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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Lone Star = $45  Confident Beginner - Intermediate
March 7, 13, 21 1-4 pm
February 21 and 28 (Wednesday)
 Limited to 4 students
   A new class by Dena. 
   Call 941-330-0993 to reserve a spot 
   Price includes Eleanor Burns Radiant Star book, three sessions, two free open sewing days to complete project.  The Lone Star aka Radiant Star, Bethlehem Star, is a classic pattern dating back to the 1800's.  Sewing strip sets is not hard.  The trick is in cutting the correct angle to get hundreds of points to match.  Dena will show you the tricks which don't seem to be printed in any of the patterns or books.  In order to complete all the steps, the class will make a 4-5 color center star.  Once the technique is mastered, you can expand to a 6-7, or even 8 color star.  Fee does not include a fabric kit.  Select or bring your own colors.  Dena will guide you as to the placement of fabric in the star.

       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.

Announcing Radical Wednesday

Radical Prices on Clearance Fabrics

On certain Wednesdays clearance bin is $4/yard, minimum cut is 1/2 yard.  Fat quarters in clearance bin are $2 each.  Radical Wednesday prices are announced in the newsletters.
We keep moving fabric from the main store into the clearance bin, so the selection varies from week to week.  When I am able to purchase fabric on a special sale, it usually goes into the clearance bin.  We try to keep you informed. 

New in the clearance bin - a selection of tiny prints designed by Mary Fons.  Flat folds not wrapped on bolts.  Each bundle is about 5 yards.  Must take entire bundle at $4/yard every day.  Great prints to use as quilt backing fabric.

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.     

     Use our machines, or bring yours. 

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!


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
  - Quilt Repair and Restoration
  - Quilt Binding
  - Complete your Unfinished Projects and TOPS
  - DESIGN and finish a CUSTOM Quilt
- Free Motion Quilting
- Long Arm Quilting

Check out our section of HANDMADE QUILTS in all sizes and price range.  From BABY quilts to King size.  Need another color or size?  Let us design one for you. 

  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 lots of fabric from the major mills, since we pull from our stock on the floor to make the quilts.  And an entire WALL of FLORIDA and seaside prints. 

Wide range of BATTING choices:  Hobbs Heirloom blend in cotton, wool, silk, Battalizer, synthetic, Quilters Dream Batting.  We can help you select the proper batting for your project.  Because we use a high volume of batting, our prices are significantly less than those in the chain stores.  We carry batting NOT FOUND in chain stores.

   Closed Sunday and Holidays

We will be in the shop, busy sewing samples and making quilts.  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"

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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"

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

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.