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Beat the heat


June 25, 2015  

     Summer officially began on Sunday and there's no denying it's here based on the temperatures. Steamy! It's the perfect excuse to stay indoors in the air conditioning and sew (not that any of us really need an excuse). Our A/C decided to surrender to the heat for a couple of days last week but we've had it serviced and are again enjoying a much cooler shop.

     We're excited that a few things we've been working on here at IQ are starting to come together. Make plans now to attend classes with some of our favorite designers/teachers! The delightful Lizzy House is coming to IQ in March 2016 and we are overjoyed. Lizzy has been traveling the world, teaching her lovely Meadow quilt and we can't wait to host her. We also are firming up details to have the one and only Jen Kingwell at IQ in November. It was love at first sight when we saw Jen's work for the first time and we're beyond thrilled to bring her to Atlanta. Send us an email or let us know the next time you're in the shop if you'd like to be added to our notification list for either of these classes.

      Speaking of classes...we've just added new dates for our always-popular Beginning Quilt Making with Maxine Moore. If you -- or someone you know -- has been wanting to learn how to quilt, this is the class for you. We've also added the next session of Sewing Basics. And Shirley Paine has a fun Modern Surprise mystery quilt that we know you'll love! Scroll down to the Classes section of the newsletter for dates and pricing information.

     Folks seem to be having fun with our I Love Fabric Days Treasure Hunt! Our treasure box already has some entries but there are plenty more chances to take part. Just look throughout the store for the I Love Fabric Days Treasure Hunt Entry Forms (they're hidden, so you'll have to hunt!). When you find one, fill it out and drop it in our Treasure Box through Saturday, 8/15. One lucky winner from around the country will be selected to win a $250 gift certificate from I Love Fabric Days and the FabShop Network!

     It's always a happy day when deliveries of new fabrics show up and we're already plotting ways to use Shirt & Tie from Windham Fabrics. We've also gotten in the cutest Jelly Clip purse frames from Lecien. They look great with so many of our fabrics and Mary took home one to whip up a cute sample -- and we've got the pattern she created so you can do the same!

        Happy sewing!
        Sarah & the IQ gang

P.S. If you're sticking around town for Independence Day or have quilty friends visiting, come see us! Intown Quilters will be OPEN until 3 p.m. on July 4th!

2015 Row by Row Experience

     Ollie says, "Join me under the 7 seams with Intown Quilters for this year's Row by Row Experience!" Last year was our first time taking part in this innovative, national shop hop and we're excited to again be involved. This year all 50 states have participating shops! 

    Row by Row is a fun shop hop like no other: No fees, no cards to stamp, and you've got all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a 9-1/2"x36-1/2" quilt row. Combine your rows however you'd like, to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Best of all, you can take your finished quilt to any participating Row by Row shop (the sooner the better as only one person per shop wins) to win a fabulous prize! Check out the map of all the participating shops here and our shop details here.

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 Sign up for this year's Gypsy Wife BOM online, in store or via telephone (404.634.6924)!   
    *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. *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
            May saw the end of the first year of Shirley's IQ Club -- which means we're gearing up for Year 2! Shirley's had a blast planning fun projects over the past year and the sneak peeks she's given us for the coming year make it clear why this club is so popular. You can sign up a month at a time for $10 or pay $60 for the whole year. The June session on 6/16i will show off the Twister tool and some fun projects that can be made with it.

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 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.

Quilting Studio
6/28 Sunday 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 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.

Quilting Camp
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.

Intermediate Paper Piecing
7/19 Sunday 1:30-5:30 p.m. $45
Take your paper piecing knowledge to the next level. You'll learn to paper piece more advanced block and sew curved pieces. Patty will give you lots of tips and hints to make your paper piecing easier. Must have basic knowledge of paper piecing and/or have taken the intro to paper piecing class. Taught by Wanda Earley.

Creative Exploration in Surface Design
7/25 Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $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. Taught by Casey Green.

Sewing Basics 
8/1 & 8/8 1:30-4:30p $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.


Beginning Quilt-Making
8/16, 8/30, 9/13 & 9/27 Sundays 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.

Modern Surprise
9/20 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $110
Shirley Paine is back with Modern Surprise, a mystery quilt! This day-long workshop will take you through the process of creating a modern mystery quilt we think you're going to love. Class participants will receive the pattern book (included in the cost of the class) on the day of the workshop.

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.