Palm Grove Quilt Show and Sale

Annual Palm Grove Quilt Show and Sale
Wednesday-Saturday February 7-10

Consignment Days:  Monday and Tuesday 8 - 5
Show and sale opens Wednesday 8 am
Show closes Saturday 12 noon

If you have something to sell, quilts, crafts, quilt tops, any textile item made in the USA, it can be consigned at the show and sale on Monday and Tuesday, February 5 and 6, from 8 am until 5 pm.  If your item sells, a small consignment fee will be deducted from the selling price.  Pick up your check and any unsold items after 3 pm on Saturday.  This annual sale has been running for more than 45 years in Pinecraft.  Thousands of buyers from across the country come to this sale just to purchase items. 
The sale is held in the Palm Grove School House, just north of the intersection of Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Street, on the East side of Beneva. 

Watch our FB for daily show specials (Alma Sue's Quilt Shop).  Since the show starts on Wednesday, we will do Wacky Wednesday and all fabrics in the clearance bin are $4/yard (minimum cut 1/2 yard).  Also in the clearance bin are bundles of tiny prints by Mary Fons, each bundle is about 5 yards, for $4/yard.  Must take entire bundle at this price. 
Clearance bin FQ are 1.5 each.

On Thursday February 8, we offer the new stack of Patrick Lose speckles for $5/yard!  I was able to snag those at a sale price and offer them to you at the regular price of $8/yard.  Many nice and bright colors for $5/yard on Thursday only.  Minimum cut 1/2 yard.

Not sure yet what Friday's special will be.  In the meantime we are continuing to move items into the clearance bin, both bolts and FQ.  New fabric arriving and we don't have floor space.  The online section keeps getting larger and taking up retail space.  There are items online that you may not see on the shop floor.  If you see something on and don't see it on the retail floor, just ask and someone will retrieve it.

Here is a good tip when shopping and trying to select fabric of varying values.  You can use one of those red "value finders" or photocopy the fabrics to see the value gradations.  If you have a smart phone, the quickest way is to simply take a photo of your fabric pile, go to "edit" and select the black/white photo and save it.  Now you can quickly see which fabrics are of light, medium, or dark value.  Since I discovered this I use it instead of my red glasses!

Here is another tip.  You can find a treasure trove of free project patterns from the Windham fabric company (  There are 52 pages of projects on their website, available for free download.  You will recognize many well known designers.  There are patterns of quilts, tea cozies, placemats, tote bags, pillows, table runners, patterns for panels, etc.  Patterns in the traditional genre, contemporary, modern, reproduction quilts, projects for baby and young boys and girls, etc.  The breast cancer quilt we have hanging in the shop which gets lots of attention was a free download at Windham when they issued the fabric line "Fight Like a Girl."  We sold out of the kits and I just downloaded more copies of the pattern to make with the new breast cancer line arriving later this month.  Windham puts out several free project patterns with each new line of fabric.  The patterns can be used with any line of fabric or any panel.  One caveat, as with all patterns we find lately, is there are errors in the pattern.  So make sure to read it through before cutting on the first step.  If you find an error, just call Windham and they will post a corrected pattern.  Even after the fabric is sold out and archived, they still keep the free pattern online. 

Dena has developed a new class, the Pineapple Block.  It will run for two sessions on Wednesday February 14 and 21 from 1-4 pm.  Space is limited to 4.  Call 941-330-0993 to reserve a space.  The class fee is $38 and this fee includes the large Creative Grids Pineapple Ruler which is required to make the blocks.  Dena set the blocks into a table runner, but you can continue to make many more blocks and set them into a quilt if you don't need a table runner.  There are many different ways to cut and sew the pineapple block and you will receive patterns for more than the one done in class.  Once you learn how to use the ruler you can make all the different variations  We used the French Collection to make the sample runner.  You can use these same fabrics, or choose a favorite from your stash, or even use scraps.  The class fee does not include the fabric.  We will post the fabric required to make the runner on the sign up sheet.

We are working on making 300 pieced, quilted pillows for the new hotel, The Carlisle Inn.  Each floor is decorated in a different quilt pattern.  The theme of one floor is the Ohio Star, one is the spools, and one is the cups and saucers pattern.  The decorator scoured various resale shops and rescued orphan quilt blocks, and framed them to hang throughout the hotel.  The quilted pillow tops will be attached to larger lumbar pillows displayed on each bed.  This is a new project, quite different from making a bed quilt, so we have been working our way through, doing various samples and attachments.  The fabric choice was selected by the decorator, and of course it is a fabric line from several years ago, and now out of print.  We were extremely fortunate to find some leftovers in the company's warehouse, and we just happened to have some older kits with good yardage from that same line.  So we disassembled the kits and put the fabric to use.  This will keep the sewers and quilters busy for some months!

We have an opportunity for someone to cut fabric, both for retail customers and also to cut and assemble quilt kits for the online store.  If you love fabric and like to touch it and cut it, this might be for you.  Cash register experience is a plus but not necessary.  Cutting and assembling quilt kits requires skill in organization.  You will interact with customers, quilters, our students and educators.  We specialize in quilting services and provide both hand and machine quilting, repair and restoration, and make lots of custom quilts.  You are not expected to know these aspects of quilt making, but you are more than welcome to learn any part of the business that interests you.  If you want to be the chief, the boss, the manager, or wannabe owner, then this is not the job for you.  We have or have had enough of those already!
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, contact the shop at 941-330-0993, or text a message to 941-302-6101.