If you're ever in the San Diego area, you need to make a trip to The Country Loft in La Mesa. I stopped there for a quick run through about five years ago and have been dreaming of the day when I could return and really spend some time looking around. I know a number of quilters who live in the area and am always so jealous when they talk about taking a class at the store or something cool they found there. So when I knew that we were going to Los Angeles for CHA, we planned our arrival to California in order to drive down from the airport. Well worth the trip!!
Right inside the door was JoAnn Mallaly, the designer behind the new Wool Crazy book. She was just full of great advice for our groups at the Cottage. I knew I loved this quilt but seeing it in person again reminded me why. It's just a fun way to get creative with wool and I'm anxious to see how everyone's blocks develop. Look how cool they are!
Stitching and wool applique are a huge part of the Country Loft. There were great projects hanging up or draped over open drawers and doors. I wanted to make every single one of them! Mountains of hand dyed wool ... drawers and drawers of thread ... kits all over the place. I have a huge case of shop owner envy going.
One of the things I find so interesting about this store is that they have patterns by area designers that aren't in the main stream ... patterns you won't find at many other stores. And how they display everything is total eye candy!
All those dolls peeking out behind purses and needle cases and stitcheries!
And then when you go out the back door you find this entire room of primitive furniture! I'd love to have those benches from the movie theatre ... or that cute yellow table stacked on top.
They have a great backyard too ... I know they use it for events and sales ... it's California ... you can do those kinds of things outside almost all the time.
If you're lucky you'll run into the 'locals' ... Joan from Bits and Pieces by Joan and Debbie from Little Stitches. It was fun to see them someplace other that Quilt Market ... they look different when they're in their natural environment!
I love love love this store ... go visit!!