2019 Finish-A-Long


At the end of 2018, I set out to organize my sewing studio. I bought a stack of project boxes determined to get my UFOs under control. Fourteen project boxes later and I still had a whole set of cubbies crammed with unfinished projects. But, at least, I have 14 projects lined up to finish and I have the perfect motivation to help get them done - the 2019 Finish-A-Long!

I have participated in the Finish-A-Long for the last few years, never getting as many things completed as I'd like, but always making progress. This year I am pleased to be one of the co-hosts of the Finish-A-Long along with this wonderful collective of bloggers:

What is the Finish-A-Long?

The Finish‑A‑Long (FAL) was started in 2012 by Rhonda (Rhonda's Ramblings). It is a fun, low pressure online community event that encourages you to make progress on projects that you have started but not finished, and thus are hanging around (or in my case, crammed) in your sewing space. At the beginning of a quarter you link up a list of "proposed finishes", the projects you will be working on to (hopefully) finish in that quarter. During the quarter, you work on those projects, and when a project is finished you post about each in turn. Then at the end of the quarter you link up each finish. Each linked up finish is an entry into a random draw for great sponsored prizes, too!
And... there is no penalty for not finishing something on your list (thank goodness!).

Best of all, everyone involved encourages one another to get those projects finished! Once you have linked up take some time to visit other links, leave comments and participate! You can encourage, meet and make new friends, and generally have fun! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, too. Ready to participate? The schedule, rules and sponsors are below.



The Rules

- At the start of each quarter there will be a linky party for you to link up your proposed list of finishes. You must link up in order to be able to be eligible for those prizes at the end. Please only enter ONE blog post, Flickr photo or Instagram photo at this starting link-up. If you use Flickr or Instagram please use a mosaic and describe your plans in the description.

- In order for your projects to be eligible, they must be a tangible project at the start of the quarter.  That means, at the very least, a fabric pull matched to a pattern, a quilt top that needs to be quilted, or a half knit jumper, etc. We love seeing your bee blocks, but they won't count unless you happen to be turning them all into a fully completed quilt THIS quarter.  We are looking for a proper UFO - UnFinished Object - which means it has to have been started.

- As you complete each of your projects on your list, write a post about it on your blog, or a description with a Flickr or Instagram pic.

- At the end of the quarter, link up each individual post/Flickr pic (please link back to your original list from the start of the same quarter in some way). For each finish/link you complete, you get an entry into the prize draw, and therefore it's in your best interest to write up a separate post for each!

- A finish is defined as a completely finished project, eg. a quilt, quilted and bound, a bag that's fully lined and functional, or a jumper that one could wear out in public. We’re happy for you if you get a quilt top completed in one quarter, but hold onto it for the next quarter and see if you can get it quilted and bound before entering as a finish please.

- You won't be punished if you don't finish your entire list, so feel free to make a big list and roll projects over from one quarter to the next if you need to.

- All qualifying finishes will be put into a prize draw, and the names/numbers will be drawn at random for each of the prizes donated by our sponsors for that quarter. We will contact you by email (the one you enter when linking up) if you win a prize.

- The finish linky party will be open for approximately a week, and then the linky party for the proposed finishes list for next quarter will open on the following day.

- The FAL is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.


The 2019 Schedule

Q1
10 Jan 2019 (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
18 Jan 2019 (Fri) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
1 Apr 2019 (Mon) Finishes - Linkup opens
9 Apr 2019 (Tue) Finishes - Linkup closes
TUTORIALS April 2-6, 2019

Q2
10 Apr 2019 (Wed) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
18 Apr 2019 (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
1 Jul 2019 (Mon) Finishes - Linkup opens
9 Jul 2019 (Tue) Finishes - Linkup closes
TUTORIALS July 2-6, 2019

Q3
10 Jul 2019 (Wed) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
18 Jul 2019 (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
1 Oct 2019 (Tue) Finishes - Linkup opens
9 Oct 2019 (Wed) Finishes - Linkup closes
TUTORIALS Oct 2-6, 2019

Q4
10 Oct 2019 (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
18 Oct 2019 (Fri) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
1 Jan 2020 (Wed) Finishes - Linkup opens
9 Jan 2020 (Thu) Finishes - Linkup closes


Sponsors
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Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection
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$80 Gift Certificate

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$50 Gift Certificate
Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate
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$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


Logos

Here are a few 2019 FAL Logos for you to copy and use in your social media posts:






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