Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gardner Village Shop Spotlight: Pine Needles

Hello! If you love quilting, or needle arts, or anything to do with beautiful fabric, this month's Gardner Village Shop Spotlight is for you. Let's take a look inside Pine Needles.

This shop is an integral part of The Village patchwork. While it hasn't always been in its current location, it has been in The Village for its entire 20 years of operation.

It's a very community-driven destination, with all of the beautiful samples on display in the store created by past and current employees.

And there are kits available for every quilt on display, making it easy to grab what you need and create a design of your own.

If quilting isn't your thang, you aren't out of luck. There are also kits available for embroidery, clothing and accessories, doll clothes, and other pretty projects!

Quiet Book Kit of the Month
Launching this month is the Quiet Book Kit. This bi-weekly kit includes everything you need to make a page of a quiet book (this page being the first in this four-month program). The kit retails for $8.99 and will occasionally include boy and girl options. Feel free to hop in and out from page to page, only selecting the ones you want to include in your book. How fun!

About the Owner
The designer of the quiet book cutie is shop owner, Sandy Workman. Sandy wears many hats at Pine Needles, including project/kit designer, instructor, product buyer, store owner/manager, and even fabric designer for Riley Blake. Her second line, Dream & A Wish, is currently available at her shop. To buy the line from the designer is a special opportunity, for sure.

Fabric Options
Sandy does an amazing job selecting fabric for the story. You'll find a wonderful assortment of brands and fabric types. Options include...

Wool Felt (in so many beautiful colors!)

Cuddle (also known as Minky)

Double Gauze (super popular right now)

And, of course, cotton!

Buy it by the yard or in pre-cut fat quarters (1/4 yard). Prepackaged bundles (such as jelly rolls and layer cakes) are also available, which can be great time savers, depending on the project at hand.

You'll also find plenty of notions, books, and other sewing musts.

As much as I ADORE this store and all of the beautiful fabric within, this has to be my favorite area. It's a toy corner where my three-year-old loves to go and play while I'm in shopping. She stays entertained long enough that I can find what I'm looking for without nagging setting in. ;)

About the Staff and Guests
The staff is as passionate about fabric as the shop's guests. They're always ready and willing to help out with projects and pointers. Here, Olivia is helping Pam, a regular guest who happens to have five (yes, FIVE!) quilts in progress at the moment. She's making them for each of her grandchildren to have as wedding presents. Isn't that an awesome idea? The gift of handmade is truly special and from the heart!

Another customer I had the pleasure of meeting while visiting for this post was getting what she needed to make these ADORABLE leggings, on display in the shop, for a friend's baby shower.

If it's a one-of-a-kind gift you seek, your friends at Pine Needles will help make your ideas a reality! You can buy pre-made products in the store or the materials and info needed to make your own happiness.

On Consignment
Do you make unusual fabric pieces that you're interested in selling on consignment in Gardner Village? Come in and ask for Sandy. She's typically in Tues-Fri from 10am to 3pm. There are many sweet consignment pieces available for purchase in Pine Needles, making it easy to support local artisans.

Classes at Pine Needles
New classes launch this month. Check the website often to find an option that appeals to you! We have many options for various crafting interests and all skill levels.

I walked out of Pine Needles with far more fabric than I need at the moment, but I couldn't help myself. The selection of on-trend and fresh options make shopping such a joy.

Visit Today
Find Pine Needles near the front of The Village, across the parking lot from Archibald's Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design.

Between now and the end of May, look for the bitty fairy displays out front in the flower bed.

Why, yes, that is a baby fairy swinging in a bitty swing! <3

Don't miss any pretty project ideas or updates from Pine Needles. They're on Instagram at @pineneedlesutah.

See you in store soon!
Megan Hoeppner

P.S. There's still time to enter our Name the Fairies contest. You'll find complete details here.