(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...
105-2105 8th Street