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Ah, spring is here and we're enjoying the beautiful sunshine even though the temperature swings back and forth from temperate to brrrrr! It's got us in the mood to start new projects and try out some new techniques. 

    Do you look around your house during the holidays and wish you had more quilty decor to add seasonal touches to your rooms? We've got just the nudge you need to "spring" into the holidays: For each project made with holiday-themed fabric from IQF&Y purchased in 2018 that you finish between now and June 30, 2018, you'll receive an extra 20 points in your rewards account. And to make it even easier to get started, all Christmas and Halloween kits, patterns and fabric* are buy any two, get one for a penny through Sunday, 4/8/18. *Minimum half-yard cuts on fabric. Discount applied to lowest priced item. No additional discounts apply. 

     What better way to jump into something new than with a class? We've got some great offerings you won't want to miss!

    Casey Green is back with her always-popular Fabric Painting/Dyeing class. Casey is a talented artist and the wealth of information she presents in her class is just mind blowing. She covers a variety of techniques that will inspire you to incorporate them into your projects (see photo at right for an example). We're only able to get Casey on our calendar once or twice a year -- don't miss out!

    Our Solid Modern Sampler Block of the Month program kicks off soon and is a great way to learn some new quilt blocks while working on a quilt over a longer period of time. And be sure to check out our upcoming sessions of Quilting StudioSewing 101 and Knit Tee, which will help you grow your sewing and piecing skill sets. 

   Only one spot remains in the Kaffe Fassett Mystery program (for the Light colorway). If you've been eyeing this program and trying to decide, now is the time! We've been fielding calls from all over the U.S. and Canada from quilters who missed out on signing up at their local quilt shops. 

    We've received a limited number of the Tula Pink Pom Pom Quilt kits from Freespirit Fabrics. These kits include everything you need to make the Pom Pom Quilt, including backing. There are pieces of every fabric in the line including all the animals, the tent stripes and the pom poms. Grab yours while you can!



   Mark your calendars and join us for the inaugural Local Yarn Store Day on Saturday, 4/21! We've got some fun things in store -- more details to come soon!

     Happy stitching,

     Sarah & the IQF&Y crew


P.S. Don't forget we are closed on Monday! We're open 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday we are open from 12-4 p.m.

CLASSES  

 Quilting/Sewing Classes



Sit & Stitch
Fridays, 11 am-2 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some quilt piecing by hand fun with friends!
 (We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bite to stay energized for a full day of stitching.) 


Quilting Studio
Sunday, 4/8/2018, 12-4 p.m. $45
Do you have a quilt you'd like to get started on but feel just a little intimidated about jumping in? What about one you'd like to get finished but can't figure out exactly what the pattern is telling you, or can't find the time to make yourself get it done? Quilting Studio might be the class you need! Four uninterrupted hours of help from an accomplished and knowledgeable teacher. Bring your pattern/project and let Patty Murphy (author of the book, Piecing Makeover) help you get started, motivated or finished. Students in this class should have some experience piecing a quilt and a familiarity with the skills involved, including but not limited to using a rotary cutter and ruler, reading a pattern, etc.

Sewing 101
Saturday, 4/14/2018, 12-4 pm $45
Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Did you take home ec in junior high but haven’t sewn since? This is the class for you! This 4-hour course covers all the basics to get you sewing. You’ll learn the parts of a sewing machine, how to thread it (including how to wind a bobbin), sewing terminology, essential tools, how to read a pattern and more. Students complete a small project during the class. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Knit Tee
Sunday, 4/15/2018, 2-3 p.m. $15
Make an easy knit tee using your sewing machine or serger. So quick and easy, you won't believe it! This is a hands-on class with additional preparation required prior to the class. Pattern not included in class fee. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Fabric Painting/Dyeing
Saturday 5/12/2018 10am-4:30pm $95
This is a one-day workshop where you will learn how use the various kinds of fabric paints commercially available. It is for all levels of artistic skill. If you don’t feel you have confidence in drawing or painting, it doesn’t matter in this class, you will have a great time and go home with some very beautiful creative fabrics. Techniques you will learn; how to use the paints, directly with brushes, using commercial stamps, and making your own stamps, making/using stencils, resists, light imaging, Japanese Shibori techniques, using everyday objects to create texture, and much more. Come take this really fun one day workshop….it’s fabric-making art camp. $10 materials fee on the day of the class in cash to the teacher. Taught by Casey Green. 


Knitting/Crocheting Classes


Thursday Sit & Knit

Thursdays 10 am-2 pm 
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! This is great for beginners especially, as knitting near more experienced knitters allows for you to get immediate help with questions and mistakes which then helps you learn to recognize mistakes yourself and gives you the practice time to get better with your knitting. (We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bit to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)

Sunday Knit-along
4/8, 4/22, 5/6 & 5/20/18 (more dates to come), 12-4 pm
Our Sunday Knit-along started to support our customer's Dr. Who Scarf Knitting project! Grab your yarn and needles to work on your own Dr. Who Scarf or another knitting project. Our "Secret Sweater Stitching Society*" will be there on the fourth Sunday of the month, too. (*It's not really a secret.)

Learn to Knit
You can learn how to get started knitting during our weekly sit and knit. Just reserve your spot for only $5 prior to that day (either in store, online or by phone) and we will make sure there is someone there dedicated to teaching you how for the first hour of the morning sit & knit. We've found tis is a great way for folks to learn. They can then sit with the teacher for awhile knitting and get help learning how to fix little mistakes as they arise. We've had great feedback on teaching knitting this way versus a separate class. We are happy to set up a class for you though or private lessons that work better for your schedule. Email us to let us know your wishes.