| Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
is now closed on Wednesdays
Summertime, and the stitching is easy -- well, that might be how the song goes if we wrote it! While the official start of summer isn't until later this month, we're already embracing the hot, sunny days and projects we can take with us to the pool, the lake and on the road. It's the perfect season for portable projects, whether your preference is quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting or even cross stitch and embroidery.
We've got lots of great on-the-go project ideas, if you're looking for something to keep your hands from being idle this summer. Jen Kingwell's line of patterns (some even have reusable acrylic templates) are made with hand stitchers in mind -- and they're a great way to go scrappy with your fabric choices (we've got great scrap packs to help you get started). Of course, English paper piecing is a go-to for many folks and the Millefiore Quilts books are full of fabulous EPP projects.
The newest addition to our yarn room is Hempathy, a blend of hemp, cotton and modal fibers. It's the perfect weight for summer apparel and accessories and the colors are just divine!
There's still time to sign up for Nell Ziroli's classes at IQ! Nell is a really fabulous teacher who used to live here and teach at Knitch but now lives in Norfolk, Va., -- and she's coming back just to teach for us. We're excited to have Nell teach Simple Color Work Techniques as well as Hat Math on Saturday, 6/17. Interested in signing up for both classes? Save $25 if you do -- but you'll need to call or stop by to receive the discount.
We're less than two weeks away from the 2017 Row by Row kick off! This year's them is "On the Go!" and we're gearing up for a fun summer of rowing with participants from all over the world. We unveiled our 2017 row with a Facebook Live video on Thursday afternoon (click the link to watch), plus we showed off our brand-new collectible fabric license plates for this year. The plates are available for purchase now but you can't pick up the patterns and kits for our Row until Thursday, June 22.
Collect free row patterns from participating shops all around the world through Sept. 5. The "hibernation period" starts Sept. 6 and ends Nov. 1 when shops may sell their Row by Row patterns and kits -- including to customers online. Read all about the Row by Row Experience here and locate participating quilt shops here!
We're also excited to be participating in the inaugural Row by Row Junior program this year! Row by Row Junior is designed for kids ages 6 to 14. They travel along with an adult and collect free row patterns designed just for them.
Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day. Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout but anyone can buy a kit. (What a great gift or souvenir to bring home to the kids/grandkids!) We'll be awarding "I Made This!" ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern.
Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn is hiring and we'd love your help finding the next member of the IQ crew! We're a crafty bunch with a commitment to helping others with their creative endeavors and we're eager to find someone who can add to that, specifically on the yarn side of the shop. Our new coworker should be an experienced knitter/crocheter who can unravel DPN, k2tog, tbl, wyif, BLP and intarsia for our yarn customers. Any sewing/quilting experience in addition to substantial knitting/crocheting experience is a plus but not a requirement -- we'll train you on the essentials (i.e., a fat quarter is not a body part). A commitment to providing outstanding customer service, whether in person or by telephone, is a must, as is the ability to contribute in a positive manner to a team environment with sometimes quickly shifting priorities. This is a part-time position and includes working at least three weekend days per month (Saturdays and Sundays), as well as the occasional Tuesday night. Other requirements include standing for a 5-hour shift with only a 15-minute break, lifting and carrying bolts and boxes (sometimes up and down stairs), cleaning toilets, vacuuming, dusting and operating a cash register, among others. If this sounds like the right fit for someone you know, please have him or her email us a resume (grammar, spelling and punctuation count -- emails written in all lower case get ditched right away) and include in the body of the email an introduction, as well as why the person is a good fit for the job. Please, no phone calls or drop ins!
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.)
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.Fabric Painting/Dyeing
Saturday, 7/29/17, 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.
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.)
Simple Color Work Techniques
Saturday, 6/17/2017, 10 am-noon $45
In this 2-hour class, Nell covers simple and basic stranding techniques using sock weight self-striping yarn and a contrasting solid. You'll begin a pair of wrist warmers with that signature NellKnits color work style!Nell Ziroli loves the feel of wool between her fingers. She is a perpetual knitter, published designer and enthusiastic teacher. She comes from a family of knitters and otherwise crafty people and has been creating things by hand for as long as she can remember. She also feels at home in just about any kitchen.
Saturday, 6/17/2017, 1-4 pm $65
In this 3-hour class, students will build on the skills learned in knit and purl classes. There will be instruction of simple math based on the student’s own measurements, to create a hat in a loose or fitted style. Simple written direction for ending this hat will be given. Students will leave with an understanding of how to create a hat pattern for any gauge yarn, to fit any head. Nell Ziroli loves the feel of wool between her fingers. She is a perpetual knitter, published designer and enthusiastic teacher. She comes from a family of knitters and otherwise crafty people and has been creating things by hand for as long as she can remember. She also feels at home in just about any kitchen.
|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, 2017. 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.
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 an 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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Open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Saturday,
10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday