Well, we have not written a blog post in forever. Sorry about that! It has been a very busy year.
We just celebrated our 14th shop birthday and decided to add in yarn after many yarn folks have asked us about yarn over the last few years.
Soooo……we shopped for yarn over the last few months, made and plan, closed the shop for two days last week to move things, freshen up the paint (thanks to Taffy) and price and put out the yarn that has come in so far. Take a gander at the pretty yarn in our pictures. We have more coming this fall.
The IQ crew sometimes runs a little wild when picking out shop samples and our takes on the new Legendary pattern from Elizabeth Hartman is a perfect example. Both Leslie and Mary decided to have a go at making the floor pillow size from the pattern with dramatically different looks.
First up is Prairie-squatch, Leslie’s version, which uses the new Little House on the Prairie calicos from Andover Fabrics:
Leslie used different florals for the tree, Sasquatch and binding but the best touch may be her fussy cutting of the background. Yes, she positioned little Laura Ingalls running from Sasquatch!
Not to be outdone, Mary decided to go with a holiday version of Legendary: Santa-squatch:
She used a Timeless Treasures white-on-white print of snowflakes for the background and created a Santa hat from a scrap of red fabric and some white fleece, which is appliqued to the head of her yeti (you know, the snowy cousin of Sasquatch. After quilting it, she added red beads and an angel pin to the Christmas tree:
Which version is your favorite? Don’t forget you can stop by IQ and see both versions in person!
Have you seen the fabulous new quilts made by Liza Lucy and Kim McLean? We saw these two fabulous quilts at Quilt Market in October and fell in love!
We are so excited to be hosting a stitch-along focusing on making versions of these two great quilts, in 2016.
Next year’s handwork BOM at Intown Quilters will be one of our favorite quilts from Fall Quilt Market: Glorious Hexagons! Liza Prior Lucy and Kim McLean used Katja Marek’s The New Hexagon (the basis of our 2015 Hexy BOM), along with some blocks of their own design with the stunning fabrics from the Kaffe Fassett Collective.
We love the idea of hand-work to keep us busy while waiting at appointments, sitting on the sidelines at kids’ practices, watching TV with our families and even riding in the car on a road trip. Sometimes it is nice just to get back to working slowly and relishing in the fabric and the process, rather than rushing through a quilt to get it done.
Our Glorious Hexagons Club kicks off the first Saturday in February 2016. Join Mary Lou Mojonnier at Intown Quilters for a monthly stitch-along to create your version of these quilts using The New Hexagon and a booklet from Liza and Kim. Your Glorious Hexagons Club membership includes the supplemental booklet by Liza and Kim, monthly meeting time with Mary Lou and a 3″ acrylic hexagon template, as well as EPP papers each month, cut specifically for these stunning quilts from Paper Pieces.
We’ve set up a monthly subscription through PayPal (PayPal account required); just click here to sign up. IQ’s Glorious Hexagon’s Club is $25.50 for the first month and $18.50/month for the remaining 11 months. If you prefer to not use the paypal monthly subscription system, you can pay for the full year all at once in the shop or on the phone.
I can’t wait to get started making mine!
What to do with fabric we love…….
Well, sometimes it is not a quilt. Some fabric wants to be a bag and carrying a bag with fabric you love is just so fun!
Leslie made this bag recently and I just love it!
Don’t you love the mixture of fabrics. A canvas from Kokka, the floral from Anna Maria Horner and the trim, just peaking out under the flap, is a Kaffe Fassett. The strap is made with a fantastic Japanese strapping also from Kokka.
What a great way to add some of your favorite fabric to your wardrobe so you can enjoy it while you are out and about.
We are taking part in a blogging challenge and today is a challenge for sure. I have been home sick today and working on the books while home so not really thinking about inspiring crafty things to write about.
I am lucky that I have great people working at the shop so I can stay away when sick. A few of them have even worked while sick lately which may be why I am sick and even why some of them got sick. This is a problem we small business owners face and there is not much way around. I wish that it was easier to tell everyone to just stay home if you are sick, but then we would have a hard time opening the shop some days which in turn would lose us sales and in turn would make it hard to stay open. Thank you to all who work so hard and I apologize for not being able to say “just stay home”! Thank you for letting me stay home!
It is December and time to be trying to reconcile everything in the Quickbooks so that we can get our taxes done quickly in the new year. I have to get this done very early every year because I still have a child in college and we need to fill out the FAFSA finacial aid application each year which needs to be done well before the tax deadlines for businesses and personal taxes. This puts pressure on to get things done as early in January as possible. So…I really should be spending more time at home over the next several weeks to get all this book work reconciled and ready for the accountant.
So…the blog today is more about the not so exciting but essential things going on behind the scenes of my little quilt shop.
If you read this post, thank you!
I’ll work on more exciting things to come!
At Intown Quilters, we love Kaffe Fasset aong with Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs. IQ has been selling Kaffe Fassett fabric for 12 years and we don’t see that changing any time soon.
Today is Kaffe’s birthday. We like to come up with special ways to wish him a happy birthday. This year we hosted a mini challenge and swap and we sent the pictures to Kaffe today to pick his favorites along with a happy birthday message.
Look at the fun quilts that were turned in! You can see close ups here. The quilts will be hanging in the classroom until January when they will be randomly swapped so each participant gets a new quilt back to remember Kaffe’s birthday by.
Leslie is going to work on a different mini quilt swap again (it will not be a challenge) in the Spring after having 120 people take part in her Kaffe Fassett swap earlier this year. You can check out photos of the previous swap on facebook by searching Kaffe Mini Quilt Swap and on instagram with the hashtag #kaffeminiswap.
Don’t miss out on the next one. It was quite fun!
Have you been working on hand-made gifts for the holidays? Feeling stressed trying to figure out some simple ones to make? We try to figure out some really quick gifts to make every year and this year we decided to have some quick classes to teach some of out quick-gift ideas.
We, at the shop, have all been obsessed with making infinity scarves out of our favorite fabric and now is the perfect time to make them for others. How about a pretty floral one? Or maybe a plaid one or holiday fabric scarf to wear for fun during the holidays? These great scarves take about 20 minutes once you’ve got the process down so knowing how to make them is helpful all year round for whipping up a quick gift.
A table runner is also a fun gift to give many people in many different fabrics, in holiday fabric or just in a favorite color of the recipient.
If you like to give wine as a gift, the bottle bags are a great way to make the wine bottle pretty. You can also easily make these bags different heights to be a gift bag for all kinds of things. Using fabric bags can also make you feel better about your impact on the environment since they are re-usable and not using up more paper.
If you have friends who like to sew, the pin cushion is a fun gift to make and give. They are such a cute pin cushion and have a nice weight to them so they stay put where you set them. Sandy even provides you with a kit for most of the supplies needed for this pin cushion (since we don’t sell some of them) for a small fee.
A zipper bag and some pocket hand-warmers would also make great gifts and stocking stuffers.
We’ve thought of some fun quick gifts you can make and have put together some classes where you can get started for just $10. Click here to check them out.
After months of planning, it is finally coming together! Intown Quilters is excited to host Lizzy House for two workshops on March 19 & 20, 2016.
Intown Quilters is hosting two Meadow Quilt workshops with Lizzy House, one on Saturday, March 19, and one on Sunday, March 20. Lizzy was inspired to create the Meadow Quilt and decided against releasing it as a pattern; instead, she’s teaching it only as a class. Students around the world have traveled to take part in this hands-on bit of maker zen with Lizzy and we know you’ll find it just as moving and inspiring.
Each workshop focuses on creating the Meadow block, which students then can use to make a full Meadow Quilt on their own. Workshops are $200 and take place from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the classroom at IQ. Classes include lunch and are each limited to 14 participants. As always, we are offering workshop participants a discount on the supplies used in these classes! We will email you a supply list once we receive one from Lizzy but do not expect the list until after the first of the year.
Sign up here for the Saturday Meadow class and here for the Sunday Meadow class!
Because of the commitments related to scheduling a teacher of this caliber, we have made a change to our usual class cancellation policy: Any cancellations for the Lizzy House workshops must be done by the end of the day on Jan. 21, 2016, in order to receive a full refund. After Jan. 21, we will only issue a store credit (less a $5 cancellation fee). Please take a moment to check your calendar to ensure you will be able to attend the workshop for which you are registered.
Sarah & The IQ Crew
Well, we don’t usually focus solely on batiks but……we got some pretty, new ones in and out on the floor yesterday so here they are!
Aren’t they pretty?!?!
In order to fit these new batiks, we had to purge some others and being that it is the end of the year and we have to pay a tax on all inventory we still own on 12/31, we decided to purge way more than we needed to. Ready to see that picture?
Yes, this is a lot of fabric that will be going into the sale bin on Saturday! Don’t miss out being first in line on some pretty batiks at below retail prices and seeing the newest batiks at IQ in person this weekend!
If your reading this blog, you must have some quilts. Do you keep them folded up and stored somewhere? Do you use them?
Some recent uses of quilts by IQ folks are:
1. To protect the current favorite pet sleep spot on the furniture especially on rainy days when the cat comes in damp. This is a great use of small wall-hanging size quilts. There are regularly small quilts on the couch and rocking chair in Sarah’s house as seen in the picture below.
2. To protect the car seat when taking the dog in the car.
3. Draping a folded quilt on the back of a chair the back of a hard-backed chair is a great way to enjoy the beauty of a quilt while also making the chair more comfortable to sit in and keeping a quilt close by for cuddling in the cold.
What are some of your alternate uses for your quilts?