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.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

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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FAL Link-up Reminder

Today I’m popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 link up for all your finishes closes on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.
A few reminders for linking up:

  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so
    that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw.
  • Please include a link to your original list in each post of your
    finishes (on Instagram the link is the unique tag #2019FALQ3yourname to
    be used in the Q3 list post, and in any Q3 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those!

I also wanted to share with you that we just wrapped up “Tutorial Week” which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it’s inception.  The tutorials are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below!

  • October 2, 2019 – Leanne of She Can Quilt – Super Quick Produce Grocery Bags
  • October 3, 2019 – Lynne of Tinking Along – Selvage Hotpad Tutorial
  • October 4, 2019 – Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts – Scrappy Pumpkin Quilt Block Tutorial
  • October 5, 2019 – Ella of Throw a Wench in the Works – How I do Needle Turn Applique: A Low Key Guide

And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q3 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 4 which is taking off on October 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

 

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Selvage Hotpad Tutorial

Selvages…all of those little edges that we have been trimming off for years.  Now they are cuter, and we have something to do with them…make scrappy things!

I have been saving them for years and have been gifted bags of them, and even have been known to pull some out of the trash at guild meetings and retreats.  I have made various things with them, but usually I make hotpads or coasters… things that look like this.

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I start by getting a square of heat-resistant insulated padding (I use Insul-Brite) cut to about 9 inches square.  Next I draw few diagonal lines as guidelines.  You could make the selvages run parallel to an edge, but I like the diagonals.  The lines help me to not get too wonky.

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Next up is the backing fabric.  I just got a free fat quarter of snowman fabric so I thought that it would make a good winter backing.  Cut the square just a bit larger than the padding and place the padding on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

I have lots and lots of selvages, so I am using that backing as my inspiration and I go through my pile and pull out 15-20 of them and give them a good press.

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Although it would seem that it would make sense to start at one end and proceed to the other, I find that my rows become crooked and that it works fine to start in the middle and work out both ways from there.  I place the first piece across the diagonal.

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and then another on top of it and stitch very close to the edge.

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Sometimes I like to use my edge foot presser foot (#10 on a Bernina) to help to keep the stitching an even distance from the edge but still close to the edge, but have found that the inner notch of my quarter inch foot works fine too.

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From there I keep adding layers and sewing them down to finish one half of the square.

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To start the remaining half, I lift up the middle selvage and slide the next selvage under it and then put the first one down and stitch.

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I tend to leave wider selvages for the corners, knowing that some will be trimmed off.  When the selvages are all sewn down, it will look like this, front and back.

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And then it is time to trim.  I want this to be the same size as some other hotpads so I am trimming to 8.5 inches.

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Time to add the binding and then I am done.  And now I have three!

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Give it a try – these are lots of fun!

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Finish-Along Third Quarter Finishes Link-up

We have reached the end of Quarter 3 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 July. We hope that you have been able to complete
a lot of the UFOs from your list and if you haven’t, we’ll do it all over
again for Quarter 4…

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 3 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 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 #2019FALQ3yourname (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.
TheQ3 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 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.
Lastly, don’t forget to start making your Q4 list as the next LIST link opens on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
2019 Q3 Finishes Link Up:

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Finish-Along Third Quarter Link-up

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 3 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 the first half of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first and second quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q3.

So let’s get to it!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 3 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!

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 Q3 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


Mad About Patchwork Logo


$50 Gift Certificate

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 Q3 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 Q3 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 #2019FALQ3yourname (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 Q3 List

The 2019 Q3 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.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

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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Finish Along and Finishing UP

If you are looking for the post about linking up finishes for the second quarter of the Finish Along, click HERE.  I do hope that you will also keep reading…

As you might have guessed, this post is about finishing. Sometimes I have no problem finishing something up. I am pretty good with deadlines, but that really is a minority of what I do. I feel strongly that having a deadline often takes the joy out of the project. I am fortunate that my creating is for me, not a job, so I usually finish at my own pace. That said, I usually do respond well to deadlines, just in moderation. Nowadays, since I am a host for the Finish Along, I feel compelled to put out some proposed finishes. Last quarter I finished…none of my proposed 4 projects. Mind you, I have many more than 4 WIPs, but I had put those 4 out, and finished none, nada, zip, zero. So of course I put them out for this quarter also and now felt that I really needed to finish one of the 4.

One project was an embroidery by Alison Glass that I started at a workshop at the 2015 QuiltCon in Austin. Within a year or two the embroidery was finished, and then it sat…and sat. It was supposed to be turned into a needle book. I am not a fan of needlebooks as I like to keep my needles well corralled in something that snaps shut with a definite click. The design wasn’t round so it wouldn’t fit into a circular hoop, but didn’t quite fit into an oval hoop either. I did not want to go for big bucks framing so I decided to go for the DIY method. Instead of using the mat that came with the frame, I added borders of an Alison Glass fabric that is from the same line as the embroidery – notice the scissors. Padded it with some fusible fleece and wrapped the whole deal around the backing piece…done! Even digging through the fabric, sewing the border and even the shopping for the frame did not altogether take me more than 90 minutes. So why did it take 2 years to happen?

Please admire…
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And that brings me to the second thing that I finished. Remember Flickr and the Flickr bees? Ok, maybe you were not a sewist then. Well, back in 2013 I was in a bee called Simply Solids the Falu group. Turns out that falu is a color name..who knew? It is a deep red, in case you wanted to know. My group had a bit of trouble in that we had two people totally drop out…as in not communicate. One of them was in another group with me, an around the world bee and she kept all of these other people’s blocks that she should have sent back. There were definitely some nasty vibes. I asked for these Arkansas Traveler blocks. They were part of a Summer Sampler, back when it was free. I sent out the background fabric (Kona Grapemist, I believe) but I guess that it was not a good choice because it was too difficult for some of the members of the bee. Getting the seams to match properly and not clump up at intersections was a bit tricky. Some, but not all of the blocks came back to me, some even the correct size. It was another couple of years before I decided to try to put them together to make something. That was done at Mid Atlantic Mod about 3 years ago. The top was sewn together, then I came up with a backing and they were each all pressed and ready to go and hung on hangars above the drier. Don’t you hang your quilts there? Well, they stayed there for at least 2 years, until last Thursday, when I decided to sandwich and start quilting. I used some new and old standbys…the little wheeled marker and the wiggly stitch on my machine…1398 on a Bernina. I marked a few rows and then stitched those rows, and then got to the point that I didn’t need to mark it any more as wiggles are pretty forgiving.
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The back is Tula with some extra pieces of the background to make it wide enough.

Yesterday I messed around with the #71 foot, wanting to totally machine bind this quilt. This was destined to be a donation quilt, so the sturdier the mining the better. This is the first time I successfully machine bound, not a perfect job, but ok – good enough that I am willing to send it out into the world with my name on it.
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So, there you go – two things finished for the second quarter of the Finish Along…go me!

But the question remains for me, why such a delay?

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Finish-Along Second Quarter Link-up!

We have reached the end of Quarter 2 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long already!!  Of course, that means it is now time to link up those finishes from the list you linked up in April. We hope that you have been able to complete a
bunch of the UFOs on your list and if you haven’t, we’ll do it all over again for Quarter 3…

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

 


Mad About Patchwork Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


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 2 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 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 appropriate quarter, too).

On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ2yourname (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 Q2 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – 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.

Lastly, don’t forget to start making your Q3 list as the next LIST link opens on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
2019 Q2 Finishes Link Up:

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