A Fitting Way to Remember Those Who Died in the First World War

As part of their tour to mark the Centenarary of the First World War our WW1 quilts were recently (29-30 July) exhibited in the Old Hall, Cowbridge. Visitors were able to view 23 small quilts – a number of which were made to remember a relative who died in the war.

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What a memorable exhibition it was. There were just short of 500 people visited the town over the two days to see the exhibitions. And two of those who passed through were from New Zealand!

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Visitors were invited to mark their visit with a comment in our visitors book and we plan to share some of their comments here soon. The book will also be available at group meetings for members to view.

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It was a stunning display beautifully created by Liz Price, Chris Dobson and Yvonne Davies. Many, many thanks to them for so generously giving their time.

We are also extremely grateful to David Howell and his colleagues from the Cowbridge Branch of the British Legion who very kindly looked after the quilts for us throughout the two days. And in the process raised Ā£270 for the charity by selling commemorative badges.

The quilts journey will continue in the following locations:

Vale Agricultural Show (weather permitting) – 10 August 2016
Giles Gallery, Pontyclun – 27 September – 6 October 2016
Malvern Autumn Quilt Show – October 2017
Senedd Oriel, Cardiff Bay – 4-15 December 2017

To read about how we came to make the quilts click here

Another Lovely Day at Cutting Edge

Today was our last day before the summer break and everyone seemed as eager as ever to get to work on their various projects.

And, as ever there were a lot of completed projects that were shared at show and tell.

Catherine had been busy making fabric flowers – 17 in total!

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She also showed two quilts that she had recently completed

CM quilt

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Keris brought in a quilt that she has just completed. She started making it for when her daughter went to university but got delayed completing it – her daughter has been working 3 years since university!

Keris star quilt

She also showed a beautiful knitted blanket wih a teddy on it…

Keris knitted teddy blanket

Julia had made an owl needle case from a kit and was searching for a specific thread to finish a kimono wall hanging that she started to make in a Judi Mendelssohn workshop

Julia kit

Julia kiomon quilt

Jan brought along two antique quilts that she had acquired

Jan old quilt

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Hilary brought along an embroidery case that she had made for a friend

Hilary embroidery case

Hillary H reported that she had been on a retreat to France and showed a number of items she had completed including a quilt bag

HH bag

a Japanese folded patchwork bag

HH Japanese folded bag

and a cross stitch

HH cross stitch

Well done Hillary!

Corinne showed off her prize from Glamorgan Quilters. She had won first prize in the 2016 Wendy Surridge challenge and Hilary C came 2nd. And then we found out that CE member Brenda Miller was the very first winner of the challange in 2009.

Corinne Wndy Surridge shield

And at the end of the day Glynis proudly announced that she had finished her quilt.

GS quilt

Time for a break now folks. CE will resume on Tuesday 13 September. Happy holidays!

Sunshine and Showers

It might have been raining out but it was sunny inside with members managing to work on their latest project whislt having a good chat.

Consequently, there was much to share at Show & Tell

Lesley Anne had made a beautiful sashiko bag from a kit that she bought on a recent trip to the Malvern Quilt Show

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Chris had been making progress on work that she started at Dyeing to Paint and the recent Hilary Beattie workshop. This is a landscape featuring a windmill which she is doing from a photo that she took on holiday. The windmills sails have been created using golden thread paper – and they look amazing!

C Dobson windmill

Chris couldn’t decide what to do with this piece because the flowers weren’t prominent as she had hoped. But, with a little machine embroidery they are beginning to come to life

C Dobson daisy

Fiona showed a lovely little needlecase that she has made for her daughter in Australia

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Marie showed the group some quilts that she is making for charity

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And she is making this special memory quilt for her mum

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Salinder was busy putting a hanging sleeve on this quilt

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And had made this wonderful bag

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Sylvana had just finished binding this quilt

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And Brenda showed a bag that she had made for carrying quilt blocks. Apparently she has one to match every outfit!

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Helen is busy finishing this quilt for an exhibition. She only started it 10 years ago and needs to complete it by July – go for it Helen!

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Glynis is making this piece of work under the guidance of Virgina Hole

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Stephanie shared two pieces of work that she had done and won a prize for at the Malvern Quilt Show

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Well done Stephanie – they are beautiful

And Jan wanted to show everyone the little art quilt that she has made from fabrics that she dyed at the Hilary Beattie workshop

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And last but not least Gilly brought a chair?

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Takes all sorts as they say!

Many thanks to Chris and Jan for their donation of raffle prizes

Great day, great fun. Looking forward to more of the same soon!

Flower Girls!

Not only was it a bright and sunny day outside today it was sunny all the way inside Ystradowen Village Hall where a small group of ‘flower girls’ beavered away to make fabric flowers

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Gilly and jan

Gilly and jan

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

It is not clear what the discussion was here but could it be ‘is mine better than yours?’ – never!

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And whilst it seemed that heads were down concentrating on the job in hand there was quite a bit of discussion going on about what could have been done instead of following the instructons. For instance –

Jan was heard to say ‘we could have used a glue gun!

Glynis commented that ‘we could have wrapped the stem in florist tape’

Jeannie thought it would be good ‘to wrap the stem with felt and use florists tape on top’

Jan – ‘how can you (w)rap without music?

Chris – ‘has anyone put the kettle on yet?

Helen – they would look good made in Liberty fabric

And Jan was horrifed when she found out she would have to HAND SEW!

So….. it seems that any future flowers will be constructed in a very different way!

All in all, a lovely cheery day – as you can see here

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Hi thanks for a fun packed day, really great. Thanks again for giving up your day for the flower girls. Catherine

I thought it was a great day too and thank you for showing us all and updating the blog in such a fun way.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘šŸ» Jan

Fab day, Monica, when Iā€™d got myself organised! Thanks so much for sorting us out. Am determined to bring you a finished one for next week. Gilly

Dyeing to Paint in the Sun

This month a small but perfectly formed group gathered to paint. The sun was shining and with some new tools acquired from the Hilary Beattie workshop a good day was had by all.

Keris and Corinne had a go with the rollergraph and were pleased with the borders that they were able to create.

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And Chris had a go with stencils …..

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as did everyone else!!!

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There was even discussion around turning experimental pieces into collage pieces so watch this space!!!!

Monoprinting with Hilary Beattie

Today Dyeing to Paint members and guests enjoyed a practical day monoprintng with Hilary Beattie. To kick the day off Hilary demonstrated monopriting with acetates.

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Hilary Beattie

It wasn’t long before everyone was eager to have a go……

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Carol and Gail

Carol and Gail

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And not long before there were some wonderful efforts to admire

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Monoprinting with Gelli Plates was also popular

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And there were some stunning pieces of work produced. Looking forward to these being stitched into!

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All in all a very productive day. All we need to do now is turn our sample pieces into works of art like these….

Hilary Beattie art work

Hilary Beattie art work

Hilary Beattie Art Work

Hilary Beattie Art Work

Many thanks to Hilary for her expert guidance and we do hope that our guests Carol, Gail and Anne enjoyed their day. It was lovely to meet them and we hope to see them again in the not too distant future.

Thank you also for inviting me yesterday, it was good to meet up and join your group for the productive workshop ! I was made welcome by everyone and i thoroughly enjoyed my day and sincerely hope to repeat and workshop on another occasion. Regards to group” – Ann

“Really enjoyed yesterday – finally got to use that Gelliplate! Please keep in touch as Iā€™m sure your lovely group will be doing something I would like to try at some time. Happy dabbling” – Gail

Variety is the Spice of Life

There was certainly a great variety of things going on today at Cutting Edge

Liz was busy cross stitching beach huts

Liz bech huts

Chris showed her progress on the textured landscape that she is making. She was quite pleased that she is now getting the hang of free machine embroidery.

Chris landscape

Corinne was busy completing her table runner

Corinne sewing her table runner

Corinne sewing her table runner

Corinne's table runner

Corinne’s table runner

Monica’s friend Jean, who had dropped in to say hello, was busy sewing Monica’s Kiwi quilt….

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Sylvana was basting a quilt together.

Sylvana elephant

Jan showed a mouse pin cushion that she was making

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And Fiona had arrived early to complete a baby quilt.

Fionas quilt

Others were eager to show pieces of work that they had recently completed.

Jeannie shared an exquisite quilt that she had made.

detail of Jeannie's quilt

detail of Jeannie’s quilt

Lesley and Jan showed postcards that they had completed following the recent postcard workshop.

Jan's postcard

Jan’s postcard

Lesley's postcards

Lesley’s postcards

Lesley had also completed a wall hanging that she started at a Gail Lowther workshop.

Lelsey's NZ wall hanging

Lelsey’s NZ wall hanging

Gilly modelled a bag that Jan had recently completed

Jans bag

Hilary modelled a scarf that she had made….

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and showed a fabric picture that she had completed using Kantha stitch

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plus some scrappy book covers that she had made

Hilary book covers

At today’s meeting we welcomed two new guests – Chris and Marie. Chris showed some lovely tiny teddies that she had made – so cute!!!

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As ever, a very enjoyable day amongst friends!

And to finish – something that Chris Dobson thought the group would enjoy….

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