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Jan. 26, 2017  
 
      It's been a crazy couple of weeks here at Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn and we can't wait for you to see what we've been up to!

      But first: Our regular Friday Sit and Stitch will still be taking place but Mary Lou will not be in attendance this week. Feel free to drop in and work on your fabric handwork projects, but keep in mind that you'll have to wait until next week if you need to tap into Mary Lou's vast knowledge bank! And Steve Nixon of Keep on Stitching will be at the shop as scheduled Friday but only until 2 p.m. so we can ready the classroom for Kate Atherley's classes.

     Of course, we've got plenty of other reasons to come into the shop. Actually, we've got around 200 reasons to visit IQ. That's right: In the past week, we've added more than 200 bolts of fabric to inspire your next quilting or sewing project!

     Our batiks expanded with a variety of new Tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures and Robert Kaufman's Artisan batiks, everything from brights to whisper soft background prints, as well as Bali and 1895 batiks from Hoffman Fabrics. Fans of Carolyn Friedlander will be delighted by her newest line, Friedlander, from Robert Kaufman (we have charm packs of the line, too). Or maybe you're a fan of Karen Lewis. If so, you won't want to miss the newest Blueberry Park, which is a collection of colored artwork printed on white Kona cotton. If you're into backgrounds and neutrals, be sure to check out Basic Grey's newest for Moda, Compositions. We've got a handful of bolts, as well as charm squares. Speaking of charm squares ... Kaffe Fassett fans won't want to miss the eight different sets of 5" squares we've got in stock.

    And our biggest reveal yet is the complete Fall 2016 collection from Cotton+Steel. Flower Shop, Jubilee, Kujira and Star, Sleep Tight and Yours Truly are here in quilting cotton, cotton/linen canvas and -- for the first time ever at IQ -- dreamy rayon. We've already unveiled three brand-new quilts made from these lines (with bundles/kits, naturally) and there's still more to come. 

    If yarn is more your style, be sure to check out the new additions to our yarn room. Just in time for Kate Atherley's visit -- and the return of our winter cold -- we've got some gorgeous Studio Worsted from Neighborhood Fiber Co., as well as new sock and worsted weight yarn for our favorite guys at Meadowcroft Dyeworks, including Guatemalaness. We've also restocked some crochet hooks and knitting needles, as well as added new 32" circular needles.

    In case you missed it earlier this week, we've got all the details for our 2017 Block of the Month programs -- Delilah and Long Time Gone -- in our 2016-17 Clubs section of the newsletter. Just scroll down for all the scoop!

     Happy stitching,
     Sarah & 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.)

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.

UFO Sew Day
Saturday, 2/11, 10:30-5:30 pm $25
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 quilting UFO list! Led by Regina Carter.

Sewing Studio
Sunday, 2/12, 1:30-5:30 pm. $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.

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. Only 1 spot left!

Introduction to Hand Embroidery
Saturday, 2/26, 1:30-4:30pm $45
Have you been admiring all the patterns available that incorporate embroidery designs into quilting, bags, kitchen accessories, etc? Patterns from designers like Crabapple Hill and This and That are bringing us a new, fresh approach to using embroidery in our quilting and sewing. In this class, we will discuss transfer techniques, fabric choices, and basic embroidery to get you ready to make your own project. Taught by Wanda Earley.

Crazy Quilt
Sunday, 3/5, 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. Taught by Wanda Earley.

Selvage-palooza
Saturday, 3/11, 10am-1pm $30
Spend a day sewing with selvages with our own Taffy McLaughlin! Taffy will share tips and techniques for working with selvages to create all kinds of projects, with plenty of time for sewing your own scrappy selvage pieces. Taffy plans to bring her vast collection of selvages, which she’s been cutting and organizing for years – and she’s going to share them with you. This may be your big chance to add some fun, out-of-print fabric selvages from Cotton+Steel, Kaffe, Jen Kingwell and more to your scrappy selvage projects! Taffy will be here from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. but you're welcome to stay and sew all day in our classroom!

The Quilters Pincushion
Sunday, 3/12, 2-5pm $35
Two 8" pieces of fabric, some thread, and ground walnut shells turn into a cute, functional pincushion you'll be whipping up for all of your quilting friends. Taught by Gloria Engebretson.

Introduction to Paper Piecing
Sunday, 3/19, 1:30-5:30pm $45
This class will teach you the basics of paper-piecing and help to alleviate any fears or frustrations you have related to paper-piecing. You will be surprised how doable it really is. Taught by Wanda Earley.


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.)

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: 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

 
strong>Delilah Template-of-the-Month
Finished quilt size: ~66" x 69"
Meets 4th Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 22

     When Jen Kingwell showed off the blocks for her Delilah Template-of-the-Month program, we couldn’t sign up fast enough to host the program. This innovative quilt program features acrylic templates and a mix of hand and machine piecing for an eye-catching quilt with that signature Jen Kingwell look. We don’t call her the Patchwork Wonder from Down Under for nothing!

      Leslie Piper and Mary Lou Mojonnier will lead this quilt program on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 22 – but there are limited spaces available. Each month, you’ll receive tips for creating that month’s block(s). Delilah participants will receive a set of templates and instructions each month of the program, which spans 12 months.

Delilah Light Delilah Dusk

     We are offering two different fabric color stories for our Delilah TOM participants, both of which are in line with the scrappy feel of Jen's original blocks. The Delilah Light color story sets the bright mix of fabrics against a mix of white with black fabrics. The Delilah Dusk color story uses a darker mix of background fabrics which makes the warm prints really jump.

     Delilah Template of the Month participants can choose from either the Light or Dusk fabric options (fabric distributed monthly) and receive the laser-cut acrylic templates plus block instructions, monthly tips and tricks, and a quarterly sit-and-sew (dates to be announced later) for $330 for the year -- but if you sign up and pay in full before Feb. 28 the price will be only $300.

     We've also set up a monthly payment option through Paypal. You'll be charged $75 for the first month* and $26 per month the subsequent 11 months. A Paypal account is not required. *Down payment for the program is subject to change after February 28, 2017, to accommodate an abbreviated payment schedule.

     Sign up for our Delilah TOM template-only option via Paypal for our monthly payment. You'll be charged $75 for the first month* and $18 per month the subsequent 11 months. A Paypal account is not required. *Down payment for the program is subject to change after February 28, 2017, to accommodate an abbreviated payment schedule.

     Take advantage of our Friday Sit and Stitch sessions or join our third Saturday By Hand group for sewing time to work on your blocks over the course of the year. Live out of town? No problem! We’re happy to ship your BOM materials to you for an additional fee. Contact us for details!

Long Time Gone
Finished quilt size: ~66" x67"
Meets the second Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 8

     Long Time Gone is one of our favorite patterns from Jen Kingwell’s October 2016 Quilt Market release and we’re excited to offer it as a Block-of-the-Month program in 2017! Jen’s penchant for scrappy quilt blocks arranged in unconventional settings have been a hit here at IQ and we think Long Time Gone will quickly be a must-sew quilt for you. This machine-pieced quilt includes a variety of scrappy blocks, mixing bold prints with low-volume background fabrics.

     Sandy Stites will lead this group, which will meet on the second Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 8. Each month, participants will receive tips for creating that month’s block(s).

Long Time Scrappy Long Time Batik

      We are offering two different fabric color stories for our Long Time Gone BOM participants. The Scrappy color story is a Jen-meets-IQ range of fabrics, mixing bright prints with low-volume fabrics. The Batik color story takes a rainbow of richly colored batiks and pairs them with neutral batiks for contrast.

     The Long Time Gone BOM includes the pattern by Jen Kingwell (a $28 value) plus a quarterly sit-and-sew (dates to be announced later) during the course of the year. With either the Scrappy or Batik fabric options (fabric distributed monthly), the Long Time Gone BOM is $260 -- but if you sign up and pay in full before Feb. 28 the price will be only $230. 

     We've set up a monthly payment option through Paypal. You'll be charged $75 for the first month* and $20 per month the subsequent 11 months. *Down payment for the program is subject to change after February 28, 2017, to accommodate an abbreviated payment schedule.

     Sign up for our Long Time Gone BOM bring-your-own fabric option for $148 -- but pay in full before Feb. 28 and the price is $130. Live out of town? No problem! We’re happy to ship your BOM materials to you for an additional fee. Contact us for details.
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.

2017 UFO Challenge

 
     We're here to help you tackle those UFOs that have been hovering around your craft space. Our UFO Challenge has kicked off and we're excited that so many folks want to clear out the old to move on to the new.

     Drop in and bring us a list of projects you want to finish with your name and contact info on it or use our handy online form to join the challenge. For every one of them you finish between now and March 31st, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate and if the project was one you bought at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn, you'll receive and extra entry into the drawing. Get two more drawing entries by posting a picture of your project as it is now (in the kit bag still, on the design wall, a collection or yarn or fabric in a pile) on Instagram then tag us  -- @intownquilters -- and use the hashtag #intownquiltersUFOchallenge. Post a picture of the finished project with the same tags and you will get an extra entry for each of those two photos.

      We even have a sewing and quilting UFO day scheduled to help you get things finished. If your UFOs are of the yarn variety,
check out our Let's Knit a Sweater "support group" or drop in for one of our Sit & Knit sessions (days and times listed above). 

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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