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Handcrafted Patchwork? Yes, please!


 

April 15, 2016  
     Nothing compares to springtime in Atlanta. The flowers are blooming, rain seems to be in the forecast at least three days a week, and you can't walk out the door without checking whether you need to be in shorts or a coat.

     Fortunately, it's always bright and happy inside Intown Quilters, where we're in a perpetual state of fabric love these days. We've followed up our joy at the arrival of the newest Kaffe line with constant petting of the latest from Alison Glass. Handcrafted Patchwork is a welcome addition to our modern batiks section, adding new designs and colors that work in oh-so-many projects. They work just as nicely with her range of 100 percent cotton jersey knits, whether you're using them for quilting projects (reverse applique all the things!) or even apparel.

    A few other lines made their way into the shop this week, too: Coral Queen of the Sea, which includes another great doll panel by Stacy Iset Hsu; Garland, another fun Christmas line from Cotton+Steel; Framework Flannel design wall gridded flannel from Robert Kaufman (in two colors); and Lost and Found Halloween by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake. Stop by soon to check them out yourself!

    Happy quilting,
    Sarah & the IQ crew 

P.S. Spring is upon us which means it won't be long before school is out for the year. Don't forget that Intown Quilters has five weeks of summer camp planned this year! It's a great way to encourage the young sewing/quilting enthusiast in your family! Register now as spaces are limited.
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 4/23, 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 has created a fun setting for the 12 blocks 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.

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 
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. One spot left!

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 General Sewing, taught by Fonde Werts
7/11-7/15 Quilting, taught by Fonde Werts
7/18-7/22 Quilting, 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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