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For Knitters...there's a virtual event this morning, so don't miss it...edited info inside!



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April 9, 2020  

    We've been using online tools like Facebook and Instagram to stay connected with you before this shift in our world, so it's likely no surprise that we are continuing those tech explorations using everything from our cell phones to help you pick fabric in the shop to our ongoing crafting and our 2nd Saturday meetings of Elementz with Wanda, Baker's Dozen with Mary and our first virtual knitalong (KAL) using Zoom, which you can join in on with a phone, tablet or computer! It is such an easy platform to use and you do not have to be techy at all to join in! Read below for details about all of them.

    Sandra's current shop KnitAlong, Norah's Vintage Afghan, with just a little bit of tweaking moved online. She's using Zoom for her weekly KnitAlong meetings and has a redo of the first meeting this morning Friday 4/10 at 10 using Zoom. The first meeting is free to get a taste of what it will be like and then there is a charge for the whole program after that. You can sign in to the first meeting using Zoom and the information in the photo below. Her regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday mornings and the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons, and you sign up here or you can take part on your own during our ongoing virtual Crafting Alone, Together by signing up here. Once you have signed up, you will be emailed the information on how to join in. In addition, Sandra will be recording the instructions to set up each block in he Knit Companion App along with any tips she thinks will help.



   Wanda, our fabulous paper-piecing teacher is leading a paper-piecing quilt called 
Elementz. She will have a virtual meeting time Saturday morning 4/11 using Zoom, and you can still sign up for this fantastic quilt program made with Kaffe Fassett Collective prints set into a rich black batik. If you just want to purchase a kit for this click here to purchase the kit. 



    Mary will be leading her second virtual Bakers Dozen meeting this Saturday 4/11 at 9:30 amYou can sign up for Mary's virtual meetings, which include the Bakers Dozen here. Mary has been working on her Tula Pink version of the quilt and you can see the center portion below on the left with the full Ruby Star Society quilt on the right. 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. Don't miss out on some virtual time with Mary. Once you sign up for this program, we will send you information about how to join in on the virtual Zoom sessions. 



   Sandra's current shop KnitAlong, Norah's Vintage Afghan, with just a little bit of tweaking has made it possible for her to move it online. She's using Zoom for her weekly KnitAlong meetings on the 1st and 3rd Monday mornings and the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons, and you sign up here or you can take part on your own during our ongoing virtual Crafting Alone, Together by signing up here. Once you have signed up, you will be emailed the information on how to join in. In addition, Sandra will be recording the instructions to set up each block in he Knit Companion App along with any tips she thinks will help.

   There is one kit left of the actual colors used in the Norah's Vintage Afghan pattern that you can snap up here but we are also happy to help you pick your own set of colors from the Berroco colors we have in stock or any other yarn we have in stock if you like. We would love to see some folks make it in other colors. You can download the pattern for free on the Berroco website.    

   Today and tomorrow, Saturday, 4/11, we plan to have someone in the shop (today it is Pogo, Mary and Sarah) to help you via phone, text, and even FaceTime if you'd like to see some fabrics that are in the shop. We are maintaining all appropriate physical distancing while we are working. We each have a phone in our pockets (no sharing of phones!) and one person cuts in the back, one runs the register in the front and the other uses her cell to help with FaceTime, all the while staying far away from each other. As always we encourage you to place online orders that we will be shipping out regularly and now delivering to certain zip codes locally (place your order online to check on delivery versus shipping options). Your online orders also help us to keep our social distancing as we each take the order sheets and fill. Phone calls add a little more chaos to the day, although we love talking to you all as we miss our folks! Keep reading all the way down the email for a special deal and pretty things coming soon.

   We do ask that if you know what you want to order, please try ordering online first, before calling, as it is easiest to process orders that have come through the website. With a limited number of employees in the shop, we are doing our best to handle all orders as quickly and efficiently as possible, which may result in a delay in phone call orders. If you are unsure of what you want and want help trying to pick something, then please do call 404-634-6924, or even email to set up a one-on-one phone call appointment time, so we can work out the quickest and easiest way to help you, be it via emailed or texted photos or even video calling on cell phones. If you have trouble placing an order online, give the site a few minutes and see if you can continue. There are some known website issues with cell phones, tablets and Safari on Apple products, but often it just takes up to 5 or even 10 minutes for the pages to fully load. 

  Did you catch our live unboxing on Facebook of Kathy Doughty's line, New Vintage? It's a fantastic collection and all of the fabrics play well together, which is not something that happens with every line of fabric! The colors are just amazing and each print has so much beautiful detail.



   We're still eagerly awaiting our shipment of Anna Maria Horner's next fabric line (it is delayed now until mid April), Hindsight. We had originally anticipated bringing in far greater quantities of this line, since it will be used in the upcoming Wheelhouse Medallion sewalong that kicks off in June. Given the current uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to scale back our fabric orders and only bring into the shop quantities we feel we can handle. If you have been thinking about taking part in the Wheelhouse Medallion, there are still a few spots left. We do have the entire Hindsight line of fabric up for pre-order on our website, too, so grab it while you can, as we have already come close to selling out on a couple of the bolts and will evaluate bringing in the extra bolts we have on order on Monday 4/13 so we can cancel any we have not gotten orders for. 


    We have given out over $3000 worth of fabric and supplies to folks in our community who are furiously sewing away to prove masks to our local healthcare providers. We are also still providing fabric for those who are sewing face masks for healthcare workers so email us if you would like to set up a time to come get some. You can also show us that you have used up some of your stash that you have purchased at IQF&Y, and we will replace some fo that fabric later on if we still have it. If you have heard that hospitals are not taking the masks, in some cases that is true, but individual healthcare workers are taking them and then handing them out to their coworkers, which they are allowed to do. Please also share our fundraiser with your friends and family who might like to help out with masks but cannot help with the sewing of them. Our fundraiser is helping to pay for the fabric that we are providing to anyone who asks. You can click this link here and then it is easy from there to share the link with others. We have been passing out fabric like crazy! You can find a pattern for making masks and other information about fabric face masks, including the CDC recommendations about using them, here on our website.

   We appreciate any way you can support the shop during this time of great uncertainty, in the hopes we will be able to cover our bills including employee paychecks and other monthly expenses that are common for small businesses.

    Happy stitching,
    Sarah & the IQF&Y crew

 
STITCH ALONG WITH IQF&Y  

Please note: All social stitching times are occurring via Zoom for the time being. 

   Sandra has worked out a way to have virtual craft time using Zoom, which is a free, online platform for spending time together for things like virtual meetings and gatherings. You can sign up for our virtual Crafting Alone, Together! (formerly known as Sit & Knit) here. It is great to connect in this time of separateness. Sandra is reinstating our regularly scheduled Sit & Knit times, but inviting all crafters to join our virtual get together. Join us via the Zoom application, either by video or audio connection. You can join anywhere and anytime on a laptop, tablet or phone. Once you sign up here, you will be emailed the information for joining in. 

All the in-store meeting times below are suspended until further notice:

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


Please note: All classes are postponed for the time being.

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.

Quiltmaking 101
Thursdays, To be determined, $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  

Please note: All clubs are postponed for the time being.

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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Visit us six days a week at 1058 Mistletoe Rd, Decatur GA, 30033! 
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
Closed Mondays.