The holidays are approaching and I am sure you are feeling some pressure about getting in the mood or getting prepared. Many of us feel a bit "Grinch like" about what the holidays have become. Now is the time to take back your gift-giving! A hand-made gift comes from the heart and the process of making them is good for our souls. We don't have to make a whole quilt, or something overly complicated. We can make a cute little travel bag and put some fun little travel toiletries inside, or maybe fill it with favorite candy. You can make a nice flannel wrap or scarf for someone in about 30 minutes or a pair of PJ bottoms in about an hour. Dalton can teach you to make a tote bag next weekend in an hour or so and Mary can teach you how to crochet a hat (much faster than knitting) quickly, too. Just think of the face of the person who receives the handmade gift you made!
We'll be closed Wednesday as usual next week and also Thursday for Thanksgiving, so be sure to stop by this weekend to stock up for your crafting needs or to show off the shop to visiting family and friends!
Don't forget to take part in our Handmade Holiday Gift Challenge! It's the perfect way to get yourself moving on some hand-made gifts ahead of the holidays! There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place viewers' choice ($25, $15 and $10 shop credit) and random drawings for those who come in to see the display. Get planning and head in to find out more details of being a part of our handmade challenge! You can also click here to read the details.
We are loving the new Dress Shop knits by Cotton+Steel. These 58"-wide jersey knits are a 95% cotton/5% spandex blend and so incredibly soft. They're perfect for tees, leggings (including the new Pants No. 2 from 100 Acts of Sewing that will be here any minute), dresses -- anything you love to make with knits. WE've had a bit of a run on some of them already so get yours before they disappear!
We have some great classes coming up in the next several weeks including some quick classes to create gifts and a fun afternoon on Black Friday with Leslie Piper (yes, she will be visiting from Nashville) to get some work done without interruption at home. See the classes below:
* Paper Piecing Studio with Wanda Earley
* Crafternoon with Leslie Piper
* Travel Sewing Organizer with Sandy Stites
* Quilting Studio with Patty Murphy
* Sewing Studio with Mary Abreu
* Paper Piecing Club with Wanda Earley
Sarah & the IQF&Y crew
P.S. Don't forget Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn is closed on Wednesdays!
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.)
Paper Piecing Studio
Saturday, 11/18/2017, 10:30 am-1:30 pm $45
This is a small class with only four students, where you can bring a foundation paper-piecing pattern of your choice to tackle and get help from an experienced paper-piecer to get started on your project. Please email us the pattern you want to tackle so the teacher can familiarize herself with it before class. Taught by Wanda Earley.
Crafternoon with Leslie Piper
Friday, 11/24/2017, 1-5 pm $10
Bring your crafty projects and hang out with Leslie Piper for a fun Black Friday "crafternoon!" We'll have tea, coffee and cookies available to fuel your crafting time.
Travel Sewing Organizer
Saturday, 11/25/2017, 10-11:30 am $15
Three fat quarters, a little bit of hook-and-loop tape and an hour and you'll be well on your way to finishing this cute travel sewing organizer! Pattern, project supplies and sewing machine required. Taught by Sandy Stites.
Sunday, 12/3/2017, 1:30-5:30 pm $45
Do you have a quilt you'd like to get started on but feel just a little intimidated about jumping in? What about one you'd like to get finished but can't figure out exactly what the pattern is telling you, or can't find the time to make yourself get it done? Quilting Studio might be the class you need! Four uninterrupted hours of help from an accomplished and knowledgeable teacher. Bring your pattern/project and let Patty Murphy (author of the upcoming book, Piecing Makeover) help you get started, motivated or finished. Students in this class should have some experience piecing a quilt and a familiarity with the skills involved, including but not limited to using a rotary cutter and ruler, reading a pattern, etc.
Sunday 12/3/2017, 1:30-5:30 pm $55
Ready to tackle a new sewing 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.
Beginning Quilt Making
Thursdays 1/11, 1/25, 2/8 & 2/22/2018, 9:30am-1:30pm $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.
Beginning Quilt MakingSundays 1/13, 1/27, 2/13 & 2/24/2018, 1:30-5:30pm $120Learn 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.
Thursday 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.
You can also learn how to get started knitting during our weekly sit and knit. Just reserve your spot for only $5 prior to that day (either in store, online or by phone) and we will make sure there is someone there dedicated to teaching you how for the first hour of the morning sit & knit. Then, you'll get that $5 back as a credit on your account after your class.
(We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bit to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)
Blimey Crochet Hat
Saturday, 11/25/17, noon-2 pm $20
Let's make the Blimey crochet hat from One Loop Shy Designs! This beginner-friendly crochet pattern uses double strands of yarn and a large crochet hook to make a complete range of sizes. Make one for yourself or make for gifts! Taught by Mary Abreu.
Knitted Baby Socks for Beginners
Saturday, 12/2/17, 10:30 am-1:30 pm $35
Have you been itching to learn how to knit your very own socks? Then this is the class for you! Learn the basics of top-down sock knitting while making a cute pair of baby socks out of worsted or DK weight yarn. Once you have knitted a pair of baby socks, you will have all the skills you need to tackle any top-down sock pattern using those beautiful sock yarns we all love. Students should be confident with knit and purl stitches. Some experience knitting in the round is helpful, but not required. Taught by Lennye Starr-Bruce
Saturday, 1/13/18, 3-4:30 pm $15
Learn the basic crochet stitch and practice your stitches! Get tips on holding the hook and basic crochet terminology. Taught by Pogo Grant.
|Paper Piecing Club
Come join our paper piecing teacher Wanda Earley as she leads a monthly paper piece sit-and-sew club. We will get together and work on foundation paper pieced projects. 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 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of the month. The club is $20/month.
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).
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.
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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