Thursday 8 October 2015

2015 Finish Along - Q4 Now Open!

Hi everyone - sorry this post is a day late.  To make up for it, I'm extending the linky by a day, so you still have a full week to link up your lists.

Q3 is traditionally a quieter quarter for the Finish-Along, and this year was no exception.  But, you guys still brought so many finished projects to the table! There were 360 finished projects linked up for Q3, which is amazing!  My totally awesome team of Finish-Along cheerleaders Rhonda, Leanne, Wendy, Kirsten and Helen and I are working through your finishes right now, and I'll pick winners once we're done.

After several super busy months at work, I am back to quilting and am on a finishing kick.  I really really want to start 2016 with less WIPs, so I'm (mostly) holding off on starting new things, and knocking off those long-standing projects in a fairly ruthless way.  I hope you're excited to join me and kick some WIP-butt.  My own Q4 list post is coming soon.  Last year, Q4 saw 358 finishes - let's blow that out of the water this year!

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 Q4 of the 2015 Finish-Along, provided by our wonderful sponsors:

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

Sara from Sew Sweetness 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.

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts is providing a copy of one of her gorgeous patterns.

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

Jennie from Porch Swing Quilts is providing three lucky winners with two patterns of their choice each.

Laurel from Laurel Bee Designs is providing two pin dot magnetic pin bowl in the winner's choice of colours.

On the Windy Side

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 Q4.  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 8 October 2015 to 15 October 2015. Because I am in New Zealand, and time zones mean that our 15 October 2015 will end before most other people's, I have decided to leave the link-up open until 11:00 p.m. 15 October 2015 PST.  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!


pennydog said...

Right, better get some pictures taken tonight then!

pennydog said...

Right, better get some pictures taken tonight then!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

I am now playing Fantasy Finishes, but you never know ;)

Iris said...

This year has been a blast again with FAL. Thank you so much for all the hard work. Do you know if you will continue this next year?

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Thank you! Hope to get lots done this quarter!