Another week already?! Where did last week go?  Whoosh!  A new era began in our house last week as Kim, my 16 year old son, started 6th form college.  His first day at school seems like yesterday. I have such mixed feelings: excitement and possibilities for him and for me a growing sense of anxiety of his impending flight from the nest, albeit 2 or 3 years away! On the last days of his summer holiday we decided to do something fun and went on a day trip by train to Exeter. I thought I’d share some of the photos of this beautiful provincial city with you today.

Kim in Exeter 2014. © Stephanie Boon, www.dawnchorusstudiio.com


One of my favourite nearby cities, Exeter’s about 70 miles or so away and takes a couple of hours to get there by train, but the first thing I saw when I came out of the station made the journey worthwhile immediately!!!

Inspirations Handicraft shop, Exeter, Devon 2014 © Stephanie Boon, www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Inspirations Handicraft Shop. Right next door to Exeter station! (Photo taken on our way home at about 7pm, which is why it’s closed!)

Inspirations is a fabric and yarn shop stuffed to the gunnels with quilting goodness! Mindful that Kim really wouldn’t want to spend hours in a quilt shop I had a quick (for me!) scout round. There were some treasures to behold!  I was exceptionally good though and picked up just one fat quarter of a beautiful Liberty Art Fabric and a metre of freezer paper to play with.

Liberty Art Fabric. www.Dawnchorusstudio.com

My hoard! One fat quarter of Liberty Art Fabric: Rajah in red

I made a mental note of everything I want to go back for!  Sadly the shop doesn’t yet have a website where you can buy online, but if you know what you want and they have it in stock they will post an order. Their details are here or you can email [email protected].  There was an awful lot of fabric choice, as well as thread and everything else you might need, so don’t be shy about contacting them.

I was in a very good mood as we headed off into town!  We decided to wander around the old part of the city first, just mooching about, taking it all in. Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the city.

Exeter Cathedral, Devon, UK. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Exeter Cathedral, West Front

The Cathedral is part Norman, part Gothic and there’s been a cathedral on the site for nearly a thousand years (I find these sort of facts difficult to get my head around sometimes!). The architecture takes your breath away, my few snap shots on a wet, grey day don’t do it any justice at all!  There’s a green around the cathedral dotted with tall, full trees, bounded by some wonderful buildings.

Exeter, buildings around the cathedral. Devon, Uk. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Kim’s favourite building was covered in Virginia Creeper

Old slate hung facades have such wonderful details - Exeter, Devon, UK. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Old slate hung facades have such wonderful details (quilt patterns anyone?!)

Old buildings in the main street, Exeter, Devon, UK. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

And buildings on the main street make you feel like you’re in another century

After a some sight seeing we went off to explore the much newer Princesshay Shopping Centre, where Kim spent way more time in the Apple store than I did in the fabric shop (not fair!!!).  After a pizza it was time to head back to the train station, but there was enough time to pop into Northernhay Gardens before sunset. It’s the oldest public space in England and the red Roman city walls lined the section we wandered through.

City wall, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, UK. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

City wall, Northernhay Gardens

And we got one last burst of colour before we left to catch the train!

Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, UK. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com


It was a lovely late summer day-trip and if you ever happen to be in Devon in England I highly recommend a visit. I’m really looking forward to incorporating the fabric I bought into something quilty to remind me of our day!  Do you have quilts with fabric in that remind you of places you’ve been? It seems like a great idea to me.

Come back tomorrow for something a bit more crafty – do you remember the artist card swap I told you about?  I received one in the post yesterday and look forward to showing it to you – it’s very sweet!  Hopefully I’ll have some progress to share on the one I’m making too…ummm best get away and get on with it then, ha!

Back soon, happy quilting!


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8 replies
  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    This looks beautiful! I’m glad you had such a lovely weekend with your son. I went to Lake Tahoe – gorgeous geology and wonderful smelling pine trees. Like you, I’ll have to go back sometime soon.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Just the mention of pine trees and I can smell them from here Ann! And the carpet of needles under your feet is wonderful, so quiet and springy 🙂 Is Lake Tahoe far from home? I’ve heard of it, but couldn’t pin point it on a map! Sometimes even a few hours away from home is all we need to recharge isn’t it!

  2. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    Ooh, I’ve just realised that I have a piece of your beautiful Liberty fabric on the reverse of the ATC you made for me! Thank you!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Haha, you beat me to it Dina! I’m just writing up the post now – and the piece of red fabric is from my own ‘getting away from it all’ day! I hope you liked it 🙂 Thank you for visiting!


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