Finish-A-Long & IG – A Simple Tutorial

Finish-A-Long & IG - A Simple Tutorial
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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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5 Comments

  1. I’m sure that if I ever get an account on IG then this will be very useful! In the meantime I have to stick with Flickr (which has slightly improved with the last update to the ‘groups’ aspect of it) and my blog..!

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  2. Thank you for explaining this Rhonda. I think I can follow and will now try and participate in the finish a long.

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  3. Is this just for quilting? And is it just for starting new projects, or to finish old ones? I’m a majorly ADD crafter and I have a million unfinished projects from sewing to crochet to wood building and everything in between. I’m desperately trying to get myself under control. I’ve put myself on a “project diet”, so I can’t start anything new until I finish X amount of projects. Anyhoo. Now I’m word vomiting. 😉

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