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
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 epicurious.com 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.