September always feels like the start of a new year. I guess that comes from all the years that the new school year, whether for ourselves, our children or grandchildren, meant a new beginning. It's a bit the same for us at The Pine Needle. Our new year seems to begin with our Fall catalog (currently in the mail to you). Our new catalog heralds the change of seasons with quilts and projects for the fall and winter holidays, new classes to inspire you and improve your skills (and ours too). For a sneak preview of our new catalog, click on the link below.
Of course, the new season comes with a buzz of activities we hope you will attend and enjoy. We host our Autumn Celebration Open House on September 16 & 17 from 11 - 5 pm. Geri arranged for Dee Conlon from Hawaii and Sheila Sinclair Snyder to be here for a book signing. We have demonstrations, trunk shows from Debbie Kemp, and from the Contemporary Quilt Art Association. We also have on display many beautiful quilts from our Farmer's Wife classes and from our summer retreat quilters.
The big Northwest Quilting Expo starts on September 22 with a ton of classes, quilts to inspire and delight you, a large merchant mall, and so much more.
Don't forget our monthly 18% off anniversary celebration!
Treat yourself to a wonderful fall outing and come see all the beautiful quilts at the Northwest Quilting Expo, Thursday, September 22 -Saturday, September 24 at the Portland Expo Center. Don't forget to stop by The Pine Needle booth and say "hi" too!
Lazy Days of August Shop HopWinners
Grand Prize Winner
Craig Wilner of Gresham
The Pine Needle Winners
Sally Scheiderlein $100
Adam Schulz $50
Fresh Corn-Rice Salad (This is one of Pam Grogan's summer salad favorites. The recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens)
ingredients 4 ears fresh corn 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, cooled 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 cup fresh arugula 1 small red onion, cut in thin wedges 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly slice 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. olive oil
directions 1. Husk corn, remove silk; rinse. Cook corn in boiling, lightly salted water for 3 min. Remove corn; let cool. Cut corn off the cob in planks (see note). 2. Combine cooked rice, tomatoes, arugula, onion and jalapeno pepper. Transfer to serving bowl; top with corn. 3. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature. Makes 10-12 servings.
Note: To cut planks, place an ear on its side on a cutting board. Holding the corn firmly with fingers away from the blade, cut off a side of the corn. Rotate and repeat until all sides are removed. Use a spatula to gently move planks to salad.
In Keeping with the Theme Halloween panels and such
Not So Frightful Wall Hanging
Last year I hung my Halloween quilt on the porch to share with all the "trick or treaters" and their parents. It added a unique decorative touch, for sure. Kids and adults had great fun looking at it. Luckily, we have a covered porch so rain isn't an issue.
If you seek a quick quilting project to add some fun and interest to your Halloween decorations, fabric panels (as above) are a great option. We surrounded our Not So Frightful Wall Hanging with two small inner borders of bright green and orange and an outer border of black. With a little "stitch in the ditch" to quilt and sewing on the binding, you will be ready for all the Halloween visitors.
To help you to a good start with your fall quilting projects, we offer 20% off on OLFA Rotary Blades. A nicked or worn blade creates drag or snags. Not only do dull blades slow you down but they increase the risk of injury as you use greater force to cut. The five pack of rotary blades gives you cost savings over individually purchased blades. At 20% off the saving is even better!