FAL Fourth Quarter Link-up!

Its time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose
to finish in Q4 of the Finish-A-Long. 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!

The 2018 FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to
find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects
that are hanging around. At the start of the quarter you post and link
up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and
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 short as you wish. The 2018 Schedule and Rules for theFAL are on my permanent 2018 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

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 support of the
FAL.


Fat Quarter Shop Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


During Quiet Side Logo

3 PDF Patterns


Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Quilting Jetgirl Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Sew Me a Song Logo

$20 Gift Certificate


Happy Quilting Logo

3 PDF Patterns


Charm About You Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Make Modern Magazine Logo

3 Six Month Subscr.


Studio 39 Fabrics Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Tartankiwi Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Sew Sweetness Logo

A Minikins Bundle


Mad About Patchwork Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


Blossom Hearts Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Clover & Violet Logo

$30 Gift Certificate

Bunny's Designs Logo

$40 Gift Certificate

So now it is time to round up those projects that you want to finish
over the next three months! Take a photo of each one and make your list.
Please ensure that you have at least started your projects – pulled
fabric with a pattern is considered a UFO – and remember it is only
finished projects 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.

If posting on social media (Flickr & Instagram), it will be very helpful
if you tag your list with #2018FALQ4yourname (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 when the quarter closes!

The 2018 Q4 list for your list of proposed finishes is now open, below, on my blog and 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 photo mosaic of your projects and
put your list in the description. Don’t forget to include your unique
hashtag. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, or Marci of Marci Girl Designs has a tutorial to link up an Instagram post specifically.

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 your list together and get linked up.

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

The Q4 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 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.)

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 Third Quarter Finishes Cloosing Soon!

Popping in today for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 Link Up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11 pm EST. So you still have a few more days to finish a project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes. The link up can be found HERE or on the blog of any of our current hosts.

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 #2018FALQ3yourname 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!

If you didn’t have a chance to visit the tutorials that were posted as part of Finish-A-Long Tutorials Week, here is the schedule once more:

  • October 4, 2018 – Izzy of Dizzy Quilts                                                                                            
  • October 5, 2018 – Karen of Capitola Quilter

They are well worth a visit!

Finally, we hope you will be joining us for Quarter 4 to do it all over again!! So get your list ready, the link up for Q4 Lists will open on October 10, 2018.

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FAL Tutorial Week

Today kicks off “Tutorial Week,” which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it’s inception.  While the link up for Finishes is open, we share some tutorials for you all to enjoy. They are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below on their scheduled day!

  • October 3, 2018 – Leanne of She Can Quilt – Christmas Pillow Cases 
  • October 4, 2018 – Izzy of Dizzy Quilts – Fall/Halloween Themed Mug Rug                                   
  • October 5, 2018 – Karen of Capitola Quilter – Power Prepping Quarter Circles

The Quarter 3 Finishes link up opened yesterday, you can find the link up HERE or on any of the hosting blogs. There is still plenty of time to link up or finish those projects as the link up does not close until October 9, 2018, 11 pm EST.

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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FAL Third Quarter Finishes Link-up

Can you believe it, we have made it to the end of the third quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long and it’s time to link up your Q3 finishes.  We hope you have used the past three months to complete a bunch of those UFOs on your lists!

The 2018 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting and this year’s hosts are:

Before the link up, let’s give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:


Fat Quarter Shop Logo


$50 Gift Certificate

During Quiet Side Logo


3 PDF Patterns

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Logo


$25 Gift Certificate

Quilting Jetgirl Logo


2 PDF Patterns

Sew Me a Song Logo


$20 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo


3 PDF Patterns

Charm About You Logo


2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Magazine Logo


3 Six Month Subscr.

Studio 39 Fabrics Logo


$25 Gift Certificate

Tartankiwi Logo


$25 Gift Certificate

Sew Sweetness Logo


A Minikins Bundle

Mad About Patchwork Logo


$50 Gift Certificate

Blossom Hearts Logo


2 PDF Patterns

Clover & Violet Logo


$30 Gift Certificate
Bunny's Designs Logo

$40 Gift Certificate 

For this quarter of the 2018 FAL, we continue tutorial week.  Here is the schedule for this quarter so you can visit them all:

  • October 4 – Izzy of Dizzy Quilts                                                                                                      
  • October 5 – Karen of Capitola Quilter

The 2018 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 appropriate quarter, too). On Instagram, tag your photos with #2018FALQ3yourname (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 2018 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 Q3 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 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 Q4 list link opens on October 10, 2018.
2018 Q3 Finishes Link Up:

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Mighty Lucky Quilting Club

This year I tried something new to me, the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club sponsored by Lucky Spool Media.  This year the club was a bit of a mix of a mystery quilt and design challenges, but the overall it was all about color and I love to play with color.  We were encouraged to pick an inspiration color palette and I selected this pic from Design Seeds.inspiration pic

From there I did a little coloring on a grid they provided showing the major sections of the quilt.  The quilt is broken into sections and every other month a designer will give us the instructions for their sections.

coloring page

Of these options, I pretty much went with the lower right set of colors…but this was before I saw any of the pieces for the sections.  You will see how this will change.

First came lots of paper piecing, a block designed by Carolyn Friedlander.  I came to fondly think of as the Purple Mountains Majesty…

purple mountains

I finished these up while at the DCMQG Spring Retreat and then set about working on the next installment, wonky crosses by Nicholas Ball.

start of wonky crosses

And then I seemed to stall and worked on other projects.  Finally, mid-July I looked at the crosses for a long while and finished them up, here with the mountains.

wonky crosses and mountains

By this time there were two more installments.  First I worked on these improv stars by Cheryl Arkinson

improv stars

then the columns designed by Rossie Hutchinson

stars and columns

A few days ago I put it all up on the design wall.

all but one

Yup, notice that big empty rectangle in the middle?  Just two days ago I got the next installment from Amy Friend.  This center piece is constructed with paper piecing, which is a lot easier for me than venturing into improv piecing.  I need to do a little coloring first before I dive into my stash for fabrics.

The final two months will be about quilting.  And, Angela Walters will be selecting two finished quilt tops to quilt and use as examples.  Waving hand wildly in the air – pick me! Pick me!  OK, that assumes that I get this next section all done by early October…totally doable.  Stay tuned!

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FAL Second Quarter Winners!

Today we are celebrating 401 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 2 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long. So many of you are joining in and getting their UFOs or WIPs out of that dark corner, and into the limelight to be shown off as a finish. If you are in need of inspiration go on over and have a look, there were so many great makes. And of course, thanks to our many generous sponsors, we are finishing off the quarter by announcing the lucky winners!!
Without further ado, the winners picked by the Random Number Generator of the 2018 Q2 FAL prizes are:
The Q2 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop is Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished three projects in the second quarter of the year, one being this adorable baby quilt:
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The Q2 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time is Helen who blogs at Midget Gem Quilts.  She finished a quilt she had started back in 2016, her circles quilt, which is just lovely:
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The Q2 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Cheryl on Flickr as Paisley Crazy.  She finished this cute charm quilt which was her first finish of the quarter:
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The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl is Dianne on IG @quiltova. She finished this charming baby quilt, which was her third and final finish of the quarter:
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The Q2 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song is Lisa who blogs at Lisa in Port Hope.  She finished a beautifully free motion quilted quilt started in 2015:
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The Q2 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting is Jenny on IG @silverbellsandcockleshells.  She finished these cute snugly slippers:
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The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You is Donna who blogs at Faerydae Stitches.  She finished a great Double Zip Gear Bag for a retreat swap:
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The Q2 Winners (3) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine are:
1.  Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos.  She finished this double zipper pouch, which was her sixth finish this quarter:
2.  Helene on IG @30hela.  She finished this gorgeous sashiko pillow:
3. Donna on IG @donnalyn18.  She finished this super cute spring bunny cushion:
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The Q2 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Kayde on IG @sewdexter.  She finished this pretty tiny flying geese lanyard, which was her 13th finish for the year (and they say 13 is unlucky, ha!):
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 The Q2 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi is Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks.  She finished this pretty felt hand stitched Christmas holly mat:
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The Q2 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness is Cheryl on IG @1strongcheryl.  She finished this gorgeous quilt that is minky backed (I bet it is snugly!):
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The Q2 prize of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Danda who blogs at Northern Deb Quilts.  She finished this lovely scrap quilt which was a leader and ender project:
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The Q2 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Celine who blogs at Espritpatch.  She finished this fantastic Blanche Barrel Bag for her daughter:
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The Q2 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Mary who blogs at Musings of a Sometime Quilter.  She finished this lovely quilt and this is her first year participating in the FAL (yay!):
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The Q2 Winner of the $40 Gift Certificate from Bunny’s Designs is Cathy who blogs at Cathy’s Crazy by Design.  She finished this super sweet ABC quilt for her granddaughter:
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Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you for playing along with us in the second quarter, and we hope you continue joining in for the rest of the year. We love to encourage you to finish up all those WIPs and UFOs, and to see what great makes will be finished next time.

 

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That Magic Number…

apparently is 100.  I just finished up a 100 Day project, and am now into another one.  The simple action of doing something 100 days in a row, something creative.  I had seen this before, but this year I saw an idea that was doable for me.  Katie Blakesley of Swim,Bike, Quilt! had posted about making half square triangles, using a large pack of 101 Kona solids paired with another solid.  As I am heavily into solids, this appealed to me.  Kona makes 3 large sets of 101 solid charm squares – bright, dusty and pastel.  I am not sure how I roped myself into two sets, but my local quilt shop had Essex in steel that I liked with brights and teal that seemed happy with the dusty.  I used some solid stash for the first few days until my charm packs arrived and then I was fully good to go.

I started on April 3rd.  A few days later I got all organized and cut all of the Essex squares and then went back and marked the diagonal on them.  This way, all I needed to do each morning was to take a square and pair it with the next piece from the charm pack, and sew the two lines, then repeat for the other colorway.  Cut the pieces apart, press and trim.  I even have one of the cool bloc-loc rulers the correct size to aid in accurate trimming.  I started by posting every day…

Then, although I made the blocks every day, I posted every few days…

And so on until the last posting on July 11 with blocks 91-100

I figured out that the order of the colors of the charm pack was posted on Kaufman website, so I could post the color names for each set.  Some were water related, others fruits and veggies and still others coffee and wine.  It was fun to go through the colors and see the various gradations.

I was pretty satisfied with myself that I could do something for 100 days – really it was an almost, as I made a few of them ahead of time for when I went to the beach – and keep up with it.  I now have these two pretty stack of HSTs to play with, but I think that they will wait for a snowy day.

And now, I let myself get suckered into th 100 days 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s book.  I already had the book, and had it made into a spiral so that it was easier to use – well worth the 5 bucks that it cost me.  I started that on July 7….and I will keep you posted!  As a teaser, however, here is my first block

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