Class Dates and Time

Class Dates

Mondo Bag - $85
Two Sessions
Wednesday May 3 and 10
12 noon - 3 pm
Limited to 4 students; 2 spaces remaining.  Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.

Price includes pattern, fabric kit (your choice), interfacing, batting, instructions to finish one bag.  Suitable for beginners.  No hardware, no zippers, no Y seams.  Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.

Quick Curves Ruler Urban Runner - $56
Two Sessions
Wednesday May 17 and 24
12 noon - 3 pm
Limited to 4 students
Call 941-330-0993 for a space

Price includes ruler, fabric, pattern, class.  Suitable for beginners with basic knowledge of rotary cutting and sewing.
Learn how to use the new Quick Curves ruler by making a contemporary runner.  You won't be afraid of curves with this new ruler, and it will open the door to a multitude of contemporary patterns and designs, including the clamshell quilt.  Use this ruler to make contemporary christmas trees and pumpkins.

Finishing Class - $40
One session
Thursday May 25 (or June 1 or June 8)
12-4 pm
Limited to 4 students
Call 941-330-0993 for a space
Price includes all materials to finish the runner, including batting, lining, binding, and instructions.  Faye is our free motion queen, let her show you how to quilt with your sewing machine, then bind the piece using mitered corners for a professional finish.  Use these skills to finish some of your other projects.

Labyrinth - $85
Two Sessions
Tuesday May 30 and June 6
12 noon - 3 pm
Limited to 4 students
Call 941-330-0993 for a space
Price includes pattern, fabric kit, and instructions  Suitable for beginners with basic knowledge of rotary cutting and sewing.  Learn how to make half square triangles!  This is a throw size about 60x60.  Quilt can be expanded to make either a queen or king size if desired.

Private Classes - $12/hour
Call 941-330-0993 to set up a date
at your convenience
Faye and her patience will guide you through any of the following:
Learn how to use you sewing machine
Beginning Sewing
Beginning Quilting
Make a memory quilt
Make a T shirt quilt
Sew borders
Finish your project by free motion quilting and binding

Open Sewing - $8
Each Thursday from 12-4
Limited to 4 - CALL 941-330-0993 for a seat
Open Sew is FREE to finish a project from Alma Sue's classes

Faye and Ella are available on Open Sew Thursday to help you with whatever project you need to finish or begin.  This is not the same as a private class.  The student must be independent and not require total one-on-one time from the educators.  We can help as you work through the project and give tips on how to do things a bit easier and give instructions on your next step.  Some recent guidance has been:  adjust your sewing machine tension or stitches, how to apply borders, make and sew binding, needle turn applique, interpret a sewing pattern, etc.

In the last 15 years we have worked on thousands of quilts in all sizes, shapes, and disrepair and this repository of knowledge and skills is available to you on Open Sew days.

Quilt Consultation with Ella - $8 
By appointment on Thursdays

Quilt consultation for marking, age documentation or discussion on how to repair a quilt is available by appointment.

We have processed literally thousands of quilts since 2002 and this is still the core business plan of Alma Sue's - quilting services.  We have made custom quilts from crib size up to super king (143 inches wide is the largest), memory quilts, t-shirt quilts, and finished dozens of abandoned projects dating from 1920 to the present time including those from Grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and even current quilters.  What do you do when starting a class then become fatigued with the project or decide quilting is not for you?  Bring it to Alma Sue's to finish. 
My favorite job is to finish a project for a grandma who was unable to finish her quilt.  The greatest number we finished for one family were 22 quilt tops from the 1920's and 30's made by a grandmother, aunt, and mother from chicken feed sacks.  The background white came from 50-pound sugar and flour feed sacks.  Each week the Kansas City Star published a different quilt pattern and the women diligently cut and hand pieced another top, then started a new one with the next week's newspaper pattern.  They either did not know how to do the process of quilting and binding, or didn't have the money to buy the batting.  The 22 tops were brought to us by one of the sons and over the next 18 months all were quilted in the hand frame, labeled, and turned into usable quilts.  The 90-year-old mother visited the shop to see some of the tops when they were in the frame.  Each family member received a finished quilt. 

Some of the customers for whom we have made quilts include that author who spends the summer in Maine and winter on Casey Key - two quilts made for the Maine house.  Three custom quilts for a major league baseball pitcher.  Our first custom piece was for the Sarasota Centennial celebration in 2003 or 2004, displayed at the Van Wezel and at "Celebrating Our Differences" and now housed at the historical society.  A quilt made from Wyland's only fabric line designed several years ago hangs at the Mote Marine.  We quilted a wool applique piece for the Shelburne Museum (which also houses the Dear Jane quilt).  Shelburne is reproducing the antique pieces for display in order to preserve the original old ones. 
One of our quilted pieces is housed in the bedroom at the Henry Ford winter estates in Ft. Myers.  The bedrooms were redone and outfitted with duplicate quilts from the Henry Ford museum near Detroit.  We restored a 1920s circus quilt for a circus family.  And of course we made the 13, 8x8 feet quilts for math artist John Sims, which have been on display in NYC, Atlantic City, and Florida.  This body of work is so massive it takes a large venue to display all of them together.  Several individual pieces have been shown at Mack B gallery, The Hermitage in Russia, and I believe one is currently in Switzerland.  
One of my favorite stories is when a customer came into our little shop and took photos of a calico broken star quilt on display.  I thought he looked familiar but couldn't quite place him.  The next day he came in to purchase the quilt and handed me a credit card with the name Robert Byrd.  Then it clicked, Senator Byrd.  He laughed and said "the next time I come in you will know who I am."  He said the quilt will be perfect for their cottage in Woodbridge.  I use his name because the Senator is now deceased.  Other than that I don't use the names of our customers, and there are other familiar named customers for whom we are currently in the process of doing custom work.  My FAVORITE customer is the repeat customer who comes in for the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quilt.  Some of our quilts have gone home to Japan, the Channel Islands, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, etc.  We get tops shipped in from all over North America to be hand stitched.  So where else can one get a top hand stitched?  I believe there are still a few sewing circles in churches scattered throughout the USA that do hand stitching.  Lots of Amish women quilt in their homes for the stores in Lancaster PA.  I am not sure where there is another quilt shop that actually does the work in-house.
So now I need to get busy and work on one of those dozen or more custom pieces waiting! 

Ella Toy at Alma Sue's