was perfect and I made the light blocks.  I started seeing more pictures of Plaidish quilts and that made me want to get going, so yesterday I worked on the medium blocks.  I just got them up on the design wall, and they don’t all fit, but enough to let me see them and get organized to sew them together.

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Vintage Lace QAL

This week was week 4 of Vintage Lace Quilt-Along by Brittany Lloyd of @loandbeholdstitchery and we were supposed to trim the HSTs, but I had already done that so I pluged onward to start to put the rows together.  The quilt is made of eight repeats of a half-medallion unit which is 6 rows big…got that?  I think I had a picture of it a few posts ago.  I decided to chain piece each row so I made stacks of 8 of each component that I needed for the top row. and then started chain piecing 8 units of what I needed.  When done I had these pretty things.  For these combinations, so far there were only a few combo where the points had to  meet, so it didn’t take me too long to put together 4 of the 6 rows.  Now they are in this pretty chain thing draped around the room.


Go Quilt Sewalong

Go Quilt by Lucy Engels – Week 5 so row 4…and the tip this week was to do some chain piecing of the units.  It was very dreary outside, but nevertheless I headed to the park behind my house to take a pic so that the purple would look purple and not black.  The lighting in my dining room is less than optimal for color accuracy.


See what I mean about the colors?  And you get a bit of vintage lace poking through.

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Serenity Circle of do.good.stitches

Not familiar with this group?  It is a charity quilting bee.  You can find out more about here and even join in the goodness if you wish.  I am now the leader of this little group and to get us going for the year I choose a simple block that we have made before, just in a different color.  The chunky cross in red, so I made 3 to get us started off.

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This month the queen bee asked for a  large trip around the world block, one 16″ block instead of two 12″ ones.  Soiunds fair, but she is a buddy of mine and making two is not much harder than one, esp for these easy blocks, so two it was.  Easy, peasy in these nice relaxing colors, and it even was ok to use some metallics!  They remind me of ballet dancers!


So, what do you think, a productive week, eh?  Now to think about this neew week.  My goals are:

  • Complete Plaidish top
  • Vintage Lace Quiltalong – chain piece rows 5 and 6 and start to put rows together
  • Go sewalong – sew row 5
  • Secret sewing – make a few small things for gifts

See you next week!




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Week 2/3 update

Hmmm…so I started an update last week but never finished it.  Not surprising.  However, here I am with the 3 sew-alongs…


Someone in my guild suggested this timeline, so I am going with it:

Complete cutting by January 25th
Complete A blocks by February 1st
Complete B blocks by February 8th
Complete C blocks by February 15th
Sew blocks into top by February 22nd
Baste and Quilt by March 7th
Bind by March 14th
The pieces were all cut on time and sitting in their neat and tidy piles.  Somehow I thought that I had until next week to finish the A blocks and so I started on Friday by sewing the navy blocks to the medium rectangles and then light squares to medium rectangles and then yesterday finished sewing them together and pressed.  I put them up on the design wall to admire.  Just now did I see that the target finish time was when I actually finished them… and here I thought that I was ahead of the game!  Here they are for you to admire also.
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Vintage Lace QAL
Week 2 was to cut all of the pieces and week 3 was to sew the half-square triangles -henceforth to be know as HSTs – and then cut them apart.  I finished the cutting in time for week 2 and completed week 3’s mission early in the week.  Trimming…for you non-quilters out there … is something that is tedious and requires precision.  I decided to tackle it bit by bit.  First I did some of the pink and purples.
Then I just kept it all out and did it 10 or 20 at a  time.  Not that I counted.  Some folks have beautifully aligned towers – I have piles.
Gradually the untrimmed pile became noticeably smaller and that then spurred me on to finish. Audiobooks helped.
When done I had a lovely little pile of trimmings
And then I put one unit up on the design wall to check it out.
This is half of a medallion and there will be 8 units like this in the quilt.  Pretty pleased so far!
Go Quilt Sewalong
I missed week 1 on this one, but it was just about color choice and perhaps cutting, but I am going from stash/scrappy on this one, so I will choose colors/shop my stash and cut each week.  Right on time I finished rows 2 and 3.
I have been taking pictures of them hanging on the laundry door.  Better light.  Next they spent some time on the design wall.  but now are hanging out on the dining room door.
And other things…
I never made or sent anything to my spouse’s siblings’ families for the holidays.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.  We are all adults here and it is just as random if they send us anything.  Over the years I have made placemats and potholders and mug rugs, etc.  It is hard to decide on anything for people you rarely see and don’t see the colors in their homes.  However, my spouse was heading there and so I wanted something to send along.
A few years ago I was in some sort of swap – something to do with a soup recipe and something to go with it – and received some bowl cozies.  I think the idea is that you put the bowl or mug in the cozy into the microwave and then heat your food.  When done, the bowl or mug will be hot but the cozy not.  You would need to be really sure that the fabric, batting and thread are all cotton and can take the heat.  However, that is not how we use them.  When we are not eating at the table we use them so we are not holding a really hot bowl.   Hmm, I am pretty sure that they don’t always eat at the table.
OK, now I had an idea.  I found several tutorials on the web and decided to use this one from Bluprint.  I like the shape in that it did not have pointy corners.  I know that the sibs like batiks, so I went into my old batik bin and came out with some contenders.  Here are the finished cozies.
If I was to make more of these – which I am likely to do – I would make two changes.  I would make the darts 0.25″ – 0.5″ longer to make a deeper cozy.  Also, since this was a total stash project, I used scraps of batting left over. And, since I generally use thinner batting for quilts, I had thin batting for scraps.  I would use an extra layer of batting, or maybe even a layer of Insul-brite.  I was pretty much out of Insul-brite after my attempts at making oven mitts… a story for another time.  For some reason all of the stores around me were out of Insul-brite, so that was not happening.  Plus, you need to be darn sure that you don’t put the Insul-brite in the microwave.  So…done, sent off.
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Goals for this week:
–  3 read and white chunky cross blocks for Serenity Circle of do. Good Stitches
–  DCMQG bee block
–  B blocks for Plaidish
–  Start chain piecing rows for Vintage Lace Quilt
–  Row 4 for Go Quilt
Looks like a lot.  We’ll see!

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Sewing My Stash

I know that my friends will think that I am crazy…3 sewalongs?  All at the same time?  And while doing some prep this morning I was thinking about do so many sewalongs start in January?  New year, new resolutions?  Or for us in the northern hemisphere it is winter so a better time to stay in and sew when it is colder outside?

It all started a few weeks ago when a friend asked if anyone had promising sewalongs coming up.  She had seen the Vintage Lace Quilt-Along by Brittany Lloyd of @loandbeholdstitchery and I thought that was lovely.  Someone brought up the Plaidish Quilt , a tutorial by Erica Taylor Jackman of @kitchentablequilting and a bunch of my quild mates jumped aboard that idea.  And as I was poking around I found a post listing a bunch of  quilt-alongs and sew-alongs and came across the Go Quilt by Lucy Engels

So, here is where I am with each of them – yes, three of them.

Vintage Lace Quilt started this week and the first week is posting your fabric pull.  Done!  I have several yards of the aqua on the left and that will be my background color.  I am still playing around with which color will go where and must decide before next week which is cutting.  There is a color page, so maybe I will see if that can help me decide.


The Plaidish Quilt is not an official quilt-along, just an unofficial thing with some of my guild mates.  You can follow along our Plaidish adventures here.  The quilt is constructed using three collections of fabric: dark value, intermediate value and light value.  For the dark value I reached for my bin of blues and pulled cut the navy and dark blues.  I have lots of low value scraps, so I cut those up for the light value.  I am on the fence for the intermediate value, whether to go for just aqua or to include other colors also.  I think I will start with the aqua and see how it goes.

plaidish cutting

And the GO quilt…I missed the first week which I believe was probably just fabric selection.  The pattern shows using 5 colors but that means some quantity of each color, and that would limit the colors that I could use.  I have decided to keep with all solids, using a light blue as my background as I have plenty of that color.  I have made the first row of blocks, and am thinking that I will just use up scraps, trying to keep the background color where it is in the pattern.  So far, so good.

Go quilt row 1

To keep myself accountable, I will try to post each week…ha, ha…we will see how that goes!

More importantly…




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Finish -Along 4th Quarter Link-up

We have reached the end of Quarter 4 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!
Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the
list you linked up in October. We hope that you have been able to complete
a lot of the UFOs from your list and have had an overall successful year.

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let’s give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

Aurifil Logo

Winner’s Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection

Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate


2019 Finish-A-Long Logo
Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns


Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns


Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher
2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

The 2019 Quarter 4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs – you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on on all host blogs.

Link-up “Rules”:
Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all
your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link
the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per
finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.
Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up
contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can
verify your entry (make sure it is from the right quarter, too).
On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.
Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and
leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let’s applaud each other.
The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.
Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Thursday, January 9, 2020 – as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. You can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don’t miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host’s blog.
2019 Q4 Finishes Link Up:


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Farewell to Fox Island

It was a magical place, but now it is almost gone, a victim of climate change and erosion.  When teaching, a highlight of each year was the trip to the Bay which was always full of discovery while also a retreat from our usual rigid keeping of time.  Indeed, no watches or phones were allowed! How often can you feel totally isolated but 3 hours from DC? We watched both sunrise and sunset over the water and viewed shooting stars and the Milky Way in the dark sky and learned the value of the marsh and importance of conservation and stewardship.  In the 25 years since I first set foot there it has gotten smaller and smaller. The little marsh that is left is vulnerable to high tides. It saddened my greatly that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has closed the lodge that was an education center. How ironic that a place that sought to thwart climate change, succumbed to it.  Soon the marsh will be entirely gone. A treasure lost.

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And if you have never  been there…some pics…that is the lodge just off of the island.  I am sorry but I could not find the source of this photo that I collected when gathering my inspiration.

current fox

And one of my favs… from one of my trips there.  We had what I called mandatory sun appreciation – you stopped whatever you were doing and went outside for sunrise and sunset.  A chance shot of sunrise and moonrise at the same time.


Farewell Fox Island, you were awesome.

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FAL Winners!


The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of 2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!
Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:
The Q2 winner’s choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful “camping quilt” that they actually use while camping, and isn’t this photograph stunning?

The Q3 winner’s choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Amanda on IG @sew.bake.stitch and she finished this lovely Swoon quilt.


The Q2 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Sara who blogs at Sew Little to Say.  She completed this lovely tote bag and it’s her own design.

The Q3 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Carina on IG @carinascrafts and she finished this bag that she cut out 10 years ago.  Way to go on getting it done!


The Q2 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Karrin and she blogs at Karrin’s Crazy World.  She finished these two quilts that will be donated to the Mercyful Quilts charity.  Not only is that lovely but so are these quilts.

The Q3 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat and she finished this lovely quilt that was for her son’s seventh birthday.


The Q2 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kathy who blogs at Kathy’s Quilting Blog.  She completed this Crown of Thorns quilt which also will be donated to charity, Jack’s Basket.

The Q3 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kris who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this scrap quilt made from charms she collected throughout the years.  She estimates this 91″ x 91″ quilt used 19 yards of fabric!


The Q2 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Carol who blogs at Quilt Schmilt.  She finished this lovely pink quilt that was for a golf club fundraiser.

The Q3 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Vasudha who blogs at Storied Quilts and she finished this beautiful art quilt inspired by Indian folk art motifs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Karen on IG @thecreativeheifer.  She finished this fun and colorful baby quilt.  Isn’t it adorable?

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Jan on IG @snell.jan and she finished this blue scrappy queen sized quilt.  Another great photo, don’t you think?




The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Jennifer on IG @crimsonconfection and she finished and framed this lovely little lucky cross-stitch.  Lucky indeed!


The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Alison via Flickr and she finished this appliqued cot quilt.


The Q2 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Jessica on IG @jessshullquilts_and_more.  She finished this fabulous Swoon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.

The Q3 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Peggy who blogs at Quilts & Adventures and she finished these wooly mug rugs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Mariana on IG @denana1973.  She completed this wonderful Flora Supply Case for a friend.  Lucky friend!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos and she finished this one hour scrappy basket, isn’t it a cute gift?


The Q2 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love.  She finished this charming quilted table topper, and isn’t the photo just lovely too?

The Q3 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Karin who blogs at The Quilt Yarn and she finished this funky bird quilt.  Isn’t it is cute?


you have it folks, quarter two and three of the year are officially wrapped up!
Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that
played along so far this year.The year is quickly wrapping up, work on those WIPS so you can link them up in the New Year!



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Finish-along 4th Quarter Linkup!


Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 4 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating earlier in the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for any of the first three quarters, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q4.

So let’s start!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 4 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished before the end of the year!

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the Finish-A-Long, you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their their support of the FAL.


Aurifil Logo

Winner’s Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection

Sew Sweetness Logo

$80 Gift Certificate


2019 Finish-A-Long Logo
Fat Quarter Shop Logo

$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo

$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo

3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns


Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo

2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo

1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Hillstitches Logo

$30 Fabric Voucher

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Make your Q4 List of Unfinished Projects

So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects – pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started – and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the “finish” is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q4 List

Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out…

Link-up Your Q4 List

The 2019 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don’t forget to include your unique hashtag.

If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on how to link up from Instagram.

Join the FAL Community

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others – visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram:  @finishalong, too. We’ll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember – No deductions for not completing something so – Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.


Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:


Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.


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