REPOST of Podcast with Sue Nickles….

I had posted a podcast about my Machine Quilting Workshop with Sue Nickles last Friday night. It took me 5 hours to get it posted because I kept getting kicked out of Podbean. I do not know what the issue was but I could not get in, if I did get in I got booted out. Finally at 3am I thought I had the problems licked. WRONG!


I got the written post posted by the MP3 file kept getting deleted and the embedded player would disappear from the post. I think I have it fixed, as I can now download from i Tunes. That usually means the issues are fixed. Give it a try, let me know if you have any problems.

Nonnie,


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Surprise EQ7 block from Modern Blocks, from Favorite Designers….

This quilt block totally surprised me when I placed it into the quilt. I did not think it would play out as nicely as it did. I am really surprised and pleased with the design that results. I thought it would be a type of rectangular circle just going round and round; light and dark playing with each other. Instead it has a creative snail’s trail look to it.

 

I am in a half square triangle exchange with friends from the LQS and I think this is the pattern I will make… I like it because it is different and since the triangles I will be using will be different fabrics and very scrappy this looks like it will be a great quilt to make using the exchange patches.

 

Still having difficulty drafting the blocks on EQ, my lines are crooked and I sometimes loose lines after carefully drafting out the block. I found by increasing the snap blocks my designs became straighter and they did not disappear as often. All the lines to need connect, you can not have “FLOATING” lines. I used quarter square triangles in my patches, this allowed me to color the patches correctly for placement. I will make the actual blocks using half sq triangles when I sew, but I did not know how to draft the block so that I got the coloration where I wanted it. I need to learn how to erase lines and redraft them. I have not learned that YET!

DIAMOND RIPPLE BLOCK 46

 

Diamond Ripple Quilt -46

 

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WORKSHOP with Sue Nickles

I spent the day with Sue Nickles taking a workshop called, MACHINE QUILTING ESSENTIALS. (Named after her book) This workshop is perfect for quilters who want to learn or perfect their machine quilting. Sue kept us on task while being really nice about it. I loved what I learned and plan to set up my sewing area so I can start doing my own projects. You will love taking any class from Sue!

After we finished the workshop we went to Lucky’s for dinner and then to the guild meeting. We then had a power point presentation and lecture about machine quilting. So many of Sue Nickles quilts have won the BEST OF SHOW awards in Puducah, Kentucky and now live in the museum there. Sue was able to show us many of her quilts that are from her books. My favorite quilt was the BABY BEATLES Quilt. Many of the quilts that Sue showed was made in collaboration with her sister Pat Holly. Sue has graciously given me permission to post my pictures of her quilts for your enjoyment.

Let me say if YOUR GUILD wants to host workshops from a MASTER QUILTER, Sue is the quilter for you.

SUE NICKLES (She has her blog-link there too.)

SUE NICKLES DESIGN
SUE NICKLES
CLOSE UP SUE NICKLES DESIGN
by SUE NICKLES

CLOSE UP OF SUE NICKLES MACHINE QUILTING
SUE NICKLES DESIGN

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EQ#3 – Modern Blocks

Playing with EQ again. I had trouble drafting this block because I tried to draft it like as if I was sewing it. The proportions are off, I might try to redraft it again. My laptop is not connected to a scanner or I would be using some of my own fabrics for these blocks. I do think I would make the vertical patches scrappier while keeping the horizontal blocks consistent. Again I will have a hard time picking out the layout, I will have to wait until the blocks are made.

I have another reason to LOVE my EQ… It figures out yardage for me. That will be helpful when I raid my stash to make some of these blocks. I find I like bigger patches that feature the fabric I love. The less cutting the better for some quilts.

Mondrian-116

Mondrian-116 -2nd version

Mondrian-116

Playing with EQ with MODERN QUILT BLOCKS

This is my second attempt to draft blocks in EQ7. I find I need to SEE a quilt rendition before I make it up in real life. My draft is different than the book, in part because I am just learning to draft blocks in this program and I have a hard time maintaining the proportions in the pieces. The snap points and I disagree where my lines should be. I also find I like making adjustments to the pattern. My center block is double the size of what was shown in the pattern…. but I like it.

I made this block in the colors that are in the book but I have already started pulling fabrics for this quilt and it will be totally different. For one think I will fussy cut the center and make it three inches instead of two, as I want to show off the cute directional print. Not sure which version I should do but I will definitely have to make up my mind before then.

STRETCHED BLOCK -92

Stretched -a

Stretched -92-b

Stretched -c

Garden Lattice -80- Made in EQ7

Garden Lattice Block (80)

This is a block from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, a couple of my favorite designers. I attempted to make a block in EQ7. I was not very successful. I need to learn how to line up the snap points better. I also made a picture of what the quilt looked like. That is the really reason I am playing in EQ…. I want to see what the quilt would look like in an entirety. I think that was one of the few things I did not like about the book. There were no picture of quilts made from the block in book.



The instructions to make the block were easy to understand. I have some cute baby print fabric I plan to use to make the blocks. I know Ringle and Kerr, used solid material /colors but I plan to work out of my stash in order to make my quilts. I will post pictures when I am working on the project.

Garden Lattice Quilt



Speaking of Ringles and Kerr, they are publishing a magazine.


MODERN QUILTS ILLUSTRATED at http://craftnectar.com/2011/10/25/modern-quilts-illustrated-our-new-magazine/

I am going to give the magazine a try, because I want to see what the MODERN QUILT movement is all about.


I will be posting more EQ blocks and quilts as I play with EQ. This is not a bad way to play with quilting while my sewing machine is still tucked away while we work on the house.

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Playing with EQ7 and Modern Blocks, from your favorite designers.

I just got the book MODERN BLOCKS, 99 BLOCKS FROM YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS. This is gorgeous book and I have enjoyed looking at all the blocks. For the past two days I have been trying to draft the blocks I liked in EQ7. I will be posting my crude efforts here for the next couple of post. Here is the review I posted on GOOD READS.

Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite DesignersModern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers by C&T Publishing Design Collective
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Waiting delivery from Amazon… with baited breath. Arrived today, 10-24-11.

2011
Blocks equal 12 inch finished.

I have been looking through this book whenever I have the chance between cooking dinner, dishes and watch my grandson so he does not terrorize the house.

There are some really great blocks in this book new innovative and creative. I could probably think of more positive adjectives another time but right now I am TOO tired to think of them. I am looking forward to making some quilts using these blocks. There are a large number of techniques used including strip piecing, partial seams and paper piecing, embroidery and applique.

Templates and pattern pieces for the majority of the blocks are included. Other pieced blocks have cutting directions. Everything needed is pretty much supplied to be able to make these blocks. That said their are some glaring omissions.

Missing ….

Several blocks should be shown as multiples as a quilt top to get the full impact of the block. NO QUILT TOPS are in this book. I would have like to see at the least a EQ7 rendition. As is the blocks I am really interested in I have to draft in EQ7 before I would proceed with the quilt top.

Something else I noted and this is a pet peeve of mine with all patterns/ books lately. Patch sizes are not included in the patterns. Since the size of patches are important to accuracy of the block I feel all patterns should include patch sizes during construction. All blocks are 12 inch finished in the book.

I wish that in the future that the applique and embroidery blocks are kept in their own book instead of in a piecing book. I think there will be more books like this in the future and I look forward to collecting them all.

10-26-2011

I have been drafting out the blocks in EQ for the last two nights and seeing what the quilts look like. I am doing this for two reasons, one I wanted to see what the quilts would look like made from these book and two to become proficient with EQ7. The blocks I have made have been very exciting.

I PLAN TO RE- REVIEW THIS BOOK IN THE FUTURE.

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MY Quilting Pod- caster List

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You would have to register and request joining, but we welcome everyone who quilts/ crafts.

In no particular order…….


Quilting for the Rest of Us http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

Off-Kilter Quilt http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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Her blog QUILTING THE DAY AWAY

QUILTING POT PODCAST

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Come and meet my friends and join in the fun of podcasting….

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Are you using Google Plus?

I sign up on Google Plus …. not yet sure I like it…. If you have G-mail I think you are automatically have a Google Plus account…. anyways it is very similar to face book some things I like and some things are a pain in the you know what… Anyways if you get the chance check it out for yourself.

Be sure to friend me as Nonnie_P. That was the one thing I really disliked, I had to use my real name instead of NONNIE’s QUILTING DREAMS. I prefer to keep my private life private and my blog stuff separate. Oh well….

Nonnie,

My adventures in KNITTING…. Why can’t I make a quilted hat?

Knit a Dozen Beanies (1425)Knit a Dozen Beanies by Edie Eckman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2006

EVERY fall I knit my grandson a new winter hat. He is now 3 years old has his own ideas of what he will wear and what he won’t and his head is so big I now had to get a new pattern book. The baby book does not work any more. This is the only one I found at JoAnn Fabrics last night, I used a coupon.


First off I HATE KNITTING but this is something I do for him every year. This is the book I bought and now he has selected a pattern. Of course, the one he wants is the ugliest and hardest pattern in the book. I has cables. I have the yarn and some needles, but they are the wrong kind. So to the yarn shop I must go.br/>

Friday night p.m.

p.s. I will upgrade the rating if the hat comes out okay.

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Kids' Knitted Hats (Leisure Arts #3587)Kids’ Knitted Hats by Kooler Design Studio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2005

It all started with the need to knit a new hat for my grandson. I needed knitting needles and I did not like the yarn I had, so off to the yarn shop I went. I forgot the book I bought last night, at home. I saw this one with the cutest darn hats I have ever seen, some for girls, some for boys …. some could be knitted for either. So I ended up buying yarns (five skeins), new needles and this book… Spent $45.00… Most expensive winter hat this kid will ever see…. I guess I will have to knit a scarf too…. but I will be darned if I buy any more books or patterns…. I AM GOING TO WING IT!!!!

WHY CAN’T I JUST QUILT HIM A HAT? DOES ANYONE HAVE A PATTERN FOR A QUILTED HAT?

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THIS BLOG POST IS DEDICATED TO FRANCES DOWELL, of THE OFF KILTER QUILT PODCAST… IT IS ALL HER FAULT. She always talks about knitting.

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Qu Sew — a brand new spanking podcast !

QUILTING THE DAY AWAY

Tanesha from Crafty Garden Mom sent me a link to this new podcast. Two episodes are up, let us support and encourage her.

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QUILTING BREAK…. IMPORTANT INFORMATION… HEART HEALTH FOR WOMAN….

AMERICAN HEART ORGANIZATION ….http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

GO RED FOR WOMEN ….. http://www.goredforwomen.org/

GO RED LEARN ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE….http://www.goredforwomen.org/about_heart_disease_and_stroke.aspx

GO RED FOR WOMEN ….. http://www.goredforwomen.org/take_action.aspx

I went to a seminar on WOMEN’s HEALTH SEMINAR, this is what I learned. …..

HEART ATTACK is the number ONE killer of women in America. HEART ATTACK kills more women than all cancers combine, including breast cancer. WOMEN’s rate of HEART DISEASE is ELEVEN TIMES HIGHER THEN ALL THE CANCERS COMBINE. (Remember, women who have had breast cancer can still have a heart attack.)

Women die FROM HEART ATTACKS at a rate of ONE WOMAN PER MINUTE.

WOMEN are more likely to die from a heart attack. When WOMEN have a heart attack, they have a poorer long term prognosis and are more likely to have a second heart attack. WOMEN have more severe consequences from the heart attack ….. more likely to develop congestive heart failure, decrease heart function, and become a cardiac cripple.
Why do more women die of heart attack and heart disease?

UNDER DIAGNOSIS
UNDER TREATMENT OF WOMEN
DENIAL OF SYMPTOMS BY THE WOMAN
WOMAN’S ANATOMY

LACK OF STUDIES IN WOMAN’S HEALTH ( In the past results from men studies were applied to women, but we are not the same.)

HEART ATTACK IN WOMEN PRESENTS DIFFERENTLY IN WOMEN THAN IN MEN. ( Mostly due to the anatomical differences between women and men.) Many women are unaware of the symptoms.

Pain in the back and shoulders, radiating to the jaw and neck.

SYMPTOMS tend to be vague…. “ I feel tired, I just need to rest.” Symptoms not recognized as cardiac or MI

Flu like symptoms, Nausea and Vomiting

Unspecified anxiety

Ignores major cardiac symptoms, before, the major event/ heart attack.
WOMEN tend to ignore the symptoms because THEY ARE TOO BUSY TAKING CARE OF THE REST OF THE FAMILY and they deny they can be ill. NO TIME TO BE SICK. Many women get there health care from an OB-GYN doctor rather than a primary care physician or a cardiologist. OB-GYN doctors do not have the advance training to diagnosis or treat heart problems, they specialize in OB-GYN. WOMEN ARE less likely to be referred for cardiac testing … EKG, cardiac stress, echoes, heart catherizations. This is slowly changing as more and more OB-GYN doctors refer to cardiologist and primary care doctors.

WOMEN’S anatomical structure IS different than men. The heart and vessels are smaller than men’s. Women have a higher death rate and a higher rate of complications. In the past women were treated less aggressively than men.

Pre-existing factors which contribute to heart disease:

Uncontrolled high blood pressure/ HTN

Diabetes and it’s associated complications

Smoking

Obesity

Family History

The future….. the need:

Increase patient / family education as to the causes of heart disease and the symptoms of a heart attack. Be honest, women run the home and the family. They not only impact their own health, but the health of the family.

Improve recognition of heart disease, need for early treatment. Current goal standard is less than 90 minutes from emergency room to catherizations lab. More aggressive treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of heart disease in women.

Increase gender specific research on better prevention, improving gender specific techniques for heart treatments.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY???


SPREAD THE WORD….. Get your heart checked with a primary care physician and / or a cardiologist. Have your sister, mother, cousin, friends…. get their hearts checked.

Learn more about heart health…. IT is important to keep your blood pressure and diabetes in control. Exercise, more even if it is just walking a little more every day. Eat healthier…. Less salt/ sodium, less cholesterol and fats. Increase the fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet. Women control the health of the family… educate your kids.

If you smoke, quit. NEVER QUIT… QUITTING.

Learn MORE….

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BOOK REVIEWS:

Scrap Quilts by Judy Martin (1985)Scrap Quilts by Judy Martin by Judy Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was written in 1985 and reviewed complex scrap quilts. The quilt patterns in the book included: Bears Paw, Carpenter Wheel, Devil Puzzle, Prairie Stars, Star at Sea, Flying Geese, Fox and Geese blocks, Tennessee Waltz and Log Cabin, plus many more.

The book was written pre- rotary cutter so the HOW TO MAKE A QUILT instructions were given for scissors and templates.

I love scrap quilts, I bought this bought as a used book on amazon and it was worth the money even though the it has old and dated instructions…. What can I say I like old books.

Judy has released newer editions of SCRAP QUILTS but I have yet to see the newest edition.

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Stellar QuiltsStellar Quilts by Judy Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE QUILTS in the book Stellar Quilts are not for the faint of heart… I felt most of the quilts are for the intermediate to advance quilter. Ms Martin use templates to achieve many of her complex stars. Many of the stars depict a shiny, glowing effect by using multiple colors. She also discusses many methods to achieve success such as partial seaming, the reason dog ears should be trimmed, how to handle bias. Ms Martin also give multiple setting for some of the star blocks resulting in different looking quilts.

I have only made one block from the book and I found it to be a challenge. I think I like paper piecing method better to achieve a complex block construction.

I do like Ms Martins explanation of some of the traditional quilting rules as I found them logical and interesting a great food for thought.

I ordered this book on Amazon and got it for a reduced price. I am not sure I would have bought the book at full price as I knew when I ordered it that it was an advanced quilt book. It was one of those I want the book even though I do not plan to make any of those quilts.

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Traditional Two Block QuiltsTraditional Two Block Quilts by Sally Saulmon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2005

I purchased this from the AQS fall sale. In this book Ms Saulmon discusses briefly how blocks are classified by grids. She also how to combine blocks to develop an over all quilting pattern. I did find I had to refer back to Jinny Beyer’s Quilt Encyclopedia to understand how grids were determined so the blocks could be combined.

Ms Saulmon was a master at fussy cutting fabrics to make the boldest design statements. I particularly like the quilts called:

Centennial Medallion where she used a border print/ stripe to surround the center of the quilt.

Hoopla, she uses fussy cut border fabric as a strong design element.

In the quilt PERSIAN PUZZLE she uses fussy cut patches to make a strong design statement that looked like tile work.

I adored the quilt TEMPO where she again uses border fabric and half square triangles to make strong diagonal lines.

Xanadu used some funky parrot fabric but the way she fussy cut the patches they mirror imaged each other in a kaleidoscopic effect.

Ms Saulmon seems to like stars in her quilts because the majority of quilts resulted in star blocks when they were combine.

I bought this book for less then $10 on sale. I am reserving judgement as to how much I like this book. Currently it does not suit the type of quilting I am planning for the future but I still enjoyed the book. I would recommend the quilt to a confident beginner quilter.. someone who is ready to push their skills.

I also found this book went hand and hand with Claudia Olsen’s book 15 TWO BLOCK QUILTS.

Nonnie

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Fabric Makes the Quilt by Roberta Horton

The Fabric Makes the QuiltThe Fabric Makes the Quilt by Roberta Horton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published 1995

First the bad…. want to get it over… I did not like the quilts in this book. They are mostly ethnic / African / Art Quilts. Sorry but this is not my cup of tea and I wish the quilts styles in the book were more diverse, because I know MS HORTON is a long time quilter and has made many quilts.

What I like about this book and WHY I keep it on my book shelf is her down to earth easily understood explanation of quilt designs and principles. I do not care what kind of quilter you are… Traditional, contemporary, Modern, Art Quilter you can apply the principles and lessons in this book to your own quilts. I just learned so much about design quilts that were applicable to my quilts in the past and I will definitely be using much of the information in the future. I finally understood why some of my quilts were dull and flat and why some of my designs failed. I consider this a valuable lesson to learn.

I would recommend this book to be read by others if they can get their hands on it from a library or at a discount. I got my copy for a well spent $1,00 at a quilt guild. I honestly do not know if I could recommend spending the $25 asking price.

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Mastering the Art of Mc Tavishing by Karen Mc Tavish

Mastering the Art of McTavishingMastering the Art of McTavishing by Karen McTavish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book comes with a DVD about MACHINE QUILTING. Karen is a long-armer who had developed an award winning quilting style. She teaches you how to do it and where to apply the technique. The DVD shows the technique done on a long arm, on a domestic machine and by hand-quilting. I love the technique and have tried it several times on my domestic machine.

I have purchased all of Karen’s DVDs and books, I consider her a very talented long arm quilter.

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BOOK REVIEWS: MACHINE QUILTING : Primer of Techniques by Sue Nickels

Machine Quilting: A Primer of TechniquesMachine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques by Sue Nickels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the next guild workshop (OCTOBER, 2011) I am going to have the opportunity of taking a class from Sue Nickles, let me say I am really looking forward to it. I am reading this book as preparation for the class. She does have a class supply list on her web site but I thought it best to read the book first. I plan to read in depth then skim it. I have read it before as it has been on my shelf for several years and it is a great reference book on machine quilting.

Ms Nickles has won many quilting awards at Huston and Paducah Kentucky Quilt Shows. She does all her quilting on a domestic machine. Her sister Pat Holly is also a renown quilter and they frequently collaborate on their quilts.

CHAPTERS:

MACHINE QUILTING HISTORY

LONG ARM QUILTING

SUPPLIES

CHOOSING DESIGNS

MARKING DESIGNS

STRAIGHT LINE QUILTING

FREE MOTION QUILTING

MARKING

BASTING

BACKING

HANDLING BULK

STITCHING ORDER

FINISHING

MY FAVORITE TIP: CUT the ends off of kitchen gloves and use those to grip your quilt with. Your hand will not get hot by wearing full gloves. The finger tips work as good or better than the minnesinger gloves.

I recommend this book for any newbie who wants to quilt her own projects. I would buy this book again as I believe it a great starter book. I would then recommend Karen Mc Tavish’s books and DVDs to kick up their skills to the next level.

Ms Nickles recently released a DVD that also teaches you how to free motion quilt. It has to be purchased separately.

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A Podcast I like…..

HOW STUFF WORKS / BRAIN STUFF
BRAIN STUFF BLOG

BRAIN STUFF WITH MARSHALL BRAIN
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ON HOW STUFF WORKS NETWORK


I LOVE THE PODCASTS I found at, How Stuff Works, and have been downloading and listening to Brain Stuff (and Stuff I Missed in History Class.) I cannot get enough of them. Some of the topics I have listened to that I think others might find of interest are: Creative Brain, The Procrastinating Brain, Science of Pet Peeves, Is Free Will an Illusion, and my favorite (because I do not have one) Welcome to my Memory Palace. I have subscribed to the podcasts via iTunes. IF you like to listen and learn about diverse topics this is a podcast site for you.

What I did not like about not the podcasts, but the blog/ web site was the inability to navigate the site to find related articles or links sites that relates to the podcasts. There are many great articles but they does not seem to be an archive of the podcast /blogs so that you can refer back to links when you listen to the older podcast. It is very frustrating to want to learn more in-depth information and not be able to find it.


Oh well …. I am going to sign off now cause I wanted to go learn about Dinosaur Sex.

Nonnie



Yes, I need to get and MP3 PLAYER !!!

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SEWING I hate to DO!!! a rant!!!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MY HUBBY…… but I hate to shorten his jeans/ pants. He wears industrial grade jeans because he works at a dirty fix machinery kind of job and he ends up in a dirty environment more times then not. Anyways he is kind of short so ANY PANTS HE BUYS…. I have to shorten so they fit. Problem is he can never decide where he wants his pants to hit his shoes and the leg length to be so he is happy. He knows this is an important decision because I WILL NOT SHORTEN THEM TWICE.

We go through an elaborate ritual to get hem length correct. First we wash the pants in very hot water to shrink the fabrics of the jeans. Then he puts the pants on (with his shoes and belt on) and I pin baste the jeans to the correct length. I then tape the hem into place and take out the pins. I use Scotch Transparent tape because I sew through the tape and it is helpful when I am lining up the hem fold. Sometimes I have had to cut off a lot of fabric to make the double folded hem, which is traditional in jeans. If Hubby has bought a shorter pair of jeans and I do not have enough hem I just fold them over.

When hemming his jeans I use heavy thread (50 or 40 weight, jean color or the gold they use in traditional jeans) and I use a 16 or 18 top stitch needle. I figure if that size is good for quilting it is good for sewing jeans. I also tend to use larger stitch size so if I need to pull it out it is easier plus I like the look of the larger stitch on the hems.

Well, this is the end of my rant….. I have to go hem some jeans…

Happy Quilting,

Nonnie

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