She Sews Sea Shells!

Today’s Cutting Edge meeting was as busy as ever with members busy working on current projects and eager to show work that they had recently completed.

And we were pleased to welcome three visitors to the group today – Alison, Kerry and Janet. It is lovely to greet new people and see some of the lovely work that they are producing.

Work for the groups exhibition in Tapestri cafe is coming on well.

Monica is embellishing a wall hanging made from panels that are entitled She sews Sea Shells – it seems very apt for our sea themed exhibition

Fiona showed some pieces of work that she will be entering. The porthole is so inventive – made with painted vilene and painted bondaweb! And she created the beautiful fish wall hanging at a Hilary Beattie workshop.

Having now exhausted the sea she has moved onto a textured landscape inspired by Wendy Dolan – fabulous!

Sally is busy working on a piece for the exhibition which also features portholes….

Following our recent workshop we have a wonderful collection of fabric postcards – around 40 – so today we laid out the background fabric to decide how best to show them

Visitor Kerry showed a beautiful quilt that she has recently completed – an excellent finish on both sides!

Truda showed a quilt that she has made from scraps – and pointed out that her scrap bucket looks no different now to when she started!

Jan was busy basting a quilt together which she hopes to have finished for the Swansea Festival of Stitch Quilt Expo

Jan and Sally were also busy deconstructing pieces of work at one point!

Amanda has finished her fabric journal – and there was a request to have another workshop. But we decided that in September anyone who is interested can join a group at monthly meetings to make them. This way people can work at their own pace and share stash and ideas

And finally, Lesley Anne showed the group a lovely little cushion that she has made

And in addition to all of the above we had a stash of fabric, haberdashery and books for members to wade through. We are thrilled to report that we raied £120 for Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death) charity!

Rather an industrious and very enjoyable day. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of our various activities – which is always very much appreciated!

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Going with The Flow…..

There was no specific theme to today’s Dyeing to Paint which meant that there was a blank canvas for creativity – and as ever, there were some amazing pieces of work produced.

Fiona brought along some wonderful postcards that she had made for the Tapestri cafe exhibition

And, having exhausted the sea theme she is moving on to experimenting with other ideas. She printed and stencilled on this piece of fabric and over dyed with procion dye which produced a vibrant piece of fabric

Monica also had a go with procion dye. this piece was first stencilled with opaque fabric paint and then overdyed with procion dye


Jan was busy experimenting with a Gelli plate

and had some beautiful pieces of fabric that she had printed on the computer from photos. They will look amazing when they have been stitched into – watch this space!

She is also busy making a collage and after chatting with isobelle she has backed her paper photos with vilene -which has enabled her to stitch and complete her project – well done both – great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and skills.

Liz brought along a piece of work that she has recently completed. It was started when we bought the Wendy Dolan textured landscape book and she has certainly done herself proud with this finished piece. It will certainly be included in the Tapestri cafe exhiibition!

Today she painted a wonderful piece of fabric and a fishy piece!

Sally also printed some amazing fish with a hand made stencil

Keris had bought some die cuts on her recent travels which she was determined to make work on fabric – which turned out to be a success.The neat cut was achieved by applying heat and bond to the back of the fabric before putting it through the Sissix machine

Fran was busy drawing poppies…..

And Glynis was producing some beautiful flowers

We also welcomed two special visitors today. Alison joined us to have a go and did a grand job experimenting with the paints…. and the hairdryer!

And baby Digby dropped by to say hello! Having parents as artists he was more than intrigued with what was going on!

As ever, a brilliant day of creativity and banter. Looking forward to more of the same next month.

Fabric Books – Day 2

Today we met for the second workshop to complete our fabric books. As expected not many had been completed but we had a wonderful day working towards our goal

And Robi helped us on or way by punching the holes for the coptic stitching of the cord

Star of the show was Amanda who completed her book. Well done Amanda – we now look forward to seeing more in the coming months!

A huge thank you to Robi for sharing her time and expertise. We are looking forward to seeing Robi again on 15 May for a crazy patchwork workshop

And lovely to greet Ann White to spend the day with us. we hope you enjoyed your day

Completed books will be posted here soon – not to be missed – they will be stunning and certainly something to cherish

Wish You Were Here!

The sun was shining, the temperature rising and we were all on a mission to sew – postcards! Though there was a flurry of activity on lots of other projects…

Jan had been making bags to put all her sewing tools in

Corinnne had been busy making a baby bag with changing mat for a relative

Glynis had been making dolls for Ty Hafan – well done eveyone!

And, at show and tell there was a wealth of lovely work to enjoy viewing

The Project Linus quilt has now been completed along with a bag to keep it in

Jeannie showed a beautiful quilt that she has recently completed – made from silk and shot cotton. She is sending it to be exhibitied at the 2018 Festival of Stitch at NEC

She also showed a small hanging of a fish that will be exhibited in our exhibition in the Tapestri cafe in August. This quilt has also been exhibited at the NEC Festival of Quilts

Truda brought a quilt along to show which will be included in our exhibition at Tapestri cafe

And Pat handed in 2 lovely pieces for the exhibition

Sally showed a lovely quilt that she is completing

Monica showed a quilt that she had made from scraps

Corinne and Salinder had also been busy making small wall hangings

And Rosie and Janet handed it two lovely pieces of work for the Swansea Festival of Stitch silent auction which will take place on 21 April

Last, but certainly not least are the beautiful array of postcards some of which were created at last weeks workshop and others that have emerged since.

A huge thank you to everyone who has given their support to our various projects and we look forward to seeing much wonderful work at next month’s show and tell

Pictures for an Exhibition

Today group members gathered to make fabric postcards for our forthcoming exhibition at the Tapestri Cafe, Swansea which is being held between 10th and 24th August. The exhibition is part of the 2018 Swansea Festival of Stitch

There was swathes of fabric to choose from, embellishments and most of all heaps of skill and enthusiasm to produce some beautiful postcards to reflect life on the life on the ocean waves, or on the beach.

In fact there was so much enthusiasm there is likley to be more lovely postcards to come …..so watch this space!

Great wook everyone – well done!

A Bit of a Fishy Day!

Today we have a bit of a fishy story to tell which is to do with our forthcoming Swansea exhibition.

Members were tasked with making fabric fish that will eventually be made into bunting and hung at the Tapestri cafe
to enhance our exhibition – which is very much sea themed…

The extra windmills that some members of the group had made at home were also very welcome…

And one of the multi windmills had been completed

We are certainly going to have a very colourful exhibition – don’t forget to bring you sunglasses and bathers when you visit!

There was also a lot of work going on in the background to make new pieces of work for the exhibition.

Fiona showed a piece of work she had painted at Dyeing to Paint and two pieces that she had made with Hilary Beattie

Corinne showed a bed runner, called Ocean 10, that she has recently completed

In addition to all this there were many other pieces of work in the making or completed

Jeannie was making a quilt with silk fabric, which looked lovely

Amanda was busy making pages for her fabric journal

And Jane was in the process of completing a lovely bunny

Brenda showed a beautiful quilt she made when Glamorgan Quilters met in the Old Hall in Cowbridge, which is quite some time ago now. It is the view from the window over the gardens

Rosie and janet showed the group quilts that they have recently completed – their first quilts ever – which looked stunning. And, they are being donated to Project Linus

Last but not least the group Project Linus Quilt is progessing well though throwing up a few challenges hers and there. The long panels are now being sewn together so it shouldn’t be too long before it is completed. Well done to everyone involved, particulary today, Corinne and Sally who spent a lot of time making sure the sashing was accurate – and were very grateful for the advice provided by Julia

What a splendid team we have at Cutting Edge!
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Dreaming of Warmer Summer Days

For a variety of reasons including luxurious holidays to warmer climates, looking after grandchildren and the less fortunate suffering with illness there were only six DtP members present on 1 February.

However, a good day was had by all and it was great to see that the majority of the time was spent on coastal scenes which will no doubt feature in our forthcoming Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which is being held at the Tapestri cafe in August

Corinne was busy developing an Arctic background scene for a polar bear and Glynis was in a warmer climate with beach huts and boats….

Whilst at the other end of the world in New Zealand and Australia Keris was keeping an eye out for ideas for both herself and the group. She reported that she has found a seahorse pattern – and some Christmas patterns that might be of interest to the group for a festive members day session later in the year!

And although Hillary wasn’t able to make DtP last week she has been busy making some fabulous sea themed cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made.

What an industrious crew we all are!

Well done folks – keep up the good work