Thursday, June 30, 2016

FAL Q2 - Finishes Link is Open!

2016 button 250 best

Here we are at the end of another quarter....Q2 of the 2016 FAL! The 2016 FAL is now global - a community of bloggers across the world are jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
I am hoping to finish a couple more things over the long weekend so I will share my finished with you in a few days.

It's time to link up the projects on your 2016 Q2 FAL list that you finished. First, a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:
For the 2016 FAL, we also will feature a tutorial week. Here is the schedule so you can visit them all:

The 2016 Q2 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 each blog. 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 use the 2016 FAL button or the hashtag #2016FAL.
  • Please ensure that the photo 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)
  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2016 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishlong and tag your photos #2016fal and #falq2yourname (substitute your name - this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your lists).
  • Our hosts will also link 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 until 11 p.m. EST (9 pm at my house in MDT) July 7 - 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 hosts' blog. Start making your Q3 FAL lists as the Q3 list link opens on July 8.

I am sure looking forward to seeing your finishes!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

piecing the improv together


On Saturday, it was raining. Not that hard but on and off, but enough that I could easily let the thought of gardening go. And my knee stopped hurting, at least mostly, it was like suddenly feeling 10 years younger, not having that huge pain every time I stood up. So I set about piecing my maximalist Bee Sewcial blocks together. I worked in lumps and chunks - from where they were last time I shared them.


The trickiest part was to piece in the curvy piano keys. I used some pins to mark the overlap while on the design wall.


Then I cut about 1/4 - 1/2" away from them for the seam allowance, along the curve, and sewed it together like any other curve.


Along the way I added some strips and bits, as I have been trying very hard to not cut anything off the blocks. Here is where I left it until tonight. Tonight I tried to join some more of it but I'm tired from a day of gardening. I was not really taking good care and I realized it was not going to work well if I was not into it. Maybe tomorrow I will do more and be back into this quilt, which I adore.

The thing is tonight, I was thinking that although these blocks and their riot of colours makes me smile every time I look at them, that maximalist is hard for me. Tonight, I was thinking about making a quilt about line. Maybe even about one line. I'm going to have to give a lot of thought to the colour of that line, and it's width and orientation. But it will be so quiet, that quilt, linear even. Tonight, even a quilt like Breathe seems to be too much. Maximalist brings out the extreme minimalist in me, who knew?



Friday, June 24, 2016

It's almost the end of Q2 of the FAL

2016 FAL Q2 List of Projects

I thought I would make a quick stop here to remind you that the end Q2 of the FAL is almost upon us. The Q2 link to post your finishes will open on on my blog on June 29 at 00:05 am and close on July 7 at 9 pm.

So I pulled up my own list of things to finish and realized that to date I have finished zero of these projects - I've made progress on some but no finishes. Now I am plotting for the weekend and I know I can finish some of them.

How about you? Remember there are great prizes for fantastic sponsors for each finish from your Q2 to be finished list that you link up: