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Early bird registration for Kate Atherley classes!



 
Dec. 6, 2016  

    You're among a select group receiving this early announcement -- lucky you! That means you have first access to class sign ups before we send the information tomorrow in our regular weekly newsletter!

    The new year is kicking off with a bang as we welcome an amazing knitting teacher to Intown Quilters! Kate Atherley, of Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet fame, will be teaching in the shop during the last weekend of January (1/27-1/29).

    Kate will be teaching five classes during her visit to IQ: Continental Knitting, Yarn Bootcamp, Expert Tips/Best MethodsSoxpertise and Altering Patterns. This is a great opportunity to learn from an internationally-known and respected knitting teacher and we're thrilled to have Kate join us in January.

     Along with the classes, we will have a book signing on Friday, 1/27, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the shop. Pre-order your books on the website or in the shop. We will offer 20% off the books today through 12/15/2016. 

     Several of us are interested in a pattern design class taught by Kate Atherley (read the class description here). We want to judge interest before scheduling, since it is such a specific topic, so email us please, if you are interested in taking a 4-hour knitting pattern design class with Kate.

     Happy stitching,
     Sarah & the IQ crew

P.S. Have a friend who'd love to take Kate's classes with you? You're welcome to pass along the information!

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.

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!

Sit & Stitch
Fridays, 11 am-2 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some quilt piecing by hand fun with friends!
(We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bite to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)

Crazy Quilt
Sunday, 12/11, 1:30-5:30 pm $45
Do you like the look of crazy quilt blocks but just don’t know how to tackle them? Or maybe you’ve learned the foundation pieced way but would love another options? Wanda will teach you how to make a crazy quilt block using paper piecing. This is a great way to make fun, scrappy blocks. Wanda also will show off some blocks that have embroidery on them so you can get some ideas of how to embroider yours and she may teach two different embroidery classes (one hand work and one machine work) so let us know if you have interest in an embroidery class specifically for crazy quilt blocks. Taught by Wanda Earley.

Perfect Binding by Machine with Flaun Cline
Sunday, 12/11, 1:30-4:30 pm $45
Join Flaun Cline of iPleadQuilty as she teaches you how to machine-sew quilt bindings for a fast, attractive finish! Flaun's binding expertise will help you perfectly attach your quilt bindings with your sewing machine.




Modern Favorites
Sunday, 12/18, 2-5 p.m. $35
We are happy to offer three classes based on our teacher Patty Murphy's new book, Piecing Makeover. Each class will go over a variety of blocks in a specific section of her book. You can come to all classes or just one! The third class in the series is Modern Favorites. In this 3-hour class, Patty will show you how to make some of quilters' favorites like hexagons, triangles, and work with y-seams.

Beginning Quilt Making
Sundays, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5 & 2/19, 1:30-5:30 pm $120
This class fills up quickly so don’t hesitate to sign up! 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 Lisa Kaupp.

Hand Quilting
Saturday, 1/21, 1:30-4:30 pm $45
Learn to hand-quilt. This class will introduce you to hand-quilting stitches. You will also learn about the different types of frames, batting, needles and threads used in hand quilting. This class does not teach you to piece anything, only to do the quilting stitches that hold the three layers of a quilt together. Taught by Sheila Blair. Limit 6

Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela
Saturday, 2/18, 10:30 am-5:30 pm. $120
Set your creativity free with author/improv quilter Cindy Grisdela in her one-day class, Artful Improv: Permission to Play. Cindy will help you explore contemporary versions of the log cabin, drunkard’s path, and rail fence designs, plus insets and curved strips. There’s no measuring or precise cutting and each quilt will be unique. Learn tips and tricks for combining colors effectively, and adding the “spark” that makes your quilt sing. During the class, Cindy covers ideas for using color and introduces basic improvisational techniques. Workshop includes lunch. Taught by Cindy Grisdela. Limit 10. Any cancellations for the Cindy Grisdela workshops must be done by the end of the day on January 14th in order to receive a full refund*. After January 14, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.


Knitting Classes


Sit & Knit
Tuesdays, 5-8 pm
Thursdays, 10 am-2 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! (We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bit to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)

IQKU 102: Stockinette Stitch
Saturday, 12/10, 3-5 pm $20
One of our IQ Knit University offerings! You know to how knit; now it's time to purl! Alternate knit rows with purl rows to create Stockinette Stitch, one of the most common stitch patterns in use. This is the perfect follow up to our Garter Stitch class but also a great introduction for fast learners. IQ Knit University classes are offered individually or buy a "class pass" and get any 10 classes from the series for only $150! Purchase your IQKU Class Pass online now!

IQKU 202: Rib Stitch
Monday, 12/12, 7-9 pm $20
One of our IQ Knit University offerings! If you can knit and purl, you can rib! This stretch stitch pattern is perfect for hat brims, sweater cuffs, or a squish warm scarf. IQ Knit University classes are offered individually or buy a "class pass" and get any 10 classes from the series for only $150! Purchase your IQKU Class Pass online now!

Kate Atherley: Expert Tips/Best Methods
Friday, 1/27, 7-9 pm $45 
There's a broad variety of methods for increasing, decreasing, casting on and casting off. In this class, Kate will review four or five major methods for each, discussing the pros and cons, what they look like, and where they are best used. She also will discuss placement of increases and decrease to make finishing easier, and make the finished project look better. Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Kate Atherley: Yarn Bootcamp
Saturday, 1/28, 9-10 am $20
Mystified by all these terms: double knitting, worsted, aran? Unsure whether fingering is a potato or a yarn? Wondering why you should care about whether a yarn is superwash or not? How do you go about finding a substitute yarn for a pattern? Why shouldn’t you use cotton for cables? Kate will give you insights into selecting and using yarns. Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Kate Atherley: Continental Knitting
Saturday, 1/28, 11 am-1 pm pm $45 
Want to knit faster? Are you ready to tackle color work? Knitting continental style – with the yarn in your left hand vs right – is the key to speed, and also helps you enormously with colorwork. It’s also helpful for knitters who are looking to manage and minimize hand strain or are recovering from injury. Kate will also demonstrate a magical technique for working ribbing and seed stitch without moving the yarn. Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Kate Atherley: Soxpertise
Saturday, 1/28, 2-5 pm $65
OK, you’ve worked a few socks. Now it’s time to expand your skills a bit. In this class you’ll learn how to tweak a sock for better fit, including adding a gusset to the toe-up sock and creating leg shaping. Kate will address the tricky bits like how to avoid holes at the top of your heel, how to get a tidy gusset pick up, and special cast-ons and cast offs. She’ll talk about both toe up and top down socks, and discuss different heel and toe constructions – and when to choose one over another. Kate also will cover the best yarns for sock knitting, and provide tips for ensuring your hand-knit socks last as long as possible. Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Kate Atherley: Altering Patterns
Sunday, 1/29, 10 am-1 pm $65
Found the perfect pattern but can't find a yarn that matches gauge? Want to change the size of a pattern? Need shorter sleeves, or a longer body, or a different neckline? Author Kate Atherley will teach you how to alter a pattern whether for a different gauge, or to change the fit or style. We'll also discuss how to choose patterns that are easiest to alter, and good designs that can be leaping-off points for your own inspirations. Taught by Kate Atherley. Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

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.

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.  
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