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I’m back! It’s been just over three years since my last blog post…

Clearly, I did not have a good idea of just how much time it would take to build a quilt shop from scratch.

Things have changed so much in the last three years! We moved into a larger space in December of 2015 and haven’t looked back since. The shop is bigger, we have a 600 sq ft classroom and have lots more fabric than we did in the first version of the shop.

Now for the exciting part…

We are going to be moving again! On July 01, we are moving to a new location in a 6000 sq ft unit. This will be an amazing step in our growth. There will be more details to follow. I’ll get some pics as soon as I can and let you know how the transition will occur.

It feels good to be back and blogging!

Talk to you in a few days.


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Our First Block of the Month – Gravity by Jaybird Quilts!

I’m super excited to be able to share this with you…
Keystone Quilts is ready to start its first Block of the Month – Gravity by Jaybird Quilts.
Gravity Collage
Please join our group of fun and friendly quilters, who will be working on this quilt together over the next 9 months. You can participate with others in the shop, by email/mail, by joining our Facebook group or by following along on the Keystone Quilts blog.
The Gravity kit by Robert Kaufman includes 15.7 yards of Kona Cotton Solids in 108 different colours as well as the Gravity pattern book by Jaybird Quilts.
To join in the fun, you can register in the shop, by phone at 204-223-1050 or by email at info@keystonequilts.com.
The Block of the Month payments are scheduled as a $80.00 deposit and a monthly fee pf $18.88.
The Gravity kit is also available for purchase in the shop or online for $250.00.
If you would like to join the Gravity Group email, please send me an email at info@keystonequilts.com.
The Gravity BOM starts on April 26th! Hope that you can join us. 🙂
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The First Three Months or OMG This Is Actually Happening…

After an amazing Grand Opening, I spent some time alone in the shop on Sunday, just looking around and organizing what was left of the stock. I have to admit, I got a little teary because this is something that I have wanted to do since I was 21. I am 45 now. That’s a long time to wait to go after your dream. I guess I can think of many reasons why I hadn’t tried until now. But looking back, I’m not sure if any of them were really reasons to not try. End of deep, personal reflection…

I have learned so much in the last 3 months that I can’t believe I started with knowing so little. I’ve connected with some really great reps and distributors, who have gone out of their way to help me get started on the right foot. Customers are giving me lots of great ideas an making requests for things that they want to see in the shop. I’ve also been touched by the kindness of a few other quilt shop owners in Manitoba, who have taken the time to welcome me and get to know a bit about me.

One of the hardest things that I have to do is to order fabric.

I know.

It should be super easy.

Just give me all of the beautiful fabric.

In all the colours.

All of it.

What most people are not privy to is the process of selecting fabric. First, a nice sales rep from one of the fabric distributors calls and makes an appointment to come to the shop. Then, they sit you down and roll in 3 large suitcases of fabric. The 3 suitcases are full of fabric samples. They start laying samples down on the table in front of you. Layer after layer, colour after colour. You love everything. You want everything. You can’t have everything. Herein lies my dilemma. Where. To. Start.

I must have driven the sales reps mad because I couldn’t make a decision about anything. I was too overwhelmed. I was scared to order anything. I was scared not to order anything. This went on – Lather, Rinse, Repeat – with pretty much every sales rep in the industry.

Finally, I made some decisions and had a base to start from. Things got much easier after that. 🙂

Next Up: Taking the Interweb by Storm

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So much to catch up on….

I can’t believe that September 17 was the last time I posted…

Back then I was still 3 weeks away from opening the quilt shop. I actually thought I had all the time in the world. I was wrong.

We were at the shop until well after midnight on the evening before opening. I don’t think I slept at all from excitement. When I got here in the morning, I felt this weird combination of calm, panic and a little more panic. What if no one shows up? What if they show up and hate everything that I have chosen? What if NO ONE shows up??

Then the most amazing thing happened – People came. Lots of people. Lots of happy and excited people. Opening Day was a huge success!

It’s been a crazy few months and a steep learning curve. January 11 marked my 3 month anniversary as a Quilt Shop. My next post will be all about the fun we’ve had since opening…

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Grand Opening Annoucement (Yes, it’s really happening)

Well, I decided that I needed to commit to an opening date to get things rolling. Being a master procrastinator, there was a chance that Keystone Quilts would exist in the “set up” stage forever.

So, the date has been set, people have been invited and there is no turning back now…

This is the announcement that went out to the local quilties and guilds:

We are super excited to announce the Grand Opening of Keystone Quilts in Winnipeg!

October 10 and 11, 2014

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

15-1599 Dugald Road

Please join us for two days of celebration with in-house demonstrations, door prizes and lots of fun.

Keystone Quilts will be carrying quilting supplies of the highest quality, including Kona Cottons (www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics/kona_cotton/), Creative Grids rulers (www.creativegridsusa.com/) and Kai blades and scissors.

We would love to see you and hope that you can join us!

For those of you who can’t join us, you can always shop online at www.KeystoneQuilts.com.

I’m super excited, a little nervous and thinking about fabric orders 24/7. It should be a fantastic opening.

I will definitely post some pics of the festivities and possibly one of me fainting when this actually happens.

I’m going to end with a fabric question:

What is your go-to colour for fabric? If you could also let me know why, that would be fab.

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First Blog Post – EVER

This is super exciting and a bit scary all at the same time…

As some of you know, I finally mustered the courage to live my dream instead of just thinking about it. It has been a crazy few months getting the shop up and running, sourcing fabric and navigating through the world of social media (which is much larger and more complex than I ever could have imagined). That being said, it is with excitement, gratitude and a definite lack of sleep that I present to you Keystone Quilts – Quilting with a Modern Twist!

The shop is open online with plans to open the brick and mortar location in Fall 2014. I will keep you posted as things develop.

Also, I would love to know what you are interested in blog-wise as this is pretty new to me.

Thanks for being a part of this adventure!









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