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Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Intown Quilters
In Atlanta, all the roads that aren’t Peachtree lead to the bright, charming fabric haven that is Intown Quilters. Nestled in the neighborly suburb of Decatur, GA, IQ (as it’s called by those who love it) opened its doors in 2002 when owner Sarah Phillips grew frustrated with not being able to find the yellow fabric she wanted. Nearly 14 years later, Sarah has created a sewing- and quilting-enthusiasts’ paradise, filled with bright fabrics, eye-catching samples and a roster of classes suited for every skill level. And, of course, an array of yellow fabrics.
IQ remains the sole quilt shop inside the Perimeter (the interstate circling Atlanta), and its wares are just as vibrant and distinct as the city it calls home. “Bright,” “bold” and “fun” are the catchwords here! Modern designs from Cotton + Steel (featuring the work of locals Melody Miller and Sarah Watts), luscious solids, bold batiks, distinctive African prints and contemporary florals all tempt customers from the well-organized shelves around the shop. Mixed in with the thousands of bolts of quilting cotton are diverse substrates like double gauze, cotton/linen blends, jersey knits and chambrays that appeal to apparel sewers. The frequently updated samples – quilts, bags, clothing and more – give plenty of inspiration, as do the books and patterns from some of the hottest names in sewing and quilting.
A hearty list of classes help customers develop their skills (and a lifetime love of the hobby), from an introductory class for novices (Sewing Basics), first steps for quilting (Beginning Quilt Making), handwork (Hand Quilting, Hand Embroidery, English Paper Piecing), quilting (Machine Quilting, Free-Motion Quilting), techniques (Paper Piecing, Bindings, Sewing with Knits) and independent study (Sewing Studio, Quilting Studio). There are even summer camps for encouraging the next generation of sewists! Visiting teachers like Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Jen Kingwell and Lizzy House demonstrate Sarah’s desire to make learning at IQ an unforgettable experience.
But it’s the commitment to providing quality customer service that really makes Intown Quilters a stand out. It’s not unusual to find a member of the IQ crew demonstrating how to miter the corners of a quilt binding or explaining why ballpoint needles are a must for sewing with knits. Whether customers are looking for help planning a quilt or just the right yellow fabric, they know the folks at IQ are there seven days a week to make it happen!Is Intown Quilters your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on these upcoming events:
July 8th- 9th & July 15th-16th
Holly Days, an annual joint event between Intown Quilters and A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, Ga., is our take on “Christmas in July.” Both shops will be showcasing great holiday gift and decorating ideas and shoppers will receive a free pattern for a holiday themed quilt from each shop. Visit A Scarlet Thread July 8th and 9th and Intown Quilters July 15th and 16th for a head start on your Christmas decorating and gift-giving ideas! Pick up your Christmas card at A Scarlet Thread the first weekend and turn it in at Intown Quilters the second weekend of the event to be eligible for a drawing for several gift certificates. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Intown Quilters 14th AnniversaryAugust 20th
After nearly 14 years as Atlanta’s favorite source of bright, fun quilting fabric, we’ve realized that we want to be more than just your favorite quilt shop. We want to be your favorite yarn shop, too! The yarn will debut 8/20 in celebration of our 14 years in business. Join the IQ crew as we mark that milestone and introduce our new artisan yarn section! We will have a fun day of demos, yarn tastings, door prizes and gifts for those who come see us.Make sure to follow Intown Quilters on facebook and Instagram!