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Monica's Message
A Message from Monica
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Our online store has new items and many of your favorite patterns, notions, kits and more! We're adding things every week so check back often
Here's a link to our on-line shop.

Hi, Everyone. Hope you are all safe and happy.
     Wow! We are in the second week of August already. How did that happen? Time sure flies when you're busy.
   Again, I want to thank the retreat guests for their support. Evelia, Vanessa, Letti and I had a great time on Friday creating our silly little live chat with all of you. If you missed it, there's a link and photo below. I can’t wait to see all the finished quilts. Please e-mail photos of them to me at: and we’ll pop them up on the website to share. Many of you are calling for backs and we are happy to ship them to you. Remember you get 15%off your backing fabric for the retreat quilt. If you didn’t get a kit but would like one please call the store.
   This morning (Tuesday) at 9:30 Rose Mary is doing a live demo on bindings, and on Friday I have a very very, very special guest joining me. So all you grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers and fathers—or anyone else who could use something to put a smile on your face--will probably want to join me for this one. That’s Friday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. on Facebook. You’re in for a real treat!
   Our schedule for next week: August 18, Theresa is going to show you how to make some darling dog--and maybe cat-- accessories. Just a bit of extra love for your furry friends. And since we’ve been getting ready for the Reindeer Dash–which is the first weekend of October-- I’ll be showing you many of our winter kits on Friday, August 21.
   Here’s something fun—did you know that September 19 is Jelly Roll Day? Seriously! I’ve ordered lots of fabulous rolls of 2 ½” strips to get ready--save that date and watch for details!
    Rose Mary has a new pattern —watch this video on Facebook as she introduces you to the process for making her zippered project bag with a vinyl window. The clear vinyl and Clover Wonder Clips are already on the website and Mary popped the pattern up this morning. There's a link and photo below.
       Remember, we have some Zoom classes! Theresa Hanada is offering three bag classes. Click on these class titles to check them out: Big Zipper Bag, Mondo Bag, Have To Have It Bag. Classes will be the same quality you have come to expect from our teachers--why not give it a whirl?

    Happy quilting and beading, everyone. We can't wait to see you!


What's Happening
Be sure to visit our Facebook page for up to date information. And, our website is full of patterns, kits, notions and more to keep you busy.
captain monica shirley's quilt
Captain Monica and First Mate Evelia were spotted last Friday--to see their Live FaceBook Event to kick off this year's "phantom retreat." And, on the right, Shirley has already finished her top--she came in to get her backing. Looking good!

What's New on the web and in the shop
Items labelled "In store only" are available in person or over the phone.

moon lights
Moon Lights
Add a bit of magic to your quilts, holiday decorations and so much more! There are 60 lights on over 10 feet of silver wire. Battery operated, automatic timer.

dark purple elastic
Dark Purple elastic
Lots more colors available!
flexible nose piece
Flexible Nose pieces
Back in stock! On line and in the shop
We still have stock on 1/4" elastic, both black and white.  We also have a fabulous selection of rounded, smooth 1/6" elastic in 10 gorgeous colors! If you wish to purchase elastic on line, click here.

tech organizer
A clever new pattern to keep your tech items organized. We have limited quantities of the hardware but more is on order. Once it's here we will add it to our web store.

We have packages of mesh fabric in a variety of colors. More is on its way--for now, it's in the store only but once we have good stock we will make it available on the website, too.
snow valley kit
Snow Valley kit
These cute little snow people are out enjoying some winter fun! It starts with the panel on the right--both are available on the website and in the store. The kit includes cute little buttons for the snow people, including carrot noses!
Snow Valley panel
 Three new lines came in from Benartex--available in store only radiance 
Radiance has several floral prints and wonderful, rich paisley coordinates.
 cheers to you
Cheers to You!
totally cute 
If you are a frog lover you won't be able to resist these fabrics from the Toadally Cute collection.

Classes, Classes, Classes! Please Note: all "in person" classes are cancelled until further notice. Zoom classes available now!

Big Zipper Bag
Big Zipper Bag

with Theresa Hanada

Here's what a student had to say about Theresa's first Zoom class:
"Super easy class for all skill levels. Theresa is a very good instructor."

Mondo Bag
Mondo Bag
with Theresa Hanada
have to have it bag
Have to Have It Bag
with Theresa Hanada

On The Quilt Side
We will let you know when classes resume

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
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 will let you know when classes resume

  Jewelry Making Basics
From basic stringing and knotting, beginning wirework to simple beading, your adventure starts here.
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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