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New Classes, Retreat Quilts, new batiks

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica

Aloha dressHi, Everyone!
   What a month we’ve had. The 2019 Desert Quilting Retreats came to an end on a high note. All my children and grandchildren joined me at the hotel this weekend. We celebrated Miss Reiley's second birthday with a party on Sunday and had a great time. Rose Mary made each of my beautiful granddaughters a dress using her Aloha pattern. Aren’t they wonderful! Everyone at the retreat fell in love with the dresses—and with my grandchildren. Duh! (Of course we have the pattern at the shop and Rose Mary teaches it--click the photo for a link to the class.)
   As promised, here are a couple of pictures to show you why everyone loved this year’s mystery quilt. Sorry, but the pattern is NOT available for purchase. You can only get it by attending our retreat.

retreat quilt retreat quilt

     So now we are on to the beginning of Show season with the San Diego Quilt Show. I get back from my quiet little getaway to Mexico Sunday night, on Tuesday we head to San Diego…and my life goes on and on.
The following weekend the Southern California Bead Hop starts. What fun. Click here to visit the SCLSBA website for more info on the Bead Hop.
    The shop is full of new kits and fabric as we get ready for Season. If you missed the Diamond Duos and Gem Duos we shared with you last week, take a look at What’s New below to seem them again. They were such a hit at the free class we taught for Project Bead that we decided to carry in the shop. We keep playing with new color combinations—so many choices!
    Take a look at Classes below to see what we are offering during September through December.  The first 3 rows of sewing classes are new and we have lots of returning classes, too, including the basics to get your quilting adventure started. You can also see Dessie and Rose Mary's new beading classes.  In the meantime, click here to see all of our classes on the website. Click here to see the calendar.
   Check out What's New below to see some more of the things we put out on the floor last week.
      We hope to see you soon.

What's Happening
Bead Shop Hop
Row by Row

Row by Row has started! Come in for your free pattern or purchase a kit all summer long 
Here's our 2019 Row
Taste the Experience of fresh fruits and vegetable grown in our Coachella Valley
our 2019 row

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.

Fresh new batiks in tropical colors came in from South Seas plus Hoffman basic batiks are back in stock. We are known for our wonderful selection of batiks--some of us never met a batik we didn't like! Batiks are tightly woven and densely dyed--if you have any stitching issues, just  switch to a sharper needle such as a Microtex or Topstitch needle.
duos Here are the Diamond Duos (bottom) and Gem Duos (top) we are so crazy about--come in and see all the beautiful colors we have for you.

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. You'll get 10% off class supplies purchased from us and, on class days, we'll give you 10% off whatever you buy, whether it's for class or not. (No further discount on sale items.)

On The Quilt Side

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned quilter, we have a class for you! From the basics to art quilts, clothing, accessories and home decor--pick up a new skill or just come in and have some fun sewing with others. Classes for September thru December are up on the website and a pdf version of the newsletter will be available for download soon.
Eight O' Clock
Eight O'Clock
A modern twist on a simple block
Heat Wave
Heat Wave
Just five 1-yard cuts of fabric!
A fat quarter-friendly quilt
Licorice Medley
Licorice Medley
A black and white scrap buster
buttoned box
Buttoned Boxes
The 3 sizes in the pattern are just right for tea bags, napkins and larger items
wine zip bag
Wine Zip Bag
a perfect hostess gift for the holidays
mondo madness
Mondo Madness
Gridded fusible is the secret to fast and accurate seams
zip gift wrapZippered Pocket Gift Wrap
A quick project--and great stash buster
little poppins bag
Little Poppins Bag
A smaller version of the Aunties Two magical bag
paper piecing
Paper Piecing with
Catherine Wilson
Learn the Judy Niemeyer way to perfect points
One Block Wonder
One Block Wonder
Make magic with just one fabric
Beginning Quiltmaking
Beginning Quiltmaking
Your quilting adventure starts with this 4 week course to learn the basics
Beyond Beginning Quiltmaking
Beyond Beginning
Southwest Sampler
A wonderful sample for confident beginners or seasoned quilters
Kaleidescope whack n' stack
Kaleidescope Whack 'n Stack
Create a breathtaking quilt with just one print and a background
Violet Craft Foundation Piecing
Violet Craft Foundation Piecing
Get a good start on your Violet Craft pattern of choice
Laura Heine collage
Laura Heine Collage
Make one of Laura Heine's "collage" patterns
Laura Heine Fish
Laura Heine Making Fish
Fuse strips to make a fish!
woven spiral bowls
Woven Spiral Baskets
Start with 2 contrasting fat quarters
camden bowls

Camden Bowls
Use a jelly roll to make a unique and beautiful bowl
Aloha Dress
Aloha Dress
Sew a darling little dress inspired by the islands
twirly skirt
Twirly Skirt
You will love this easy-to-wear, flirty skirt
Beading on Fabric
Beading on Fabric
Learn the nuances of stitches and beaded fringe in this fast paced class
free motion Intro to Free Motion
Walking foot, free motion foot, needles, thread, machine tension--learn to put it all together for perfect stitches
machine cleaning
Basic Machine Cleaning
Keep your machine in good working order between tune-ups

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. Our schedule for July and August is more casual and class dates and times are not listed on the website. Call the store to see when you can take a class from any of our teachers. Dates and times for September thru December are on the site and a pdf version of the newsletter will be available soon

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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league of nations
League of Nations
beaded beads
Beaded Bead Revolution
peyote cgb
Peyote CGB
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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emma bdracelet
Emma Bracelet
sara necklace
Sara Necklace
leather kumihimo
Leather Kumihimo
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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Brenda Necklace
Pinkston Earrings
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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