Having recently joined a local quilt group - Apple County Quilters, we are in Somerset, famous for it's cider - I was quick to sign up for a day trip to Cowslip Workshops. Cowslip is an hour and a half down the road from Taunton, through Devon and into Cornwall. The 16 seater mini coach was very comfortable and the time passed quickly with lots of chatter, as you would expect!
The main reason for visiting Cowslip was for a quilt exhibition by Flowerpatch Quilters so on arrival that was my first port of call.
Cowslip Workshops is based on a farm and the exhibition was held in a large barn. This was a very
welcoming sight as we entered the barn.
There was lots of beautiful work on display - here are a few of my favourites.
This quilt was a lovely blue which sadly has not come out in the photograph. But it was, I think, my favourite.
I loved these apples - they appeared to be padded and the quilting around the border is the names of different apple varieties.
A few general views - the flower displays were gorgeous and a brilliant addition to the exhibition.
My next visit was to the embroidery exhibition.
A welcoming room full of gorgeous treasures - goldwork, whitework, embellished felting, crewelwork, patchwork etc etc.
Also on site was a cafe serving delicious lunches, cakes - of course - cream teas and more. An extremely well stocked patchwork shop stacked floor to ceiling with fabrics and masses of books and patterns. An overflow shop with pottery, sale fabric and Christmas fabrics plus a lovely lady making memory bangles. Lots to see and beautiful planting outside all the buildings. Oh yes, and round the corner a vintage/reclamation shop full of lovely things.
And yes, I did shop! Some needles, those non slip things to put on the back of quilting rulers and having been pointed in the direction of a large collection of script fabric, a nice piece to add to my diminishing collection.
A jolly nice day out!