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March 10, 2020  

    March is off to a great start and we're rolling into this week with two big arrivals and daily specials to celebrate the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo returning to Duluth's Infinite Energy Center this weekend. While we won't have a booth there, we do look forward to seeing you as you stop by on your way to or from the Expo. It's a great way to take advantage of our FreeSpirit Fat Quarter Fever deal: A selection of FreeSpirit designer fat quarters for $2.95 each or 10 for $25. Plus we'll have a some different surprises in store each day through Sunday, so be sure to stop by as often as possible this week to see what we have going on!

    Our shipment of Tula Pink's new HomeMade line for FreeSpirit Fabrics is due to arrive today (3/10/20) and we can't wait for the FedEx driver to pull in! It's Tula's first sewing-themed collection and it's filled with crafty things like scissors, sewing machines, measuring tapes and more. There are even three coordinating wide backing fabrics (they'd make great home decor items, too). We're excited to be participating in Tula's HomeMade Challenge, a juried and judged quilt challenge with some amazing prizes. You can submit up to two quilts to us made with at least 80% HomeMade fabrics. (Read complete rules and list of prizes here.) Keep an eye on our Facebook Page to watch our live unboxing with Mary (she promises not to squeal too loudly) and head to our website to shop for bundles or your must-have yardage.



    We're  also on the watch for our next yarn additions at IQF&Y. Our first shipment of Berroco Yarn is due this afternoon and we can't wait to bring in this beautiful, commercially dyed yarn. We're starting off with Ultra Wool and Vintage, both of which are perfect for our upcoming Norah's Vintage Afghan knit-along (KAL) that will be kicking off soon. It's not too late to take part in the KAL. Choose from one of the Berroco kits we've already pulled together or stop in and shop from our selection.



  
    Our classroom is the place to be if you're up for a new challenge or technique. Don't miss out on some of the great classes we've got scheduled this spring. Taffy returns to IQF&Y for her upcoming machine quilting class, a must for anyone who wants to learn all the ins and outs of machine quilting. Wanda Earley's hand embroidery class will teach you all the basics of the craft so you can stitch to your heart's content. We've got a new weekday session of Quiltmaking 101 scheduled with Sarah Oliver. Dont' forget that we also have two fun block-of-the-month programs -- Elementz and Bakers Dozen --  kicking off this Saturday, 3/14/20, that will breakdown making a quilt in smaller chunks over a few months. We even have fabric kits (one with Ruby Star Society, the other mostly Tula Pink) for the Bakers Dozen to take the stress out of planning your quilt. Scroll down to the Classes section of the newsletter for all the details and visit our calendar for the full schedule!    
    


     If you're on social media like us, be sure to check out our Facebook and Ravelry groups to help support you in achieving your crafting goals. The Facebook groups are private so you can make posts in them that only folks in the groups can see. Join the fun today!

    * IQF&Y Yarn Facebook group 
    * IQF&Y UFO and Stash Busting Group
    * IQF&Y Stitchalong Group
    * Stitch Fabric & Yarn at IQ

    We, like many of our customers, have been watching the news about the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), which has an increasing presence in our area. We keep hearing about cases of the virus that are severe enough to require hospitalization, but apparently it is very likely to have a mild case, much like a cold, that would not make someone feel very ill at all. We ask that if you are sick (whether it be a cold, flu, stomach bug, or even suspect you may have been exposed to coronavirus) that you please refrain from visiting the shop to help limit the spread of any illness. Illnesses that seem minor to many of us can be far more dangerous to a small percentage of the population and we can all do our part to reduce exposure risks by staying home when we're sick. We are always happy to get things in the mail to you or maybe even delivered (we have used Uber to deliver things before) if there is something you really need while recuperating at home.

    Happy stitching,
    Sarah & the IQF&Y crew

 
STITCH ALONG WITH IQF&Y  

Sit & Stitch (Fabric)
Fridays, 10 am-1 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.)

Open Sew
Weekdays (check Calendar for availability), 10 am-4 pm Free
Bring your machine and supplies to our classroom space and work on your sewing and quilting projects. If you see two days in a row listed, you are welcome to leave your things overnight for ease of sewing for two days, like a mini retreat. 

Tuesday evening Sit & Stitch (Yarn)
Every Tuesday, 5-8 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! Crocheters are welcome, too! 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.

Thursday Sit & Stitch (Yarn)
Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! Crocheters are welcome, too! 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.

Saturday Sit & Stitch (Yarn) 
The 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm 
Drop in any time during the posted hours for some yarn fun with friends! Crocheters are welcome, too! 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.

Open Handcrafting
Sundays, noon-4 pm
Bring your handcrafts -- knitting, crocheting, EPP, hand applique, cross stitch, embroidery and more -- to work on at our spacious table among friends.

 
LEARN WITH IQF&Y  

 Quilting/Sewing Classes


Sewing Private Lessons
Check Calendar for availability $80
Reserve time for a one-on-one lesson with one of our teachers to work on a project. More dates will be added so check back often. 

Quilting Private Lessons
Check Calendar for availability $120
Reserve time for a one-on-one lesson with one of our teachers to work on a project. More dates will be added so check back often.

Paper Piecing UFO Sew Day
Wednesday, 3/11/20, 10am-4 pm
Why not spend a day tackling those paper piecing (or any other quilt related) UFOs that never seem to make it to the top of your to-do list? We'll have a teacher (Wanda Earley) on hand from 10 am-1 pm to answer questions and help you get started on a quilt pattern that you're having a hard time digging into or just be a cheerleader for you to get lots accomplished and help shorten your quilting UFO list. You're welcome to stay and work the rest of the session and make progress on your UFOS!

Hand Embroidery 101
Saturday, 3/21/20, 1:30-4:30 pm, $60
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.

Machine Quilting 101
Saturday, 3/21/20, 1:30-4:30 pm, $80
This 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. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top. Book included in class fee: Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. 

Quiltmaking 101
Thursdays, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 & 5/21/20, 10am-2 pm, $200
Are you ready to make your first quilt? Our Quiltmaking 101 class will give you all the essential tips, tricks and know-how to make your quilting dreams come true. Our instructors are experienced quilters, eager to share their knowledge with you as you make a lap-size quilt from start to finish. You'll learn a variety of valuable techniques and terms, such as cutting, strip piecing, seam allowance, pin-basting, quilting, binding and more. We break up the class into four, 4-hour sessions, with "homework" you'll do in between sessions. A sewing machine is required for this class. Don't have one? We 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. Taught by Sarah Oliver. Three student minimum.


Knitting/Crocheting Classes

Knitting 101 by reservation
You can learn how to get started knitting during our weekly sit and knit or we can set up a time that works better for your schedule. Just reserve your spot for $40 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. Yarn and knitting needles included! We've found it 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. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the session. If you would like to set up a private one-on-one, sign up online and then email us to let us know what dates work for you.

CLUBS  

English Paper-Piecing Club
First Saturday of the month , 9:30 am-1 pm Free
Sometimes it is good to take a break from doing everything fast. English paper piecing is a great way to slow down and enjoy the process of creating. 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. 

UFO Club with Wanda Earley
First Tuesday of the month, 4:30-7:30 pm Free
Come join our paper piecing teacher Wanda Earley as she leads a monthly UFO Club. 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. Special focus on foundation paper piecing and hand embroidery but any UFO projects are welcome.

By Hand: The Art of Slow Quilting
Third Saturday of the month, 9:30 am-1 pm Free
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. 

COUPONS  
     Our IQF&Y loyalty program earns you points towards a 20% off reward good on all in-stock, regularly price merchandise. Best of all, it's all done electronically -- no paper cards to keep up with! Still have one of our old paper IQ cards? 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
Closed Mondays.