Wednesday 7 January 2015

2015 Finish-Along - Q1 now open!

Woohoo!  The 2015 Finish-Along Q1 link-up is now live and ready for you to link your proposed finishes for the first quarter of 2015!   As a quick reminder, if you are ever looking for it, you can find all the information on the 2015 Finish-Along on the 2015 Finish-Along Page.

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.

- 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 drawn at random for each of the prizes donated by our sponsors for that quarter.

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

- During the week that the finish link party is open, there will be a series of tutorials appearing here on the blog. If you'd like to contribute a tutorial, please drop me an e-mail at adrianneonthewindyside at gmail dot com.

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

I'd love if you'd spread the word about the FAL by popping my button in your post or on your blog.  You can grab the code for a large button or a small button below:

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

The awesome prizes for Q1 of the 2015 Finish-Along, provided by our wonderful sponsors:

Fat Quarter Shop is providing a $75 gift voucher.

Rachael from imagine gnats is providing a $30 gift voucher.

Sara from Sew Sweetness is providing 3 patterns of the winner's choice.

Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs is providing 3 patterns of the winner's choice.

Becca from sew me a song is providing a $25 gift voucher.

Green Fairy Quilts is providing a $25 gift voucher.

Mad About Patchwork is providing a $30 gift voucher.

Juliet from Tartankiwi is providing 3 patterns of the winner's choice.

Fabricworm is providing a $30 gift voucher.

Alex from Aurifil is providing four prizes - 2 large thread sets and 2 small thread sets.

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts is providing a copy of her Bright Sky quilt pattern.

The team at Make Modern are providing a copy of the current issue of their magazine for two winners.

 Danielle and Jeanette from Polka Dot Tea are providing a lovely prize which is yet to be confirmed.

Donna from Donna's Quilt Studio is providing a bundle - the specific fabrics to be included are to be confirmed closer to the time.

Rhonda from Quilter in the Gap is providing a surprise prize.

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And finally, I will be providing a copy of each of my self-published patterns to a winner (full disclosure - at the moment there is only the one!).

Before you link up:

If you haven't used a link-up tool before, Katy from The Littlest Thistle did a post which explains how to use it really well - you can find it here.

If you're planning to use instagram to link up, Katy from The Littlest Thistle has done another tutorial on how to link from instagram using your computer (here).  If you are working on your phone or your tablet, Rhonda's tutorial on how to link from instagram (here) is for you.

I am super excited to see your lists of proposed finishes for Q1.  I bet you have a heap of amazing things on the go and I really hope the Finish-Along helps you find the motivation to finish them (because there's something just so satisfying about a finish - for me, the prizes are just gravy).

However, I am asking you to please only enter ONE blog post or flickr photo or instagram photo at this starting link-up.  If you enter multiple links, it creates a heap more work for me at the end of the quarter when I have to go through and try and match the actual finishes with the list of proposed finishes.  If you are linking from flickr or instagram, I'm happy for you to write the list (on your computer or on a piece of paper) and post a photo of the list.  Alternatively, you can take a photo of all your WIPs and write the list in the comment on the flickr photo or instagram photo.

Finally, this link-up theoretically runs from 7 January 2015 to 17 January 2015. Because I am in New Zealand, and time zones mean that our 17 January 2015 will end before most other people's, I have decided to leave the link-up open until 12:00pm 18 January 2015 New Zealand Time.  The link-up tool below should tell you how much time the link-up has to run BUT if you need to know the closing time in your country, I find World Time Buddy a really excellent visual way to see different time zones.

Phew - that's enough from me I think.  Have fun making your lists and linking up, and let me know if you have any questions!

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dutchcomfort said...

Hi Adrianne, wow, there’s so much work involved in all this happening!
I’m working on my list as we speak!

I was wondering if there will be a 2015 Finish-A-Long group on Flickr, or can we post our photo’s to the 2014 group?

Leanne said...

I'm making my list, thank you for hosting.

Dianne Neale said...

Hi Adrian. I will have to think of what I can put on my list for this quarter, before my hols to ..... New Zealand! I'm travelling with my quilting mad sil, so can you recommend any good quilting shops?

Carla said...

So glad we can do this for another year. Thanks so much for all your organizing : )

Joanne said...

Thanks so much for hosting and getting us finishing our wip's!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm in and revved up to sew - thanks so much for hosting!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Woohoo for a fresh start! I see a lot of old friends on the list, I will get mine up on the weekend!

SharynB said...

I thought that I had already done this, but i'll do it again just to be sure!

SharynB said...

I thought that I had already done this, but i'll do it again just to be sure!

Lynette said...

Thanks for hosting this! I'm grateful to have it for good motivation through the year.

Pam in KC said...

I tend to pick projects A, B & C then finish projects X, Y & Z or something brand new. Hopefully I've got my bases covered this quarter. Thanks for hosting.

Mina said...

Thank you for hosting this event, it seems like a lot of work :)

Cut&Alter said...

First time to your blog and I loved the idea of the Finish-Along so much I've jumped right in and joined!!! Lovely to find another NZ blog and quilter even though we're over in UK at moment.

leanne said...

oh my Adrianne - I've just linked at 130 and there are still 5 1/2 days to go !! good luck and thanks in advance for all your work :)

Patchworkalley said...

Wow, this is amazingly popular ... all the best with the FAL for 2015 and thanks for your hard work in advance!

memmens said...

Thanks so much for hosting, I've not been organised enough to join in before so as I now have a list I'm hoping for results!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Thank you for hosting! Glad I finally got round to writing my very simple list :)

M-R Charbonneau said...

Thanks so much for hosting the 2015 FAL, Adrianne! Looking forward to it!

tusen said...

phew, with only 9 hours to spare, my list is finally ready. Thank you so much for hosting, it's my 3rd year of finishing along ;)

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

COuld you add my link? I thought I had time but misread the date.