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Snow day? More like "sew" day!



 
Jan. 6, 2017  
 
       Like probably everyone else in the Atlanta area, we have been anxiously watching the weather to see what's going to happen. We've been busy around the shop today, helping folks pick out things for projects to work on if they end up snow bound this weekend. As of 4:10 p.m. (Friday, 1/6), we are still open. Just call before you head over.

      Due to the uncertainty of the weather, we may have to adjust the shop hours this weekend. The fastest way to stay in the know is via one of our social media channels -- either Facebook or Instagram -- but you can always call the shop (404-634-6924) before you head over, too. If  you call and get the answering machine, it's safe to assume we are closed (and the answering machine inbox is not monitored, so we don't recommend leaving a message). Don't forget you can continue to shop our website 24/7 (and there's lots to choose from there)

      Of course, we can't have a newsletter that's only about the weather, so here's a little bit of fun quilting news for 2017: We are doing two Jen Kingwell quilt programs: Delilah template-of-the-month and Long Time Gone! We are still working out the nitty gritty but if you're interested, click here to send us an email to be among the first to be in the know. And Jen Kingwell is returning to teach in late May! Email us if you are interested in being among the first to know the details (if you're among the many who've already emailed about notification, you're already on the list).

      Happy stitching,
      Sarah and the IQ crew

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


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.)

UFO Sew Day
Sunday, 1/15, 1:30-5:30 pm $10
It's a new year, the perfect time to reflect on the projects you've done and plan for the year ahead. Why not make 2017 the year you tackle those UFOs that never seem to make it to the top of your to-do list? We'll have a teacher on hand to answer questions and help you mark off your UFO list, whether it's a quilt, garment or bag sewing project! Led by Mary Abreu.

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

Beginning Quilt Making
Sundays, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19 & 3/5, 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.

Machine Quilting I, an Introduction
Sunday, 1/29/2017, 2-5 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. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. 

Sewing Basics
Saturdays, 2/4 and 2/11, 1:30-4:30 pm $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.

Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela
Saturday, 2/18, 10:30 am-5:30 pm. $120 (3 spots left)
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.)

Knitted Mittens/Fingerless Gloves
Tuesdays, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31, 6:30-8 pm $55
Knit your very own mittens or fingerless gloves! This pattern works up quickly in worsted-weight yarn, so you'll have a pair done in time to brave the winter cold. This class is perfect for confident beginning knitters who are looking to branch out from scarves. You'll learn how to knit in the round on double-pointed needles, how to increase and decrease stitches, and the basics of picking up stitches from a cast-on edge. Students should be confident with the knit and purl stitches. Some experience with knitting in the round is helpful but not required. Taught by Leslie Piper.

Let's Knit a Sweater!
Sunday, 1/22, 2-5 pm $10
Do you want to knit a sweater but are afraid you'll stall out part way through? Or are you unsure how to jump into such a large project? Join Leslie as you starts her annual January "I'm done with gift knitting, now it's my turn!" sweater. We'll have a computer set up for you to browse patterns on Ravelry and pick out that next project. Already know your pattern? Bring it in and we'll help you pick out the perfect yarn (the $10 class fee will count toward your purchase). Already have the yarn, too? Leslie will help you get started on a gauge swatch so you can make sure your finished project actually fits! At the end of the session, we'll discuss future meetings of our "support group" so we all end up with a beautiful, completed, hand-knit sweater! Taught by Leslie Piper.

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.

Knitted Socks for Beginners
Tuesdays, 2/21, 2/28 and 3/7, 6:30-8 pm $55
Have you been itching to learn how to knit your very own socks? Then this is the class for you! Learn the basics of top-down sock knitting while making a cozy pair of house socks out of worsted-weight yarn. Once you've knitted a pair, you'll have the skills you need to tackle any top-down sock pattern using those beautiful sock yarns we all love. Students should be confident with knit and purl stitches. Some experience with knitting in the round is helpful but not required. Taught by Leslie Piper.

2016-17 Clubs

 
Watch for new 2017 clubs to be announced. 

Glorious Gardens
     The first Saturday of the month starting in February and costs $60 for the class time. You can see all the details here.
     
     The newest quilt-along from one of our favorite books, using those beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics we adore!

     Kim McLean has created another incredible quilt inspired by Katja Marek's The New Hexagon. Kim used blocks from Katja's book, as well as some of her own, then partnered with Paper Pieces to create custom paper pieces packs and acrylic templates to make it easier for anyone to create this Glorious Gardens quilt -- including you!

     Join Mary Lou Mojonnier at Intown Quilters for a 12-month stitch along to create your version of this quilt using The New Hexagon and a booklet from Kim. You'll have the help and support of Mary Lou and a group of fellow hand piecers, too. What better way to spend a few hours once a month (or maybe even twice if you join the By Hand group on the 3rd Saturday here)?


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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