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Important happenings at Intown Quilters


 

August 12, 2016  
     The big yellow buses are back on the roads! It's officially back-to-school time -- and we've got plenty of options for you to learn a new technique or skill, too. From foundation paper piecing to machine quilting to open studio classes, there's something for everyone on the IQ class calendar. We had to reschedule our $10 half-square triangle class this month and have reopened registration for it -- sign up now and learn a great technique with Sandy!
 
     Don't forget Intown Quilters will be closed on Tuesday, 8/16, and Wednesday, 8/17, to prepare for our birthday party and yarn launch! Be sure to stop by this weekend to grab what you need for your works in progress.

     Our receiving department has been hopping this week with the arrival of an abundance of yarn and fabric. While you'll have to wait just a little bit longer to shop our beautiful yarns, the latest fabrics are on the shelves at IQ, just waiting to be cut and taken home. Our much-anticipated order of Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel is here and even lovelier than we remembered. Blues, pinks, corals and metallic accents are making our hearts go pitter pat! Fans of bright batiks will want to check out Tonga Jelly Bean from Timeless Treasures. Twenty bolts of saturated, candy colors in a full rainbow of colors means you'll have plenty of options, whatever your palette. If quirky novelty fabric is more your style, well, it doesn't get much quirkier than Beauties and Brains, Alexander Henry's zombie pin-up girls. Two color ways with an array of zombies in classic pin-up style. Check out the Preorders page on our website for other fun collections coming soon to IQ.

     Happy quilting,
     Sarah & the IQ crew
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 or $60 for the entire year. 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.

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.

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. 

Beginning Quilt Making
Saturdays, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24 & 10/8, 1:30-5:30 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 Leslie Piper.


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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