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Saturday, October 12, 2019

October


October!

I think I'll just resign myself to sporadic blog posting while we are implementing our changes here at Periwinkle.

 Our move was the first change.


 Adding the sale of Bernina Sewing Machines was the second change.


 We've added a Point of Sale system so that we can computerize our inventory.  This gives us the ability to track your rewards points so you don't have to carry the punch cards any more; we can keep track of your purchases and help you find a certain type of fabric you may have bought previously or if you need another printed receipt we can do all that for you.  It also makes the day to day functioning of the shop a little easier.

The last big change that will happen in the next few weeks will be our online shop.  Having the new Point of Sale system will enable us to have a big beautiful online shop. 
In turn, this will allow you and other customers from all over the world access to our shop any time.


Funny story: we had a few days where our online shop was accidentally visible.  We're still not sure how this happened and our POS provider isn't sure either, but I digress.  The funny part was that two people managed to place orders in that short period of non-advertised shopping.  So I think this bodes well for when the shop actually launches!




In the meantime we are preparing for the upcoming quilt show in Saskatoon.
We are very pleased to be able to sponsor the Trunk Show.  Terry Rowland is the special guest and will show some of her wonderful quilts and talk about her quilt journey.

Tickets are still available.  Just email: tickets@saskatoonquiltersguild.com.  You can also learn more about Terry Rowland on her Facebook page.

In addition to our Trunk Show sponsorship of the Saskatoon Quilters Guild show we will have a booth set up in the vendor's mall.  The shop itself will be open Thursday evening (Oct 24) until 9pm, Friday (Oct 25) until 7pm and Saturday (Oct 26) until 6pm.   We hope to see you there!

Well I will keep this short and sweet. 

Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving long weekend.  There is much to be thankful for in spite of a seemingly crazy world.  As always, thank you to our customers who make Periwinkle a fun and inspiring place to be.

Patti











Monday, July 22, 2019

July!

July 2019

Hi all!

Well I can tell you the one casualty that came about as a result of our move was our poor blog!  So I'm going to rectify this by getting a new post together.

For those of you who are new followers you may not know that we moved our shop to a lovely new space on April 1st of this year.

We moved from our Broadway location to a space that allowed us to have our classroom and bathroom all on the main level.  Our Broadway shop was in an old building with a very narrow and steep staircase which caused accessibility issues for some of our customers.  And I will be honest.  After the 10th time of going up and down the stairs it was difficult to even contemplate one more trip!
So we are very happy and enjoying our new space.  We are located at 270-2600 8th Street East.  We share the mall with Taco Time, Subway and Saboroso.  We are right beside Wine 4 You. 

Here are a few pics from our move:









We spent the month of April celebrating the new digs with a big grand re-opening party and sale.  It was a huge success!  And we had enough 1/2 price bolts to keep the sale going for the whole week following.  It was so much fun!  And we are so thankful to all of our customers who came out to help us celebrate.

So what have we been doing these last few months (besides forgetting about the blog)?

We are now an authorized Bernina sewing machine dealer!  With that has come training and learning about our fabulous Berninas.  If you are a quilter and you've never used a Bernina, you need to stop in and have a play on our demo machines.  Swiss engineered, they are strong and quiet.   You'll fall in love.

We've also had the good fortune of getting to know Bernie Tobisch and Shelley Scott-Tobisch.  They first stopped in at the Broadway shop to say hello and show us their fabulous books.  Shelley demo'd her Easy Precision Piecing products too.  Her method makes piecing blocks (even teeny tiny ones!) accurate and easy.  Such a great opportunity for us to have workshops from both Bernie and Shelley!  You can check our shop and website for their workshops and our schedule of classes this fall which will be available the August long weekend.

Periwinkle is also converting to a computerized system in the store.
As you can imagine there is a lot of product that has to be entered.  And when we process your purchases we will be checking our system to see if you are in it.  We are doing this because our new reward system will be tracked by computer and you won't have to carry a stamp card anymore.  Hooray!  A new system also means that soon we will have an excellent online shop and you'll be able to sign up for classes online too.  Our new home page is live now so feel free to check it out.  www.periwinkle.biz

As always we continue to have the latest fabrics, books and patterns.  We even have some cool new notions we are certain you will use and enjoy.

Our class newsletter for Sept-Dec will be ready the August long weekend so keep watch for it so you can plan to take a class, join in on one of our mini-retreats or take advantage of special workshops being taught by guest instructors.

Until then please keep enjoying our all-too-short summer!  :)



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

February!

Happy February Everyone!

It's certainly been a more wintery February.  As a matter of fact, I feel like we've gotten all of our winter in the last 3 weeks!   However, winter weather also means more time for sewing and quilting and that's never a bad thing.

This month we've been working hard to get new kits and fabrics to you.
The above photo is the new Autumn Abstract by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.  It just glows!

      Elizabeth's Star 

               Memories Tablerunner in fun coffee inspired fabrics

 
Tic Tacs Quilt with Flower Garden by Primitive Gatherings 

        Curry Quilt using AGF Oh Clementine

        Horizon Quilt using Tilda and blenders    
             
Our latest batik quilt - love how it sparkles!

As you can see we've been taking full advantage of our weather by quilting up a storm!

We also had our UFO Challenge finish up on February 14th.  We had 3 lucky winners.  The winner of our $50 gift certificate was Jean Currie.  Dori Harder and Linda Lewis won their purchases back.  And Myrna Petit was the winner of our Valentine's Day Fat Quarter draw.  A pretty fun day I'd say!

And I'm happy to say that we have finally gotten our order of the crazy popular scissor mugs back in.
These are super fun and make great gifts.  

So on to our super exciting news!  The renovations have begun on our new store!!  The guys are working hard so that we can be in our new space for April 1st.  Our actual move will happen Mar 29th.  I've decided that movers are the way to go.  Far better they do the heavy lifting than me, lol!!
Here are a few pics of the shop in it's "before" stages.  If you follow Periwinkle Quilting on FB and IG you'll be able to see renovation pics there and see how things progress. 
 At the back of the new shop looking towards the front

 At the front of the shop looking towards the back
Back wall torn out.  Framing for new classroom, storage room and office in place.  Old stained and smelly carpet gone!  
There's lots happening so do follow my social media posts to keep up on the changes.

Before I forget, mark your calendar for Saturday April 13th, 2019.  That will be our grand re-opening party.  We'll have some great deals and surprises.  Team Tobisch will be doing Precision Piecing demos, Robin Hufnagel will be teaching her bag classes and we'll have refreshments too!  Again, you'll see updates about all of the festivities on FB and IG too.  

Speaking of Team Tobisch, Shelley and Bernie will be teaching workshops at Periwinkle too.  They will be doing a Sewing Machine Maintenance workshop, April 15 and then a two-day workshop using Shelley's Precision Piecing technique, April 16 and 17.   We'll be posting more information on the workshops online and in-store in the coming days.

Well that's it for now!  

Have a wonderful rest of the month and happy sewing!











Monday, January 21, 2019

January

Happy New Year Everyone!!
I hope you all had a lovely (or survived) the holidays.  It goes by so quickly and is usually pretty fun but it's always nice to get back to routine and that means sewing!

The start to 2019 has been fun already here at the shop.  We've started our annual UFO Challenge.  Bring in your finishes (and a photo of their "before")for a chance to win a $50 Periwinkle Gift Certificate.  For a chance at another opportunity to win you can buy your backings and battings at Periwinkle and enter to win your purchase amount back. The dates the challenge runs is January 9th to February 14th. All the details can also be found at the shop so please feel free to ask the next time you are in.

January is also bringing new kits to Periwinkle.  We've got 6 new kits packaged up and ready for you to put together.  We're madly sewing up the samples so that you see what they will look like.  Kits are such a convenient way to get the materials needed for a quilt top without having to spend money on extra fabrics that you may not need.

Planning is also well under way for the renovations of our new location.  Permits are ready, trades are organized to get started...and now we wait.  Our actual move will happen the last weekend in March.  We are going to have our grand re-opening Saturday, April 13th.  Robyn Hufnagel of Nuthatch Stitched Goods will be teaching her fabulous pouch and Noodlehead waxed tote classes in our new classroom that day.  Shelley and Bernie Tobisch will be promoting and doing demos for their books Precision Piecing and The Sewing Machine Handbook in the store.  They will also be doing workshops at Periwinkle April 15, 16 and 17.  We will have more information out on that soon. And of course there will be some great sales and some wonderful surprises and prizes.

As always we have new fabrics, patterns and books.  The latest fabric is Voysey from Moda.  These are reproduction fabrics based on prints from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Some reorders of Grunge Hits the Spot Widebacks and Kaffe Fassett widebacks are in the shop as well.

We have the new books from Shelley and Bernie Tobisch and the new Colossal Jelly Roll Rug pattern from Roma Lambston of the Jelly Roll Rug fame.



Our classes have begun for the Winter term with a Jelly Roll Rug and Ruler Quilting class already under our belts.  Check out our website at www.periwinkle.biz/classes for a full listing and descriptions of our upcoming classes!

We will have another mini-retreat January 25 and 26th.  We have a couple of spots left.  It's always a fun weekend enjoying sewing time with other quilters and sharing ideas and creativity.  Heck, it's just good to be with other people who are as crazy about quilting as we are!

So that's it for now!  Remember to follow us on FB and IG for daily updates on what's arrived and/or going on at the shop.  Next month I'll be able to share posts about the renos happening for our new location too.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

Patti




Monday, December 3, 2018

December!

WHOOSH!!!!   You know what that sound was?  That was October and November speeding by. 
When my husband's grandmother was still alive (she lived to be 100) she used to say that time went by faster with each passing year.  I never really believed her but I'm now a convert.  Needless to say, lots has happened in these last two months.

The shop has been busy-busy.  I'm always so grateful for the support of our customers.  Such great people that come through our doors.

October brought us more new fabrics.  Some have already disappeared into fabulous customer projects and in-store kits.

We had the pleasure of hosting an evening with the Teacher's Superannuation retreat participants.  There was lots of laughter and merriment.  We certainly had a lot of fun. Thank you to the organizers for including us.

A good most of my October was spent organizing and preparing the classes for January to April 2019.  We have a great line-up of classes (again!).  From Learn to Sew to Collage Quilting and Learning about Ruler Quilting (and a few new classes) there is lots to keep you busy.  We have special guest artist Robyn Hufnagel of Nuthatch Stitched Goods coming in April (in our new classroom) to teach a pouch and bag workshop.  You can pick up a paper copy at the shop or check out classes on our website www.periwinkle.biz

The reason I spent most of October planning classes was that on November 1st Jennifer (who works at Periwinkle) and I left for Houston to attend the International Quilt Market.  We spent 4 days immersed in wonderful new fabrics, book and notions to order for Spring at the shop.  While it wasn't the first time I've been to market - we would go with Michelle from time to time - it was my first time as a shop owner.  It's quite a different experience I must say.  A little more fun because all the booths can be shopped at potentially. (If you're not a shop owner some of the booths can't or won't sell to you)  And also a little more pressure for me too because I wanted to find good things to bring back. 



We also stayed on to enjoy the International Quilt Festival.  So many amazing quilts!  Quilts that take years to make.  The show was breathtaking and inspiring.  And of course the vendor's market didn't disappoint.  A quilter's Disneyland would be an apt description.  There were 22 aisles with approximately 50 vendors in each aisle.  Comfortable shoes are a must!


We arrived back home to Saskatoon at 1:30am Nov 12th.  Enough time to do some laundry and get things organized for our annual Periwinkle Quilting Retreat at Shekinah on the 15th.  The weather was cooperative - no crazy snow storms or subzero temperatures!  I was even able to get in a couple of good walks.  Up the hill.  To get cell service, hee hee!  The shop keeps running even when I'm away and I need to stay on top of things.  Literally and figuratively, ha! The food was plentiful and delicious and as always the ladies were fun and inspiring!  So many different types of quilting projects being worked on at retreat.  And some pretty impressive talent too!


The last week of November had me catching up on the dreaded paperwork.  Quilt shops generate a tremendous amount of office work.  It's not the fun part of having a quilt shop but a necessary evil.
As well we had our last shop Mini-Retreat before Christmas.  This is such a nice time to get together to sew and talk quilting with fellow quilters.  I was able to sneak in for a few hours each day. 

So at last we are in December.  Everyone is madly finishing Christmas projects/presents.  We're selling lots of gift certificates and quilty type gifts.  And we are steadily receiving deliveries of fabrics, notions and books.


  Many of the things I ordered in Houston are starting to arrive.  There are a few items still making their way doggedly to the shop (thanks Canada Post) with the fabric due to arrive in the Spring.  We're looking forward to spending time with family over the holidays.  Many (dare I say most) of us are looking forward to some extra sewing time once all the holiday preparations are done.

With that in mind we at Periwinkle would like to wish you, our customers, friends and all quilters a very Joyous Holiday Season.  Hope you get to enjoy it whichever way suits you and makes you happy.  We will see everyone for sure in 2019.  It's going to be a big year for Periwinkle.  The leaseholds on our new location will start for our move the end of March!  Until then, it's business as usual!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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