Campus Updates


By now I trust you have everything in place and are ready for the storm.  Our hurricane plan went into effect on Monday.  BC (Before Charlie) I must admit we were casual about formulating a plan, but that year with four storms back to back (Charlie, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne) we soon learned what "hurricane brain" was and how important to just have a list that one can blindly follow and check off.  So now we have bagged all the customers' quilts into plastic construction bags, photographed the shop and contents, taken physical inventory, etc.  One welcome change is there are no boxes of papers to protect since virtually everything is digital and online.  And if everything goes well with Irma marching north just offshore we will have had a good reminder and effective drill.
The best laid plans can be disrupted.  Our entrance was to be closed this week and next to pave parking lots and reconfigure traffic.  Apparently some workers evacuated north because of the storm so that did not happen this week.  At any rate, we are in a "soft close" mode.  Someone is here everyday until at least 3 pm, receiving shipments, shipping out products, sewing, and quilting.  If you need to pick up a finished quilt it might be wise to call (941-330-0993) so we can wait for you.  Feel free to stop in, enter through the EAST door which is always open as long as someone is in the building.
While we wait for the storm:
OPEN today, CLOSE at 3 pm.
CLOSE Saturday September 9
Monday, wait and see.  Suspect will be closed.
Call 941-330-0993 to check
Tuesday Class is CANCELLED (Winter Twist).  Faye is trapped up north.  Her return flight was cancelled with no information as to when the airline will resume Florida flights.
Several cautionary issues we have run across lately:
Issue One:  To those of you who use lots of Best Press, a customer brought in a piece of fabric where the best press lifted the color.  We used a bottle of our best press and indeed, the same thing happened.  Just a note to pre-test before you soak that fabric prior to ironing.  I am not sure of the solution contents, but the recipes floating around to make your own "best press" product do contain alcohol. 
Issue Two:  We recently took in a t-shirt quilt for repair, made by someone local.  The stabilizer used on the back of the shirts migrated through to the front of the t-shirts, so they were gummy and ugly.  A bit of investigation revealed the stabilizer was the knit product that feels like a "rubber tire," and is being promoted by chain stores and some quilt shops as suitable for t-shirt quilts.  I fail to understand why common sense would allow someone to recommend using a knit to stabilize a knit??  This stabilizer even has tread lines like rubber tires!! 
Don't use it!  Maybe it's being promoted because it costs 7.95/yard?  The final quilt is heavy, the shirts aren't adequately stable, and now we find the adhesive becomes gummy and migrates.  At any rate, we replaced 3 of the shirts and the customer knows that more will need to be done in time.  Stop in and we will be happy to show you what is used in our t-shirt quilts:  that inexpensive "non-woven" lightweight stabilizer costing about $2.25/yard.

Winter Twist Quilt Kits are cut and ready $109.  Add the class for an additional $16 for a total of $125.

Catch us on FB where we post new items, projects, and custom quilts.  Check out AlmaSueShop.com for to see finished products for sale online.  

Be safe and hope to see you soon.