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Are you ready for Quarter Back Sunday?!


 

Feb. 5, 2016  
     Whether or not the big game is in your plans for this weekend, we think you'll love our big Quarter Back sale on Sunday!

     On 2/7, get 3 yards or more from the same bolt and save 25%. Spend $50 or more and get a free pattern of your choosing from our pattern basket at the register -- be sure to stop in early for the best selection. It's a great time to grab a back for a recently finished top or a project you're already working on (or maybe just planning).

    Can't make it on Sunday? Then be sure to stop by on Saturday to get your free fat quarter from Ellen Baker's new line, Rough Cut. Ellen has generously donated a fat quarter of each fabric from her latest line with Kokka and we're giving one free with $25 purchase on Saturday, 2/6, while supplies last! We've just unpacked our yardage of this line and it's quite the visual statement on the front wall of the shop. Leslie made the quilt for Ellen's booth at Quilt Market and we've got the patterns and fabric so you can make one, too. We've even got clothing samples using the double gauze and cotton/linen canvas from Modern Style for Girls, sewn by Mary for the booth, too.

    It's been a busy week here at IQ as we've unboxed bolt after bolt after bolt of new fabric. Phew! What a gorgeous bunch of new fabric to share with you. The newest Sunprints by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics are just as fab as their predecessors. Robert Kaufman's Studio Stash Yarn Dyes and Studio Stash 3 have us swooning. And the second release of Hoffman Fabrics Me+You batiks are just as richly colored and on trend as the first line. Of course all that new fabric had to find a home upstairs which means we've had to shift some things down to the sale bin - hint, hint!

     Our next session of Beginning Quiltmaking is nearly full but we've got a new session of Sewing Basics starting later this month and a one-day Sewing Studio on the calendar in early March. It's never too early to plan for summer camp and we're announcing dates for this year's IQ kids camps next week.

      And keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement about not one, but two block-of-the-month quilt programs coming to IQ this spring! They will begin in April. We're "sampling" things for one and planning a "world" of fun for the other!

    Happy quilting,
    Sarah & the IQ crew

P.S. Mark you calendars for the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, March 9-13. This year's Shop Hop overlaps the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in Duluth, so why not plan a weekend with your stitchy friends and visit both? Follow the Greater Atlanta Shop Hop Facebook page to keep up with our plans and find more details.
Glorious Hexagons
 

     This year's handwork BOM is one of our favorite quilts from Fall Quilt Market: Glorious Hexagons! Liza Prior Lucy and Kim McLean used Katja Marek's The New Hexagon (the basis of our 2015 Hexy BOM), along with some blocks of their own design with the stunning fabrics from the Kaffe Fassett Collective.

     Our Glorious Hexagons Club kicks off the first Saturday in February 2016. Join Mary Lou Mojonnier at Intown Quilters for a 12-month stitch along to create your version of these quilts using The New Hexagon and a booklet from Liza and Kim. Your Glorious Hexagons Club membership includes the supplemental booklet by Liza and Kim, monthly meeting time with Mary Lou and a 3" acrylic hexagon template, as well as EPP papers each month, cut specifically for these stunning quilts from Paper Pieces.

     We've set up a monthly subscription through PayPal (PayPal account required); just click here to sign up. IQ's Glorious Hexagon's Club is $25.50 for the first month and $18.50/month for the remaining 11 months. If you prefer to not use the paypal monthly subscription system, you can pay for the full year all at once in the shop or on the phone.
 
     Head to the Glorious Hexagons listing on our website for all the details (including shipping options for out-of-towners) and to sign up!

2015-16 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. The club is $10/month.

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.

Classes

 
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 Basics 
2/20 & 3/5 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $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
2/27, 3/12, 3/26 & 4/9 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. Only 1 spot left!

Sewing Studio
3/6 1-5 p.m. $55
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


Lizzy House Meadow Workshop
3/20 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $200
Lizzy House was inspired to create the Meadow Quilt and decided against releasing it as a pattern; instead, she's teaching it only as a class. Each workshop focuses on creating the Meadow block, which students then can use to make a full Meadow Quilt on their own. Classes include lunch and are each limited to 14 participants. As always, we are offering workshop participants a discount on the supplies used in these classes! We will email you a supply list once we receive one from Lizzy but do not expect the list until after the first of the year.

Because of the commitments related to scheduling a teacher of this caliber, we have made a change to our usual class cancellation policy: Any cancellations for the Lizzy House workshops must be done by the end of the day on Jan. 21, 2016, in order to receive a full refund. After Jan. 21, we will only issue a store credit (less a $5 cancellation fee). Please take a moment to check your calendar to ensure you will be able to attend the workshop for which you are registered.
Coupons  
We have our IQ loyalty program, which is good for 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. Since launching our new computerized point-of-sale system, we are changing from paper cards to an electronic rewards system. No more forgetting your cards at home! We are happy to add your existing IQ cards to our system; just bring them in with your name and email address written on them.

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.         

 

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