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.
A special "thanks" to Maggie Hayes and Peggy Friedl-Yee, our video team.
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
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.
Key Lime Pie Quick and Easy dessert for Easter Weekend
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.
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
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.
Fabric: Michael Miller's Cherries Jubilee $11.50/yd (call to order)
Patchwork Calendar March's pattern now available
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.
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!