Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Link-up For Fully-Finished Gallery - March 2020

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.

The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days, so you have plenty of time to turn those UFOs into FFOs and join in.

I achieved six FFOs over the last month, although it's not as impressive as it sounds as five took less than one hour in total. Nevertheless, six is six!

Chirpy Bird was February's Small SAL piece and FFOd in less than 5 minutes by cutting the fabric and inserting it into a small Framecraft frame:

Yawning Christmas Cat was my July 2019 Smalls SAL piece and finished as another ornie to match the other two in this series. If you remember, I couldn't find the barley twist cord; I had all the other colours but the grey one I needed was nowhere to be found, of course! Well, I ordered some more but didn't use it as it was thinner. Then, a couple of weeks ago, when I was going through a box of  'to sort out later' stuff I found it, along with a couple of other things I was missing. So I immediately got to work and FFOd this little cutie:

Here are the three Christmas Cats together with their cute little Santa pom-pom hats:

Then there were Advent Calendar Days 4, 5 and 11, simply finished off with felt to match those FFOd previously:

I also FFOd one of the six Dark Shadows pieces, Hocus Pocus, stitched towards the end of last year. For this, the design was padded and attached to some card, laid on top of some black felt-covered card and then framed with black tinsel wool. The black-on-black tinsel wool doesn't show up very well in the photo but the finished piece is exactly how I hoped it would turn out. No hanging loop though, just a piece to prop up somewhere, or insert in a glassless frame:

And that's it for me this month. Now it's over to you to show what you have finished.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th March.

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And please don't forget to follow other links and see what fellow fully-finishers have been up to; you never know, other projects may give you an idea for your next finish!

Once the link-up has closed I shall update the FFG SAL page with the number of entrants and entries. Last month there were 13 participants with another 51 FFOs, making 90 FFOs so far in 2020. WOW! Well done and thank you!

Next month's post will go live on 10th April at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

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And finally.... the winner of my Blogoversary giveaway. Remember, you had to guess how many projects I've started in my lifetime. The winner would be the person(s) who guessed the closest.

I gave you a hint that it was somewhere between 250 and 500 and enjoyed watching the answers come in. Guesses ranged from 366 to 452 with all but two being in the 400s. Interestingly, all were w-a-y above the answer.

The actual answer is cunningly available on my blog, although you would have had to go rummaging for it! 

1994-2013 finishes = 57
2014 finishes = 8
2015 finishes = 35
2016 finishes = 54
2017 finishes = 26
2018 finishes = 29
2019 finishes = 35
2020 finishes = 9
Current WIPs = 47
And the abandoned/purged/restarted projects I mentioned = 10

Add them all together and you get a total of 'only' 310, much lower than all of you thought.

[For The People's Choice SAL back in January 2019 when the category was New Starts, I also showed a graph of how many projects I'd started each year up the end of 2018, so that would have been another clue. But I genuinely wasn't expecting anyone to remember that!]

So the winner, guessing the closest at 366 (and who was actually the first person to comment) is..... Rhona. Congratulations Rhona!

If you leave a comment or email me directly at tenhourstitcher@gmail.com I'll arrange some sort of voucher for you.

Sorry if you didn't win; better luck for next year's blogoversary giveaway (I already have the question safely stored away!)

Take care,
Rachel x


Mini said...

All your finishes are so neat, I love the cats.
310 is still a big number.

Ann C. said...

Congratulations Rhona! Rachel the grey snowflake fabric is perfect for the cat ornaments. I love the pink/magenta coloured fabric you used for the Hocus Pocus project, it makes the black design really pop. Also, the black tinsel wool is a nice touch to the whole effect, it kind of looks like cat fur sticking out on the edges.

Katie said...

Congrats Rhona! I disappointed you this month with my zero but I'll make up for it. Stitching time was the priority lately.

Suzanne H said...

Congratulations Rhona on your guess! I love that tinsel. I have just two finishes this month. I'll have to post when I get home from work. I have a couple on my table that I thought would get done on Sunday but no such luck. Thanks again for the gallery. It does keep me motivated to at least finish my Christmas ornaments as I go along.

Cathy said...

Good going on this month's finishes! I like the quick and easy ones, too! Love the cats. No FFO's for me this month--too much else going on and the 10th came too quickly!

Linda said...

Love the way you finished all of them Rachel. They look fantastic.


Clare-Aimetu said...

Such lovely finishes Rachel, you are so neat in your work. Congratulations to Rhona :-)

Mary's Thread said...

Thank you for hostessing, Rachel! All your finishes this month are so cute! I love the cats, and the JBW ornaments!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The little cat pillows are adorable, especially their pompom hats.
I really like the black tinselly trim on Hocus Pocus.
I am surprised at the low number of starts. I guess those "slump" years really affected your total!

Astrids dragon said...

So many adorable finishes! Those cats are precious and Hocus Pocus looks great.
310 is an amazing amount of starts, congrats to Rhona for guessing the closest!

Tiffstitch said...

Oh, great finishes! I'm so glad you found the cord you needed too, it's so nice to have the 3 finished the same and just be done with them too. Love the advent and the hocus pocus with the tinsel. Congrats Rhona! Is it so awesome that you've started 310? Just seems right somehow.

Faith... said...

I just love the way you finished Hocus Pocus, very creative idea. The Christmas Cats are so cute together and I am glad the cord made its appearance.

310 is a lot of nes starts over the years. Congrats Rhona!

Bethan said...

Oh I love the Christmas cats! They are so cute. 310 is a very high number!

Leonore Winterer said...

So many great finishes! Even if some of them were very quick and easy, they all look amazing. Congrats on making your cats a trio and the Halloween finish is stunning.
Oh, 'only' 310, no big deal then haha :D I think everyone guessing though high lead me on, although you are crazily productive so I wouldn't have been surprised by a number in the 400s!