April 2017

On the Road . . .


In 2014 I was blown away by the International Quilt Festival Ruby Jubilee exhibit in Houston. Barbara Black's Red & White-By The Numbers quilt using the Infinite Variety inspired Just Takes 2 pattern was a stand out. I also adore colorful Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Imagine my delight when in 2015 my LQS offered a 12 month Just Takes 2 quilt challenge with no color restrictions. Boom! Traditional quilt blocks meet a color splash! With quarterly due dates, I knew this overwhelming & challenging project with 200 pages of instructions could be finished.

On a lark, I entered this quilt in the special exhibit Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts at International Quilt Festival, Chicago and am ever so humbled for its acceptance. This is my first entry into a major show. The fact that this quilt is not a UFO, gives me much satisfaction. I give a big thanks to my LQS and everyone for pushing me to finish this quilt and the courage to share it with a wider audience.

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There is nothing unusual about a child going into the family business. If your mother is a nurse, you might grow up wanting to be one, too. If your father is a plumber, you grow up knowing about that trade and thinking it is a good way to make a living. But what if your mother is one of the most famous celebrities in the home sewing industry? Melissa Watson says she is a fashion clothing designer "by education and osmosis." The only child of Pati Palmer, how could she miss? Enjoy! Click Here!



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Are You Familiar with the Talent and Products in these Back Issues?

Check Out SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW archives.


SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW?


Issue 37

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Issue 36

Laura Coia

Issue 35

Electric Quilt



SCHMETZ Needle Fact - Copy & Paste into Your Own Newsletter or Blog!

How to Read the Needle System

Home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H. 130/705 refers to a needle with a flat shank. "H" refers to a German word Hohlkehle that translates to scarf, otherwise known as that little indentation located on the back side of the needle above the eye. That's right. . . and it is important for stitch formation.

Lucky for us. . . . nearly all home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H . . . that's machines from Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna Viking, Janome, Juki, Pfaff, Singer, White and more. Know that machine companies sometimes manufacture specialty machines - long arm, sashiko, felting or other models - that require a different needle system, so check your owner's manual or talk to your machine dealer.

There are nearly 7,000 different needle systems available for sewing machines throughout the world. That's a lot! Don't let this scare you because most of those needle systems are for commercial and industrial machines. So the very good news is that 99% of home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H.

130/705 H is a flat shank needle with a scarf (indentation).


Sewing Essentials

SCHMETZ Chrome Needles

GRABBIT Magnetic Pin Cushion

SCHMETZ Scissors


Hexis, circles and squares are Tray Chic. Joan Hawley's projects are stylish and addictive to make. Grab your favorite fabrics, fuse a little, cut a little, sew a little ... and done! Wouldn't these nesting trays be cute filled with Easter eggs? Pattern available at local quilt shops & machine dealers.



Remember . . .


Change YOUR Needle!


- The needle is meant to be changed -

- The needle gets dull from use -

- The needle is NOT a permanent machine part -

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Where's Rhonda?

2017 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

International Quilt Festival

April 6-8, 2017

Chicago IL

Thimbles University*

April 22, 2017

Lockport IL

International Quilt Market

May 19-21, 2017

St. Louis MO

Quilt Canada

June 14-17, 2017

Toronto Canada

Shipshewana Quilt Festival Schoolhouse*

June 21-24, 2017

Shipshewana IN

Baby Lock Tech

August 26-31, 2017

St. Louis MO 

EE Schenck Trends

September 2017

Portland OR 


*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes