November 2017


Rhonda with her quilt idol, Pam Holland,

Infinite Color Splash.

International Quilt Market, Houston 2017

On the Road . . .


My dream of having a quilt on exhibit at International Quilt Festival, and seeing it hang in Houston, came true. I returned home from Houston, physically tired, but completely energized by the visual menagerie of colors, patterns, textures and the remarkable talents of individuals and companies that creatively stitch our industry together. Plus, I still have a little buzz from seeing my quilt, Infinite Color Splash, hang among accomplished quilters. Quilt shop owners and sewing machine dealers from around the world gathered last week for International Quilt Market, wholesale tradeshow prior to quilt festival, purchasing fabrics and notions, scheduling world renown educators for classes, and celebrating our industry. Besides quilt market, downtown Houston was bustling with performances by the temporarily relocated Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Astros playing in the World Series just one block away at Minute Maid Park. Houston was a buzz with an eclectic array of enthusiasm. Houston Strong!

Before quilt market opened, I spent a couple hours in The Museum of Fine Arts, specifically, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit spanning five decades. I am still awestruck by Oscar's design lines, color play, attention to detail and the fit of garments. I love Oscar's quote: "What I try to do in my design is to make a woman dream." Mission complete, Oscar! I am dreaming. I am dreaming of making well-made dresses for myself and finally bringing dream quilts into reality with needle, fabric and thread. Whether you have a chance to see Oscar's exhibit or not, one must always have a dream and work towards its reality.
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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #45


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Susanne Miller Jones


Whether planning for retirement, or younger, and living in the moment, what plans and goals have you set? Life happens fast! Plans help guide your destiny. Plans mixed with curiosity, friends and creativity can escalate into unexpected paths. Just ask Susanne Miller Jones. Susanne's plan from school teacher to retirement was intercepted by serendipity. Susanne's growing interest in quilts and an appreciation for the miracle of man landing on the moon, led to being a friend of NASA, yes, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and curating a traveling art quilt exhibit with two more thought evoking exhibits coming soon. Enjoy! Click Here!



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Special Offers: With the upcoming holidays in mind, starting this Friday, November 10, 2017 and then on the following five Wednesdays, a variety of special offers will be emailed giving you a limited window to purchase some great items. These offers are website only and are emailed only to our SCHMETZ newsletter subscribers. Consider the specials for stocking stuffers for friends . . . and yourself!

Check your email on Friday, November 10, 2017 for the first special!


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



The Eye of the Needle

How important is that little piece of steel making your machine stitches?
German engineering designs, calculates, tests and inspects the SCHMETZ needle.
Take for instance the eye . . . did you know that needles have different eye shapes?

The most popular needle, Universal, has an eye that is 40% the width of the blade.
There are three other needles with larger eyes: Embroidery,
and the elongated eye of the Metallic and Topstitch needles

What Does a Larger Eye Mean?

There is less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. Does your thread
break or tend to shred when sewing? The solution is to use a needle with a larger eye.
Use a needle with a large eye when using old or poor quality thread. The thread and
needle work hard and fast. Give them a helping hand by using a larger eye.



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


Check Out SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW archives.


Issue 44

Rob Appell

Issue 43

Annie Unrein

Issue 42

Weeks Ringle

& Bill Kerr


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Where's Rhonda?

2018 Schedule

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February 22-25, 2018

Pasadena CA

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

March 1-4, 2018

Puyallup WA


March 24-26, 2018

Charlotte NC

Creative Arts Business Summit

April 26-28, 2018

Washington DC

Shipshewana Quilt Festival*

June 21, 2018

Shipshewana IN

Pride of the Prairie*

December 13, 2018

Naperville IL


*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes

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