Monday, February 11, 2019

2018 Quarter 4 Finish A Long Winners!



We are at the last post to round off the 2018 Finish-A-Long. Today we are celebrating 392 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 4 of the 2018 FAL. 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 and the year by announcing the lucky winners!!

Without further ado, the winners picked by the Random Number Generator of the 2018 Q4 FAL prizes are:


The Q4 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop is Kate who blogs at Life in Pieces and she finished this adorable Halloween themed quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time is Helene on IG @30hela and she finished this lovely rainbow solids quilt :

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The Q4 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Heather who blogs at Peachy Pages and she finished this Dresden Ohio quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl is Cheryl on Flickr at Paisley Crazy and she finished this pretty quilt that she gifted as a wedding present:

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The Q4 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song is Mary and she blogs at Quilting is in My Blood and she finished this Floating Hexagons quilt with a wonderful quilting pattern:

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The Q4 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting is Celine and she blogs at EspritPatch and she finished this Tabor V-neck top:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You is Teresa via IG @misdosbichillos and she finished these super cute house ornaments:

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The Q4 Winners (3x) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine are:

1.  Melanie who blogs at Mel Meyer.  She finished this rainbow Sew Together bag:


2.   Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat.  She finished these cheery Christmas pillows:



3. Debbie who blogs at A Quilter's Table.  She finished this Bee Sewcial group quilt inspired by Gwen Marston:

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The Q4 prize of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Leslie via IG @sugarhousequilter and she finished this Accentuate the Positive quilt in warm colors:

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 The Q4 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi is Magdalena via IG @magdalenadetz and she finished this English paper pieced pillow for her living room:

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The Q4 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness is Robin via IG @robinbirdrobin and she finished this lovely Christmas tree skirt for a friend:

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The Q4 prize of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Jan via IG @snell.jan and she finished this fantastic floral quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Sheila who blogs at Chez Budsmam and she finished this cute mini tuffet:

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The Q4 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Helen via IG @archiewonderdog and she finished this drawstring knitting bag for her Mother:

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Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you for playing along with us in the fourth quarter, and we hope you are joining us in this new 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.

This post officially finishes up the 2018 Finish-A-Long and we want to give a huge thank you to all of this years hosts: Sandra, Marci, Leanne, Karen, Izzy, Lynne, Ella and Felicity.  Each of you made this task of the FAL easy and enjoyable.  A gigantic thank-you to this years sponsors, we truly appreciate your prizes and sponsorship this year.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Link up 2019




Happy New Year, everyone! It is time for a NEW round of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new round of the Finish-A-Long is starting today. New logos (thank you so much, Marci), some new hosts (and some familiar ones), some new sponsors as well as some we have known for years now. Presumably we will have some new participants as well as many who have been taking part regularly for a long time...

So let's get to it!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 1 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 Q1 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 Q1 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 Q1 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 #2019FALQ1yourname (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 Q1 List


The 2019 Q1 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.






Sunday, January 6, 2019

Finish-A-Long 2019 Quarter 1 goals




I guess it's not a surprise, but some of these are OLD.  I need to clear out a bunch so I can start new things without guilt.  I am apparently EMPRESS of WIPS.  One of my personal goals this year is to get rid of stuff I don't need/don't really want to do any more. I also want to sew clothes.  (I'm a bit torn on this one because I need to lose weight...and part of me wants to wait until I'm "skinnier" but then part of me says that's crap....I have plenty of fabric and deserve to feel that I look good in something I'm proud of making.)  I'm also not a good example for the Finish-A-Long because some of these won't have pictures....Please note YOU need pictures.  I can't win anything and have an insane list, so, there's that...ahem.

Sewing Goals

1.  Violet Craft's Lion quilt (SLOWLY hand quilting...like GLACIER paced)
Violet Craft lion


2.  Tula sampler block quilt, top done
Tula sampler



3.  Tote bags.  (My plan is to make these as the year progresses so I have a stack of go to presents handy.)


4.  Garden Gate (partially quilted)  I hate the first part I did and am trying to decide if I really just wanted a mix of hand and machine quilting rather than ripping out the first part of what I did.
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5.  Round robin Improv.  The top has been done for  A LONG time.  I'm just not feeling like my quilting skills are up to doing this one justice.
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6.  Milky Way Sampler, hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts  (top done and recipient chosen).  This one is a priority finish.
Milky Way quilt


7.  Lindon Top


8.  Funnel neck top


9.   You are Enough quilt.  I've fallen a bit behind on this one.
IAMENOUGH quilt


10.  Lucky Spool Quilt (top done)
Mighty Lucky

11. AMQG BOM (designed by me!!!!), version 1, throw size



12.  AMQG BOM (designed by me!!!!), version 2, throw size



13.  Tula Sampler, V.2 Cotton and Steel
Tula block 1


14.  Small World.  I REALLY want to finish this one this year.
Small World


15.  Sushi Washi
sushi washi


16.  Octopus top
octopus top


17.  Cross Quilt improv.  This top is about half done/assembled.  I'd like to knock this one out.
cross quilt start


18.  Patchwork City quilt  (Honestly, it's still in a bin.  I've gotten frustrated with it every time I've pulled it out.)
Patchwork city



19. Lawn tunic
lawn tunic


20.  Red dress


21.  Frida Dress


22.  Alabama Chanin-ing my blue dress


23.  Galaxy dress/washi
galaxy dress


24.  Wrap sweater
pavlova


25.  Itty Bitty Broken star quilt
broken lonestar


26.  Tear Drop quilt
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27.  Dr who shoes (need to resew one and elastic both)
dr who shoes


28.  Love scrap quilt
Love scrap quiltLove block


29.  Tula The Hood quilt (This one was my #quilttheweightoff quilt project)..It, um, stalled, pending some much needed weight loss.  I think it's just going to be my scrap buster
house quilt


30.  Aviatrix
Aviatrix



31.  Green Tea and Sweet Beans  (need to do applique borders)
green tea and sweet beans


32.  Golden Days  (falling a bit behind)

Golden Days

33.  Squircle quilt
squircle



34.  Tulapalooza Jan quilt (wonky stars)


35.  Tulapalooza Feb quilt (mystery)


36.  Athena the Octopus quilt
Athena octo


37.  Forest Fancy quilt
fancy forest


38.  Art student tote
Art tote


39.  Cotton Ball quilt  (designed at Sisters)...kind of a secret...hoping to release a pattern


40.  Serenity Circle 4x6


41.  new knitting pouches


42.  Hesperides pillow  (started at Sisters)
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43.  Project Linus quilt
economy blocks


44.  Glitter quilt (using the scrap pile)


45.  Pool Tote 1 (I cut it out intending it to be a Christmas present and then fizzled)
pool tote 1


46.  Epic Halloween quilt
Halloween quilt


47.  fairy/butterfly for MIL (it's been sandwiched, waiting to do reverse applique)
jersey quilt


48.  Triforce Throw
triforce



49.  Skater dress
skater dress


50.  Fussy Cut Sampler (3 blocks short)


51.  Skillbuilder quilt (with FMQ practice)


52.  Rosalie Dace word quilt
Word quilt

53.  Joe Cunningham improv quilt, basted
Cunningham class

54.  Cristy Fincher Almond Butter
Fincher class

55.  Tulapalooza March quilt (mystery)


56.  badass quilt


57.  Foxy baby quilt


58.  Single Girl Quilt (just needs to be bound)


59.  Various and sundry costumes for my class play!!!!






Knitting

1.  manticore socks
Manticore socks


2.  Peacock mittens  (still on mitten #1)
Peacock mittens


3.  Scrap blanket
scrap blanket

4.  slip stitch socks
slipped stitch sock

5.  Katniss Socks
Katniss socks

6.  Minion hat for class play



Bucket List for 2019  (NOT INTENDED FOR THIS QUARTER'S FAL LIST, but the ADHD might kick in)

1.  Tula Tumbler quilt
Tula tumbler quilt



2.  Sujata Shah's Organized Chaos
Organized Chaos


3.  Sloth quilt
Sloth quilt


4.  Tula Future Garden quilt
Tula Future Flower garden


5.  Steampunk (I have one block cut)
Steampunk!


6.  Tree quilt
tree quilt


7.  Fish quilt
fish quilt


8.  Unicorn Quilt
Unicorn quilt


9.  Desert Forest critters
Desert Critters


Like I said, EMPRESS!!!

My class play is in the middle of all this, so I don't know what will and won't get done, but there you have it.  Linking up soon!  Good luck to all of y'all!