HST Journey

Finished: Kaleidoscope & HST Journey

carla Finished in 2013, Finished Projects, Quilting 4 Comments

I have not one, but TWO finishes to share tonight.

Kaleidoscope complete!

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″.

HST Journey complete

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.

Done is better than perfect

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.

HST Journey complete

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″.

Kaleidoscope complete!

I took another closeup so you can see the crinkly goodness. I quilted in four directions – north-south, east-west, and both diagonals.

Kaleidoscope complete!

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.

Kaleidoscope complete!


For what it’s worth, these are my first two finishes in 2013! Onward and upward!

carlaFinished: Kaleidoscope & HST Journey
  • http://www.whatthebobbin.com Amanda Kattner

    Two beautiful finishes! I really love the Kaleidoscope quilt.

  • Ann McIntyre

    I wish I had the patience for paper piecing – that Kaleidoscope quilt is beautiful!
    Ann (anniemacoriginal.com)

    • http://www.modernbias.com modern bias

      Thank you! The paper piecing wasn’t difficult, but it was definitely time consuming and got boring after a while, but once I got through it, the making was great!

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