Tuesday, November 16, 2010

19th Winter Candlelight Event and 18% off from The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle Newsletter
November 2010
in this issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Recipe for entertaining
:: Sandi Ray Celebration
:: Warm Tater
Wool Applique Bonnie Sullivan Greetings!

Can you believe only 45 days until Christmas?  Scary to think about!  We first have to prepare for Thanksgiving and then it will be the race to Christmas.  Let's see, there's food, gifts, home decorations.  So much to do and, well, so little time! 

 I finished my first wool project (a Christmas pillow for decoration) and, not only did I enjoy it, but found it relaxing to do.  The image to the left shows a few of Bonnie Sullivan's wool applique projects.  We carry her patterns, some made into kits, as well as a nice variety of colored wools to tantalize and inspire you.  With the long winter evenings ahead, wool applique makes a wonderful lap project while watching TV or listening to music or recorded books.  Bonnie Sullivan's patterns

We hope you will join us for our 19th Annual Candlelight Event.  Our goal is to keep you excited, and to keep you informed and fulfilled with the love of your life--quilting.  Our Pinecones elves have gone to work planning, researching, designing, and coordinating for you.  We have guests scheduled, discounts planned, free patterns available, endless inspirations and barrels of fun. On Friday, come early to celebrate the holidays, stay on for our life celebration of Sandi Ray. 

You are invited to our
19th Annual Winter
Candlelight Showcase
Friday, November 19
 & Saturday, November 20

10:00 - 4:00 pm

Our Pinecone Elves will take you on a holiday journey with great ideas for gifts, ornaments, home decor and more, many with free patterns.  We will have hourly drawings and a grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate.
 Plus 30% off all Christmas fabric


Don't forget our monthly birthday celebration as we celebrate our 19th year this Thursday, November 18th.

19th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, November 18

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

Border fabric: Tea for Two, Windham Fabrics, $9.75/yd

What  we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? 
~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

Calendar of Events

Nov 18 - 19th Anniversary

Nov 19 - 20 Winter Candlelight Events

Nov 19 4-6 pm Celebration of Sandi Ray's Life

Nov 25  Closed for Thanksgiving

Recipe:  Crostini with Mushrooms
A scrumptious
Crimini mushrooms
appetizer for holiday entertaining

This adult pleasing recipe comes from our staff member, Linda Hoag.

Crostini With Mushrooms, Prosciutto, and Blue Cheese

Makes about 18

3 Tbsp butter
1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps chopped
4 ounces crimini mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped thinly sliced prosciutto (about 2 1/2  ounces)

18 1/2 inch thick diagonal bread slices cut from 1 sourdough baguette
Chopped fresh Italian parsley

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add all mushrooms and garlic and saute' until mushrooms are cooked through and brown, about 10 minutes.  Add cream and boil until liquid is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes, while stirring. 
Remove from heat.  Add blue cheese and stir until cheese melts.  Mix in prosciutto.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Transfer mushroom topping to bowl.  (Mushroom topping can be made 1 day ahead.)  Cover and refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Arrange bread slices on baking sheet.  Bake until just golden, about 5 minutes.  Mound 1 generous tablespoon mushroom topping on each slice.  Return to oven; bake until topping is heated through, about 6 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Celebration of Life
Sandi RaySandi Ray
1945 - 2010

You may know Sandi through her quilting classes or her patterns*.  She was truly a gifted quilter and a natural teacher.  Her wonderful quilt patterns display her awesome talents both at understanding construction and her ability to communicate her understanding to others.  She was a lively, fun and caring person, who not only inspired us all, but created a loving atmosphere to learn in and develop long last relationships.

Sandi, you will be missed by all of us!

Join Us
Friday, November 19
4 - 6 pm
at The Pine Needle
To Celebrate Sandi
*Some of Sandi's patterns you may know:  Sandi's School House,  Lessons from the Lake, Quilt Academy, Starburst, French Country, Fractured Star, Wind Dancer, Quilt as you Go Table Runner, Heart to Heart and Geese A Laying Christmas Tree Skirt

Warm TaterGreat New Product
Just in time for those holiday hostess gifts
Warm Tater
from The Warm Company

Potato bags have become quite the rage and The Warm Company has designed the right batting for this microwave project.  Warm Tater with its 100% natural cotton (with no glues or resins, either)  is ideal for cooking potatoes, corn, rolls and warming tortillas in the microwave.  Warm Tater is heavy weight, 100% natural cotton that acts as an insulator keeping the moisture inside for steamy hot potatoes and more.  The free pattern makes a quick, simple and practical project for you or makes a wonderful gift item.potato bag  Warm Tater is 22" wide, approximately 1/4" thick and is $3.99/yd.  We include with purchase a free pattern for making the potato bag.  The pattern includes microwave cooking instructions.

For more information check out Warm Company's website.

Warm Tater Batting

During this month of traditional Thanksgiving, nothing is more natural than reminding our dear customers that we are sincerely thankful for your continued patronage, support and energy!  Without our quilt-loving friends, we simply wouldn't exist.

Best wishes to all for a warm and safe Thanksgiving weekend, filled with a bounty of family, friends and loving spirit.


Geri, Jim, Patsy and The Pine Cones
The Pine Needle
429 First St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
800-655-5632, 503-635-1353
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It's our 19th birthday and you get the gift!  To celebrate our 19th year in business, you receive 18% off all regular priced items in the store.* One day only!
18% off
all regular priced items
Thursday, November 18 

If ordering by phone, please mention the 18% discount.
If ordering on-line, please send an email with 18% in the subject line to friends@pineneedlequiltshop.com .
 * 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 on November 18, 2010 only
   503 635-1353                            M-Sat    10-5 pm
1-800 655-5632                           Sunday 1-4 pm

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Memorial Event for Sandi Ray will be held Nov 19 at The Pine Needle

Memorial Event for Sandi Ray
at The Pine Needle
Friday, November 19
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Sandi Ray

With heavy hearts, the staff of The Pine Needle wants you to know of the passing of Sandi Ray last Thursday night.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the life of our wonderful friend, delightful teacher, and  gifted quilter Sandi Ray.

Come Join Us
Celebration of Sandi
Friday, November 19
4:00 - 6:00
The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle
429 First Street
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034