September 2015


Needle Points from Rhonda


It's not too late to whip up a couple late summer dresses using cotton fabrics. Or another way to think about it is, cool beach dresses for an upcoming warm weather winter vacation. Either way, I'm so pleased to feature Kay Whitt in the next issue of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW e-zine. I love her sense of style and her thoughtful decision to sell patterns through independent quilt shops. We met up recently at the Moda Open House in Dallas. After seeing her samples and patterns, there is no doubt Kay has her finger on fit and fashion. Read Kay's interview below in SCHMETZ Inspired to Sew #19, then get busy transforming your quilt fabric into comfortable and fashionable dresses.

Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit Too!

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
699 Executive Drive

Willowbook, IL  60527

Rhonda & Kay Whitt at Moda Open House August 2015.





SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #19


Kay Whitt is a breath of fresh air designing dresses using cotton fabrics. A former elementary school teacher takes cotton fabrics way beyond traditional quilt making. Kay's thoughtfully designed dresses blend vintage vibe with femininity. Her Serendipity Studio patterns are available at independent retailers in traditional tissue paper form. Kay will inspire you to take a new look at your quilt fabric stash! Click Here!

Quilt Man!

Wow! I met Quilt Man! Who knew? Quilt Man promotes "quilt city," Paducah, KY. The "Q" on his chest is from the National Quilt Museum logo. I was excited that Quilt Man jumped into my SCHMETZ booth. I quickly armed him with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle where he pointed out the color bands on the SCHMETZ needle. You can download the SCHMETZ color chart below. I'll meet up with Quilt Man again in Paducah next year. The question is, will I meet his partner Bobbin?


A Conversation with Pat Sloan


How does Pat Sloan do it all? Moda fabric designer, quilt pattern designer, book author, speaker and host of The Voice of Quilting. Pat and I spoke about SCHMETZ needles on her August 10th radio program. Check out the conversation. We talked about quilters favorite SCHMETZ needles for piecing and quilting.



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Issue 16

Debra Gabel

Issue 17

Joan Ford

Issue 18

Pamela Leggett


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


Leather Needle



Is leather part of an upcoming winter sewing project? Maybe leather accents on a jacket? Be sure to use the SCHMETZ Leather needle.  Stitch with caution. This needle has a cutting point, so once the leather is stitched a needle hole is left. There's no ripping out a seam without leaving stitch holes. 


On the other hand, if multi-media quilts are your forte, consider the Leather needle. On woven fabrics the fiber will be cut, resulting in a unique, textured look. Grab a Leather needle and experiment! 


Sizes available:  70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18


SCHMETZ App - 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?

2015-16 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

Baby Lock Tech

August 29-September 1, 2015

St. Louis MO

International Quilt Market

October 24-26, 2015

Houston TX


January 27-30, 2016

Las Vegas NV

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

February 25-28, 2016

Puyallup WA