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New fabrics--Winter Sky, Library books, Coffee & more

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica

Hi, Everyone.
     Miguel and I finally made it home. Two weeks is a long time to be on the road doing shows. We had a great time but it does get old. And I did get to spend time with my family, plus, in between shows we managed a bit of R & R. Seven of us vendors met in Moab, Utah on Monday afternoon (after an eight hour drive!) and went four wheeling in jeeps. That was a blast. Then Miguel and I went hiking early Tuesday morning and met two other vendors from the show—I guess everyone just needed a little outdoor time. After our hike we headed out for Albuquerque five hours away. Long days....
     But I’m back—well, for four days (lol) and then I’m going to a graduation in Denver this Saturday. I guess the traveling just never ends for someone like me.
     I really want to, again, thank my staff for keeping it all going on the other end for me. I really would not have the shop if I didn’t have them. And I wouldn’t have the shop if I didn’t do the shows so... it’s nice that everyone does what their supposed to do! We make a good team.
     I'm blown away by all the new things that came in while I was gone! Fabric is piled up everywhere (29 bolts of batiks arrived the other day!!!)--we always schedule plenty of orders to be shipped this time of year so we can use new fabrics in the Desert Quilting Retreat mystery quilt kits. And there are lots of new kits in the shop, too.
   The summer does slow w-a-y down though and may of our teachers like to get out of the heat, so my sewing teachers are going to take a formal break. There will be no sewing/quilting classes in July and August. If you've been thinking about taking a class, they are scheduled through June and will be back in September. The beading teachers will carry on as usual, but the classes won't have summer dates on the website so you'll need to schedule directly with the shop. We'll post their "teaching days" like we used to do before we had class registration on the website. As always, the first two people to register determine what is taught that day. Oh--Wednesday night group, no worries--Sit and Sew will go all summer (with exceptions.)
     Read on to see what's new and to see some of the classes coming up. We hope to see you soon.

What's Happening

 We will be close on Monday, May 27 in observance of
Memorial Day

What's New

Lots of things come into the store each week--some new, some returning. We can't share everything, but here are some of our favorites.

 Born to be Wild 
Born to Be Wild is the charming new juvenile collection from Dear Stella fabrics. The coordinates feature mama critters and their babies plus blenders. to decide...guess I need some of each print...
winter sky  Each of the prints in Winter Sky have a touch of frost. 
 We are gearing up for the Southern California Quilt run--in keeping with the Shops on Main Street theme, we will be a coffee shop. A wonderful collection came in. Just what we need to warm's almost summer in the dessert...maybe I'll have mine iced! coffee break
 sun valley Two of the prints from Northcott's Stonehenge Sun Valley collection are back in stock, including the Kokopelli panel
library books globe
These prints are from the Timeless Treasures Library collection. We gave several more prints, including some that would be wonderful collage backgrounds for Laura Heine's patterns.

Classes, Classes, Classes!
We offer classes for 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. To see all of our current classes, click here.

On The Quilt Side

paper piecing
Paper Piecing
with Catherine Wilson

Learn the Judy Niemeyer way to perfect points every time
Beginning Quiltmaking
Beginning Quiltmaking
with Susie Contratto

4 week course to start your quilting adventure
 basic machine care
Basic Machine Cleaning
with Cheryl Taylor
Keep your machine running smoothly
Laura Heine collage
Laura Heine Collage Quilts
with Mary Gorfine
No sewing machine needed in class! Choose any LH collage pattern
Intro to Free Motion quilting
Introduction to Free Motion
with Mary Gorfine
Learn to quilt your own quilts 
Laura Heine fish Laura Heine Making Fish
with Mary Gorfine
No machine needed in class! Learn Laura's
strip style collage method
  Beading on FabricBeading on Fabric
with Rose Mary Jameson
Schedule this class on the Bead Side on one of Rose Mary's teaching days

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.

Oma's Heart
Oma's Heart, a Links II project
wire wrap I bangle
Wire Wrap I bangle
mystic earrings
Mystic Earrings
A Half-a-Dozen Earrings project
Patricia Paz-Altschul
While Patricia's focus is wirework with 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.

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Bead Crochet
Bead Crochet
Sedona bracelet
Advanced Loomwork
falling leaves
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... 
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Bracelet Extravaganza 101

Bracelet Extravaganza project
Heather Knotted Necklace
Heather Knotted Necklace
Coil Knot bracelet
Coil Knot Bracelet
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.
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Joanne pendant
Joanne Necklace
Bead Weaving 101, Peyote project
custom work
Custom Creations
Theresa Hanada
Theresa teaches a basic beading series as well as more advanced classes. Some of her projects include simple leather and wirework. 
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