Sunday, March 17, 2019

St-Patrick's Day Quilt Finish

I'm not Irish and I don't really celebrate St-Patrick's Day, but as I was putting the final stitches in this quilt a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to share the finish during the St-Patrick weekend!

The pattern is called Color Crossing and it was designed by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory. I purchased this pattern a while ago and I've been determined to use the patterns I own before purchasing any more so you'll be seeing more "older" patterns show up on this blog over the next few months.

The only reason I went with green for this quilt is because I had a lot of big green scraps as well as some yardage of Kona Mint which I used for the background. I even used up some of my green fat quarters for the backing so this is a 100% "from my stash" quilt finish.

For the quilting, I decided to go simple and easy - FMQ flowers which took no time at all! But look at that texture!

And this is finish number 1 off the FAL list for Q1 - not a super productive quarter, but I've got a couple more weeks so you never know! How are you doing with your Q1 list? Get those quilts finished and don't forget to link up in early April - you know there will be amazing prizes!

The details:
  • Pattern: Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer
  • Size: 50" x 63" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Mint for the background and various green scraps for the Xs 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt

Monday, February 11, 2019

2018 FAL - Q4 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:



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 :

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:


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:



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:



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:


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:


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:


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:


 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:



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:


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:

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:


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:


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 year's 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 year's sponsors, we truly appreciate your prizes and sponsorship this year.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Emerald Pillow Finish

I have my first finish of 2019 to share today! I actually finished it last week, but I had to travel to Phoenix, Arizona for work this week so wasn't able to blog about the pillow until now.

I listed this on my Q1 list for the 2019 FAL here. I'm very pleased to have this one done because it had been sitting on my sewing table since November. This is a pattern by Andrea of 3rd Story Workshop and I actually made the whole top during a workshop with Andrea but then never got the opportunity to finish her.

I used Kona cottons for the whole thing with the exception of one Carolyn Friedlander print which I also used to make the envelop backing.

When it came time to quilt it, I knew I wanted straight lines in green, but it took me a while to decide whether I wanted a grid or radiating lines. In the end, I went with radiating lines and I'm super pleased with the results.

I have a pretty good idea who is going to get this pillow, but I won't say just in case this person reads my blog.

The details:
  • Pattern: Teardrop Cut Jewel by Andrea Tsang Jackson from 3rd Story Workshop
  • Size: 18" square 
  • Fabrics: Kona cottons and 1 Carolyn Friedlander print (all from stash) 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt and quilted with Aurifil #2845 (green) in 40 wt

I will be linking up at Leanne's for TGIFF!

Monday, January 21, 2019

My WIPs List for Q1 of the 2019 FAL

I realize I haven't really been here in a while and I also realize I'm crazy late posting my list for Q1 of the 2019 FAL (because the link-up closed days ago!), but I thought I'd put it up here anyways. Maybe it's going to help me get back to the machine and to the blog!

I haven't been away from the blog or the machine because something bad happened or anything - just work and exhaustion! I just have not been able to find the time or the energy to sew and because I haven't been sewing, there is really not much to blog about!

But hopefully that's over and I'll be back more often to show off my finishes.

So let's get started with the list of projects I'm planning on finishing this quarter.

First up is a WIP that's been staring at me from my cutting table for months now. I started this as a way to use up my black and grey scraps. I cut up a bunch of 4.5" squares (270 of them to be exact) and some strips of pink and purple prints and solids. I then created a few wonky crosses but then moved on to another project and the pile of squares just sat there. During the holidays last month, I finished up the cross blocks and started sewing the rows together and then... I put everything away again. And that's where this project stands at the moment.

To be done: finish sewing the rows, assemble the top, prepare a backing, baste, quilt and bind.

Number 2 is a garment I've been meaning to make for a little while now: the Mandy Boat Tee by Tessuti Fabrics. I purchased a really inexpensive knit fabric from for this because this was going to be my first knit garment in over 25 years and I wasn't sure about how successful I was going to be.

To be done: re-do the sleeves (they are way too small and I basically can't move my arms) and hem.

Up next is my Flock of Geese quilt. The pattern is from the 2018 Quilter's Planner and was designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. The pattern calls for fat quarters, but I decided to use my pink scraps instead and I love the results so far.

To be done: baste, quilt and binding.

Number 4 is a pattern called Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory (unfortunately, Quilt Theory doesn't exist anymore, but you can find Stephanie's blog post about the pattern here.) Instead of using charm packs for this, once again, I decided to raid my scrap bins and cut up a bunch of 5" green squares for this one.

To be done: baste, quilt and binding.

And my final project for this quarter's list is a mini quilt I started during a Montreal MQG workshop in the Fall. We invited Andrea from 3rd Story Workshop to lead her Gemstone workshop for us back in November and I decided to use green fabrics to create a teardrop cut emerald. I actually put the whole top together the day of the workshop and it's been sitting there since.

To be done: baste, quilt and binding.

So 5 projects and not a lot of piecing really - looks like I'll be basting, quilting and binding for a better part of this quarter!

Did you get your list done and linked up this quarter? Do you have lots of WIPs floating around?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 FAL - Q1 Proposed Finishes

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 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's 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.


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.