I Just Discovered Finish-A-Long 2017 on Instagram!

Wow!  This Instagram Quilting Community is just blowing me over.  Through the Modern Quilt Guild’s Mini Swap, I  found out that many quilters share their work on IG, so I got me an account, grabbed a handle and started following people who seemed to be doing stuff I like.  After a few weeks on board, a lovely Instaquilter named @marci_girl MarciGirlDesigns.com posted this:  


Being a quilty IG noob, I had never heard of such a thing.  But you can bet it caught my attention.  So I read and re-read everything I could find about it by following link after link on Marci’s blog.  So here’s the bottom line:

  1.  I can get encouragment from IG friends and a bit of self-imposed peer pressure to finish projects I have started.
  2. Maybe, if I actually finish a few things, I can win some prizes!

No-brainer:  I’m in!

So after scouring the rules, here’s my quick blog to summarize my FAL list:

  1.  Debbie’s Retirement Quilt.

Come hell or high water, this one’s gotta be done by the beginning of next month for a Retirement Party.  I have to finish piecing the backing panel, sandwich, quilt, bind and label.

Read about this completed quilt, “Lattice of Wishes” on my blog here! It was my first finish of the quarter!

2.  PJ Had a Little Lamb.


Depending on how quickly I can wrap up things for Debbie, this one is all planned out–A grey background with this little lambie silhouette scrappy appliqueed upon it.  It is no more than a dream and pile of fabric, so we’ll see–Baby’s due end of February!

Read about my second Q1 finish, “PJ Had a Lamb” on my blog, HERE!

3.  Prongs


This handsome deer is hoping to be whipped up into a pillow cover for a friend before winter’s gone.

If you want to see him all in his glory, read about my fourth Q1 Finish HERE!

4.  Mr. and Mrs. Pillows


These are a sadly late house-warming present for my sister- and brother-in law.  Someday, they will be ready.  Hopefully before April.

Done!  Read about my third Q1 finish HERE!

5.  Allie Owl Lap Quilt


Allie needs to be backed, basted, quilted, bound. She is just dying to decorate my sacred sewing space!

6.  Master Bedroom Bedrunner

This one is partway quilted.  I just was working so quickly at it when I joined the MQG Mini-swap and got side-tracked.  Who knows.  It’s about 1/3 of the way done at this point, in terms of the quilting, and I am going with a fairly simple quilting pattern…I just might get’er done!

7.  Friendship Squaredancing


If a miracle happens, this will get done this year.  It was made up of a lot of HST’s from a friendship square swap through a LQS, Kindred Spirits.  I worked it out fairly quickly and was really enjoying the process, until I screwed up big-time on the quilting.   I wound up getting my QITD lines all shifty and then  my machine kept skipping stitches when I was fmq’ing the darn thing.  I was devastated and put it aside for over a year.  I had to rip out a whole lot of stitiches while driving to NB this summer.  We’ll see if this guy ever gets finished.

…And a fifth Q1 Finish was made of this one at the last minute!  To see the finish, click HERE and find it on Instagram or HERE for a full blog entry.

I know this list is a bit huge, but trust me, there are a whole stack of other UFO’s I left out!  And as I understand it, it doesn’t hurt to list more than you think you can finish.  I’m hoping to get through about 1/2 of these.

Good luck finishing your UFO’s, my newfound Instaquilty Finish-A-Long friends!  And thanks to all the lovely bloggers who support this fantastic motivator!  See you at the end of the quarter with updates!



6 thoughts on “I Just Discovered Finish-A-Long 2017 on Instagram!

    1. Thanks, Marci! I am working through that list and hoping to check off a few more! So much to learn about blogging but thanks for encouraging me to take it up a notch with the FAL!!😀


    1. Thanks, Lisa! Lambie is done! I am new to this blogging thing and have so much to learn but I hope you’ll take a peek at how he finished up! Good luck finishing your projects too!!!


    1. You should read up on this opportunity. It’s amazing how much more finishing I actually pulled off knowing that I had the opportunity to win great prizes. There are 4 quarters each year and there’s no drawback to not finishing what you planned to finish. You’re encouraged to carry things forward. Check it out! Marci girl explains it well on her blog 😊


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