There's no denying spring has arrived and we're just blooming with classes and products to fulfill your itch to stitch! Don't forget, however, that we are closed on Wednesdays, so don't run in tomorrow.
We are loving the lines by Libs Elliott that have just arrived. Tattooed and True Love are bold, graphic prints with lots of black and white, touches of metallics and brilliant color. And don't forget that Libs will be teaching at IQ in just a few months!
If blue makes your heart go pitter pat, then be sure to give Zen Chic's latest line, True Blue, a glance. Brigitte Heitland combines floral motifs and geometric designs for a line that's just out of this world with possibilities.
Had your eye on our Delilah Template-of-the-Month? We've only got one spot left in this fun, year-long program and it could be yours! Delilah kicks off this Saturday, 4/22, and you have your choice between two fabric colorways when you join. Sign up while you still have the chance!
We've got lots of opportunities to learn a new skill or technique in the next few weeks, including Beginning Knitting with Kathleen Hartz this Saturday. This is a great class if you've been wanting to learn how to knit or if it's been a while since you've picked up those knitting needles.
If you've been eager to learn how to sew, we've just added a session of Sewing Basics in May. Mary Abreu will teach you all the ins and outs of your sewing machine, as well as understanding fabric, reading a pattern and sewing two projects. And we've added a new session of the always popular Beginning Quilt Making with Lisa Kaupp that kicks off in June.
Mark your calendar: We'll be hosting knitter/designer Patty Lyons to celebrate our one-year "yarn-iversary" Aug. 19-20 (it's also the shop's 15th anniversary) and code quilter/fabric designer Libs Elliott Sept. 29-Oct. 1! 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 coming soon!
Sarah & the IQ crew
P.S. Don't forget that Intown Quilters is now closed on Wednesdays. Of course, we're still open six days a week (including Sundays and until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays), and you can always shop our website, 24/7/365! Please share this news with all your friends since many of our customers do not get our newsletters and many who do, don't always read them.
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.
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.)
Machine Applique Mug Rug
Thursday, 4/20/17, 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, 4/22/17, 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, 4/29/17, 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. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top. You will make a very small top before class. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin.
Piecing Makeover: Modern Favorites
Sunday, 4/30/17, 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.
Sunday, 5/7/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $55
Learn to make your own bias binding, which is an essential technique for finishing off your quilts. You will learn two different techniques for making binding that will take the fear of binding away forever. You'll learn to love binding. Taught by Patty Murphy.
Machine Quilting 1
Saturday, 5/13/17, 10am-1pm $45
Saturdays, 5/13 & 5/20/17, 1:30-4:30 pm $75
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.
Saturday, 5/20/17, 10:30 am-5:30 pm $95
This is a one-day workshop where you will learn how use the various kinds of fabric paints commercially available. It is for all levels of artistic skill. If you don’t feel you have confidence in drawing or painting, it doesn’t matter in this class, you will have a great time and go home with some very beautiful creative fabrics. Techniques you will learn; how to use the paints, directly with brushes, using commercial stamps, and making your own stamps, making/using stencils, resists, light imaging, Japanese Shibori techniques, using everyday objects to create texture, and much more. Come take this really fun one day workshop….it’s fabric-making art camp. $10 materials fee on the day of the class in cash to the teacher. Taught by Casey Green.
Sundays, 5/21 & 6/4/17, 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 Project
Friday, 5/26/17, 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, 5/27/17, 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, 5/28/17, 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.
Beginning Quilt Making
Saturdays, 6/3, 6/17, 7/8 & 7/22/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $120
This class fills up quickly so don’t hesitate! 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.
Introduction to Hand Embroidery
Sunday, 6/25/17, 1:30-4:30 pm $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.
Saturday, 4/22/17, 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.
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 2017 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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