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Our New Blog

By | 10/18/2020

Since we have a new web site, it is only fitting that we have a new blog. Posts are uploaded weekly on Wednesday mornings. We cover a variety of topics, from the hot sewing talent currently gracing your electronic devices, to upcoming events, to product information, and whatever else might strike our fancy. As this is a new blog, it will be evolving over time in terms of look and feel. Check us out every Wednesday for a new post.


Coping with the Pandemic – Rob Appell

By | 11/18/2020

I know folks are really suffering out there, but my life has been blessed beyond belief the past few months. Although, at first, when we were told here in California, that we would be sheltering in place for about thirty days, I did panic.

My travel schedule for April and May was booked solid with live trunk shows all over the USA. Overnight, everything was postponed. I was heartbroken and overwhelmed.

But, soon I realized I had everything I needed within reach. My wife and two teenagers were also home, and we would all be together. I am the Sales Manager for Michael Miller Fabrics, so I have a job I can do from home, (that comes with fabric as a perk). I have my YouTube studio in my house. And I have all new machines, Thanks to JUKI!

When I get nervous, I make stuff. I needed to process my emotions, so I made a lot of stuff! And I filmed everything. Because I was in one place long enough to focus, it became a truly creative journey.

Challenged to create something for the Virtual Quilt Market and School House, I made a short film highlighting the Michael Miller Basic fabrics that I love to use. My folks live in the country next door to a vineyard. I went there and set up all the fabrics just right and waited for the light. I spent about two and half days filming outside, in the garden, at a Farmers Market (wearing a mask, of course) at sunset and sunrise, and it really came together in the end. I had the best time, working creatively outside with my quilts, cameras, and my family.


If you can’t wait to read the individual stories, you can view SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #79 by CLICKING HERE.

Coping with the Pandemic – Frieda Anderson

By | 11/11/2020

Because I have so many things I love to do, this isolation hasn’t been a hard thing for me. But I miss meeting people for lunch and HUGGING!

I have been working on a big quilt to be entered in shows in the upcoming year. I have also been working on several scrap quilts. I needed to have one of my scrap projects right next to my sewing machine, so I devised a make-shift design board that is portable, CHEAP, and easy to make. I took a large box, taped it flat, placed a crib size batting on it that I also taped down, and now I have a great design board that I can move around without the pieces falling off.

You can see it in my picture above with TWO scrap projects. Both of those projects will finish with 1-inch squares. I intend to make them into bed quilts, so they’re long term projects.

I have also been knitting. When I travel I look for fabric and yarn shops. These are nice memories to have of any trip. I mostly knit socks, using a very simple pattern by Ann Norling called Adult Basic Sock. Socks are easy to knit and make nice gifts. I now have three Christmas gifts already. The socks pictured in the foreground are ones I have made this season from yarn bought around the world.

If you are interested in visiting my website and seeing some of my work OR shopping, I am currently cleaning out stock and have all my patterns on SALE. Enter the code STAYHOME to get the discount. http://www.friestyle.com

If you can’t wait to read the individual stories, you can view SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #79 by CLICKING HERE.

Coping with the Pandemic

By | 11/04/2020

Rhonda Pierce

Nobody is weathering the pandemic storm better than people that sew. We know how to make the best of situations. We certainly stepped up to serve our families & communities with masks. In addition to making masks, our own Rhonda Pierce, SCHMETZ Spokesperson, was inspired to finish UFO’s (unfinished objects) that seasoned up to 17 years. On SCHMETZneedles Facebook LIVE, on Wednesdays during May & June, she shared multiple newly completed projects. That led us to wonder how other industry professionals are using this unusual gift of time. Emails were sent to 24 sewing celebrities asking for a snapshot of how they spent their time. Were they sewing, resting, crafting, cooking? Everyone was asked to submit one pic with a paragraph (or two, or three, or more) describing their pandemic time. Fourteen responses were received. Their responses were compiled into SCHMETZ Inspired to Sew #79. Luckily, everyone is healthy. Over the next 14 weeks, you will enjoy reading the responses as their dedication to our industry thrives.

If you can’t wait to read the individual stories over the coming weeks, you can view SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #79 by CLICKING HERE.