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Monday, November 14, 2016

Being Two

With the upcoming plan to start the Longarm Studio, I have been doing lots of computer stuff.  I am setting up a website, and instagram feed, and registering a facebook page.  At the same time, I am trying to maintain the current Periwinkle stuff.  It makes me feel like I am spending a lot of time online!  

It will be good that we will be working so closely with Periwinkle after the changeover as well, since there are sure to be things that I haven't thought of yet! 

So far, these are some links to the new locations, if you are interested in bookmarking them, or following, or forwarding them, or whatever one does! 

the facebook page   here

Instagram   user name @sasklongarmstudio

website saskatoonlongarmstudio

I just keep reminding myself that come January, life will be simpler! 


Friday, November 11, 2016

The Big News of the Day

Big News!
Periwinkle Quilting has been around now for just over 15 years!

and the time has come for it to get a new owner! I have enjoyed so many aspects of this business -- most of all the creativity and joy that quilting adds to one's life. I experience it with every project I tackle, and am inspired by every photo I see, and each project that customers share. The second major blessing from this 15 year project has been interacting with both customers and the staff. Some of each have been around since the very beginning!

It is with real pleasure that I am handing over the store to Patti Erikson-Reynolds, who has recently had a bit if a break from being in the shop, but has over ten years working at the store. However, her real talent has been shopping for fabric, and she has over 20 years experience with that! she has had a longarm for the past several years, and has quilted a large numbers of the samples that you might have seen in the shop.
I am pretty excited to see what she has planned! I am sure that we will see her personality shine through in the fabrics and kits she will choose to stock in the future.
I am also happy to report that the current staff will largely stay the same, so you will be assured of their continued excellent service.

Which brings us to the topic of my "departure"...... I will be holding on to one aspect of the business-- Longarm Lucey! I am currently looking at various locations to set up a studio for her in Saskatoon. It will be a longarm rental service, and I might even venture into doing a bit of quilting for customers too! If you have any prepaid hours, they will just be applicable to Lucey wherever she is in Saskatoon. If you have any concerns or questions about the new location, just let me know, and I can give you more information. I have twisted Nancy's arm to come and help me in this new venture, too! Hooray!

which brings us to the topic of some Sales!
From now until the switcheroo, which should be around mid to late December, I will be offering some sales with two goals in mind. First, I want to celebrate that it's been pretty great to have the customers that we have walk through the door, and try to thank you by offering some great deals. Secondly, I want to get the inventory slimmed down a bit so that Patti has more leeway to bring in a whole whack of fresh stuff that will reflect her outlook.

It has been a great adventure! Now it's time to go on another journey.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BOGO Book Sale

BOGO

When I first saw the letters BOGO appearing in sale ads, I didn't know what they were talking about, so I googled it and found out that they stand for Buy One, Get One. 


So In this week's special, you can Buy One Book, Get One Book for Free!
Somehow I always buy so many books, that we get overstocked.  So if you buy any book at it's regular price, you can pick one of equal or lesser value to take along for free. 

This includes all books, and we have all sorts of them... books on Techniques, Learn to Quilt Books, Books that focus on precuts or special shapes like hexagons, embroidery books, coloring books, making handbags books, rug hooking books, ... there are sure to be books you want to take home and use. (or just peruse).  And don't forget the quilters on your gift list!

This special will go from right now through Saturday, November 19th, closing time.

Oh, and be sure to cast your vote for the viewer's choice in the Mini Quilt Challenge!  there are a lot of great minis that have been entered.
 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Blooms quilt show in Houston

One of the quilt shows was called Blooms, and it was comprised of the quilts made by Kaffe Fassett and Lisa Prior Lucy featured in the book of the same name.
These are some of the featured quilts...

many of them featured fussy cut flowers from his glorious fabrics


although this one featured beautiful applique by some sewing elfs,

I eally liked the frames that gave structure to this garden, 

I love flowers, especially Kaffe flowers!







Monday, October 31, 2016

Houston Quilt Market 2016, part three

Not all of the beautiful quilts are in the show part.  The vendors have wonderful samples up in their booths, 
Laura Heine
Andover Fabrics, Alison Glass

some minis...


primitive Gatherings, fro moda fabrics, a wool quilt,

more minis! at Laundry Basket, Edyta Sitar

and some other moda samples
gingiber
zen chic
lots of rainbow brights still going strong
Tula Pink
some really cute train cases
more Westminster fabrics, their solids,



Elizabeth Hartman's booth was adorable, and she won the prize for best single booth, unsurprisingly

she had made dozens of these really sweet fabric plants
Camelot fabrics:
Art Gallery Fabrics
Tim Holtz
the view of the show floor from above, 
in one direction
and the other direction









Sunday, October 30, 2016

Houston Quilt Market 2016, part two

Carolyn Friedlander is a quilter and fabric designer and architect, and book author.  wow.
There was a small but very interesting display of her work,


sorry about the spotlights shining right on the quilts, 
as you can see, she really uses applique effectively.  She has been a proponent of "slow quilting", where you just enjoy the process, even if it includes a bunch of hand stitching, 
on the right side of the photo below are swarches of the fabrics she has designed for Rober Kaufman fabrics, 

on the left is a small reverse applique quilt superimposed over a swath of the same fabric used in the quilt, 
these are some colored drawings she did that are realized in fabric in the quilt below, 
the finished quilt is in the center, surrounded by the individual parts shown as they are during the process
this is another of her very well known quilts, 
a close-up of some of the quilting, 


Your Houston Correspondent Reports....

well I have been here in Houston for a few days now and have spent a little bit of time over at market.  For the past two daysI have Started both mornings by looking at show quilts. 
  I did take an amazing video which shows you the vast areas it shows cover and the startling emptiness of the Aisles. however I don't seem able to embed that in this post. You'll just have to take my word for it.
fortunately I have lots of photos of beautiful quilts to show.  descriptions of the quilt and who made it will be in an accompanying photograph of the information posted with the quilt. 

I first wanderedby some Japanese quilts, and was taken by the lovely quilting on some of the pieces, 

the hexagon piece above, had an interesting fill on the top and bottom edges, 

there was a great show by the Modern Quilt Guild, 

here are some closeups of some of them...





I really loved this one, and the more I looked at it, the more details stood out, 
the quilting, 
the quilting, 
and the quilting ! 
also, those black and white parts were pieced and very cool.

as you might have noticed, I am very focussed on the quilting part of quilts right now! 
 Having our longarm Lucey around has really opened up a world of possibilities to explore.

but here is something pretty cool, a life sized crocodile! 

In the next post I will report on the Carolyn Friedlander exhibit,

(by the way, I apologize if some of the photos are blurry) 












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