Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Finish a Long Q2: Time to Link Up your Goals




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.


My FAL Q2 Goals


2019 FAL Q2 Goals


Here's my list of hopefuls and their current status:
1. Improv Abstraction (large): Plenty of parts to play with and I can make more.  They are the companion pieces left from making three MQG QOM Merge quilts - one that was in the Special Exhibit at QuiltCon Nashville and the other two color ways for pattern testing.  

2. Eyes BeeSewcial : top is done and quilting underway by my sister, I'll need to bind and label it once she's done. 

3. Glamp Stitch a Lot Medallion:  This one is exciting because it sat for so long and is now a top.  If you want to read about the epic event from 2015 with instructors Jeni Baker, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Sara Fielke and Katy Jones the blog post is HERE

4.  Sujata Shah, the Root Connection workshop: Blocks are made and I've messed around with layout.  Contemplating a grand mash up with some wedged, but still deciding if that is the road that I will take. 

5.  Wedges from Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession:  This top is the most likely to make it to the finish line.  Although the most recent UFO from a workshop a few weeks ago (Blog Post HERE) I am wanting to gift it now that the baby has arrived and I will be meeting her soon.


6. Plaid:  These treasures were purchased at a quilt show that I went to last weekend and have me all in a spin with ideas incorporating wedges.

7.  Artichoke Pantone challenge:  Combining two challenges into one project makes participating more manageable and they both have similar deadlines.  

Well, there you have it.  I'm going for lucky seven. Wish me luck and good luck to you!  Remember to link up your goal list before the party ends HERE.  You can check the countdown clock at the bottom right of the page to see how many days/minutes are left and if the blue "Add your Link" button no longer shows on the left, you'll know it's too late. 

Happy Stitching!

Karen


Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 FAL - Tutorial Week and Reminder to Link Up



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!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Weekend Wedge Workshop


Kathy Doughty and I
I had the most wonderful time meeting Kathy Doughty of Material Obsessions in person and the weekend spent in her workshop dare I say was EPIC fun. We follow one another on IG I had heard about and seen projects from friend who attended Empty Spools, so I'd set my expectations pretty high.
Finished Top
Although I don't typically work from a pattern or book while at home, I do enjoy the personal challenge for a class, especially when the books are fantastic.  My friend Anna had chosen for herself a scaled down version of Big Wedding to make this a 40-ish instead of 80" so I tagged along.  
Hand applique close up
Color theory and design concepts were woven into the workshop throughout the two days and in a very relatable way by Kathy, not to mention entertaining.  At first I struggled with the restricted palette and what I call Matchy-Matchy.  I did not want it to look like it came from a kit (no offense).  From a distance, the fabrics I landed on read pretty conservative (for me) but at closer examination you can see the playful variety with a dozen different prints if you count the binding.  We stopped at Back Porch Fabric and I bought the perfect one
Machine Pieced and Oversized 
The room was filled with an assortment of projects, most were quite different from one another which is what I find fascinating about being in a classroom environment.  Really hoping that some day in the future I'll have the opportunity to take another workshop with Kathy and highly recommend you jump on the chance if it comes you way.  
Here's a LINK to the list of her books including the newest one that she shared with us called Organic Appliqué. 

On the first of every month I create a Monthly Marker using something I've made and so of course it had to be this newest creation.

Instagram Monthly Marker

The part of the story that I didn't share was the journey to get to the sweet cohesive baby quilt that you see above.  Much of the first day was spent trying to make the center bird fabric shine.  
Original Center Fabric
When I went home after Saturday, I came to the conclusion that the parts were better than the whole and that I needed to "let the bird fly".  The "tassel" portions in the lower part of the photo will find a home in another quilt as well.  They are all good, just not together.
A bird and blue sky
On Sunday Lori, Anna and I arrived early and went by the ocean which was gorgeous and ironically had a bird walking by as I took this photo.  It was a sign that I'd done the right thing changing out the center fabric.
Original Palette Pull
Here are a few of the Stash Pulls in the Palette that are ready for another project.
Additional Stash Pull
And boy do I have a lot of ideas that I'd like to explore.  
Happy Stitching,
Karen




Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 Link Up



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:

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Two Finishes for me this time 2019 FAL Q1


QuiltCon Mini Swap
My goals were lofty and if you're a statistics kinda a person it might look like a fail.  Fortunately, I'm not so I'll take the two finishes as a win.  The first to show off is my QuiltCon Mini that was made for my partner Jera and gifted in person as a direct exchange.  Because it's a secret the picture of colorful scraps identifying it as a project to get done is hard to spot (see arrow below).


You can see our smiles in this group shot where I'm holding the amazing mini that she gifted me.  We didn't get everyone in the photo which is a bummer, but as the Swap Fairy, I was just glad that none of my people flaked out and were a really fun and talented bunch of makers. 

2019 QuiltCon Nashville

 The other goal checked off the list is this version of my Merge, the MQG QOM (Modern Quilt Guild Quilt of the Month) that I designed and patterned in a color way so so different than the others and possibly my favorite.  I  did a very simple organic straight and bound in the same colors that I'd used in the quilt.  Finishing the hand stitching of the binding at the March Retreat and dodging puddles to get a shot.
Merge - Moody Blue
What I'm realizing as I end this blog post and get linkup to the Linky Party for Q1 is that I need to write more about both events soon!

Until then, thanks for popping by and please check out and cheer on what others have gotten done this quarter.

Happy Stitching, Karen