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Jan. 31, 2017  

     Maybe it was the crazy weather. Maybe it was all the busyness at the shop. Regardless, this month just flew by! January was filled with so much activity and fun, and the next couple of months promise more of the same.

     Ready to begin your sewing adventure? Our next session of Sewing Basics starts this Saturday, 2/4. Mary Abreu gives you all the tools you need to get you familiar with your sewing machine and you leave the second class with a tote bag you've made (that's right, you don't have to make that Home Ec. type project that you'll never wear)! We have so many great things on the horizon that we may not be able to schedule this class again for a couple of months. Sign up now or you'll miss out!

     Our Glorious Gardens stitch-along kicks off this Saturday. It's not too late to join in (We won't be able to get your pattern, papers and templates for Saturday's class but I'm sure some others in the group would let you borrow a few to get started until you get yours in). Kim McLean has designed another stunning EPP quilt and we can't wait to see what fabric magic unfolds during the course of the year.

     Are you making progress on our UFO Challenge? The oh-so-talented Regina Carter hosts our next UFO Sew Day on Saturday, 2/11. It's a great opportunity to spend time with other quilters, working on your projects. If you're not familiar with our UFO Challenge, scroll down to the challenge section of the newsletter for all the scoop!

     On the yarn side, we've got two classes lined up: Beginning Knitting and Knitted Socks for Beginners. Learn how to cast on and the basic knit stitch in a two-hour class that will get you started knitting. If you're ready for your next knitting challenge, Leslie Piper will teach you a top-down sock made with worsted weight yarn that will give you a leg up on knitting a drawer full of handmade socks.

     If you've got an hour, we've got a great sewing technique to teach you! Check out our Invisible Zippers and Triangles classes. They're only $10 and you'll leave that hour invigorated and ready to tackle new sewing challenges.

     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.

Triangles
Friday, 2/10, noon-1 pm $10
Triangles are one of the hottest shape in quilting. Come explore sewing with triangles using Creative Grids rulers (both the 60 degree triangle and the standard rectangular ruler). Taught by Leslie Piper.

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.

Invisible Zippers
Wednesday, 2/15, noon-1 pm $10
Get comfortable with sewing invisible zippers with this class! You'll make a quick pillow cover with invisible zipper closure that will get you familiar with the technique. This is a hands-on class; sewing machine and supplies required. 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.

Selvedge-palooza
Saturday, 3/11, 10am-1pm $30
Spend a day sewing with selvedges with our own Taffy McLaughlin! Taffy will share tips and techniques for working with selvedges to create all kinds of projects, with plenty of time for sewing your own scrappy selvedge pieces. Taffy plans to bring her vast collection of selvedges, 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 selvedges from Cotton+Steel, Kaffe, Jen Kingwell and more to your scrappy selvedge 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.)

Beginning Knitting
Sunday, 2/12, 2-4 pm $20
Start with the basics in our Beginning Knitting class. Learn how to cast on and the knit stitch. If you’ve never knitted before, this is the class for you! (Also a great refresher class if you haven't knitted for a while.) Practice the technique and make a washcloth or continue knitting until you have a scarf. You'll leave the class with your first project in progress. Taught by Leslie Piper.

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.

BOMs/CLUBS

 
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. 

     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). 

    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 using English paper piecing. Kim used a fun hexagon block, 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 a pattern 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).

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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