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It's National Sewing Month!


Sept. 2, 2015  

      September is here! The summer really flew by this year but we are looking forward to lots of time in the sewing room in honor of National Sewing Month. First up is Labor Day and Intown Quilters will be closed Monday in honor of the holiday. We are open regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday so be sure to stop by as you visit the Decatur Book Festival, DragonCon or hit the college football games in town this weekend.

Baby Squares Squared v. 1 Baby Squares Squared v. 2 Gardenvale Stars

      We have so much fun picking out samples and kits for the shop and there's plenty of new ones to check out this week. Lotta Jansdotter's newest lines for Windham Fabrics, Lucky and Stella, work so well with the delightfully soft Embrace double gauze from Shannon Fabrics in our two Baby Squares Squared kits. And the cheery small florals shine in our version of Gardenvale Stars, available as low-volume bundles for the background and jewel-tone bundles for the stars.

Mossy Thatch Roof Night Bloom Yuletide Wreath

       Lights and darks in shades of green, cream and blue (with pops of berry brights) dazzle in our Mossy Thatch Roof kit. And pieced hexies delight in our whimsical Halloween kit, Night Bloom. Sandy whipped up an individual block from the four-block Yuletide Wreath quilt so you can get an idea of how fun these vintage Christmas fabrics look together. We love the plaid and the colors in this line. The Yuletide Wreath kit includes the fabric for four blocks with borders.

       As always, there's even more inspiration in store here at IQ. We're loving Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer 2 for Robert Kaufman. Fans of her first Shimmer line won't want to miss this one, with it's addition of blues and aquas. And Tula Pink's newest line with Freespirit Fabrics is here. Eden is everything we've come to love from Tula: lush botanicals, adorable animals and a stunning range of colors.

       If you've been putting off grabbing our 2015 Row by Row Experience pattern or one of our Row by Row kits, don't wait too much longer. They'll go into hibernation Sept. 8 (that's next week) and we're starting to run low on a couple of the kit colorways.

        Happy sewing!

        Sarah & the IQ gang

P.S. We've added lots of classes to the calendar for the next couple of months. First up is a crazy fun new Tuffet class from Karen & Ken Taylor (of A Scarlet Thread fame).  We've also added new dates for Quilting Studio, Sewing StudioSewing Basics and a weekday Beginning Quiltmaking, as well as a brand-new Paper Piecing Club. Scroll down to the Classes section of the newsletter for all the details!

Jen Kingwell

Don't forget now is the time to sign up for one of the upcoming Jen Kingwell workshops. We are so excited to be working with The Green Apricot to bring Jen to Atlanta. Each workshop focuses on hand piecing the specific pattern and includes lunch. Workshops are limited to 20 participants. Each workshop costs $165 plus supplies. Trunk shows are limited to 40 participants.

Sign up for events at The Green Apricot:

Spring Fever from Quilt Lovely,

Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jen Kingwell Trunk Show,

Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m.

Sign up for events at Intown Quilters:

Bring Me Flowers
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sign up HERE
Georgetown on My Mind
Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sign up HERE

     Because of the commitments related to scheduling an international teacher of this caliber, we have made a change to our usual class cancellation policy: Any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops must be done by the end of the day on Oct. 2 in order to receive a full refund. After Oct. 2, 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 take a moment to check your calendar to ensure you will be able to attend the workshop for which you are registered.

2015 Clubs
Paper Piecing Club
       Come join our paper piecing teacher Wanda Earley as she leads a monthly paper piece sit-and-sew club. We will get together and work on foundation paper pieced projects. 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 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of the month beginning in October.The club is $10/month or $60 for the year (a 50% discount over the month-to-month option).

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.

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.


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.

9/9 & 9/16 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $80
Come join Karen & Ken from A Scarlet Thread as they teach you how to construct your very own tuffet! This is such a fun way to personalize your home with some of your favorite fabrics. This class takes place over two sessions one week apart. Please note that the second session is for assembly of the tuffet, so you will need to get all of your sewing done and be ready to put it all together then. There is a $100 tuffet finishing kit fee payable to the instructor on the first day of the class, cash or check only.

Beginning Quilt-Making
9/17, 10/1, 10/15 & 10/29 Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $120 JUST ADDED!
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.

Sewing Studio
9/12 & 9/19 1:30-4:30 p.m. $75
Finished our Sewing 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 four students. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Quilting Studio
9/20 1-5 p.m. $75
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.

Bias Binding
10/4 1:30-5:30 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.

Sewing Basics 
10/3 & 10/10 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.

Modern Surprise
10/11 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $110
Shirley Paine is back with Modern Surprise! This day-long workshop will take you through the process of creating a modern 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.