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Spring Fling quilters run and Quilt Guild Show this week!

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica

Good morning.
    We are home for two weeks! It’s a perfect time to be at the shop because there is so much going on this week. The Spring Fling quilters run is Thursday thru Saturday and The Desert Guilds Quilt Show is Friday and Saturday.  So, it's all quilt all weekend--so much FUN. Hope to see everyone get out and enjoy both events.  I'll be at the shop and Miguel will be at the show—heads up to you bargain hunters—he’s bringing bundles of 5and 6 yards priced at $6 a yard—perfect for backing.

      Our Beginning Ribbon Embroidery class was amazing. We have already booked Mary Shay for four days in November when she will teach intermediate and beginning classes. We are working out the details and will keep you posted.

      Sunday was my 36th anniversary in the quilting industry. We started Creative Expressions in Palm Springs on March 1, 1985--I was 9 (lol.) Of course, I was older than that! My first child, Rafael, was only 6 months old. I can't believe I have been doing this for such a long time. Lucky me.

     All kind of new things came in last week—new colors of Delicas, batiks, polka dots and more. Check out What’s New below to see a sampling. Oh--there are still good buys in the bead department on seed beads--we are clearing out and cleaning out discontinued and less popular colors are 50% off! We are adding more to the sale area as we put new things out on the floor. You'll also find some good deals on pearls and other items.
     And, the Newsletter for April thru July is at the printer. You can see and download the pdf version by clicking here. All the classes are on the site and registration in open.

     Remember, there is no Sit-and-Sew this week as we are transforming the classroom into Spring Fling Central.

     Happy quilting and beading, everyone. Hope to see you soon.


What's Happening

Laura Heiine collage
Laura Heine Collage
nothing but fun!
Sunday, March 8

These are some of the sewing classes are coming up in the next week or so. There's room for you! sashiko sampler
Sashiko Sampler
simple stitches that pack a punch
Wednesday, March 11
Zippered wine bottle
Zippered Wine Bottle
Friday, March 13
Mondo Bag
Mondo Bag
Clever techniques for a roomy bag
Saturday, March 14
free motion
Intro to Free Motion
Quilt your own small projects
Wednesday, March 18

 Spring Fling quilt run

desert guilds showThe Desert Guilds Quilt Show is presented by three quilt guilds:  Cactus Sew-ables Quilt Guild, Coachella Valley Quilt Guild, and Pass Patchers Quilt Guild.

Friday and Saturday
March 6 & 7 from 10 to 4
at the Palm Springs Pavillion

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.

 new delica colors
Here are some of the new Delica colors we've added
Check out these collage style musical prints
underwater beach
Summer is coming and our thoughts are turning to the beach...
bali pops
3 new Bali Pops: Tutti Fruitti, Horizon and Meadow.

transparent palms
Several new nature prints arrived, including these Transparent Palms in several colors.
shadow play
Shadow Play comes in several colors--each has subtle touches of silver.
sugar skulls
Bright and Bold Sugar Skulls

Classes, Classes, Classes!
Click on a photo to visit the classes in each category.
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. Read/download our Newsletters:
Issue #1, January thru March, or Issue #2, April thru July.

On The Quilt Side

photo quilt classes laura heine collage 
The Basics
Beginning Quiltmaking, Basic Machine Care, Free Motion Quilting, Sit & Sew
Quilt Classes
A collection of classes designed to teach a specific quilt project or style. Beginners through advanced.
From Laura Heine Collage to Raw Edge Landscapes, each class is an adventure in fabric
thread painting    other sewing classes
Mixed Media
Here you'll find projects that are a little different--some with fabric, some without!
  Other Sewing Classes
Bags, bowls, gifts, clothing--if it's sewn and isn't a quilt, you'll find it here!

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.

basic knotting bead weaving wire 101
  Jewelry Making Basics
From basic stringing and knotting, beginning wirework to simple beading, your adventure starts here.
cellini wirework leather
So many projects in so many styles! From casual to elegant, simple to intricate, macrame, kumihimo, crochet--if bead work is the focus, you'll find it here.
Whether you want to focus on wire by itself or add beads and other embellishments you'll fins a wide variety of projects that start with wire.
Leather is for everyone! Many of these projects will take less than a day to complete
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