We will be CLOSED on the July 4 Holiday.
Beginning Thursday July 5 it's CLEARANCE SALE TIME!
The hotel is filled with travelers, some new to Sarasota. We imagined these folks might want to purchase a small souvenir, textile, maybe quilt-related, small wall hanging. Oops, guessed that wrong. They want to buy big quilts. Now its a hustle to get all the tops quilted. We are even selling tops unquilted and buyers are waiting for the quilt to be finished, so that is the next top that goes into the quilt frame.
Our core business is quilts and quilting services. Sometimes one needs a knock in the head for a readjustment - or maybe it is just a rapid change in customers. Most of the folks in the hotel are not quilters or sewers so they are not particularly looking for fabric. Some do purchase FQ or strips, perhaps for a small gift to take to a quilter. For many customers watching us hand quilting in a frame is a nostalgic experience, reminding them of their childhood days watching grandma or mother making bed quilts. And who buys most of the quilts? The men do. Most of the women say "I could probably make it myself."
We have been cleaning out storage bins, some things been there so long we don't recognize them, don't know where they came from, need to clear out the space. Also clearing out front room to make a larger area for quilts and workroom. Look for the clearance table and racks - will continue to replenish items. A good time to pick up some gift items. If it's not quilt related, or Florida related, out it goes! Here is a list of what's on the table next week:
All items listed are 50% off
Apron Panels - $5/panel (various Christmas and all occasion prints)
Quilted Advent Calendars
Advent calendar panels - $5
Assorted fleece blankets
Assorted crib quilts
Assorted jigsaw puzzles
Who knows what else -
I've been up north the last week so not sure what has been arriving in store. We have just about every color of grunge, and every color of Northcott's "grunge" their colors are just a bit brighter than Moda's cloth. New fabrics: Stonehenge widebacks, Michael Miller fairies, assorted colorful batiks, precuts in Vintage Christmas prints. Christmas fabric prints slowly dribbling in.
One Block Wonder class produced some beautiful quilts. Another class is scheduled for Tuesdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14 from 1-4 pm. Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.
Needleturn applique table runner class is filled. We will be scheduling another session in August. Look on FaceBook for photos of the runner made on tea toweling and on jute. No quilting required.
Our Row by Row is a pieced and appliqued tribute to the Van Wezel with Ringling Bridge in the background. It features a pieced "purple cow." Pattern is free until Labor Day. Kit available for purchase in store as long as supplies last.