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.
We have a full schedule of classes for summer and fall, including quilts, table runners, placemats, and gifts from the kitchen. Add your email address to the newsletter list to get instant information.
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Stars and Strips Table Runner - Beginner
Tuesday May 22, 1-4 pm $25
Fee INCLUDES fabric kit to make one runner
Learn an easy way to make stars, then transfer the knowledge to make placemats and quilts of valor. Make runners for everyone's patriotic celebrations. You won't believe how easy it is to make a variable or Ohio star from 2.5 inch strips - no set in corner squares or triangles. Even we were completely shocked at how easy it is to make these stars!
Techniques: Half square triangles, snowball corners, how to sew multiple strips and keep everything straight and flat
Our goal is to teach the technique making one project, then show how to be creative and use the same technique for other projects.
Machine Maintenance and Cleaning - $25
First Friday of every month 10:30-12. June 1, July 6, August 3
Stop paying $75+ for machine service. You can do this, and should do regularly. Eliminate skipped stitches and bobbin jams. Bring machine, foot pedal, and instruction booklet. Fee includes cleaning kit with chenille stems, machine oil, brush, and proper screwdriver.
One Block Wonder - $45 - Faye
3 sessions, Tuesday 1-4 on June 5, June 12, June 19
Bought a big print no longer attractive? You will be surprised at the results when it is cut up and reconfigured. Fee includes book and instructions.
Fractured Panel - $35 - staff
2 sessions, Wednesday 1-4, June 13 and June 20
Throw your ruler on top of the panel on the floor. Cut and sew black strips where it lands. A stained glass look. You will cut, sew, quilt, and finish the project in class. Fee includes small panel and all supplies needed to finish the project (batting, lining, binding).
Needle turn applique table runner - TBA - Duke
Friday 1-4 July 13 and July 20
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 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.
PRIVATE CLASSES - $15/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.
More Classes and Samples in Process
More Classes and Samples Under Construction
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Complete Your UFO Day 10:30-4 pm $25
Bring one UFO and get help to finish it
Wacky Pinwheel - Tuesday August 7, 14, 21
Paper Piecing - paper piece our Row by Row entry
Bargello again using autumn colors
Turn a panel into a quilt - 4 different border treatments
Take a Flight - Easy flying geese
Mariner's Star with the Skinny Robin ruler, no paper piecing
Table runner with the Quick Curve Ruler
Gifts from the kitchen - Alma Sue's hot pads, microwave bowls, baked potato bag, wrap-around casserole hot pad, charging station hang-up
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."
- May 16, 2018 - Correction for Needle Turn Applique Class
- May 16, 2018 - Summer Class Schedule
- March 20, 2018 - Its Wacky Wednesday
- March 15, 2018 - Clearance Sale
- March 15, 2018 - Spring in Pinecraft Thursday-Saturday
- February 4, 2018 - Palm Grove Quilt Show and Sale
- January 20, 2018 - Current Classes
- December 27, 2017 - Out with 2017!
- December 12, 2017 - Wacky Wednesday tomorrow
- November 28, 2017 - Wacky Wednesday includes flannel
- November 14, 2017 - Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday!
- October 31, 2017 - FLASH News
- October 24, 2017 - Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday
- October 18, 2017 - Today is Radical Wednesday
- October 10, 2017 - Tomorrow is Radical Wednesday
- October 3, 2017 - Radical Wednesday tomorrow
- September 26, 2017 - Tomorrow is Radical Wednesday
- September 20, 2017 - Announcing Radical Wednesday
- September 8, 2017 - Campus Updates
- August 24, 2017 - Construction at Alma Sue's
- June 3, 2015 - My Favorite Things
- June 3, 2015 - My Favorite Things
- 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"
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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.