May 2021
On the Road ... Virtually
Have the travel bug? Want to hang out with others who love to sew & quilt? Need an escape from 2020 ... and 2021 too? How about a river cruise? I’m excited that Laura Coia, Sew Very Easy YouTube Super Sewing Star, SewVeryEasy, is headlining a special Music Cities river cruise in August. Look at your calendar. That's only four months from now!

Laura will be mingling, chatting and presenting a trunk show from her favorite episodes of Sew Very Easy. I'll be there too! Laura and I have been friends for years. Between the two of us, we know there are lots of laughs, stories, and friendship to share with you.    

Click this Sew Very Easy Music Cities Cruise link to get the details. This is not a large ship, so make your reservation now. And yes, you must have your Covid-19 vaccination in order to board.
Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit® Too! 
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Sewing machine needles don't change much, but when they do, we get excited. Sewing enthusiasts around the world will soon elevate their sewing experience.
SCHMETZ Chrome Conversion

  • SCHMETZ needles are transitioning from a nickel finish to chrome plating. Chrome plating has proven itself as the high performance standard in the industrial arena. Effective immediately, chrome plating extends into all SCHMETZ home sewing machine needles.
  • The primary benefits of chrome are resisting heat and wear, resulting in impeccable stitches.
  • In 2016, SCHMETZ introduced the premium line of SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade needles. The line became very successful as end users discovered the benefits of chrome. 
  • Converting from nickel to chrome plating is a huge manufacturing undertaking. Moving forward, inventory will be mixed until production catches up to all chrome. Chrome plating is hard to distinguish from nickel. SCHMETZ anticipates that all inventory will be chrome plated by yearend.
SCHMETZ Inspired to Sew
Newest Editions
The most popular two-color combination in the quilt world must surely be RED and WHITE. In her book, Red & White Quilting, Linda Pumphrey writes, The vibrant contrast of red and white quilts has appealed to quilters for three centuries and has been a staple since the mid-nineteenth century.

Initially, this issue was pitched as researching the rich history of the annual Make It With Wool contest. Then Rita Farro, the ever curious, agile, and skillful writer, discovered an even more intriguing story involving the love of sewing wool and Lieutenant Colonel Rali Burleson, USAF, Retired. Rali Burleson is inspirational for reasons that you will soon discover.

Upcoming Facebook Live
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Noon CST

Rhonda's giveaway will include Kris Poor's new book and patterns. Fun!

Products YOU Should Know!
Kristine Poor was trained as a mechanical engineer with a love for sewing & quilting. Maybe you have made her famous and bestselling Fold’N Stitch wreaths. Kris is an author too! Her Guide to Interfacings is a useful reference to understanding and selecting the appropriate interfacing for the projects we love to create. Over 50 pages, this small, but mighty book makes sense of all the options for interfacing, fusible foam or fusible web. With Kris's handy book, you will make informed decisions on your interfacings every time resulting in elevated quilt and craft projects.
Where's Rhonda?
2021 Virtual Events & Shows

May 4 - Sewing Concepts; 5 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive;
10 - Above & Beyond Creative Sewing; 10 - QuiltCo Quilters Guild;
12 - Fabricana; 13 - ASG Greater Cleveland; 17 - Common Threads;

June 1 - Allatoona Quilters Guild; 2 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive;
3 - Stray Threads; 8 - Original Sewing & Quilt Expo; 9 - ASG Boston;
15 - Patched Works 

July 7 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive; 14 - Kindred Spirits Quilt;

August 4 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive; 11 - Capital Quilt 

September 1 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive; 15 - Tailored Fit;

October 5 - NAMPA Modern Quilt Guild; 6 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive; 13 - Country Thyme Vermont Retreat; 23 - Threads of Success 

November 3 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive; 9 - Quilter on Fire;

December 1 - SCHMETZneedles FBLive

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