Monthly Archives: March 2014

2014 Blocks of the Month Begin in April

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The first of our 2014 BOM’s, the Almond Country BOM seen on the right,  begins next Tuesday April 1st at 6:30pm.

Here are some key points about the Block-of-the-month programs at IQ.

 

-You do not have to show up at the mettings, as you can pick up your block any time after the meeting each month.

-The first Tuesday of each month is a BOM sit-and-sew day in the IQ classroom. Bring your machine and your BOM and settle in for some sewing time with your fellow BOM participants!

-All three of this year’s BOM programs include up to two hours of instructor time each month. That means you can just drop by and pick up your fabric and pattern or bring your machine and plan to work on that month’s block with guidance from the BOM teacher. (For example, that’s 24 hours of class time — a $300 value! — with our Vintage Revival BOM.)

-Each BOM program will have a Flickr group where we’ll post photos of that month’s block. You can check out the blocks without being a Flickr member or join the group and post pics of your completed blocks as the year progresses.

-As always, the cost of each BOM includes all of the fabric for the front of the quilt, the binding, and the pattern or book used with the program.

-All of our BOM programs are pre-paid in full, so no worries about how your credit card information is kept secure over the course of the year.

-In most cases, you can join any of our BOM programs at any point in the year. We also offer a shipping option for those who live too far away to take part. Contact us via email or phone for shipping details.

This year we have three amazing Block-of-the-Month programs (four quilts) from which you can choose. If you’re new to the whole BOM (that’s the shorthand for Block-of-the-Month) thing, a block-of-the-month program leads participants through a quilt one block per month for a year. You’ll get guidance from an expert instructor (or two!) who’s already made the quilt and end up with a fantastic quilt at the end. All of our BOM programs are pre-paid in full, so no worries about how your credit card information is kept secure over the course of the year.

Almond Country BOM
Wanda Earley will be leading this fabulous paper-pieced BOM starting Tuesday, April 1st. This is a scrappy quilt made with Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics and a pale turquoise batik for the background. You can choose an alternate solid batik background. You will tell us your choice of background and we will have it for you in the the first month’s meeting.

The price for the BOM will be $225. This price includes the fabric for the top and binding, the pattern, an hour and a half of teacher time every month, and sit and sew time in the shop.

BOM meetings will be the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. You are welcome to come in and sit-n-sew on the first Tuesday after 10am until 8pm.

Vintage Revival BOMImage
Our modern quilting enthusiasts Sarah Oliver and Allyson Shelton return this year with another stellar modern block-of-the-month program. Their Vintage Revival BOM explores one of the hottest new quilting books, Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks. Their softer solid palette is a fresh, new take on the modern-meets-vintage trend and will be sure to leave you feeling like springtime all the time!

This modern take on classic blocks starts with 6 months of simple piecing and transitions into paper piecing. Come learn new techniques, or brush up on old skills as we sit and sew to create a fun new quilt!

Each Vintage Revival BOM session includes a two-hour sit-and-sew on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon, during which Allyson and Sarah provide their expertise as they explain, cut, and assemble each block, taking the mystery out of each block. All skill levels will be able to make this quilt.

There are two quilt options: a 12-block quilt or a 20-block quilt (shown here). One block per month will be taught leaving you with 12 blocks made in class. If you choose 20 blocks, they will be given as homework each month and you will have Sarah and Allyson’s instructions to take with you. The 20-block BOM quilt is $250 while the 12-block version is $210. This price includes the fabric for the top and binding, the book, two hours of teacher time every month, and sit and sew time in the shop.

Sarah and Mary are Seeing Stars BOMImage
An Intown Quilters original BOM! We spent weeks trying to find just the perfect block-of-the-month program for 2014. The common thread running through all the quilts we liked? Stars! We fell in love with the Starfall pattern from Fresh Lemon Quilts and contacted designer Faith Jones about using it for this year’s BOM. When she said “yes!,” we immediately dove in to create this year’s Seeing Stars BOM.

A variety of pieced stars – 10 different styles – in four different sizes make up this wildly fun and eye-catching block-of-the-month quilt. It’s a modern take on a sampler quilt, with a mix of techniques that will expand your quilting skills. At the end, you’ll have a gorgeous quilt to show off!

Seeing Stars BOM is led by Sarah Phillips and Mary Abreu and features two colorways. Sarah’s quiltis a scrappy mix of Kaffe prints, shot cotton stripes and blenders on a background of yarn-dyed Essex Linen in Flax. Mary’s Seeing Stars Block of the Month showcases a newsprint background with stars made of a defined palette of zig-zags and polka dots with complementary solids. Her quilt is slightly bigger than Sarah’s with an additional 1.5” frame of the background fabric. There are limited spots for Mary’s background fabric so get your spot for her newsprint background while you can.

ImageSeeing Stars BOM participants can choose either colorway for their quilt. If you would prefer a solid Kona background for either Seeing Stars quilt, please contact Sarah or Mary.

This BOM meets on the second Sunday of the month at 2-4 p.m starting April 13th. We will have a short sewing session with the Seeing Stars BOM. Seeing Stars BOM is $250 for either colorway.
This price includes the fabric for the top and binding, the Star Fall pattern, patterns for all the remaining blocks, two hours of teacher time every month, and sit and sew time in the shop.

Seeing Stars BOM participants are welcome to attend our general BOM sit-and-sew on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 11a-5p. Sarah and/or Mary are usually at the shop on those days until aout 2pm and will be happy to answer questions or offer tips on constructing blocks.

This year, we’re adding Flickr groups for each of our BOM programs. We’ll post the latest block additions each month. BOM participants can join the Flickr groups and post their blocks as they progress throughout the year. Because the group is public, you can view the blocks even if you’re not on Flickr.