Monday, 20 August 2018

Prizes - Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long

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:



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:

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:


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:



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:



The Q2 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting is Jenny on IG @silverbellsandcockleshells.  She finished these cute snugly slippers:


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:


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:


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!):


 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:



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!):


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:

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:


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!):



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:


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.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

My Quarter 3 Finishalong List

 - follow the link to go straight to the Q3 Finishalong linkup if you want to link up your own list (but hurry, the link closes soon) -

It is time to post and link up my list of unfinished projects for quarter 3 of the Finish-A-Long  (follow this link for more information - anyone with an UFO, WIP or similar that they want to finish is welcome to join).
This quarter I am just editing my previous list, taking out the projects that have been finished. I simply don't have enough time at the moment to think much about it so I am taking the easy way out...

One change though, I am using my Project Planner (or Project List) that I made for a Finish-A-Long tutorial. If you like, you can use that, too, it can be downloaded from the Project List blog post (free), and it is great to keep track of your projects! If only I could find the list I made to show off my Planner the first time, I could have added Q3 to it, but I seem to have misplaced it. So much for planning and being organised!!

So this is how my list for Quarter 3 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long looks:

1. 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 exhibited locally 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.
The ideas have been playing around in my head a bit, and I have been working on some parts, but this basically needs to be done still. Fortunately the deadline has been extended, but there is not much time left...

2. Feathered Star top

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

3. Cubes quilt

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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...

7. I cannot resist to add one more project that was not on my Q2 list: A Black and White quilt:

I am still not sure whether I will add some of the red fabrics into it, but the current idea is to work with equilateral triangles, in a limited scrappy way, I think... I have a dinky cutting template, time to give it a go!

Linking up with the 2018 Finish-A-Long for Quarter 3 at the post on my own blog.



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

And on to Quarter 3 of the Finish-A-Long

Its time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q3 of the Finish-A-Long. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you 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 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 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 #2018FALQ3yourname (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 Q3 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 Q3 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, Wednesday, July 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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