Thursday, May 26, 2016

Did You Know?

We keep ordering these Australian fabrics from M&S textiles and they keep flying out the door, so we know they are hitting a chord with our customers. They definitely have rich colors and appeal to a wide audience, but did you know that they are not just pretty pictures? Each fabric is based on designs from Australian Aboriginal artists and each one has it's own story.




Come in to the shop and read about the meaning of each design. Some include native plants or animals, some have spiritual meaning, and some represent such geographic locales as sand dunes or salt plains. Each story is intriguing and unique and provides an extra layer of interest to your quilts and other projects.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We're Inspired by: Black and White

It's bold. It's graphic, it goes with everything!


Like the little black dress that's a must in so many women's wardrobes, black and white fabric is a classic mixer for anyone's fabric stash.


Whether it's playful typography, low volume shirting prints, or simple scattered designs on black, there's a black and white fabric you'll fall for.


This digital print of a stunning cityscape sold out within a few weeks. We can't wait to see the projects our customers start making with it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Classes at The Pine Needle

Local customers know that we offer a variety of classes at The Pine Needle, right?

We love that we can connect talented teachers in the area with our customers and offer fantastic opportunities to learn and grow. We also enjoy the energy that a full classroom brings to the shop. The wide variety of creativity we see makes us proud to be a part of it.





Our foundation is the Sew With classes. These are once a month meetings where students can bring whatever they want to work on and Vicky, Nancy, Pam or Dawn lend their expert guidance. With students signing up session after session, these are also wonderful social gatherings and accountability partners for getting projects done!





We offer many project-based classes or various lengths as well. Recently the Turban Footstool and the Coloring Quilts classes have been super-popular. There's quilt classes too. Pam's Sequoia is gorgeous, and Vicky guides students through myriad variations of Farmer's Daughter quilts. It's always fun to peek into the classroom and see what's being created.




Our current class session is already underway, but there are still a few workshops with openings (call us if you are interested in any of the classes below).

Quick Curve Ruler Follow-Up Class... May 21, June 18, July 23, Aug 20 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
Seeing Stars Class... May 21, June 18, July 23, Aug 20 (1:30 - 4:30)
Sew With Dawn... May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug 21 (12:30 - 3:30pm)
From the Begining... May 23, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11 (1:30 - 4:30pm)

Check our website here in a few months to see our new Fall offerings.




Saturday, April 30, 2016

Westside Modern Quilt Club April 2016

April's meeting was again a full house. Thank you to all our members who consistently come out for community and inspiration!

Rachel Kerley filled in for Geri this month as our MC -- including a joke she learned from the inimitable Gwen Marsten at a recent workshop in Sisters.

Rachel reflected on last month's field trip to the Portland Art museum and what the Edward Curtis exhibit meant to her. We also discussed the parameters of this year's challenge which are as follows:
• The 2016 WestSide Modern Club Challenge is Modern Heritage and will debut at Northwest Quilting Expo in September 22-24 2016. 
• The challenge is open to anyone wishing to honor the heritage of the Northwest Native Americans in a Modern Quilt format (please avoid decidedly pictorial solutions). 
• Your piece must measure either 32x44 or 48x66 and use a minimum of 1/4 yard of the Benartex fabric Sevilla in gold or gold and white (see the photo below).

• It must also have a 4 inch sleeve attached to the back of the quilt for hanging. 
• We also request you enroll with The Pine Needle to participate at the time you receive your fabric  
• The initial due date for the finished piece will be by August 31 at which time we will have the Big Reveal potluck party at Millennium Park in Lake Oswego at 6pm.
Several members also let us know that the Washington State History Museum and Mary Hill have applicable exhibits right now which are a super resource.

Molly O'Dea of the Mid Valley Quilt Guild in Salem is looking for volunteers to help out at the Quilt Walk at the State Fair August 26th through Sept 5th. There are three shifts per day and volunteers get parking. The quilt guild alone cannot fill the need for white glove and desk volunteers and so encourages anyone within a reasonable distance of Salem (or who plan on coming to the Fair anyway) to spend some time supporting our quilting community. Please contact Molly via the Guild's website, or call Kristin at The Pine Needle for Molly's contact info.

Rachel talked a little about social media and how she chooses to use (or not). She uses Pinterest to collect ideas and inspiration such as the board of triangle patchwork she recently created in preparation for her workshop with Gwen. Facebook and Instagram are great for connecting with people who have similar interests, but can also create dissatisfaction when we make too many comparisons of other people's work to our own. Right now Rachel is concentrating on making connections in real life -- through workshops and local groups. This segued well into my talk about my experience as a member of an online group of quilters that became a real life group of friends.



This month's guest speaker was me, Kristin La Flamme. I brought selected artwork from Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge, and spoke about how our group formed, how we managed it, and what we accomplished. While we eventually exhibited our work internationally and wrote a book about our experience working together, our group had pretty humble beginnings with the only goal being to challenge ourselves artistically. The model of a small group of like minded people with an attainable goal is achievable both online and in real-life. Consider forming a group (perhaps here at The Pine Needle) to try some "No-Rules Patchwork," or slow (hand) stitching. Or maybe look online to form a geographically diverse group. What worked well for Twelve by Twelve was to have a public space (our blog) to share our work and a private space (Yahoo in our case, but a private Facebook page could also work) to negotiate the details and boring stuff. Think about a small group as a way to create community and make connections.

Show and Tell:

Karen Y shared an experimental little piece inspired by Rachel's talk in February!




Elisa shared two older quilts which she had recently finished. The first was her own, started by hand in 1995 and the second was an estate sale find which she brought back to life.




Deslee W told us about her first quilt -- a log cabin made with 1" strips which she hated. Then she shared her most recent finish, a log cabin made with only one block and much wider strips, which she loves! (BTW, it's our Tahoe pattern).





Carol showed off her Fancy Foxes made with Kaffe Fasset fabrics --wow!




Susan B's quilt started as free cut ovoids and soon developed a personality of it's own Even it's back decided to become a front and now she's got two stunning quilts.





Deb S shared a graphic quilt of her own design inspired by photos of bridges in Jefferson.




Sharon shared two quilts made for her neices in their favorite colors.





Janet M shared her 30s fabric quilt which had been languishing. Yay for finishes!




And Carol brought her One Block Wonder quilt which she repurposed and used to test her longarm quilting.




Thank you to everyone who brought your quilts to share -- it is always inspiring.

See you next month.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

CARES NW



313 quilts were sewn by our generous customers and friends for the Cares Northwest program last year! 





You can be a part of it too! Pick up a free bag of fabric, complete your quilt, and donate it to this valuable program that helps kids in need! Stop by today http://www.caresnw.org/

Here are a few quilts our lovely customers have made recently:





Thursday, April 7, 2016

Westside Modern at the Museum

March's field trip was a super outing. We had great weather while waiting for our appointed tour time, and we had an excellent turnout of at least 20 people.

The Portland Art Museum's current exhibit of Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy was perfect inspiration for our club challenge inspired by Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Our docents guided us through the extensive display of images from Edward Curtis' portfolios (did you know the PAM was bequeathed the entire collection?) as well as created a bridge to the present with contemporary responses by artists Wendy Red Star, Will Williams, and Zig Jackson. Afterwards we browsed even more indigenous American work in an upstairs permanent collection. It was such a treat to have this opportunity in our city, and for  The Pine Needle to be able to, as a quilt shop, facilitate an event like this. We hope that we'll be able to offer our community more opportunities like this in the future.

Enjoy some photos from our museum visit:

One of the Curtis books in front of a photo by Zig Jackson

One of our docents in front of a huge graphic by Wendy Red Star

Talking about the relationship between the Curtis portraits (on the left) and Jackson's photos (on the right).

Deslee and friend discussing Wendy Red Star's interpretation of Curtis' portraits.
In another part of the museum we found this very quilty outfit by Wendy Red Star!

Native baskets gave us plenty of design inspiration as well.

April will be back on schedule with our normal meeting the last Wednesday of the month, at 6:00, in the shop. Our speaker will be our very own Pinecone, Kristin La Flamme who will share her experience finding inspiration and community as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge.