Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More To Blog About . . .

Hi Everyone!

The Country Loft Antique Blog was so much fun that we decided to continue on with a blog for the store in general. We are starting with our trip to the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this past weekend. After this post we are going to try and post a couple of times a week so that you will always be up to date on all the fun things going on at the Loft. I also found out from the antique blog that we have many out of town followers so hopefully this will keep you all a little closer to us on a weekly basis. Plus, we will ship any fabric, kits, patterns or notions that we show you on the blog!!! 

The Salt Lake City convention center is amazing.  The windmills along the front generate electricity that makes chimes play in the cylindrical entrance.  It was pretty windy when we were there so the chimes were really chiming!

One of the most exciting and crazy events at Quilt Market happens the first night we are there before the market even opens.  It is called Sample Spree and this is where shops can buy samples, fabric bundles, patterns and all sorts of fun stuff.  Of course there is limited supply so you have to wait in long lines for hours to get in!  Between the five of us we scored a few things to bring home!

Mindy kept busy taking pictures for us!  It was a long wait!

The first morning we headed right away to what we knew would be our favorite booth. I bet you can't guess which one that was!  Kathy had an overwhelming response to all her designs . . .we aren't the only store that loves her stuff!  Wait until you see her new patterns, you won't want to be without them! 


So here we all are,ready to depart from Kathy's booth and eager to start shopping! It was so great to have JoAnn join us from Portland. I value her expert opinion on so many things and really miss her too! This was Colleen and Mindy's first market. . . we'll see if they can keep up with Kathy, it is really hard to do!

  And, right next door to Kathy was another one of our very favorite people, Renee Plains.  Isn't her booth cute.  Renee actually painted her potting bench and chairs green right on the convention center floor. Besides being so creative, she is really industrious too!  We ordered all her new patterns and are looking forward to her book by Kansas City Star which will be debuting in the fall.

Of course you all probably know Kathi Campbell from Heart To Hand.  We are currently doing her block of the month, Autumn.  Well, we really love her new block of the month, Home Sweet Home and will be starting it at The Loft in January.  It is done in beautiful wools and gorgeous Daiwabos.  The colors are taupe, cream, green, blue and brown.  So new, calm and refreshing for us.


Kathy's quilt is so beautiful that we wanted to come as close as possible to matching the fabrics.  So, we went to the Daiwabo booth and Maria and her husband Hilo were so gracious to meet with us at Kathy's booth with all their fabric swatches.

"I want that one!!!"  I said that way too many times!

 18 bolts later I'm sure we were able to come up with the perfect fabrics for this quilt.  It will cost a little more for this block of the month because of the Daiwabo, but we looked at other fabrics and they just did not do justice to this quilt.  I'm sure you will all agree when you see it.  It will be in the $25 to $30 range, so if you would like to do it, please call the store and get your name on a list.  At some point we will have to cut off sign-ups because we ordered only enough fabric for so many kits and will not be able to get more.

We ordered Kathy's other new patterns too. These cute pincushions are her very newest.  She just whipped them up two days before market and didn't even have a chance to get the patterns printed.  She promised we would have them soon!
And of course we had to order wools to go along with all that Daiwabo.  Here is Mary Flanagan in her booth.  Wow, it is so hard to be selective . . . .I really wanted to say "I'll take one of everything!"  But, since we had already purchased a whole lot of wool from Blackberry Primitives that we were bringing home with us, I had to restrain myself a little.  I can always order more later, right?

Next we went on to our MODA appointment and this was the booth of one of our favorite lines that is coming in August.  The line is called Hometown and one of the patterns is the names of hometowns all across the United States. The designers are a mom and her two daughters . . .three of our new favorite people!  Kathy is wearing an apron we won from their booth with the signatures of all their customers and their hometowns signed on it.  

That evening we were all treated to a fabulous sit down dinner by MODA.  The food was delicious, the company was fabulous and the entertainment, well . . .

 Here is a picture of Colleen with the star, Michael Jackson, who else!  It was a really fun evening.  It refreshed us and gave us more energy to continue shopping the next day.
This is Kathy and Mindy with Bonnie Sullivan from All Through The Night.  They took a class from her and her sister, Kathy Schmitz, that morning so we had to get this picture in her booth.  All of these gorgeous quilts and projects will be in her new book from Quiltmania coming soon to The Loft.

Here is Kathy Schmitz in her booth.  We have the fabric she designed for MODA, Full Circle, in the store now.

This is Debbie and her husband Jeff of Wooden Spool Designs.  They are the nicest people!  We were able to bring home a couple of samples of Debbie's patterns that you will see at our market party.  She does a lot of patterns using wool and we ordered some of her stitchery patterns as well.  You will love them!!!

I know many of you will recognize the quilts in this booth.  They are all the items in the new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  It was so fun to see them in real life, they are so gorgeous!  I can hardly wait for the next issue.  There will be lots of surprises in store for all of you!!!


And here we are at Bareroots making decisions about our last order at market. I know you all will recognize Bari's wonderful designs and what a cute booth!

And you can see that we (Colleen) were getting just a little crazy toward the end!

I was so tired of making decisions that I took over the role of photogragher.  Kathy once again outlasted us all and was still coherent enough to make excellent selections!

We all found a little energy left to help Kathy and Renee tear down their booths at the end of the market.  I'm sure it was much quicker tearing down than setting up!

Mindy discovered she has a new talent and a new favorite tool.  As a first timer with an electric screwdriver, she became efficient real fast at unscrewing Renee's props!


 Well, even though this is a really long post, it is only a very small portion of all the booths we visited and only shows you a very small sampling of the orders we placed.  I know there is a picture of Bits and Pieces by Joan's booth on one of our camera's, but I can't find it right now.  Joan has some really cute new framed wool projects that you will absolutely love.  Plus she is always so generous to lend us samples for the store, so I'm sure they will be in soon to tempt you!

We also selected another block of the month for next year from Bonnie Blue Designs. It is going to be done in all Civil War fabrics and I think you will really love the pattern.  Of course we will let you know as soon as we know about the block of the month by our favorite designer, none other than the famous JoAnn Mullay from Jam!!!  I'm sure it will be fabulous as usual.  And if you were wondering why JoAnn was in so few of these pictures, she was off so generously helping Kathy and Renee in their booths.  There were times when Kathy was really overwhelmed and there was one day when Renee had food poisoning and was out the entire day!  We are letting Kathy Cardiff off the hook for a block of the month next year.  We figure with all this notoriety as well as a new grandbaby on the horizon that she might be a little busy.

So, please stay tuned for more happenings at the Loft.  Trust me, they won't be nearly as long or as wordy as this one.  Writing is not my favorite thing to do . . . .it takes me way too long!  Happy Quilting, Sharon


Rocking Chair Stitches said...

Absolutely wonderful post. Pictures are great I felt like I was there.....Hopefully next year.

Quiltdolls said...

Love the blog. It is like we are at Market with you.

See you soon Kim

terry said...

So glad you're continuing your blog from the store. Don't get down your way as much as I would like to, so now I can keep up with all the CL happenings. Having ordered by phone in the past, I will be able to shop from home. Looking forward to seeing Joann's civil war BOM.