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Porcelain beads, Dream Big panels, new Folklorico and more

Monica's Message

Good morning!
   Yes, it’s true--winter is over and summer seems to be here...what happened to spring? It was short and sweet with the beautiful blooms.
I had the weekend off. And spent it with family and friends. I miss so much by being on the road so often. I spent this Saturday at the Ontario Convention Center watching my wonderful seven year old granddaughter’s dance competition. Olivia is a beautiful dancer and came in second place for solos. And her team dances placed 2nd & 7th. How did she get so big so fast?
   That night I went out to Sammy G's with Patric’s brother and his wife, April, and met up with about 25 classmates from Palm Springs High. Sunday we spent the day in my beautiful back yard and played with little Reiley, my 19-month old granddaughter, watering my plants. She waters herself more them my plants. LOL
   So, Season is coming to an end, I am told, and I thought to myKaren's necklaceself, “What? Where was I? Snowbirds are saying good-bye and I haven‘t even had a chance to see all of them…” Time is moving way too fast for me.
   We still have BOXES AND BOXES of fabric coming in every day. If any of you wonderful snowbirds need any of the things you see in these messages just call the shop and we’ll be happy to mail it to you.
   This week I leave for Lindsay, CA for the Tulare quilt show. It’s held in the old Lindsay Olive packing house and is a great show.
earingsLook at what Patricia's student, Karen made in her class this week. The pearl and bead necklace is a Knotting project. Then she made a bracelet and matching earrings in Wire 101. Look at these darling interchangeable earrings!
   These 3 classes are coming up in the next couple of weeks. We need another student or two in each to meet out minimum. Have you been thinking about signing up? Don't wait! Click on the class or give us a call to register.

cotton rainbow
Cotton Rainbow
Whether you make it colorful or monochromatic, there’s plenty of room to show off some fancy quilting in this pattern. Let Hester show you how to chain piece, stack and turn to avoid improper block assembly.
Laura Heine collage
Laura Heine Collage Quilt
Create a simple template using one of Laura’s charming patterns, cut up some fabric, fuse it to a background and away you go.
Aloha dress
Aloha Dress 
Sew a darling little dress inspired by the islands. Mix and Match colors for a cute look and add your choice of 3 different skirts

     Our newsletter for April through June is in the shop--stop by and pick up a copy or click here to download it. Check out Classes, Classes, Classes below to see what’s coming up.
     Hope to see you soon!         

What's Happening
Mark your calendars for our next big sale date!
Mother's Day sale
sale terms

What's New--here are some of the items that came in last week

Bead Embroidery 

In Inspired Bead Embroidery, Sherry Serafini offers 15+ exciting, all-new projects that combine her textured designs with eye-catching focal beads. This gorgeous, 128-page hardcover book explains the fundamentals and aesthetics behind Sherry’s work as well as concise instructions.

porcelain beads
Look at these cool stamped, glazed porcelain pieces. We have tube beads in a couple of sizes and the other pieces are paired for earrings. The longest earrings are about 1 3/4" long. These are handmade so no two are exactly alike.
dream big scarlet  We put out even more new Hoffman Dream Big panels last week. This color is Scarlet.
We have this wonderful kit using Moda's Indigo Boro fabrics. The quilt finishes at 64 x 72 and sells for $109.99. Everything you need for the top and binding are included--you provide the backing. We also have jelly rolls with each fabric.
Bpro kit
Bee Joyful  You'll love Moda's Bee Joyful. We have 2 panels plus 12 bolts of coordinating prints.
More Folklorico prints from Alexander Henry came in: Skeletons at Sea, Puebla and Fiesta de San Marco. Folklorico skeleton
Fiesta de San Marco Puebla
 Some wonderful black and gray prints came in with metallic accents. Here are two of them
black maetallic soft gray metallic
The Celebrate Summer collection from Henry Glass is packed with all your favorite summer fun images. celebrate summer

Classes, Classes, Classes!
We offer classes for all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you'll find something to get your creative juices flowing at Monica's. Our teachers are experienced and passionate about their craft. Here's what's coming up in the next few weeks. For a quick look at the schedule, click here to see the calendar. To see all of our 2nd quarter class schedule, click here.

On The Quilt Side
The first four are new next quarter (or returning after an absence)
Click photos to visit class pages with more information

cotton rainbow
Cotton Rainbow with Hester
Jelly roll friendly!

little poppins bag
Little Poppins Bag with Hester
Make a smaller version of this popular bag
Washi Tunic with Rose mary
Washi Tunic with Rose Mary
So sweet, sew simple!

Beading on Fabric with Rose Mary
Beading on Fabric with Rose Mary
Learn to accent your pieces wtih a bit of bling

laura heine collage quilt
Laura Heine Collage Quilt
with Mary. Choose any of Laura's collage patterns

Camden Bowls with Cheryl
Camden Bowls with Cheryl
Build a beautiful bowl with 2 1/2" strips

Laura Heine Making Fish with Mary
Laura Heine Making Fish
with Mary
Play with fused strips of fabric to make a no-sew collage

H-Box Tote with Cheryl
H-Box Tote with Cheryl
Soft-sided bag with wooden handles
T-Shirt Memory Quilt with Cheryl
T-Shirt Memory Quilt with Cheryl
Aloha Dress with Rose Mary
Aloha Dress with Rose Mary
Choose from 3 different skirt styles
One Block Wonder with Susie
One Block Wonder with Susie
Choose a fabric with a 12" repeat & let the magic begin
Paper Piecing
Paper Piecing with Catherine  Create a quilt with your choice of Judy Niemeyer patterns.
Basic Machine Care with Cheryl
Basic Machine Care with Cheryl
Essential for anyone who sews!
Introduction to Free Motion Quilting
Intro to Free Motion Quilting
Learn the secrets to successful quilting with your domestic machine
Only One with Susie
Only One with Susie
A simplified Stack 'n whack using just one fabric
Beginning Quiltmaking
with Susie. 4 week course giving the beginner a solid foundation.
Beyond Beginning with Susie. The next step for confident beginners or a wonderful sampler for quilters of all levels.
Stack-n-Whack Kaleidoscope with Cheryl
Stack-n-Whack Kaleidoscope with Cheryl
Stack and cut layers of print rectangles

On The Bead Side
We offer over a hundred different jewelry-making classes!
Each of our teachers has their own style and focus. They are always trying new techniques, tools and products to offer you classes using the latest and greatest in the bead world.
Classes are on Tuesdays & Thursdays plus some Saturdays & Monday evenings
Click here to see the calendar.
Want to take a class on a different day? Call the shop--our jewelry class dates are flexible!

Omas' Heart, Links II

Oma's Heart, a Links II project
Wire 101
Wire 101
Choose from several projects
Auzzie, a Chains II project
Auzzie, a Chains II project
Patricia Paz-Altschul
Patricia's focus is wirework with both beginning classes and more advanced projects. She also teaches basic knotting and basic stringing. You'll find classes featuring Wire Wrap, Links, Coils, Chains and more. To see more of Patricia's classes download our 2nd Quarter Newsletter here.

Beaded Beads
Beaded Beads
New class!
Learn Bead Tool 4
Learn Bead Tool 4
New class! Ready to chart
your own designs?
Organic Cuff, a Beginning Loomwork project
Organic Cuff, a Beginning Loomwork project
Rose Mary Jameson
Rose Mary loves to bead--whether you are looking for simple or complex, she has a project for you. Macrame, Loomwork, Bead Embroidery, Kumihimo, Peyote, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork and more. To see more of Rose Mary's classes download our 2nd Quarter Newsletter here.

Monica Bracelet with Dessie
Monica Bracelet
Monica Necklace
Leather & Chain Tassel
Leather & Chain Tassel
Sonoran Desert Choker
Sonoran Desert Choker
2 part class--start with Rose Mary and finish with Dessie
Dessie Cullen
Dessie's projects often include leather. Whether you are new to leather jewelry or an old hand, Dessie will guide you to success. To see more of Dessie's classes download our 2nd quarter Newsletter here.

Custom Creations
Custom Creations
New Class!
Find a design you'd like to make and let Theresa help you
A Beadweave 101 projectA Beadweave 101 project Joann Necklace
Joann Necklace
Theresa Hanada
Theresa teaches a basic beading series as well as more advanced classes. Some of her projects include simple leather and wirework. To See more of Theresa's classes download our 2nd Quarter Newsletter here.

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