After 13 years of business, we are welcoming a new member to the IQ crew: a computerized point-of-sale system! This has been in the works for about three years and we couldn't be more excited. We'll begin ringing up sales on our new cash register starting today (Thursday), 10/1. The biggest change for our customers is the new electronic rewards system. No more worrying about leaving your IQ cards at home! Your purchases will automatically get tallied up in the system and the accrual will print on your receipt. Best of all, we can input the totals you've already earned on the paper IQ cards so write your name and email address on them and drop them off the next time you're in the area so we can add them into the system. Our crew is still getting used to the new register. We thank you for your patience as we get up to speed with the new check-out procedures.
Even with the craziness of converting to our new POS system, we still get excited to unbox new goodies at the shop. The past week is no exception! We couldn't wait to get our hands on Kaffe's newest book, Heritage Quilts, and it does not disappoint. Twenty quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries have been updated with our favorite fabrics from the Kaffe Fassett Collective. Be still my heart!
We expected folks to fall in love with the new Simply Moderne magazine from the talented group at Quilt Mania but we were still surprised when most of our initial order flew out the door within 24 hours. Never fear! We placed an order for more copies of the Fall issue, plus a few of the Summer issue.
If you've been waiting for just the right fabric to inspire you, look no further. We've just stocked new batiks from Moda (Los Cabos and De La Sol), Riley Blake's Fancy and Fabulous (with the cutest pillow sample!), and the sweet Forest Frolics from Red Rooster Fabrics.
This weekend is the Atlanta Maker Faire in downtown Decatur and we are excited to be taking part! Maker Faire bills itself as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning." Sounds like a great fit for Intown Quilters, right? Our booth number is C31 and we will have demos and make and takes (while supplies last). Maker Faire is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free but you do need to sign up for a free ticket via Event Brite (just click and follow the link). See you there!
October is here which means Halloween is just around the corner. We've got some spook-tacular inspiration for projects to get you in the mood, including an awesome array of fabrics, kits and patterns. The Night Bloom quilt (above left) uses a Jaybird Quilts pattern -- it's even more amazing in person!
Our new Paper Piecing Club kicks off on Tuesday, 10/5, at 4:30 p.m. with Wanda Earley. Wanda teaches our paper piecing classes and led our Almond Country BOM in 2014. Grab your projects and head to the shop for some fun sit-and-sew time with other paper-piecing enthusiasts! The club meets monthly and there are options to either pay-as-you-go or pay for a full year of meetings.
Lots of new classes have been added to the calendar, including new dates for Paper Piecing (intro and intermediate), Machine Quilting (introduction and free-motion 1), Beginning Quiltmaking and the brand-new Hexie Boot Camp -- plus more! Scroll down to the Classes section for details.
Sarah & the IQ gang
P.S. Are you signed up for one of our Jen Kingwell classes in November? You only have until Friday, 10/2, to receive a full refund. After that date, students who withdraw will receive a refund of their class fees less 20% once a replacement has been secured from our waiting list.
|Kaffe Mini Quilt Challenge & Swap
We've started planning our birthday party for Kaffe this December, and we want you to help us celebrate... By participating in our mini quilt challenge and swap! Here are the rules to participate:
1. Buy any three 1/4 yard cuts (or fat quarters) of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics (Kaffe, Brandon Mably, or Philip Jacobs) from IQ, in the store or on via the website, to be entered into the challenge group.
2. Make a mini quilt using only KFC fabrics (including shot cottons and stripes). Your quilt should be a minimum of 12" per side, and a maximum of 24" per side. You can use any technique you like -- traditional piecing, English Paper Piecing, applique ... whatever strikes your fancy! The mini must be quilted and bound to be entered into the challenge.
3. Turn in your completed mini quilt to IQ by 2 pm on Saturday, December 5.
4. This challenge and swap is open to both local and out-of-town* participants!
5. We will have gift certificates (the amount to be determined when we see the number participating….the more participants, the higher the gift certificates) as prizes for the top three minis.
*Please email us for long-distance participation details.
From 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, December 5, we will have a quilt hanging/birthday party for Kaffe! If you'd like to help us hang the quilts, come on over right at 2 pm. We'll have birthday cake and lots of fun! At the end of the party, we will take photos of the challenge minis. These photos will be posted online and emailed to Kaffe as a birthday gift! Kaffe will look at the entries and pick his winning mini quilt. Your mini could be his favorite!
The challenge minis will hang in the IQ classroom through the month of December to help us celebrate Kaffe's birthday. After the start of the new year, we will swap minis! The swap will be done by random drawing, so if you enter a mini into the challenge, you'll receive someone else's mini entry in return. It'll be like an extra gift after the holiday season is over!
We hope you'll join us in this fun challenge to celebrate Kaffe's birthday! If you have any questions, or if you're ready to dive into the challenge, please call, email, or stop by and we'll be happy to help!
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
Year Two of Shirley's IQ Club is in full swing and the fun projects and patterns just keep rolling in. Shirley's had a blast planning for the coming year and the sneak peeks she's given us 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.
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.
10/10 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75 NEW DATE
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.
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, as is lunch) on the day of the workshop.
Machine Quilting I: An Introduction
10/17 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45
This is a hands-on class to introduce the basics of machine quilting. You will learn several types of machine quilting: straight stitch, in the ditch, and a bit of free motion. Concepts discussed include selecting the design and thread to complement the quilt. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top.
10/18 1:30-5:30 p.m. $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.
10/24, 11/7, 11/21 & 12/12 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.
Introduction to Paper Piecing
10/25 1:30-5:30 p.m. $45
This class will teach you the basics of paper-piecing and help to alleviate any fears or frustrations you have related to paper-piecing. You will be surprised how doable it really is. Taught by Wanda Earley.
My Small World
11/2 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $165
Join Jen Kingwell for a hand-sewing class featuring her brand-new pattern, My Small World. Any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops must be done by the end of the day on October 2 in order to receive a full refund. After October 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. Includes lunch.
Georgetown on My Mind
11/4 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $165
Join Jen Kingwell as she teaches the ins and outs of handpiecing her pattern, Georgetown on My Mind! Any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops must be done by the end of the day on October 2 in order to receive a full refund. After October 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. Includes lunch.
Hexie Boot Camp
11/7 2-5 p.m. $45
There is so much more you can do with English paper piecing than the time honored Grandmother's Flower Garden. The instructor will provide papers for hexagon play and other shapes. This is such a fun portable sewing project. This is a technique class taught by Mary Lou Mojonnier.
Machine Quilting II: Free-motion Quilting
11/14 1:30-4:30 p.m. $45
A practice session to explore some of the many possibilities of free motion machine quilting. Includes planning the quilting design and filling the space. Students must have experience machine quilting. Students must bring their own sewing machine capable of free motion quilting: ie, a free motion foot and the ability to lower the feed dogs. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin.
Intermediate Paper Piecing
11/15 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.
|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.