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June 30, 2016  
    Summertime and the living is steamy, although we're certainly grateful for the recent rains and the break from all that heat. It's been too hot to be outside much, which makes it perfect quilting and sewing weather in my book. Small projects are great this time of year, as are portable ones -- we're happy to help you find just the right thing to work on here or on the road!

    Intown Quilters will be closed Monday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We're open regular hours through the weekend and, of course, you can shop online 24/7/365! Did you know we offer a local pick up option? Save on shipping costs and have your order cut and ready for you to pick up.
     Our next round of one-hour, $10 classes are up and ready for sign ups! We're listing all of July's offerings in one lump this time but you'll only have through Monday, July 4, to register. Class supply lists will be sent via email on Tuesday, July 5, but you can download them immediately from each class listing on our website. So convenient! In response to some requests, we've scheduled four classes back-to-back on Saturday, July 30 -- make it a day of learning and kick your creativity into overdrive!

     Mark your calendar and make plans for this year's Holly Days! Holly Days, an annual joint event between Intown Quilters and A Scarlet Thread, is our take on "Christmas in July." Both shops will be showcasing great holiday gift and decorating ideas and shoppers will receive a free pattern for a holiday themed quilt from each shop.Visit A Scarlet Thread July 8-9 and Intown Quilters July 15-16 for a head start on your Christmas decorating and gift-giving ideas! Pick up your Christmas card at A Scarlet Thread the first weekend and turn it in at Intown Quilters the second weekend of the event to be eligible for a drawing for several gift certificates. Don’t miss out on the fun!

     Our Kaffe Fassett Collective order of wide backings arrived a little earlier than expected, not that we're complaining. What's not to love about a range of 108" wide fabrics in some of our favorite prints and colors? Stop by to see for yourself! The collection includes 10 pieces: five colorways in two different prints that complement that gorgeous Kaffe palette.

      It's never a dull day when an Alexander Henry order arrives. The quirky novelty prints are sure to elicit plenty of smiles and even a chuckle or two. Our latest additions are no exception, from striking Day of the Dead prints (two different sizes) to manga princesses to cats in Christmas greenery (it's like real life but with less tree toppling) to traditional Asian cats. Sewing should be fun and there's no doubt these fabrics will help you accomplish that!

      The clock is ticking on some of our pre-order fabrics: Tuesday is the last day to pre-order the upcoming Thicket by Gingiber for Moda at the discounted price! This is such a graphically striking line, featuring black and white prints and a really cool pair of panels that feature those same b&w designs as woodland creatures.

      It's also your last chance to sign up for our upcoming summer camp sessions. We have two weeks of camp scheduled in July, both with only a couple of spots still open. Registration for those camps will close on Tuesday, July 5 -- don't wait or you will miss out!
    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.

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 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.

Travel Sewing Organizer
Wednesday, 7/6, noon-1 p.m. $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! Pattern, project supplies and sewing machine required. Taught by Sandy Stites.

Zipper Pouch
Friday, 7/8, noon-1 p.m. $10
Do you know how to sew with zippers? This class is an opportunity to learn to sew a zipper into a pouch to help alleviate your fears of sewing with zippers. Mary will walk you through a simple pouch that you make for all your friends and organizational needs. Taught by Mary Abreu.

60 degree Diamonds (EPP)
Tuesday, 7/19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10
There's more to English Paper Piecing than just hexagons. Join this handwork class and explore 60 degree diamonds and all you can do with them.This is such a fun portable sewing project. Come take this technique with our fantastic local expert Mary Lou Mojonnier.

No-Fear Shirring
Wednesday, 7/20, noon-1 p.m. $10
Learn how to set up your sewing machine and shirr with elastic thread in this technique class. It's a fast, easy way to create elasticized gathers in fabric for sundresses, lightweight skirts and tops. Sewing machine and some supplies required. Taught by Mary Abreu.

Bendy Bag
Saturday, 7/30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10
Sew the zipper in straight, then bend the bag and stitch to create Bendy’s adorable funky shape! Bendy is perfect for toting sewing gear, cords, goodies and more. Bendy unzips in one motion and stands at attention with a wide mouth for easy access. This is a hands-on class; sewing machine, pattern and supplies required. Taught by Lisa Kaupp.

Sewing Machine Mat
Saturday, 7/30, noon-1 p.m. $10
Make a place for everything and put everything in it's place with the It All Goes Here Sewing Organizer! This organizer features eight pockets that keep your trusty seam ripper and other sewing essentials close at hand. This is a hands-on class; pattern, supplies and a sewing machine are required. Taught by Sandy Stites.

Paper Piecing Overview
Saturday, 7/30, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $10
Interested in paper piecing but not sure what it is or how to do it? This is the class for you! Join Leslie Piper as she explains the basics of foundation paper piecing, from types of papers, transferring pattern pieces, working with fabric and more. Bring paper and pen for taking notes. No sewing machine or supplies required for this lecture/demo class. Taught by Leslie Piper.

Knit Tee
Saturday, 7/30, 3-4 p.m. $10
Make an easy knit tee using your sewing machine or serger. So quick and easy, you won't believe it! This is a hands-on class with additional preparation required prior to the class. Pattern not included in class fee. 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
7/25-7/29 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.

Sewing Studio
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

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.