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Saturday, September 22, 2018

September

You know how you have those moments when you feel like you've forgotten something but you just can't think of what it is?  I've been having that feeling for the last week or so.  Finally I realized what I was forgetting about!  It was the blog!! 

September has been super busy.  But really, most Septembers are. We are all getting back into our non-summer rhythms.  The weather has taken a sudden turn to sewing weather (check out the snow we just received!) and the shop has been bustling and busy.
What's been  happening you ask?

Firstly, our classes have taken off.  If you're thinking about taking a class I would encourage you to register as they are filling steadily.  Here's a great pic of the class sample for the Archer button shirt.  Lots of great learning and a solid wardrobe staple.  Taran does such a lovely job with garment sewing (you can follow her on IG too @tanitisis):
Our Learn to Quilt classes are in full gear with the first two September classes completely full and the others filling up.  We also have many other quilting classes.  You can check our our Class Newletter by picking up a paper copy in the shop or checking our website: www.periwinkle.biz
e.g. Scrappy Stocking!

We continue receiving new fabrics.  Here are just a few of the lines we've received:
 Alphabet Soup
 Gilded Greenery
 Dream Big
 Tilda Bird Pond (see how well they play with Lemon Tree and Sunkissed?)
 Tula Pink Zuma!!
 One of the fabrics from Zuma by Tula Pink.  Such a great saying.

Another reason I'd forgotten about the blog was because of the wonderful invitation we received to attend the annual quilting retreat in Prince Albert.  Such a kind and congenial group of ladies.  And not to mention very accomplished quilters.  Jen and I had a lovely time.  We got to sew a little, sell a bunch and visit with really wonderful ladies.  Thanks Bonnie and organizing committee!  We really enjoyed ourselves!
Now we are running up to the last week in September.  We've launched our first Periwinkle Block of the Month.  Block #1 was released September 15th and we are working away on Block #2.  Here's a pic of the first block to whet your stitching appetite:
You can join any time.  For price and more information please feel free to call the shop 306-933-3072, or check out the website www.periwinkle.biz 

Well I'm going to wrap things up. I've still got a persistent cat between my lap and the keyboard.  It's become a steady arrangement any time I'm at the computer.  Today, however, I don't mind.  It's cool in the house and feels a little cooler with the snow outside.  Enjoy the rest of September - the weather is due to improve.  Happy stitching!




Saturday, August 11, 2018

August

August has been hot! hot! hot!  And I'm not just talking about the weather!  Although that's been hot too!
The shop has been hopping with all the activities going on in the city.  Close to the shop the Fringe Festival has been working it's magic.  Shows and street vendors, and more food trucks than I ever knew existed. 
The exhibition has been running this week too.  It's only a 5 minute drive from the shop.  Periwinkle Quilting was a sponsor of the Arts Showcase and the quilt displays and other handcrafts were just  lovely! We even know one of the winners very well!  ;)
Inside the shop we've had fun with our classes.  We've been making Jelly Roll Rugs:
And Scout tees by Grainline Studios:

This pattern is one of those great ones that looks great on everyone.  We had all sizes in the class and each shirt looked fantastic!

And we have group who are going to "Learn to Sew" with Taran next week!  It's wonderful to see all this creativity during the summer months.

On the fabric front we have several new lines of fabric (and as always more to come!)
The beautiful Tula Pink All Stars have arrived.  Wendy convinced me and I have to say they are just stunning.  Rich vibrant colours!

We've also received Indah Metals from Me & You:
We've got the beginnings of Something Blue by Edyta Sitar.  We're waiting on 9 remaining bolts and then we'll have the full range.
And as I'm typing Moda's Metropolis is on it's way to the shop.  This is a really cool line with a great Canadian Panel and fabrics with Canadian provinces printed on it!


I love Basic Grey.  Great colours for a guy quilt too!  We even have a pattern from Coach House Designs made specifically for this line:
Pretty neat hey?  We've also brought in some more new patterns and notions.  We're trying out some of the Quilter's Select products in the shop too.  Most notably the 6 x24 inch ruler.  Honest, it doesn't move at all when you're cutting!
And the rotary cutter:
I figure that if it can function as it's supposed to with the daily wear and tear of quilt shop activity then the product is a good one!

And finally, I'm happy to announce that our classes are up on our website and ready for your perusal!(www.periwinkle.biz, click on Classes)  We will have paper copies early next week.  We've had such a wonderful response to our classes already!  And with over 41 classes and special events,  I know there will be something to tempt everyone.
And that wraps up August!  Hot in every way! 
Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you in September!

ps.  I think I deserve a medal!  I wrote this whole blog with a certain kitty between me and the keyboard, lol!!



Sunday, July 15, 2018

July! And the summer is glorious!

It's already the middle of July and I can say whole-heartedly that we haven't had a warm summer like this in many years.  So I am enjoying the sun and the bright that only prairie summers can bring.
Things at the shop are bopping along.  At a little slower pace because like me everyone is out enjoying the great weather.  That said, we are finding time to create kits, make samples and plan for the fall classes.

The following kits are available now at the shop (arrangements can be made for online purchases too!)
Giant Star Quilt
 Vintage Holiday
 Under the Boardwalk (Baby Girl Version)
 Blue Advent Calendar
We've also had more new fabrics arrive.  Here are photos for you to enjoy and plan with:
Love Me Loves Me Not - A sweet fabric depicting a mouse plucking daisy petals, she loves me she loves me not....we sure love this one!
 And Snow Day - a smaller modern print depicting winter vignettes from U.K. Company Lewis and Irene.
 I'm also madly working on a shop sample for a return of Lella Boutique's Aviator pattern.  We've brought the kits back but this time with wonderful navys and greys.  Hopefully I will have it finished up in the next few weeks!
Our Fall class schedule is in the works as well.  We have some fun classes and some wonderful guest  instructors so stay tuned for that!  Registration will start mid-August.

The classroom is available for use during the summer.  I'm often there sewing so give us a call if you'd like to join in!  And that's about it for shop news!  Continue to enjoy this gorgeous summer.  And remember to slip in a little time for stitching!



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






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