Thursday, January 24, 2013

Visit Your LQS Day: Periwinkle Quilting

(I know.  Three posts in the same week - I'm as stunned as you are!  But today is important...) 

I can't go to my local quilt shop today.

So I went yesterday. :-)

It's no secret that I love it there. They know me by name and I get a chorus of "Hi, Carly"s when I walk in; it feels a little like my Cheers.

When Periwinkle Quilting opened, years ago, I was drawn like a moth to wool, or a quilter to cotton.  I hadn't even made many quilts in my life.  I didn't know yet that I was a quilter.  But I was driving down the street, saw the sign and made a bee-line for the store. (Moths, bees, I'm mixing my insect metaphors here...)  A shop just for quilting?  Here?  It was exactly what I never knew I'd always dreamed about...

Once through the doors, I was exposed to a whole new world.  It was the first time I'd seen non-traditional patterns, and fabrics specifically made for quilting.  And en masse, in beautiful colour-sorted sections and entire fabric lines designed to work together.  Overwhelmed? Indeed! But pleasantly so.  I think it's fair to say that without Periwinkle, I might not have discovered the wealth of the quilting community.  (Not to mention that it was Michelle at Periwinkle who started the ball rolling on the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild...!)

The staff is incredible there - always ready to help you pick a project or find the right fabric.  They love Show&Tell and have smiled through my many chatty ramblings as I meander.  Everyone is so friendly and it's fun to exchange tips and ideas; I consider the shop a place to recharge my creative batteries and my positive energy.

However, I don't think I've ever gotten out of there with less than a fat quarter...


Periwinkle Quilting
105-2105 8th Street
Saskatoon, SK
(306) 933-3072


8 comments:

  1. I totally agree! I started wandering around...touching fabric when they were in the old , smaller location! It took me awhile to actually get started on the quilting! And I rarely get out of there with just a fat quarter. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  2. Periwinkle was my favourite too when I lived in Saskatoon. I lived nearer to Midtown mall though and didn't have a car so mostly I used to shop at that store across the street from the mall because I could walk there in 15-20 minutes. (I can't remember it's name, even!)

    I've lived in Calgary for 6 years now and I don't have a favourite here. There are more options, but again with the no car, and they're all so far from me! I've visited most of Calgary's shops at least once, but wouldn't say anyone's made too much of an impression on me.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How fortunate for you, and how nice of you to share. No LQS for me today - it's too darned far to drive. Count your blessings, my dear. It looks like you've got a gem of a store to visit.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am so moving to Saskatoon! I wish for a shop like this - in fact if I had 100 million dollars I'd open one myself!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Fun looking shop. If I'm ever in Saskatoon.....

    ReplyDelete
  6. I so wish we had a good quilt shop nearby. There are two here in town and both are 'side' businesses for the main business and so they are a bit neglected.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a gorgeous shop! The only decent fabric shop near me mainly deals with moda florals plus the quilting fabric is in the basement with no natural light. Your shop is so light and bright and colourful!

    ReplyDelete

Who doesn't love comments? I appreciate every single one and try to reply to each. Unless you're a no-reply commenter. Then I can't. And I have a little sad moment. Like a dropped ice cream cone. So if you're a no-reply commenter, check the comment thread and I'll reply there. :-)