Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 FAL Q2 Winners!

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TGIFF - A Regatta Finish

Welcome to TGIFF!

I'm really happy to share my latest finish with you this week for a number of reasons: It's my first finish in what feels like a long time. We've had an unusually hot summer here in Montreal and working under a quilt just hasn't been very fun. Also, my work life is completely out of balance right now - I'm spending way too much time working lately (and staying up way too late in the process) so no time spent at the sewing machine.

Another reason for my giddiness at sharing this quilt is that it is 100% made from fabric scraps. Getting my scraps under control has been on my list of priorities in the sewing department for a while now and it feels as though I'm getting nowhere! Making an entire quilt out of my low volume scraps has definitely made a dent into that particular basket.

The pattern is called "Regatta" and is from the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young. I purchased the book specifically for getting my scraps under control and have a number of the quilts on my To Do List for the rest of this year and into 2019.
As I said above, I used my low volume scraps for the background (with a few darker tan or beige pieces) along with some purple scraps from my Rustic finish back in June.

The quilting is my favourite flower FMQ design stitched with Aurifil #2000 in 50 wt which matched the low volume background almost perfectly. I quilted the designs pretty large which gives the quilt an amazing texture and it was quite fast to do.

Even the binding was sewn from leftover purple fabrics!
It feels incredible to be back in the sewing room - I really hope I'm back here every week to share some of my projects!

How about you? Do you have a finish to share this week? If you do, please go ahead and link-up below. Don't forget to visit some of the links and leave comments! We all enjoy visitors don't we? :-)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Two Minnie Mouse Bathrobes

Back in the spring, I had planned to make Minnie Mouse backpacks for my grand-girls. I ordered the fabric and the pattern, but then forgot to order some of the hardware I needed for the bags. Meanwhile, I was browsing on Pinterest and found a free pattern and tutorial to make a kid's bathrobe.

So I downloaded it and got to work almost immediately.

I used cotton fabric so it was crazy easy and took no time at all! The robes might be a little more comfy and drapy with a knit, but...

The girls love their robes!

And I have lots of fabric left so I might be able to make those backpacks after all. Or maybe some cute zipper pouches for their hair clips and toys. Or maybe even some matching pyjamas!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 FAL - My Very Short List for Q3

I had an awesome second quarter and managed to finish nine out of ten projects. (And to be honest, I changed my mind about project #10 and won't be making it after all.)

My original list is here and if you'd like to read about the nine projects I finished, click on the links under the collage.

As a result of my particularly productive quarter, I only have one WIP in my sewing room at the moment! So my Q3 list will be super short:

These are low volume "slabs" that I'm piecing to create a Regatta quilt from the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young from my Quilt Infatuation. I'm a little over halfway done with the slabs now and I haven't yet decided what colour my "boats" are going to be. I think I want to go with just one colour, but I'm tempted to go with a bunch of really bright solids. We shall see!

And that's it for Q3 - which is probably a really good thing because I've not been spending a lot of time in my sewing room lately. It's been really hot around here and things are extremely busy and stressful at work so I just want to chill these days when I'm not at work.

Did you prepare your list of WIPs you'll be finishing this quarter? Did you link-up? If not, you only have a couple of hours left so hurry up and go here!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Goals - Mid-Year Review

A little over half the year is gone and Yvonne, from Quilting Jetgirl, is hosting a mid-year review link party. I participated in Yvonne's goal-setting party at the start of the year, so I thought it'd be fun to see how I'm doing.

My goals for 2018 were separated into 3 different groups:

1. Start making garments

My mini-goals here were to:
  • Learn how to use my serger (probably with a Craftsy or Creative Bug class) - I learned how to thread my serger and used it a few times to finish seams.
  • Make an easy woven top for myself - Done! I made a Sorbetto top for myself and I made a Cleo skirt too!
  • Make an easy knit top for myself - Not done, but I did purchase the fabric and an easy T pattern.
  • Make dresses for the grand-girls - Not done, BUT I did make something for the grand-girls. I haven't taken photos yet, but will be sharing all about these very soon.
My new Sorbetto top 
My new Cleo skirt

2. Make at least 2 bags

My mini-goals for this one were to make:
My Aeroplane Bag

My Baker Street Bag

3. Make a series of mini quilts based on Josef Albers' work

Half done! I made three mini quilts so far this year.

Albers Inspired Mini #1, #2 and #3

For the second half of the year, I plan on making a few more garment pieces, finish my Albers series of minis and I've got a few scrappy quilts planned also. Should be fun!

I will be linking up at Yvonne's (I'm cutting it real close though because it closes today!).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 FAL - Proposed Q3 Finishes

It's 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.