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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On vacation until Tuesday September 10

Back from vacations on Tuesday, September 10!

Beginning Quilting - $90
Tuesday afternoon 1:30-4:30 pm 
Strictly limited to 4 individuals
Call 941-330-0993

Yes, you can join this group.  Sessions are ongoing every Tuesday.  Each week we make a different block.   
Want to learn quilting techniques but don't know where to start?  Let Faye guide you through the basic steps from fabric selection, reading a pattern, strip piecing, half square triangles, needle turn appliqué, how to apply borders, etc, using the Learning To Quilt book. You will learn a new Block and technique each week, incorporating most of the basic techniques in quilt piecing.  We are using the book in the above image, starting with the log cabin "rail fence."  We start the class with 5 different blocks.  For those who wish to continue, we select 1-2 blocks each week, continuing throughout the book.
Class fee includes basic quilting tools (rotary cutter, mat, ruler) book, instruction, and open sewing sessions to work on your project.   

Showering Stars - $85 - (Fay
Tuesday morning 10-1
October 22, 29, November 5
Sample is made from Sweet Pea and Lily fabric by Moda.  Pattern, background fabric and binding to complete the top included in the class price.  Level = Confident Beginner
(see photo below)

Thursday MINI CLASS  - $5 (staff)
 By popular demand, mini classes have been extended
September 12 Thursday 10-12:30  Display pumpkins.  Kit $5
September 19 Thursday 10-12:30 Fall pillow.  Kit $10 with pillow form
September 26 Thursday 10-12:30  Microwave bowl hot pad.  Kit $3
October 3 Thursday 10-12:30  Trick or treat bag.  Kit $5
October 10 Thursday 10-12:30 Cell phone clutch.  Kit $5
October 17 Thursday 10-12:30  Candy corn place mat.  kit $5
October 24 Thursday 10-12:30 Dog leash.  kit $3
October 31 Happy Halloween.  Wear a costume get a gift!
Strictly limited to 4 participants.  Call 941-330-0993 for a seat
Each project can be completed by a beginner in one session. 

Cell phone clutch useful to hold your phone and keys when you venture out and don't want to take your purse.  Takes 1/4 yd of fabric and one fusible panel.  Use your fabric or select something from our scrap bins. Its a breeze.  No Hardware or zippers! Faye
Hot pads.  Sew up one or a dozen for gift giving.  Free pattern, the one we use in the store to make our hot pads.  Use our scrap batting and select 2 fabric squares. Ella
 Dog leash Now you can sew up a dog leash for each holiday, or show off your FL Gators or Ohio Buckeyes loyalty.  Leash takes 1 swivel hook, two 2.5 inch strips, and interfacing. 
 Placemat Learn how to make an easy placemat with the Bosal placemat forms.  Now you can make a set for each holiday!  Each placemat takes 2 FQ, or 1/2 yard cut.  Dawn
Pillow.  Make an easy pillow.  Learn how to eliminate dog ears at corners.  Then you can make lots of pillows from T shirts, from fleece, for each holiday, etc.  Dawn
Microwave Bowl Hot PadThe ones we sell in the store.  Ella
Display Pumpkins.  The fabric pumpkins on display at shop.  Dawn
Trick or Treat bag.  Just in time for the grandkids' treats.  Dawn

One Block Wonder Class using panels. (Faye).
Tuesday morning 10-1 $45
September 10, 17, 24 
Class fee includes book and ruler.  Buy 4 panels, get 3 free (some exceptions apply)
Learn how to make this amazing pattern using panels.  Confident beginner.  4 spaces 

MEGA STAR or Lone Star class. (Faye).  
Tuesday morning 10-1 $85
November 12, 19, 26 (Confident Beginner)
Pattern, Bali pops, background fabric, and binding is included in the class fee.  If you have ever wanted to make a lone star quilt, this is the fastest and easiest pattern we have found. Uses two Bali pops or another jelly roll with 40 strips. The pattern shows a modern adaptation by cutting off some of the points. To make a classic lone star quilt, just don’t cut off the points and add borders around the entire star. We will show you how.  Choose your color from a wide range of Bali pops, or use up one of your own jelly rolls.

  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!

MegaStar Sample

Sample made in from two blue Bali poppy strip sets.  Select your colors and background fabrics from a wide selection of bali poppies.

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, Dawn is a master at paper piecing, 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 17 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 (click on the header link above, online store)
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
TO Call the shop  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 or to Ella Toy


  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 (solids, backgrounds, wide backs, fairy frost, dimples, grunge, Northcott Toscana), as well as Florida and seaside prints.  Lots of panels.  Wildlife panels and kits.  

Wide range of BATTING choices:  Hobbs Heirloom blend in cotton, wool, silk,  battalizer, synthetic, Quilters Dream, black batting.  Let us help select the proper batting for your project.  Our prices are significantly less than those found on internet sites.  All batting is MADE in the USA.

   Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays

We are in the shop, busy cleaning, shipping, 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"
Quilts and kits FOR SALE can be seen and purchased at "AlmaSueShop.com."



Open 10-3, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Open 10-5 Thursday and Friday

  CLOSED Monday, Sunday, Holidays

Monday is our day for packing, shipping, cleaning, quilting, sewing.  Someone is in the store in case you need something or want to pick up your finished quilt.  If there are cars in the parking lot, enter through the unlocked East door.    Call 941-330-0993.

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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 4-6 inches larger than top on all sides 
   Can extend lining by sewing muslin strips on all sides (can remove strips after quilting is finished)
NOTE:  $40 up charge for seaming minky! 
     $40 up charge to load and quilt minky!

DO NOT BASTE layers together.  Each layer is loaded onto frame separately.

Batting:  Choose from our wide selection of AMERICAN MADE batting.  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, or custom designs (all hand guided edge-to-edge)   (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. 
 Please respect our time and call 941-330-0993 for an appointment.
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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Visit Our Clearance Section
fabric $5/yard
batting remnants
discontinued notions
select a free gift with every purchase (discontinued/donated books, patterns, etc)