Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Happening's at The Country Loft"

The "House Challenge" officially starts on April 12th and ends on July 12th. 

      But, you don't need to wait to get started thinking of ideas for your challenge! Come in and pick up a copy of the rules and see some of the samples for ideas!

Here is the latest sample...
made using cotton and some wool accents.

Make it fun... do it your way... your size... add embroidery... appliques... paper pieced... not paper pieced... your imagination is the only limit.

It's going to be great fun... Hope you'll join us!

We have the new Spring towel in the store... 
It's called, "Daisy's in a Clay Pot"
... and it doesn't require water!

We want to spotlight some wonderful Blackwork stitchery's by Southern California artist,
Lolita Newman. 

Her company is called "Stitchin' by the River".

She has truly filled the void for Civil War patterns. 

Watch for Lolita's first book coming out in May...
reserve your copy with us.

Next time you are in the Loft be sure to look at her wall of patterns... we are delighted to carry them!

I know last week we mentioned our new connection to Facebook..
(Thank you Jenny!)  And this week I want to remind you to keep checking it out because we're going to announce some April Specials! 
... But, don't forget us here on the Blog... we love it when you visit us too.

"We wish you very Happy Easter"
from All of Us at The Country Loft

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"First Day of Spring"

The birds are chirping... the flowers are popping out... beautiful new fabrics arrive and it all gets us in the mood. The shop is dressed up with Spring and Easter all around in the cubbies and on the walls. We have decorator items and greeting cards all waiting for you!

We are so excited to let you know that we are now on Facebook! Sharon Smith's daughter Jenny has taken us into the 21st century and we love what's she's doing. Check us out and give us a thumbs up!

"Kit Day" is coming up soon... really soon!

Join us this Friday, March 22 from 10 to 1 for this cute needle case taught by Tina.
Cost for the class is $10

Great class for, fun and easy!
So, grab a friend and join us!

During our fun and busy week of Shop Hop we had many visitors.

We were so happy to have one of our favorite designer's Cheri Payne and her darling granddaughter Lucy come in. Lucy made fast friends with everyone!

Cheri also brought us her new designs... and we want to share them with you!

One pattern with three small quilts! 

This ones called "A Basket Full"

This little quilt is called "House Quilt"

P.S.  Remember... We're having a House Challenge
Hmm?? Does this give you an idea?

We love the bird on the basket. 

Cheri calls this quilt "March"

Last but not least...

This pattern called "Sew Many More Pieces" 
...has 4 small quilts in it.
We have only pictured two!

Some beautiful and new Charm Packs & Jelly Rolls have arrived from Moda.

They are called "Paint Box" and are designed by Laundry Basket Quilts.

You will love these!
 We have a wonderful teacher... Allie Robison... that makes the most beautiful rag rugs!

Allie will be teaching this "Crocheted Rug" on Friday, April 5 from 10-2. Cost is $16.50.

This rug makes up quickly because of the big crochet hook and Allie's expert instruction.
"Call or come in today and we'll get you signed up and ready to hook!"

 You've been asking for it...

And here it is,  "Sophie's Quilt" all kitted up and ready to go!

It's made up of "happy fresh spring colors"  in cotton fabrics... and the sweet stitchery's on the blocks will win you over too.

It's designed by our very own Jo Ann Mullaly.
The kit sells for $65.95

When you are out enjoying the Spring weather... stop in and see us!
 Thanks for stopping by today...
Kathy & Susy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"House Challenge and Thank You"

We had a wonderful turn out for Shop Hop. It was fast, furious and fun! We made some new friends and enjoyed seeing all of our regular customers. Thanks to all of you for coming to our shop and getting your piece of "Pumpkin Pie"... we'll do it again next year!

 "House Challenge"

We are giving you a little teaser about what the Loft is up to next.

This Friday ~ March 15th we will have the information sheet out about the Challenge.

The actual "House Challenge" will start in April.

But for now... we want to wet your appetite and share some photos to get you ready!

Okay.... maybe we can share a little bit more...

There will be different categories to enter and did I mention... Prizes too!

We're going to have a good time!

You will be able to make your house block any way you choose... as you are probably beginning to see by these photos.

They can be any size.... are you getting excited yet?

They can be pieced, appliqued, paper pieced, include wool...???

 We would love to have you stop by this Friday and pick up the information sheet about the House Challenge rules.

This will give you time to get your thoughts in place before the kick off day.

The "House Challenge" will begin April 12th 
and end on July 12th.

The Country Loft has some of the most creative customers and we are very excited to see what you come up with!

Kathy doesn't let her fingers idle for long...
Look at what she's working on.

This is one of the wool blocks for the new block of the month called.. "Tavern House"
It's beautiful!

We will be beginning this project in July...
I can hardly wait!!!

Okay, here it is again... Vintage Club's quilt by Tonee.

The quilt is "now in the shop" and the picture just doesn't do it justice. We love it Tonee!

We are still taking sign ups for this class. The class is Saturday March 23 from 10-3. Cost is $28

Here are a couple of close-ups.
Tonee has used cotton and wool together.

Those flowers sure to say "Spring is in the Air"

Thanks for stopping by today... 
hope to see you soon!

Kathy & Susy

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"It's Tonee Time!"

We are thrilled to have visiting teacher.. designer.. and author of the "Appliquilt" books,  "Tonee White" teaching in our store this month. 


Tonee has been published in the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and in one of our favorite magazines Primitive Quilts & Projects to name a few. Her needle turn applique will inspire you to give it a try... if you've never done it.   She's a master!

"My Happy Flowers"

 Tonee will be teaching this beautiful 46 x68" quilt on Saturday, March 23 from 10-3
Tonee's classes are called "Vintage Club"
The class fee is $28

We look forward to having you join us for a fun day of sewing!

Thanks for stopping by...
Sharon ~ Donna ~ Susy

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"Shop Hop is in Full Swing!"

"We are 5 days into Shop Hop... with 5 more days to go!"

We have been having so much fun with our customers! The excitement of friends getting together and visiting all of our wonderful quilt shops around town. Thank you for visiting us!
But... it's not over yet! There are 5 more days with extended hours. 

We have some great new books in for you...
"Lizzie's Legacy" by Betsy Chutchian...
"A Basketful of Taupe" by Kylie Irvine &
"Loose Change' by Kansas Troubles Quilters.

They are full of ideas and inspiration!

Our very own Jo Ann Mullaly has designed this very special wool "Crazy Eggs" on top of an old wooden spool!

It's in a kit for $7.95

We always love what Jo Ann comes up with!

"Friendship Half-Square Triangle Exchange" is still going strong...

Come in and pick up pre-rolled packages of 2 pieces of fabric with a sheet of 1/2 square triangle paper to complete a set of 32 triangles.

They sell for $2.50 each. You can do as many as you like... return them by April 12th so we can mix them up and then return to you, the same amount you made.
This will give you an "Amazing Scrappy Mix" of half square triangles.
Join the Fun!

Here's a Bunny in his Cabbage Patch with Carrots we thought you should see.

He's called "Rabbit Stew' by Wooden Spools Designs.
We are carrying the pattern in the store... he's pretty hard to resist!

"Pin Pals" is coming up soon on Saturday, March 16th.

We have a morning class from 10-1 and an afternoon class from 2-5. Call or stop by.
Kathy Cardiff teaches this adorable Bunny Pincushion.

Kathy's classes are always fun!

Hope to see you all soon...
Thank you for stopping by today
Kathy ~ Deby ~ Colleen ~ Jayne ~ Susy