Monday, December 3, 2018


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

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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