Sissix for Christmas

Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.

Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.


They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results


Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.


Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.


Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.


Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne


Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….


And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!


So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!


A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!

A Message from Portugal

Pat Hixon is currently sunning herself in Portugal and has sent the following message:

“Thinking of you all at Cutting Edge from a very hot and sunny Algarve.
This is one of my hand projects that I brought out here to start sometime over the 3 weeks. It is called Dancing Dresses and each dress uses a 10″ square of fabric, and a 10” square of background. It is designed to use up fat quarters.



I am hoping to make one for each of my 3 grand daughters, and the plan is that the two destined for Brisbane will be tropical.

At the moment I am not sure whether to make each into a wall hanging or a lap quilt. Watch this space”.
Pat H

Glad you are keeping busy Pat. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sew Happy Sewing!

Nights are drawing in and the group are busily creating the most beautiful pieces of work – which was very evident at todays CE meeting.

But before we oohed and aahed at the beautiful works of art that were on show we welcomed Yvonne Randall who brought along some lovely bits of haberdashery and fabric to tempt us. She also demonstrated her Accucut machine and die cuts which was great fun.

Yvonne Randall

Yvonne Randall

And we welcomed Chris Morfett as a new member to the group. She is known to many in the group already for the lovely miniature teddies that she makes. For example, at today’s show and tell she showed the group a beautiful quilt that she has just completed.


Chris D brought in a cross stitch of her grandfather which was absolutley stunning. She had taken it to St Fagan’s to show them.


She had also been busy making underwear travel bags for grandchildren and adult family members which looked like fun items to have in your suitcase


Gilly had made a cute little knitting bag for a friend


Keris and Corinne reported that they had recently been to the Kirsty Allsop handmade fair at Hampton Court. They showed tea towels that they had printed

Corinne's towel

Corinne’s towel

Isobelle’s piece was work in progress. She had painted the fabric for her wall hanging with transfer art paints and is now busy stitching into it. Looking lovely Isobelle!


Hilary showed a piece that she recently completed at a textile workshop


Fiona showed a beautiful bag, needle case and pin cushion that she had made. She has offered to run a workshop to show how to make the bags so watch this space!


Sylvana was busy basting a quilt together to give as a gift to a family member.


And Salider had two beautiful quilts to show


Sone were busy focusing on Christmas. As well as making this beautiful bag Marie was busy making Christmas wall hangings.



And Caroline was on a mission to get stuck into her Chrsitmas tree wall hanging. Caroline was the focus of attention as many of the group will be making one at the November session


Finally, Monica thanked Hilary for her contribution to CE over the last 5 years as she has now stepped down from running the group.

And then Monica gave an update on the recent WW1 quilt exhibitions in Old hall Cowbridge and Giles Gallery Pontyclun and announced that the quilts would once again be displayed in Cowbridge shops to support the British Legion appeal. They will be in the shop windows between 31 October and 14 November 2016. Shops that have generously offered window space include ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners, Costa Coffee, Beauty Within and Jon Ian shoes. Hilary also gave an update on her initiative to make Big Poppies to complement the WW1 quilts and Poppy Appeal


On a Mission for Christmas!

Well, Dyeing to Paint today was certainly interesting and productive with a variety of activities going on. Some continued working on last month’s theme of Autumn. Isobelle had started to put together an autumnal wall hanging and was busy making leaves for it.


Monica was on a mission to paint fabric and card for Christmas cards which soon captured other people’s interest

Monica's card

Monica’s card

Keris produced some lovely fabric that we suspect will feature in Christmas cards soon….


Corinne was working along the same lines colouring card and a music sheet


and Liz turned her fabric green!


Liz and Jan also started a craze with the Sissix machine using some of the painted card to cut out stags heads and Christmas trees. Jan was busy cutting out bunting shapes and letters and showed that it was possible to cut out fabric with a small die. Well done Jan.


And Isobelle finished the afternoon off by experimenting with embossing powder to enhance a card design.


So many things going on and so many ideas for the Sissix Day on 19 October! We are going to have so much fun!!!!

We need to think about a washing line for next month though. Our current drying facilities aren’t going to work so well in the winter!

Corinne and Chris

Corinne and Chris

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.



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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


Looking forward to seeing some beautiful finished pieces soon!

A Fantastic Start to the New Term!


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…..





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

There was cross stitch…..


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



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