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2015 BOM updates and more new classes!


March 27, 2015  

     Some sharp-eyed readers pointed out that our Gypsy Wife info was incorrect in last week's newsletter (and our website). Oops! Obviously we should have kept up the coffee IV after shop hop! The Gypsy Wife Block of the Month starts Saturday, 4/11 (not 4/18), and meets on the second Saturday of the month. We'd love to see you there!

     Due to a scheduling conflict, we've changed the date for the Gravity Block of the Month -- it will now be meeting on the first Saturday of the month, starting May 2, from 9:30-11:30 am. Since we've pushed the start date back, we're giving you a bit longer to cash in on some big savings for this class -- get 20% off your Gravity BOM fabric (including kits) until April 18! Scroll down to the BOM section of the newsletter to see more details on Gravity and our other great 2015 BOM programs.

     We had so much fun with our Worldwide Quilting Day celebration last weekend. The Colorful Stars quilt patterns are perfect for the charity quiltmaking extension of that day and we're planning an all-star sew in to make blocks on Tuesday, March 31. Come by from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. that day to sit and sew 12" star blocks for our charity quilt. The Colorful Stars pattern makes a great block or you can sew another 12" star block of your choosing. A selection of fabrics will be provided for one block per person, so come sit and sew with us! We will also have details on how to submit photos of your finished blocks for a chance to win a fabric shopping spree and a new sewing machine!

     A new session of Beginning Quiltmaking has just been added to our calendar, but don't forget we have lots of other fun classes to take at IQ this spring. Bias Binding and Quilting Studio are coming up and still have space available, and we're working on adding even more great classes to the schedule. Scroll down to the Classes section for dates, prices and the links to sign up. (Of course you can always sign up in the shop or via telephone!)

         Happy sewing!

         Sarah & the IQ gang

P.S. It's never too early to sign up for summer camp! Scroll down to the Classes section of the newsletter for the direct links to our Fashionista Camp (June and July) and two weeks of Quilting Camp (July). If your child is a returning Quilting Camper, be sure to contact us about advanced quilting camp options during those two weeks.

2015 Block-of-the-Month Programs

Gypsy Wife
     A 12-month block-of-the-month with Sandy Stites meets on the second Saturday of the month beginning April 11, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $120. Gypsy Wife pattern by Jen Kingwell is required and sold separately ($28).

     This fun BOM includes 12 hours of instructor-led class time with sit-and-sew time available in our classroom following each month's class. We have a limited number of Gypsy Wife BOM kits* available for $185.

     *Kit fabrics may vary from Gypsy Wife quilt sample.


      A 10-month block-of-the-month class with Leslie Piper meets the first Saturday of the month beginning May 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $200. Gravity
pattern by Jaybird Quilts is required and sold separately ($29.95). Hex n More ($23.95) and Super Sidekick ($27.95) rulers strongly recommended.

We have two different fabric kit options available for our Gravity BOM. A kit of solid fabrics, as pictured in the pattern booklet, is available for $180. This rainbow of solids can be set in the original black-to-grey fade, or check out this alternative blue setting suggested by one of our BOM participants!

Leslie has also curated a kit of printed fabrics in a similar spectrum of colors, which is available for $220. Sign up for this year's Gravity BOM and receive a 20% discount on your Gravity BOM fabric if you purchase all the yardage at one time
(including kits). Offer expires April 18, 2015.
*Talk to Leslie about monthly payment plan options.* Sign up for Gravity BOM online,
in store or via telephone (404.634.6924)!

Do You Think I'm Hexy?
      A 12-month English paper piecing sit-and-sew with Mary Lou Mojonnier meets the first Saturday of the month starting April 4, from 9:30-11 a.m.

      Cost is $31.99 for the first month (includes a copy of The New Hexagon plus first month's class) and $10/month each subsequent month. Sign up for Do You Think I'm Hexy? BOM online, in store or via telephone (404.634.6924)!

      Stop by the shop and see the samples we have displayed for all three BOM programs. They look amazing and we're all struggling to choose which ones we'd like to do over the course of the year!
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.


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.

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.

Beginning Quilt-Making
4/18, 5/2, 5/16, & 5/30 Saturdays 1:30-5:30 p.m. $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 Maxine Moore. A sewing machine is required for this class, but you do not need to know how to sew. It is helpful to know how to thread your machine and wind the bobbin, though.

Fashionista Sewing Camp
6/8-6/12, 10a-4p $350 Taught by Mary Abreu
6/29-7/3, 10a-4p $350 Taught by Fonde Werts
Our popular camp returns this year with wearable projects for your budding fashionista ages 11 and up. We'll cover reading patterns, measuring for the best fit, simple pattern modifications and embellishment ideas while making several projects. Bring a sack lunch. Most supplies included. IQ camp is for girls and boys 11 years and up. Campers younger than 11 may be signed up with instructor approval. Contact us for details.

Quilting Camp
7/6-7/10 10a-4p $350
7/13-7/17 10a-4p $350
If you think your child would enjoy learning how to make a quilt and gain valuable experience for their future of sewing, then this is the camp for him or her. The kids will learn how to sew the pieces together for the top of a quilt, then learn how to sandwich the layers, quilt their quilt and then bind their quilt. Fabric, thread and batting are supplied for their quilt.
Has your child already taken part in Quilting Camp? This is a great way for more advanced campers to build on their skills. Contact us for our advanced quilt camp options and pricing for this week, which allows a more personalized camp experience! IQ camp is for girls and boys 11 years and up. Campers younger than 11 may be signed up with instructor approval. Contact us for details. Taught by Fonde Werts.

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.