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Re-energize your crafting time


Sept. 20, 2016  

      What are you working on these days? My off time has been spent knitting a scarf, while various members of the IQ crew have been sharing progress on their quilting and clothing projects. It's a great reminder that variety is not only the spice of life -- it's often a great way to re-energize your crafting mojo!

     Saturday's the day! Join us in celebrating the release of new books by members of our own IQ crew! Patty Murphy's first book, Piecing Makeover, is out this month from C&T Publishing. Patty describes it as "a book full of tips and tricks to make your work a little better." It's a great reference book for quilters of all experience levels. Hack That Tote! is Mary Abreu's third title with Stash Books/C&T Publishing but her first non-clothing book. Folks who've taken her Sewing Basics class are already familiar with the Basic Tote Bag at the core of the book; the rest of the book explores "hacking" the base pattern to create all-new looks.

      We are excited to have both Patty and Mary in the shop from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, 9/24, to sign copies of their new books. 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. Pre-order your copy today. Can't be here on Saturday? Patty and Mary are happy to sign your pre-ordered books, which you can pick up at your convenience.

      We're following up the signing of Mary's latest book with a class featuring one of the projects, the Zippered Cross-Body Bag. This is a fun, smaller bag, featuring zippers, a slip pocket and an adjustable cross-body strap. Spend an afternoon with Mary making your own version of it!

      Mary whipped up her first Willow Tank this summer and quickly added four more to her wardrobe. It wasn't long before other folks at the shop were inspired to sew a Willow (or three!), which made us realize that maybe others would love to jump on board the Willow train! Join Mary on 10/2 and get the help you need to make your own.
      Have you started planning your blocks for Taffy's swap? We've got a great display at the shop that Taffy put together, breaking down the block and explaining how everything comes together. Of course, you can get the scoop in person from Taffy on 10/19 at her Block Swap Preview. Plus you can stay after the class to work on your swap blocks!

      Tuesday means knit night at IQ! Grab your yarn and your latest project and stop in anytime between 5 and 8 pm for some sit-and-stitch fun with friends. Need a little more in-depth help? This week, you can stop in after 1:30 pm today, during regular business hours Wednesday and Thursday, and after 1:30 p.m. Friday to get help with your knitting projects!

     Happy stitching,
     Sarah & the IQ crew


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.

Quilting/Sewing Classes

2016 Block Swap
Now through 12/18 $5
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 made a display explaining the process of creating the block for the swap. Stop by, check it out and sign up!

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; pattern adapted from Mary's newest book, Hack That Tote!). 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.

Friday, 9/30, noon-1 p.m. $10
A few measurements, a little bit of simple math, and voila! You, too, can add interest to any quilt project with cornerstones. Taught by Sandy Stites.

Willow Tank
Sunday, 10/2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $55
We’ve gone Willow crazy at IQ! The Willow Tank by Grainline Studio is fitted at the shoulders, with a relaxed fit below the bust. The IQ crew has made it in everything from lawn to double gauze to quilting cotton. It’s an easy top to make: Only two pattern pieces plus binding for the arms and neck. This is a great pattern for an adventurous beginner and beyond! Techniques include darts, hemming and applying bias facing. We'll be working on View A from the pattern, which covers sizes 0 to 18 (33" to 44" bust). Taught by Mary Abreu. 

"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.

Zippered Cross-Body Bag
Saturday, 10/15, 1:30-5:30 p.m. $45
Begin your tote hacking adventures in this fun bag-making class! This versatile bag features both zippered and slip pockets, making it perfect for those jaunts to the farmers market or anytime you need a smaller bag. Book required: Hack that Tote! by Mary Abreu. Taught by Mary Abreu.

2016 Block Swap Preview
Wednesday, 10/19, noon-1 p.m. $5
Join Taffy McLaughlin as she covers all you need to know to take part in the 2016 Block Swap. 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 preview blocks and answer any questions you may have. Bring your fabric, sewing machine and supplies to sit and work on your swap blocks in the classroom that afternoon after the class.

Knitting Classes

Sit & Knit
Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends!

Cable Knitting 101
Friday, 9/23, noon-1 p.m. $10
Knitting cables is easier than it looks! This quick class will teach you the basics of cabling and have you knitting that cute cabled hat or cowl in no time! Please note: this class requires homework prior to the start of class. 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.

2016-17 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.

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.