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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Dino Days!

That is what this summer is…full of saurs! The museum where I volunteer just reopened its fossil hall after a five year renovation with a completely new exhibit. And you know what that means…new dinos!

So, go back to last fall when my daughter asked me to make a baby quilt for a friend, a dinosaur quilt, but not one that looks babyish. It was the mom that really loved dinosaurs. So, we eventually found this wonderful dino fabric designed by Katarina Roccella, and along with some coordinating fabrics, I got to work.dino quilt front

I liked the fabric so much that when I saw the dinos in canvas I went for it, not sure what it would be for.  Fast forward to the weeks before the Deep Time exhibit opening, and I knew what to do with the fabric… new purse/totebag.  I wanted a pattern that was big enough to showcase the dinos and to carry a sweater and sewing pouch or book on my trips to the museum, but also with secure closures so I could stuff things in and not lose them.  Plus, it needed a crossbody strap, because that is how I roll.

I have always liked Noodlehead’s bag patterns, so that is where I started looking.  The Redwood Tote seemed to fit the bill, plus I could order the hardward at the same time, easy peasy!  For the outside of the main body I actually followed the instructions – I know, rare for me!  I fussy cut dinos for the front that has a zippered pocket…

dino bag frontand also dinos on the back with the slip pocket.

dino bag backThese are not the best pics, but I find it funny to have dinosaurs lounging around the bushes around my home.  I used some of the leftover baby quilt fabric for the lining, creating a slip pocket per instructions, as well as an inset zip pocket, as I always found those helpful.  I also added a leash for my keys, something that I do for virtually all purses and tote bags.  That way, even if my keys do wind up at the bottom they are still easy to find!

dino bag insideI forgot to take a pic, but I had some leftover black cordura, and and used that for a waterproof bottom.  I changed up how I did the cross body strap.  Instead of just fabric and interfacing, I folded in a narrow strip of foam before I top-stitched the strap.  I had done this for a bag strap before and found that it made the strap comfy and durable.  It was a bit of a struggle to get this chubby strap through the slider, but it worked.  The pattern also shows short handles for the top, and I purchased black leather ones for the tote, but later decided that they might get in the way and I like it the way it is.  Also, I used metal zips for the top and the outside pocket, but the zipper pull is smaller than some purse zips, so I might need to add an additional pull…maybe something as silly as a tiny dino.  Who knows!

And so, I leave you with one of my fav fellows from the exhibit, but you really should come for yourself and see the size of some of these incredible creatures that used to walk the earth.

dino

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2019 Finish-Along First Quarter Winners!

 The time has come to officially wrap up Quarter 1 of the Finish-A-Long by announcing the winners and awarding some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had a whopping 553 finishes for the first quarter of 2019, which is really impressive you guys, keep it up!
Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:
The winner’s choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Ann who blogs at Brown Paws Quilting and she finished this gorgeous Summer Sampler quilt that she custom quilted:
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The $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Michelle who blogs at From Bolt to Beauty and she finished 11 Jane Market Bags for her children’s teachers (here is just one of them):
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The $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Sandra who blogs at Musings of a Menopausal Melon – mmm! Quilts and she finished this lovely cushion/pillow cover:
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The $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Melinda on IG @mamasan_gerber and she finished this large hexagon pouf:
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The $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Melinda who blogs at Quiltn in Wilton and she finished this bright and cheerful child sized quilt:
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The 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Liz who blogs at Yorkshire Quilter and she finished this beautiful scrappy charity string quilt:
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The 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks and she finished this fantastic Jelly Roll Rug:
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The 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Janice on IG @tangibleculture and she finished this lovely cross stitch ornament:
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The 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Anja who blogs at Anja Quilts and she finished this really fun quilt:
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The 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie’s Threads and she finished this gorgeous sampler quilt:
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The $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Pippa on IG @pippaspatch and she finished this wonderful duel sided table runner:
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There you have it folks, quarter one of the year is officially wrapped up!  Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that played along so far this year.

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2019 Finish-Along Second Quarter Linkup

 

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 2 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 at the beginning of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q2.

So let’s get to it!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 2 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 Q2 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 Q2 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 Q2 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 #2019FALQ2yourname (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 Q2 List

The 2019 Q2 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 First Quarter Finishes!

We have reached the end of Quarter 1 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 January. We had a record-breaking 233 lists linked up for Q1, and we hope that you have been able to complete a bunch of the UFOs on your list. If you haven’t, we’ll do it all over again for Quarter 2…

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 1 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 #2019FALQ1yourname (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 Q1 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, April 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 Q2 list as the next LIST link opens on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
2019 Q1 Finishes Link Up:

 

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