Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 FAL - Q4 Proposed Finishes

Its time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q4 of the Finish-A-Long. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter and to get them finished before the end of the year!

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 Q4 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 #2018FALQ4yourname (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 Q4 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 Q4 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, Thursday, October 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.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

2018 FAL - Q3 Finishes Reminder


Popping in today for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 Link Up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11 pm ET. So you still have a few more days to finish a project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes. The link up can be found HERE or on the blog of any of our current hosts.

A few reminders for linking up:
  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw. 
  • Please include a link to your original list in each post of your finishes (on Instagram the link is the unique tag #2018FALQ3yourname to be used in the Q3 list post, and in any Q3 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those!

If you didn't have a chance to visit the tutorials that were posted as part of Finish-A-Long Tutorials Week, here is the schedule once more:
  • October 3, 2018 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
  • October 4, 2018 - Izzy of Dizzy Quilts                                                                                             
  • October 5, 2018 - Karen of Capitola Quilter
They are well worth a visit!

Finally, we hope you will be joining us for Quarter 4 to do it all over again!! So get your list ready, the link up for Q4 Lists will open on October 10, 2018.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

2018 FAL - Fall Mug Rug Tutorial


During its October meeting next week, the Montreal MQG is doing a mug rug swap - a fall themed mug rug to be more precise. Also, the Finish-Along team is hosting tutorial week right now and I was up so thought I would marry the two and write up instructions to make a Fall themed mug rug.

By the way, if you have finishes to link-up for the 3rd quarter of the Finish-Along, go here.


Fall Mug Rug - Finished size: 6.5" x 7"

This is what the finished mug rug looks like. I used scraps for mine - some Kona Black, Torch, Ice Peach and a brown. These are leftovers from the Fall themed Irish Vortex quilt I shared last week.

All right - so let's get cutting!

Orange (for the pumpkin):
- 1 rectangle 2" x 2 1/4"


Brown (for the pumpkin stem):
- 1 square 1" x 1"


Black (for the letters):
- 1 rectangle 1 1/4" x 3"
- 2 rectangles 2 1/2" x 1 1/4"
- 1 rectangle 1 1/4" x 1"
- 2 rectangles 1 1/4" x 5"
- 1 strip 2 1/4" x 30" (binding)


Peach (for the background):
- 1 rectangle 1 3/4" x 1"
- 1 rectangle 1 3/4" x 2 1/2"
- 2 rectangles 1" x 3"
- 2 squares 1" x 1"
- 1 rectangle 2" x 3/4"
- 3 rectangles 1" x 5"
- 2 rectangles 1" x 6 3/4"
- 4 squares 3/4"


When you are done, this is what you should have on your cutting mat:


We're going to piece the middle of this little mug rug in 3 parts: the top of the "F", the bottom of the "F" (which includes the little pumpkin) and the "L"s. Press all seams open or to the darkest colour.

The top of the "F"

1. Start by sewing the 1 1/4" x 1" black rectangle to the 1 3/4" x 1" background rectangle.



2. Add a 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" black rectangle to the top and bottom of the piece you just sewed.

3. Sew the 1 3/4" x 2 1/2" background rectangle to the right of the piece you sewed in step 2.



The bottom of the "F" and the small pumpkin

1. Sew a 1 1/4" x 3" black rectangle and a 1" x 3" background rectangle together.


2. Sew a 1" background square to either side of the 1" brown rectangle (for the pumpkin stem).


3. Sew the 2" x 3/4" rectangle to the top of the pumpkin stem piece.


4. Next, we're going to piece the little pumpkin by making a very simple snowball block. So grab your 3/4" background squares and sew each one to a corner of your orange rectangle. The corner squares are so small, there's probably no need to mark the middle, but stitch from corner to corner and flip the background fabric so you end up with a "pumpkin" that looks like this:



5. Sew the "stem" piece to the top of your new "pumpkin" piece.


6. Finish the bottom part of the "F" by stitching the piece with the black rectangle to the left of your pumpkin and the 1" x 3" background rectangle to the right of the pumpkin.


7. Complete the "F" by stitching the top piece to the bottom piece.


Make the "L"s and complete the mug rug top

1. Sew a black 1 1/4" x 5" rectangle to either side of a 1" x 5" background rectangle to make the "L"s.



2. Sew the "F" piece to the "L"s.


3. Sew the side borders (1" x 5" background rectangles).

4. Sew the top and bottom borders (1" x 6 3/4" background rectangles).


And the top is done!

Layer it with a backing and batting rectangle. You can definitely use scraps for this!

I quilted mine with some wavy lines with the walking foot and some 40 wt orange Aurifil thread and just love the look!


To finish up the mug rug, sew the binding on by machine and finish by hand or by machine. I finished mine entirely with the machine and you can read all about how I do that over here.






Stats:
  • Pattern: My own!
  • Size: 6.5" x 7" 
  • Fabrics: All scraps
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt and quilted with Aurifil # 2150 (orange) in 40 wt.




I will be linking up to a few places this week! Check them out if you are looking for some inspiration.

Crazy Mom Quilts
From Bolt to Beauty for her Beauties Pageant

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

2018 FAL - Q3 Tutorial Week


Today kicks off "Tutorial Week," which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it's inception.  While the link up for Finishes is open, we share some tutorials for you all to enjoy. They are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below on their scheduled day!
  • October 3, 2018 - Leanne of She Can Quilt - Christmas Pillow Cases 
  • October 4, 2018 - Izzy of Dizzy Quilts - Fall/Halloween Themed Mug Rug                                    
  • October 5, 2018 - Karen of Capitola Quilter - Power Prepping Quarter Circles
The Quarter 3 Finishes link up opened yesterday, you can find the link up HERE or on any of the hosting blogs. There is still plenty of time to link up or finish those projects as the link up does not close until October 9, 2018, 11 pm EST.

And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q3 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 4 which is taking off on October 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 FAL - Q3 Finishes


Can you believe it, we have made it to the end of the third quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long and it's time to link up your Q3 finishes.  We hope you have used the past three months to complete a bunch of those UFOs on your lists!

The 2018 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting and this year's hosts are:


Before the link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

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 



For this quarter of the 2018 FAL, we continue tutorial week.  Here is the schedule for this quarter so you can visit them all:
  • October 3 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
  • October 4 - Izzy of Dizzy Quilts                                                                                                      
  • October 5 - Karen of Capitola Quilter

The 2018 Quarter 3 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 all host blogs.

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 ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) 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, too). On Instagram, tag your photos with #2018FALQ3yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.

Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other.  The 2018 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

Our hosts will also link up 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 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, October 9, 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).  It is best to 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 host's blog.

Lastly, don't forget to start making your Q4 list as the Q4 list link opens on October 10, 2018.

2018 Q3 Finishes Link Up:

 
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