I have not one, but TWO finishes to share tonight.
Why two? A wise woman once said done is better than perfect. I struggled to get half of my HST Journey quilted a few months ago and it’s been sitting in a pile ever since. If I’m honest with myself, I was never going to wrangle it through a second time. So instead of having it sit any longer I decided it was time to get it finished. Here’s the result. Approximate finished size is 90″x102″.
I like that it lays nice and flat because I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting which doesn’t really shrink. You aren’t supposed to use any heat to dry it, but I’m limited in terms of what my apartment building provides. I used the delicate cycle and it was still damp when I pulled it out, so I left it to dry on my balcony railing for a while.
I bound it using Essex Linen (I think in Steel). It is backed in a LOT of Tula Pink squirrel print from The Birds and the Bees, and I printed my own label using Dritz Printed Treasures Inkjet Printable Fabric. I was surprised how well it worked and how it held up after washing.
Moving on to the other quilt I finished today, the Kaleidoscope! To remind you, this is a 6″ paper pieced block. Approximate finished size is 42″x54″.
I took another closeup so you can see the crinkly goodness. I quilted in four directions – north-south, east-west, and both diagonals.
It’s also bound in Essex Linen (in Carrot). I backed it in the IKEA numbers fabric and included another printed label. I love how it turned out.
For what it’s worth, these are my first two finishes in 2013! Onward and upward!