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New Cotton+Steel plus a Row by Row contest!


 

July 22, 2016  

     Opening boxes of beautiful fabric is one of the best parts of quilt shop life and this week brought nearly 40 bolts of Cotton + Steel to make us swoon. The Spring 2016 line is full of vibrant color, quirky prints and cats -- all the things we've come to expect from those fabric designing darlings of the quilt world! Shop early for the best selection -- we're expecting these to just fly out the door!

     Thanks to everyone who came out to our Holly Days event with A Scarlet Thread! We had a blast and we're so glad you enjoyed our holiday-themed samples as much as we do. Congratulations to Joyce Trew and Sherry Baran, winners of the gift certificates from both shops, and Taylor Hill, winner of our shop's gift basket! We still have kits, patterns and fabric for holiday; stop by to find your next project!

     It's been a month since the 2016 Row by Row Experience kicked off and we have had a blast meeting quilty friends from near and far who are collecting row patterns, kits and license plates. So many shops -- including ours -- have already had Row by Row winners this year. But why let the fun stop there? Take part in our Row by Row Second Chance contest! Bring in a completed row quilt -- quilted, bound and label -- made with one of our two 2016 Row by Row patterns and you'll be entered into a drawing for a great prize: a $50 gift certificate! Plus, if you use one of our kits to make your Row quilt, we'll put your name in a second time for the drawing. Bring in your Row quilt starting now through Oct. 31. Don't forget you only have through Tuesday, 9/6, to collect this year's pattern and kits before the hibernation period starts!

     We've added tons of classes to the calendar for August, including Machine Quilting, Introduction to Paper Piecing, Quilting Basics and so much more! Our next round of one-hour, $10 creativity kickstarter classes also are up -- but registration for those ends Tuesday, 7/26, so sign up while you can. Scroll down to the Classes section for all the details.

      Cotton + Steel isn't the only new addition to the shop. Since you last heard from us, we've added two great lines from Moda. First up are the Moda Chambrays, a subtle range of gray and blue fabrics that work well for everything from quilts to bags to clothing and more. We've also brought in 36 bolts of Grunge Basics in a veritable rainbow of colors. Grunge is one of our favorite blenders -- it's so versatile and just makes a great impact, however you use it.

    Happy quilting,
    Sarah & the IQ crew

    P.S. Don't forget we have special pre-order pricing for the next line due from the Kaffe Fassett Collective. It's a great mix of new prints and recolored favorites from Kaffe, Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs. But why wait until then to get your fix? The Fall 2016 line is now available for preorder on our website -- at a discounted price, through Monday, 7/25. Reserve your favorites and save!
2015-16 Clubs
 

Snow Flurries Sew-Along
       Come join our paper piecing teacher Wanda Earley as she leads a sew-along for the Snow Flurries quilt by Crab-apple Hill beginning Tuesday, 9/6. The quilt, which finishes at 60-1/2" x 60-1/2", combines traditional piecing, foundation paper piecing and hand embroidery. The sessions take place during her monthly paper piece sit-and-sew club (club members are free to work on the project of their choosing).

       Wanda will be helping students pick their fabrics for Snow Flurries on Sunday, 8/14. Each one-hour slot can accommodate three students. Reserve your spot for $5 (cost will be applied  as a credit on your account toward your fabric purchase) and you'll not only receive personalized help from Wanda in selecting your fabrics but 20 percent off your purchase that day, too.

     Pick up your Snow Flurries pattern online (follow this link) or in the shop.

     This group meets from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of the month. The club is $10/month and you can sign up online, in person at the shop or via phone (404-634-6924).

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 class.

Beginning Quilt Making
Mondays, 8/1, 8/15, 9/29 & 9/12, ?? $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 Leslie Piper.

Half-Square Triangles
Wednesday, 8/3, noon-1 p.m. $10
Triangles are hot and half-square triangles are the foundation of many quilt patterns. This hands-on technique class will show you options for sewing HSTs in multiple ways, as well as methods for trimming. Sewing machine and supplies required. Taught by Sandy Stites. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

Invisible Zippers
Thursday, 8/4, noon-1 p.m. $10
Get comfortable with sewing invisible zippers with this class! You'll make a quick pillow cover with invisible zipper closure that will get you familiar with the technique. This is a hands-on class; sewing machine and supplies required. Taught by Mary Abreu. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

Quilting Studio
Sunday, 8/7, 1-5 p.m. $45
Do you have a quilt you'd like to get started on but feel just a little intimidated about jumping in? What about one you'd like to get finished but can't figure out exactly what the pattern is telling you, or can't find the time to make yourself get it done? Quilting Studio might be the class you need! Four uninterrupted hours of help from an accomplished and knowledgeable teacher. Bring your pattern/project and let Patty Murphy (author of the upcoming book, Piecing Makeover) help you get started, motivated or finished. Students in this class should have some experience piecing a quilt and a familiarity with the skills involved, including but not limited to using a rotary cutter and ruler, reading a pattern, etc.

Travel Sewing Organizer
Wednesday, 8/10, 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. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

How to Read a Clothing Pattern
Thursday, 8/11, noon-1 p.m. $10
Interested in sewing clothing for yourself or your child but clothing patterns confound you? Let us walk you through reading a clothing pattern from choosing a size to deciphering all those triangles and arrows. This is a lecture/q&a style class. No additional supplies are required but a pen and paper for taking notes are recommended. Taught by Mary Abreu. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

Introduction to Paper Piecing
Saturday, 8/13, 1:30-5:30 p.m. $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.

Bias Binding
Sunday, 8/14, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. $55
Learn to make your own bias binding, which is an essential technique for finishing off your quilts. You will learn two different techniques for making binding that will take the fear of binding away forever. You'll learn to love binding. Taught by Patty Murphy.


Sewing Basics
Sundays, 8/14 & 8/21, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $75
Thursdays, 9/22 & 9/29, 10 a.m.-1 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.

Quick Key Fob
Tuesday, 8/16, noon-1 p.m. $10
Some ready-made canvas webbing, a little bit of ribbon and the right hardware yield fast gifts you can whip up just in time for all those gift-giving occasions. This hands-on class requires a sewing machine and additional supplies. Taught by Mary Abreu. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

T-shirt Quilt Basics
Wednesday, 8/24, noon-1 p.m. $10
Want to make a t-shirt quilt but don't know where to start? This is the class for you! Learn the basics of making a t-shirt quilt from preparing the shirts to cutting to designing and more. This is a lecture/Q&A style class and no additional supplies are required. We recommend you bring pen and paper for taking notes. Taught by Leslie Piper. Registration ends Tuesday, 7/26.

Sewing Studio 
Thursday, 8/25, 10 a.m.-2 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.

Machine Quilting I, an Introduction
Saturday, 8/27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45
This is a hands-on class to introduce the basics of machine quilting. You will learn several types of machine quilting: straight stitch, in the ditch, and a bit of free motion. Concepts discussed include selecting the design and thread to complement the quilt. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top. 

Machine Quilting II, Free-motion
Sunday, 8/28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45
A practice session to explore some of the many possibilities of free-motion machine quilting. Includes planning the quilting design and filling the space. Students must have experience machine quilting. If you sign up for Machine Quilting I on 8/27, you will not be able to register for this class without instructor approval. Students must bring their own sewing machine capable of free motion quilting: ie, a free motion foot and the ability to lower the feed dogs. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. 

Intermediate Paper Piecing
Saturday, 9/10, 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.
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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