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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!!

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!



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