Saturday, 8 October 2016

Finish A Long 2016: Quarter Four Proposed Finishes Link Up

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As you might have noticed, I have become an increasingly slack blogger this year. I'm in complete denial that it is October already (and my eldest turns twelve next week. Twelve?!?), and I'm working hard to get a few quilts finished before the end of November ready to enter into QuiltCon 2017. For the first time ever, I'm trying to keep them relatively secret for the time being (which is killing me!). So I am still quilting - just not as much (due to life, work, teaching) and I'm not finding time to share my stuff as often as in the past.

Now that October is here, so is the final quarter in the 2016 Finish A Long.  As you are already aware, the 2016 FAL has gone global - a community of bloggers across the world, jointly hosting the FAL. 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 about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list. Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors.

There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list long or short, as you wish. The 2016 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

 Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):
As you may recall from the previous, there was a return of tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes. Are you enjoying this? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! This will take place each quarter. Each host works hard to put these together so I hope you are visiting their blogs to encourage them. If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me or another host know.

It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of where you are now, and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern or plan, and remember that it is finished projects that will get you 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.

It is very helpful if you tag your Q4list as #FALQ4yourname. The 2016 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs.

If you are using Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. 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 and visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

These are the two quilts I'd like to get finished this quarter. This first one is completely pieced, and about 1/3 quilted - but the quilting (all free motion quilted straight lines) is taking a very, very long time. I can't wait to share the completed quilt when it's done - it's my favorite I've made :o)

The second quilt I'd like to finish is little more than a idea at the moment. Improv curves, for the Michael Miller fabric challenge for QuiltCon 2017.

So only two proposed finishes from me this quarter. But 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 lists together and get linked up. 

The Q4 linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, October 16, 2016- as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Finish A Long 2016 Quarter 3 Link Up

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I'm not sure how it happened so fast, but here ​we​ ​are​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​another​ ​quarter....Q3​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​FAL! The​ ​2016​ ​FAL​ ​is​ ​now​ ​global​ ​-​ ​a​ ​community​ ​of​ ​bloggers​ ​across​ ​the​ ​world​ ​are​ ​jointly​ ​hosting​ ​the FAL.​ ​Our​ ​hosts​ ​are:
Apologies that my post is going up a bit later than the rest of the hosts - we have had a few internet troubles this last week.

It's​ ​time​ ​to​ ​link​ ​up​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​on​ ​your​ ​2016​ ​Q3​ ​FAL​ ​list​ ​that​ ​you finished.​ ​First,​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​our​ ​fantastic​ ​sponsors: ​ ​​ ​​ ​
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​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​ For​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​FAL,​ ​we​ ​also​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​a​ ​tutorial​ ​week.​ ​Here​ ​is​ ​the​ ​schedule​ ​so you​ ​can​ ​visit​ ​them​ ​all: 

The​ ​2016​ ​Q3​ ​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​ ​each​ ​blog.
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​ ​use​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​FAL​ ​button​ ​or​ ​the​ ​hashtag #2016FAL
  • Please​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​the​ ​photo​ ​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)
  • Please​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​FAL​ ​community.​ ​Please check​ ​out​ ​the​ ​links​ ​of​ ​others​ ​and​ ​comment.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​need​ ​encouragement​ ​so​ ​let's​ ​applaud​ ​each other.​ ​The​ ​2016​ ​FAL​ ​Facebook​ ​page​ ​is​ ​here​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​us​ ​on​ ​Instagram @finishlong​ ​and​ ​tag​ ​your​ ​photos​ ​#2016fal​ ​and​ ​#falq2yourname​ ​(substitute​ ​your​ ​name​ ​-​ ​this​ ​makes it​ ​easier​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​match​ ​your​ ​finishes​ ​with​ ​your​ ​lists.​ ​
  • Our​ ​hosts​ ​will​ ​also​ ​link​ ​their​ ​finishes​ ​to​ ​share​ ​in​ ​the community,​ ​but​ ​they​ ​are​ ​not​ ​eligible​ ​for​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​prizes.
The​ ​Q3​ ​Finishes​ ​link​ ​will​ ​stay​ ​open​ ​from​ ​now​ ​thru​ ​October​ ​7,​ ​2016​ ​-​ ​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​ ​hosts'​ ​blog.​ ​Start​ ​making​ ​your​ ​Q4​ ​FAL​ ​lists​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Q4​ ​list​ ​link​ ​opens​ ​on​ ​October​ ​8.