Thursday, February 24, 2011

Success, Success ...and then not quite so much..

Yesterday was a very exciting and productive day for me!
First of all, I received notification that one of my journal articles has been accepted for publication! Yippee!
I will be published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain....I will spare the boring details, but I was very first publication!

Then on to finishing the binding on this quilt. I don't have a big problem with binding, although I have not yet tried a bias binding!

My corners are usually good, but I have always joined the ends by just folding one under and tucking the other one in. I decided for this quilt, because it was special since I did the free motion quilting, that I should try to join the ends properly with an angled seam. I studied the tutorial on bindings over at My Sweet Prairie and gave it a try.

And it worked !!! (well after I sewed it twisted the first time, and had to rip it out !! ) I did a little happy dance! When I finished it was a perfect angled seam!!  It is amazing....not that I didn't believe you Monika...but it still surprised me that it worked so well.

So because I did a proper angled seam on the binding I thought that perhaps I should try hand stitching the binding on the back. I usually machine stitch them like shown in a tutorial on Red Pepper Quilts.  But this time I got out my needle and thread and sat down in front of the TV and started stitching.

OK, now I know why I always do them on the machine !!  It is a lot of work, and WOW, takes a LONG time!! (but I did learn how to make Italian Veal chops with roasted red pepper salad from a TV show while I was working )

I even tried the beeswax, but still got a few tangles : (
I am not quite finished but,  it really does look very nice! I think the jury is still out on this one, though, not sure which way I will do the next one.

And this morning it is -32 degrees Celsius! (-44 C with the wind chill) Which is almost the same in Farenheit!
Cant believe it ! Stay warm everyone!


  1. Wow, congratulations on your article being published! That's a big deal! And for trying something new in your quilting!


  2. Congratulations on your publication - way to go! Hey, trying a new technique is a good thing. To not try and say you don't like it is boo-ha-ha.

  3. I sewed it twisted the first time too. : )

    GOSH that book does look BORING! lol

    So. You bringing that to show & tell?

  4. Congratulations on being published, although if you are an expert on the topic...that can't be pleasant, sorry. I'm glad things went so well with the quilt. I'm actually learning many things from you, not that I plan on trying them but at least I'm learning!

    We have rain at the moment with snow coming later tonight...not nearly as cold as where you are.

  5. Congratulations on your article being published! That's wonderful.


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