| Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
is now closed on Wednesdays
We're here to help you beat the heat with cool ideas for Summer stitching! The pace of life seems to slow down a bit as the temperature rises, giving us ample time for working on those crafts we love. We've been inspired to try lots of new things lately, since there's nothing like mixing it up when it comes to crafting. Don't miss the abundance of fun pattern and project ideas we've got in store, from travel bags to cool clothes, English paper piecing to amigurumi knitting kits.
Ready to try your hand at a new technique or project? Check out our July classes, including Intermediate Paper-Piecing , Sewing Studio and Fabric Painting! We've also just added a new session of the always-popular Beginning Quilt Making, which kicks off in August. On the yarn side, we've got a Beginning Crochet class this Thursday plus Saturday Sit-and-Knits now set up.
Don't miss our August classes with Patty Lyons who we have visiting from New York. We learned so much from Kate Atherley when she was visiting last winter and are so excited to see what we will learn from Patty. You can schedule to get help with the homework for Patty's classes during one of our Thursday or Saturday Sit-and-Knit sessions so you are all ready to learn some fantastic techniques and tips only someone as accomplished as Patty Lyons can share with us. There is a $5 fee for the homework help and to be taught to learn to knit or crochet during our Sit-and-Knit session so that we will know how many to expect and make sure to have a dedicated teacher for you, but you then get that $5 back in your register account to use when you are ready to shop for something. How can you beat that deal?
Have you wondered why you should make a gauge swatch before starting a knitting 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!
Or maybe the kids/grandkids are ready to dive into something new. Be sure to check out our kid-oriented Row quilt classes this month, which will help them create those fun Row by Row Junior projects. Scroll down to the Classes section for the newsletter for all the details.
We've just added more than 30 new bolts of fabric, including novelty prints, flannels and a few black-and-white prints. Lots of project ideas have come to mind as we've been checking out the new arrivals (one member of the IQ crew may be plotting a Space Cats skirt). The new llama and yarn fabrics would be great with the Lined Drawstring Bag or Twisted Knitting Bag patterns.
On the yarn side, we've just added the cutest, tiniest knitting kits ever from Mochimochi Land. These adorable amigurumi creatures include the pattern, yarn and stuffing to make everything from gnomes to owls to unicorns. Just add knitting needles and you're ready to go. They're totes adorbs and we can't wait to create a little zoo of cute knit critters!
Our summer of winning with IQ and Row by Row continues with our latest weekly winner! Congratulations to Sally Oakes, who receives a $5 IQ store credit just for picking up our 2017 Row by Row pattern, Atlanta Skyline at Sunset. Scroll down to the Row by Row section of the newsletter for all the details about our weekly drawing plus our "slow Row quilt" contest later this summer.
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!
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 7/14/, or 7/28, 10:30am-3pm $60
Monday 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!
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. Only one spot left!Beginning Quilt Making
Sundays 8/6, 8/20, 9/10, 9/24 1:30-5:30 pm $120
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.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 $5*
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.
*Want to learn how to get started knitting during our weekly sit and knit? Reserve your spot for only $5 prior to that day (either in store, online or by phone) and you'll get that back as a credit on your account after your sit-and-knit. 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.)
Saturday Sit & Knit
Saturday 7/15/17 10 am-noon, $5*
Stop in for our Saturday Sit-and-Knit and get help from our knitting experts. Perfect session for getting ready for our Patty Lyons classes in August! *Get a $5 credit in your shop account after the Saturday Sit-and-Knit.
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, 2017
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