Monday, April 25, 2011

How about a Spring Tote?

The weather here in Oregon is still gray and rainy, 
and we're all in the need for some bright colors.
How about a Spring tote to brighten up your mood and wardrobe?

Have you seen this new "Soft and Stable" batting byAnnie?  
It's perfect for your bags, adding stability and structure.

Pair this with some of our gorgeous spring fabrics 
and you'll be all set for sunny days.

Here's a Grab & Go Coupon for Soft and Stable Batting.

Friday, April 15, 2011

18% off on April 18! News from The Pine Needle

Chicken Divan
Pam Grogan says her family loves this recipe from  A Taste of Oregon cookbook.

Chicken Divan
8 chicken breasts
1 tsp. lemon juice
Two 10-ounce pkgs frozen broccoli spears or 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli
1/2 tsp. Curry powder or 1/2 tsp. Oregano
Two 10 1/2-ounce cans cream of chicken soup
Two 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained (optional)
1 cup mayonnaise
Slivered almonds (optional)

Cook, debone, and dice the chicken breasts. Cook broccoli until tender and spread it in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Distribute chicken over broccoli. Combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Curry powder, and artichoke hearts. Spread mixture over the chicken and sprinkle slivered almonds on top.

 Bake at 350 F for 30- 40 minutes.
Serves 6-8

Variation:  Before baking, sprinkle the following over the chicken and broccoli: 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese,1/2 cup bread crumbs.   
This recipe can be divided in half and baked in a 8 x 8 baking dish.

Pam says, "When I make this, I use chicken fillets (no bones), no artichokes or nuts. I sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs on top.  I either make this as a full recipe or half depending on if my son is home.  He loves this!"

Hints and Tips
from Pam Raby

Here are a few tips for knowing when to change your sewing machine's needle:
  • A dull needle sounds a little noisy, almost like the needle goes "thunk" through the fabric.
  •  Is the needle bent? A needle should lay perfectly flat on a table. If it "bows", definitely replace it.
  •  Does the needle have a barb? Hold the top of the needle in one hand, then slide your fingers along the needle going from shank to tip. Can you feel a barb on the tip? If so, you need a new needle. This usually happens to me when I hit a pin.

Just For Fun
Double Diamonds

During the year our sewing notion vendors show us many new and different ideas, and this one was just too much fun not to share with our customers.  By using three fabrics, fusible web and the Double Diamond ruler, you can create wonderful diamond patterns to add distinctive, dimensional diamonds to quilts whether in the blocks, on the sashings or borders.  You can also follow the same techniques to embellish clothing, or decorate scrapbook pages.  Let your imagination run wild!  
Double Diamond example
Double Diamond example from Bright Quilting Notions

Double Diamond Ruler

from Bright Quilting Notions

Double Diamond Ruler
Double Diamond Ruler

The Double Diamond ruler helps you add distinctive, dimensional diamonds to quilt blocks, sashings and borders. You can use it to embellish clothing, make unique purse straps, and for scrap booking.  The Double Diamond Ruler™ makes it fast, fun and easy. Each package contains two sizes of Double Diamond quilting rulers so you can make 1 ½" and 3 ½" wide diamonds. Complete illustrated instructions are included.

Our Price: $18.39
List Price: $22.95

Link to Double Diamond

Wishing you a Happy Easter.  Thank you for being our customer.


Geri and the Pine Cones
The Pine Needle
429 First St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-635-1353  800-655-5632
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Save 18%
As a girl never has to tell her age...we will be 18 forever. On the 18th of April, help us celebrate our birthday by receiving 18% off your entire order of regularly priced items*.  One day only!

18% off*
Monday, April 18th

If ordering by phone, please mention the 18% discount.
If ordering from our website, please mention 18% monthly discount on the "Special Instruction" section of the Check-out page.
* 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 April l8, 2011 only!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fractured Impressions

Check out this beautiful quilt top made by Karen Dieter in Dawn White's class 
using the "Fractured Impressions" pattern by Johanne Gibson.
Way to go Karen!

 Here it is shown step by step.

 Here it is done in greens.
Here's the pattern.

If you'd like to try a smaller version, 
we'll be making an interpretation of this quilt 
as a pillow using a Lo-Sew technique in a class in June.

And finally here's our Grab& Go Coupon for the Fractured Impressions pattern.