Thanks for another amazing year of the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop! And congratulations to this year's prize winners:
* Grand prize: Mary Cawthon
* First place: Melissa Daniel
* Second place: Charlotte Masters
* Third place: MJ Johnson
* IQ $100 gift certificate: Andrea Samford
* And an additional 80 bonus Shop Hop prize recipients (prizes sponsored by some of our wonderful fabric and notion vendors)!
Thanks to the generosity of some of our vendors, this year's Shop Hop passport finishers had a more than 1 in 100 chance of winning a prize -- what great odds! Be sure to follow the Shop Hop Facebook page so you don't miss any news about 2018's event.
March was a bit of whirlwind but we've got our sights set on April and and a spring filled with sewing.
We expect the Kaffe Fassett Collective Spring 2017 line in the shop in the next week or so and this is your chance to get orders in at $9.75 per yard versus the normal $11.25. Don't miss it!
Last week we received the latest Lotta Jansdotter line Lilla and it is such a fun, fresh, crisp line for use on its own or as pieces to go in other projects.
Two of our year-long quilt programs -- Long Time Gone BOM and Delilah TOM -- kick off in April. There's still time to sign up before we get started. Scroll down to the BOMs/Clubs section of this newsletter for more info or click the underlined text to check out the details of each program on our website. Spaces are limited in our Delilah program and it is nearing capacity.
Try your hand at making a Pleated Pillow with Sarah Oliver on Saturday, April 8. This is a great project for showing off a favorite fabric or two and adding a little oomph to your home decor.
Author Patty Murphy continues her popular series based on her best-selling book Piecing Makeover with two classes in April: Classic Favorites on April 2 and Modern Favorites on April 30. Patty's book is filled with lots of tips and tricks for quilters of all experience levels.
We've also added several new classes and returning favorites to the calendar, including Beginning Crochet, Machine Applique Mug Rug, Dress No. 1, Machine Quilting 1 and the Tubular Frame Purse, from the book Hack that Tote! Follow the links or scroll down to the Classes section for all the details.
Mark your calendar for the 3rd weekend in August and the last weekend in September, when we will have our next visiting teachers. We're excited to be hosting Knitter/Designer Patty Lyons to celebrate our one year anniversary having yarn Aug. 19-20 (it's also the 15th anniversary for the shop) and Sept. 29-Oct. 1 we welcome code quilter and fabric designer Libs Elliott at IQ! Email your interest for Patty Lyons here and for Libs Elliott here so you can be on the list to receive early sign-up options for the classes. More details will be forthcoming (but we think it's worth the wait).
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.
Take your paper piecing knowledge to the next level. You'll learn to paper piece more advanced block and sew curved pieces. Wanda will give you lots of tips and hints to make your paper piecing easier. Must have basic knowledge of paper piecing and/or have taken the intro to paper piecing class. Taught by Wanda Earley. *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.
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.)
Saturday, 4/8, 2:30-5:30 pm $35
Learn to pleat your own pillow and give it a twist of excitement! Unlock the secrets of the twisted pleats as we construct this pillow together. We will cut, piece, and construct your pillow. This class is open to beginner and advanced students. Taught by Sarah Oliver.
Sunday, 4/9, 1:30-5:30 pm $45
Machine Applique Mug Rug
Thursday, 4/20, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $25
Learn how to prepare your fabrics for machine applique, starting with a cute flip-flop block you can then turn into a mug rug or mini quilt. This hands-on technique class will teach you the basics of fusible machine applique. Sewing machine and supplies required. Taught by Sandy Stites.
Dress No. 1
Saturday, 4/22, 12:30-5:30 pm $55
Featured on the cover of the best-selling book, Hack that Tote!, the Tubular Frame Purse is one of the easiest hacks of the Basic Tote Bag -- but perhaps one of the most striking from a visual standpoint. The generously sized bag finishes at 9-3/4" wide x 14-1/4" high x 9" deep and includes a zippered slip pocket on the exterior and patch pockets inside. Corded handles add a designer touch. This class covers all you need to not only make the bag as written in the book but tips for modifying to accommodate other sizes of bag frames. Mary also gives tips for working with different types of fabrics and interfacing. Taught by Mary Abreu
Dress No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is one of Jess’s favorite garment to sew and wear. With just 2.5 yards of woven fabric required and sizes XS-4X available on one pattern, this is truly a project for everybody, even if you’ve never sewn clothing before! This class will cover sewing a simple A-line dress with straight seams and applying bias facing. Taught by Jess Seiz.
Hack that Tote!: Tubular Frame Purse
Saturday, 4/29, 10:30 am-5:30 pm $75
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. You will make a very small top before class.
Piecing Makeover: Modern Favorites
Sunday, 4/30, 2-5 pm $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.
Machine Quilting 1
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-1pm $45
Sundays, 5/21& 6/4, 1:30-5:30 pm $85
Have you always wanted to try one of Jacqueline De Jonge's beautifully intricate paper-pieced quilts, but been just a little intimidated? Then this is the class for you! Wanda Earley will give you tips and tricks as you tackle the Happiness quilt pattern. This 30-inch square wall hanging is the perfect opportunity to test this style of paper piecing and see if it's for you before jumping into a full-size quilt. Students should have paper piecing experience prior to taking this class. Taught by Wanda Earley.
Jen Kingwell Techniques
Thursday, 5/25, 10:30 am-5 pm $225
This is the class for you if you've never taken a class with Jen (please note: this class is a pre-requisite for Jen's other classes at IQ or you must have taken a previous Jen Kingwell class). This full-day class covers Jen's most-used techniques, including using acrylic templates, cutting templates, fussy cutting, hand piecing including curves, hand appliqué and hand quilting. Jen's distinctive, scrappy quilts are the perfect showcase for her techniques and you'll leave the class prepared for tackling any of the projects in her growing library of patterns! Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.
Jen Kingwell Project
Friday, 5/26, 10:30 am-5 pm $225
Students will spend the day with Jen Kingwell working on projects from her book Quilt Lovely. Choose from either Glitter, Daisy Do, Clam Bake, and Mrs. Bannister's Stars. Jen's tips and guidance for creating the blocks for these quilts will have you embracing handwork like never before. Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.
Jen Kingwell Trunk Show
Saturday, 5/27, 3-5 pm $25
Spend Saturday afternoon with Jen Kingwell as she presents a trunk show and talk about her work and then signs books and patterns. She will be sure to dazzle you with some of her fantastic quilts and you'll be charmed by her wonderful personality and beautiful accent. Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.
Jen Kingwell Project
Sunday, 5/28, 10:30 am-5 pm $225
Sunday's class with Jen includes your choice of projects: Queen's Cross, I'm a Farmer's Daughter, Halo, My Small World, Long Time Gone or Delilah (for Delilah TOM participants). And what can be more fun than getting the designer's input while working on your block-of-the-month/template-of-the-month quilts? Please note that our visiting teacher cancellation policy requires any cancellations for the Jen Kingwell workshops be done by the end of the day on April 29th in order to receive a full refund. After April 29th, we will only issue a refund (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. Please allow 7-10 days for processing of your refund.
Saturday, 4/22, 11am-1pm $25
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 awhile.) 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 Kathleen Hartz.
Thursday, 4/13, 10-11 am $15
Learn the basic crochet stitch and then stay after for the morning sit-n-stitch to practice your stitches while there are folks around to help if you need guidance as you practice.
Sit & Knit
Thursdays, 10 am-2 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! This is great for beginners especially, as knitting near more experienced knitters allows for you to get immediate help with questions and mistakes which then helps you learn to recognize mistakes yourself and gives you the practice time to get better with your knitting.
When possible the first hour of this time is dedicated to teaching folks how to cast-on and knit stitch. You can then sit and knit in the group which is a great way to get started because there is help nearby as you practice your knitting.
(We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bit to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)
|Delilah Template-of-the-MonthFinished quilt size: ~66" x 69"Meets 4th Saturday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 22 We are excited to announce that Jen Kingwell, herself, will lead the 2nd meeting of this group on May 28th!
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! Mary Lou Mojonnier (and some months Leslie Piper) 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.
Prefer to use your own fabrics? Sign up for the Delilah TOM template-only option! You can pay for the full year up front for only $240 via Paypal. A Paypal account is not required. Templates will be distributed monthly beginning in April at each Delilah TOM session.
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.
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).
| 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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