Thursday, 26 May 2011

Foxhollow - Cornish Quilting & Quaintness

Hello there. Are you going to join me in a little tour of Foxhollow?

Foxhollow is a quaint little cottage, tucked away down a quiet country lane in deepest Cornwall. The home of my in-laws, it oozes gorgeousness at every turn, both inside and out. A lucky few come along and share the delights on Fridays, when Elaine holds her Foxhollow Quilters Day Classes.
We all gather round in the Country cabin and coo over the latest makes, whilst Terry is indoors preparing us a delicious lunch.

Grab your coffee..... Come explore with me......

Isn't this gorgeous? It's just a small sample piece made by Elaine and displayed in the cabin. I'm always drawn to it. I think the collection of rosy fabrics against the black is stunning.

Now imagine sitting down for lunch and gazing around at sights like this next one. There are little collections of the prettiest things everywhere. It's a visual delight, but I'm oh so glad it's not me who has to do the dusting.

Plants also abound. How Elaine finds time to garden and sew I'll never know, but she does both with great skill and aplomb. Yes, I know anyone can grow a fern, but how pretty does this look with the cherubs nestling underneath?

We're in the conservatory now. Anyone for afternoon tea? There's certainly no shortage of beautiful vintage china...

Introducing the country cabin, where up to eight Quilters may come along and enjoy the ambience and skill of Elaine's tutoring. It is crammed to the rafters with beautiful makes and collectables, and is a joy to enter. As the seasons change then so does the country style decor. The wallhangings, quilts and cushions give a new freshness throughout the year as the display alters and we must search to spot the new seasonal decorations.

What do you think of this little lovely? Yesterday I was greeted with "Come down to the cabin Jan, I must show you what I made yesterday" -

It's gorgeous.... A delightful cacophony of vintage lace, buttons and trimmings. It would have taken me a week to produce that!

In another corner of the cabin are all these treasures - not forgetting the cosy little wood burner, warming us up in the winter months and upon which lovely scents are brewed in the copper kettle, sending the wonderful aromas of pine, cinnamon and cloves wafting about us.

Elaine is so very talented, it's a job to know where to start in showcasing her creations. I'm choosing this one as a taster, a little glimpse to whet your appetite. The pretty geranium plate was purchased in Turkey when on holiday. Its such a fresh and pretty design, and within a few days of returning home, this charming little cushion had been produced to match....

Let's get down to some sewing now. Can you see yourself sitting around the table.... everyone busy bring creative, working at their own pace - sharing stories and a laugh? No-one has ever been only once. Once drawn into the delightful lair of Foxhollow they are snared like moths to a flame.

Have we time to pop back to the conservatory? A favourite sewing and reading spot when it's too chilly for sitting out in the garden. Can you see Posy on her throne? And - what on earth is Elaine making now? Lets take a closer look....

Oh - it's jolly beautiful, and my photo doesn't do it justice. Now - I know I was told what this form of embroidery was called, but for the life of me I can't remember... I do know however, that it requires special threads! (and a special amount of patience too I don't wonder).

Before you take your leave, can you resist a fat quarter,or a yard or two to slip into your handbag. There's no shop as such here... But there's usually something to tempt us to open our purses...

So - that's it for now! Hope you enjoyed it. There's much more to come from this little Cornish gem. I'll sign off with a little tease of a future gardening entry. Simply divine.... Can you smell the fragrance?

Note - Quilting day classes for all abilities are held at Foxhollow on alternate Fridays. There is a varied programme, with classes running from 10-4, including lunch and refreshments. Classes are booked well in advance and very popular. If you are in Cornwall and interested, please message me - I will be happy to answer any questions.

Elaine is also available for Show and Tell talks - her collection of quilts is a joy to behold, and provides an interesting afternoon or evening for any local crafting or sewing group.

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