I've waited for what seems an age for this weekend to come. I have often read about Cowslip Workshops in quilting (and other) magazines and this time, it was finally my turn to visit. Saturday was a gorgeous sunny day and the place was looking picture perfect. Cowslip Workshops was set up by its owner Jo Colwill in the barns at her and her husband's farm. The setting is to-die-for. Many courses are run there, on quilting and all sorts of crafty subjects, and there is also a fantastic quilting shop. Did I mention there's also a cafe?
Saturday was a great time to visit as Jo had organised a charity afternoon tea so Cowslip was adorned with bunting and jammy, creamy scones! There were also some extra sellers in the barns who had brought with them divine vintage goodies for their stalls. Up in this beautiful barn, my cheque book was about to take a serious hit!
Yes, my fabric friend Donna Flower had brought along a divine selection of vintage fabrics and haberdashery. It looked splendid in this setting.
There was such a lot to do that I don't feel I did Cowslip justice in two days. A sneaky visit to the patchwork shop was a must though. There can't be many which boast such a fabulous setting?
Inside, it is crammed pretty much floor to ceiling with fabrics, books and quilting supplies, not to mention some lovely gift items handmade by talented local people. (Sorry the rubbish camera struggled with the light inside the shop. Bad camera!) Jo and her staff are lovely and welcoming and being quilters themselves, have expert advice to impart.
There are lots of different fabric ranges from 1930's reproduction to civil war to flannel and batiks. The piles below are all Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
There are shelves groaning with gorgeous china for sale. This is used in the tea shop, too and some bears the Cowslip Workshops motif.
I can't forget to show you the tea shop where we were lucky enough to have our lunch each day.
All the food is freshly produced using local ingredients where possible and was really delicious.
But the real excitement took place in here, where a gaggle of about 14 eager crafty ladies were to gather to take part in a very special workshop indeed.
Inside, the barn with its lofty ceiling was light and airy, yet cosy. Tea, coffee and homemade biccies were in constant supply, there were three large tables for us to work at and the walls were used to display some stunning quilts. There were shelves full of gorgeous quilting books and all the chairs had patchwork cushions. The tables were decorated with pretty flowers gathered from the hedgerow. Very inspirational.
We were here to meet and be taught by this wonderful lady, Julie Arkell. You may well have heard of her and seen her beautiful folk art. I posted about Julie's exhibition in Frome here. Attending this weekend was a bit of a dream come true for me.
And here I am, ready and eager for two days learning from the master!
I've still to show you Julie's work which she brought to show us and what I managed to make over the weekend. Soon...