Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fractured Images

Fractured Images

Dawn White recently taught this class.

It's easier than you think to create a fractured image, 
with its ripples-in-a-pond effect. 
The magic is in the cutting and arranging of squares. 
The size of the quilt top 
depends on the image you choose to fracture. 

Here is a completed quilt from last year's class.

Here are some of the works in progress from this year!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

18% off coupon and more fun stuff at The Pine Needle

The Pine Needle NewsletterMarch Newsletter
March 2012
in this issue
:: Upcoming Events - 18% off on 18th
:: Pattern: Victorious
:: Key Lime Pie
:: Bunny Hop Day
:: My Neighbor's Apron
:: March's Patchwork Calendar Pattern

Garden Tales Quilt

Welcome Spring!  With trees beginning to flower and Easter not too far off, the Garden Tales quilt and fabric just seemed a natural for this month's newsletter.  The art work on some of today's fabrics is breathtaking with the exquisitely rendered bunnies on Garden Tales being a wonderful example.  Somehow the thought of curling up in front of a fire with my grand-daughters and a book from Beatrix Potter keeps popping to mind.

Happy Easter!

 Don't forget our anniversary sale on the 18th!

18% off
Sunday, March 18th only
11:00 - 4:00 pm
all regular priced items
in store or on our website 
(see coupon at the bottom of the email)

Background fabric:  Garden Tales $11.50/yd

A special "thanks" to Maggie Hayes and Peggy Friedl-Yee, our video team.   

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 18 -  18% Off Sale      Store open 11 - 4

Friday, March 23- Join  with other  Angels making quilts for Cares NW. Quilts go to abused and neglected children.  Meets in TPN classroom starting at 10 a.m.  We have  donation quilt kits available at TPN.

Friday, March 30 - 10:00 a.m. -  Free Notion Lecture by Geri at The Pine Needle

Sat, April 7- Bunny Hop Day at TPN

A New Challenge
Pattern:  Victorious
Victorious pattern
We quilt for fun.  We quilt for enjoyment and satisfaction.  And every once in awhile we should also challenge ourselves with a more complicated project that builds our skills and our appreciation of the art of quilting.
Victorious is just that kind of pattern and project.  But we have a secret!  With Deb Tucker's V trim down ruler, you can create precision "Peaky and Spike" blocks that will win you rave reviews.

 See below for more information.

Key Lime Pie
Quick and Easy dessert for Easter Weekend

Key Lime Pie

1- 8" graham cracker crust
1-oz. can Borden's Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup Key Lime Juice, fresh or "Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice"
1/4 tsp. salt 
4 eggs*, separated (use only the yolks)

Pour milk into mixing bowl.  Add lime juice, salt and egg yolks.  Beat with hand mixer until smooth.  Pour into pie shell.

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Tips:  you may purchase ready made pie crust or make your own.  the lime juice must be from genuine Key Limes.  The "Nellie & Joe's" brand can be found at most grocery stores.

*USDA recommends pasteurized eggs when using them uncooked - if your market does not carry them, we found them at Whole Foods.

Free Notions Lecture
Geri's talk about 52 new items

After many enthusiastic customer requests to hear her Puyallup Notions Lecture, Geri agreed to give her notions presentation for our customers.  Please join us on Friday, March 30 at 10:00 at The Pine Needle. 

Bunny Hop Day
Saturday, April 7 10-5 p.m.

Garden Tales 2
Join us at The Pine Needle for the best grownup Egg Hunt in the area.  You don't have to dye eggs or dress in your Easter best!  Just come and fill your basket with lots of savings and fun.  Find a hidden egg and crack it open.  There will be candy inside, of course for your inner child, but also surprise gifts and discounts for the grownup you.  Just hop on over on Saturday, April 7.

A Day Brightener
My Neighbor's Apron

My Neighbors Apron Yellow
We think our newest apron makes a bright and cheery (or is that cherry) way to greet the morning.  The colorfully aproned Pine Needle staff sold out of all our apron patterns to a receptive crowd two weeks ago at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo giving us reason to think aprons are back in vogue.  The one above, made from My Neighbor's Apron pattern, slips easily over your head, covers you from shoulders to thigh and provides plenty of ease for movement. It is a simple way of keeping your clothing clean when cooking or cleaning.  And big pockets...what could be better!
Besides...with all the beautiful fabric, aprons are as fun to make as to wear.

My Neighbor's Apron
Other Apron Patterns

Fabric:  Michael Miller's Cherries Jubilee $11.50/yd  (call to order)

 Patchwork Calendar
March's pattern now available
four leaf clover Janet O

Add a little bit of good luck to your Patchwork Calendar quilt with our four leaf clover!  Our March pattern is now available on our website.

Don't forget to check our website on the first weekend in April for our April pattern.
Victorious block

Deb Tucker's V Block
This is another must have tool for traditional quilters if you are making the "Peaky and Spike" block above.  With Deb Tucker's tool  you'll be cutting the center and side triangles slightly over sized and then with the same tool trimming the sewn piece to an extremely precise unit with seams perfectly placed for crisp, sharp points at every intersection. With this tool you will have the precision you've always wanted in your quiltmaking while discovering it is easier too!

Our Price: $16.75
List Price: $20.95

V Block Trim Down Ruler

V Block
V Block

Happy Easter to all our customers.  We appreciate you!

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

Store Hours: 
  Monday - Saturday 10 - 5 
  Sunday  12-4 
  Sunday, Mar 18  11-4
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Save 18%
As we celebrate this year's 20th anniversary, we thank our wonderful customers by once a month giving you 18% off your entire order of regularly priced items*.  One day only!

18% off* 
Sunday, March 18th 
on all regular priced items 
in store or on our website 

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, block of the month, Five is Enough kits, software or classes.  Can not be combined with other coupons or sale prices.

Offer Good Sunday, March 18th only!
Special Store Hours for March 18:  11 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cat's Away Sale this weekend at The Pine Needle

We are Siamese
The Pine Needle
Cat's Away Sale

Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Once again the Pinecones, much like Cinderella, have been instructed to stay home and clean while Jim and Geri take on the enthusiastic sewers and quilters at the
Sewing and Stitchery EXPO
in Puyallup.  So we, the procrastinating Pine Cone cleaners, decided to have our fourth annual "While the Cat's Away" Sale.

  All in stock Flannels
Reg. $11.95
Cat's Away Sale:  $9.49
Reg. $11.25
Cat's Away Sale:  $8.99

And don't tell Geri!
All in stock Batiks are on sale too!!!
20% off!

March's Patchwork Calendar pattern is available at The Pine Needle or on
our website's home page.

Cat fabric: Michael Miller "We are Siamese"