Thursday, September 23, 2010

We're at the Northwest Quilting Expo

The Northwest Quilting Expo started today.  
Come see some amazing quilts, 
90 vendors, and of course... The Pine Needle.  
Here's our booth.  Be sure to stop and say "Hi."
The show runs through Saturday.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Flannel Frenzy

The weather is definitely turning chilly which means it's time to start thinking about flannel.
And do we have loads of flannel for you.

If you have a small child in your life... 
here's an adorable panel with coordinating fabrics by Riley Blake.
This is one of the cutest flannels we've seen and what an easy quilt to put together.

Maybe you have an older child in your life.  
We have loads of flannels to make cozy college quilts.  
Pictured below are the Duck and Beaver colors just in time for football season.
If you can't make an entire quilt... 
frame a t-shirt for a surprise pillow case for your favorite student.

And when you're done with your college quilt, 
you can use the extra fabrics to make these wonderful flannel pumpkins.
What a cozy decoration.

And last but not least... we're getting ready for the Northwest Quilting Expo 
that starts this Thursday and runs through Saturday. 
Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.  
Here's a sneak peak at our back room 
where we are madly putting together kits, fabric, patterns and quilts.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 18% Coupon & New Catalog from The Pine Needle

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The Pine Needle NewsletterSeptember 2010
in this issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Bruschetta
:: Spotlight Special
:: Find us on Facebook
:: Destination Oregon

Tara Quilt
Tara Quilt

With September comes "back to school", autumn in the air and subtle thoughts of winter, which brings....dare we say....the holidays.  And all good quilters know it is time to design, purchase fabric and begin holiday quilts!  No scare needed: The Pine Needle is filled with new designer colors, patterns and inspiration for college quilts, Halloween fun and winter warmth.    We've got you covered!

Announcing a new first for The Pine Needle and for our customers:  You can now view our catalog on line through our e-mail newsletter link.  We hope this will make our catalog accessible for all our email newsletter readers.  Save this email and you can return to our catalog as frequently as you desire.

The beautiful Civil War inspired cover quilt, in soft blues, navies, browns and warm beiges was created by Maggie Hayes from a Bonnie Blue pattern.  Named "Tara" from the fictional home of Scarlett O'Hara, this is a quilt destined to become a family heirloom.  Tara Quilt

Don't Forget our 18%
 September 18th birthday sale

18% off
all regular priced items
Saturday, August 18th
(see coupon at the bottom of the email)

Background fabric:  Serenity Basics 11081-F   $9.50/yd (call to order 800-655-5632)
Tara Quilt Pattern

Upcoming Events

September 23 -25  Northwest Quilting Expo at the Portland Expo Center

November 6-14  Annual Fall Anniversary (our 19th) Sale

November 19-20  Winter Candlelight Showcase

Tomato, Red Onion & Basil Bruschetta

Janet P's favorite fresh tomato recipe just in time for the fall harvest.

Originally from by Amy Finley

Good way to use small heirloom tomatoes in assorted colors for a pretty presentation.

Makes 4 servings


  • 2 cups assorted cherry, grape and teardrop tomatoes, cut in half or into thirds.

  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 -3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing

  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 large loaf of foccacia bread or ciabatta bread halved horizontally or thickly sliced 'good bread'

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and halved


Combine tomatoes, finely chopped onion, 3 Tablespoons olive oil, chopped fresh basil and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl.  Season tomato topping with salt and pepper. Topping can be made 2 hours ahead.  Cover and let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally.

Cut bread in half (foccacia or ciabatta). Place bread, cut side up, on baking sheet. Brush bread with olive oil.  Toast bread in broiler until top is golden brown.... watch closely because it can burn quickly.  Remove toasted bread from the oven and immediately rub cut side of bread all over with the halved garlic.  Then cut bread into serving size pieces.  Top toasted bread with tomato mixture and serve.  Garnish with basil leaves.

Free Pattern
Fall Scattering Leaves

Fall Scattering Leaves
Fall Scattering Leaves

Our playful collection of colorful flannel leaves provide infinite decorating possibilities.   You can download the free pattern and instructions by clicking on the link below.  Supplies needed for this project:  flannel scraps, thread and fusible fleece.

Link to Leaf pattern and instructions

Fusible Fleece

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 Flannels aren't just for quilts!
Scrap-Bag Tier Dress
Girl's red dress
 How about flannels for pumpkins, purses, pillowcases, leaves and this adorable little girl's dress!  We find flannel makes up wonderfully in lots of projects.
Lorrie used a mixture of Woolies flannels with a tiered little girl's dress pattern to create the jumper above.

Tier Dress Kit
Tier Dress Pattern

Our Tardy Quilt
New Garden Waltz

New Garden Waltz
Garden Waltz

Do you remember making that most important quilt which needed to be finished and to the quilter if it's going to be ready for the big birthday party and you end up wrapping a partially completed quilt with a note?  Well, that happens to us too!  This beautiful quilt, made from our Garden Waltz pattern and the elegant Serifina fabrics, wasn't completed until after the catalog went to the printers.  We hope you will take a look at our New Garden Waltz either on line or in our store.

New Garden Waltz

Find us on Facebook 
Find us on Facebook

Editor's note:  Since so many have indicated a reluctance to sign up for Facebook, we asked Julie to write a few brief thoughts on joining FB.

The Pine Needle is on Facebook now!  For those of you who haven't used the social networking site, we encourage you to try it.  It is the easiest way to look at pictures from others, and to share yours.

Facebook (FB) is easy to set up.  You control what information is visible and, yes, you can look at others "profiles" but no further without 'permission' called "friending".  Same goes with others looking at your profile.  They can't see your notes or photos without your permission.  Permission means making a person your FB "friend".  FB will notify you through your email when "an allowed friend" has sent you a note or commented on a photo or note you have posted.  FB communication is shared/posted instantly, in the "now" moment, with all the folks you have allowed as "friends".   Give it a try.  It's fun.
And it's another way to keep in touch with us, The Pine Needle.

For more information on
FaceBook go to
Spotlight Special:  New Product

Sullivan's Cutting Edge Ruler
Sullivan's Cutting Edge Ruler
Sullivan's Edge Ruler
Sharpen your blade with every cut: 650 grit Diamond Carbide edge, keeps your rotary blades sharp as you work. Full frosted back: ruler slides when you want, reduces visual clutter. Easy square up lines: use the inside Edge of red angel to cut squares and trim up blocks..
Click on the link below to watch a YouTube Video with Pat Sloan demonstrating and discussing the new rulers.

 Pat Sloan demonstrates new rulers

6.5" x 24.5"
Our Price:
                         List Price: $30.99

 (6.5" x 12.5" rulerOur Price: $14.40  List Price: $17.99)

Destination: Oregon

Loving color!

Dahlia Festival in Canby, OR

If you travel to the Portland area in either spring or late summer, treat yourself to a trip to one of the flower festivals put on by the growers of bulbs.  The above photo was taken two weeks ago at the Swan Island Dahlia Festival.  The acres of vibrant color inspire ohs and ahs from all the visitors.  It's no wonder the dahlia has inspired so many quilters to try to capture their beauty.

In the spring you can visit the growers that specialize in tulips, daffodils, iris or peonies.  The fields of color are just plain "awesome"!

We hope this autumn season brings you a bounty of color, love of the change of seasons and inspiration through nature's beauty.  Come see us and share ideas.
We thank you for your continued support of The Pine Needle.
Geri and The Pinecones
429 First St., Lake Oswego, OR  97034
    503 635-1353
1 -800 655-5632
Save 18%
It's September's birthday time and you get the gift!  To celebrate our 18th year in business, you receive 18% off all regular priced items in the store.* One day only!
18% off
Saturday, September 18th 

If ordering by phone, please mention the 18% discount.
If ordering on-line, please send an email with 18% in the subject line to .
 * not valid on gift certificates, wool basket of the month, software or classes.  Can not be combined with other coupons or sale prices.

Offer Good September 18, 2010 only
Offer good on September 18, 2010 only

Monday, September 13, 2010

Texture Magic and Halloween Tote

Our Fall Open House is over - what a blast we had!  

Now it's time to turn to our Fall projects, 
and here's one that uses a fairly new product called 
"Texture Magic" from Superior Threads.
This product is a steam activated shrinking fabric made of polyester 
that "magically" shrinks and texturizes your fabric 30% in all directions.  
After shrinking, the result is permanent and it is washer and dryer safe.

Here's a before and after photo.

Here's a close up of the final "texturized" fabric.

And here we've used it on an adorable pumpkin tote bag 
which is available as a kit, just give us a call or stop in the store.

Think of all the texture possibilities.... fall leaves, landscape quilts, snowmen...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We're Having Fun at the Open House

Look how much fun we're having at the Open House!
There's still time to join in.  Come on over Saturday, Sept. 11th.

Sandi Ray is demonstrating the Steady Betty Betty Bands.
(Make sure you ask her to say that 3 times fast!
These bands replace the quilters gloves for machine quilting
and give you access to your fingertips!
Great for removing pins, threading your needle, or eating M&Ms!
How cool is that?!

In the back room, Tresa McConachie 
is demonstrating a super easy raw edge applique method 
using a glue stick instead of fusible web.
Check out her beautiful fall leaf wreathe.  
There are landscape quilts done with this method as well.

Also in the back room are quilts by our featured quilter, Rita Kilstrom.
What a beautiful use of color!

There's so much to see...
new fabrics, classes to sign up for, drawings,
and lots of demonstrations, so come on over.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

You're Invited to the Fall Open House Friday and Saturday

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You are invited to
The Pine Needle's

Fall Festival & Open House

Friday, Sept. 10   11-5 pm
& Saturday, Sept. 11  11-4 pm
429 First St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Please be our guest at our Fall Festival & Open House, on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11.  Our new Fall 2010 kits will be on display plus outstanding quilts by Rita Kilstrom and the Creative Solutions quilt group.  We will have a grand prize drawing each day, thank you gift with purchase, and surprise discounts on great fabrics. 
Geri Grasvik

Background fabric:  Serenity 90021-A from Cara Collection ($10.25/yd)

Garden Waltz Quilt Kit
Garden Waltz Quilt
Fall Festival &
Open House
Friday, Sept 10 & Saturday, Sept 11

Prizes Galore
Gift with purchase
Make & Take
Quilt Show

You are invited to our Fall Festival & Open House this weekend.

We will be showing outstanding quilt works by Rita Kilstrom and by our Creative Solutions quilt group.  Plus, see our beautiful fall fabrics, from batiks to flannels, and our line-up of new fall projects.


Meet our newest teacher, Maggie Maggio.  Her new class, Smashing Color, is a must for all color enthusiasts.  Sandi Ray, Pam Raby, Tresa McConagie, Kay Rockwood, Angela Flynn, Dawn White, and Maggie Hayes will be previewing new projects and classes just for you.

Make a fall flower accessory with any purchase.  Our daily grand prize drawing will be a Fall Basket filled with over $150 worth of goodies from Maywood Studio and The Pine Needle.  With any purchase over $35, receive a free pair of embroidery scissors in your choice of color.   We will have hourly drawings for a free book or fabric.  Plus surprise discounts on great fabrics!

Visit us from 10 to 5 pm on Friday
and 10 to 4 pm on Saturday.

Visit our updated blog site.

Find us on Facebook

Monday, September 6, 2010

Blue Moon Batik Quilt by Barbara Stanbro


Here's a quilt pieced with Pine Needle batiks by Barbara Stanbro and quilted by Erin Davis.

You can see your finished quilt featured on our blog as well.  Just email us your photos!

Fall Festival and Open House - This Weekend

Summer is winding down, the chill of fall is already in the air, 
and the kids are back in school.
It's time for our 
Fall Festival and Open House

Come on by this coming Friday or Saturday 
September 10th and 11th
and join the fun.

Decorate your table with Fall Leaves

See how to make these fall leaves out of flannel or felted wool.  
They are super easy to make 
and will add a wonderful touch to your fall decorations. 

You can sprinkle these leaves on your table for beautiful fall decor.  
There's a FREE leaf pattern with fabric purchase.

It wouldn't be an Open House without prizes.
Enter your name for some fabulous prizes including:
2 tickets to the Northwest Quilting Expo,
books and fabric, and
this Grand Prize Gift Basket worth $150.

And last but not least - you can make a fall flower pin with any purchase
and receive an adorable free scissors with any purchase over $35.

Hope to see you this coming weekend.  
There are lots of new fabrics to see, 
classes to sign up for, 
projects to make 
and drawings to enter.