Malvern Quilt Show – October 2017

First photos of the WW1 quilts at the Malvern Show – courtesy of former member Catherine Pritchard

More photos sent from Fran, Glynis and Stephanie

Fran & Glynis by Linda Baldwin’s quilt

Fran Barrett

Glynis Senter

Stephanie Aplin

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A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!

New Toys to Paint With!

There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.

Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!

Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.

Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.

Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.

The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.

Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …

and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!

Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!

Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful

And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!

We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!

All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!

Watching Paint Dry!

Today we welcomed Textile Artist Angie Hughes to our small but perfectly formed group to show us how to make a lovely little daisy bookwrap.

She shared lots of useful tips and techniques throughout the day that many were planning to use on future projects – even how to watch paint dry!

But, by the end of the day there were some wonderful pieces of work emerging…

Fiona’s book

Fiona added some ‘glamour glitter’ to her book

Jan’s book

Jan added some colourful ideas to her book

Monica’s book

Monica embellished her book with hot fix diamante which seems to have worked well

Jaci’s book

Jaci used a triangle punch to make bunting

Corinne & Keris’ books

And Corinne and Keris nearly finished their books – just a little more embellishment I suspect!

Obviously to do with the photographer’s eye but there seemed to be a lot of ironing going on? Not sure there would be so much enthusiasm for the domestic ironing chores at home….

A lovely relaxing and focused day for one and all – and a huge thank you to Angie!

Showing off The Group’s Talent

Today, we spent the day at the Ystradown Village Hall’s 30th anniversary celebrations and showed off the group’s talent by displaying some of the beautiful work that members had offered for sharing. And, what a wonderful display it was too!

There was lots of interest from the people who passed through with some keen to find out more about us by visiting our meetings. We even had children interested and keen to have a go!

Many thanks to those of you who loaned your work. As always, very much appreciated!

A Busy Start to the New Sewing Year

The September CE meeting was a busy one as it was the start of a new year’s sewing. Liz was at the helm collecting membership renewal fees and sharing news with members….

….whilst other members rallied round to help

Corinne encouraged people to make a block for the Project Linus quilt and was pleased that virtually all of the blocks had been taken. Plus a number have already been returned.

There was also great enthusiasm to make the table decoration on members day which is schedued for 7 November.

Glynis brought her copy of Patchwork & Quilting Magazine along to show members the article about our WW1 quilts which is rather impressive. Well done to everyone involved.

And, as ever there was plenty of completed work to show

A tiny teddy made by Lesley Anne – her first attempt and it looks fab!

Marie and Sally showed quilts they had completed

Marie Austin

Gilly and Dilys had made beautiful whole cloth cushions and dressed accordingly to complement the colours of them!

And Corinne and Keris showed cushions that had been recently completed.

Jan seems to have moved into specialising in feet but thankfully not the human variety!

All in all a colourful day with lots to look forward to in coming months. WHow lucky we are to have such talented people in our group.

Many thanks to Caroline for being chief photographer for the day!

Autumn Has Arrived!

Today’s DtP was, as always, busy, busy, busy and there was a distinct impression that summer has faded into the distant past with the introduction of painted autumn leaves….

There was also lots of stencil work – probably as a result of the new stencils recently purchased at the NEC….

and rumour has it that the new paints went down well. Sorry to have missed such a productive day and look forward to returning to the fray next month

Well done to everyone and many thanks to Caroline for the photos.