Wednesday, January 28, 2015

     The new Spring 2015 issue of "Primitive Quilts and Projects" magazine is now in the shop.
     It's full of great projects we've come to expect... like this cute chick pulling her cart by Buttermilk Basin.
     Our Class Calendars are here for the taking, and you will also find it on our website. www.cloft.com
Come take a class with us!


"Kits"


     We've been busy making kits! This is one of our favorites by Blackberry Primitives called, "Love Birds".

     The kit is made with Blackberry Primitives Wool, and sells for $29.95.








     Of course we couldn't start off the New Year without a new Towel Kit. 
     It has layers of Sweet Hearts, and sells for $7.95.






     "Made for America" by designer Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts.

     This wonderful quilt is part of Pam Buda's Trunk Show going on now at The Country Loft. 

     We have it kitted with Pam's fabric's, and sells for $34.95.

      We continue to stock our shelves with wool... ahh, it's a wonderful sight! Come get some soon and fill your shelves.


Thanks for stopping by today... 
From all of us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, January 21, 2015





Wool... Lots of gorgeous wool!!!

They are in a rainbow of beautiful colors and textures, with so many wonderful choices.




     Just arrived in the shop are Primitive Gathering's new Brushed Muslin's. 

     We have Layer Cakes and Charm Squares. Soon to arrive, we'll have the full line on bolts! 

     They are so soft and nice to sew with.


     These pretty little quilts are part of the "Prairie Women's Sewing Circle" by Pam Buda. 
     We still have some room in this great class, taught by Leigh Greer each month. 
The group will be starting with Journey 5.

     The first meeting will be on Saturday, February 7th from 10-12.



Call us crazy... but we had a terrific weekend with "Open House" and three days of Workshops taught by Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts!!!

I think these faces say it all... Sewing, friendship and great food. 

  


We had many women from out of town and of course our local gals.






You know it's a good workshop when you can sew in your stocking feet!


Back at the shop we were busy handing out the New Class Calendar and sign ups for those new classes.

There was excitement over our new Block of the Months. We've got them ready to go!

"A Prairie Gathering"
"How Does Your Garden Grow?"
"A Patchwork Garden"



We want to thank everyone for coming and making our events a huge success!



Thank you for stopping by today...
~ From all of us at The Country Loft ~

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Weekend Fun"




Pam Buda is here!!

     Pam rolled in here Friday afternoon and gave us an inspiring lecture in the evening about her "Prairie Women's Sewing Circle".

Pam's company is "Heartspun Quilts. 





We learned so much!

All those quilt's behind Pam, yep, she made them.






Jayne and Leigh put together a great spread.
Yum!

     We all left happy campers... Pam even brought prizes for us!!!

Pam will finish up her last workshop tomorrow.
The Country Loft will be Open Sunday from 10-4. 

     Stop by and pick up your new Class Calendar and join a new class!
Thanks for stopping by today...
~ From all of us at The Country Loft ~

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Open House"

We're so Excited!!!
Open House is finally here.
Saturday, January 17th from 10-5

 We will be kicking off our brand new Block of the Months.

~ Pieced... "A Prairie Gathering" by Pam Buda


~ Stitchery... "Patchwork Garden" by Kathy Schmitz


~ Wool... "How Does Your Garden Grow?" by Norma Whaley

 
You've been asking... The Class Calendar will be ready for pick up too!

We're going to have a full weekend with Pam Buda in the house.
Because she will be teaching her amazing "A Gathering in Red" workshops, we will be keeping the doors Open on Sunday from 10-4

Thank you for stopping by today... We can't wait to share an exciting New Year with you! 

~ From all of us at The Country Loft ~


 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Heartspun Quilts" Trunk Show

     We've been unloading boxes full of Pam Buda's amazing quilts!!!
     You'll find them hanging in practically every room of the cottage.
     Pam is a traditional quilter, using traditional blocks and fabrics from the past... but sewing them with today's modern piecing methods!
     To learn more about Pam, visit her website at: www.heartspunquilts.com

     Come start the New Year with a remarkable quilt designer and teacher, Pam Buda!
It's nearly time for her "A Gathering in Red" Workshop... right here at The Country Loft. The dates are January 16th, 17th and 18th. We'll be sewing in a large comfortable room and having a fun time... Lunch is included too! To learn more, click on this link, http://cloft.com/PamBudaWorkshop.html
Call us or come in to sign up. This is an event you won't want to miss!



New Arrivals!

Cotton Classic Wovens.
     What more can I say... besides they are soft, wonderful and we need some!



Lakeside Gathering's Wovens.

     More to love.


     We're busy re-decorating and getting ready for "Open House" on Saturday, January 17th, 10-5.
More info to follow.

Thank you for stopping by today...
From all of us at The Country Loft

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Happy New Year"


"After Christmas Sale"

     Now is a great time to pick up another Ornament or two. We have a few Trees and Christmas patterns on sale also. 
     You'll get them for "Half Price" until Saturday, January 3rd when the sale ends.
     
     "These two cute shoppers know a good deal!!!"






The year 2014 may be coming to close... but the New Year, 2015 is just about to get started and we can't wait!
Mark your calendars for our "Open House" on January 17th, Saturday from 10-5.
We will be kicking off our "Three" New Block of the Months, and we'll have the New Class Calendar.

"Pam Buda Workshops"
Don't miss out on these wonderful workshops happening the same weekend as our "Open House".
Please click this link for all of the information. http://cloft.com/PamBudaWorkshop.html
Call or visit The Country Loft and we'll get you signed up today. 619-466-5411.

From all of us at The Country Loft... We wish you a very Happy New Year!




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!!!

     Since Susy, my blogmaster, is enjoying this holiday in New York City with her husband and son (lucky girl!!!) it was left up to me to create this week's post.  Owning a retail store makes the holidays a little crazy, so I thought I would share with you one of my collections that keeps me grounded and brings a little bit of peace to our home this time of year.



Salt glaze pottery has always been one of my favorite things so when I found this salt glaze nativity, I couldn't resist and thus started my nativity collection.  This one found a home on an old dry sink in my living room this year.









And, a saltglaze crock with a nativity painted on it holds a small tree in the same room.




This nativity is by a company called Wolf Creek.  Many of you know them from the wood blocks that spelled out many different greetings. I know many of you have those blocks in your homes.






I love looking for nativities made in different mediums and this one is made from sheets of heavy medal that have been bent so that the figures can stand.  This nativity sits on an old butter churn in my family room this year.











This painting is by folk artist Maria Pfropper and depicts a nativity display in the middle of an early town.  I love the way she continued the painting from the canvas onto the frame.












Of course many of you who are Jan Patek fans probably have this nativity hanging in your homes.  She has always been one of my favorite quilt designers.  She has a very distinct folk art style and I love it!









This nativity is made of chalkware by Vaillancourt Folk Art.  Joe and I visited their studio in Connecticut many years ago and it was so interesting to see how the pieces are created and each painted by hand.  I know many of you have some Vaillancourt Folk Art in your homes.






And I'm sure many of you recognize the folk art whimsy of Williraye.  Our son has many of their Santas in a  collection that we started for him about 30 years ago. I was lucky enough to get the nativity.  It is sitting on an old pie safe in my family room and always makes me smile.


 Again, in my living room, is this primitive folk art nativity.  It is made of wood and hand painted.  It takes up almost all the space on top of this old jelly cupboard.  I just love the little black sheep in the foreground.  I always put him in front of the white sheep.  I think black sheep need a break once in awhile!





And probably one of my favorites is this primitive hand carved wood nativity.  I love that it is made on an old window frame.  We hang it on our patio that faces east overlooking El Cajon valley.  Joe took this picture just as the sun was coming up yesterday and it is so beautiful how the wire mountains that the artist put in the frame echo the Lagunas in the background.


   Many of these nativities were made for me or given to me by my family and friends at the Country Loft.  They bring to mind those things that are the most precious.  I cherish each one of you and your support and friendship over the last thirty years.  I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and fun filled times with your family and friends that are special to you.

                                                                                         Much Love,
                                                                                         Sharon