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,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Almost time for Santa"

"Ladies... do your husbands scratch their heads and wonder what to get you for Christmas?"

We have a wonderful idea for them. A gift of 1, 2 or all 3, "Pam Buda Workshops" would be a quilter's dream present. He can call or come in to sign you up. 
The dates are January 16th, 17th and 18th. For more information please click on this link. http://cloft.com/PamBudaWorkshop.html
 It will be one Special Weekend!!!

"A Patchwork Year"

     Beginning on January 17, 2015 we will be kicking off our brand new Block of the Months!

     Today we're showing our beautiful Stitchery BOM by Kathy Schmitz, called "A Patchwork Year"

     It's a 12 month program priced at $14.95 per month. Sewn with Kathy Schmitz's brand new line of fabrics by Moda called, Patchwork Garden.
     Kathy Schmitz has her own style when it comes to Redwork.
    And... we love it!

     Come see it hanging in the shop... it's a beauty.

"New Arrivals"

     Seven new bolts by, "Primitive Gatherings" has hit our shelves. They're called "Lakeside Gatherings". We have pre-cuts to go with them!
     Also, new pre-cuts by "Laundry Basket Quilts", called "Hearts Content".
     And... Pre-cuts are still on Sale through December 24th. Buy one, get one, 1/2 off of equal or lesser value. Shop today!

     We have a sneak peek, a teaser, for another new Block of the Month coming in January 2015.
     Nearly completed... "How Does Your Garden Grow?" by Norma Whaley.
     The quilt has wool applique and strips of pretty homespuns. You'll have a beautiful wool garden of your own by the end of the year!

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"December at The Country Loft"

"New Arrivals"

     Just in from Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson... some wonderful neutrals along with this terrific primitive crazy quilt print. 

     Think of the fun we can have with this one!

The Sale Continues on Pre-Cuts!

Buy one, get one half off of equal or lesser value.
Please "do" mix and match!!

Always a great gift.

     We've got you covered for Christmas.

     Shop in our shed and enjoy our woodland trees and ornaments.
Gifts for the nature lover in all of us!

     A "Gift Certificate" from The Country Loft makes for a perfect gift for your family and friends.
Any dollar amount you choose!
"Santa and Ewe"

     This kit has been so popular, we just had to make more! 
     The wool by Blackberry Primitives is so beautiful and nice... and what fun to make. These two will brighten up your holidays.
     We have lots of Christmas patterns on our shelves from Wooden Spools, Jo Ann Mullay, Birdbrain Designs, Norma Whaley, and Gail Pan, just to name a few.
Still time for a quick project!

We're getting so excited about Pam Buda's Workshops in January!!!
Our "New Class Calendar" will be ready the same weekend she's here teaching. For all the information about Pam's Workshops... please click on this link.
We hope to see you all here.
~ Thanks for stopping by today... From all of us at The Country Loft ~

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Christmas Pre-Cuts Sale"

"Pre-Cuts Sale"

Starts Today...  Ends December 24th!
     Buy One, Get One for 1/2 off
of equal or lesser value.
Mix or match.

     It's a great time to buy for your secret pal... a gift for your sewing buddy... and treat yourself too!!!

     We have many to choose from, and more are on the way. Shop now for a nice selection.

     Need a quick gift for a friend or yourself?

     Buttermilk Basin's, "Pin Keeps" kit's are just right. We have December ready to go.  They cost just $10.95. 
     If you missed the Fall Turkey and Pumpkin we have those too.

     We've got your copy of Maggie Bonanomi's new book, Thistle Down Moon.

     We love all of the beautiful new projects in this book, and we think you will too.
     You'll find wool applique, crossstitch sampler's and hooked rugs.

Fall Merchandise
is now Half Off !!!

We have a good selection.

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

For information about Pam Buda's upcoming Workshops on January 16, 17, & 18... please click  http://cloft.com/PamBudaWorkshop.html

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"A Gathering in Red"

     Just arrived... the gorgeous quilts by Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts.
     Pam will be here teaching Three Wonderful Workshops January 16th, 17th & 18th.
    To learn more about the projects, times and prices, please click on our link for all of the information.


     Presenting another terrific "Kit" this week... we have these adorable snowmen called, "Cool Guys" made into a cute tote bag!

     Sewn with cotton snowball blocks and wool applique, this bag will be one of your new favorites. Pattern is in the Primitive Quilts & Projects Magazine, Winter 2014 issue.
Kit sells for $42.95

     We're so excited to have "Timeless Traditions" new quilt, "Silent Night".

     Norma Whaley has outdone herself again, bringing us a fun quilt with lots of action in her snowy town, made of wool applique on a cotton background. Be sure to come in and see it.

   We have a pattern just for you!

"Hexagon Club"

     Tina Rainer will get you busy making Hexie's in all shapes and sizes.
     Join Tina on December 5th, Friday from 10-1 for her great class.
Class fee is $10.00

We want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at The Country Loft... we are thankful for all of our special customers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Country Loft Christmas"

"Kristy and Peep"

     Have fun making and giving (if you can give her away!) this adorable snowgirl, Kristy.

     We've made up a kit with all the ingredients you'll need... even for her buddy Peep. Her pattern is in the Primitive Quilts & Projects Magazine.
     Our kit sells for $49.95

     Watch out! She's got a pocket full of snowballs.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

     This fun kit has the beautiful wool and pattern from "Blackberry Primitives". We've included the fuzzy beard! Ask for "Santa & Ewe"
     Kit sells for $25.95


Charming Pre-cuts!

     New from Moda, by Primitive Gatherings. 

     Lakeside Gatherings Prints and Lakeside Gatherings Wovens.

Country Christmas Trees!!!

     Visit our kitchen and enjoy our trees covered with Farm Animals, Tiny Mason Jars, Tractors and more! 

     Our shelves are filled with Holiday Wishes.

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Holiday Spirit"

     We owe a big "Thank You" to all of our Customers!!!
     Our Christmas Open House was over the top! We certainly did share laughter and fun.
     Don't worry if you missed the first day, because we have plenty more wonderful gifts, trees, ornaments and kits to go. The trees are decorated with their own theme... so fun!


     Here is a kit called "Wool Pines" by Cheri. The pattern also includes a small quilt and a hanging ornament.
     We've kitted the Pillow out of wool with a homespun cotton backing. Kit sells for $15.95.
     It's a quick and easy project to give as a gift... or as a treat to yourself.

"Country Snowman"

     It's not to late to make this adorable Country Snowman. We have "Three Spots Left" in our afternoon class on Saturday, December 15th from 1:30 - 4:30.

     Teacher Sandra Lee will lead you through the process of painting and attaching all the goodies on this cute little fellow!
Cost of the class with complete kit is $30.

     Call or come in to sign up... 619-466-5411.

"Loft Quickie Project"

     Tina Rainer will teach you how to make these two pretty wool ornaments from the "Happy Hexi Holiday" pattern by Debbie Busby.

     Class is Thursday, November 20th from 10-1. Class fee is $10.00. 
Price does not include pattern or wool.

Come visit our Winter Wonderland... Grab a basket and pick your favorite Christmas Ornaments right off the trees!!!

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"A Christmas Open House"

"A Christmas Open House"

Saturday, November 8th from 10-5

It's the Year of the Snowmen... They're eager to come out of hiding and go home with you on Saturday!!!

Our cottage will be filled with Trees, Snowmen, Ornaments, Dishes and Linens, Kits, Snowmen... did I mention Snowmen!?!

We promise you will love our Christmas Vintage Bedroom.

We'll be having refreshments and good cheer... Bring your friends and family to enjoy our Winter Wonderland.

The Elves have so much to do... The Country Loft will be closed on Friday the 7th for decorating.


     Join Tina Rainer for her Pre-Cuts Class on Tuesday, November 11 from 10-2. Class fee is $13.00

     You will be making this wonderful quilt called "Disappearing Four Patch".

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



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

     We're thrilled to announce the arrival of Kathy Cardiff & Taylor Olvera's new book...

"Where the Cows Come Home"

     Until now this outstanding quilt from The Cottage at Cardiff Farms was only available as a block of the month through The Country Loft.   Now, we can all make one!!!
     We have a copy waiting for you.

Ready to go!

"Pin Keeps" and "With Thy Hand" kits are available for pick up.

We have packages of the "Type Charms" in store too.

     Our darling "Seasonal Banner" kit by Buttermilk Basin is also ready to go.

     Fun to make and great for gift giving.


     Garden Club with Sandra Lee was a big success! 
     Everyone went home with a Harvest Angel.

     Next month Garden Club will be making a snowman... just in time for the season.

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Beauty

     Fall brings cooler weather (we wish!), pumpkins and golden leaves.

     We love to Celebrate the Season at The Country Loft.

          Our cupboards are filled with potpourri, fresh scents and warm candle fragrances to fill your home.

     We can help you set a beautiful Thanksgiving Table with dishes, napkins and rings, plus decorations... to help make your families holiday special.

     More Fall fun... with pumpkins, gourds and even some wooden pumpkin ornaments!

     Don't forget we have some amazing Antiques too.

     We never get tired telling you about Beautiful New Wool Arriving!!!

    It's here today, and Kathy is busy putting it out on the shelves as we speak.

"Harvest Angel"

     Garden Club with Sandra Lee has a few spots left. Join us Saturday, October 25th from 10-1 and plan to have a great day!

     We are still enjoying Debbie Busby's Trunk Show. Be sure to stop in and see it. 

"Christmas Open House"
     Plan to attend our annual event with all the wonderful Trees, Snowmen, Ornaments and Decorations you have come to love!
November 8th, Saturday from 10-5

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Fall Fun"

Debbie Busby from "Wooden Spools Designs" came to town... and boy, did we sure have fun!!!

Debbie is a amazing teacher! She taught us new techniques and shared lots of great tips with us.

Jo Ann and Beth shared the day with us and went home with a cute, "We Three Trees" project.

     Debbie is so sweet... she made our kits for the workshop, and she actually cut out the wool pieces for us too!

     Nancy and Tina share their project and show the cute new stocking pattern that Debbie gave to us as a gift.

     Debbie's second workshop was on Saturday. That's the day they made, "Pumpkin Patch".

     We had designer's Kathy Cardiff and Cheri Payne in class too!

     If you missed Debbie's work shop... we're sorry, but maybe we can get her back to teach at The Country Loft again!

     Debbie may be gone... but she brought with her a Wonderful Trunk Show of her latest work. On our bed is her new quilt called, "Blessed Bee". So Cute! 

     Up on the wall is a wool hanging called, "Summer Wild Flowers". We have a few kits for the Wild Flowers too.

     This pattern is "Pear Medley". 

     If Christmas is what you are after, we have that too! Wooden Spools Trunk Show is spread all around the shop... we have lots of great holiday patterns and many with the kits.
     We're happy to have the Trunk Show through the end of October. "Come see it soon"
     "Attention" all you Valdani Thread lovers... we made a huge haul today! Look what has arrived in the shop.
     Now is a great time to stock up on 8's and 12's. New colors too.
     Our favorite magazine "Primitive Quilts and Projects" arrived today also. It's full of terrific Winter projects. 
     Cheri Payne has sweet quilt on page 52, called, "Wednesday's Angels", you're sure to love.

     Before we leave you today... we want give you a head's us about our "Christmas Open House".
     Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8th, from 10-5. More info to follow.

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