Friday, 4 May 2018

Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Winners

Today we are celebrating 533 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 1 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 Q1 FAL prizes are:

The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to  Lynette who blogs at What a Hoot Quilts and she made this stunning wall hanging row quilt for her husband:



The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Helen on IG @archiewonderdog and she finished her "Not Too Big, Not Too Small" bag and isn't it lovely:

The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Beth on IG @blue_dragonfly5 and she finished this patriotic quilt that will be donated to a veteran:


The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Sophie who blogs at Luna Lovequilts and she made this beautiful quilt she named "Retro":



The Q1 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song goes to Kathryn on IG @kathrynjonesquilts and she finished this truly stunning (and very large) quilt:



The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Kristina who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this lovely quilt as you go quilt that taught her a lot of new techniques:


The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Cath on IG @cumbrianlongarmer and she finished this rainbow Morocco Quilt:


The Q1 Winners (3) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to:

1.  Crystal who blogs at Crystal's Creations and she finished this adorable memory bear:


2.  Jennet on IG @featherednextstudio and she made this lovely You Are My Sunshine quilt (with minky backing) for her son:

3.  Sarah who blogs at Sarah Goer Quilts and she finished this lovely mini that represents her home town San Jose, California:


The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Jen who blogs at Branch and Vine Handmade and she finished this beautiful Cosmo bag (pattern by Amy Butler):


 The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi goes to Amber on IG @amberleighcrafts and she finished this whole cloth, minky backed baby quilt:



The Q1 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness goes to Christine who blogs at Cat in the Grass and she finished these two lovely pillowcases:


The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Terry who blogs at On Going Projects and she finished this extremely useful ID badge:

The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Heather and she blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she finished this quilt that showcases the "license plates" she collected from 2015-2017:


The Q1 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Charlene on Flickr (cyanh2o) and she finished these pretty felted mittens:



The Q1 Winner of the $40 Gift Certificate from Bunny's Designs is Brandy on IG @thirteenquilts and she finished this pretty quilt that had been an UFO for quite a while:


Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you for playing along with us in the first 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.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

My Finish-A-Long list for Quarter 2

 - follow the link to go straight to the Q2 Finishalong linkup if you want to link up your own list -

It is time to post and link up my list of unfinished projects for quarter 2 of the Finish-A-Long  (follow the link for more information - anyone with an UFO, WIP or similar that they want to finish is welcome to join).
I decided for this quarter to change up my list.

It is not that I have finished any project from last quarter (I haven't - again!), but there are so many projects on the list that I don't even look at during the quarter, and others I have been working on that haven't ever made it onto the list. Time for an overhaul!

This is my list for Quarter 2 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long:

1. Straight in at the top, a project that wasn't on the list before, but that I have been working on recently.

This is for the Cork Textiles Network's  exhibition for their 20th anniversary. The work will be going to the Knitting and Stitching shows this autumn (Dublin, London and Harrogate) and every member is asked to have a piece. The (working) title of the exhibition is "Selfie", and all members have been asked to make a self portrait. It has a deadline, so it should only be on the list for this quarter, let's hope I can do it! There is a lot of stitching on it, good that it isn't large (30 x 40 cm, about 12" x 16").
And no, it isn't a quilt (no three layers), though I will be adding appliqué.

2. Also as part of Cork Textiles Network's 20th anniversary there will be an exhibition with work based on a book. This will be a selected exhibition for the Knitting and Stitching shows, but all work entered will be locally exhibited first, from which the selection will be made.

I have chosen my book, and I have some fabrics, though I need to add some more.
(And yes, that is an ombre fabric, I did fall for them *a bit* recently. Not sure what I will make with the others yet... And no dots. I know they are really popular at the moment, but I am not really fond of them...)

3. Feathered Star top

Well yes, this still needs quilting, but I really want to finish this one! It is one of my favourite tops.

4. Cubes quilt

This is the quilt closest to a finish. To finish quilting the borders, binding, and a label of course.

5. Sunflowers

The blocks are together for years, I intended to quilt it for free motion quilting practice. The idea is that the riot of colours and shapes will not show up my lack of experience too much... I'm keeping it in here, because I really should get practising my FMQ.

6. Log cabin

The top is finished, and I am very happy with it. I had it basted, and started quilting, but I wasn't pleased with it. The tension of my machine played up, and I disliked the wadding I used. So I have taken it apart, bought new wadding and hope to get it quilted soon.

7. Top

For ages I have a few dress making fabrics in the cupboard, and it is high time I did something with them. I intend to dust off my old dress making skills, and start with a simple top (I meant to make it last summer). There is enough fabric there for a dress, but I cannot see myself head to toe in this colour, so a top it is.

8. Shawl/wrap for myself

Inspired by the wrap I saw at Ireland's online fibre and crafts magazine Olann and called "Mind the Gap" (though I'm leaving out the gaps). The image above was posted on my Instagram ages ago, it now looks like this:

I am well into the decrease so it shouldn't be that long. If only there were more hours in the day...

Linking up with the 2018 Finish-A-Long for Quarter 2 at the post on my own blog.



Thursday, 12 April 2018

Minor Blog Trouble

How do you follow your favourite blogs? Do you use Bloglovin'? Click a bookmark in your browser? Or are you signed up to receive every new post by email? Or maybe you don't follow any blogs at all?

After publishing my last post, I received a comment saying that the email sign-up on my blog didn't work. So I went off to investigate!
Who knew that behind that simple gadget that you add to your Blogger blog in two clicks, lies so much detail?! Well, maybe everyone knows, but I definitely didn't!! And looking into the problem (with some help and support from a forum) I found to my surprise that there were no "followers by email" signed up to my blog at all...

I could do with some sunshine... and my blog posts have to have an image!

I know that my mum followed my blog by email, and I believe some of her friends did, too. I have no idea how many readers follow-by-email though. I never knew until now that you could even see how many there are. I do know now that they have all gone!

I followed my own blog, too, so that I could see how it looks when a post comes by email. And I haven't received my latest post by email, though I did receive the previous one. Something went very wrong between those two posts, and I don't know how or why. I am not sure if it is even possible to find out how or why. I definitely don't want to spend the time trying.

I also have no idea how to retrieve the followers-by-email that have disappeared. If I'm honest, I love my blog, and I love for people to be following it, reading it, and enjoying it especially. But I am not hung up on how many followers I have. I will tell mum to sign up again though...

If you come across this post (you probably haven't had an email about it!), and you would like to follow the blog by getting a message in your inbox when a post is published, please do sign up. I have changed the look of the sign up, so that you click the text - see on the side bar "Follow by Email" - rather than enter your email address in a box, but it goes to the same service from Blogger. When you click the text you are taken to the page where you can enter your email, and "prove you're not a robot". Then you will get an email to confirm you actually want to sign up. Click the link in that email, and you're all set. Then next time I write a post you will receive a message by email so you don't have to miss anything from me.

With thanks to Dots who pointed out the gadget wasn't working! And for being the first to sign up once it was working again!

And now, back to sewing of course!


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Link up your list - Quarter 2 Finishalong

Its time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q2 of the Finish-A-Long. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you again to work on your unfinished projects this quarter (and throughout the remainder of the year) and to get them finished!

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 the FAL are on my permanent 2018 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

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 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, Facebook & Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2018FALQ2yourname (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 Q2 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 Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, post a 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.

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 those list together and get linked up.

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

The Q2 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, Wednesday, April 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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