A Poem for a Quilt

Jan Webster’s sister wrote this beautiful poem after Jan showed her and told her the stories behind two antique quilts that she has recently acquired.

Patchwork Quilts
by Cherry Harris

It read like a jigsaw,
each fragment section of fabric
sewn into place.
Teasing intricate shapes,
Frayed by the utter life of living,
Seams forming creations.
Peeling back the lives of lovers,
To represent the forgotten life of a nation.
Leaving bitter sweet memories.
Cotton thread lovingly sewn,
Between the intricate and the remarkable.
Now almost complete,
A body of complexity,
Is neatly folded.

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A message from Jan:

I showed you all a couple of months ago 2 antique quilts a friend gave to me and the stories behind them. My sister was so taken with them and the stories about them that she wrote this poem.

One quilt was a third or 4th generation passed down, the other was a paper piece hexagon quilt (both shown above) which a lady started to make before her young men went off to war. The papers inside are from that time. Sadly he never came back so the quilt was never finished”.

A Busy Day at Dyeing to Paint

Dyeing to Paint was underway again after the summer break and there was an eagerness to get going on creating. As ever there were some amazing results.

The recently purchased print blocks and paints were popular and resulted in various pieces of work containing acorns, seed heads and poppy seed heads

Liz was on a mission with them

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and Fiona created a wonderful fabric landscape by first dyeing her fabric them overprinting with the new blocks

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Isobelle experimented with the transfer art paints (TAP) to good effect

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And Hillary painted with the TAP paints and transferred her image onto a small canvas which looked amazing

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Glynis made a print block using a geranium leaf. Love the colours Glynis.

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and a number of people created pieces with Glynis’ flower stencil. Lots of potential here for some fancy stitching!

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and Stephanie had a beautiful piece of fabric created using painted bondaweb

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Finally, Salinder showed some cards that she had made using used tea bags, a little paint and some machine embroidery.

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Looking forward to seeing some beautiful finished pieces soon!

A Fantastic Start to the New Term!

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Well, whilst the summer break was designed for a bit of R&R in the sun it seems that some just couldn’t resist getting on with their various projects, which was evident at our first meeting on 13 September.

There were some beautiful quilts…..

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Catherines quilts above reminded me of a recent enjoyable talk by Christine Porter

There was cross stitch…..

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And wonderful bags. Stephanie’s is very apt as this year celelbrates of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday

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Well done everyone – you have set the bar high indeed for this year!

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

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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!

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

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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

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Jan brought along two antique quilts that she had acquired

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

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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

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a Japanese folded patchwork bag

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and a cross stitch

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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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

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Keris, Hillary and Helen

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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