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Are you ready to Shop Hop 'til you drop?


March 5, 2015  

     In a little less than 48 hours, we'll be opening the doors and welcoming the first 2015 Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop participants! This is the 16th year of the annual event and our theme is Sweet 16.

     If you've been by the shop this week, you've probably seen bits and pieces of our preparations (and maybe even some of the new quilts we're introducing at Shop Hop). It's our biggest event of the year and we can't wait to welcome all of you and show off what we've been doing the past few months to prepare!

     Pick up a passport at the first shop you visit during the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, then be sure to get it stamped at each shop you visit. (If you have preprinted address labels, bring them! They'll save you some time filling out the passport and drawing slips!) There also are free quilt patterns, goodie bags and prize drawings at each shop, as well as collectible charms themed to this year's event (free with $10 purchase; sold separately for $3).

     Head over to the Event page for the Shop Hop on Facebook and be sure to check out the Shop Hop website to plan your route.

       Of course there's lots more than Shop Hop happening here at IQ. We've got new classes on the calendar and we'll publish our summer camp dates next week. Scroll down to the Classes section for details. And be sure to come by during Shop Hop to see our 2015 Block-of-the-Month programs up close: Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell, Gravity by Jaybird Quilts and Do You Think I'm Hexy?, from the New Hexagon by Katja Marek. (Some of the IQ folks are in love with all three quilts and really struggling to choose just one!

         Happy sewing!
         Sarah & the IQ gang

P.S. Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday, March 8. Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday!

2014/2015 Clubs  

Shirley's IQ Club
     The club will meet the 3rd Tuesday evening each month from 6-8 p.m. and will be $10 each month or $60 for the year.     

By Hand-the Art of Slow Quilting

      This group meets on the 3rd Saturday from 9:30am-1pm. There will be a $5 charge for the each month.
Worldwide Quilting Day

        Help Spread the Word!

     Please help us make Worldwide Quilting Day a huge success! Spread the word, mark your calendar, and tell your family and friends to stop by the shop to participate.

     Learn more about Worldwide Quilting Day -- Saturday, March 21, 2015 -- at


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.
*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. 
*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.

Sewing machines are required for classes
All classes that have sewing involved in them, require you to bring your own sewing machine. We may have one you can borrow but it is best for you to sew on a machine that you are used to. For beginners, it is best to learn on a machine that you will use at home so you can work on your own at home later. Basic sewing machines are all that you need. If you are unsure of staying with sewing and do not want to buy a machine, then ask around of friends and family to borrow one for awhile so you can sew at home and really test out your interest. If you do borrow a machine or buy a used machine, it is highly advised that you get the machine serviced before coming to a class, because machines that have not been used regularly tend to act up as soon as someone tries to use them, which seems to happen in the middle of classes. You don't want to have a frustrating first class experience because the machine was not in good condition to sew.

Sewing Studio
3/18 & 3/25 9:30a-12:30p $75
Finished our Sewing Machine Basics and ready to tackle a new challenge? Bring the clothing or purse pattern of your choice (with all the supplies listed on the back of the pattern) and our instructor will help you from start to finish. Get help choosing the proper size, cutting, construction and finishing techniques. Given the individualized nature of this class, class size is limited to five students. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Sewing Basics
3/21 & 4/4 10am-1pm $75
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 6-hour course (broken into two 3-hour sessions) 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 in the first class; the second half of the class is spent sewing a larger project (a roomy tote bag with patch pocket).Taught by Mary Abreu.

Paper-free Paper Piecing
3/28 10am-2pm $50
Come try Paper-free Paper Piecing, a fun new approach to paper piecing with Sarah Oliver and Allyson Shelton! If you are new to paper piecing or you have tried it before and you are interested in learning a different approach, this class will be perfect for you. No more sewing through paper or spending a bunch of money at the printer getting your patterns ready to sew. Come learn this new skill as we sit down to make this modern arrow block together. You will have 1 completed block and a new skill at the end of the day! We will explore more ideas of how to use this fun block , too!

Log Cabin
3/28 130-530pm $50
The log cabin is one of the most loved and most versatile of the traditional quilt blocks. Learn how color placement affects your block and how block placement impacts your design. You will end up beginning the blocks for a lap-size quilt that will be quick and easy to finish up on your own. Taught by Maxine Moore. ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!

Bias Binding
3/29 1-5 p.m. $55
Learn to make your own bias binding, which is an essential technique for finishing off your quilts. You will learn two different techniques for making binding that will take the fear of binding away forever. You'll learn to love binding. Taught by Patty Murphy.

Quilting Studio
4/19 1-5 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 (we are welcoming her back after a long hiatus due to raising small children) help you get started, motivated or finished.

We have our IQ loyalty program, which is good for 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. Ask for a card when you come in next if you do not have one already. You get stamps when you shop so make sure to get it out when you get ready to pay each time you visit.

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.
Help Dalton Davis  
Many of you probably remember Dalton Davis, who used to work at the shop before he went off to college. Dalton was a foster kid in Atlanta and now is on his own trying to make his way through college. He needs our help now. He has never gotten enough money from the state and scholarships to cover his living expenses, books and supplies for school so I have been helping him the past four years, along with some regular help from a few of our very dedicated (and generous) customers, who Dalton and I thank very much! I am reaching out to you again because this talented young man really could use some financial help continuing his education. If you are willing, click on this paypal button to make a donation or mail or drop by cash or a check made out to Dalton Davis. Anything will help.