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

Fabric Journal Workshop

Today was the first day of our fabric journal workshop which was expertly facilitated by Robi Thomas from Swansea. Robi is one of the key organisers of the Swansea Festival of Stitch, an event not to be missed.

Group with Robi

Robi brought a selection of her books for inspiration and to understand what was needed, which helped to get people going

And it wasn’t long before there were some beautiful creations emerging with a variety of themes….

And by the end of the day there was a wonderful selection of work in progress to share

Still a long way to go before the finished articles appear – but judging by today’s efforts it will certainly be worth the wait. Watch this space!

A Flying Start to the New Year!

The first CE session got off to a flying start today with great enthusiasm to be involved in various projects that are on the go.

In the far corner of the room a small group worked hard during the day to prepare the Project Linus blocks for quilt as you go and were extremely grateful to those who offered to take a strip home to sew them together.

And there was great enthusiasm to make the fabric windmills for the Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which takes place in August. What wonderful a splash of colour they are going to make. Many thanks to Sally for bringing her fabric stash along for us to use and many thanks to those who bought some of the fabric. £87 was raised which Sally plans to donate to a breast cancer charity.

Others were busy on various project – many of which are sea themed – I wonder why!!!

Hillary was making cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made

Chris was embellishing some images that she created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint

Sally was sewing a fish which some lovely fabric that she said used to be her sister’s curtains!

Our guest Janet was busy making fabric windmills in a quilt as you go technique – what a coincidence!

Fiona showed everyone a beautiful bag she had made – it looks as though it is quilted but but the panels are painted!

And Jane showed a quilt that she has recently completed. Love the colours

A busy and productive day. Many thanks to everyone for their support which, as always, is very much appreciated!

Boundless Energy at Today’s Dyeing to Paint

Today’s Dyeing to Paint got off to a flying start after New Year wishes had been exchanged and everyone had caught up on news of the festiivities over a tea or coffee.

Sally was on a mission with foam brushes and stencils creating some ‘happy accidents’

Fiona was in full flow with her favourite roller and her new favourite stencil, which others also took a shine too

Fioba Brook

Monica was also engrossed in stencilling using some she had made and some kindly loaned by Glynis and Fiona

Caroline was busy making more fabric to go with the others that she had painted at a previous session

Caroline Neudegg

She wasn’t the only one with a stash of fabrics that need to be used and there was a comment that we perhaps need to get together one day just to focus on creating some art quilts, particularly as many of the pieces were sea themed and would fit nicely into the theme of the forthcoming exhibition – no pressure girls!

Meanwhile Glynis painted some fabulous seed heads

Glynis Senter

Corinne stencilled Dutch houses

Corinne Roberts

And Jan was quietly beavering away recycling her Christmas cards!

Jan Webster

As always great fun. Well done everyone!

A Jolly Christmas Lunch

Today’s CE session was mainly focused on yuletide festivities with a yummy Christmas lunch provided by group members. As usual there was a wonderful variety of delicious dishes to enjoy.

We also has delicious mulled wine prior to lunch which was lovingly prepared by our domestic goddess Sandra.

Before lunch however, there was lots of chatter and some even managed to catch up on a bit of sewing.

And we also had some show and tell projects to enjoy

Amanda brought a Christmas sack and stocking that she had recently made at a Sew Lovely workshop in Penarth and a lovely stitched piece of work that she had completed.

Jane showed a pretty quilt top that she had made

The day finished with a surprise package from Secret Santa with lots of good wishes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to lunch and helped make the day so enjoyable

Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Christmas By The Sea!

18 days to Christmas and today’s Dyeing to Paint was focused on the sea! Well nearly all were except Keris and Corinne who were busy making wooden desorations for a driftwood tree that they had made at a recent workshop.

The circles had been cut by Corinnes husband using the trunk of a Christmas tree and then decorated with images made from small biscuit cutters and wooden card embelliehments. They look fab and will certainly make the tree look very festive!

Whilst they were busy beavering away on Christmas others were painting, stenciling and stamping on fabric to create seascape pieces of fabric for use in collages.

Caroline created some wonderful shell fabric using stencils

Glynis produced a wonderful background for a seascape and an expertly stamped piece of fabric

…whilst kept a keen eye on her drying line outside.

Fiona was busy creating various pieces of fabric with her favourite paint roller and brusho paint. She also painted some bondaweb for a future project

She also continued with work in progress

and brought along two lovely little books that she had made using the technique learnt at a recent Angie Hughes workshop

Monica tried out some of the many stencils in Glynis’ hoard.

The compass is likley to be used as a centre piece in a cushion. The rope is particularly attracive and hopefully likely to be used again.

The wave stencil was hand cut on mylar stencil and the fish fabric was created using an indian woodblock.

A busy day all round which was finished off with some yuletide cheer before departing for the Christmas break.

Merry Christmas everyone!