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Monica's Message
A Message from Monica
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    Good morning from Sedona! Joanne Hunt (you may know her from the shop) and I arrived here Sunday evening and I immediately started working on The Guardian, Laura Heine’s beautiful angel collage quilt. I bought the kit from her when we were both vendors at one of the quilt shows a few years ago! I do wish it had a few darker grays (lol.) You know how we all look at the picture on the pattern--and I know that picture isn’t the true color--and we want it to look just like that. Funny how all quilters are cut from the same cloth.
     When I brought in all of the projects I plan to do this week, Joanne asked, “How long are you staying for?” Maybe I brought too much!? (lol) Let’s just see how much I can get done. I love to take a picture at the beginning of the day and then one at the end of the day. Makes me feel like I’m getting a lot done. (But I really do get a lot done!)
     Remember we’re “dark” this week on Facebook because I’m away from the shop. The following week you’ll see some fabulous new notions that are supposed to arrive while I’m gone. Depending on when they get here it might be awhile for Mary to put them up on our website—she leaves for vacation the day I get back! A couple of my faves came in last week--you can see them in What's New below.
     Don’t forget our Bra and Panty Drive ends December 19. Items have been trickling in, but it would really be nice to beat last year’s count of 858 items. The need is bigger than ever this year with so many people struggling while our country battles the pandemic. Anything you can donate helps—one pair of underpants, an undershirt, a pair of socks—it adds up and all is appreciated by the folks at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
     Theresa has added dates to her Zoom schedule plus a new class: Cork Baskets. These handy containers have an optional lid and the pattern has directions for more than one size. Check it out in Classes below.
           Remember, we practice social distancing and other state/local guidelines to keep each other safe in the shop. Sanitize your hands at one of the stations we've set up as you enter the store, wear a face mask and stay six feet away from others. Thank you!
   Read on to see What's Happening, What's New and more. Happy quilting and beading, everyone.


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.
My progress, day 1, on Laura Heine's The Guardian collage quilt. So many pieces! They are randomly cut into strips and I get to decide where to place them within the pattern guidelines on the background. It's fun to watch the angel take shape. That's the pattern photo on the left--isn't she beautiful? You can buy it at our Palm Desert shop--drop by or give us a call. Finished size is 29 x 60
the guardian
bra and panty drive

What's New
Items labelled "In store only" are available in our Palm Desert store and over the phone.

Scrapbooking pattern
Add a couple of accents and a background to your favorite scraps to make this quilt. Includes instructions for 5 sizes

Harmony pattern
A strip-friendly pattern in 4 sizes
Nina Supersized pattern
A fat-quarter friendly pattern in 3 sizes. Perfect for large scale prints.

Leanne pattern
Use fabric, leather, cork to make a laptop or tablet sleeve with magnetic closure
In Store Only
Dee ceased
Dee Ceased pattern
A whimsical Dio de los Muertos collage
by Laura Heine.
shelly snail
Did you know that Laura Heine also has block-size collage patterns? This one makes an 8" block. Ad a touch of the "unexpected" to your next project. Too cute!
In Store Only
lh pattern
Peter and Polly Purebred are possibly the best-dressed dogs in town.
By Laura Heine, fin. size 16" x 20"
In Store Only
lh pattern
Another teeny tiny collage group by Laura Heine. This one has a Butterfly, Poodle and Portrait. By Laura Heine, each has a finished size  of 16" x 20"
In Store Only
mini stash n store 
We love the Stash 'n Store and have found so many uses for the mini version (2 x 4). Makes a great gift!
We have it in four colors. Click to see in our web shop
Purple     Gray     Aqua     Pink

thread cutter caddy 
Now here is a great little tool--it's a thread cutter that catches the thread, has room for storage and the outside is magnetic!
Dritz Thread Cutter Caddy
grandma loves you tag tags
   Our sew in labels are back in stock! These are folded over to insert into a garment, toy, bag, etc. seam or to catch in the binding of a quilt. There are 12 labels per package and they sell for $5.50. You can find them all at the shop and in our web store. Click on a title to see them online
Grandma Loves You      PS I Love You      hugs & kisses
Somebody Cares      Thank You
berry best
The Berry Best from Wilmington is ready for your next picnic. We have yardage ($11.95/yd) and 40 Karat Crystals ($42.95 for 40 pre-cut strips.) Available in the store only
This pink princess with a touch of silver is from the Timeless Treasures Kidz collection.
$11.95/yd, in store only
New from Makower, Outer Space. Yardage available in store only ($12.50/yd.) The panel is 24" wide by WOF and sells for $11.95 in the store and on our website. outer space 
 outer space panel

We are your mask-making headquarters! Round and flat Elastic, flexible nose pieces, filter material, cord locks to adjust the fit, BioSmart Antimicrobial fabric

mask filter material
Lightweight, breathable, nonwoven interfacing for masks. 1 yd x 20"
6.95 per package
purple elastic
Dark Purple Elastic
Lots of 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.

Add an extra layer of protection to masks with BioSmart, a patented bleach-activated technology engineered into the fabric!
Choose black, navy blue, white, royal blue--plus 2 new colors: medium blue and gray. It's 60/62" wide and sells for $16.95.
Click here for more information
cord stoppers
Cord Locks give masks a better fit. We have packages of 20 for $4 (10 pairs)
White Cord Locks
Black Cord Locks
These fabulous pressing surfaces are only available at the shop
Click here to see Monica's presentation on Facebook

pressing surfaces
We have a good selection of these fabulous high quality pressing surfaces in 3 sizes--they are padded, covered in wonderful cotton prints and portable
Square: 12" x 12", flat   $34
Portable: 13" x 24", folding legs, $115
Studio: 22" x 32", bolted to folding table,
adjustable hgt. (28" max.)  $150

Made in the USA
studio tables
Studio Table pressing surfaces
pressing surfaces
Square and Portable pressing surfaces

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

cell phone clutch
Cell Phone Clutch
with Theresa Hanada

New Class!!
cork strip bowls
Cork Basket
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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