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May 11, 2020  

  Happy Monday,

  We hope all of you are healthy and we feel lucky that, so far, all of the IQF&Y crew has remained healthy. We continue virtual shopping at IQF&Y for the foreseeable future. I know many of our customers look forward to being back in the shop and we also, look forward to having you all back! For now, as things open back up in our state, we feel it is even more important to stay closed to in-store traffic, since the cases in our state may jump and cause even more risk of infection to all of you and us. Half our staff (and likely half our clientele) falls under the the current Shelter in Place order which states that those over 65 years of age and those with health issues should shelter in place until June 12th. This order also spells out the current policy on screening customers as they walk in the door and we do not feel prepared to check all customers coming into the store with a thermometer, to see if they have a temperature. Because of all the uncertainty involved, we will remain closed to in-store customers for now, as we watch the statistics related to Covid19 in our state, and until a time that it is safe to let folks in without screenings and the use of masks and gloves.

  We do remain committed to helping our customers in the best virtual ways possible and also continue to bring in new merchandise for your fabric and yarn needs. Our shop hours for this week are Today, Monday 5/11 we will be in the shop until 2pm, tomorrow from 10am to 6pm and Wednesday - Saturday
 from 10am-2pm for curbside pickup and help via phone, text, and even FaceTime if you'd like to see some fabrics that are in the shop. We will be temporarily closed on Sundays and will let you know when we bring that day back. 

  Last week we got in quite a bit more fabric including 50 more colors of Kona solids, some Free Spirit 10" squares (including black which is impossible to find yardage of right now) we think would be good for making masks, and some fun new novelty prints from several of our manufacturers.



  In case you missed the long-arming tips from last week, we have left them in for one more week for you to read. A few tips from Regina Carter on prepping your quilts for her or any other long-arm quilter:

   Regina is surprised sometimes to see a quilt top come to her having seemingly never been pressed at all, much less getting a last pressing before coming to her. Your iron is one of your best friends in the sewing and quilting process. If you do not have a mini iron and a small pressing mat to keep by your sewing machine to press while piecing a quilt together, you might treat yourself to one. You can see several options HERE that you can either purchase or preorder, as they are so helpful!

   Regina also asks that you please make sure your batting and backing are 8" larger than your quilt top. We have some fantastic wide-backings in stock if you don't want to piece a back. Regina suggests you purchase enough of a wide backing to have 10" on each side, so she can get it straight on the grain on the machine, because often they get wound on the bolt off-grain. 

   If you have not joined in on some of the Zoom events being hosted by the shop, please read below about them. Wanda Earley has one for her UFO group this afternoon, as does Sandra Mazliah for any form of hand crafting our shop is involved in. They really are just a nice way to touch base and spend some time with other crafters. 

   In other exciting shop news, we are now taking part in the Berroco Yarn Drop Ship Program where you can purchase Berroco yarn from us and have it shipped directly from the Berroco warehouse in Rhode Island to you using the US postal system. This allows us to sell you some yarn substrates that we do not normally carry. We need to work out the details for ordering online so for now, please EMAIL us, after visiting the Berroco site, with the yarn you would like to order (type, number of skeins or balls, and color) and we will work with you on getting it paid for and shipped to you! 

   A little note about your curbside pickup orders: our system emails you when your order is ready but we have heard that those emails are often going into spam folders (try checking there) so we also give you a call to let you know your order is ready for pick up (we get them ready between 10-2 each day we are in the shop, so your order should be ready the morning after or same day you place it). A few times, folks have accidentally put in their phone numbers incorrectly or their voicemail boxes are full, so if you haven't heard about your order, check the info you gave us and if you see a mistake, give us a call during our open ours to check on your order. 

   Visit our website to see all that we carry and place your order which will then be cut and ready for pick-up, delivery or pick up as quickly as we can have it ready.
 Mary has been spending many hours reorganizing and updating our website so show her some love and spend some time there! Your online orders also help us to keep our social distancing. Phone calls add a little more chaos to the day, although we love talking to you all, as we miss our folks! We can chat in the parking lot if you come see us.

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS: 
   A message from a quilt fabric manufacturer: "Many institutions' requirements say that a mask must be 180 count. What does this mean? Thread count refers to the number of horizontal & vertical threads per square inch. If a fabric construction is said to be  60 x 60, which most quilt fabric is (that or even 68 X 68), it then = 120 thread count. If you are using two layers of quilt shop quality fabric that would be = 240 thread count." This means all the fabric we sell in our shop (except linen blends and wovens) is 60 x 60 or higher so you can use any of your favorite quilt fabrics, even the Kaffe Fassett Collective, Tula Pink, and Kathy DoughtyMost batiks are closer to 204 thread count. This means most quilt cottons doubled will get you over the recommended protective level of thread count.  

    Now that we have the Hindsight line in, we have cut the Wheelhouse Medallion quilt kits and they are on the way to the folks who have ordered so far. We were able to get in some of the bolts we were out of so now have more kits! Wanda is thinking about doing some Zoom meetings for our customers making this quilt so let us know by email if you might be interested in joining her. We have received a few emails alerting us to interest so watch for more on this soon. 


   For information on making face masks, check out our Charity Projects page. Please also share our GoFundMe 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 (over $5000 given away so far) and to supplement the pay for the shop employees during this time of limited work hours.

   Sandra's current shop KnitAlong, Norah's Vintage Afghan, is happening virtually. She's using Zoom for her weekly Afghan KnitAlong meetings and a dedicated thread on our Ravelry Group page for ongoing discussion. The regularly scheduled meetings will be on Sunday afternoons, between 1:30 and 3:30. As this is a big project (20 Blocks make the blanket), you are welcome to jump in at ANY TIME although you will need to call or email the shop to get added to the roll (the website won't allow late additions). Sandra will be recording the instructions to set up each block in the Knit Companion App along with any tips she thinks will help. She also has virtual Crafting Alone, Together times that all are welcome to join. Once you have signed up, you will be emailed the information on how to join the dedicated Zoom Room although if you sign up last minute, you should check our Facebook page for the entry information into the general Crafting Alone, Together and message Sandra Mazliah for the entry information into the KAL. 

   Wanda Earley also now has Zoom meetings for her 1st Tuesday UFO club and her Elementz Block of the Month program. You can click on the names to get sent to the class listing for both of these events and email us here to get the Zoom class ID and password to join in. 

   We appreciate the support you've shown us during these uncertain times. Whether you are an essential worker during this crisis or doing your part to #stayhome, you are in our thoughts!

    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 suspended for now
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 suspended for now
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 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom
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 on Zoom
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 on Zoom 
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

   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.

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.

Norah's Vintage Afghan
A virtual knitalong (for the time being)
Our current shop knitalong, Norah's Vintage Afghan, with just a little bit of tweaking has moved online. Sandra is using Zoom for her weekly knitalong meetings. The 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. Led by Sandra Mazliah.

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.