|Reminder: Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn
is closed on Wednesdays
We are just buzzing with excitement as we prep for the shop's 15th birthday in just a couple of weeks! Not only will we have knitting teacher Patty Lyons here from New York to celebrate our first "yarn-iversary," we also will have the "Bad Ass Quilter" herself, Maddie Kertay, here on Saturday, 8/19! We've got fun things in store for the shop birthday in addition to Patty's classes and Maddie's meet-and-greet, so mark your calendar and make plans to celebrate 15 years of IQFY!
We're here to help you prepare for Patty's classes, too. Join us for the next two Thursdays or this Saturday's Sit-and-Knit sessions and you'll be ready for your chance to learn from this accomplished knitting teacher! There is a $5 fee for the homework help, and to be taught to learn to knit or crochet during our Sit-and-Knit sessions, 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. What a deal!
Debbie Maddy's first Shibori line with Moda Fabrics was such a hit that we couldn't order her follow up fast enough. Shibori II is another bold batch of blues, from pale to the deepest of indigos. It's filled with simple but striking patterns and we can't wait to play with it. The Spellbound pattern shows off the prints perfectly in quilt form and the Twisted Knitting Bag pattern would look stunning made with Debbie's newest fabrics (and would be oh-so-delightful filled with Ancient Arts Fibers Blue Jeans yarns).
It's always a happy day when we unbox new arrivals from the Kaffe Fassett studio and last week was no exception. On the heels of receiving our shipment of Kaffe's Fall 2017 Artisan line, we unpacked not one but two Kaffe books that we'll be adding to our personal libraries. Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Ireland is filled with quilts set against picturesque Irish views and we've already begun making our own version of the Whirling Stripes quilt. The projects in Kaffe Fassett's Sew Artisan! range from home decor to quilts to clothing, showing off 14 projects that will have you mixing and matching fabrics in no time.
We always love helping customers pick out just the right fabrics for their baby quilt projects, so it's no surprise that we fell head over heels for the latest line by Gingiber for Moda. Savannah brings together those signature Gingiber animals with a range of prints in the hottest colors for today's nurseries. We've already made two quilts with Savannah -- Cozy and Tiny Habitats -- and you can pick up the kits to make them, too!
We are heading into the home stretch of this year's Row by Row Experience, with just a little more than a month left to pick up our pattern and kit before the hibernation period starts. This week, Pat Schroder joins the group of weekly Row by Row winners and received a $5 shop credit just for picking up a free pattern. It's not too late to get your copy of our Row by Row pattern! Then you can get started on your Row quilt and take part in our quilt contest that kicks off Sept. 6th. Scroll down to the Row by Row section of this newsletter for all the details on how you can still win at IQFY! Plus you can get a free "Go Stitch'n" Row by Row fabric license plate with your purchase of $50 or more.
Don't forget: We'd love to see what you're crafting this summer. Share some of your IQFY projects in your Instagram and Facebook pages and tag us in your pics (@intownquilters, #intownquilters, #sewfunwithiq, #knitfunwithiq). We will pick a random winner (we will assign numbers for that week's tags and use random.org to generate a winning number) from those who tag us in their photos of projects made with supplies from Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn! Win and you'll receive a $5 credit in your account. Join our Ravelry group, Stitch Fabric & Yarn at IQFY, and any projects you share there are also eligible for our weekly $5 drawing. Congratulations to this week's winner: Judy Carpenter (judyinthedyes on Instagram)!
Sarah & the IQFY crew
|ROW BY ROW 2017
| The 2017 Row by Row Experience has begun! This year's theme is "On the Go!" and we're enjoying up 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 $5 IQFY shop credit. 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 IQFY 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 Quilting I, an Introduction
Saturday, 8/12/2017, 10:30 am-1:30 pm $45This 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. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top. Machine Quilting II: Free-Motion
Saturday 8/26/2017, 10:30am-1:30 pm $45A practice session to explore some of the many possibilities of free-motion machine quilting. Includes planning the quilting design and filling the space. Students must have experience machine quilting. If you sign up for Machine Quilting I on 8/12, you will not be able to register for this class without instructor approval. Students must bring their own sewing machine capable of free motion quilting: ie, a free motion foot and the ability to lower the feed dogs. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin.
Libs Elliott: Lecture
Friday 9/29/2017, 7:30-9:30 pm $15
Join Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn for a two-hour lecture with code quilter and fabric designer Libs Elliott! Libs is a textile designer who explores the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. She studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Libs uses a programming language called Processing to randomly design her quilts, which gives her the ability to quickly edit the code and generate random compositions from simple geometric and traditional quilt block shapes. She has recently expanded her repertoire with fabric design, creating two lines of quilting fabric for Andover Fabrics, with a third collection due in October 2017.
Libs Elliott: Embrace the Chaos
Saturday 9/30/2017, 10:30 am-5:30 pm $175
Join code quilter and fabric designer Libs Elliott for a full-day workshop at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn! In this Saturday workshop, Libs will be teaching Embrace the Chaos. Using only paper and pencils -- no computers required! -- Libs will walk students through a series of worksheet exercises that mimic the programming language she uses to generate her quilt patterns. By using controlled elements in a random way, each participant will end up with a unique quilt pattern -- no two Chaos Quilts are the same!
Libs Elliott: The Weight of Love
Sunday 10/1/2017, 10:30 am-5:30 pm $175
Join code quilter and fabric designer Libs Elliott for a full-day workshop at Intown Quilters Fabric and Yarn! Sunday's workshop will be The Weight of Love, a workshop-only quilt. The Weight of Love is made up of hex, half-hex and equilateral triangle pieces, and was designed randomly using Processing code. Students will spend the day making the Weight of Love their own by customizing it with fabrics and then building it using the Y-seam piecing method. Libs does a quick review and provides a take away on digital tools students can use to pull colors from their own photographs.
Beginning Quilt Making
Sundays, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 & 11/19/2017, 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.
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
Saturdays 8/12, 9/9, 10/14/2017, 10 am-noon, $5*
Stop in for our Saturday Sit-and-Knit and get help from our knitting experts. Held on the second Saturday of the month, based on sign ups. 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.
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.
| 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