We have been bonding with many of you over the news of Freespirit Fabrics closing and have been cutting lots of those gorgeous fabrics for both in-store and online orders. We have re-ordered many of our (and your) favorites from the Kaffe Fassett Collective and the first of them (around 14 boxes worth) will be here later this week.
We are excited to learn that the Kaffe Mystery Quilt BOM will be shipping to us next month, although we do not yet have a firm ship date. We still have a couple of spots for the Light colorway but they are filling up quickly.
On the yarn side of the shop, we've restocked our popular March Hare and Mad Hatter (worsted and sport weight) yarns from Wonderland/Frabjous Fibers. These near-solid yarns are so lovely to stitch with and really add some great dimension to your knitting and crocheting projects.
Mary and I are in Pasadena, Calif., this week to vend at the Modern Quilt Guild's annual Quiltcon show. Be sure to visit us at Booth No. 624 if you'll be there, too, or follow along on social media (@intownquilters on Instagram and we're on Facebook, too). Please note that our shipping of online orders may take an extra day or two while we are at Quiltcon.
We'll be hosting authors Christa Watson and Lissa Alexander for book signings at QuiltCon. Christa will be signing copies of her book Piece and Quilt with Precuts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, 2/23/2018, and Lissa will be signing Oh, Scrap! on Saturday, 2/24/2018, at noon. We'll be taking along some of Christa's new fabric line with Benartex, Modern Marks. And Lissa's book isn't officially out until March but we were able to get a limited number of advance copies just for QuiltCon. We can't wait!
Our class calendar is growing! Check out what's coming up next:
* Beginning Crochet with Pogo Grant
* Hand Quilting and Bias Binding with Sheila Blair
* Sewing 101 with Mary Abreu
* Introduction to Hand Embroidery with Wanda Earley
* Weekday Beginning Quilt Making and Saturday Beginning Quilt Making sessions start next month
* Quiltmaking 102, a new follow up to our Beginning Quilt Making class
* Serger Techniques with Mary Abreu
Happy stitching and Happy Valentines Day!
Sarah & the IQF&Y crew
P.S. Don't forget we have new "winter hours" for 2018. Wednesdays are back! We are closed on Monday. We open at 9:30 in the morning and Wednesday through Saturday close at 5 pm to make better use of the daylight hours. Our late Tuesdays continue and you can still shop in store until 8 pm. On Sunday we are open from 12-4 pm.
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.)
Intermediate Paper Piecing
Saturday, 2/17/2018, 10:30 am-2:30 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.
Beginning Hand Piecing
Saturday, 2/17/2018, 2:30-4:30 pm $35
Come learn the basics of hand-piecing with Mary Lou Mojonnier. Students should have some basic knowledge of quilting. You will not make a specific project in the class, but learn the process of hand-piecing. Taught by Mary Lou Mojonnier.
Sunday, 3/4/2018, noon-4 pm $55
Learn to make your own bias binding, which is an essential technique for finishing off your quilts. You will learn two different techniques for making binding that will take the fear of binding away forever. You'll learn to love binding. Taught by Sheila Blair.
Saturday, 3/10/2018, 10 am-1 pm $55
Learn to hand-quilt. This class will introduce you to hand-quilting stitches. You will also learn about the different types of frames, batting, needles and threads used in hand quilting. This class does not teach you to piece anything, only to do the quilting stitches that hold the three layers of a quilt together. Kit included. Taught by Sheila Blair. Limit 6
Sunday, 3/11/2018, noon-4 pm $45
Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Did you take home ec in junior high but haven’t sewn since? This is the class for you!
This 4-hour course covers all the basics to get you sewing. You’ll learn the parts of a sewing machine, how to thread it (including how to wind a bobbin), sewing terminology, essential tools, how to read a pattern and more. Students complete a small project during the class. Taught by Mary Abreu.
Introduction to Hand Embroidery
Sunday, 3/11/2018, 12:30-3:30 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.
Weekend Beginning Quilt Making
Saturdays, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7 & 4/21/2018, 12:30-4:30 pm $120
This class fills up quickly so don’t hesitate! 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, 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, although we do have two sewing machines you can reserve to use in the shop for class with a $25 deposit that will be returned to you when the classes are done. A sense of humor is also helpful. Taught by Lisa Kaupp.
Weekday Beginning Quilt Making
Wednesdays, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11 & 5/2/2018, 9:30 am-1:30 pm $120
This class fills up quickly so don’t hesitate! 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, 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, although we do have two sewing machines you can reserve to use in the shop for class with a $25 deposit that will be returned to you when the classes are done. A sense of humor is also helpful. Taught by Sarah Oliver.
Thursdays, 3/15, 3/29 & 4/12/2018, 9:30 am-1:30 pm $90
Ready to explore more quilt techniques after our Beginning Quilt Making class? This is the class for you! Learn a variety of essential quilt piecing techniques in this three-session class, including half-square triangles, flying geese and nine patches, using Alex Anderson's Start Quilting book (the same book used in our BQM class). At the end of the class, you'll have a variety of quilt blocks you can turn into a small sampler quilt, using the skills from your Beginning Quilt Making class. Taught by Sarah Oliver.
Sunday, 3/25, 1:30-3:30 pm $50
Do you want to learn how to better use your serger? Bring it and the manual for it to this class, and Mary Abreu will walk you through how to use the machine and several stitch techniques to do with the machine. Most materials will be provided. You just need your machine, the manual and thread for your machine. Taught by Mary Abreu.
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. (We recommend bringing a snack so you can pop downstairs for a quick bit to stay energized for a full day of stitching.)
Learn to Knit
You can 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. We've found tis is a great way for folks to learn. They can then sit with the teacher for awhile knitting and get help learning how to fix little mistakes as they arise. We've had great feedback on teaching knitting this way versus a separate class. We are happy to set up a class for you though or private lessons that work better for your schedule. Email us to let us know your wishes.
Saturday, 2/24/2018, 9:30-11 am $20
Learn the basic crochet stitch and practice your stitches! Get tips on holding the hook and basic crochet terminology.
| We're looking forward to a fun year of quilting with friends in our 2018 programs: Kim McLean's Salute to Levens Hall, Urban Owls by Wendy Williams, Jen Kingwell's Golden Days and the Kaffe Mystery Quilt!
Salute to Levens Hall
Salute to Levens Hall kicks off the first Saturday in January. It is an English paper-pieced quilt and Mary Lou Mojonnier will be leading the monthly meetings for this 12-month stitch along. Read all the details and sign up here and order your Salute to Levens Hall supplies here.
Golden Days Block of the Month
We've had a blast with Delilah, Jen Kingwell's 2017 template-of-the-month quilt program, so we immediately signed up for her 2018 program, Golden Days. Golden Days features laser-cut acrylic and mylar templates. Participants receive the templates and block instructions each month over the course of a year. As you know form last year, every shop has limited spots for this program (which begins in March 2018), so don't wait too long to sign up. Read all the details and sign up here.
Paper Piecing & More 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.
Join Wanda Earley on her journey through the Urban Owls quilt designed by Australian pattern designer, Wendy Williams, starting the first Tuesday in January. Urban Owls mixes together a variety of techniques, including foundation paper-piecing, appliqué, machine piecing and there's even room to embellish with embroidery or crazy quilt style stitching. Read all the details and sign up here and order (excluded from the end-of-year sale) your Urban Owls pattern 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.
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9:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday