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 appetizer for holiday entertaining
This adult pleasing recipe comes from our staff member, Linda Hoag.
Crostini With Mushrooms, Prosciutto, and Blue Cheese
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 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
Great 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. 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.
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.