Patchwork pillow in progress

And a trip to Cowslip Workshops

Well hello! How are you?  I don’t know if it was the glimpse of sun we had this morning, before this afternoon’s heavy rain, or perhaps it was a visit to Cowslip Workshops (fabric heaven anyone?!), but I’m feeling rather good about now!

Cowslip is about 50 miles away from home, so it was a bit of a treat. I don’t usually go that far to ogle fabric, but since my local stores seem to be stocking less and less of my beloved Kaffe Fassett designs I decided to go up to Launceston to have a nose. I wasn’t disappointed: they have a large stock of both Kaffe Fassett and Phillip Jacobs along with rows and rows and rows of other designers and brands. But it’s not just about the fabrics, the whole atmosphere of the place is wonderful. Based on a farm in old barns with heavy wooden beams and slate floors, surrounded by pretty, well-kept gardens, there’s something to inspire you wherever you look. Throw a splendid cafe into the mix (hung with quilts, flowers on the tables, painted tables and chairs, large windows overlooking the garden…delicious cake!) – well, you’ve got my attention for a few hours! I came away with 6m of Phillip Jacobs fabric for a quilt back, but more on that next time!

Today I thought I’d show you a little project I’ve got on the go.

The Auricula Cushion!

Remember this? I was thinking about designing an appliqué border for my grandma’s flower garden quilt and designed a small panel based on an auricula flower to test an idea. Well I finished the panel and waste not want not, it’s being put to good use in a pillow cover for a friend. (Apology alert: the patchwork isn’t really this wonky, unfortunately I photographed it on the bed, not exactly a level surface!)

© Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com Hand applique and patchwork cushion cover in progress.

The hand quilting begins!

When I got home from Cowslip I was craving some hand quilting, so I’ve got stuck in and doing well so far! Can’t see this one taking long – it’s too much fun to put down! The juicy colours are definitely making me smile.  I was thinking earlier that it makes a nice compliment to my free Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion…hmm, what do you think, would you like to see this one as a pattern too?

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced – take a look for lots more fab inspiration!

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2 replies
  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    Very pretty. And very smart of you to keep your samples from piling up. It’s so much better to make something sooner than later.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Ann! It’s no good letting your samples fill your cupboards when you need the room for hoarding old shirts! Hope your collection’s growing nicely 🙂


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