June 2015

Needle Points from Rhonda


Spring International Quilt Market was in Minneapolis recently where I was so happy to meet up with Debra Gabel. Debra is an amazing artist! Besides owning and designing for Zebra Patterns, Debra designed the logo for the wildly popular Row By Row Experience which you are seeing now at favorite quilt shops around the world. Debra is featured in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #16 and what a story she has of personal health challenges and artistic triumphs. Debra has a unique design style that has grabbed our quilter world. You just may want to collect every pattern she has ever designed while shopping the Row By Row Experience quilt shops you encounter this summer!
Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit Too!

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director

699 Executive Drive

Willowbook, IL  60527

Rhonda with Debra Gabel, Zebra Patterns

Spring International Quilt Market 2015





Lime Green Grabbit


I love Grabbits! I love how my straight pins are magically drawn to my Grabbit Magnetic Pincushion. Ok, its more than magic. Strong polarized magnets grab the pins. And I love the cheery high gloss color selection - Red, Raspberry, Purple, Lavender, Blue and now tada ... Lime. The new Lime Green Grabbit is at my sewing table, a raspberry Grabbit on my ironing board and a lavender in the living room for hand sewing projects. I love Grabbits! Find Grabbit Magnetic Pincushions at your favorite shop. Have you collected all the colors?





SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #16


In this issue:


Meet Debra Gabel, Zebra Patterns owner & designer and Creative Director for Row By Row Experience. Debra's graphic style is amazing! In fact she designed the Row By Row Experience logo. After you read her interview written by Rita Farro, I know you too will be a huge fan of Debra Gabel.


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Fat Quarter Gypsy

"I Want A Fat Quarter POP UP!" I heard buyers say this more than a few times at International Quilt Market last month in Minneapolis. The Fat Quarter Gypsy, aka Joanne Hillestad, created this adorable POP UP. This is a pattern using a fat quarter, a Fat Quarter Gypsy POP UP wire spring frame, along with a few notions you already have on hand. Currently one size is available with larger sizes coming soon. This is one quick and easy gift. Use the POP UP on your sewing table as a mini snippet collector. Use in the car for trash. How about using an oilcloth POP UP to serve popcorn! Find the Fat Quarter POP UP at your local quilt shop.


    CHIC BATIK - The Challenge    

American Sewing Expo is very excited about their newest contest for 2015! Partnering with Island Batik and Superior Threads, ASE wants you to show us how rayon batik fabrics can be used in current and fashion forward garments.

Use your imagination, have fun and you might just be the winner of a fabulous Prize!

  • 1st Place: $1,000 Cash Prize and a Juki Sewing Machine

  • 2nd Place: $600 Cash Prize and a French European Dress Form

  • 3rd Place: $300 Cash Prize

Submission deadline is August 1st. Full details, rules, and entry form can be found at http://www.americansewingexpo.com/Contests.html


The SCHMETZ Microtex Needle


I love this needle! The Microtex is my favorite needle for piecing quilts. Size 80/12 is the size I use most, but I let the fabric and thread dictate. Right now I'm working on a finer quilt fabric that puckers when stitched. I changed to another fresh Microtex 80/12 and the same thing happened, so I switched to a smaller needle 70/10 and voila! My piecing is smooth as butter ... and my stitches are impeccable.

The SCHMETZ Microtex is generically known as a Sharp. This needle has a very slim acute point. In other words, a very fine point. Because the needle is so fine, it also needs to be replaced more often. That's right! Needles don't last forever. Replace the needle when you hear a little click at stitch formation or your stitches become uneven.

Use SCHMETZ Microtex with Micro fibers, polyester, silk, foils, fake leather, batiks, quilting cotton. The very thin acute point creates beautiful topstitching and perfectly straight stitches for piecing quilts. Use when precision is paramount.

Sizes: 60/8, 90/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18

Issue 13

Amy Barickman

Issue 14

Eileen Roche

Issue 15

Singer Featherweight


Have you seen these back issues of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW?


SCHMETZ App - Updated Version (1.2.1)

Wondering which needle to use? Wonder no more because there's an App for That! That's right ... and it's free! CLICK HERE to download the most recent version (1.2.1).


At last ... easy to identify SCHMETZ needles! Most needles now have two bands of color - the top band to identify needle type and the lower band to identify size. The Universal needle has just one band of color for size. Yahoo!


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Where's Rhonda?

2015 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 24-27

Shipshewana IN

Designer Joi's Sewing Holiday

July 22-25

Sioux City IA

United Notions/Moda Fabrics Open House

August 16-17

Dallas TX

Janome Institute

August 18-22

San Antonio TX

Baby Lock Tech

August 29-September 1

St. Louis MO

International Quilt Market

October 24-26

Houston TX