“Y’all Come!”

The Pine Needle Quilt Shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon is having its annual Fall Festival this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12. The Pine Needle is my home away from home. I teach there, meet friends there, buy fabric there. When I get into my car to head to the Pine Needle, I don’t even need to steer; my car seems to know the way. Just kidding, of course, but it gives you an idea of the amount of time I spend there.

Those of us who teach at the Pine Needle will be on hand Friday and Saturday to tell you about our new classes and demonstrate popular quilting products. My new quilt, Simply Dashing, is one of the first quilts you see when you come into the shop:

Simply Dashing at the PN
Simply Dashing at the Pine Needle


Not only that, it made the cover of the Pine Needle’s fall catalog:

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I’m a Cover Girl!


The Pine Needle does a brisk mail order business, sending out thousands of catalogs to  quilters who don’t live close enough to visit the shop in person. It tickles me to think my quilt is the first thing these people will see when they pull the catalog out of their mailbox.

I usually try to come up with a little quilt or craft project to share with the people who come to the Pine Needle’s open houses. Since the shop is well known for its extensive inventory of flannels, my Fall Festival project is a flannel coaster in the shape of an overstuffed armchair, inspired by a felt coaster I bought some 30 years ago at a holiday craft sale.

Here’s a peek at some coasters I made with the wonderful Woolies flannels by Bonnie Sullivan for Maywood Studios:

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Cozy Flannel Armchair Coasters

Aren’t these cute? And very practical, too, because they’re reversible. The pattern and instructions are free with any flannel purchase. A quarter yard each of two flannels is enough to make four coasters.

During Open House the Pine Needle is doing lots of drawings for prizes — including a $50 gift basket each day. A few sets of my Cozy Flannel Armchair Coasters will be raffled off as well. Do come if you are in the neighborhood. I’d love to see you — and you just might be a winner!




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7 Responses to “Y’all Come!”

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Dawn, your coasters are very cute!

  2. Vickie says:

    I know a cover girl and she actually eats!
    Love the little armchair coasters, how very cute!
    You continue to impress and inspire!

  3. Susan Baker says:

    I am looking for four patch stack n whack. I’ve made the sq’s. don’t know to put it all together. Are there instructions in this book?

  4. Anne says:

    pot-scrubbers! I had it in my phone but the phone never rang or I did not hear it???

    Enjoyed the pictures of all the beautiful art work!! Especially the cover story!!

    • Dawn says:

      Sorry you missed the Open House, Anne. It was great fun! And I agree that the photos in the Pine Needle’s fall catalog show off some amazing works of quilt art. I’m so excited that my quilt is on the cover!

  5. Diane says:

    The cover photo really showcases your quilt! Gotta love it!!!

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