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.

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November 7, 2018
10 am - 3 pm
  $1 off clearance fabric - now $4/yard
INCLUDES all fall and Halloween fabric on clearance
Fat Eighths - Buy one, Get one FREE
applies only to those already precut

Valid in store only. NOT VALID online.
Don't have a wooden nickel yet?  We are giving out nickels Wednesday so you can participate in the special.  
Search for "Alma Sue's Quilt Shop" on Facebook to get daily/weekly updates and photos of kits, quilts in the frame, and sales.

Bargello - Confident Beginner - Faye
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 13, 20 from 1-4 pm  $85
Fee INCLUDES precut fabric kit to make one Bargello runner, Bargello book, 2 free open sewing sessions to finish if needed.  Fabric palette is in holiday colors. 
   Learn the bargello technique.  It is simply working with strips. sew one way, then cut with alternate sizes and sew together the other way.  Once you know the technique it can be applied to any one of the quilt designs in the book provided.   
Since Nov. 20 is the week of Thanksgiving, an additional class will be held on Nov. 27 for those who cannot come on November 20

Basics of Free Motion Quilting - Teresa
Tuesday October 23, 1-4 pm.  $40
This class is FILLED.  Watch for more dates!
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.  
One Block Wonder $45 - Faye
Thursday Morning from 10-1
November 29, December 6 and 13  Confident Beginner
Once again we offer the One Block Wonder class.  This technique needs to be in your quilting repertoire.  Take a print, a stripe, a large pattern, a panel, make 6 layers and cut wedges.  Presto!  An abundance of hexagons to sew together.  You control the color placement.  No two turn out the same way.  Finally when sewed, we show you how to add a border to the quilt, not an easy task with so many pieces on the bias. 
  For your convenience we pulled several bolts that would make good one block wonder quilts when cut up. 
Class fee includes book, instructions, and 2 free open sewing dates to complete the project.

Double Wedding Ring - Dena
Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 pm
November 28, Dec. 5 and 12
Confident Beginner
CLASS IS FILLED!  Watch for more dates.
You will learn both ways in this class.  Make the traditional arc using small pieces of fabric, or use a modern approach and make the entire arc from one print.  Making the arcs from small pieces is a great way to use up your scraps or leftovers from other projects.
Strictly limited to 4 students
Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.  Class always fills quickly.

Paper Piecing - Dawn
Dates TBA
The dates will be the first or second week of January.  Learn the paper piecing technique and make a table runner. 

       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!

Saturday Sidewalk Sales begin in November

November 3 from 10-3
December 1 from 10-3

Have something to sell?  Collect your items, bring a table and chairs and come on over to Alma Sue's the first Saturday of each month.  The Friendship Knot raffle quilt will be on display and it's a good time to buy one or more tickets to win the quilt.  The Carlisle Inn next door is at 100% capacity with guests from out of town and out of the country.  They like to walk around and buy local items.
For more information and to reserve a space, contact the person in charge at:

Thursday Open Sewing

    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

Winter Seasonal Hours begin November


  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
- 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."

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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.)

Quilt Consultation

Quilt Consultation
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"

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Quilting Retreats

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.