The first hints of Spring have arrived and that can only mean one thing: The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop will be here soon! We have a limited number of these fun tote bags available for $8.99 (the price goes up to $10.99 after 3/10). Decorate yours to show off this year's Oceans of Notions theme and bring it when you visit the shops during the hop 3/22-25 to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate at each shop you visit.
March and April also mark the start of our next set of annual block-of-the-month programs. If you've never taken part in a BOM program (as they're known), it's a great way to make a quilt! Pick up your fabric and instructions once a month for the duration of the program (ours vary from 10 months to one year) and sew as you go.
First up in March is Jen Kingwell's Golden Days Block of the Month on 3/17 with Mary Lou Mojonnier. The Golden Days templates, shipped to us from Australia, are Jen's follow up to her Delilah program and we're excited to kick off another year of fun with Jen! This quilt can be stitched by hand (Jen's favorite technique) or by machine and meets on the third Saturday of the month. Last year's program sold out and we only have a limited number of spots left in this year's Golden Days. You can click here to see more details and sign up.
If you've been on the fence about taking part in the Kaffe Mystery Quilt BOM , now is the time to commit! We just have a few spots left and they may go quickly. We've just shifted pick up for this program from the third Sunday of the month to the fourth Sunday of the month (although you may pick up at the shop any time after the 4th Sunday)...and, yes, we can ship this, too!
We have a new Block of the Month coming to IQF&Y starting April 14th
and meeting every month on the 2nd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Sandy's Solid Modern Sampler is made using blocks from some well-known pattern designers and our favorite Free Spirit solids, creating this fun take on a traditional 12-block sampler. This is the perfect BOM for beginners to advanced quilters to tackle. The quilted and bound quilt will be hanging in the shop later this week for you to see in person.
Make March your time to learn a new skill or technique with one of our classes:
* Hand Quilting 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
* Quiltmaking 102, a new follow up to our Beginning Quilt Making class
* Serger Techniques with Mary Abreu
Sarah & the IQF&Y crew
P.S. Don't forget we are closed on Monday! We're open 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday we are open from 12-4 p.m.
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.)
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, 3/28, 4/11, 5/2 & 5/16/2018, 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.
| 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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Open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday,
9:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday