2016 Finish - A - Long

2016 FAL

Welcome to the 2016 Finish-A-Long. This year the FAL is hosted by a global community of bloggers:

The Basics of the FAL

The FAL is a low pressure community event that allows you to make a list of projects that have already been started but not finished and thus are hanging about in your sewing room as UFOs. The list is linked up at the beginning of a quarter and then at the end of the quarter you link up a link for each item on your list that you finished. Each link is an entry into the random draw for great prizes sponsored by our generous sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing something on your list. 

The link will be hosted on all the hosting blogs but you only need to link on one blog for it to show on all. We also encourage everyone to visit the links of others for inspiration and community. Please scroll down for the detailed rules.

The FAL on social media:

Please visit and like our facebook page (click here)
You can find us on instagram as @finishalong

The 2016 Schedule

Q4 2015 ending:

Dec 31, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016: 2015 Q4 finishes linky is open at Adrianne's blog: On the Windy Side

Q1 2016:

Jan 7 - 16, 2016:              Q1 proposed finishes linky is open
Mar 31 - April 7, 2016:    Q1finishes linky is open
April1 - 6, 2015:               Tutorial week


April 8 - 16, 2016:           Q2 proposed finishes linky is open
June 30 - July 7, 2016:    Q2 finishes linky is open 
July 1 - 6, 2016:               Tutorial week


July 8 - 16, 2016:                Q3 proposed finishes linky is open
Sept 30 -  Oct 7, 2016:     Q3 finishes linky is open 
Oct 1 - 6, 2016:                 Tutorial week


Oct 8 - 16, 2016:                    Q4 proposed finishes linky is open
Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017:    Q4 finishes linky is open
Jan 1 - 6, 2017:                        Tutorial week

Our Sponsors

The Tutorials

Q3 - 2016

Q2 - 2016

Q1 - 2016

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 or Flickr photo or Instagram photo at this starting link-up. If you use Flickr or Instagram please describe your plan in the description. 

- In order for your projects to be eligible, they must at least be a tangible project at the start of the quarter.  That means, at the very least, a pile of fabric pulled along with a pattern, or a quilt top needing to be quilted, or a half knit jumper. I love seeing your bee blocks, but they won't count unless you happen to be turning them all into a fully completed quilt!

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

- At the end of the quarter, link up each individual post/Flickr pic (please link back to your original list in some way). For each finish/link you complete, you get an entry into the 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. I'm 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 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 drawn at random for each of the prizes donated by our sponsors for that quarter.

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

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

Previous FAL years

The FAL has grown and grown since Rhonda - now Rhonda's Ramblings - started it in 2012 in the USA. It moved to Canada in 2013 where Leanne - She Can Quilt (that's me) - hosted it, then in 2014 it was off to Scotland in the UK where Katy - The Littlest Thistle - was in charge, and in 2015 it moved to New Zealand where Adrianne - On the Windy Side - has been doing the honours. 

Grab a button

2016 FAL
2016 FAL

My Q1 FAL List:

Q1 FAL 2016 - to finish list


Ioleen said...

I going to give this a try. If I don't do it right, please, please let me know.

Allison said...

I will give this a go, since I have a pile of UFO's that need finishing. Starting is easy. Finishing is more challenging!

Suzie's Armoire said...

The most challenging part will be gathering the list of UFOs I have! It's long. And while I certainly won't finish them in a quarter, I may just list them all out on my blog so I have them somewhere already. I know at least two that I will be getting done, though.

Catherine Harnisch said...

I'm new to link ups. Not completely sure how to link up.

Leanne said...

I'll post a blog post tomorrow on how to link up for everyone who is new.

Unknown said...

Deeply considering this.... I have some big quilts that are languishing and having a motivating factor to push me to finish might be a good thing.

Trudi Griffin said...

I think I may have to spectate this year. I managed to get my instagram mosaic done and have found 2016FAL..........now to get my picture linked up.....

Unknown said...

Would love to give this a go. Do I have topmost on Instagram as well as here?

Unknown said...

Would love to give this a go. Do I have topmost on Instagram as well as here?

Kathy said...

So, you don't right out a list but make a group of pictures, right? This is my first time doing this, but it might help me.