05.05.10

Faith Hope Love Special Batik Collection

Posted in Quilts by McKenna Ryan at 12:41 pm by Cookie Martyn

McKenna Ryan has updated her very popular Faith Hope Love design using gorgeous new Hoffman Bali batiks.  The design features  nine 12 inch blocks.  Many of the fabrics for the original design are no longer available so we are excited about this version.  To keep the price down, we are cutting 1/8 yard pieces for the very first time.  The collection is available online now although the quantities are limited.  We expect another large shipment of the fabrics next month (June 2010). 

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05.13.09

Back on the Farm – May 2009

Posted in Quilts by McKenna Ryan at 6:29 pm by Cookie Martyn

McKenna’s genius for color and composition shine in this new nine block design.  This is the largest multi-block quilt to date measuring 61 1/2 by 71 1/2 inches.  It is sure to be another classic.

The quilt is recommended for beginners.  McKenna hopes to encourage new fans with the somewhat larger pieces she used.  We’ll offer fabric collections for each of the individual block, too.  Not everyone will have a spot for a quilt this large on the wall.  I love the goat.  McKenna calls him “Mister Munchy.” 

For the first time, the pattern instructions call for using a “batik of your choice” for several pieces.  We know you won’t like that so we selected them for you.  It’s easy when you have 3500 Hoffman batiks to choose from. 

Storybook Farm (spring 2005) was a blue ribbon winner for many quilters.  Back on the Farm will be another. 

We’ll begin shipment our famous original fabric collections the week of May 25.  You may order online now.

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04.26.09

ONCE UPON A STAR, by McKenna Ryan

Posted in Quilts by McKenna Ryan at 1:48 pm by Cookie Martyn

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McKenna’s latest Holiday masterpiece was introduced in the Fall of 2008.  It is one her largest quilts and she shared with me that it is one of her all time favorites.  The finished eight block quilt will measure 56 1/2 by 63 inches.   Seven of the blocks and the pieced border have individual embellishment packages to add sparkle and character to the designs.   She selected E221 Glacier, an adorable penguin chop, for the backing.   Be sure to go to PineNeedles.com to print a copy of the corrections if you received one of the first printing of patterns.  (It happens.)

As always, Peggy Szasz did a superb job on our samples.  Here are some close up photos of them.

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04.25.09

FOREST HOLLOW, by McKenna Ryan, Pine Needles Designs

Posted in Quilts by McKenna Ryan at 10:08 am by Cookie Martyn

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McKenna was inspired to create this design by her lastest fabric line for Hoffman called “Willow”.  As with all her creations (well, quilts in general) photographs do not do justice to the fabrics or the elements of the design.  When our sample arrived, my staff and I were more excited than than we had expected.  Peggy Szasz always does a superb job for us.   Her work on this quilt is outstanding!  I just had to share some of the close ups and a photo of the back of the quilt, too. 

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