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What's new at IQ 9/1/16


Sept. 1, 2016  

     This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and the weather is happily giving us a slight reprieve from the heat and humidity (or so "they" say). Monday is Labor Day and Intown Quilters will be closed (of course you can still shop online, if you need a fabric fix or want to take a class).

     Now is the perfect time to get started on those warm fall and winter projects so they'll be ready in time for the cooler temps. Our new Cozy Yarn Dyed Flannels from Henry Glass have us daydreaming about snuggling under a quilt made up of their rich colors and soft hand. They've already inspired us to pick a new shop sample! Check them out in person or online -- we think you'll be inspired, too.

     We're again a drop-off location for quilts entered in the Georgia National Fair and have been enjoying checking out this year's entries. Drop off your quilt through Sunday, 9/4. This year's Fair is Oct. 6-16 in Perry -- just a short drive from Atlanta and well worth the trip.

      September kicks off African Fabric Month, a 30-day spotlight on some of the world's most popular textile arts. The observance promotes the artistic and practical uses of such fabrics as batik, kuba, mudcloth and more, as well as honoring and supporting the cultures creating them. We're big fans of African fabrics here at IQ, using them in everything from quilts to bags to clothing. Tag your African fabric creations on social media with #AfricanFabricMonth -- and be sure to use #SewFunWithIQ if you're showing off projects made with our fabrics!
     Our Quilt Boss, aka Taffy McLaughlin, is at again: She's launched another block swap! If scrappy, fun quilts made with friends are your thing, you won't want to miss out. The 2016 Block Swap features a square-in-a-square block that finishes at 5" (yours will be squared up at 5-1/2"). Read all the details and join the swap fun here. Taffy will be at the shop Sunday, 9/4, from 3-5 p.m. to preview blocks and answer any questions you may have. Stop by, check it out and sign up!

      It's a holiday weekend and we're hosting a handwork retreat for you! Bring your handwork project of choice -- EPP, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, tatting -- and hang out with other like-minded creative friends in our spacious, air conditioned classroom from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

     We've been hard at work on our class calendar this week -- you won't believe what we've got in store: machine quilting (both intro and free motion), knitting classes (beginners! socks! cables!), more $10 classes, sewing basicspaper piecing and more. Treat yourself and learn a new skill or technique at IQ, where we're just as passionate about learning as we are crafting! Scroll down to the Classes section for all the scoop.

     And ... we're excited to begin planning regular sit-and-knits at the shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting next week. We're kicking things off 9/6 from 5-8 p.m. and 9/8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! 

     Happy stitching,
     Sarah & the IQ crew

     P.S. You still have time to stop by and pick up one of our Row by Row Experience kits or patterns for this year -- but after Tuesday, you'll have to wait until Nov. 1. Don't forget that we are doing a second-chance Row by Row drawing: Just stop in between now and Oct. 31 with one of our 2016 rows sewn, quilted, bound and labeled to be entered. 
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).

     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 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.

Handwork Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, 9/3 & 9/4, 1:30-5:30 p.m. $15
Do you love to hand piece? Knit? Crochet? Embroider? Bring your favorite handwork to the shop classroom and sit and stitch in the company of others. This is the perfect way to get some really dedicated stitch time in without the distractions of home and meet some new folks or hang out with folks you already know.

So You Think You Want to Knit?
Saturday, 9/10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25
Are you interested in learning to knit but just not sure? Get a taste for it in this short intro to knitting. This is also a great class for those who pick things up quickly and may not need a more intensive class. Taught by Kathy Murphy.

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.

Quilting Studio
Sunday, 9/11, 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. Taught by Patty Murphy.

How to Cast On with Magic Loop
Sunday, 9/18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $25
Cast on your next pair of socks using the Magic Loop technique. Perfect for experienced sock knitters looking to try a new technique, this class also serves as the introductory class for new sock knitters before starting the next class, Two-at-a-Time Socks: Make a Full Pair. Taught by Leslie Piper.

Knit Tee
Monday, 9/19, noon-1 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. This class filled quickly the last time we offered it and we're happy to get it on the schedule again!

Sewing Basics
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.

Book Signing
Saturday, 9/24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
We're celebrating our very own Mary Abreu and Patty Murphy with a book signing! Pre-order your copies of Mary's third book, Hack That Tote!, and Patty's first book, Piecing Makeover, and get in on the signing fun! Please note that Patty and Mary will only be signing books purchased from IQ at this event. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase on the day of the signing. We recommend pre-ordering to ensure you have one available that day.

Fixation Hat
Thursday, 9/29, 7-9 p.m. $25
The Fixation Hat by Ann Weaver (pattern available at IQ) is a great way to use up smaller bits of fingering weight yarn and show off your favorite colors. This class will teach you the secrets to this fun chevron stitch pattern. Pick up a great kit from IQ, featuring Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Rustic Fingering yarn in four great colors, or use up bits from your stash to make this fun hat. Taught by Leslie Piper.

Two-At-A-Time Socks: Make a Full Pair
Sundays, 10/2 & 10/16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $45
Avoid "second sock syndrome" by knitting your next pair of socks two-at-a-time! This two-session class picks up where our Two-At-A-Time Socks: How to Cast On with Magic Loop class left off. Learn how to turn heels and close up the toes while knitting your very own pair of top-down socks using the Magic Loop method! Taught by Leslie Piper.
Please note, this is an intermediate knitting class, and the How to Cast On with Magic Loop class is a prerequisite. Students should be comfortable with casting on, knitting, purling, and working in the round. No prior sock knitting experience is required.

"I've Got Your Back"
Wednesday, 10/5, noon-1 p.m. $10
Take your quilt backs from plain to wow with suggestions on pieced backs. Also discuss the basic mechanics of choosing backing fabrics and requirements for quilting your quilts, including what you need to accommodate a long-arm quilter. This is a technique/lecture class. Students should be prepared to take notes. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin.

Machine Quilting I, an Introduction
Saturday, 10/8, 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, 10/9, 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 10/8, 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.
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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.