Carry on Sewing at Christmas!

Today was our last session before Christmas and the one where we celebrate with a Christmas lunch and Secret Santa. But, before the merriment got underway there were a few projects to crack on with and a glorious variety of beautiful completed projects to enjoy at ‘Show and Tell’

Caroline, Sally and Jan were busy beavering away and Caroline showed us some lovely bags she had made for her WI

In one corner there was a focus on Christmas and in another we had a knitting circle happily clicking away!

Jaci was in modelling mode and showed off a lovely pair of handwarmers and scarf that she had made. She emphasised that it was a very easy pattern – should anyone be interested

There were some lovely table runners in the making, or completed – courtesy of Julia and Corinne…..

Fiona showed little robins she had made using log cabin method and highlighted the importance of seam allowance to get them the right size

And it was great to see that more of the Christmas trees – started on members day – had been completed

Truda delighted us with these beautiful little creatures that she had made

Salinder showed some indigo samples from recent experimenting

And a lantern she had made from tea bags

Pat and Frances showed beautiful quilts they had recently completed. Frances’was a family heirloom made from shirts

And Pat’s was one of five, made for grandchildren. The children had designed their own qults and chosen the colourways

What a treat to start the day – and there was even more to come!

Our group never fails to deliver when it comes to the Christmas lunch – beautiful quiche, salads, vol au vents, stuffed potatoes, tortilla etc. etc. And the dessert’s were just scrummy – laden with calories – but who cares – it’s Christmas!

A huge ‘thank you’ to Sandra for providing the mulled wine – as always it was delicious!

And to round off the day there was Secret Santa to enjoy…..

The usual day of joy and merriment with the majority of the group coming together to celebrate the festive season. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January for another fun packed year!

Below are Christmas wishes from two former members…..

Gilly Middleburgh – former member of the group emailed to say that she is pleased that the tradition of stuffed baked potatoes that she used to make for the Christmas lunch continues. ” I do miss Cutting Edge, there is nothing like it here. Please give my love everyone at CE who knows me – I wish them all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year”.

A very Merry Christmas to you and all at Cutting Edge. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of the lunch on the blog‘. Catherine Pritchard

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Sea What You Can Achieve on a Wet & Windy Day!

On a wet and miserable day the mood was vibrant in St Hilary village hall with lots of experimenting going on….

Chris decided today was the day she created the design on her Dyeing to Paint apron – a sea themed effect which looks stunning and original. Loving the colour combination!

Caroline was busy experimenting with wooden print blocks and stencils …. and some plastic lace used as a stencil has great potential

Fiona was busy creating greenery on paper for a course that she is currently doing – and after seeing the procion overdyeing there was a request from members to try it out next time

Monica brought along pattern pieces of a denim bag that she is making so that she could stencil on to them

And then had a go with a new stencil – which proved to be popular

Monica’s steniclling

Keris’ stencilllimg

Another wonderful care free day of creating – what more could you ask for?

Quilt Extravaganza!

Yesterday’s Cutting Edge was a bit of a quilt extravaganza when it came to show and tell – and it was lovely seeing the breadth of talent there is in the group for patchwork and quilting,

Frances showed a beautiful quilt that she had made with japanese fabrics

Marie was busy finishing off this quilt – which is bound to be a jolly addition to any child’s bedroom

Jan also had a fun quilt to show

Helen showed a giraffe quilt that she is making for her grand daughter – which will surely be treasured!

And Kerry also had a show stopper of a quilt

In addition to all this lovely work Kerry showed a whimsical llama rug that she had made

Jaci was working on a beautiful piece of free machine embroidery

And Karen brought in some wonderful pieces of work that she had brought back from her overseas travels

The fabric journal group was busy meeting to share ideas….

And others were busy with Christmas! Following the members day workshop last week Sally was on a mission to finish her tree. Love the pink garden gloves Sally!

Carol was busy making Christmas panels

Caroline had made a beautiful decoration from triangles

Glyis had made some table mats following a visit to Midsomer Quilting

And Truda, Lesley and Rosie showed their the folded Christmas trees that they made at the members day last week. The patterns were sourced by Keris on a trip to New Zealand earlier this year.

Lesley also had a tree that she had made in a previous year – also from a New Zealand pattern.

A busy, creative and enjoyable day, as always. Well done everyone!

The Christmas Tree Challenge!

Today was an unusual day for Cutting Edge – there was an air of quiet about the room and evidence of great concentration as members tackled the Christmas tree patterns they had chosen to make.

There was an simple but lovely design expertly tackled – and completed – by Liz…

Then there was a 2nd choice – a folded Christmas tree which took 76 x 3″ squares. A popular choice and once the pattern template had been tinkered with – worked extremely well!

Rosie’s work in progress

Truda busy at work

Pat’s 2nd tree – she had done a ‘Blue Peter’ and made one earlier

And, then there was the 3rd option – an applique tree which seemed to take a little while longer than the others-can’t imagine why?

There was a lot of drawing….

a lot of ironing to position the pieces.

At one point Amanda seemed to be glued to the ironong board herself!

Sally came with her piece of work bonded and then spent the day sewing – and had a little help from a friend…

What was most interesting was that everyone’s tree was different because of the way they had approached them and Jan’s finished project looks fantastic!

And amidst the Christmas tree frenzy Monica tackled something completely different – to practice her free machine embroidery!

A very productive day with some beautifully completed – or nearly completed trees – looking forward to seeing more next week – maybe?

It coudn’t have been that bad because a number of people have requested copies of another tree pattern to try!

And Lesley is going to Devonport in New Zealand and will visit the shop that the patterns were bought from so hopefully we will be able to have photos to show the shop owner. We are sure that she will be thrilled to see such wonderful works of art….

And not only Lesley will have been to her shop. Keris (who bought the patterns), Monica and Truda have also been there in the past. What a small world!

Dyeing to Paint Again!

A whole month has gone by in a flash and time to paint again today – what fun!

It was great to see a few of the group taking up the challenge to paint their new aprons – and there were some stunning results as you can see here…

Alongside the apron embellishment Keris was busy getting on with Christmas

Liz was busy working on some fabric that she had dyed last month and she was also having a go with the stencils

Jan was getting her head round a little screen kit she had bought at a recent quilt show

Sally was trying out some stamps that she had made….

Rosie, along with a few others, was on a card making mission

And Fiona was experimenting with Inktense blocks

Amidst the frenzy of activity there were a few took a break to view the St Hilary telephone box which has been decorated to commemorate the end of the First World War and it features felt poppies that were amde by CE memebrs for the WW1 quilt project!

Click here to read about the CE contribution to the 2018 Cowbridge Commemorations

As always, a great day with lots of creativity and good humour. Looking forward to next month already!

Christmas is Coming……

Today was the day the Sissix machines came out for their annual dusting to make festive Christmas cards.

And there were a very talented individuals from the group, and our vistor Karen focused on producing some amazing cards

Caroline used painted tissue, paint and embossing powder to give a wonderful glow to her cards

Corinne used painted paper, fabric, ribbon and embellishments …

And Liz used fabric that she had previously stamped at Dyeing to Paint as well as paper to make the lovely pinwheel. Liz also discovered that she rather liked the black card blanks!

Pat was inventive too – with organza on velvet for her Father Christmas, stencilled trees on fabric and glitter pipe cleaners

And Karen, along with a few others, who hadn’t done any Sissix cutting before – made some stunning cards

As always a wonderful relaxed day creating for Christmas whilst enjoying each others company – what more could you ask for!

Many thanks to Jan, Corinne and Keris for sharing their machines and die cuts

A Colourful Day at Cutting Edge

There was the usual buzz about the room at today’s meeting and some fabulous and colourful work displayed.

There was a lovely collection of quilts to view. Kerry’s was not only colourful but the quilting was amazing!

Caroline produced a lovely baby quilt to show and cushion covers that had recently been finished

And Carol’s quilt had an eyecatching design and colour combination

Frances’ quilt demonstrated a wondeful skill in crazy patchwork with dazzling colours and design

Marie Showed a fabulous cushion using quilt as you go

Hillary was busy on cross stitch

And Julie – embroidery. She had been experimenting embroidering on paper that she had made

Maggie was busy making a fabric book using linen and vintage fabrics with beautiful embroidered work

And Jan had completed a piece of work that she had created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint – a wall hanging for a small window – beautifully crafted using a variety of techniques

Corinne’s carrier for her red work had been made from a sample she made at a quilt show – encased in a beautiful contrasting batik fabric.

In addition to all this lovely wok the Project Linus quilt was finished off with a label attacjed to the back and Liz and Chris put the finishing touches to the Cowbridge Commemorative quilt which will go on display on 30 October

As always a fun day with lots of chatter and good humour!