June                                                         2019


On the Road . . .


Attending International Quilt Market is a biannual wholesale pilgrimage. Last month's market was held in beautiful Kansas City, MO, rich with clean streets and architectural diversity. KC barbeque was pretty good too.

Within walking distance of the convention center is the Historic Garment District. During the turn of the century, a robust garment manufacturing industry flourished. At its peak, the garment business in Kansas City was well known through the world. The district is honored by a 19 ft. hand needle sewing a giant red button. What a joy to find the sculpture.

Market is rich with networking and, of course, finding new products. Below are a few favorite sewing & quilting treasures that you will soon find at local quilt shops and sewing machine dealers. Let's sew!

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The most photographed quilt, and my favorite, at Quilt Market is the awesome Windham & Anthology Fabrics butterfly: Take Flight, Designed & Pieced by Natalie Crabtree. Quilted by Holly Seever. At market I took lots of pictures that you can view at https://sewmorestitches.com/blog?blogcategory=2019+Spring+Quilt+Market


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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #66

Judy Kessinger

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Was there a time when you enjoyed sewing your own clothes? Chances are you were a Stretch and Sew customer. Chances are also good that your recent attempts at garment sewing have been frustrating. Why? Because manufactured patterns give you directions to sew but never to fit.

We've all been there. But don't give up! There is hope! Judy Kessinger’s company, FitNice, is the MISSING LINK. She has the answer to making clothes you will love to wear. Casual, comfortable and sophisticated but not couture. She keeps it simple. FitNice is ALL ABOUT THE FIT! All you need is a personal pattern — which you can use over and over again to make any number of garments. Click HERE.


Six Products Seen at Quilt Market:


Holiday Baubles

Make these holiday baubles any time of year. Use them as bowl fillers, ornaments & home décor. They look complex, yet are easy to make. Another awesome pattern from Poorhouse Quilt Designs.



Buttonhole Smart Marks Water Soluble Tape

Evenly spaced buttonholes made easy! Just tape, stitch and wash away. Another smart product from The Junk Jeans People.




Eco-friendly laminated cotton fabric. Spill proof. Wash-N-Wipe. Food Safe. Family Friendly. Fun to sew! Use a SCHMETZ Super NonStick needle.


Loralie Designs

Loralie's favorite characters are now available in Medleys, also known as Panel in a Package! Panels, squares, borders and strips of favorite characters: Nifty Nurses, Sew Curious, Cool School, Fun Chefs, You Golf Girl, Fancy Cats.




Love applique, but hate the sticky mess? FUSAMAT with a fiberglass grid to the rescue! Great for quilting and dressmaking as seams don't slip.




Eleanor Burns

Victorian floral fabric, Zelie Ann, Eleanor Burn's newest fabric line by Benartex is graceful, beautiful and rich with history.


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SCHMETZ Costume Packs




$10.49 retail



$10.49 retail


Let's cosplay! Get started with these variety needle packs. Whether sewing wovens, knits or mystery fabrics, there is a needle appropriate for every project. Available now at independently owned quilt shops and sewing machine dealers.

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Have You Read These Back Issues?

SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW

Issue 64

Cathy Wiggins

Issue 62

MJ Kinman

Issue 61

Tracy Krauter


Where's Rhonda?

2019/20 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)


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


Baby Lock Tech

August 24-28, 2019

St. Louis MO


Illinois Quilters*

September 5, 2019

Wilmette IL


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

September 12-14, 2019

Worcester MA


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

September 19-21, 2019

Cincinnati OH


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

October 3-5, 2019

Fredericksburg VA


International Quilt Market

October 24-28, 2019

Houston TX

Two Take & Teach Classes

Threads of Success*

October 26, 2019

Houston TX


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

November 14-16, 2019

Novi MI


Quilting By The Sea*

March 10, 2020

Boca Raton FL




*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes


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