There’s just something special about a woven fabric. The color-play of the threads, the distinct patterning, the gorgeous hand — they all come together in a way no screen-printed fabric can truly duplicate. Anna Maria Horner’s latest with Freespirit Fabrics, Loominous II, is all of this and more. We’ve been plotting nonstop since we ordered it earlier this year and those plans have gone into overdrive since we unboxed the bolts this week. And now’s your chance to show off your Loominous II projects!
Join our Loominous II Challenge and make a piece of clothing, a bag or quilt with fabric from the line you purchase at Intown Quilters. You’re entered when you buy one yard of Loominous II from us (can be multiple pieces of fabric totaling one yard). Challenge entries are due at IQ Sunday, 12/4. We think the fabric would look great turned into a Scout Tee, Dress no. 1 or 2, or a Willow Tank/Dress (or think outside the box and make a cute pair of lounge pants, like Pants no. 1!) but it would work just as well with a variety of bag patterns (think travel bag or purse) or even a quilt (maybe mixed with the new Kaffe Artisan wovens and prints)!
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.
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!
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