Ah...it's Leap Month which heralds in Leap Day (February 29th), Leap Year, Summer Olympics and, of course, the 2012 Presidential elections. Soon, I will commence my hunt for some involved project to distract me from the too frequent political advertisements that will be repeated ad nauseum for the next 9 months . Anyone for a sunflower project or maybe a Baltimore Album quilt!???
This month we Pine Cones have been busily involved in making ready for Puyallup's Sewing and Stitchery Expo, the largest sewing expo west of the Mississippi. If you are going, make sure you stop at booth 417-423 and say "hi" to Geri, Jim and several of our staff. Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic will be there sharing her notions, techniques and books. We will also have Tresa McConachie, designer of Post Cards from a Snowman on hand. Not only will we show off our Sunflower Showcase Wall Hanging but we hope to delight all the expo goers with several new quilts. If you won't tell, you can sneak a preview of our new Modern Family Ties below.
Happy Leap Day!
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Saturday, February 18
all regular priced items
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Border fabric: Ombre Cara Collection $11.95/yd
Wing Clipper (a trim down tool for traditional flying geese units)
Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper Ruler
This handy tool is a must if you are making multiple Flying Geese units for your quilt. The Wing Clipper and the associated Fast Flying Geese construction technique, lets you make four finished units from five squares. Because each until is constructed slightly oversized, each can be trimmed to a perfect size with perfect seam placement once the sewing and pressing are complete. Every single unit will be exactly right every time, which gets plenty of kudos from us!
Ruler size - 5 ½" x 10 ½"
10 size options from ½" x 1" finished units to 5" x 10" finished units
Heights increase in half inch increments
Step by step illustrated instructions
Instructions and illustrations for left hand trimming
Chart for easy conversions of other patterns and designs
Note: cook time is actually chill time in the refrigerator.
In a saucepan, bring some water to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Find a mixing bowl that will fit over the top of the pan but not sink all the way in. (A poor man's double boiler) Put 5 egg yolks into the mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and whisk until pale yellow in color. Place the mixing bowl on the saucepan with the simmering water. Add 1/2 cup Marsala wine gradually, whisking constantly as you do. Cook over the simmering water, scraping the sides and bottom occasionally for 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes, or until cool.
Place mascarpone cheese in a bowl and stir until smooth. In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream and remaining 4 tablespoons sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. To the bowl of whipped cream, add the softened mascarpone cheese and the chilled egg yolk mixture. Fold mixture gently. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Measure 1 1/2 cups brewed espresso or VERY strong coffee. Add remaining 1/4 cup Marsala and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Arrange the savoiardi or ladyfingers in a single layer in a 9 x 13 pan. Spoon 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of the coffee mixture over each ladyfinger (keep it under 1 tablespoon per cookie and you'll be fine). Plop 1/3 of the cold cream/mascarpone/egg mixture on top and spread it into a layer. Sprinkle a thin layer of cocoa powder. Repeat the process two more times.
Cover and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. This allows for more moisture to soften the cookies and the whole mixture to meld together. To serve, spoon out helpings onto individual plates
Note: tiramisu does not last beyond 24 to 36 hours as everything eventually starts to break down and become soupy.
in Billie Mahorney's
2 day class
We have a few spaces still available in Billie's two day intermediate class. Class dates May 7 & May 8 or May 9 & May 10. Give us a call if you would like to sign up. 503-635-1353
Calendar of Events
February 24 - Quilts for CARES NW at The Pine Needle
Mar 1-4 - Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Puyallup, WA
Mar 2 - March Patchwork Calendar pattern available in store or on website
April 7 - Bunny Hop Day at TPN
Something New at TPN Modern Family Ties Quilt
Modern Family Ties
We love our new Woolies flannel quilt. We've created Modern Family Ties using the traditional hour glass block design and pairing it with the new Maywood's Woolies in charcoals, soft greys and contrasting creamy gold flannels. We bet this updated look will be a man pleaser.