Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kansas City to San Diego or Bust!

Sharon and Joe, we can't wait to have you back and see your wonderful finds in person. From what we can see you Antique Hunters were very successful. We'll see you soon.

We loved seeing all of our cheery customers on Saturday at our Open House. Thanks so much for coming out!

We had some of the cutest kinds of shoppers. A future quilter taking a look!

We had lots of class sign ups and we all enjoyed Tina's demo. Who doesn't enjoy a new ruler, book and fresh ideas!

The Class Schedule is NOW on line.

We would like to share a few new projects with you...

This one is called, "March" a new Cheri pattern being taught by Jayne Cartier.

Cheri's patterns are some of the shops favorites.. and we thought it would be great to teach some of them.
Jayne uses wool for her appliques. 

Class is Wednesday, May 8th from 10-3. $18.00

Deby Wickham has used her own design  called "Flower Stitchery" perfect for Spring time.
Come in a take a close up look at her embroidery... we love it!

Deby's class is Friday, May 17 from 10-2. $16.50

How about a "Buggy Barn" quilt made scrappy and fast!

It's called "Scrap Bag Star" and is taught by Cindy Mead. I may have to get in on this one.

It's a two part class, taught July 31st, from 5:30 - 8:30. Second class is August 7th, from 5:30 - 8:30.  $26.00.

Cindy uses lots of great plaids for this one!
We still have plenty of room in all of our classes... sign up with a friend or two... find some time for yourself and join us!

Three new books have arrived...

"Farm Fresh Quilts" by Kim Gaddy
"Revival!" by American Quilt Study Group
"Butterfly Fields" by Carolyn Nixon & Betsy Langford
All Great!

"Summer Nights"

What are Summer Nights you ask ... well, they are 6 fun filled Friday nights starting July 12th with Jo Ann Mullaly teaching her new quilt called, "Lianna's Quilt".

Classes run from 5-10 for $28.00 and includes Dinner. 

We'll have a "Snowball Quilt" by Donna King...
Kathy Cardiff will teach a "Wool Mini Pocket"...
Catherine Hughes teaches a "Patchwork Garden" quilt...
Colleen Loucas has one of her fun "Mystery Quilts"...
and Susy Boyer teaches a Wool Crazy bird house "For the Birds"

Take one, two or join us for all of them... Sewing, Eating and Laughing with friends...
It's the best!

As always... Thanks for stopping by today!
Kathy ~ Tina ~ Susy

Monday, April 29, 2013

We're heading out early this morning because we have a lot of miles to cover.  The skies look pretty ominous, but I think it's supposed to be clearing.

This part of the country really has had a terrible winter with lots of flooding.  This picture is not a lake, it's a corn field that is under water!!!

We are coming up to our next stop that is on a little bit higher ground.  Hopefully all of our antiques are still above water.

Well, a couple hours later and we have a nice little pile of goodies!!!

We have also picked up some of our favorite blue ball jars and some great old refrigerator glass jars, but they are all wrapped up and didn't get in any of the pictures.

On to our next stop, and the scenery is more of the same. . . . . gotta love those cows!!

We picked up some good stuff here and look at that little old wire child's grocery cart . . . . . isn't it cute!!!  Fun things, you never know what is going to strike your fancy when you are rummaging thru old places filled with pieces of the past!

And of course I couldn't pass this up!!  I haven't seen a postal desk in quite a while and this one is in great shape.  I know someone is going to love this for their sewing room!!

Well, we have covered a lot of ground today, over 150 miles with lots of stops and at our last stop we heard about this antique flea market in downtown Kansas City.  We are getting here a little late, but maybe there is something left that we will love!

Sure enough,  there were a few things we just couldn't live without. I just hope my expert packer can squeeze them in.  We have managed to fill that once empty truck!

So, this will be our last post from the midwest. I fly home from here in the morning and my wonderful hubby will be driving this load of goodies back for us.  We will try our best to have them in the store on Saturday!

It's been fun sharing our trip with all of you!!
  We'll see you soon,  Joe & Sharon

Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's another early morning in the middle of the country.  We lost our bright sunny day by the time we had loaded our truck yesterday.  We had one more stop in mind so we tried to hurry before it started raining.

I don't know what it is about fields with cows and old barns, but I just love looking at them and they are pretty much the landscape in this part of the country!

We have a friend who lives out here in the country and she collects things for us and stores them in an old barn on her property.  She's out of town. but fortunately for us, she has some stuff for us to look through and her son is going to meet us at the barn! Yea!!!

This is the barn and it looks like it is open and ready for us to poke through!  Gotta hurry though, rain is coming!!!

Sorry I didn't get any pictures inside, but there really wasn't much to see . . . . a lot of hay, farm stuff and a little corner with stuff piled for us.

Here is the first pile of stuff out where you can see it.  I know porch posts and old ladders were on my shopping list and all the other things are a bonus!!

There is more to come here!

I dragged out this next bunch while Joe was loading the first.  We picked up some pretty great stuff here.  I can see lots of fun summer decorating in the future!!!

It's so nice to have friends who know the kinds of things you like!!!

This morning the rain was definitely with us, but we have a ways to travel, so we might have clear skies by the time we reach our next stop.

Back country roads are still pretty and peaceful even in the rain!

We finally reached this cute little town that that has amazing little victorian houses.  It also has great flea markets where we can usually pick up a lot of treasures!

We had to rush through because of the rain, but we were able to grab a few things.  Not as much as usual, but we are hearing that because of the really bad winter back here, people haven't been able to get out and search for stuff like they usually do.

Oh well, we have friends waiting with stuff for us tomorrow and I think we have done pretty good so far!

So . . . . . . . it is back on the road again and we will talk to you in the morning!  Joe & Sharon

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hi Everyone!

It is a beautiful sunny morning in southern Missouri, only 33 degrees, but I have enough excitement energy burning that I'm glad it's a little cold.  We are headed to our favorite barn sale and I can't wait to see what wonderful things they have this year!!

Driving through this beautiful countryside is so much fun, especially when I am looking for barn sale signs!!!

I just know barn sales signs lead to good things for us!!!

And what did I tell you . . . . . It only took us about an hour to come up with a great pile of stuff!!  However, I hope no one wants wagon wheels, because those are not ours.

We found a couple of great cupboards too.  I can just see them stuffed with fabric and wool in someone's sewing room.

Karen, one of our friends here, is showing them off for you!!

Here is this incredible barn and some of our wonderful friends,
the ladies that run this sale!!! They do amazing refinishing
on these antiques.

And here is my wonderful husband, working hard while I continue to grab stuff.  That's our empty truck in the background . . . . I'm sure it will be full by the time we are heading home!!!

Hopefully there will be something for everyone amongst all these treasures!!!  If not, maybe there will be something for you at our next destination, but I better get to work so that we can get on the road again!!!

Our tummies are full thanks to Jane, her husband Roy and her sweet mom, Mary!!  They always provide us with such a nice lunch.  We are ready to roll so I will talk to you again tomorrow and give you a glimpse of what we find!!!

                                                      Bye for now . . . . . . . . Joe & Sharon

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

3 More Days!!!

Only 3 more days until our Open House! 

Take time to come by and smell the roses!
...And while you're here, sign up for some new, fun and exciting classes.

     We have the New Class Schedule printed and ready to go. Come see what's new. We'll have a Demo by Tina going on... get involved in the House Challenge... take a new class, do something different that you have been wanting to try.

     "Summer Nights" start in July. Six terrific Friday nights with great projects to make and dinner's included. So, grab a friend and join us!

     A beautiful new line of fabric has arrived from Moda, called "Paint Box Prints".

     The designer is Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.

A little closer up you'll see...

Lots of flowers. Large and small... and even polka dots.


We never get tired of it. Amazing colors and textures seem to arrive almost every day!

Here's a little sampling.

     The new Better Homes & Gardens "Quilt Sampler" is here on the shelves. They visit 11 Top Quilt Shops and have 10 Exclusive Projects inside.
    Our other favorite magazine has also arrived. Summer's, "Primitive Quilts & Project's"
It has 16 new projects in it! It has the ever popular "Owl" pillow in it. Very cute.

     And speaking of cute Owls... We have kitted more of our
"Wise Old Owl" by Wooden Spools Designs. The kits sell for $32.95 and includes everything but the batting. 

     Next Monday will be the last Fat Quarter Monday. Come in and fatten up your stash!

Be on the look out for a surprise blogger... 
    Sharon and Joe Smith are on the road again to Kansas for some amazing antique finds. We can't wait to see what they bring back and fill up the shed with!!! 
So stay tuned... they hope to check in by the end of the week.

Hope to see you all soon... Thanks for stopping by today.
Kathy & Susy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Open House ~ April 27th"

The Country Loft's Open House is upon us!


     Our "New Summer Class Schedule" will be out and ready, for your perusal on Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 5. We'll be ready and waiting to sign you up for some new and exciting classes! We'll have samples hanging and Tina will have a demo of the "Five and Dime" ruler used with Kansas Troubles Quilters book, "Loose Change".

There will be lots going on... bring your friends, sign up and prepare to have fun with us!

Let's get going on what else is happening today!

great line, the full line, 40 bolts of "Snowman Gatherings" by Moda for Primitive Gatherings has arrived in our store today!!!
 It's wonderful... here's a close up.

Lots of  terrific small prints that will work in many projects. You'll want some for sure!

Our two new books are in different styles and both books are full of inspiration.

"Lizzie's Legacy" by Betsy Chutchain. Published by Kansas City Star.  $27.95.

"101 Fabulous Small Quilts" by Patchwork Place.  $29.99

"Valdani in size 12"

We are happy to carry some new beautiful Valdani thread in size 12.
These are a few of Kathy Cardiff's favorites that work very well with her wool mats. You'll be sure to discover uses too!

We kicked of the House Challenge last week! Thanks to all of you for coming out. We have plenty of kits ready to go... It's going to be one of our best challenges!

Did you know that the San Diego Quilt Show has added a new category? Well, they have and we're pleased to tell you about it. It's Primitives! This is our year to show the rest of the world what it's all about. So, ladies and gentlemen it's time to enter your quilts!! 
Take a visit to their website at www.sandiegoquiltshow.com.
Let us help you with all of your quilting needs and lets have a great turn out at the show.

Thanks for stopping by today... and we'll see you at the Open House.
Kathy ~ Deby ~ Susy

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"House Challenge"

Country Loft's House Challenge begins this Friday!! 


"We're ready to get started"

... and to kick it off, Tina will be here from 11 to 1 to help get your creative juices flowing!

She will demonstrate some fun methods for making houses.

Please join us on Friday, April 12 to pick up your fabric packets with a sample house block in it for $4.50.
...and prepare to watch Tina dazzle you with ideas!

Wool, Wool and More Wool!

Yes, beautiful wool has arrived from "Heaven's To Betsy"

We have the size you need for great backgrounds. These are wonderful for making Wool Mats and many other projects.
We're happy to cut to the size you need.

Here is a closer peek... aren't they just the best!

Trust me they won't last long... come in and pick out your favorites.

This cabinet is full of gorgeous hand dyed wool from
"Blackberry Primitives"

We love using them for appliques in our wool projects.

The colors are so rich in reds, blues, purples, greens, golds... and more.

"Mystery Quilt Revisited"

We are taking sign ups for Colleen's class on April 20th from 10-4
Cost is $23.00

Colleen is an excellent teacher and we think you will agree... so come join in.


That Kathy Cardiff is just like the Energizer Bunny!
 She just keeps on Creating. 

She has another terrific project in the June 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
"Mix of Ingredients"
It's another winner!

Before we sign off... here are a few reminders,
1/2 Square Triangles are due this Friday, April 12 ~
and don't forget about "Fat Quarter Mondays" 

Thank your for stopping by today...
Kathy & Susy

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Just Ducky!"

 "It's just Ducky around here these days at The Country Loft"

We are so excited about Deby's new duck "Dyle"

You can make your very own "wool roving duck" next Thursday, April 11th from 10 to 1
      Call or come in...
              and we'll reserve a space for you!

Better Homes and Gardens magazine has come out with a new Special Interest Publication called...

It's just terrific.... and looks who's in it!

Our very own Kathy Cardiff with her wonderful pillow project called "A Single Stem"

This magazine will turn out to be one of your favorites!!!
... Pick one up today

Moda has sent us some very usable tans and blacks from Kansas Trouble's line "Pheasant Hill".

You will want to be sure to add some to your stash!

Speaking of stash... Every Monday this April we will have loads of precut Fat Quarters waiting for you!
We're calling it "Fat Quarter Monday's" and each Fat Quarter will be 50 Cents off.

Come in and see "Bits & Pieces by Joan"
newest table runner.
You are only seeing half of it in the picture. It's made in wool and is approximately 10 x 31" long. Pattern sells for $8.50.
"It has buzzing bees and ladybugs too!"

10 more days left for the Triangle Exchange. You still have time... keep those sewing machines humming!
The due date is April 12.

The House Challenge starts April 12... Lots going on around the Loft this month.

Thanks for Stopping by...
Kathy ~ Deby ~ Sharon ~ Susy