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New fabric is in full bloom at IQ


 

March 4 , 2016  
     We are juggling the last of our Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop projects with an avalanche of new products for the shop. It's making for some long, crazy days but we think it's worth it to bring you all this gorgeousness:

     Flower Sugar Double Gauze by Lecien is here and so sweet and pretty, we just can't stand it. Double gauze is perfect for everything from clothes to quilts, so grab some for your next project! Light and Dark by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics is a great collection of black and whites. We can see so many uses for it and think you will, too. Even more of the Sew Batik widebacks have arrived and we are just giddy over the bright colors. They're a great complement to our range of fun, vivid batiks, just the thing for your oversized quilt backs. And we've restocked an incredible number of bolts in our Kaffe Fassett Collective corner -- all your favorites, in a range of colors that will leave you wishing you could take all of them home.

     Are you on Instagram? It's one of our favorite social media channels for sharing shop scenes and we're hosting a fun photo-a-day hop in March. It's National Craft Month and National Quilting Month so we've got a new prompt every day that you can take part in. Just head to our Instagram, follow us and watch for a new prompt each morning! We've already posted WIP, texture and notion -- and there's so much more to come!

     Watch for next week's newsletter to arrive in your email inbox a little earlier, loaded with all kinds of info about this year's Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, which kicks off on Wednesday! You are going to love our Shop Hop quilt this year (and don't forget the pattern is free in our goodie bags and some nice little coupons related to our theme), plus all the great samples and kits we've put together to accompany this year's theme: All the Comforts of Home. is fun ways with this theme. We are celebrating many of "the Comforts" of our little city of Decatur so make sure to look around and see how we have used our love of quilting Make plans now to visit all nine shops taking part in the Shop Hop, slated for March 9-13. This year's Shop Hop coincides with the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in Duluth -- and Intown Quilters will be a vendor! It's going to be a great weekend of quilty fun for everyone! Follow the Greater Atlanta Shop Hop Facebook page to keep up with our plans and find more details.
     
    Happy quilting,
    Sarah & the IQ crew
2016 Block-of-the-Month Programs
 

     Join us on a machine and handwork adventure creating Jen Kingwell's My Small World quilt! We fell in love with this pattern when it debuted in Quilt Mania magazine so it was no surprise that we asked Jen if she'd teach it during her visit to IQ last year.

     Leslie has been sewing blocks and pulling this quilt together and we think you're going to just love it! IQ's Small World BOM meets on the fourth Saturday of the month for 6 months, starting 4/22, at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $120 (quilt top fabric is included) and the book My Small World by Jen Kingwell is required (save 20% off the book after you sign up for this BOM).


 

     For folks who love a more traditional sampler quilt, have we got a great one for you! We've taken Leila Gardunia's book You Can Quilt! and put a decidedly IQ spin on it. Lots of bright, fun Kaffe Fassett prints that we love, in a variety of blocks that make for a quilt that covers a variety of techniques.

     Sandy's still working on her sample; here's a sneak peek of four of the blocks. She has created a fun on-point setting but she will also show you a more traditional sampler setting and an even more modern setting, too. Sandy's You Can Quilt! BOM meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month starting April 9, at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $220 (quilt top fabric is included) and the book You Can Quilt! is required (save 20% off the book after you sign up for this BOM). Look for the Paypal button on this page to sign up for monthly billing through Paypal for You Can Quilt! BOM.


 

     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 kicked 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 $62.50 for the first 3 months and $18.50/month for the remaining 9 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 Studio
3/6 1-5 p.m. $55
5/15 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.

Introduction to Hand Embroidery
4/2 1:30-4:30 p.m. $45
Have you been admiring all the patterns available that incorporate embroidery designs into quilting, bags, kitchen accessories, etc? Patterns from designers like Crabapple Hill and This and That are bringing us a new, fresh approach to using embroidery in our quilting and sewing. In this class, we will discuss transfer techniques, fabric choices, and basic embroidery to get you ready to make your own project. Taught by Wanda Earley

Serger Techniques
4/9 10 a.m.-noon $50
Do you want to learn how to better use your serger? Bring it and the manual for it to this class, and Mary Abreu will walk you through how to use the machine and several stitch techniques to do with the machine. Most materials will be provided. You just need your machine, the manual and thread for your machine. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Sewing Basics 
4/17 & 4/24 1:30-4:30 p.m. $75
5/21 & 5/28 9:30 a.m.-12:30 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.

Intermediate Paper Piecing
4/23 noon-4 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. Wanda 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.

Beginning Quilt Making
4/23, 5/14, 5/28 & 6/11, 1:30-4:30 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.

Pillowcase Workshops for Kids
5/27 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15
6/1 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15
If sleep-away camp is on your kid's summer schedule, then don't miss our 90-minute pillowcase workshops. Bring your fabric and a sewing machine and get help from our teacher to whip up one-of-a-kind pillowcases to take to summer camp. We've got two sessions at the start of the summer -- perfect for getting kids ready for the adventures that await them in June and July! Pick from either Friday, May 27, or Wednesday, June 1. Students should be familiar with using a sewing machine, including winding a bobbin and threading the machine.Taught by Mary Abreu.

Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, $350/week
6/13-6/17 Apparel, taught by Mary Abreu
6/27-7/1 TBA, taught by Fonde Werts
7/11-7/15 TBA, taught by Fonde Werts
7/18-7/22 TBA, taught by Fonde  Werts
7/25-7/29 TBA, taught by Mary Abreu
Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp at Intown Quilters is the place to be for kids 11 and up this summer! Each week of camp focuses on a different topic: apparel sewing, accessories, quilting and more. Most supplies are included in your camp fee. Campers should bring a sack lunch each day. Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp at Intown Quilters is for girls and boys 11 years and up. Campers younger than 11 with machine sewing experience may be enrolled with instructor approval. Contact us for details. We're still firming up themes for a few weeks of camp and would love your feedback.  Just reply to this email and let us know what things your camp-aged kid is interested in making this summer, as well as camp dates you are interested in: Apparel? Room decor? Quilts? Accessories? Costuming? 
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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