Saturday, 24 May 2014

Di, Phebe and Cowslip

Last weekend my good friend Marie and I spent the weekend in Cornwall at the best place on earth - Cowslip Workshops. We were having a Di Ford extravaganza.

Day 1

Phebe Quilt.

I have admired this quilt for some time and to see it up close is wonderful. Full of rich colour and detail.

You know by now that whatever I do ends up pink and this is my start. I had a fat quarter of a pretty fabric which became my urn and Di very cleverly showed me how to turn a piece of fabric into a scalloped border that suited the urn perfectly.

The only thing stitched are the tree trunks and the scallop border on the base of the urn. Everything else is just pinned and I can see clearly that things need to be repostioned. Looking forward to making the centre of this quilt.

Something from this delightful montage came home with me. Resistance was pretty futile.

The wisteria over the porch was in full bloom and looking magnificent. Every now and again the swallow would fly in and out of the workroom which is just to the left of this photo.

The new addition to Jo's garden is the lovely summer house. It looks so enticing. Inside there is a quilt hanging on the wall and a table and chairs for you to sit and have your cream tea. Note the beautiful blue sky.

Later in the evening camped at our fabulous B & B we sat and sewed, talked, drank a glass of wine and generally admired the view which is just beautiful. 

If you need a great place to stay then look no further.

Goodmansleigh is a wonderful place where you can stay in the house as we did or, stay longer and hire one of the barns. Lisa the owner is also a quilter. 

Day 1 done and going way too fast.

Happy Stitching.

Love Shirley.


  1. Lovely place to bee.
    I love the Phebe also especially the centre.
    Great start with the vase Shirley!

    Have a nice stitching day.

  2. Can't take my eyes off your ern... it's gorgeous! Love the scalloped edge. I've got the pattern for Phebe... now I know who to badger for advice. ;o)) What a gorgeous place for a workshop.... I'm betting day 2 will be equally as brilliant... if not better! Have fun....

  3. Very , very pretty........

  4. What a fabulous place to be. And an applique workshop too! And that lovely little summerhouse hideout. And those flowers.....will be making a note! Enjoy

  5. What a beautiful place. You've got a great beginning on Phebe. It will be a creative journey for sure.

  6. It does look like a wonderful place to be. Enjoy yourself.

  7. What a beautiful setting you stayed at, love the urn. The beginning of a lovely quilt.
    How gorgeous is that wisteria, sadly I can't get one to grow at my place.

    Julia ♥

  8. a beautiful start to your new project!
    Have seen a few versions of Phoebe's quilt at a quilt show last year and they were amazing. Enjoy
    very pretty place to stay at too.

  9. Hi Shirley, Love your Urn fabric and the red scallop is perfect. What a beautiful part of the world you are in, the views are beautiful! Looking forward to hearing about day 2 xxx

  10. Beautiful!!. What a gorgeous spot to stay.

  11. Your applique urn looks great. What a wonderful time you've had. Now let me guess, did you buy that pink basket?

  12. So love that view from this beautiful place... Someday I have to see it with my own eyes!!!
    Happy to read about your first day with friends and fabrics... And your great new block!!

  13. What a lovely place to sit and sew. Love what you have done so far.

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  15. What a wonderful opportunity with fabulous results. Enjoy every stitch.

  16. Wow and even more workshop time! Such a beautiful spot. I love the scallop on the urn - amazing the little touches that make such a difference.

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