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Sunday, June 10, 2018

It's June!

Somehow we managed to arrive at June already.  Last month was a lot of fun.  The highlight being the Regina Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Show.  I took my husband for the first time.  He really enjoyed it and had fun talking with all the quilters (and non-quilters) that visited our booth.  And I really enjoyed being able to share with him what quilt shows are all about.

We've had many hot days and some rain (hooray!) already and this morning was particularly hot and humid.  A little weird for a place with a normally dry climate.  Nevertheless it still makes for good sewing weather.
As ever, we are always keeping busy at the shop.  We've had our first Jelly Roll Rug class.  It was a full house with lots of stitching going on.  And some really fantastic rugs were being made.
Yesterday we had our Locker Hooking class with J.Linda.  It's another "old timey" method of mat/rug making and a great way to use up strips of scrap fabric.
We are looking forward to our Basic Dress class next Saturday (which has been sold out for some time)
and then a Ruler Quilting class at the end of the month.


We've received some more great fabrics.  Unscripted from Sweet Bee Designs is in the shop.  Did you know that Sweet Bee Designs is Canadian?  It feels good to have fabrics coming from another Canadian company (Northcott is also Canadian) and to support them. 


And speaking of Northcott we also received our first bolt of fabric with Advent Calendars on them.  These are hugely popular every year.

Also from Northcott we have received a line of blenders called Essence.  Many beautiful colours which I understand will work well with the theme of the next Saskatoon Quilters' Guild quilt show! (Oct 2019)
This month also brings the release of our new offering for the Row By Row Experience 2018! 



There is certainly lots to look forward to!
I hope everyone has a beautiful June.  For those of you with kids at home this month can be very hectic.  Don't forget to carve out a little "me" time and sew a few stitches.  You'd be surprised how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes a day and how much better you'll feel in spite of feeling pulled in all directions.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!




Monday, May 7, 2018

Well, Hello there May!

I love May!


May has to be one of my favourite months.
Spring has usually arrived by May - or in Saskatchewan's case Summer has made it's debut.
My children were both born in May - that was my strategy for getting summers away from work all those years ago, ha ha!
I'm also a woman who's husband is a CPA-CA.  Starting about February I lose him to the joy that is tax season.  On May 1st, he returns to his regularly scheduled work life and I get a partner back who doesn't look like exhaustion personified.
And the quilt shows pop up in May which I always enjoy.
All in all May is a pretty good month!

Around the shop we are still buzzing about.  We've introduced our Spring and Summer list of classes which can be found on the website.  www.periwinkle.biz - click on the classes tab.  There are lots of fun project classes (Jelly Roll Rug, Clothesline Rope Bowl) and some great garment sewing classes.  There are even some kids' classes too!)  We've also gotten several shipments of new fabrics - also a favourite of mine!  :)  Here are a pics of just two of our newest lines:
Tilda Sunkissed
In the Meadow by Doohikey Designs

This week we getting ready and packing up to drive to Regina for their guild show.  The show is always a fun day filled with lovely quilts, demos (I'll be demo-ing the Westalee Rulers) and a great vendor's market.  We will have our booth there so do stop by and say "hi".  It's always worth the drive.
The rest of May will be consumed with the creation of new kits - look for our new County Lines done up in lovely rich batik colours.  We have a new baby quilt kit using the Yellow Brick Road pattern and the Little Buckaroo line.  Super cute!  In the next couple of weeks our order of Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Holiday should arrive - can you believe the Christmas fabrics are beginning to arrive?!  We will have the complete line as well as precuts.  It's a very pretty offering from this mother/daughter duo.  And yes, I'm a B & C fabric junkie.  :D
I am also working on our row for the Row X Row Experience 2018.  This year's theme is Sew Musical.  We will have a great bundle of 25 fat quarters for the first person that brings a completed quilt in.  And an additional prize if the quilt has our "row" in it!

So I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this fabulous month.  Get outside and enjoy the weather.  Make sure you fit in a bit of quilting.  We always enjoy seeing you and appreciate your business!

Happy Sewing!
-Patti






Friday, April 13, 2018

April?

As I type up this blog post we are almost to the middle of April.  The days are longer but the temperatures remain below normal and the snow hasn't decided to leave.  And we all know what that means....more sewing time!!


Which is great because if ever there was a time to be putting quilts together now is the time.  A week ago on this day we became aware of the horrific accident involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.  As the days progressed and the full extent of injuries and fatalities become known, we quilters jumped in to do what we do best.  Make quilts.  Under the watchful eye of Wendy Toye, owner of the quilt shop in Humboldt, a call for quilts and quilt blocks was made.  If you haven't heard about this initiative you can find more information at saskatoonmqg.com.
Sometimes the difficult part of an event such as this is accepting that life still moves along at it's usual pace but perhaps with a bit more appreciation for the fragility of life.

This month we are preparing to take a trip to Melville to have a booth at their Spring quilt show.  The dates are Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21, 2018, 10am to 4pm.  The show will be held at the Community Works Building, 800 Prince Edward Street.   Why not hop in the car and take a drive to Melville to check it out?  From past experience there are a number of talented quilt makers in the area.
As always we continue to have much fun at the shop.  We are getting in new fabric lines all the time.  The most recent are Tilda's Sunkissed:
 We also have Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts' latest offering called Sequoia:
 Andover's Tiger Kingdom:
 A new Spring mix of fabrics from AGF:
 A few AGF blenders:
 Moon Rabbit which is uber cute and hopping out the door quickly:
And we also have a new book on Walking Foot quilting full of great designs.  The exciting part of this book is the fact it was written by a Canadian quilter who hails from Manitoba!
As for classes and events coming up in the shop, I am pleased to say that our Spring/Summer list of classes is now up on our website.  We will have the paper copies in the shop by the 18th.  There are lots of new classes and even a couple of kids sewing classes too!  So take a minute and browse through and see if there is something that catches your eye.

As well,  by popular request, we are hosting another Mini-Retreat April 27th and April 28th.  Spaces are filling up so if you're interested please call the shop at 306-933-3072.

I think that about looks after the news for April!  Wishing everyone happy sewing!

Monday, March 12, 2018

March



Well March certainly came in like a lion!  The first two days were not so bad but that weekend dump of snow has made me really wanting Spring to arrive.

We have some fun activities going on this month in the shop to help take the sting out of all that snow.

We have a new charity project happening and it’s called Empty Arms.  Empty arms offers birth and bereavement support services to Saskatoon and area baby-loss families.  We are doing much the same as our last fundraiser where we sell selected fabric bolts at cost to customers who wish to contribute. You can purchase as little as .1m of the bolt (and we would never say no if someone wanted to purchase an entire bolt!).  Once the bolt is “sold”  the fabric then goes to volunteers who sew tiny clothes, diapers and hats as a way to help bereaved parent(s) honour their babies.  We are pleased to be able to support Empty Arms in this way so they can continue their good works.

We continue to bring new fabrics and notions in at the shop.  We recently received a shipment of Ketan Batiks and a couple of bolts of Fireside plush.  And for those of you who remember our shop sample of Sandy’s Under the Boardwalk quilt from last year we have received more of the Stof Woodie and Friends and have made up more of those hugely popular kits.  We also have brought in the heat rulers - a  ruler you can use with your iron.  Great for pressing accurate 1/4” folds without melting your ruler!  We also have some fun needle threaders with LED lights in them to help you see those elusive eyes in your needles.

In terms of activities at the shop we are planning a little fun for St. Patrick’s Day.  We will have refreshments and goodies, Door prizes and a draw with purchase.  We hope you’ll stop by for fun and shenanigans!

March also brings another Periwinkle Mini-Retreat.  Friday March 23, 9:30 - 10 or 11pm and Saturday 9:30 to 5:30.  Bring your sewing machine and projects and sew 'til your heart's content!  Leave you machine and spend the night in your own cozy bed and then start up again the next day.  There will be snacks and door prizes too!  We only have a couple of spots left so if you're thinking about it, don't delay.



The end of March brings Easter which gives us the opportunity to create another Easter basket full of quilting goodies.  If you make a purchase in the shop you will be able to enter the draw for the basket!  The entries for the Easter Basket will start on the 23rd of March.  The draw will be made on Easter Saturday March 31st at closing.
And that about takes care of March!  As I'm typing up this blog post the sun is shining and the weather is warm (about +1C).  Enjoy these Spring-like temperatures and as always thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.  We really do enjoy helping you with your quilting endeavours.






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 2018

February 2018

Time just seems to be ticking right along.  Our mini-retreat and our Staycation Beach Party were very successful and a lot of fun!  So we look forward to the month of February with all of it's upcoming fun and activities in the shop.

Our workshop with artist Lynne Underwood is set to begin with Sentinel on the 12th. 

And of course there's Valentine's Day (or as my daughter likes to call it, Singles Awareness Day).  We will have refreshments and fun (as well as a few specials) all day on the 14th. We hope you can stop in.
We have received shipment of the next release of Outback Wife from Ella Blue Fabrics.  Gorgeous barkcloth that can be used for quilts, bags and garments.
We will also have our first line of Tilda Fabrics called Lemon Tree any day now.  So pretty!
And have you seen the fantastic Jelly Roll Rugs?  One jelly roll, 1.25m of batting and the pattern and you're off and running!  These are really fun!  And once you've got one under your belt you'll be proficient enough to play and use up your batting and fabric scraps too!  We've got the patterns and all the fixin's!
Our classes continue to be popular and produce some really great projects.  This month our Gypsy Wife and Illusions classes will launch in addition to perennial favourites like Hand Quilting, Machine and Ruler quilting and of course our ever popular Learn to Quilt.

And we are starting to think about Spring and Summer classes (which isn't as far off as it seems).

So enjoy your month and we hope you'll stop in even if it's just to say "hello!"

 

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