Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Q1 - Link to post your list to finish is open!

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 It may be difficult to believe but here we are....the first Quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long.Thank you to the wonderful Adrianne, from On The Windy Side who hosted the 2015 FAL and to all of you for participating in 2015.

As I've said, the 2016 FAL is going global - a community of bloggers across the world will be jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, flickr or instagram of each successful finish from your original list.

Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list  long or short, as you wish.  The 2016 Schedule and the Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions. Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q1 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo:

For the 2016 FAL, we will have the return of a tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes, so stay tuned for more on that at the end of Q1. If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me know.

It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of where you are now, and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern or plan, and remember that it is finished projects that will count. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, quilted quilt.

The 2016 Q1 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instgram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you have need it.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

Q1 FAL 2016 - to finish list -

That mosaic is my list - just 9 items this time. Putting everything I have to do on my list, like I did for Q4 of 2015 did not focus me, so this time I am selecting specific projects. They are:

  • Orange Twirl Quilt - this is new to this blog, but I have been sharing it on Instagram. I hope to get the pattern done too.
  • Improv Trees Table Runner or Pillow
  • Bee Sewcial Quilt - I am just waiting on one set of blocks and I am keen to finish it
  • Lion Quilt - I am almost finished the paper piecing now
  • The Collection Appliqué Quilt - I'm not sure I will finish but maybe
  • Liberty medallion Quilt
  • Scrappy Blocks Quilt
  • Japanese print pillows
  • Liberty Blocks - there are more blocks in Nicky's pattern but I might just take the blocks I have an make a quilt or maybe I will make more. I figured while I had the Liberty fabrics out for the medallion, I should finish these off too.

Well, 9 projects in 3 months might not be that focused, but wish me luck.

Now its your turn. Get those lists together and get linked up. The Q1 linky party will stay open until 11:00 pm EST, January 16th - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. 

Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

Oh and you can like the 2016 FAL on Facebook here and follow us on Instagram @finishalong, and tag your progress and your finishes #2016FAL.


Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I'll be interested to see how the focussed list works for you - I've gone for a scatter gun approach! Good luck, I can't wait to see more of all these projects, especially Orange Twirl!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Ugh...*focused* sorry about that!

Vera said...

Great projects Leanne! I'll be changing my tactics for this year as well, lol.

SarahZ said...

I have participated in the FAL 2 years now, and have also found if I will be selective about which projects I not only have time to finish, but also the materials on hand or obtainable that quarter, I really am going to get most or all of them finished! Very fun! Looking forward to linking up with you this time around :)

Turid said...

I'm just now looking for the quilts to finish and link up soon. Yours are so bright and beautiful. My favorites are number 3 and 7. Number 3 reminds me of the sami flag.

Nicole said...

I'm so impressed, Leanne. 9 projects in 3 months! I will be cheering you on!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Yeah I remembered to link up :) That's the first step! Your projects look gorgeous - the Orange Twirl quilt is going to be stunning!

Tracine said...

Im excited to finish so projets.

Tracine said...

Im excited to finish so projets.