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Exciting changes in store at iQ


 

June 10, 2016  
     After nearly 14 years as Atlanta's favorite source of bright, fun quilting fabric, we've realized that we want to be more than just your favorite quilt shop. We want to be your favorite yarn shop, too!
     If you've been in to shop recently, you've probably noticed that we've been moving around fabric and rearranging a few things upstairs. It's all part of our master plan to bring yarn and other knitting supplies to Intown Quilters. It's a change we've been talking about for a while: Many of us here at IQ are knitters and we know a big number of you are, too. In fact, not a day goes by that someone doesn't call or stop by, asking if we carry yarn, or wondering where to find the nearest yarn shop.
       That doesn't mean we're saying goodbye to fabric! If anything, we are more committed than ever to continue bringing you the kind of quilting fabric that makes you want to run home and not stop sewing until you're done. We love fabric and we love helping you find just the right fabrics for your sewing and quilting projects -- and that's not going to change.
       Our goal is to have our beautiful inventory of yarn, needles and other supplies here by the shop's birthday in August. It'll kind of be our gift to you (and ourselves)! To make that happen, we're going to need to make some changes to the building and our fixtures, as well as select and order all the products we think you're going to love. Leslie, Mary and I are off to Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend our first yarn retailer trade show, looking for just the right things to carry at the shop.

      Of course, we're going to need to make a little more room to accommodate our new wares, as well as all the great fabric lines scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks. This weekend only (now through Sunday at 6 p.m.), we're having a blow-out sale on in-stock patterns (excluding those used with current samples/kits): 50 percent off! We've got a great selection of patterns for quilts, bags, apparel and so much more. While we're at it, we're having a fat quarter* stock-up sale, too: 10 FQs for $25! (Existing cut fat quarter inventory only; bundles excluded.)
     We're so grateful for all of your support through the years and we can't wait to continue our adventures together as IQ spreads its wings!

     Today's the last day to sign up for the latest batch of one-hour classes. For only $10, you can learn a new technique or project. What a bargain! Check out all the offerings on our calendar (just click that link). These creativity kick starters are a regular offering here at IQ, so if these classes or dates don't work for you, just keep an eye out for the next round of sign ups. If you're signing up or already have, remember that we'll be emailing supply lists on Tuesday, 5/31 (although they are available for immediate download via each class listing on the website).

      Our classroom will be hopping this summer, from our regular class offerings like Sewing Basics to summer camps (full week and single days) for kids. Be sure to check out our back-to-back classes with Wanda in June: she's teaching Introduction to Paper Piecing and Introduction to Hand Embroidery on 6/26 as prep for a quilt club launching in the fall -- you won't want to miss it! Scroll down to the Classes section for all the details and, as always, you can sign up online, via telephone (404-634-6924) or in the shop!
    
    Happy quilting,
    Sarah & the IQ crew

P.S. Share your #IQyarnlove on Instagram by using that tag and post a pic of your favorite yarn or yarn project. You can also email us and tell us your three favorite yarns!
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

 
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.

Ongoing IQ Class Policies
 
*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. 
* Students may set up their spaces no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.
*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

Sewing Studio 
Saturday, 6/18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $55
Sunday, 7/24, 1-5 p.m. $55
Finished our Sewing Machine 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

Introduction to Paper Piecing
Sunday, 6/26 10am-1pm $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
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Introduction to Hand Embroidery
Sunday, 6/26 2pm-5pm $45
Have you been admiring all the patterns available that incorporate embroidery designs into quilting, bags, kitchen accesories, 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.

Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp-Single Day
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, $50/session 
Sign up for single day camp options!
6/28
6/30
Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp at Intown Quilters is the place to be for kids 11 and up this summer! Each session of our single-day camp has an open-sew format: Campers may bring a project of their choosing to work on during the course of the day, with an expert instructor on hand! Of course, our camp teacher also can provide project suggestions to guide your budding sewist; contact us for details! 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. 

Sewing Basics
Saturdays, 7/2 & 7/9 1:30-4:30 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.


Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Camp
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, $350/week
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.
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 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.         

 

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