Thursday, April 16, 2009

April Newsletter from The Pine Needle

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April 2009
The Pine Needle April 2009
In This Issue
Spotlight Special
Calendar of Events
Book Review
Did you know...
Queen Bee Block Party
Spotlight Special
Super60 Ruler
Super60 Ruler
Regular price: $18.95
Spotlight Special: $15.49

A must have in a quilter's tool chest! With the Super60 triangle ruler you can cut 30 - 60 - 120 degree triangles, creating triangles, diamonds, half-triangles and more. This ruler allows you more creative options with the additional angled bottom not found on most 60 degree rulers. Our staff member and quilt teacher, Maggie, uses the Super60 in her One Block Wonder classes.

Maggie recommends Big Book of Building Block Quilts as a good source for creative quilts made with the Super60.

Super60 Acrylic Ruler

Big Book of Building Block Quilts

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Calendar of Events

April 18 Quilts for Kids: volunteer to sew for charitable organization

April 19 Spring Cleaning Sales Event: Quilters' Garage Sale

June 12-14 Girl's Get Away

June 25 - July 9 Sew Oregon

July 11 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Aug 7 -15 Lazy Days of August Shop Hop

Summer Retreat
090408 Block Party Fabric

Looking for a change of pace? A few openings remain for our Summer Retreat, and you won't want to miss out on the FUN. Treat yourself (and maybe a friend too) to the beauties of Washington's Puget Sound and the majestic Olympic Mountains.
Geri and Sandi Ray will be your camp counselors for this June 12th - June 14th, 3 day event of sewing, quilting, learning, hiking, games, and pampering. What could be better than a relaxing get-away with friends, quilting and great dining?
Call now to join the fun.
503 635-1353
800 655-5632

Oregon Filbert Squares
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup finely chopped filberts
Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk. Sift together flour and cardamon and blend into creamed mixture. Spread dough evenly over bottom of jelly-roll pan (15 x 10 inches). Press with palms to make a smooth surface. Beat egg white slightly; brush over top of dough. Sprinkle nuts evenly over surface; press them into the dough. Bake in preheated very slow oven (275 degrees) for 1 hour. While hot, cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. Cool. Makes bout 5 dozen.

Flower Power ExpressionsThe deadline is fast approaching for completion of our new Summer 2009 catalog. Our staff has been busy creating new projects and quilts to entice and inspire you.
With all the hustle and bustle, decisions being made, and our store rooms rearranged, we've discovered we have more Flower Power quilt kits than we realized. Our oversight makes a wonderful sale for you. Geri said "we need the shelf space, put them on sale!" So we are offering our bright, colorful and cheery Flower Power Expression for 25% off.

Our new Summer catalog will be ready to mail at the end of the month. Look for your copy in early May.

This Sunday, April 19, we host our annual Spring Cleaning Sale. This is a quilters "garage sale" event where quilters sign-up for booth space and sell their formerly loved, but no longer needed extra fabric, notions and sewing items to other quilters. Come join the fun! You might find a great bargain!

On Saturday, April 18, join Kathy and help sew for "Quilts for Kids." Geri is offering a 25% discount for the day to all those who come and support this worthy charity.

Don't forget our 17% off
Birthday Celebration Sale on Friday, April 17.
See coupon at the bottom of the email.
Geri, Julie and Patsy
The Pine Needle

Flower Power Expressions
Originally $69.95 Now $52.45
Flower Power Expressions
Book Review by Pam G
Big Blocks: Quick Quilts 8 Fabulous Quilts with 'Layer Cake' 10"x 10" Squares
by Suzanne McNeill
If the spring weather makes you think of trading your sewing machine for gardening tools, we have a quilt book for you. "Big Blocks: Quick Quilts" features 8 quick quilts for those rainy, cool days yet to come before summer sunshine arrives! There are a variety of designs for use with "Layer Cakes", those quick 10 inch squares you can buy pre-cut, or you can "do-it-yourself" as the fabric yardage is given for each quilt.
The book instructions are clear and include tips for completing each project with ease. I particularly liked the book section titled "Basic Sewing". It never hurts to review the basics, occasionally, to keep yourself current.
I made the "Blackbirds in the Garden" project,Pam's Big Blocks Quick Quilt a combination of piecing and applique, about which the author says: "sweet singing blackbirds flutter above a dazzling appliqued flower in this cheerful wall hanging that is sure to brighten your day". It was a quick and fun project.

Come to the store, check out my project and let us help you plan one of your own.


BIG Blocks Quick Quilts

Did you know...
Quilt tips from Sandi Ray

Having trouble with patchwork pieces not matching? Maybe you are not using a quilters ¼" seam. A "quilters ¼" seam" is a seam allowance that provides the correct result. Check your seam allowance by stitching together 2 strips of fabric 2" wide by about 6". Open the strips and measure across the width. This should measure 3 ½" for the perfect quilters seam. This is usually a slight 1/4". Adjust the placement of the strips until you are stitching this result and mark your machine bed.
Happy Quilting Sandi Ray

As always, we value our customers. We are in business to serve you and we take pride in our service. Geri and the 16 Pinecones are committed to providing you courteous and friendly assistance with your quilting needs.
Come see us.
The Pine Needle

429 First Street
Lake Oswego, Oregon
503 635-1353

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