Friday, April 19, 2019

A new dress for Madison

I finished my first project off the Q2 FAL list!


The pattern is the Everyday Playdress by Love Notions. I made the cross-over bodice (it comes in a standard bodice too) and I love it!! I'm not an experienced sewer when it comes to garments but this dress was so easy and so much fun to make. The pattern calls for a knit fabric and I used this adorable Cloud 9 fabric I've had in my stash for a little while now.

The only issue I had with this dress is that I stretched the bodice a little bit while sewing on the collar. That's why the crossed over piece isn't laying flat.

Madison was happy with the dress but wasn't impressed with the need for photos...



She wore it again the very next day and her mom sent me photos of the dress with a jeans jacket. How cute is this?!



The details:
  • Pattern: Everyday Playdress by Love Notions
  • Size: 3T 
  • Fabrics:  Sidewalk! by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics 


Friday, April 12, 2019

My list of WIPs for Q2 of the 2019 FAL

The first part of Q1 was probably my least productive time in the sewing room... ever! Work simply took over every little bit of time I had. But then toward the middle of the quarter, I fell into a rhythm
at work and things got better. I managed to spend a little bit of time in the sewing room in the evening and on weekends and everything was right again!

And I finished a couple of things. First, there was the Emerald Pillow which I completed in February.


And then in March, I finished three quilts!

St-Patrick's Day Quilt

A Flock of Geese for Madison

By Your Side

And Quarter 2 started off pretty well! I pieced two quilt tops and started some fun garment making for little Madison. So the WIP list stands at a few projects on the go!

Number 1 on the list is something that was also on my Q1 list: my pink and purple wonky crosses quilt. The quilt sandwich is ready and all I have to do is quilt and bind it. 


Next is a quilt I made from a pattern included in the book "Modern Plus Sign Quilts" by Paige Alexander and Cheryl Brickey. The top is done. It needs a back and then some quilting and a binding. I'm super excited about this one.


Number 3 is another completed quilt top which needs some quilting and binding. This one is based on a pattern I found in the 2019 Quilter's Planner.


The final project is a little dress I planned for little Madison. This one is almost done so definitely should not be a problem to finish it by the end of June.


That's it! Are you participating in the 2019 Finish-Along? If you are, don't forget to link-up your Q2 list here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 FAL - Q2 Proposed Finishes




Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 2 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating at the beginning of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q2.

So let's get to it!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 2 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 Q2 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 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 Q2 List of Unfinished Projects


So now it is 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 Q2 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 #2019FALQ2yourname (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 Q2 List


The 2019 Q2 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.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!


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.


Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 FAL - Q1 Finishes Reminder and Tutorial Week




Today I'm popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 1 link up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.


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 #2019FALQ1yourname to be used in the Q1 list post, and in any Q1 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those! 
I also wanted to share with you that we just wrapped up "Tutorial Week" which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it's inception.  The tutorials are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below!
And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q1 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 2 which is taking off on April 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 FAL - Q1 Finishes



We have reached the end of Quarter 1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long already!!  Of course, that means it is now time to link up those finishes from the list you linked up in January. We had a record-breaking 233 lists linked up for Q1, and we hope that you have been able to complete a bunch of the UFOs on your list. If you haven't, we'll do it all over again for Quarter 2...

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

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

The 2019 Quarter 1 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 the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ1yourname (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 2019 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 Q1 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 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 Q2 list as the next LIST link opens on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

2019 Q1 Finishes Link Up:

Saturday, March 30, 2019

By Your Side Finish

I seem to have been able to find some sense of balance between work, home and my need to sit at my sewing machine for a few hours every week. And as a result, I managed to finish another project last week.

Here is By Your Side.


Isn't she pretty? I love that I used scraps for the coloured blocks, I love all that negative space and I love the quilting I did on it.




I used binding scraps to finish her off - I started keeping all my left over binding and then stitching it together as I get enough for a baby quilt. So good to have binding all ready to go once the quilting is done.


I don't yet have a recipient for this quilt, but I'll add it to the pile of finishes ready to gift-wrap when a need comes up.

The details:
  • Pattern: By Your Side by Lorinda Davis for Quilt Theory
  • Size: 56" x 64" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Bone for the background and various scraps for the pieced blocks and binding 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2000 (off white) in 50 wt


Friday, March 22, 2019

Flock of Geese for Madison

My grand-daughter Madison who turns 3 in April moved into a 'big girl bed' a little while ago and of course, I had to make her a new quilt! Madison is a frilly, girly girl who adores princesses and everything pink. So her new quilt had to be pink. The good news is I had lots and lots of pink (and pinkish purple) scraps so this entire quilt was, once again, made from my stash.


The pattern is Flock of Geese by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. This pattern came with the 2018 Quilter's Planner. In the planner, Cheryl made the quilt with the most beautiful mix of green, blue and yellow fabrics so I might have to make a second one. But I love it in pinks!

I didn't have a piece of fabric large enough for the backing so had to use a couple of fat quarters to piece one together.


And the main backing fabric is this super cute print I found at Fabric.com.


You can see that once again, I went with wavy vertical lines with the walking foot for the quilting. This is such an easy way to get bigger quilts done and it keeps the quilt nice and light and soft.


And I finished it with a bubble gum pink binding from Kona Cotton.


This is only my second finish from my 2019 FAL Q1 list, but I've also basted two more quilts... If I stop needing to work 12 hours a day, I might actually be able to finish another quilt before the end of the quarter!

The details:
  • Pattern: Flock of Geese by Cheryl Brickey
  • Size: 60" x 70" 
  • Fabrics: Kona White for the background and various pink scraps for the geese 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2415 (light pink) in 50 wt



 
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