Classes & Events


 Katydids will be closed from Thursday, June 8th thru Tuesday, June 13th while Patty is teaching an IQ class in Colorado. Any orders received during that time will be processed on Wednesday, June 14th.


 Our APQS Longarm Quilting Machine studio is now open.

We travel for installation and service calls, so we are not able to have standard business hours. All demos, sales, service, and training are

by appointment only.


Thank you.

For comments from past attendees, click "REVIEWS" link above

IQ (IntelliQuilter) Workshops

August 22nd to 24th, 2023

October 19th to 21st, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Host: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

Location: 927 Long Rd
Toccoa, GA 30577

Instructor: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

June 10th to 12th, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Host: Myrna Ficken
A Quilter's Choice


Location: 8698 Aberdeen Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Instructor: Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio

2023 Class Fee:  $500/Attendee

Day 1


We will get more familiar with some “behind the scenes” things such as Preference settings, Configurations, Terminology and Tech Tips. 

Tech Tips –we will talk about things like changing drive wheels, sensor wheels, removing the motors, how to adjust the adjusting brackets for aligning the motors, checking the wiring if you receive communication errors, etc.

Lunch Break


Beyond Basic Pantographs - We will start with a refresher and build to making advanced set ups or “maps”, Clipping blocks, Border to Border, and the scary “Saving” of quilts to finish at a later time!  We will also go over Realignments, both the “old fashioned” way and using the Quilt Advance Assistant (QAA)

Day 2


Pattern Editing and Design Creation – In this class we will spend a little time on the editing tools, split, smooth, distort, shape shift and magnet tool. The main focus will be to teach you how to use tools incorporated in the IQ to Create your own designs, such as Pearls, a blanket stitch, feathered wreaths, etc.

Lunch Break

Conquering the No Sew Zones – In this class you will learn different approaches to the No Sew Zone and how to handle the draw-in that occurs, so that your block placement will be precise. You will also learn how to “Frame” your no sew zones, how to split and combine patterns, etc.

Day 3


Borders – We will start off with simple “Dead end” borders, progressing to borders that turn the corner, Symmetrical or Mirror Imaged borders, and finally, those dreaded wide borders that need extra fill. We will work with pattern repeat and path pattern. I will show you how to stitch the sides without having to “turn the quilt”. You will learn how to deal with the draw in (shrinkage) and make your designs match up perfectly. (Stitch out will be done in custom class)

Lunch break

Custom Quilting - We will stitch out a sampler quilt and put into use all of the techniques you have learned in this workshop. Along with using background fills, echoing, SID, and Line pattern. This is also a great time to ask those questions you may have to help you move from only doing Pantos and use more of the tools in your IQ toolbox!



The June class has limited seats available.  Please email to reserve a seat before it fills up.



Contact for Workshop Fees.

Number of students will be limited to 8, so register early.   Refunds will be given if workshop does not fill.  No refunds after 30 days prior to class start.

You will receive class handouts. Bring your tablet, stand and power cord to use during the class.

Lunch is provided.




Local Hotel  ( 4 miles away )

Country Hearth Inn - 273 Broad St, Toccoa, GA 30577   706-297-7799 

 Must call hotel to book and receive best rates.

Continental breakfast included.


Camping on the riverfront

River Falls at the Gorge

Georgia State Parks / Tallulah Gorge

Being a short term rental owner myself, I am partial to staying in a home rather than hotel when possible.

Airbnb – home rentals

This one is close by, also right by Toccoa falls and the college 

airbnb by Tocoa Falls 

This one is downtown, you can walk to shops and restaurants.

airbnb in downtown Toccoa


Lots to do in this area…

Toccoa Falls

Tallulah Falls

Dahlonega GA for antiquing and wineries

Helen Ga

There is just so much to do in NE Ga.  Make it a vacation getaway while taking a few days to learn more about your IQ!

Georgia Mountains Guide