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Friday, April 13, 2018

April?

As I type up this blog post we are almost to the middle of April.  The days are longer but the temperatures remain below normal and the snow hasn't decided to leave.  And we all know what that means....more sewing time!!


Which is great because if ever there was a time to be putting quilts together now is the time.  A week ago on this day we became aware of the horrific accident involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.  As the days progressed and the full extent of injuries and fatalities become known, we quilters jumped in to do what we do best.  Make quilts.  Under the watchful eye of Wendy Toye, owner of the quilt shop in Humboldt, a call for quilts and quilt blocks was made.  If you haven't heard about this initiative you can find more information at saskatoonmqg.com.
Sometimes the difficult part of an event such as this is accepting that life still moves along at it's usual pace but perhaps with a bit more appreciation for the fragility of life.

This month we are preparing to take a trip to Melville to have a booth at their Spring quilt show.  The dates are Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21, 2018, 10am to 4pm.  The show will be held at the Community Works Building, 800 Prince Edward Street.   Why not hop in the car and take a drive to Melville to check it out?  From past experience there are a number of talented quilt makers in the area.
As always we continue to have much fun at the shop.  We are getting in new fabric lines all the time.  The most recent are Tilda's Sunkissed:
 We also have Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts' latest offering called Sequoia:
 Andover's Tiger Kingdom:
 A new Spring mix of fabrics from AGF:
 A few AGF blenders:
 Moon Rabbit which is uber cute and hopping out the door quickly:
And we also have a new book on Walking Foot quilting full of great designs.  The exciting part of this book is the fact it was written by a Canadian quilter who hails from Manitoba!
As for classes and events coming up in the shop, I am pleased to say that our Spring/Summer list of classes is now up on our website.  We will have the paper copies in the shop by the 18th.  There are lots of new classes and even a couple of kids sewing classes too!  So take a minute and browse through and see if there is something that catches your eye.

As well,  by popular request, we are hosting another Mini-Retreat April 27th and April 28th.  Spaces are filling up so if you're interested please call the shop at 306-933-3072.

I think that about looks after the news for April!  Wishing everyone happy sewing!

Monday, March 12, 2018

March



Well March certainly came in like a lion!  The first two days were not so bad but that weekend dump of snow has made me really wanting Spring to arrive.

We have some fun activities going on this month in the shop to help take the sting out of all that snow.

We have a new charity project happening and it’s called Empty Arms.  Empty arms offers birth and bereavement support services to Saskatoon and area baby-loss families.  We are doing much the same as our last fundraiser where we sell selected fabric bolts at cost to customers who wish to contribute. You can purchase as little as .1m of the bolt (and we would never say no if someone wanted to purchase an entire bolt!).  Once the bolt is “sold”  the fabric then goes to volunteers who sew tiny clothes, diapers and hats as a way to help bereaved parent(s) honour their babies.  We are pleased to be able to support Empty Arms in this way so they can continue their good works.

We continue to bring new fabrics and notions in at the shop.  We recently received a shipment of Ketan Batiks and a couple of bolts of Fireside plush.  And for those of you who remember our shop sample of Sandy’s Under the Boardwalk quilt from last year we have received more of the Stof Woodie and Friends and have made up more of those hugely popular kits.  We also have brought in the heat rulers - a  ruler you can use with your iron.  Great for pressing accurate 1/4” folds without melting your ruler!  We also have some fun needle threaders with LED lights in them to help you see those elusive eyes in your needles.

In terms of activities at the shop we are planning a little fun for St. Patrick’s Day.  We will have refreshments and goodies, Door prizes and a draw with purchase.  We hope you’ll stop by for fun and shenanigans!

March also brings another Periwinkle Mini-Retreat.  Friday March 23, 9:30 - 10 or 11pm and Saturday 9:30 to 5:30.  Bring your sewing machine and projects and sew 'til your heart's content!  Leave you machine and spend the night in your own cozy bed and then start up again the next day.  There will be snacks and door prizes too!  We only have a couple of spots left so if you're thinking about it, don't delay.



The end of March brings Easter which gives us the opportunity to create another Easter basket full of quilting goodies.  If you make a purchase in the shop you will be able to enter the draw for the basket!  The entries for the Easter Basket will start on the 23rd of March.  The draw will be made on Easter Saturday March 31st at closing.
And that about takes care of March!  As I'm typing up this blog post the sun is shining and the weather is warm (about +1C).  Enjoy these Spring-like temperatures and as always thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.  We really do enjoy helping you with your quilting endeavours.






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 2018

February 2018

Time just seems to be ticking right along.  Our mini-retreat and our Staycation Beach Party were very successful and a lot of fun!  So we look forward to the month of February with all of it's upcoming fun and activities in the shop.

Our workshop with artist Lynne Underwood is set to begin with Sentinel on the 12th. 

And of course there's Valentine's Day (or as my daughter likes to call it, Singles Awareness Day).  We will have refreshments and fun (as well as a few specials) all day on the 14th. We hope you can stop in.
We have received shipment of the next release of Outback Wife from Ella Blue Fabrics.  Gorgeous barkcloth that can be used for quilts, bags and garments.
We will also have our first line of Tilda Fabrics called Lemon Tree any day now.  So pretty!
And have you seen the fantastic Jelly Roll Rugs?  One jelly roll, 1.25m of batting and the pattern and you're off and running!  These are really fun!  And once you've got one under your belt you'll be proficient enough to play and use up your batting and fabric scraps too!  We've got the patterns and all the fixin's!
Our classes continue to be popular and produce some really great projects.  This month our Gypsy Wife and Illusions classes will launch in addition to perennial favourites like Hand Quilting, Machine and Ruler quilting and of course our ever popular Learn to Quilt.

And we are starting to think about Spring and Summer classes (which isn't as far off as it seems).

So enjoy your month and we hope you'll stop in even if it's just to say "hello!"

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are looking forward to 2018 here at Periwinkle.  We have lots coming up this month. 
Currently we have our UFO Challenge in progress.  It was a lot of fun to see everyone's finished projects last year so we thought we'd do it again!  It runs January 8 to February 14th!
There are two chances to win.  First bring in your finished project(s) with a photo of their "before" state for an entry to win a $50 gift certificate.  The second way to win is to purchase your finishing fabrics at the shop (backing, batting, binding etc) and get your purchase price for that purchase back in the form of a Periwinkle gift certificate.  The more you buy the more you win!

In addition to an already great line up of classes - you can check them out at www.periwinkle.biz or pick up a class brochure at the shop - we've added a couple more new and exciting ones:

Pattern Fitting with Taran Meyer:
The class consists of two 3-hours classes, Saturday, February 3, 1:30-4:30pm and Saturday, February 10, 9:30am-12:30pm.  We will be working with a pattern of your choice.  It could be a new one or one that you've tried already and want to fix a know issue.  Limit 6 students. Cost is $55.00

The next new classes are actually mini-workshops with guest artist Lynne Underwood from Kamloops, BC ( You can check out her website at quiltingandfibrearts.com).  Lynne will be doing 2 workshops based on the art of Gloria Loughman.
The first workshop runs three mornings: Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm, February 12, 19 and 26.  The cost of the workshop for all three mornings is $150.00. Limit 8 students




The second mini-workshop with Lynne Underwood is a similar technique but a little more involved with added techniques like fabric painting.  Birch Trees is 4 evenings, Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm, February 1, 8, 15 and 22nd.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00. Limit 8 students.  Gloria Loughman's book Radiant Landscapes is required. (we'll have copies at the shop)
Registration for all these classes can be done at the shop in person or by phone with a credit card (306) 933-3072.

To add to the merriment we will have our annual Tropical Staycation party on Saturday January 27th.  For those of us who can't escape to hot and sunny destinations, we'll create our own warmth with lots of items on sale and refreshments and draws.  We hope you can join us! 




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December

Hello December!


And just like that November has come and gone.  It was a busy month at Periwinkle.  We had a little time to recover from the SQG Quilt Show which was so much fun!  Lots of familiar faces and friends.  Thank you so much for stopping by the Periwinkle booth to say hi and make purchases.  We sure appreciate your business.
We then moved into preparation mode for our annual Periwinkle Retreat at Shekinah.  Three days of creating and sewing, stitching and visiting.  It's always fun and  inspiring.  And it was also my first retreat at the helm so I really enjoyed the cameraderie of a great group of women.  We're from all walks of life but we share the same love of making.  Doesn't get better than that.

December has arrived and we are in Christmas/Holiday season at Periwinkle.  We're decorating the shop and bringing in lots of goodies for stockings and gifts.  We are planning a "Husbands/kids" night for Thursday December 14th.  This is the night to send your significant others to Periwinkle so they can choose that quilty gift you've been wanting.  We will have the Wish Binder at the ready so you can write down anything your heart desires (keep it quilt related though! hee hee!) or send me an email and I can write it in for you!  My husband, Byron, has been dying to host an event and it was his idea to have a husbands/kids night.  And fear not, Jen and I will be there too to help with questions etc.  So mark your calendars, leave notes around for December 14th  5:00 - 9:00pm!  I will be sending out an email announcing this too so if you're not on the Periwinkle email list just send me an email and we can add you!
Our holiday hours are pretty straight forward this year.  We will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day and New Years Day.  The rest of the hours for the shop will be as usual.

Looking ahead to 2018, we have our class list for January to April up on our website.  We also have paper copies in the shop if you prefer.  Lots of fun classes and opportunities to get together to quilt with like-minded folks.  I am also planning another Staycation Party so stay tuned for that!





Merry Christmas Everyone!  (And if you're not a Christmas observer, my best wishes to you this season!)







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