Finish-A-Long & IG – A Simple Tutorial

One cannot deny the major role Instagram plays in the blogging world today. It can have great impacts on the business world, it can impact your personal world both positively and negatively, and I think us quilters have seen it slowly take the place of Flickr (at least that is my observation).

Well, it’s time the for the Finish-A-Long to catch up and allow y’all to utilize Instagram to post your list at the start of each quarter and your finishes at the end of each quarter.

Currently there is a giveaway going on… all you need do is sign up to follow the new Finish-A-Long IG account @finishalong.and tag a friend in the giveaway post. Of course spreading the word on IG would be greatly appreciated as well.  On December 31st I will draw from all the followers and giveaway this FQ bundle:

This could be yours!

This could be yours!

A few people have asked how IG (instagram) will fit into the FAL (finish-a-long) world, so let me explain:

You know how you can use Flickr to post pictures of your started project (pre-finish) or your finished project and then link up with the host at the beginning or end of the quarter? Well if you so desire you can now use IG instead of Flickr (this is not to say you can’t use Flickr any longer, it’s simply another option).

And just in case you don’t know how to get your link from IG, here’s how:

#1 – Do this from your phone, tablet or something along those lines. Instagram on a pc ummm…is there a way to say this classy like…well, no….it SUCKS!!!! So don’t attempt this from your pc… Instagram is an app so do it from a tablet, phone, phablet, I think you get the picture.

#2 – At the start of the quarter, post a picture of all your WIPs with a list describing them in the comment.  PLEASE POST A SINGLE PICTURE OF ALL YOUR WIPS FOR THE QUARTER.  If you post multiple lists, it is too hard for the host to go back and match up your finishes with your list at the end of the quarter. (If you don’t have a blog and are moving from Flickr there are apps for creating collage pics on your phone – specifically for IG)  Link your list/collage post using the instructions below.  At the end of each quarter, post a separate picture of each finish, and link each picture separately using the instructions below.  Tag @finishalong and use the hashtag #2015fal in your posts! **If you need suggestions for collage apps just ask @finishalong**

#3 – When you are ready to link up – find your picture…like this one:, and scroll down to the bottom of the comments.Scroll all the way to the bottom of the comments until you find the three gray dots stacked on top of each other (like the ones inside the pink circle below) and click on them:

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#4 – After you click on them you get 4 options (as long as it is your picture you are clicking on). click on “Copy Share URL”

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iPhone

#5 – You will get a small box (color depends on theme and type of phone). That is confirmation that it has has been copied, it will look like this:

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iPhone

#6 – From here you simply go to the Linky Party at On the Windy Side and paste your link in the InLinkz widget. Of course, you generally have to fill in other information, but your link is now on your clipboard. InLinkz now supports IG and you can read all about how to add your now extracted URL (link) on their blog here. **I was going to try and explain it here but they do such a good job, why reinvent the wheel?**

NOTE: I have posted two different sets of pictures, iPhone (thanks Adrienne) and Android to attempt to make this as visual as possible. Should you have any questions, email me or send me an IG message at @finishalong or @gapquilter –  I love me some IG!!!!

There you have it…a tutorial on how to get your link from IG and a giveaway to boot. Remember, you must become a follower of @finishalong on IG by December 31st in order to win the FQ bundle. Easy peasy!!
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#ModernInstaBee2014

Almost a year ago, I signed up for the Modern Insta Bee 2014. It is an Instagram Bee using the book, Modern Bee: 13 quilts to make with friends by Lindsay Conner.

I believe we started in February, who can remember that far back? Regardless, I thought it would be fun to show you the blocks I have made for this Bee.

Just for kicks and giggles, let’s start with the most dreaded block. I know I’m not the only one because of some of the comments on IG after the Queen for September sent us direction for the month. I was certainly not looking forward to the curves but I am always willing to learn, so I pushed forward and was quite pleased with my block:

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A scrappy gray everywhere except the arcs which were to be a scrappy teal/aqua. I can’t wait to see this quilt put together.

Another block which took some forethought but will absolutely lovely was the month of May:

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Red, White & Black – what a gorgeous combination

The hashtag – We are Hive 7 (not sure how many total hives there ended up being but I know there were MANY) and we lost a member or two so we grabbed that hashtag #hive7eleven

The most popular block was this one:

April

April

June

June

March

March

November

November

November (I was the angel block maker since we are short a member)

November (I was the angel block maker since we are short a member)

The month that required the most fabric shopping was October because she wanted a Halloween block and I just didn’t have any Halloween fabric (boy that fabric shopping was terrible! hehehe):

Possibly the worst block picture EVER!!

Possibly the worst block picture EVER!!

And then there are my two favorite blocks we made – February & August. I love the depth of February and the simplicity of August:

August

August

February - there are two blocks pictured here too (another angel month)

February

I haven’t shown any blocks for July because that was the month I was Queen Bee and that will bee a UFO for me so I will be posting a whole write-up on that very soon.  Here you have my #moderninstabee2014 #hive7eleven sewing in a nutshell. We have 2 more months to go.

I have decided NO MORE bees or swaps in 2015 – UFOs or #selfishsewing only. I have to clear my sewing room….it is completely out of hand. So….I will be playing hard at the Finish-A-Long next year. Lots of links and finishing for me.

Well there you have a small part of my 2014 sewing…

More to show later

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Ready for **BIG** FAL News??

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How long you been following the Finish-A-Long? Since its inception in 2012 here at Quilter in The Gap… or since it was with Leanne at She Can Quilt Or with Katy at The Littlest Thistle Regardless of how long you have been following the Finish A Long you are aware that every year the hostess […]

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On her way to school

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…is always in  my way.  So for the last 3 months I had to choose and blogging lost. Which is really too bad because…. ….can really bite the pickle sometimes. The above picture is the best image I have ever seen to depict Alzheimers Disease. I have shared here and on my Podcast my grandmother’s […]

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I am seriously hoping one of my readers (or even someone they know) is will feel like this after they fix my problem. Ok…here’s my problem….. I have finally updated my list of blogs as I said needed to be done here. N.E.Way….I am not able to leave comments on blogger….nowheres (that is some serious […]

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WhiteBoard Wednesday

WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/30/14

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A New Skirt for KayKay

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In case you are new here you can see this quilts humble beginnings here: #swoon2013 – part 1 #swoon2013 – part 2 I have finally finished the last of the blocks and am ready to start thinking about the quilting. These are the last five blocks I made: I cannot wait until this quilt is […]

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Wordless WhiteBoard Wednesday

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I know better than to use the “WordPress” app for iPad but I keep trying! #ugh Like this:Like Loading…

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