| Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
is now closed on Wednesdays
The heat is on and we're loving the excuse it gives us to stay indoors and craft up something fun. We are so excited the AC is working really nicely this summer after some major work done on it in the spring. The IQ crew has been working on everything from English paper piecing projects to crochet baby afghans, quilted advent calendars to knit scarves. What's on your stitching to-do list?
Please note: Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn will be closed Tuesday, 7/4, for the Independence Day holiday and as always we are closed on Wednesdays which means we will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Make sure to come in before then to get a holiday project to be working on.
Row by Row has kicked off and we've been having a blast chatting with people from all over who are taking part in the fun. It's been especially great to see kids getting excited to join in with the new Row by Row Junior. We love encouraging the next generation of quilters and we've added some kid-oriented classes to our July calendar to help them work on those Row by Row Junior projects. Not familiar with Row by Row? Scroll down to the Row by Row section of the newsletter or click here to get all the details (including how you can win prizes!).
July's calendar is shaping up to be a busy one, with our kid-oriented classes, a return of the Folded Fabric Ornament, plus Intro to Paper-Piecing and Intermediate Paper-Piecing and even Sewing Studio and Fabric Painting! Scroll down to the Classes section for the newsletter for all the details.
The yarn side of the shop has been hopping lately with the arrival of new yarns like the beautiful summer weight blend of Hempathy, as well as gearing up for our classes with Patty Lyons in August. Our sit-and-knit group on Thursdays has really grown and we're excited that the Sweater Support Group has come together to meet at the shop on the second Sunday of the month.
Ready to pick up some yarn this summer? We've got a class for that! Join us for our Beginning Crochet class in July and then stay after with our Sit-and-Knit group to get additional support. Have you also wondered why you should make a gauge swatch before starting a project? We're planning a $5 gauge swatch class and want to know if you're interested in taking it. Email us and let us know if you would like to take one and if so what your best days and times are!
We're gearing up for a Christmas in July event July 14-15! Mark your calendar and make plans to stop in for a holiday weekend full of inspiration!
Sarah & the IQ crew
|ROW BY ROW 2017
| The 2017 Row by Row Experience has begun! This year's theme 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.
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.)
Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Classes for Kids
Fridays, 7/7, 7/14/, or 7/28, 10:30am-3pm $60
Mondays, 7/10 or 7/31, 10:30am-3pm $60
Sew * Craft * Quilt Summer Classes at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn are the place to be for kids 11 and up this summer! Each session of our single-day classes has a theme: Students will work on the project of the day with an expert instructor on hand!
Ready to dive into one of our Row by Row Junior patterns? We’re here to help! Sign up and spend a few hours with our knowledgeable teacher, who’ll help you work on your Row. Each session will cover the basic skills while working on the specific Row pattern. We’ll tackle a different Row pattern in each session – sign up for one or sign up for all!
Folded Fabric Ornaments
Saturday, 7/8/17, 2-5 pm $35
Creative fabric folding makes these fun, layered ornaments – no sewing required! Once you get the technique down, you’ll be on your way to making a tree full of unique fabric Christmas decorations. Use Christmas fabrics or choose something fun (like UGA fabric) to make a truly personalized ornament. Taught by Gloria Engebretson.
Introduction to Paper Piecing
Sunday, 7/9/17, 1:30-5:30 pm $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.
Sunday, 7/16/17, 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
Intermediate Paper Piecing
Sunday, 7/23/2017, 1:30-5:30 pm $45
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.
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.Crazy Quilt Paper Piecing
Sunday, 8/13/17, 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
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.)
Thursday, 7/13/17, 10:30-11:30 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.
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