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Wild Wednesday today, Quilters Run starts, fab fabrics and new gifts to give

Monica's Message
A Message from Monica
(760) 772-2400

Hi, Everyone.
     Phew! I finally made it back from the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival by Rusty Barn in Denver—I did take a little extra time driving since I was by myself. And the trip wasn’t all work--I took time to see lots of friends and family while in the area. I was able to visit my little sister plus another sister and brother-in-law, do the show and see all my friends--and of course returning/new customers! The show was phenomenal and so much fun--Rusty Barn works hard to promote their vendors. In fact, this afternoon I’ll be the guest on their Wild Wednesdays, live at 2:00. Be sure to turn in to their Facebook page (click here) to see me demonstrate Aunties Two Woven Basket pattern and Cheryl will show you how to make a Zippered Bottle Bag from one our favorite books, Simple, Fun and Quickly Done.
     I was practically in tears (of joy) when I came home to find the shop well on the way to being ready for the Quilt Run. I have the most wonderful staff taking care of me. Evelia, Letty, Vanessa & Dalia had almost everything moved and a bunch of displays set up, Rosemary helped us with our pillow sample (most quilters don’t want to make ruffles!!) and Mary quilted our block. Like I said, I have a fabulous staff. Rosemary, of course, outdid herself by making her It’s Too Darn Hot steering wheel cover with our block pattern. Wait until you see it! Our display will be fabulous. The show starts tomorrow, July 15,Thursday through Saturday, and again next weekend. Visit the website for the scoop on prizes, locations, hours and more.
     On another high note we had our first “in person” class at the shop with Theresa. A very good customer, Lori, got some friends together and took bead class here. It was the first class we’ve had in 17 months. It was so good to hear laughter in the back room again. Everyone had a wonderful time. So, on that note we’ll be starting up our Wednesday night Sit-n-Sew on August 4 from 5 to 8:30 with Theresa. Some of our other teachers are ready to get on board, too. We’re putting the schedule together and will let you know who, what and when over the next few weeks. Lots to do as we return to something close to “normal” quilt shop activities.
     I can’t wait to see all of you during the Run. Happy quilting and beading, everyone--I hope to see you soon! 


What's Happening

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Grab some friends and earn chances to win some great prizes while visiting your favorite Southern California quilt shops. Someone will win a new sewing machine--not to mention the gift baskets each shop gives away.
Here's our Cactus Garden block--the pattern is free to runners. Kits will be available for purchase while they last and we have lots of great products to make the block go together quickly and easily.

Mark your calendars! We are so excited that this year the SCLBSA is having a “Welcome Back” shop hop. An extra day has been added to each weekend, hopefully reducing the number of Hoppers at one time in each shop. Click here to pre-register--that helps all of us plan ahead. And, as a thank you, pre-registered hoppers will get the annual custom charm free of charge, plus, your passport will be ready for you when you arrive at your registered starting store!

A big "Thank you" to those who have already brought in Love Bugs to donate. Reach out to children in need--make a soft, cuddly Love Bug with our free pattern. This is part of a national project--Click Here to read more about it.

New items available in our Palm Desert shop--call if you see something you'd like: (760) 772-2400
mod halloween
Sew a Modern Halloween
New book--mix and match 5 fun blocks and 15 projects. Follow simple instructions to create scary-chic Halloween décor--everything from gift bags and coasters to curtain panels and quilts. $17.95

Grab one of each! These little note pads have a tiny magnet holding them closed.
3" x 4"   $4.50 each
notions bags
Sewing Notions bags
I don't know about you but can't resist little zippered bags! These are printed on both sides of good quality vinyl and have a nice metal zipper. 5.5" x 8", $9.50 ea

black cat capers
Black Cat Capers
20 bolts plus a panel make up this collection featuring black cats on Halloween. We'll show you more of the prints once our kits are ready to sell. $12.50/yd
Batiks! 8 bolts of Florentine prints--each a little different....

...and 9 bolts of basic Shadows.

Classes, Classes, Classes!  Zoom classes available now

Big Zipper Bag
Big Zipper Bag

with Theresa Hanada
use it for make-up, sewing supplies, this and that

Mondo Bag
Mondo Bag
with Theresa Hanada
so easy with pre-printed fusible!
have to have it bag
Have to Have It Bag
with Theresa Hanada
so easy with pre-printed fusible!

cell phone clutch
Cell Phone Clutch
with Theresa Hanada
make it in fabric or cork

cork tote
Cork Tote
with Theresa Hanada
make it in fabric or cork
Project Double Zip
Project Double Zip
with Theresa Hanada
roomy tote with big zipper detail

cork strip bowls
Cork Strip Bowls
with Theresa Hanada
clever and pretty storage

zippy bag
Zippy Bag
with Theresa Hanada
slim cross-body bag--you'll be a zipper expert after making this practical bag

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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