Finish‑A‑Long

Anyone having seen my sewing space (or any part of my house for that matter) knows I have many, MANY unfinished projects, so I could do with some help and encouragement to finish some of them at least. So since some years I have been taking part in the Finish‑A‑Long.

This year (2018) I am more involved in the Finish‑A‑Long than ever. Since last year I am the Social Media Director, which means I keep their Instagram and Facebook page in (hopefully good) shape. And this year I am also one of the hosts, which means you can find all link-ups, and any other Finish‑A‑Long activity right here on my blog.

I am probably not the only one with some (or a lot of) unfinished projects. Fortunately the Finish‑A‑Long is for EVERYONE!

What is the Finish‑A‑Long


The Finish‑A‑Long (FAL) was started in 2012 by Rhonda (Rhonda's Ramblings). It is a fun, low pressure online community event that encourages you to make progress on projects that you have started but not finished, and thus are hanging around in your sewing space - or anywhere really, in my case. At the beginning of a quarter you link up a list of "proposed finishes", the projects you will be working on to (hopefully) finish in that quarter.
During the quarter, you work on those projects, and when a project is finished you post about each in turn. Then at the end of the quarter you link up each finish. Each linked up finish is an entry into a random draw for great sponsored prizes, too!
And... there is no penalty for not finishing something on your list.

Best of all, everyone involved encourages one another to get those projects finished! Once you have linked up take some time to visit other links, leave comments and participate! You can encourage, meet and make new friends, and generally have fun! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, too. Ready to participate? The schedule, rules and sponsors are below.

The hosts


These are the 2018 FAL hosts. They do all the work behind the scenes, and you can link up at any of their blogs:

Marci - Marci Girl Designs
Sandra - Studio Sew of Course
Leanne - She Can Quilt
Izzy - Dizzy Quilts
Ella - Throw a Wench in the Works
Felicity - Felicity Quilts
Karen - Capitola Quilter
Lynne - Tinking Along

The Rules


- At the start of each quarter there will be a linky party for you to link up your proposed list of finishes. You must link up in order to be able to be eligible for those prizes at the end. Please only enter ONE blog post, Flickr photo or Instagram photo at this starting link-up. If you use Flickr or Instagram please describe your plan in the description.

- In order for your projects to be eligible, they must be a tangible project at the start of the quarter. That means, at the very least, a fabric pull matched to a pattern, a quilt top needs to be quilted, or a half knit jumper, etc. We love seeing your bee blocks, but they won't count unless you happen to be turning them all into a fully completed quilt THIS quarter. We are looking for a proper UFO - UnFinished Object - which means it has to have been started.

- As you complete each of your projects on your list, write a post about it on your blog, or a description with a Flickr or Instagram pic.

- At the end of the quarter, link up each individual post/Flickr pic (please link back to your original list from the start of the quarter in some way). For each finish/link you complete, you get an entry into the prize draw, and therefore it's in your best interest to write up a separate post for each!

- A finish is defined as a completely finished project, eg. a quilt, quilted and bound, a bag that's fully lined and functional, or a jumper that one could wear out in public. We’re happy for you if you get a quilt top completed in one quarter, but hold onto it for the next quarter and see if you can get it quilted and bound before entering as a finish please.

- You won't be punished if you don't finish your entire list, so feel free to make a big list and roll projects over from one quarter to the next if you need to.

- All qualifying finishes will be put into a prize draw, and the names/numbers will be drawn at random for each of the prizes donated by our sponsors for that quarter.

- The finish linky party will be open for approximately a week, and then the linky party for the proposed finishes list for next quarter will open on the following day.

- The FAL is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

The Schedule


Q1

7 Jan 18 - Q1 proposed finishes linky opens Sunday - I am joining in with this list
15 Jan 18 - Q1 proposed finishes linky closes Monday

1 Apr 18 - Q1 finishes linky opens Sunday (Easter)
2 Apr 18 - 6 Apr 18 - Tutorial week
9 Apr 18 - Q1 finishes linky closes Monday

Q2

10 Apr 18 - Q2 proposed finishes linky opens Tuesday
18 Apr 18 - Q2 proposed finishes linky closes Wednesday

1 Jul 18 - Q2 finishes linky opens Sunday
2 Jul 18 - 6 Jul 18 - Tutorial week
9 Jul 18 - Q2 finishes linky closes Monday

Q3

10 Jul 18 - Q3 proposed finishes linky opens Tuesday
18 Jul 18 - Q3 proposed finishes linky closes Wednesday

1 Oct 18 - Q3 finishes linky opens Monday
2 Oct 18 - 5 Oct 18 - Tutorial week
9 Oct 18 - Q3 finishes linky closes Tuesday

Q4

10 Oct 18 - Q4 proposed finishes linky opens Wednesday
18 Oct 18 - Q4 proposed finishes linky closes Thursday

1 Jan 19 - Q4 finishes linky opens Tuesday (New Years Day)
9 Jan 19 - Q4 finishes linky closes Wednesday

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Previous Finishalongs:

2014 Finish‑A‑Long run by Katy at The Littlest Thistle
2016 Finish‑A‑Long became International with 9 hosts including Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings
2017 Finish‑A‑Long with an international team of hosts - my 2017 Finish-A-Long page

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