February                                                 2019


On the Road . . .


My seasonal sewing started the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My friend & colleague, Rita Farro, organized a six day sewing & exercise retreat in Iowa for Mary Mulari, Deanna Springer & myself. Mother Nature had her own plans. The day after we arrived, magical, glistening snow fell, followed by wind and ice, closing roads. We did not go anywhere. No daily swimming at the YMCA. No daily walking in nearby wooded trails. Too much snow. Our yoga instructor was able to brave the elements for only two sessions. How do extended snow days translate? Sew days! Exercise was buried into the snow drifts. Our days evolved into blissful stitches, colorful conversations, great food and games. We each accomplished major sewing fetes.

Many of my 2019 outfits were started on retreat and finished during last week's Polar Vortex. I live in the Chicago area. Over the weekend we had a 90 temperature spread. The temperature was nearly 50 F yesterday. Unbelievable! What I know is that sewing at home with the blinds pulled and insulated curtains drawn, I entered into a Polar Vortex Sewing Extravaganza ... and I have the finished outfits to show for my time. Next week at the VDTA/SDTA dealer show in Las Vegas, I will wear a couple new outfits, but the big unveiling comes later in the month at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup WA. I hope our paths cross at an upcoming event. See my updated show schedule below.

If you want to keep up with me as I sew, travel and meet sewing & quilting fans, check out my new blog at sewmorestitches.com/blog. I meet so many awesome friends through sewing, I needed a way to share more pics and stories, so blogging it is. Come on over as I learn to blog and hopefully show you a glimpse into our wonderful world of sewing. Let's Sew!

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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #62

MJ Kinman

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One year ago, MJ Kinman and her unusually large gem quilts burst onto the quilting scene like a 4th of July Fireworks Finale. The first time she was a vendor at the International Quilt Market in 2017, it looked like a rock concert was happening in her booth. The quilting world had never seen anything quite like her large gemstone quilts ... it was like you were looking into a gigantic glittering diamond. MJs quilts have cut, clarity and color. MJ is clearly working and living in her brilliance. Click HERE.



SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #61

Tracy Krauter

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One of the main reasons to attend International Quilt Market, the largest sewing industry trade show, is to walk the show and see what's happening. Of course, it is always a pleasure to see the new fabric lines, and it's the best way to discover new teachers and designers. But to actually find a NEW PRODUCT is very exciting. Or, in the case of Tracy Krauter, a new spin on an old product. Do you remember oilcloth? Tracy Krauter had a vision, and she roared into 2018 Spring Quilt Market with her new, softer, gentler laminated fabric. Click HERE.

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Sewing Tips:

Fear not! Sewing with laminated cotton is easier than it looks.



40wt or heavier.


SCHMETZ Super NonStick Size 100/16.


Use a longer than normal stitch length.

If stitches need to be ripped out, try to
"heal" the fabric with your fingers.

No need to bind or serge cut edges.
IMPWEAR does not unravel.
It's sealed/laminated.


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Where's Rhonda?

2019 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)



February 9-13, 2019

Las Vegas NV

Vendor & Lecture

Sewing & Stitchery Expo*

February 28-March 4, 2019

Puyallup WA

Four Lectures & Facebook Host

EE Schenck/Trends Show*

March 16-17, 2019

Portland OR


International Quilt Festival

March 28-30, 2019

Chicago IL

Let's Sew*

April 23, 2019

Evansville IN


April 24-27, 2019

Paducah KY

Salt Creek Quilter's Guild*

May 9, 2019

Chicago IL


International Quilt Market*

May 16-19, 2019

Kansas City MO

Two Take & Teach Classes

Bernina University*

June 9-13, 2019

Jacksonville FL

Vendor & Lecture

Quilt Canada

June 12-15, 2019

Ottawa ON

Shipshewana Quilt Festival*

June 19-22, 2019

Shipshewana IN

Four Schoolhouse Lectures

Janome Institute

August 21-25, 2019

Atlanta GA


Illinois Quilters*

September 5, 2019

Wilmette IL


International Quilt Market

October 24-28, 2019

Houston TX

Threads of Success*

October 26, 2019

Houston TX


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