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Solids - $8 per yard
Marbles and Grunge not included

We are excited to see new Christmas fabric for 2017.  Yes it seems we just got done with 2016 and that's the fabric business.  Buy a year ahead, get it shipped 7-8 months ahead, make samples in a frenzy, Christmas in July events, Holiday classes and events in the fall, then clear out the old fabric and order new fabric for the next cycle.  So we have come to the conclusion our entire planning year revolves around the fall and winter holiday season and holiday fabric!  Probably fairly accurate.  We already have 3 samples made for the new fabric and kit lines.  Faye has a great Bargello runner sewed, quilted, and bound, ready for classes.  We have a great iron on stencil to make a 24 inch Christmas tree (a new iron-on stencil!) in red and green.  One is a reverse applique, the other regular applique.  Fabric already has steam-a-seam attached.  A great Sunflower panel and collection from Wilmington Dry Goods arrived.  Kits cut, sample being sewed.  Also comes with sunflower placemat panels, great for the fall.  Today we put together 2 dynamite Christmas samples using that great "Afternoon Delight" pattern.  Poinsettias in two different colorways using the Holiday Flourish 10 collection from Robert Kaufman.  One color is the red, black, silver line and the other is the red, black, green, gold line.  Both make a dramatic finished piece.  Then we have a really cute runner with curvy trees, using that fabulous Quick Curve Ruler.  That will be a class coming up.  Learn now how to use the quick curve ruler in a class coming up on May 17 and 24.  A new way to make effortless curved pieces.  Did you admire that quilt made by the Friendship Knot Quilt Guild and maybe buy a few raffle tickets?  Learn how to make those clamshell curves with the Quick Curve Ruler! 
Just new in this week is the Christmas Chickadee collection by April Cornell.  Classic greens, reds, berries, chickadees, strips, etc.  We received notice that the Robert Kaufman precuts are on the way to be delivered mid week next week.  Notice also arrived that our two boxes of Christmas fabric from Quilting Treasures was shipped yesterday, due to arrive next week.  We are taking a new tack and putting out the holiday fabric as it comes in.  Decided not to wait until a big reveal in July, so you can get an early look and see what's going on.  We still plan to do a one-day Christmas in July with demos and door prizes and food.  This year I only bought Holiday fabric from the vendors and lines that were able to ship to us by May, in order to give us time to make samples and get it previewed for you.  Last year two vendors didn't ship until mid to late August, far too late! 

The hotel is at the 3rd floor level.  Didn't quite believe it when they estimated completion date of mid to late fall, but here it is.  For the next few months the traffic patterns on campus will change.  Each entrance will be blocked one at a time for about 6-8 weeks as they work on the parking lots and pool.  The first entrance to close is the restaurant carry out pick up entrance and lane.  Our entrance is open.  The next entrance to close is the West entrance to the hotel, but our entrance will still be open.  In September the usual entrance to our shop will be closed for 6-8 weeks.  You can still access the shop and parking lot but it will be through the new hotel/restaurant entrance and food pick up lane.  Fortunately this will happen after Row by Row is completed.  I will keep you informed as to the status of the traffic patterns here.
What else is new?  That cute Noah's Ark panel and collection from Northcott is here.  More of the Solitary Sentinel wolf panel.  Timeless Treasures Garden panel and kits now cut to make the garden into a lookout window.  New soft animals.  A cute kitty packaged in a kit with everything needed to make it, needle, thread, fabric, stuffing, instructions.  A good beginning sewing kit.  I made the sample sewing it by hand one night while watching a marathon of M*A*S*H reruns.  New also is a nice golf collection being cut into kits using the "Tee Time" pattern.  We actually combined the new golf collection from Northcott and from Quilting Treasures for the kit, since we thought neither collection alone worked out perfectly. 

Here are the recent classes scheduled:

Mondo Bag Wednesday, May 3 and 10 from 12 - 3 pm.  Class includes fabric (your choice), pattern, interfacing, batting, and class.  $85.  This is the bag completed on the machine with NO zippers, NO hardware, no Y seams, etc.  Suitable for beginners, and a great class to learn sewing and beginning quilting.  Walk out with a FINISHED project in two sessions!  And that can't be said about many classes. 
Labyrinth - $85
Class includes fabric, pattern, and instructions to make the throw size of the Labyrinth pattern.  Suitable for beginners who know how to use a rotary cutter and basic sewing.  At the end of this class you will never forget how to make half square triangles! 
Two Sessions, Tuesday May 30 and June 6 from 12-3.

Urban Runner with Quick Curve Ruler - $56
Price includes the quick curve ruler, fabric, pattern and instruction.  Get out of the square box and learn how to make effortless curves using the Quick Curve Ruler.  This class is an introduction to the method; you will learn how to apply the ruler to many curvy patterns, including that popular clam shell quilt.  Suitable for beginners who know how to use a rotary cutter and basic sewing machine skills.

Finishing class - $40
Thursdays May 25 or June 1 or June 8
Now that you have made the runner, don't let it become an unfinished piece. Let Faye show you how to finish it by free motion quilting on your machine, then bind it with mitered corners.  The class INCLUDES batting, lining, and binding to finish your Urban Runner.  Use the skills to finish a few more of your tops.  And we won't make you buy a bunch of needless notions and gadgets to do the quilting.  
Call if you want a spot in our classes.  Limited to 4 students.  We believe too many in a class limits the ability to give each participant the attention needed.  Call 941-330-0993.

Ella at Alma Sue's Quilts