Above are two pieces recently finished in the Hand Quilting frame.
A Boston Red Sox Tee Shirt Quilt at the top.
Directly above is a memory piece custom made for a Penn State Alumnus.
To see your memory pieces constructed into a quilt, call 941-330-0993.
TENT SALE Saturday Oct. 6
Clearing out gift items, edge crocheted fleece blankets, quilts, puzzles, neckties, books, cookbooks, yarns, aprons, patterns, Advent calendars, christmas wall hangings, etc. Lots of fabric moving to the $5/yard rack. Bundles of 6 yard cuts at $4/yard, perfect for quilt backings. Christmas trees, merchandising/decorator items.
We have been cleaning out our storage bins and filling the P.O.D. sitting in the parking lot. Everything out for sale on Saturday October 6.
Sample prices: lots of fabric at $5 and $4/yard
Selected FQ $1 each Childs fleece blankets $5 each
Neckties $3 each puzzles $5 each
books/cookbooks $1 and $2 each aprons half off
advent calendars, christmas wall hangings half off
selected wall hangings, crib quilts half off
Search for "Alma Sue's Quilt Shop" on Facebook to get daily/weekly updates and photos of kits, quilts in the frame, and sales.
Hidden Stars - Confident Beginner - Faye
Tuesday September 18, 25, Oct. 2, 1-4 pm $85
Fee INCLUDES fabric kit (all 2.5 inch strips) to make one quilt, pattern, instructions, 2 free open sewing sessions to finish quilt. Fabric palette is in autumn colors.
Learn an easy way to make stars using 2.5 inch strips. You won't believe how quickly this classic Ohio star sews up - no set in corner squares or triangles. Even we were completely shocked at how easy it is to make these stars! This is the second class project using this method.
Techniques: Half square triangles, snowball corners, stars, borders
Our goal is to teach the technique making one project, then show how to be creative and use the same technique for other projects.
Halloween Table Runner - confident beginner - Faye
Tuesday October 9 and 16, 1-4 pm. $45
Fee includes fabric kit to make a cute Halloween/fall pumpkin table runner. This class is a good one to hone your skills of accurate cutting and piecing. You will be cutting lots of small pieces and pressing at own sewing table, so bring a smaller cutting mat, ruler, and pressing mat. A 28 mm or 18 mm rotary cutter is ideal for smaller pieces. A small Clover iron is perfect for this project.
Techniques: accurate cutting, pressing, and piecing
Basics of Free Motion Quilting - Faye
Tuesday October 23, 1-4 pm. $40
Sending your quilts out to be finished becomes expensive. Learn how to finish them on your machine. You can do this! Faye will guide you beyond stitching in the ditch into creating patterns. And we won't spend the first two hours lecturing or making you buy expensive supplies. You will need a sewing machine that drops feed dogs. Look in your attachments and find either a darning foot, big foot, or embroidery food, the one used when machine is in embroidery mode. Sample practice sandwich is provided in in class fee.
Needle turn applique table runner - $38 - Duke
Next dates TBD
Our Ellie Sienkiewicz-trained applique expert will guide you in making a beautiful table runner on black or white tea toweling for an upscale farmhouse or on jute for a beachy look. No quilting needed. Learn to transfer a pattern or create your own pattern, and make stems the easy way. No, you don't need an expensive stem turner gadget.
Class fee includes applique fabrics and toweling (black or white) or jute. No quilting needed for this project. Once applique is finished, runner is done!
PRIVATE CLASSES - $20/hour
Beginning Sewing, How to use your sewing machine, T shirt quilt, Memory Quilt, Beginning Quilting, Finish a Project, Free Motion Quilting, or whatever your specific needs happen to be.
Call 941-330-0993 to set a date and discuss your individual needs.
Private class on the Bernina Q20 available Monday or Friday - $20/hour
Learn how to finish your own quilt instead of sending it out!
More Classes and Samples in Process
More Classes and Samples Under Construction
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Thursday from 1-4 pm
Fee: $8 per session. No charge if you are finishing a project from one of our classes!
Limited to 4 individuals. Please call 941-330-0993 to register!
This is not the same as a private class, however, we will help you with the details of finishing your project. Our "seasoned" staff has a combined pool of more than 150 years of knowledge and experience in quilting. Duke is the applique and repair expert, Faye excels in free motion quilting and general quilt construction, Dena knows every aspect of deciphering patterns and making quilts, and Ella fills in the gaps, having worked on several thousand quilts over the last 15 years. This unique mix of knowledge and skills in one place is unusual and you get to tap into this repository at the Open Sewing sessions. Thursday sessions are akin to a quilt academy.
If this is your first time, please tell us what you are working on to make sure we can match your needs with a staff member. This session is not appropriate for someone who has never made a quilt or for someone who needs one-on-one instruction. Call 941-330-0993 for a Private Lesson.
Check out our assortment of blenders. We make many Custom Quilts and use a lot of blenders! Stonehenge by Northcott, Dimples by Andover, Basic Backgrounds Tone on Tone in White, Neutral, Off White, Muslins, Timeless Treasures Fairy Frost. Love those Metallic Blenders!
This website is for Information about the business.
TO PURCHASE products, go to www.AlmaSueShop.com
TO See quilts in the hand frame and shop activity, go to FB:Alma Sue's Quilt Shop
TO contact Ella, send a message to EllaMillerToy@aol.com
Call the shop at 941-330-0993
Send Mail to:
Alma Sue's Quilts
3737 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 11
Sarasota FL 34232
To avoid theft in transit when sending a quilt, omit the word "quilts" and send only to Alma Sue.
Beginning April 2018
Open 10-3, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Open 10-5 Thursday and Friday
Sundays and Holidays CLOSED
Meet Joe The Quilter
November 2 and 3 (Friday & Saturday)
The Sarasota Quilt Academy is proud to present to the Sarasota community, national quilt artist sensation, Joe the Quilter. He will be coming to Sarasota at the new Carlisle Inn Sarasota to offer TWO quilt workshops and a FREE public lecture, featuring his wonderful quilts, 40 years of quit stories threaded together with his exceptional music talents.
Joe has designed two NEW workshops for Sarasota!
Friday Workshop: ROCK THE BLOCK
Saturday Workshop: ROCK THE LITTLE BLOCK
WHEN: November 2 & 3, 2018 9:00 am-4:00 pm (lunch break 12-1)
WHERE: Carlisle Inn Sarasota 3727 Bahia Vista Street Sarasota
COST: $150 per workshop
Spend an Evening with Joe on Friday, November 2
You don't need to make quilts to enjoy this presentation by widely renowned quilt artist and teacher Joe Cunningham, with stories of how he got started and what has happened to him as a quilter over the last 40 years. With lots of quilts to show, songs to perform, and stories to share, Joe will have you enjoying the talk like you never expected.
WHEN: Friday, November 2, 2018 7:00 pm
WHERE: Carlisle Inn Sarasota, 3727 Bahia Vista Street
See more information on the EVENTS page. You can also visit Joe at his website "www.JoeTheQuilter.com"
Alma Sue's Quilt Shop offers a full line of QUILTING SERVICES.
- Hand Quilting by Amish QUILTERS (no new work orders taken at this time)
- Quilt Repair and Restoration
- Quilt Binding
- Complete your Unfinished Projects and TOPS
- DESIGN a CUSTOM Quilt
- Free Motion Quilting
- Long Arm Quilting
We design and make CUSTOM QUILTS. All work is done right here in our Sarasota store, in the PINECRAFT community amid displays of finished quilts. Visit us and watch accomplished quilters at work.
Yes we have fabric from the major mills. We specialize in blenders and have in stock solids, backgrounds, wide backs, fairy frost, dimples, grunge, Northcott Toscana, as well as Florida and seaside prints. If you are looking for panels, we typically have about 75 in stock.
Wide range of BATTING choices: Hobbs Heirloom blend in cotton, wool, silk, battalizer, synthetic, Quilters Dream in white, natural, and black colors. Let us help select the proper batting for your project. Our prices are significantly less than those found on internet sites. We carry batting NOT FOUND in chain stores.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays
We will be in the shop, busy sewing samples, making quilts, and shipping internet orders. Please feel free to join us if the lights are on. ENTER through the single door on the EAST side. The door where the golf cart and employee cars are parked.
Check our Facebook page to see current quilts in the hand frame, new kits and new quilts tops made by us and our customers and upcoming classes.
Search for "Alma Sue's Quilt Shop"
Quilts and other items FOR SALE can be seen and purchased at "AlmaSueShop.com."
- September 12, 2018 - Update Shop Happenings
- June 28, 2018 - July Sales
- June 6, 2018 - Classes and Needles
- May 16, 2018 - Correction for Needle Turn Applique Class
- May 16, 2018 - Summer Class Schedule
- December 27, 2017 - Out with 2017!
- March 17, 2013 - I remember when a pin was just a pin
- May 17, 2011 - Threads, page 2.
- May 9, 2011 - Thread Essentials
- October 26, 2010 - Needles and News
Long Arm Quilting Service
Prepare Quilt Top and Lining
Seam lining as needed (remove selvage, press seam OPEN)
Lining must be 4 inches larger than top on all sides
Can extend lining by sewing muslin strips on all sides (can remove strips after quilting is finished)
DO NOT BASTE layers together. Each layer is loaded onto frame separately.
Batting: Choose from our wide selection of AMERICAN MADE batting. No warm and natural, no batting with scrim, no batting with adhesives. Our machine will not produce a good quality stitch with these fillers.
Quilting: Choose simple stitching, pantograph design, computerized design, or custom hand-guided designs. (Price range 0.0175 - 0.03 per square inch.)
Questions about quilt age or pattern or general information about your quilt, how to mark it, suggestions for batting, construction, quilting, or repair.
Available on THURSDAY. Fee is $8.
Please call 941-330-0993 for appointment.
Walk-in without appointment = fee is $25.00
We are not certified quilt appraisers and cannot state a value for your quilt.
To find a quilt appraiser: GOOGLE "Quilt Appraiser Sarasota"
LIKE our Facebook page. We post photos of current projects, quilts in the frame, and class projects on our FB page = Alma Sue's Quilt Shop
March 23-24, 2018 Joe the Quilter
Two days of quilt improvisation led by the renown Joe Cunningham. Strictly limited to 20 participants. Food catered by Der Dutchman. Joe has developed two NEW workshops for the Sarasota Audience Workshop fee is $150 for friday and $150 for Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm each day.
Meet Joe and hear how his 40-year experience in the quilting arena has changed from early technical beginnings to improvisation. Free public lecture on Friday March 24 at 7:00 pm
March - UFO workshop - a fall workshop
Two days of quilting in sunny Sarasota at the new hotel on campus. A quilt retreat led by Dena and her 10 elves, helping you finish one or more of your UFO's. Don't like it anymore? Then trade your UFO from someone else at the retreat. Food catered by Der Dutchman. Limited to 30 participants. Watch this site and our FB page for more details as developed.