November                                               2019


On the Road . . .


How could International Quilt Market & Festival now be a memory? My five days participating in Houston, the quilting epicenter, seems like a blink of the eye. My mind is energized from all the conversations, brainstorming, networking, chance encounters and visual quilty stimulation. Oh my, I left Houston with so many things I want to do, make and say! There is work to be done.

From my personal website starting with the October 24th blog post, you can get a glimpse of my quilt market. Over the next few days, more posts will be added to the blog. Here's the link:

In two weeks I give my last two SCHMETZ classes of the year at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Novi, MI ( Will you be there? I would love to see you in my 2" of Steel SCHMETZ classes.

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Special thanks to my friends at ever so soft Shannon Fabrics. I adore sewing, wearing & cuddling with Cuddle® fabrics. Thanks, Ellen & Arvin, for sponsoring my Take & Teach classes and for providing awesome gifts for my Threads of Success lecture. Shannon Fabrics truly Makes the World A Softer Place. ❤


Ellen Mickelson, Arvin Pairavi with Rhonda

International Quilt Market, Fall 2019 Houston TX

Shannon Fabrics was featured in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW:

Thanks for Reading SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW!


SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #71


Rob Appell


Update! Two years have passed since Rita Farro’s first interview with Rob Appell. Opportunities have changed and Rob is reinventing himself, this time with Michael Miller Fabrics. With interests in surfing, fabric, and YouTube, Rob has found balance while serving local quilt shops and ultimately, inspiring thousands of hands-on creatives.

Rob also updates his impressive full circle journey with And The Flag Was Still There quilt.

When you finish reading about Rob, hop on over to the Rob’s Making It Fun You Tube channel. You, too, will want to ride the quilt waves!


Click HERE to read on

IRIS Pins are Rhonda's Favorite


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IRIS pins are Rhonda's favorite when sewing Cuddle® Shannon Fabric. 

1˝" long steel pins. Easy to grip multi-color plastic head. Super sharp point. 

Swiss made. 250 pins in the famous Clic-Clac tin. 



$10.95 retail


Click HERE for information.


Available at local fabric/quilt shops & sewing machine dealers.



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


Free Motion Embroidery with a Spring Needle


Are you curious about free motion embroidery using a spring needle? Have you always wanted to try it, but weren't sure how to set your machine? Spring needles combine the function of a darning spring on the needle itself. Available in a variety of sizes, this needle is a dream for free-hand machine embroidery or monogramming in a hoop without a foot. The instructions below can be applied to any of the spring needles. While there are a variety of spring needles available, the following instructions will cover Free Motion Embroidery using a SCHMETZ Embroidery Spring Needle.

Here's what needs to be done to prepare your machine for free motion:

  1. Lower the feed dog as described in your machine manual. (With some machine models, you cannot lower the feed dog; in that case, you need to cover the feed dog with the cover enclosed in the accessories box.)

  2. Remove the presser foot.

  3. Lower the presser foot bar.

  4. Insert the Embroidery Spring Needle and thread it.

  5. Use a straight stitch.

  6. Start with the tension set at normal. Stitch on a scarp (the same as your project).

  7. Remove the fabric from the machine and check the tension. You should have a good stitch top and bottom as shown below. If the top thread is pulling to the back as shown, raise the upper thread tension to a higher number. Continue to increase the tension until the stitch is balanced.


Remember: You removed the presser foot and lowered your feed dog. You are now regulating the length of the stitch yourself by moving the fabric manually. Do not move the fabric too fast. The machine speed should be uniform: not too fast, not too slow. Experiment which speed suits you best. You may need to practice for a while until you achieve even stitches.

Stabilizer may be needed depending upon the weight of your fabric.


  • Always take a few stitches in place when beginning to sew until your machine reached the proper speed. Continue stitching, e.g., with stippling and other designs.

  • Try free motion embroidery with satin stitch:  Use the zigzag stitch. Begin stitching as before to get the feel for it. You have to move the fabric very slowly to form the satin stitch.

  • Use multi-colored threads for a special effect.

Available in a variety of sizes and styles. Click HERE for information.

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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW

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Jodie Davis

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Nancy Zieman Productions

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Rita Farro

Where's Rhonda?

2019/20 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo*

November 14-16, 2019

Novi MI



February 16-18, 2020

Las Vegas NV

Sewing & Stitchery Expo*

February 27-MArch 1, 2020

Puyallup WA


March 20-22, 2020

Cologne Germany

The Gathering of Quilters*

April 16, 2020

Toledo OH

Quilting By The Sea*

October 13, 2020

Boca Raton FL


Faithful Circle Quilters Guild*

November 18, 2020

Downers Grove IL



*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes


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