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

Hello, everyone.
     Wow! I can’t believe three weekends of Desert Quilting Retreats have already gone by. I am overcome with all the love and support that I received during this final retreat year. So many times during the week I find myself speechless--which I know all of you will find hard to believe. But it’s just been such an emotional ride--saying goodbye to everyone, knowing that we’ll never again be in that room together. I’ve been in this industry for 36 years and doing those retreats for 22 years. And some quilters have been in that room with me all 22 years--it just dawned on me that that’s quite a feat. Lucky me. But for those of you who posted on Facebook and shared pictures of my granddaughters coming in to sew with me--that’s gonna be my new life. And I can hardly wait. Even though it’s so hard to say goodbye to everyone, I look forward to my next chapter. Here are a couple of quilts I received at the retreat. The first is from my friend, Tina and the the other is from "my" San Diego gals. Aren't they wonderful? Thank you!

     So, as I mentioned last week, fabrics have been coming in every week for the retreat kits and my regular customer are enjoying the new goodies too. For those of you who aren’t in this area, come see us! It’s really worth the trip to come out. Take a look at What's New below to see some of fabrics that came in last week.
     Okay, Beaders--Wanda, Rosemary, Letty and her girls are helping me get ready for the Bead Hop. I’ve ordered the gifts-with-purchase and I will be working on the Make-it-take-it earrings with Dalia (I know I promised to show you samples this week but life keeps getting in the way.) Dalia will be teaching you how to make them. VERY IMPORTANT: new this year, all registration is done electronically instead of on paper. Please go to the website (click here) and pre-register. It's fast and easy--really! Patric and I have a family vacation planned during the Hop—we’re going to spend time with my mom up in Idaho. I’m sorry to miss all of you, but my mom is super important to me and she’s getting up there in age. I’m so blessed to still have her and want to take advantage of any time with her that I can.
     We are also looking ahead to the Reindeer Dash which is coming up the first weekend in October. We’re busy working on our pattern and thinking about how to decorate the shop–so, lots of things still on my plate.
    Reluctantly, I have decided that we will not be scheduling any in-person quilting/sewing classes. With my retirement just a few months away, having finally moved in with my husband (which means I can't just put anything I want, wherever I want) it's just too much work to keep the classroom clear and pack for shows. Plus, with COVID still threatening our health, we feel it is the safest thing to do.
     I also have some sad news to share. My good friend of many years, Jane Tenorio Coscarelli, passed away in July. Many of you will Jane Tenorio Cascarelliremember her bright, colorful creations, wonderful children's books and patterns promoting Latin Culture and textile arts. Some of you may have taken her Katrina class through the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild last year. Her daughter has asked me to let you know that she will open up Jane's Quarter Inch Publishing warehouse for an estate sale on Saturday, August 28th from 9am until 2pm. The address is 33255 Stoneman St., Lake Elsinore, Ca, 92530.
     Once again, I thank my staff for always standing behind me (and next to me!) ready to step in and help. I feel so blessed.
    Happy quilting and beading, everyone--I hope to see you soon. 


What's Happening

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. 

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.

What's New?
yellow floral
blue floral
These pretty florals are new from Michael Miller fabrics. $12.50/Yd
Even if you aren't making masks any more, they are definitely an important part of the culture these days. Part of the Essential Heroes collection from Studio e fabrics. $12.50/yd
xmas dots
The joy of Christmas Morning is captured in these holiday inspired dots. From Moda, $12.50/yd

Blooming Paisleys and Horse Whisper
The timeless paisley stars in two new collections from Studio e. $12.50/yd

Classes, Classes, Classes!

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 Bead Side
In person resumes August 3!

 Theresa resumes teaching at the shop on August 3rd. Here's how it works: Theresa's classes are from 10 to 1 most Tuesdays. Class dates are listed on the website. The first 3 students to register on a given day determine what will be taught. There are links to Theresa's catalogs of 1 and 2 session classes below and on the website class pages. Theresa will contact you by phone to confirm your choice, talk about supplies, answer questions and schedule other sessions, if needed.  

2 session classes
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