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May 12, 2017  
                  Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
                            is now closed on Wednesdays

Our original weekly newsletter went out minus all the formatting. We apologize for the glitch and hope this version is readable!

     There's nothing like the hustle and bustle that goes along with prepping new projects here at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn. In anticipation of Jen Kingwell's return to IQ later this month, we've been pulling together a variety of scrappy starter fabric packs, just perfect for the style of her patterns. Jen's designs typically call for a large mix of fabric prints in smaller cuts and we've made it easier than ever to grab and get started on a new project. Be sure to follow the link and check back again since we're adding even more packs (Sarah's cutting a new one right now!).

     And speaking of Jen Kingwell ... there are still a couple of spots left in her project classes, as well as the trunk show on Saturday afternoon.
It's a great way to spend a day (or a couple of hours), and we know you'll leave with lots of great tips and plenty of inspiration.

     Mother's Day is Sunday and we know what Mom wants: something from her favorite quilt/yarn shop! Stop by (or send over the gift giver) to pick up the perfect kit, pattern, notion or book, or even that one-size-fits-all gift, an Intown Quilters gift certificate!

     We've restocked one of the hottest items from our booth at QuiltCon: Moda's Cake Mix Recipe cards! These pre-printed sheets will have you whipping up a new quilt in no time. Simply add two Layer Cakes (10" squares) and follow the sewing and cutting directions to yield a super cute finished project. The Cake Mix Recipe cards are available in four designs, with four new designs coming soon. These flew out of our QuiltCon booth and we're excited to get them back -- but we don't expect them to stay on the shelf for long. Get 'em while you can!

    You asked, we listened! We've scheduled another date of the popular Dress No. 1 class with Jess Seiz, as well as a Maker's Tote class with Mary Abreu in June. Sign up now or you may miss out on making either (or both) of these great projects! Head over to our Instagram feed to see pictures of both projects, and be sure to follow us to keep up with all the happenings at IQ.

     Happy stitching,
     Sarah & the IQ crew

     P.S. Don't forget that Intown Quilters is now closed on Wednesdays. Of course, we're still open six days a week (including Sundays and until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays), and you can always shop our website, 24/7/365! Please share this news with all your friends since many of our customers do not get our newsletters and many who do, don't always read them.



CLASSES  

Classes are listed below and on the website. Don't put off signing up for a class you are interested in because some fill up quickly and you don't want to miss out because you forgot to sign up right away.

Ongoing IQ Class Policies
* You should receive a class supply list about 2 weeks prior to the class by email unless you have stopped by the shop to get one in person.
* Students may set up their spaces no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.
*Class cancellation policy: You can cancel a class up to two weeks prior to class for a full refund. We will only cancel a class if we have to. If you miss a class we can try to get you in the next class with a fee (fee is determined by the length of the class) to cover the lost spot in that class.

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.)

Happiness
Sundays, 5/21 & 6/4/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $85
Have you always wanted to try one of Jacqueline De Jonge's beautifully intricate paper-pieced quilts, but been just a little intimidated? Then this is the class for you! Wanda Earley will give you tips and tricks as you tackle the Happiness quilt pattern. This 30-inch square wall hanging is the perfect opportunity to test this style of paper piecing and see if it's for you before jumping into a full-size quilt. Students should have paper piecing experience prior to taking this class. Taught by Wanda Earley.


Jen Kingwell Project
Friday, 5/26/17, 10:30 am-5 pm $225
Prerequisite: Open to students who are signed up for the Thursday techniques class or who have taken a Jen Kingwell class previously.
Students will spend the day with Jen Kingwell working on projects from her book Quilt Lovely. Choose from either Glitter, Daisy Do, Clam Bake, and Mrs. Bannister's Stars. Jen's tips and guidance for creating the blocks for these quilts will have you embracing handwork like never before. Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.

Jen Kingwell Trunk Show
Saturday, 5/27/17, 3-5 pm $25
Spend Saturday afternoon with Jen Kingwell as she presents a trunk show and talk about her work and then signs books and patterns. She will be sure to dazzle you with some of her fantastic quilts and you'll be charmed by her wonderful personality and beautiful accent. Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.

Jen Kingwell Project
Sunday, 5/28/17, 10:30 am-5 pm $225
Prerequisite: Open to students who are signed up for the Thursday techniques class or who have taken a Jen Kingwell class previously. Sunday's class with Jen includes your choice of projects: Queen's Cross, I'm a Farmer's Daughter, Halo, My Small World, Long Time Gone or Delilah (for Delilah TOM participants). And what can be more fun than getting the designer's input while working on your block-of-the-month/template-of-the-month quilts? Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.

Beginning Quilt Making
Saturdays, 6/3, 6/17, 7/8 & 7/22/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $120
This class fills up quickly so don’t hesitate! Learn to make a lap size quilt from beginning to end. In this class, the intimidation of quilting will be eliminated. You will be taught many techniques and rules, such as cutting, strip piecing, seam allowance, pin-basting, quilting, binding and more. The class is taught in 4 sessions (4 hours each) and requires homework and a sewing machine. A sense of humor is also helpful. Taught by Lisa Kaupp.

Maker's Tote
Saturday, 6/10/17, 10:30 am-5:30 pm $75
Ready to tackle the Noodlehead Maker's Tote? The Maker's Tote is available in two sizes (our shop sample is the larger size) and features multiple pockets, a separating zipper opening, and is finished with bias binding. Students who take this class can expect to get 90 percent (you'll need to finish the binding at home) of the way finished with the project during the class session if they come prepared. This is a condensed class, featuring an intermediate-level sewing project. It is required, and crucially important, that all pieces of the project are cut out prior to the start of the class (expect this to take about 90 minutes) or you will quickly fall behind in class. By cutting out your project prior to the class, you will be able to spend the entire class time sewing with the instructor and also save on your class fee. Please contact us if you have questions about getting your pieces cut out ahead of time. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Dress No. 1
Sunday, 6/11/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $55
Dress No 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is one of Jess’s favorite garment to sew and wear.  With just 2.5 yards of woven fabric required and sizes XS-4X available on one pattern, this is truly a project for everybody, even if you’ve never sewn clothing before!  This class will cover sewing a simple A-line dress with straight seams and applying bias facing. All pieces of the pattern should be cut out of fabric prior to the start of the class (allot yourself an hour). Taught by Jess Seiz.

Introduction to Hand Embroidery
Sunday, 6/25/17, 1:30-4:30 pm $45
Have you been admiring all the patterns available that incorporate embroidery designs into quilting, bags, kitchen accessories, etc? Patterns from designers like Crabapple Hill and This and That are bringing us a new, fresh approach to using embroidery in our quilting and sewing. In this class, we will discuss transfer techniques, fabric choices, and basic embroidery to get you ready to make your own project. Taught by Wanda Earley.

Knitting/Crocheting Classes


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. 
When possible the first hour of this time is dedicated to teaching folks how to cast-on and knit stitch. You can then sit and knit in the group which is a great way to get started because there is help nearby as you practice 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.)

BOMs/CLUBS

 
Long Time Gone
Finished quilt size: ~66" x67"
Meets the second Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 8

     Long Time Gone is one of our favorite patterns from Jen Kingwell’s October 2016 Quilt Market release and we’re excited to offer it as a Block-of-the-Month program in 2017! Jen’s penchant for scrappy quilt blocks arranged in unconventional settings have been a hit here at IQ and we think Long Time Gone will quickly be a must-sew quilt for you. This machine-pieced quilt includes a variety of scrappy blocks, mixing bold prints with low-volume background fabrics. 

     Sandy Stites will lead this group, which will meet on the second Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 8. Each month, participants will receive tips for creating that month’s block(s). 

    We are offering two different fabric color stories for our Long Time Gone BOM participants. The Scrappy color story is a Jen-meets-IQ range of fabrics, mixing bright prints with low-volume fabrics. The Batik color story takes a rainbow of richly colored batiks and pairs them with neutral batiks for contrast.

     The Long Time Gone BOM includes the pattern by Jen Kingwell (a $28 value) plus a quarterly sit-and-sew (dates to be announced later) during the course of the year. With either the Scrappy or Batik fabric options (fabric distributed monthly), the Long Time Gone BOM is $260 -- but if you sign up and pay in full before Feb. 28 the price will be only $230. 

     We've set up a monthly payment option through Paypal. You'll be charged $75 for the first month* and $20 per month the subsequent 11 months. *Down payment for the program is subject to change after February 28, 2017, to accommodate an abbreviated payment schedule.

     Sign up for our Long Time Gone BOM bring-your-own fabric option for $148 -- but pay in full before Feb. 28 and the price is $130. Live out of town? No problem! We’re happy to ship your BOM materials to you for an additional fee. Contact us for details.

Glorious Gardens 
     The first Saturday of the month starting in February 2017 and costs $60 for the class time. You can see all the details here.
     
     The newest quilt-along from one of our favorite books, using those beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics we adore!

     Kim McLean has created another incredible quilt using English paper piecing. Kim used a fun hexagon block, then partnered with Paper Pieces to create custom paper pieces packs and acrylic templates to make it easier for anyone to create this Glorious Gardens quilt -- including you!

     Join Mary Lou Mojonnier at Intown Quilters for a 12-month stitch along to create your version of this quilt using a pattern booklet from Kim. You'll have the help and support of Mary Lou and a group of fellow hand piecers, too. What better way to spend a few hours once a month (or maybe even twice if you join the By Hand group on the 3rd Saturday here).

By Hand-the Art of Slow Quilting
       Sometimes it is good to take a break from doing everything fast. Handwork is a great way to slow down and enjoy the process of creating. When you do handwork, you can often take it with you to take advantage of times when you are just waiting for something else, you can actually talk to friends and family while working on your projects, and it is relaxing. We will get together and work on quilting projects by hand - hand piecing, English paper piecing, hand appliqué, hand quilting. This is the time where you can bring in any project that you are working on or want to begin working on and we can help/encourage/get inspired by each other. This group will meet on the 3rd Saturday from 9:30am-1pm. $5 per month.

2017 UFO CHALLENGE  
     We're here to help you tackle those UFOs that have been hovering around your craft space. Our UFO Challenge has kicked off and we're excited that so many folks want to clear out the old to move on to the new. 

     Drop in and bring us a list of projects you want to finish with your name and contact info on it or use our handy online form to join the challenge. For every one of them you finish between now and March 31st, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate and if the project was one you bought at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn, you'll receive an extra entry into the drawing. Get two more drawing entries by posting a picture of your project as it is now (in the kit bag still, on the design wall, a collection or yarn or fabric in a pile) on Instagram then tag us  -- @intownquilters -- and use the hashtag #intownquiltersUFOchallenge. Post a picture of the finished project with the same tags and you will get an extra entry for each of those two photos. 

      We even have a sewing and quilting UFO day scheduled to help you get things finished. If your UFOs are of the yarn variety, 
check out our Let's Knit a Sweater "support group" or drop in for one of our Sit & Knit sessions (days and times listed above). 
 
COUPONS  
     We have our IQ loyalty program, which is good for 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. Since launching our new computerized point-of-sale system, we are changing from paper cards to an electronic rewards system. No more forgetting your cards at home! We are happy to add your existing IQ cards to our system; just bring them in with your name and email address written on them.

     We do occasionally give out coupons during shop hop and other special events like quilt shows. Coupons cannot be used on special orders or sale items, cannot be combined and there are no rain checks.   

 

www.intownquilters.com
Visit us seven days a week at 1058 Mistletoe Rd, Decatur GA, 30033! 
Open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Saturday, 
10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday
Closed Wednesdays.