April                                                        2019


On the Road . . .


March momentum! That was my theme for the month. After four SCHMETZ lectures at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo (sewexpo.com), I moved on to beautiful Vancouver, BC. My mission was giving a combo SCHMETZ lecture and hands-on class at Pfaff on Granville. Some time ago, I tested a hands-on class format in a controlled environment with six students on their own machines. Imagine my trepidation when I learned 37 people on 13 machines enrolled in the class. Take a deep breath Rhonda! Step up and deliver. The evening was a hit! I talked needles, did show & tell from my Polar Vortex Sewing Extravaganza, then proceeded with everyone testing needles. A little twist was thrown in that at first baffled the testers. Then smiles, laughs and conversation made a "point" elevating everyone's respect for the needle. Thanks to Sabine at Pfaff on Granville for booking this fun and memorable evening.

Next stop was TRENDS at E.E.Schenck, wholesale distributor and home to Maywood Studios fabric in Portland OR. To get there from Vancouver, I took the scenic Amtrak Cascades enjoying the coastline and friendly conversation with other passengers. Rail is not often a travel option, but this time the schedule worked. On St. Patrick's Day, a full room of shop owners attended my SCHMETZ lecture so they could go back to teach their staff and customers. Thank you E.E.Schenck for an awesome opportunity!

Last week, I dropped by International Quilt Festival in Chicago (quilts.com) for a day, otherwise, I'm home for a few weeks. The weather is cool, so I still have time to stitch a few warm weather clothes. As you spring forward with your own sewing and quilting, remember, needles don't last forever!

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Rhonda found time to shop at Fabricana, Richmond BC.

Visit Rhonda's personal blog to see the fabric goodies she found: www.SewMoreStitches.com

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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #64

Cathy Wiggins


Saddle up, because Cathy Wiggins is rocking our quilt world by mixing leather, machine embroidery and quilting into nontraditional designs. Cathy, through tenacity and creative exploration, has found her niche and openly shares the journey with us. Cathy reveals her work practices: Finding creative solutions from chatting with friends; Releasing the old to make room for the new; Honoring the life and spirit of each project. Last summer, Cathy's Rodeo was exhibited in the quilt library at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE. People were astonished at the fine detail and even more surprised that the quilt was made of leather. Cathy's zest for leather just may inspire you to add leather to your quilting and embroidery repertoire. Click HERE.


SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #63

Morna McEver Golletz


Business is tough. Creating a viable small business is even tougher, especially when working alone. For nearly 10 years, Morna McEver Golletz has provided a safe, creative and business savvy environment to develop ideas and strategize business development. As Founder and CEO of the International Association of Creative Art Professionals and Creative Arts Business Summit (CABS), Morna has touched the business lives of innumerable designers, retailers and creative professionals. Her knowledge of creative industries, combined with astute listening skills and business savvy has launched many successful entrepreneurs into the profitable businesses that dreams are built. Click HERE.

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Leather Needles

Features a cutting point. For use with leather, artificial leather,
heavy non-woven synthetics. Do not use on knit or woven fabrics.

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

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Look for These NEW Products in Your Local Shop

Eazy Peazy Retro Runner

Eazy Peazy


This quilted table runner is eazy and fun to make. Perfect for all skill levels. Makes great gift. Show your creativity.

Click HERE for more information.

Carefree Cacti

Poorhouse Quilt Designs

Do you have a brown thumb? Why not turn your scraps into beautiful carefree desert gardens!

Click HERE for more information.



BobbinSaver2, fondly known as the "Square" Cousin of the original BobbinSaver, has the following features:

- For regular household sewing machine bobbins.
- Holds up to 66 plastic or metal bobbins.
- Measures 5.25" x 5.5" x .75".
- Made of red pliable plastic.
- Bobbins not included.

Item #: BS2

Retail: $11.95 each

Click HERE for more information.


Limited Edition Black Grabbit

The perfect holiday gift for sewing enthusiasts and others. A great tool for sewing rooms, offices, work benches, etc.

Round magnetic pin holder with 50 Grabbit steel sewing pins. Limited black color is available while supplies last.

Item #: GB-BLACK

Retail: $14.25 each

Click HERE for more information.

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

SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW

Issue 62

MJ Kinman

Issue 61

Tracy Krauter

Issue 60

Five Years in Review


Where's Rhonda?

2019 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)


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

Shipshewana Quilt Festival*

June 19-22, 2019

Shipshewana IN

Four Schoolhouse Lectures

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

August 1-3, 2019

Raleigh NC


Janome Institute

August 21-25, 2019

Atlanta GA


Illinois Quilters*

September 5, 2019

Wilmette IL


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

September 12-14, 2019

Cincinnati OH


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

October 3-5, 2019

Fredericksburg VA


International Quilt Market

October 24-28, 2019

Houston TX

Threads of Success*

October 26, 2019

Houston TX


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

November 14-16, 2019

Novi MI




*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes


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