It doesn't seem like two weeks since I was invited to be one of the new hosts of the Finish-Along, and yet here we are at the start of the final quarter of 2016 - doesn't time fly when you're having fun watching people finish things? (And/or poking them with a big stick to 'encourage' them to finish something *grins*)
Just to remind you, here are a list of the hosts of this year's Finish-Along:
For new participants of the FAL, it's a place to find encouragement and motivation to finish off some long-standing UFOs or your stubbornly never-seem-to-get-any-closer-to-being-finished WIPs. You can even add the pattern and fabric pull for that quilt you've always wanted to make but never have and you've decided that now is the time to make it. Each quarter, you publish (and link up) a list of the things you'd like to finish in the coming three months and then at the end of the quarter, you link up (from a blog, Flickr or Instagram) anything you've finished from that list and each eligible finish gives you entry into a draw, where you can win one of the prizes offered by our fabulous sponsors (details below).
There are no penalties for not finishing things on your list (which is a good job, because I've been rolling one project over since Q2 2013 and it's been on nine lists. Yes, nine. And it's on my Q4 list, which you can find here. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of Q1 2017...or maybe Q2!)
If you need a reminder, you can find all the FAL rules on my permanent FAL page, please ask if you have any questions.
Here is a list of our wonderfully generous sponsors for Q4 of the 2016 FAL and you'll find details of the prize each is offering under their logo. Feel free to thank them for their generosity by clicking through to visit their shop and spending some money *winks*
As you will probably have noticed, we have brought back the tutorial week at the end of each quarter and would love your feedback. Rhonda provided an excellent round up of all the tutorials from the past four years of the FAL so if you'd like to revisit them, that's the place to find the links. If you would like to share a tutorial, please let one of us know.
Your list needs to consist of a current photo of each project as well as a list of the projects you'd like to finish this quarter. Please make sure that each item on your list is an eligible project - at the bare minimum, it must be a fabric pull and an accompanying pattern/plan (the same goes for yarn and needlework projects). Remember that only completely finished projects (a finished jumper which you can wear, a quilted and bound quilt) count as eligible finishes and will give you an entry into the draw. A pile of bee blocks, while lovely, doesn't count as a completed, usable project. If in doubt, ask!
If you're linking up from Instagram, it's really helpful if you tag your list (and all finishes from this quarter) with your personalised hashtag: #FALQ4yourname (so mine is #FALQ4ArchieWonderDog) as this helps us find lists and finishes at the end of the quarter. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, 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 need it.
Please link up your list on one of the hosting blogs - you only need to link up on one blog and it will appear on all of them. Please become part of the FAL community and visit some of the other links to encourage other participants, as well as sharing your finishes. There's no doubt that seeing others people's finishes, as well as having encouragement to plod on with the projects on your list, really helps!
The list link up is now open (from 6am 8th October BST) and will close next week (at 4am 17th October BST) - please remember to check the times in your timezone. If you're having trouble working it out, there's a little countdown at the bottom right-hand corner of the link which tells you how long you have left until the link ('collection') closes. If in doubt, link up earlier rather than later!
Archie is, once again, very keen to keep you all on the ball - he's watching!!
|Are you sure that's on your list? You'd better check, and if it isn't, put it down right this minute and pick up something that is on your list! |
Go on, it's for your own good!