Construction at Alma Sue's

Haven't heard from us for a while?

It has been a crazy summer - ongoing hotel construction with three entrances closed
one at a time and now we are in Phase III, the final phase.
PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning Thursday Sept. 7, Alma Sue's entrance off Bahia Vista St will be completely closed.  Tandem construction crew will re-configure the hotel entrance
and pave all the parking lots. 

During this time frame, Alma Sue's will be
CLOSED from Sept. 7 - Sept. 16 (Thursday to the following Saturday)

In order to accommodate Rowers, we will be OPEN on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4.  This is a change for us, usually we are closed on holidays.  We decided to stay open through the holiday and up until Wednesday Sept. 6 until we get kicked out of the parking lot.
Once the construction is finished and the 400 hotel rooms are filled with guests, the folks at the booths in our Pinecraft Christmas bazaars and monthly craft fairs will find an audience of hotel guests, eager to buy hand made, unique, and crafty items.
 Dates for our monthly events will be published soon as we know the construction is finished.  Hotel rooms are reserved and some guilds have already booked retreats for 2018. 
We will be offering retreats in March 2018.  Stay tuned!

We have been open all summer, in spite of various entrances to the campus being closed during phases I and II.  Busy quilting, sewing, cutting kits, shipping online sales, classes, etc.  It has not been easy for customers to wind around campus and guess how to enter and where to park.  Maybe you thought we were closed because of all the trucks and activity in the adjacent parking lot.  We are lucky that most of the time our front lot has been accessible, in spite of the appearance of the construction vehicles and flying dust.

I have been up north a good part of the summer, cleaning out mom's house.  The attic was jammed with relics from mom and dad's 98-year life, then my brother Bill's stuff, and finally Jacob's treasures.  My resolve:  get home and clean out my own house so no one has to do this to my stuff!  An exhausting job, both physically and mentally.  Fortunately I have 4 grand nephews, teenagers, who are very happy to haul stuff around to earn a few dollars for their "car" fund.  They think a few hundred dollars is a good car fund and of course they believe they can buy a Ferrarri with this fund at age 16! 
Then with all the stress of construction, cleaning out 3 estates, and gobbling pills for my arthritic joints I developed extremely high blood pressure, requiring medical intervention.  This slowed my work progress a bit, but things are back in control and
I return to Florida next week.

A few items to note:
This is one of the nicest holiday/winter quilts I have seen in quite a while.  Pattern designed by Jason Yenter from "In The Beginning" fabric company.  A poinsettia print done in a modernized "Garden Lattice" design with red and green lattices.  Size is 64x75, or it can be enlarged with more borders.  Photo on FaceBook. 
Quilt kit is also offered by Keepsake Quilting catalogue.
Patient Faye is teaching the class. 
Suitable for beginners who can rotary cut and use a sewing machine.
Class is $125 and includes pattern book, fabric kit, instructions, and free open sewing sessions to complete the quilt as needed.
DatesTuesday September 12, 1-4 pm and
Monday, September 18, 1-4 pm 
The shop will be open on Tuesday September 12 for the class. 
Strictly limited to 4 students.
Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.
If you can't make these sessions, we will be holding more classes for this quilt in
October and November.
The pattern booklet also includs patterns to make a table runner and a tree skirt
and many recipes for cookies.  A good deal!

On the floor we have assembled Fall, Halloween, and Christmas fabrics and gift items from a variety of vendors.

Alma Sue's will be OPEN Labor Day, Monday Sept. 4
Alma Sue's will be CLOSED Thursday Sept. 7-Saturday Sept. 16
Re-OPEN Monday Sept. 18

And check out Facebook for photos of quilts in the frame, activities, and class projects.
Have a great rest of the summer and hope to "See You in September."