Thursday, July 18, 2019

My Q3 FAL List!


One of the things that I really like about the Finish-A-Long is that instead of just one 'jump start", at the beginning of the year, you get 4 "jump starts", at the beginning of each quarter! 
And that works for me!
So here we are, mid-July, with a whole new bright and shiny quarter ahead of us!
Let's go!

1.  Rapala Pillow
I bought this panel from a quilt shop Spring 2018, meaning to make a pillow for hubs, and well, here I am...better late then never!
I have the top assembled and ready to quilt up!
I think I will try and practice some simple FMQ on this!

2.  Barton Baby Quilt
My sweet cousin and her wonderful husband are with child!
So of course I get to celebrate with a quilt!
A simple Ohio Star quilt, inspired by a Missouri Star Quilt Co pattern and a sweet quilt I saw on Instagram while browsing the #ohiostarquilt hashtag! Do you all ever just browse the hashtags on IG?
I love to see all the variations of blocks I am pondering!

3.  Simply Flying
My Denyse Schmidt Flying Geese quilt has languished all year, even with a backing ready to go! Seriously Sarah, QUILT this already!

4.  Meadowland

I bought the backing for this quilt just this week, so hopefully I can get this beauty all wrapped up by end of September!

5.  Little Miss Sunshine
 An HST happy quilt, I have the units all made and trimmed, just finalizing a layout.

 I have saved this Jolly Bar a long time, and wish I was making this for myself, but it was undeniably just too perfect for a young, soon-to-be-married couple. Just perfect, I say!

The wedding is coming up fast, in August, so I better get my rear in gear!

That is all for me this quarter! By limiting my list, I hope it helps me focus during the Summer busyness I foresee in the next few months! Let's do this, shall we?!

Linking up with the Finish A Long, just under the wire!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Q3 Finish-A-Long List Linkup!







Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 3 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 the first half of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first and second quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q3.



So let's get to it!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 3 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 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 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 Q3 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 Q3 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 #2019FALQ3yourname (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 Q3 List



The 2019 Q3 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, July 6, 2019

Q2 Link Up Reminder!







Today I'm popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 2 link up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, July 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 #2019FALQ2yourname to
    be used in the Q2 list post, and in any Q2 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 Q2
altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 3 which is taking off on July 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

Monday, July 1, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long: Link Up Those Q2 Finishes!






We have reached the end of Quarter 2 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 April. We hope that you have been able to complete a bunch of the UFOs on your list and if you haven't, we'll do it all over again for Quarter 3...



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 2 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 #2019FALQ2yourname (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. It really does make it fun!a
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 Q2 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Tuesday, July 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 Q3 list as the next LIST link opens on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  While I expect to be pretty busy, I am still  making a doozy of a Q3 list!

2019 Q2 Finishes Link Up:





Friday, June 28, 2019

May Flowers bring June Showers!

 Back in May I received this really lovely bundle of "Tiara" from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics!
As a part of their "Sewcial Network", I was inspired by this beautiful collection to design a really fun HST quilt that I call "May Flowers!

The design is based on the simple Friendship Star and is basically 2 rings of them around a center star.  I used the 4-at-a-time method to create my HSTs.
And may I just say that these fabrics of Paintbrush Studios will have you petting them as you cut and piece, oohing and ahhing over their softness.
I quilted this little beauty using a diagonal 2" grid.
Both the backing and the binding are of the same pretty turquoise print.

I so appreciate the opportunity to use these lovely fabrics!
Thanks again to Paintbrush Studio Fabrics!

The finished quilt measures a neat 51" square, perfect for a crib or lap.
This quilt is listed for sale in my newly reopened Etsy shop, HERE.
Watch for the pattern too, coming soon, in PDF form to CedarForkStitches!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pantone Quilt 2019!

So this happened, almost by accident!
Back in March, I was actually just sitting, looking out my window, intentionally  trying to NOT think quilty thoughts (don't ask me why, I do not know!)....
And my eyes wandered over to my minis...and my mind wandered to "what would be a perfect little mini, to me?"
Well, it might be...
vertical...
asymmetrical...
simple...
include only favorite colors...
probably densely quilted.
So I sketched a little sketch.

 Hmm, off I went to my solids, and came out with these!


Before I knew it I was strip piecing and pressing...
 and cutting...
 and piecing it all back up again, just like that!

About then was when I remembered...Pantone!  Living Coral!
Pantone Color of the Year Quilt Challenge!
I have followed the Pantone Quilt Challenge year to year, and it has honestly never really crossed my mind to devote a quilt to the COTY....as much as I have enjoyed seeing others' quilts!
So I wondered, was there a Mini Quilt category?
Why yes, yes there is! And you can read all about the categories, the judges and any other rules on the hosts blogs:
and 
So now I was on a mission, for all my ineffectual non-quilting thoughts! Lol!
I picked a sweet backing and commenced matchstick quilting!
 I had originally thought I might bind it in the wonderful Fuchsia Peppered cotton, but really had no other option but to piece a binding to match!
Don't you agree?
So this is my entry, my first ever, into the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019:
"Nuthin Fancy"
A Mini Quilt
11" x  22"
Fabrics are
 AGF Coral Reef
 Peppered Cotton Fuchsia
 a Waverly Gray
 and the teeny accent blue is Kona Sea Glass
Backing fabric is from the Wonder Full collection for Sweet Bee Designs.
Quilted using Coats and Clark...
So there she be! 
Nuthin Fancy, but really lots of fun!

Check out all the amazing progress photos of the Pantone Quilt Challenge on Instagram:
#pantonechallenge2019  #pantonequilt
The linkup for the finishes and entries is HERE!
Many thanks to Sarah and Rebecca for hosting and to the amazing judges and sponsors of this event!
So happy to be able to play along this go round!