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Newsletter for September thru December is available to download

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica

We will be closed on Monday, September 2 to observe Labor Day.
Hi, Everyone!
  After a few relaxing days all to myself it feels great to be back in the States--of course I'm already off and running. by the time you read this Miguel and I will be setting up for the San Diego Quilt Show that runs Thursday through Saturday at the Convention Center. I hope everyone stops by to see us. The first show of the season is a great way to say good-bye to summer as we all get ready for the upcoming Holidays.
  makde and take   My staff has been working hard getting ready for the Bead Hop. This is a great time to check out some other stores and support members of the Southern California Local Bead Store Association. We’re having fun planning the decorations and costumes for our cartoon theme. We're transforming the bead side of the shop into Bedrock and the staff into characters from The Flintstones! Our make-it-take project is this great half-cuff leather bracelet. It's simple to make, easy to wear and fast. Anyone on the run can make it while in the shop for the Hop. Kits are $15 each--that's basically just the cost of the supplies! We'll have the tools and instructions. A big thank you to all the sponsors who support this event.
    Speaking of events, the time for getting your free Row by Row pattern ends next week on September 3rd. After that kits and patterns are available for purchase and you no longer have to come into the shop to get them--we'll have them up on the website soon.
    The Newsletter for September thru November is at the printer and will be in the shop soon--click here to download a copy. Take a look at Classes below to see what we are offering 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 plus a new earring Theresa is offering in her Circular Brick Stitch class.  Click here to see all of our classes on the website, Click here to see the calendar.
   Beaders have been busy this month--this pendant was made by Mickey Buddingh in Patricia's Wire Wrap class. Love it!
   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.

Here’s a quilt you can really sink your teeth into! Jaws is the newest Fabulous 5 Cuddle Quilt Pattern. It measures 38" x 58" quilt top and binding. We have new additions to our cuddle fabrics for backing, too. Bet you can't pet just one....
 featherweight Laura Heine's Featherweight collage would be a stunning addition to the walls of your work room or a thoughtful gift for a friend who sews. Finished size as shown is 26 x 32. If you're ready to try any of Laura's patterns, take one of Mary's classes for tips, tricks and guidance. Click on the class title to learn more about Collage Quilt or Making Fish.
We now carry a larger size of felted wool pressing mats: 17 x 24. These fabulous mats effectively retain heat so both sides of your fabric are pressed at the same time. It works on any hard surface and it absorbs heat and moisture in order to prevent burns and surface damage. pressing mat
forest dance Birds flit about in Forest Dance,  a watercolor-style collection from Susan Winget with feathers, leaves, butterflies, & acorns in fall colors softened by light sky blues & creams. We have a panel, yardage, charm packs, jelly rolls and 10" squares.
Rainbow Flight  is designed from the art of Hello Angel with birds, bees, and dragonflies flitting about in a multi-colored floral splendor. We have a panel, yardage, charm packs, jelly rolls and 10" squares. rainbow flight
rainblow flight panel

Classes, Classes, Classes!
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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.
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 website.

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
brick stitch earrings
Circular Brick Stitch
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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