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Kick start your creativity with Creative Beginnings Month


April 22, 2016  
     May is Creative Beginnings Month and we think it's the perfect time to try a new technique or project. Our series of $10 classes are just what you need to stretch yourself creatively, whether you're ready to give triangles a try or explore sewing with knits for the first time. And each class is only an hour, which makes it even easier to fit into your busy schedule!

     Plus if you sign up for three classes, you'll get the fourth class free! Use the coupon CREATIVECLASSES to receive the discount online. Check out the line up of classes (scroll down to the Classes section for all the details and links to our website), pick your favorites and sign up to explore a new, creative venture -- but don't wait too long because we expect these classes to sell out quickly!

    We've also added a new session of our popular Log Cabin Quilt class to the schedule, taught by Maxine Moore. It's a great skill builder for those who've taken her Beginning Quilt Making Class. And don't forget that we still have space available in some of our kids' summer camp weeks!

    We have revamped our class listing page a bit after realizing things were listed alphabetically instead of chronologically. It makes it easier to find classes -- check it out!

     Such great new fabrics have arrived since last week's newsletter. Lizzy House hit it out of the park with The Whisper Palette, a beautiful "low volume" collection that's already proving to be popular with customers. We've got yardage and fat quarter bundles of the entire range. The Hit Parade double gauze is super dreamy! Use it for everything from baby swaddle blankets to quilts to clothes. And we've added a nice set of white-on-white/cream-on-cream prints from P&B Textiles, too.

    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 (start date: 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 (start date: 4/9), 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 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.

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 blocks 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.
5/4 noon-1pm $10
Triangles are one of the hottest shapes in quilting. Come explore sewing with 60 degree triangles using Creative Grids rulers (both the 60 degree triangle and the standard rectangular ruler). Taught by Leslie Piper.

Knit Tee
5/5 noon-1pm $10
Make an easy knit tee using your sewing machine or serger. So quick and easy, you won't believe it! Taught by Mary Abreu.

Quick Quilted Potholder
5/7 1:30-2:30pm $10
This fast, small project not only yields a useful potholder but also serves as a great introduction to the hobby of quilting! Taught by Leslie Piper.

Pajama Pants/Shorts
5/9 noon -1pm $10
Who couldn't use another pair of pajama pants/shorts? This is a great introduction for those who've never before made clothing! Taught by Mary Abreu.

Stack and Slice Quilt Blocks
5/11 noon-1pm $10
Stacking and slicing fabric yields fast, improv-style quilt blocks that go together quickly. Learn how to use your rotary cutter and ruler in a new way! Taught by Taffy McLaughlin.

Travel Sewing Organizer
5/12 noon-1pm $10
Three fat quarters, a little bit of hook-and-loop tape and an hour, and you'll be well on your way to finishing this cute travel sewing organizer! Taught by Sandy Stites.
Jersey Knit Reverse Applique
5/16 7:30-8:30pm $10
Big stitch quilting, soft jersey knit, and your favorite quilting cotton make for a wonderful throw. Come learn the technique so you can make one of your own! Taught by Leslie Piper.
T-shirt Transformation
5/17 noon-1pm $10
Take those unflattering unisex tees and learn how to give them a fast, fab new neckline. You'll want to make over every tee in your closet! Taught by Debbie Steinmann
Knit Leggings
5/19 noon-1pm $10
Come learn how to make a simple pair of knit leggings (ankle, capri or shorts length) using your sewing machine or serger. They can be the perfect handmade gift for someone in your life. Taught by Mary Abreu.
Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt
5/20 noon-1pm $10
You'll never look at 2-1/2" strips the same way again! This block designed by 3 Dudes Quilting is so versatile and easy to create. Learn how to make the block and how to use the blocks to create the quilt of your dreams. Taught by Sandy Stites.
Sewing Basics
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.
Zipper Pouch
5/21 1-2pm $10
Do you know how to sew with zippers? Conquer your fear of zippers with this easy zippered pouch.Taught by Mary Abreu.

Log Cabin
5/22 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.

5/24 6:30-7:30pm $10
There is so much more you can do with hexies than the time honored Grandmother's Flower Garden. This is such a fun portable sewing project. This is a technique class taught by Mary Lou Mojonnier.

Water Bottle Carrier
5/26 noon-1pm $10
Carry your water bottle in style with this cute, quilted carrier! Taught by Sandy Stites.
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.
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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 then was on his own trying to make his way through college. He has finished school and is now trying to make it in NYC in his Fashion Design field. He still needs a bit of help while he gets started. I have been helping him the past five 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 as he gets going in the working world. 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.