To answer the questions:
Do we still need face masks? YES! We still make masks for anyone in the community who needs them. If you are willing to make masks and bring them to Alma Sue's, we will give you the fabric and elastic at no charge! We do not sell the masks, simply give them away to anyone who needs one. Currently there are only 2-3 here, today I plan to sit down and spend the afternoon sewing masks! Kids, sports, and masculine masks especially in demand. We do have Florida Gators and FSU fabric, some Tampa Bay Buccaneers fabric for mask making. Most of the other sports fabrics are sold out. The mills shut down for COVID-19 and won't begin production until June 30. Then it will take a few months to get refills on the sports fabrics.
Do we have elastic? YES! We have 1,000+ yards of elastic on hand. Round cord, 1/4 inch flat, 1/8 inch flat in white and black. All our elastic is MADE in the USA in Ohio and North Carolina. All our elastic is the soft knitted kind that doesn't cause abrasion on the ears.
PSA: The census bureau asked that I include this info in my newsletter. They are looking for temporary help with the census, including work in the field and office. Competitive salary and mileage rates. Must apply online. Go to 2020census.gov for information and application.
Christmas fabric is arriving! Expecting more shipments on Friday. We will gather all the holiday fabric into the front room and plan to have a CHRISTMAS SALE first week of July...July 7, 8, and 9. We are closed on July 4 so need to wait until Tuesday July 7. Yes, red trucks are still going strong! I just put the latest red truck panel on Facebook (FB: Alma Sue's Quilt Shop) This would make a beautiful One Block Wonder panel quilt!
CLASSES: We are doing the maiden run of classes next door at the Carlisle Inn Conference Center.
First up is ONE BLOCK WONDER
Date: Monday July 13 from 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: $95 includes book, 60 degree ruler, instruction, lunch
Panel deal for the class: Buy 4 panels, get 3 FREE
Get on board with this creative technique. The class is geared to making a OBW quilt from panels. 7 panels are required, one for the front and 6 for the hexagons.
Alternatively: if you don't want to do a panel just yet, you can still join in and learn the technique. Select SIX (6) repeats of a print to your liking, or perhaps a print in your stash. The beginning layering and cutting technique is the same as for panels.
Because of restrictions due to COVID 19, we need to follow a different set of housekeeping rules:
1. NO community supplies are available, there is NO common ironing station, NO common cutting station. You must provide all your own supplies; sewing machine, scissors, seam ripper, cutting mat, rotary cutter, ironing pad, iron or other device to flatten seams. Faye is putting together a comprehensive list of everything needed for the class.
2. Every person gets two 6-foot tables so you have plenty of room to cut and sew in your own space. Each set of tables is spaced apart. The room usually accommodates 53 people in classroom style. We limit total student capacity to 20 people.
3. Wear a mask or not - your preference. Wear gloves or not - your preference. Everyone will have temperature taken on admission; if your temp is elevated above 99.1, you cannot stay. So take your temperature at home before coming to class.
4. There is no buffet lunch. A boxed lunch is provided so you can eat at your table space. When signing up for the class, choose lunch from the following:
a) strawberry poppy seed salad with spinach, feta, honey roasted pecans, strawberries, grilled chicken and poppyseed dressing served with fruit bread and cookie
b) Southwest salad romaine, pico de gallo, blended cheese, tortilla strips, fajita grilled chicken, avocado with chipotle ranch dressing served with fruit bread and cookie
c) fresh fruit plate - assortment of seasonal fresh fruit and cottage cheese on bed of lettuce with 6 oz grilled chicken breast. served with crackers and cookie.
A mini iron is a good tool for an away class. We reviewed several and have the following comments:
Rowenta travel iron: I loved this iron until the handle broke, not only one time but on 3 different irons. Finally I decided not to buy any more! It runs around $59-69
Steamfast mini iron: small in size, also a steam iron with very small tank. Does not safely stand upright. Runs around $35+
Oliso mini iron: small size, also a steam iron, a little unhandy to hold, runs around $72. Does not stand upright but a silicone plate is provided to rest hot iron on
Sunbeam Hot-2-trot mini iron: we like this the best. just a bit larger than steamfast or Oliso, nice handle. My distributor does not carry this one but you can buy it online from Walmart or Amazon for about $19-20
The one thing we like about the expensive Oliso iron is the silicone ironing plate that comes with it so the hot iron can rest flat without damaging a surface. But you can purchase this silicone resting plate for about $5
We will break up the intense day with a variety of activities:
door prizes, small sewing projects.
To sign up - call 941-330-0993. Or send message on Facebook at Alma Sue's Quilt Shop