Saturday, January 9, 2016

Joining the Finish-A-Long - answers to some questions

The global community of FAL hosts are so excited to see so many of you joining in for Q1 of the 2016 FAL. Today I wanted to answer some questions and share some tips so that everyone can play along with us.

What should my list of proposed finishes include?

All you need is a photo of each unfinished project - you can use separate photos, or add a link to the photo/blog post to your list, or make a mosaic of all the projects and then a short - or longer - list of the projects.

Some examples:
  • I posted a mosaic and a short list here
  • Helen posted long list with a photo and explanation of each project here
  • Stacey posted a shorter photo and explanation list here
You can also use a photo on Instagram or Flickr of either a mosaic of the projects or a written list. Just include an explanation of what you need to do in the description if you use a photo/mosaic or  links or references back to the project photos if you use a written list.

If, after reading this, you want to amend your Q1 list to add some photos or links, feel free to do that - some of our lists are missing these. But this is on your honor - it is ok to clarify your list but it is against the rules to add more projects to your list after the Q1 link has closed at 11 pm EST on January 16, 2016.

REMEMBER there is NO penalty for not finishing something on your list. 

Each project from your Q1 proposed finishes list that you do finish will be eligible to be linked up to the Q1 finished projects list at the end of the quarter and each finish is an entry into the random draws for the sponsor prizes, so do try to finish your projects.

I'm new to linkys, how do I do it?

Linking up is easy and takes less than 1 minute. You will need to have published your blog post or flickr photo or instagram photo that contains your list of proposed finishes.

Then go to one of the link up pages on one of host blogs and add your link - you only need to link at one blog and your link will appear on all the hosting blogs.

There are several good tutorials for how to do this:

InLinkz - the link up tool we are using - has this short how to video. If you click the youtube button at the bottom right of that video box you can watch it in a bigger window.

InLinkz has a tutorial on linking up from Instagram here.

Katy, our lovely 2014 FAL host from The Littlest Thistle made 2 tutorials:

The link is set so you can delete your own link, just hover your cursor over your own link and a trash can appears - to delete click that trash can. If you make a mistake on your photo or your title, just delete and try again.

If you are still stuck after checking these out, then just email me ( or any of the other hosts and we are happy to help you out.

How do I participate in the Q1 FAL community?

You can do any or all of the following, whatever works for you:
  • Visit the link ups from other participants - click on the linked up photo and check out their projects. Leave an encouraging comment, consider following them and maybe make a new internet friend.
  • Put the official 2016 FAL button on your blog. Use the hashtag #2016FAL on your social media posts. Follow us on facebook here and on instagram @finishalong.
  • Encourage your friends to join the FAL too.
  • As you finish each project on your Q1 proposed finishes list, write a blog post  or post it on instagram/flickr and add a link to your Q1 list to that post and share it on your blog/flickr/instagram with the 2016 FAL button or hashtag and tag us too. At the end of Q1, you will link each of these finish posts to the Q1 finish link up which will be open from March 31 - April 7, 2016.
  • Watch for other folks to finish their projects and help them to celebrate those finishes.
  • At the end of Q1, link each of your finishes (one link for each finish) to the finishes link up, and also visit the other links to help everyone celebrate finishing those UFOs and getting them out of the sewing room.

Where are all the rules and schedule and details?

You can check out all the details on my permanent 2016 FAL page here. Each of the global hosts have such a page too. 

Who are all those hosts again?

I encourage you to follow the blogs of all of our talented global 2016 FAL hosts:
If you have any questions, please let me know. I'm having fun checking out your Q1 lists, and if you have not joined yet, you have several more days to join in the Q1 FAL, please do so.

Have a great weekend!




Mary Huey said...

Thanks for the info on the instagram and Facebook groups!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Thanks for this post, Leanne!

Sandra W said...

I am continually thwarted by these linky things! So thanks for your information. I can access Instagram but can't comment as I don't have an Iphone. I have now discovered that I can sign up from my husband's iphone and then continue via my laptop. I will try to do that.
I have a digital camera and have to figure out how to get the photos from there to here to there. I still don't know how to do mosacis although I have tried constantly.
Part of the problem is that so many of these things are for bloggers talking to bloggers, and not for the quilter who doesn't want to have a blog but wants to READ blogs. This is constant as I am always stymied when asked for my URL--which I would have if I were a blogger.
I think bloggers should appreciate that they need to communicate with their fans/readers and not just other bloggers! So often, it seems to be a closed community--bloggers constantly win giveaways from other bloggers--and only occasionally is it a reader. Giveaways only seem to be real giveaway when Mr. Random is used. Is there a Ms. Random.
It took me a great deal of effort to finally get myself to become a reply blogger!
Some of us are more interested in quilting than technology but it's often hard to do one without the other.
Perhaps there should be a blog hop tutorial on all things techy for the faithful blog reader. Just a thought.

Leanne said...

Sandra, I have sent you an email with some ideas and will also consider writing some of these suggested blog posts. There are many tutorials on the internet already, just ask google what you need to find. If anyone else has questions, please either comment or email them to me (shecanquilt @ without the spaces)

KrisR said...

Do the projects need to be quilts or can they be other items?

textilejunkie said...

Thank you Sandra- you are not alone! I LOVE reading blogs and learn so much from them, but have never taken an interest in creating one for a couple of reasons. 1) I'm not really compelled to share - what would I say? (Laughter), and 2) I'm sure I am not any busier than the bloggers we enjoy, but I just can't fit maintaining a blog into my day (ironically, is spent developing and managing website content for a large consulting firm). Ok I need to add 3) I think I've been a reader-only for so long that the knowledge gap is too massive. Haha. I am active on Instagram though, so will say THANK YOU for providing these instructions...

textilejunkie said...

Good question - didn't see a reply on this? I have two clothing items I'd like to include.