| Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
is now closed on Wednesdays
Summer is just racing by, which is timed perfectly to this year's Row by Row Experience theme, On the Go! We're kicking off our Row by Row today, Thursday, 6/22, since we were closed Wednesday (the official RxR kick-off date). Stop in and see our gorgeous row, Atlanta Skyline at Sunset, plus our striking Row by Row Junior quilt. We'll have patterns, kits, fabric license plates, and photo ops aplenty, as well as some great on-the-go themed samples for your summer travels -- and beyond. And be sure to check out our previous years' Row kits, which we've brought back for the event. Head over to the official Row by Row website to read all the event details for both the annual Row by Row experience event and the new Row by Row Junior version.
You can be a Row by Row Winner at IQ. We would like to focus on a slower, more creative and thoughtful process of making Row by Row quilts so we will have a whole series of different ways to win a prize for quilts that are turned in between 9/5 & 10/31/2017. Click here to see how you can win something for waiting to turn in your quilt at IQ!
We're excited to announced our full line-up of classes with the amazing Patty Lyons! Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches nationally at guilds & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, STITCHES, and the Knit and Crochet Show -- and we're excited to bring her to Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn in August to celebrate our first anniversary
of bringing yarn to the shop!
Our weekend with Patty starts on Friday, 8/18, with a lecture, Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress (Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial), from 7-8:30 p.m. Patty will teach two classes (one morning, one afternoon) on both Saturday and Sunday:Start Saturday, 8/19, with Finishing Seams Simple from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We'll follow up with Best Buttonholes from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday kicks off with Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. And our weekend wraps up with Knitting ER Tragedy & Treatments from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Are you worried you are not experienced enough to tackle these classes? We would be happy to work with you to get you there if possible and we plan do schedule a few basic classes specifically designed to be ready for Patty's classes, before she comes, so watch the newsletter or email to let us know you are interested.
Ready to spend the entire weekend with Patty at IQ? There's an option for that! Sign up for the full class plus lecture option for one, discounted price of $275.
Sarah & the IQ crew
P.S. 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 or crocheter who can unravel DPN, k2tog, tbl, wyif, and BLP 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 or 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 an introduction, as well as why they feel they are a good fit for the job with a simple resume (grammar, spelling and punctuation count -- emails written in all lower case get ditched right away). Please, no phone calls or drop ins!
|ROW BY ROW 2017
| It's almost time for the 2017 Row by Row Experience! 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 (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.
You can be a Row by Row winner!
Complete a quilt using at least 8 different Rows from 8 different 2017 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop and you win a stash of 25 fat quarters. Win a bonus prize for using that store's Row in your quilt.
But why let the fun stop there?! We want to reward your Row by Row travels and sewing by promoting a slower, more creative and thoughtful approach to making your Row by Row quilt. Wait to turn in and leave your finished Row quilt at Intown Quilters between 9/6 and 10/31/2017 (the “hibernation period” of the Row by Row Experience). We’ll be awarding prizes for the following categories:
1. A prize for the first Row quilt that comes in between 9/6 & 10/31/2017 that includes all 8 Rows from The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop shops. You’ll have to research which shops take part in The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, go to each to gather a Row, then make a quilt and turn it into IQ.
2. A prize for the quilt that includes a Row from the shop that’s farthest away from Intown Quilters. Who is traveling this summer? Where to? We can’t wait to see Rows from afar!
3. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Viewers’ Choice Award. We’ll hang all the Row quilts turned in between 9/6 & 10/31/2017, and then everyone who stops into the shop will be able to vote for her/his favorite. Encourage your friends and family to come in a vote for your quilt -- the most votes will win!
We’re also doing weekly drawings all summer long as part of our Row by Row Experience event – and winning is easy. Each week, we’ll randomly choose from those Row by Row participants to win a fabulous prize worth at least $15. Sarah is excited to pick a fun prize each week! Ways you can be entered into the weekly drawings are:
- Simply pick up your FREE Row by Row pattern at the cash register. We’ll add your name, email address and phone number when you check out. Only one entry with FREE Row pattern.
- Pop in to see what our weekly featured product is, snap a photo and post to your Instagram or Facebook page and tag us in it and we will add your name again.
- For each friend you refer to the shop between now and 9/5, you’ll get another entry.
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.)
Patty Lyons: Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress (Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial)
Friday, 8/18/2017, 7-8:30 pm $20
It’s happened to all of us. We don’t get what we expect; we don’t get what we dreamed of. We feel let down, we feel tricked, and we feel lied to . . . by our gauge swatch. Find out how to make your gauge swatch tell you the truth. In this funny and informative visual presentation we’ll go from gauge tragedy to triumph. Never be a gauge victim again!
Patty Lyons: Finishing Seams Simple
Saturday, 8/19/2017, 10 am-1 pm $75
Has the fear of finishing stopped you from knitting a sweater, or are you unhappy with your seams on accessories? Proper finishing is the difference between hand made and home made. Master the simple skills needed for the perfect finish. We will learn all the basic seaming techniques such as mattress stitch, shoulder graft and more. We’ll also look at picking up stitches horizontally, vertically and around a neck line. Don’t stop short of the perfect finish!
Patty Lyons: Best Buttonholes
Saturday, 8/19/2017, 2:30-5:30 pm $75
Have you never been happy with your buttonholes? Does the ratio for picking up stitches for the perfect button band elude you? In this workshop we’ll practice a variety of buttonholes including one row and two row and my own trick for neatening up the two row button hole. We will look how to make the perfect button band make sure that cardigan isn’t a disappointment in the final step. Close up those sweaters with pride!
Patty Lyons: Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success
Sunday, 8/20/2017, 9:30 am-12:30 pm $75
There are so many ways your sweater can go wrong but even more ways it can go sooo right. In this “all things sweater” over view class will cover some of the most important things you need to know, as well as a host of fantastic hands on knitting tips to get you to your perfect sweater. After a brief exploration of fiber & pattern choice, we will look at swatching best practices that go far beyond gauge. We will also take a peek into the pattern to see what it will and won’t tell us. Discover the secrets and make this the year of your perfect sweater!
Patty Lyons: Knitting ER Tragedy & Treatments
Sunday, 8/20/2017, 1:30-4:30 pm $75
It’s happened to everyone. The one thing that can stop our knitting, and cause us to put our projects into a time out – MISTAKES. Never fear simple mistakes again, as you learn how to take control of your knitting. Everyone makes mistakes, now learn that it doesn’t have to ruin your knitting!
|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 June 30, 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 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.
Visit us six days a week at 1058 Mistletoe Rd, Decatur GA, 30033!
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