Hello! And Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a big year of firsts for me. One of those firsts will be owning a quilt shop! As of today I am the new owner of Periwinkle Quilting and Beyond. It's been several months in the making with lots of preparation and paper work! And I have to thank Michelle for giving me this wonderful opportunity. Without her encouragement and mentorship it just wouldn't be happening.
I will give you a little bit of information about myself for those of you who don't know me. After graduating from the U of S my husband and I moved to Toronto where I worked at the head office of The Body Shop Canada. It was there that my love of retail was established. We moved back to Saskatoon to be "home" with our families. I owned a little maternity lease wear business for a few short years until my own children took precedent and I sold the business to be at home with them. My passion for quilting was ignited in 2000 and with the encouragement of my dear friend, Brenda, I joined the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild and found new friends who loved quilting as much as I did. On a chance visit to her quilt shop I began working for Michelle at Periwinkle which lasted from 2002 to 2014. I loved being able to help and learn from the customers that came and went from the shop. Quilters are very special people. I took time away from the shop these last two years to be with my Dad and my siblings as we helped Mom with her cancer journey which then became time to adapt to life without her.
It was this fall that I found myself at loose ends. My children are grown and finishing their post-secondary educations and beginning their own independent lives. So what a good time to make a change and do something I love. The opportunity to purchase Periwinkle presented itself and the rest, as they say, is history!
I am so looking forward to visiting with everyone who comes to Periwinkle. I am excited to be able to bring new fabrics, notions, books and patterns into the shop. And I am super excited about the expanded offering of classes. More classes. More projects. You will be able to see the project samples in the classroom very soon! And we will also open the classroom to customers who would just like a place to come and sew. It is my wish that Periwinkle becomes a fun and welcoming place for quilters to gather.
So with this excitement in mind I wish you all a wonderful and very quilty 2017!
ps. Save the date! Saturday, January 28th. Periwinkle is planning a
Staycation Beach Party! There will be refreshments, door prizes, and
even a small gift with purchase! We hope you can come!
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