Thursday, April 11, 2019

Q2 Finish-A-Long List!

I spent a little bit of time today to organize my Q2 goals!
Thanks for the awesome Finish-A-Long chart, Sandra!! 
It is a free download over at Sandra's at Studio Sew of Course

Here they are in no particular order of priority:

1.  Simply Flying
Denyse Schmidt Flying Geese quilt
Status: Top is finished, backing is on hand


2. Meadowland
Yep, so this happened during Q1...the epic InstaGram Meadowland QAL,
 hosted by Then Came June! 
Status: Top is finished. Must get backing, probably polar fleece

3.  Selvedge Color Block
Status: Selvedge blocks are complete. Working on sashing, and a selvedge border to complete top.
Since I used fabric foundations for these blocks, will likely use polar fleece to back this one too.

4.  Mountain Reflections
Status:  I have most of the blocks finished. I think I lack 5 blocks. Maybe fewer.

5.  Ladders
Making it's first appearance on an FAL list,
I have had this pattern by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts since 2017!
I have all the fabric to make the top too!
An AMH print from my LQS, and 3 gorgeous Peppered Cottons from Shot and Pepper, on Etsy.

6.  Star Pillow
This fabric pull and design just happened a couple days ago, so, why not go ahead and make it!
One of my all-time favorite prints, from Birch Farm, by Joel Dewberry, with a couple shot cottons, mmm!

7.  Baby Plus
I made a couple test blocks last month, and I have all the supplies for the top: Essex Yarn-Dyed linen in aqua, from Modern Studio Fabrics, also on Etsy, with some Rowan shot cottons.
This has a June deadline, so it is a definite go!

8.  Prairie Rose Remix
For Moda Bake Shop, this is a fun fabric play with an old favorite, in all solids!
Stay tuned, as this will be posted soon!
Status: Top is finished.

I think that does it for me this quarter! 8 seems to be my go-to number lately, although it is wholly unintentional!  I hope I get to work on every one of these, as I am excited for them ALL! However, with Spring in full swing, and a pretty full plate on the non-sewing front of the household, we shall see!!!!

Get your Q2 list together and join us for the 2019 Finish-A-Long!
The linky is open through April 18th HERE!
All the Finish-A-Long details can be found HERE!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long: Q2 List Linky OPEN!








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. Please 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.  Each of their prizes is 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, or use the multiple photos option on IG, 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 may 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.



An InLinkz Link-up


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Finish-A-Long Potholder Party!

Welcome to our first week of tutorials for the 2019 Finish-A-Long!
 I have been in rather desperate need of new potholders, and since "more gingham in my life" is an actual goal of mine for 2019, I thought these Easy Gingham Potholders were the perfect subject for a fun and easy tutorial!
For this batch of *mismatched* potholders I spent a pleasant afternoon playing with several different fabric combinations to give you all an idea of how different combos might look: Linens, Solids, Scrappy, and Black/White.
So let's get started!
Fabric Requirements: 
For 1 pair of potholders you will need:
  •  5" charms:  2 Dark, 2 Light, 4 Medium value charms.
  • 2  8 1/2" squares Insul Bright, or other reflective batting. Alternative: 2  8 1/2" squares cotton batting per potholder.
  • 2  8 1/2" squares fabric of choice, for backing
  • 2  1 1/2" x 4" pieces of matching fabric, for optional loops, if you hang your potholders
Materials for 1 potholder. I used 2 layers of cotton batting for my potholders.

Piecing:
We are basically making 4  4-patches per potholder, using a really fun and easy method that I use often!  I've used it for my recent 16-Patch Jolly Bar Quilt, and also to make 8 patches for my Tumble Bug Quilt.  So it is a good little method for any quilter's toolbox! 

1.  Take 1 Dark, 1 Light and 2 Medium charms. Pair each medium with the dark and light charms.


2.  Sew 1/4" from the left and right edges of your pairs.
**If using prints, be sure you sew the pairs right sides together.


3.  Using the seam line, measure 2 1/4" to find your cut line. If using precuts, you may want to measure and cut from both sides, for accuracy.



This yields 2 dark/medium units and 2 medium/light units:

4.  Pair one of each together, right sides together, making sure as you "flip" one unit over the other, the mediums are paired with the dark and light. Because we pressed to the medium, seams should nest nicely.
5.  Rotate and sew 1/4" from each edge, sewing across the nested seams.
'
6.  Again, using the seam to measure from, cut in half at 2 1/4".


This will result in 4 identical 4-patches. Press one unit to the dark/medium side, and the others to the medium/light side.
7.  Arranging in such a way as to nest all the seams, chain-piece the top row and the bottom row. Press in opposite directions. Sew top to bottom.  You now have one potholder top finished!  It should measure 8 1/2" at this point.  Repeat Steps 1-7 for a pair of potholder tops.

Optional Loop:  If you like to hang your potholders, make the loop by folding/pressing the 1 1/2" x 4" piece lengthwise in half.  Press each side in half again, to the center.  Stitch approximately 1/8" lengthwise. Make loop and stay stitch ends together.


To finish potholders:
1.  Layer batting or insulbrite, backing (right side up), and top (wrong side up).
**If adding the loop, stitch into one corner between the backing and top, laying the loop to the inside.

2.  Pin layers together around edges, leaving a 3" space along one edge for turning.  I always use double pins to mark my opening.

3.  Stitch 1/4" all the way around potholder, beginning and ending on either side of the space left for turning.  Backstitch at the starting and stopping points.

4.  Turn right side out. Press well. Turn edges under at the opening, secure with pins or clips, and stitch 1/8" around all edges, closing the opening as you go.  You may want to change your top thread to match before stitching.


Mission "More Gingham" accomplished!
Have fun sorting out your own gingham combinations!
Just remember it is all about light, medium and dark!
 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, I am happy to clarify if I can! 
Thanks so much for joining me here!  If you make a set of potholders for yourself, I hope you will share a picture of them with me!  To share on Instagram, please tag me @cedarforksarah and use the hashtags #ginghampotholder and #FALtutorial!  
We will be having a new tutorial each day this week, during the Q1 Linky party!
Check the link up post for the schedule!

Happy Sewing, friends!




Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long: Q1 Finishes Linky OPEN!!!






We have reached the end of Quarter 1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!!
  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! I can't wait to see them all together in one place!!
No worries if you didn't finish everything on your Q1 list, because we need to be making our lists for Q2 next, right?! If you're like me, there is always enough going on in my sewing space for several lists!!!!




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 wonderful, fantastic, amazing, and most generous 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

Yay!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

The 2019 Finish-A-Long 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, one link per
finish, as each finish/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 easily 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.

We encourage you to become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and
leave a comment. We all need and like encouragement, so let's applaud each other!
The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

I, along with the other hosts, will also link up my finishes to share in the community but we 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, it is not too soon to start making your Q2 list as the next LIST link opens on Wednesday, April 10, 2019! I know I have a few new projects that I started in Q1 that will go on my Q2 list!


2019 Q1 Finishes Link Up:

An InLinkz Link-up