Thursday, 30 June 2016

It's Time To Link Up Your Quarter Two 2016 Finish-Along Finishes!

Finish A Long 2016

We're now at the end of the second quarter of the 2016FAL (and hence halfway through the year) and it's time to link up your finishes.

As you know, the 2016 FAL is now global and a community of bloggers across the world are jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:

Before we get down to the linking business, let's say a big 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 and you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog.  The link-up "rules" are as follows:
  • Add one link for each Q2 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 Q2 list so that we can verify your entry.
  • 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 @finishalong and tag your photos #2016FAL.
  • 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 8th July at 4am (BST) and speaking from experience, it's best to link up your finishes early.  If you have a last minute finish, add it later in the week so you don't miss out, but linking up early gives you time to concentrate on a last-minute finish, as well as giving you time to sort out any problems with the linking up process.  (If that happens, email me or one of the other hosts and we will do our best to sort it out with you.)  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings, and we will post the winners on each host blog.

Once you have linked up your finishes (I currently have four (I think) and if I knit furiously for the next nine days then I may have five), start making your Q3 FAL lists as the Q3 list link opens on 8th July at 6am (BST).  Don't forget that you can rollover unfinished projects from Q2 (and Q1.  And Q4, 3, 2 and 1 from 2015FAL if you're anything like me. *hangs head in shame*)

The Natural History museum were 'collecting' eye photos for their upcoming 'colour and vision' exhibition, and I decided that it would be nice for Archie's eye to be included.  He wasn't so convinced (do you have any idea how hard it is to take a close-up photo of a dog's eye when that dog hates being stared at by someone in close proximity?).  This was his answer to my attempts:
Will you please stop trying to take a photo of my eye, it's creepy! Or at least give me a biscuit for each attempt.

I did manage it eventually, though:


Now, link up your finishes!!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

FAL Finish: EPP Pin Cushion

Finish A Long 2016

My current FAL list is, well, laughable, but I'm plodding away and have a finished project to show you!

At the start of the quarter I set out to make an EPP pin cushion using some of my Japanese import fabrics and I'd chosen these fabrics:
EPP pin cushion

After my Oakshott table runner was (finally!) pieced, I needed some hand sewing to replace it and this was the perfect choice!

I did a bit of planning and then cut out my papers (from 5mm squared paper so I didn't have to faff with rulers!) and got tacking.  I also use a line of Pritt Stick along the centre of the paper to hold the fabric in place while I centre it.

I only do EPP when absolutely necessary (and it is for these fabrics!) and I only make these pincushions  for a chosen few.  I can't share more than that at the moment, but I can say it's not going to live with me...  Intrigued?  Good! ;o)

I then got to work stitching.  The black dotty fabric isn't shiny, it's just the paper inside catching the flash!
There's not much sewing going on in Archie towers, but I'm making progress on the #EPP pin cushion.

And after a couple of nights, I was ready to add the bottom.  That piece was supposed to be the top, but as it's reversible and there's no real bottom to a pin cushion, it was fine!
The final side is going on! I won't get it finished tonight (it's time for bed), but perhaps tomorrow or Friday?   I wonder what's going to happen to it once it's finished?!
I took my usual two attempts to stuff it.  I always get about two-thirds through the first attempt and discover that I'm not happy with it and so pull it all out and start again.  Just me?

After my usual two attempts at adding stuffing, the pin cushion is ready for finishing #wherewillitgo #nobodyknows #notyetanyway #maybesoon?
I closed the gap with ladder stitch and then took it outside to have its photo taken.  The mimulus flower volunteered to pretty up the background!

Archie quite likes playing peepo round one of the new chairs:
Notice me...
Have you forgotten to feed me? I'm worried you have.  Please feed me before I slip through a crack in the pavement. I already disappear when I turn sideways.  Look at me, I've seen more fat on a butcher's pencil. FEED ME NOW!
I want something and I'm going to make you guess what it is. To help, I'll whinge until you get it right.

I think he's found a new hobby!!!

Thanks for popping in!  I'll be linking up this finish when the link opens at the end of the month - not long now!

P.S.  There are a couple (I think) of new Summersville stories going up in a moment, click on the page at the top to find them!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Pretty Little Thing Table Runner: Finally Finished!!

The last time you saw this project (in my tutorial for the blog hop), it looked like this:
Pretty Little Thing table runner

and I hadn't managed to get it completely finished in time for my turn on the blog hop.  Over the last few weeks I've managed to claw back enough energy to tackle the quilting and I have some more photos to share:
All the pins... #justwhenyouthoughtIhadstoppedpostingaboutthisproject #oakshottliparis #handpiecing
I use a  teaspoon to help close the safety pins - it helps avoid drawing/safety pin thumb!
Look, @ochil_lynz, I've done some sewing! One set of lines done, two sets to go #oakshottliparis #handpiecing #machinequilting
I quilted in the same mid grey (Aurifil 50wt 5004) that I used for most of the piecing.
I've started quilting the final set of lines on my #oakshottliparis project (the horizontal lines). I'm using Aurfil 50wt in mid grey (5004) and Frankie (Valli and The Four Seasons) is keeping me company. #currentlysingingalongtoDecember1963 #loveFrankie
I eyeballed most of the lines, and used masking tape for sections which were difficult to eyeball. 
I used a pin to mark the position of the tips of the segments so they weren't chopped off when I added the binding.
It's finished! My project for the #oakshottliparis blog hop is finally finished, just over a fortnight after my blog post/tutorial ;o)  I'll do a quick blog post about it this week and link it to my original post, where there are links to the template she
I'm really rather pleased with how it's turned out!
The back of my #oakshottliparis project. I've started sewing the binding to the back so it should be finished this weekend #handpiecing #machinequilting
The back
And a closer look #oakshottliparis #handpiecing #machinequilting #needacupofteanow #anyonegotasconegoingspare #orcake #notfussy
A closer look at the quilting.

And if that wasn't an exciting enough thing (did I mention that this is a finish from my 2016 Q2 FAL list?!), there's a new member of the tribe:

This is Eddie and he's come to live with Mam.  He was a little hairy when she got him, but he had a haircut (and gained a dickie bow!) and now (until his hair grows again!) he looks like this:
He's a golden cocker spaniel and is almost four years old and has come via a friend of a friend who could no longer look after him.  He and Archie get on fine (i.e. they mostly ignore each other!) and Eddie has spent a couple of afternoons here, dozing at my feet.  Here they are together on Monday, when Eddie had just arrived back from his walk and so he's still wearing his halti (which stops him towing us down the street):

Thanks for popping in, I'm hoping to be back soon with some more updates, but I'm pretty tired at the moment so I'm not promising anything.  I hope you're working hard on your FAL lists (mine is here, if you want a laugh), though, because the finishes link up opens in a smidge over three weeks.  Yes, three weeks!  Best get cracking then, eh?!
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