Monday, March 28, 2011

Five Is Enough

Five Is Enough! 

Here's a great new pattern that uses 5, 1 yard cuts of fabric. 
How easy and cool is that? 

We already have it kitted in this pretty pink, blue and gold fabric,
but you can choose any 5 fabrics 
and make this quilt for $69.95 
which includes pattern and binding!!!

If you already have fabric, use our Grab and Go Coupon 
to buy the pattern (or any Pine Needle Pattern) at 25% off.
The pattern isn't on our website yet... so call us to order!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Linens

Spring is just around the corner.
Freshen up with these new linens.
They would make a great pillow, table covering or clothing.

Our Grab & Go Coupon lets you take 25% off all linens.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

18% off and March News from The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle NewsletterMarch Newsletter
March 2011
in this issue
:: Tumbling Blocks and more....
:: Recipe: Oatmeal Cookies
:: Hints and Tips
:: New Class Added

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness
 simply didn't know where to go shopping."

  ~Bo Derek  

Pillow Floral Birds
Pillow made with Floral Birds

Rain,RAIN, rain!  Last Sunday's comic
Stone Soup (link to Stone Soup) captures our thoughts on the weather. So with this edition of our newsletter, we thought we would bring you a bit of Spring, no matter the weather outside.  

 The background that you see peaking around the edges of the email is a new line of fabric from Free Spirit called Jeanvenve Linen.  Frequently referred to as a decorator weight fabric, it is 100% cotton, looks and feels like linen and comes in a 54" width.  Jeanvenve's Floral Birds has such a clean crisp feel of Spring, that it was love at first sight for our staff.  Pillows, like magic, appeared the next morning.  Thank you, Janet P.!  

Even though the weather does not let us think it is actually Spring, the bird watchers amongst our staff tell us our summer aviary friends have started to arrive.  The fabric manufacturers, including Free Spirit, must have envisioned our feathered friends' return as this year's spring theme.  We have received several beautiful fabric lines featuring birds.  Below you can see a new quilt we've made from Benartex's Meadowlark fabric line.

If Spring is slow in coming, at least we can sew Spring! 

Don't forget our monthly anniversary 18% off sale on Friday!


18% Off
Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 18
18% Off
all regular priced items
(see coupon at the bottom of the email)

Ideas from the Sewing and Stitchery Expo
Tumbling Blocks and more....

The Puyallup, WA  Sewing and Stitchery Expo provides us with an opportunity to see a wide variety of sewers and quilters, to observer what interests them,  and to notice buying  trends.  Our new five yard quilts created a lot of activity.  We will be showing you those in our Spring catalog.  The Maywood Woolies, which we stock all year around, delighted a ton of shoppers,  many who do not have access to flannels.  Pam's Meadowlark quilt kit (seen on your right) sold out immediately.  Our new Jungle Panel quilt was a hit with moms and grandma's (see below). In our Notion's booth Marci Baker displayed several of her Tumbling Block quilts and demonstrated her strip piecing techniques, packing our booth with careful listeners.  See below for a video clip of her technique on  Easy Strip-Pieced Tumbling Blocks.

Easy Strip-Pieced Tumbling Blocks, Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic
Easy Strip-Pieced Tumbling Blocks, Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic
 Link to Marci Baker's ABC 3-D book

See below for Q Tool Corner Cut-60 and Clearview 10" Triangle Ruler.

Oatmeal Cookies
From staff member: Mimi Teters
Mimi notes:
I like these cookies because they stay nice and soft! The secret is soaking the raisins!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

3 eggs, beaten well
1 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
Combine these ingredients and let them stand at room temperature for 1 hour

1 cup shortening, margarine or butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar

2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream shortening and sugars.  Sift flour with dry ingredients and mix into a creamed mixture
Add raisins, nuts and oatmeal.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350F

Jungle Panel Quilt
Our Child Friendly Flannel

Jungle Flannel Quilt
Working in a quilt shop can be such fun.  The day we received this delightfully happy jungle panel and its accompanying fabrics, our Pinecone, Nancy went home and made this hug- gable child's quilt.  She even wrote instructions, so the rest of us can easily make our little ones  jungle quilts.  Then Geri took our jungle panel kits to Puyallup and Expo-ers loved it too.  Success is so much fun!  We've ordered more fabric for more kits in hopes you will like our little quilt too!

The Birds Have Arrived
Benartex's Meadowlark Collection

Meadowlark Sidelight quilt
Sidelights quilt from Meadowlark collection

 Spring seems much to slow in  arriving this year, so we decided to hurry it up a bit by introducing summer birds into our shop with Pam's Meadowlark quilt.  The shoppers at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup two weeks ago just loved this quilt.  Our Pinecone, Pam, combined the Sidelight pattern with the classical lines of the Meadowlark collection to create this stunning quilt.  Although the image suggest the fabric background color is black, in actuality the color is  somewhere between a deep brown and a charcoal.  The Meadowlark series also comes is an aubergine and a sea foam green.   

Hints and Tips
Rotary Cutter Care
A reminder from our teacher, Pam Raby

 Rotary cutting is easier if you clean and oil the cutter periodically.
  • First, disassemble your rotary cutter.
  • Place each part in a row on a flat surface so you know how to reassemble the cutter.
  • I prefer to place the blade flat on my cutting mat, then use a scrap of fabric or paper towel to clean it, wiping from the center of the blade to the outside so I don't cut my fingers or drop the blade.
  • When I reassemble the cutter, I put one drop of sewing machine oil near the center of the blade so it rotates easily while cutting.
If excess force is needed to cut through a couple layers of fabric, it's time for a fresh, sharp rotary cutting blade!

Pam Raby 

New Class Added
Machine Quilting Fundamentals

Pam's Not So Little Pieces quilt
At the request of many of our quilters, we've added another session of  Pam Raby's Machine Quilting Fundamentals. The class has been scheduled for

Saturday, May 21
10:00 - 4:00
Pam Raby
Two Rulers Used by Marci Baker

Clearview 10
We feature in this month's promotion two of the rulers Marci Baker uses to create the many of the triangle blocks in her book ABC-3D and on her video clip, the Clearview Triangle  in the 10" size (Marci recommends the 10" as the most versatile ruler size) and the Q-Tool Corner Cut-60 for exact seam allowance trimming.

Clearview Triangle 10"
Our Price:
List Price: $22.95

Link to Clearview 10" Ruler

Q-Tools Corner Cut 60
The Qtools Corner Cut 60 allows you to trim exact seam allowances on 60 degree triangles.  This tool helps in aligning 60 deg. triangle pieces.

Our Price: $8.99
List Price: $7.19

Link to QTools Corner Cut-60

Thank your for being our customer.  We delight in being able to help our wonderful customers with their creativity.

Geri Grasvik and the Pinecones
The Pine Needle
429 First St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
503-635-1353  800-655-5632

Save 18%
As a girl never has to tell her age...we will be 18 forever. On the 18th of March, help us celebrate our birthday by receiving 18% off your entire order of regularly priced items*.  One day only!
18% off*
Friday, March 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 March l8, 2011 only!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gustav Klimpt - The Kiss

Remember this - Gustav Klimpt's world famous "The Kiss"?

 Well now you can create from this historical piece with these Klimpt inspired fabrics.

We couldn't decide which colorway to go with, so we have both the Blue and the Red/Gold.
Here are just a few of the fabrics in this brand new line.

It's a shame to cut these gorgeous fabrics up too small, 
so why not use them in our Fractions Quilt.

Our Grab and Go Coupon features this quilt pattern.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Steady Betty Bands

This week, we are hi-lighting the "Steady Betty Bands"!

Have you seen or tried these yet? 
Here's a picture of Sandi using them at our Fall Open House.

These bands give you control of your fabric when free motion quilting. 
They slip over your hands with foam side in your palm. 
They are light weight and comfortable. 
Unlike gloves, you never need to remove them to thread needles, wind bobbins, etc. 
Machine washable and dryable. 
Size: The size is a measure of the width of the band, not a measure of your hand. 
Sandi Ray recommend the 2 " size. 
The small/medium is 1 1/2" wide. The medium/large is 2" wide. 

 Here's our Monday Grab and Go coupon!