Sew Days being July 18

National Sew Days

Simple, quick projects designed to attract new people to the creativity of sewing.  Each week there is a new project that can be finished in one sitting.  Some of the projects offer a supply kit for a modest fee.  
An organization has designed 6 projects for everyone in the USA to teach.  Of course we didn't like all of them, and didn't want to be obligated to pay their fee for patterns, etc.  So we came up with our own mini projects - listed below and on the website

Classes are held each THURSDAY from 1-4 pm in the open sew slot.  Limited to 4 students 
Week 1.  July 18 Thursday.  Cell Phone Clutch  (Faye)  Class $5, kit $5
Uses the QuiltSmart fusible pattern.  A useful clutch to hold a phone and keys when dashing out of the house without your purse.  This one accommodates the larger phones.  It has a cord so you can wear it cross body.  Useful when you walk, go to the pool or beach, jog, quick trip to the corner food truck or grocery store.  Plenty of space to add your driver's license and some money or credit card.  Takes 1/4 yd of fabric, use something from your stash or select something from the shop.  Kit includes the pattern, fusible, and cross body cording.  Make a bunch of these for Christmas gifts!

Week 2.  Thursday July 25. Sue's hot pads (Ella)  Class $5.  Free kit
Learn how to make the popular hot pads we sell in the shop.  Sew up one or a dozen for gift giving.  Free pattern, our scrap batting and lining, you select two fabric squares from our hot pad stash.  This is how we use up the scrap batting and lining leftover from other projects - by making hot pads.  Mom and I have literally made thousands of these. Make a set for each holiday as a wedding shower gift.  You can also embroider a set - sew the design on a tea towel and on a 10-inch square then make a hot pad from the square. Endless possibilities.  

Week 3.  Thursday August 1.  (Faye/Ella)  Dog Leash.  Class $5.  Kit $3.
Sew up a dog leash for each holiday, or with your team logo.  My family's dogs are getting Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians leashes for Christmas.  Kit includes one swivel hook, one 2.5 inch strip, and interfacing.  Can make it longer by using two fabric strips.  

Week 4.  Thursday August 8.  (Faye)  Class $5.  Pattern $3. 
This week we make the item that the rest of the USA is sewing.  A quick half apron.  Our sample is make from the Northcott White Sands fabric collection.  Make one for autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.  Another cute idea is to pair it with the tea towel and hot pads as a shower gift.  Make one set or gift someone with a set for each annual holiday.  Good stocking stuffers.

Week 5.  Thursday August 15.  (staff) Class $5.  Kit $3.
Learn how to make an easy placemat with the Bosal placemat forms.  No binding needed.  Here you go, another item to pair with the half apron, hot pads, tea towels, etc. for a great gift idea, or spruce up your own kitchen.  Millennials want everything to be matchy matchy.  Each placemat takes 2 FQ or 1/2 yard cut.  The kit includes a placemat form and pattern.  Use fabric from your stash and sew up a set for autumn, Halloween, and Christmas.  Bosal forms come in a variety of shapes, rectangle, round, hexagon, and thimble.

Showering Stars class starts tomorrow June 28, and continues for another 3 weeks (July 5, 12, 19) on Fridays from 1-4 pm.  $85 fee includes pattern, class, fabric strips and background to make the quilt top.  The fabric is from Moda's Sweet Pea and Lily collection.  Level = confident beginner.  sample photo on website and FB

Don't know if its better to be in 98 degree heat or cold up north.  I'm up north right now and nights get down to a cold 52.  Don't know what the folks here are thinking but my brothers keep their AC set at 71-72 in the daytime.  Didn't bring winter clothes so I'm cold at night and in the daytime!  Back to Florida Saturday.

So you bought too much of that fabric and don't know what to do with it?  Yes, you can return fabric purchased at Alma Sue's, provided it is not washed and provided there is enough to cut a FQ and you have the sales receipt.

Next week's hot pick - Any fabric in clearance bin is $4yard. On one of the FB groups that I follow, a lady commented that all fabric in clearance bins is ugly.  She hasn't seen our clearance bin!  When I purchase fabric on sale it goes into the clearance bin and I pass on the savings to you - it is the same fabric that other shops purchased for full price and still have on their shelves.  Right now most distributors are clearing out the warehouses so they have room for the new collections.  Recently I brought in a paisley line not more than 3-4 months ago.  Was really disgusted to find it on QT's sale, but I went ahead, got the other coordinates and put it all on our clearance rack.  The rack is restocked with 50+ bolts that arrived in the last week or so.  

And here's a special deal for the wooden nickel Wednesday folks!  Billie has been culling our inventory and pulling the "short" or "skinny" bolts for the clearance bin.  They are on a separate rolling cart apart from the other clearance bolts.  They have from 2+ or more yards on the bolts.  No, these are not "finish the bolt and get a discount."  These will be $5 per bolt.  That's right, $5 for the entire board and remaining fabric on the bolt.  Wooden nickel Wednesday only on July 3!  Good stuff, including batiks and some blenders that we choose not to reorder.      Do you need a wooden nickel?  We will still give you one on that day.  Eventually will run out of wooden nickels.
To recap - next week all week clearance bin is $4/yard. On Wednesday ONLY wooden nickel clearance is $5/skinny bolt.  Just a reminder, we are CLOSED Mondays and will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4.
Open Tuesday 10-3, Wednesday 10-3, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3

New Lines put out are Moda A Day in the Park, Paris prints entire collection
Moda Lollipop Garden, butterfly quilt kit and coordinating bolts
Benartex refill Catitude bolts and panels
Benartex Christmas Catitude panels and paisley coordinates; FQ of entire collection
Quilting Treasures = Christmas Nativity panel and coordinates
Robert Kaufman = Aunt Ella's Butterflies, crib quilt kit and large quilt kit
Riley Blake/Penney Rose = White tail deer in Attic Windows quilt kit
Riley Blake/Penney Rose = Mule deer in Attic Windows quilt kit

Can't believe July is upon us already.  Have a good July 4, and put your animals inside during fireworks.

Ella for Alma Sue's Quilts