2019 Finish-a-Long Q2 lists

 

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.

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Reminder to link up for the FAL!

Hello again! The Finish-a-long fun continues…next week we’ll go back to my regular old stuff.

A quick reminder that the Quarter 1 link up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST. 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 any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.

A few reminders for linking up:

  • Please include only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish counts as one 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!

And we (the global hosts) just wrapped up “Tutorial Week” which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since its 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. The link opens up April 10th for your proposed finishes. We hope you will join us!

How to Bury Your Threads

This post is part of the Finish-A-Long Q1 tutorial week. 

Hello, and if you’re visiting here from the Finish-a-long, welcome to my blog! I’m Nicole and I’m an enthusiastic contemporary quilter. I’m a whiz at quilt math and making my own patterns. I also love quilt history and am working towards becoming a certified quilt judge.

Today I want to show you a bit about how to bury your threads. This is a good skill to have and is useful in several different situations.

Who needs to bury threads? Both longarmers and domestic quilters. (Hand quilters do this differently and I’m leaving them out because I’m not a hand quilter.)

When would you bury your quilting threads?

  • When you need to start/end a thread internally (ie, not starting the quilting at the edge of the quilt where you can trim it off easily)
  • When your thread breaks
  • When your bobbin runs out
  • When you totally goofed and missed an area of quilting.

This is a perfect example of the first. Leanne has used multiple colours of threads to match her piecing, and all the thread ends need to be taken care of.

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Image used with permission from Leanne Chahley of She Can Quilt. Her blog and Instagram.

This picture is an example of the last. Susan inadvertently skipped one of the yellow diamonds.

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Image used with permission from Susan Smith of Stitched By Susan Instagram and Facebook.

So that’s the why and the when. On to the how!

How do we bury threads anyway? You need a needle called a self-threading needle.

There are two styles of self-threading needles, and a DIY work around.IMG_8058

From left to right:

a self-threading needle, a spiral eye/side eye, and the DIY self-threading needle.

The DIY needle is pretty basic. Knot a small length of contrasting thread through the eye of a regular needle, making a loop. This loop becomes a giant needle eye, which is then super easy to thread.

How does it work? Or what am I actually doing with this awesome needle?

Your bobbin thread should already be on the top of your quilt and near your top thread. Tie them together in a square or reef knot. Pop BOTH threads into the eye of your needle.

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Run the needle about an inch (2.5cm) away, making sure that you can’t see the needle on the back of your quilt. You want the threads to be in the batting layer, not sticking out on the back of the quilt! I like to align the needle parallel to and close to my stitching line. This will also help hide your thread tails.

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You want to make sure that the knot you tied also goes into the batting layer, or at least into the fabric.

Trim the thread where it comes out of the quilt top. Discard your excess thread and move on to the next area.

BONUS TIP: bury thread tails as you go. Somehow it takes less time than if you do them all together at the end.

There you go! I hope this gives you another technique to improve your quilting.

Thanks so much for reading. Feel free to take a look around my blog and see what else I’m working on.

2019 Finish-a-long Q1 finishes linkup!

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And wow, is that a mouthful or what! I hope you’ve had success with your projects so far this year. Here’s your chance to link up the ones that you did in fact finish.

No shame if you didn’t get them all done, that’s the same boat I’m in myself this time around. That’s the beauty of the finish-a-long – you get to try again!

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.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing what you DID get finished. Ready? Here’s the linky link for 2019 Q1 Finishes.

Way more info is here.

There’s likely going to be an ad here. I’m not a fan but what can you do!?