A Feast of Treats!

Today’s Cutting Edge Session was busy with a stash sale, new projects underway, work in progress, and an opportunity to view completed works of art and a vintage quilt. What variety to feast your eyes on!

A highlight on arrival was the wonderful stash of fabric for sale brought to the group by Roger Stead (husband of Pam – who was the inspiration behind, and founder of CE. It reminded many of us of the quilts that Pam created – full of vibrant colour! Roger was raising money for the British Heart Foundation and was thrilled that, as a result of your generosity, £497 was raised. A HUGE thank you to everyone who gave their support – it was very much appreciated.

Hillary Hill brought a quilt in that she found in her mother’s possession and was looking for advice and help. And the group was aghast when they saw it. Older perhaps than Hillary thought and made from silk – thanks to the keen eye of Jeannie. The back of the quilt revealed paper pieces that looked rather old – with dates of 1738 on the paper and reference to a Mayor of Chester. Hillary was advised to contact St Fagan’s and the Welsh Quilt Centrr.

Work in progress included the Christmas project’s started on Member’s Day. It was great to see that many of them were not far off being complete – and they were all so different because of the different fabrics and techniques that had been used.

Julie was focused on Make Do & Mend – using scraps of denim and tweed fabrics

Liz’ calendar was looking very colourful

Caroline L’s calendar looked like a medieval village and the fabric for the roof tops was inspirational

And Elaine’s was close to the finishing line – she was putting the binding round the edges!

Chris was well on her way with the 12 days of Christmas

Corinne and Keris had finished their little tree wall hangings

And it was lovely to see so many finished fabric coiled bowls – well done folks – they are fab!

Since the summer Frances has completed 13 quilts – she brought three to show us – which were stunning

Monica had made Christmas cards and showed a Santa made from a plastic bottle – no sewing required!

Kerry was busy basting a quilt together ready for some of her spectacular quilting

And Amanda was busy working on a project that she started with Deborah O’Hare at Dyffryn Gardens

we are so lucky to have such talent in the group and to be able to enjoy so many wonderful pieces of work!

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That!

Today’s Dyeing to Paint was, as always, varied – some painting and printing, some sewing and a new interest in the Sissix machine – probably because Christmas is on the way!

Fiona was using her Gelli plate and stencils on layout paper and plans to stitch into the images

Janet and Pat were also experimenting with layout paper

And Pat was using her Inktense pencils on fabric and paper

Mary was making Christmas cards using musical paper that she had printed off the computer and the robin stamp = which is very popular

Isobelle was busy drawing

Rosie was creating gingerbread men which is destined to become bunting

And Corinne and Keris were progressing with their little books

Meanwhile Liz and Jan were quietly beavering away in the corner sewing. Liz was focused on finishing her fabric coiled pot and Jan was busy working on her advent calendar

Another lovely day of creativity – well done folks!

Sewing for Christmas

Yesterday was a members day of Christmas sewing – and every year there is a different and challenging pattern. This year was no exception!

Members had a choice of making an advent calendar, 12 days of Christmas bunting or a 12 days of Christmas wall hanging – and the advent calendar won hands down in terms of causing frustration – mainly because the instructions were rather minimalist. Despite this, however, there were some beautiful calendars emerging by the end of the day – we look forward to seeing them finished soon

Caroline's Calendar


Liz' calendar


Jan's calendar


There was a little group making good progress with the Christmas bunting

And Dawn was on a mission trying out the Sissix machine to create her own style of bunting

And what was nice about this year’s members event was that patterns from last year emerged. Amanda was using last years pattern to make 3 more tree wallhangings for presents


And Corinne and Keris were finishing off and making a new tree hanging from another of last year’s patterns

Corinne also brought along a baby bag and picture that she had recently made

Some were busy making Christmassy things of their own choosing

Fiona was busy making Christmas cards with glittery threads – which are bound to much admired by those who are lucky enough to receive one in the post


Monica was preparing fabric postcards for sewing

Sally was busy making place mats

And Alison was focused on completing her coiled fabric pot which looks delighful!

Janet and Rosie brought along some patterns that they thought the group might need for next year’s challenge – and which are small and manageable – bound to be a hit with some!

As always, a very enjoyable and sociable day was had by all!

Fabric Coiled Pots Workshop

Yesterday we made some fabric coiled pots out of fabric scraps – a great way to lighten the load in scrap baskets but also a great way to recycle clothes that are no longer needed.

After a demonstration from Karen Teal, tutor for the day, there was a flurry of activity to rip up fabric ready for the project in hand. Then it was heads down to get started

And by the end of the day there were some very colourful pots to admire

It is important to point out here that the hand sewers weren’t slacking…. their pots were work in progress because it takes a lot longer to hand sew than sew them on the machine!

Keris’ finished pot

Yvonne’s handmade pot

And, as usual, the group found an alternative use for the pots – as hats Tommy Cooper style!

Another Busy Day of Sewing and Socialising

Yesterday was another lovely day of sewing and socialising with the usual enthusiasm to show off completed and work in progress to give inspiration to others.

Make Do & Mend is creating some interesting experimentation. Jaci was busy using old tights to see what she could make – and there was certainly potential for a bundle of goodies!

Jan had finished her boro bag – which looks amazing – a great blend of colours

The tablecloth is progressing well. Jaci has now handed it over to Caroline L to carry on with the Welsh ladies

And Truda was wearing a beautiful brooch – made by Miss Clementine – using a vintage buckle, fabrics, buttons and lace

At show and tell Marie showed a book cover that she had made at a recent workshop

And Sally had made a wall hanging for a friend’s daughter’s ceramics workshop

Mary brought along some Christmas decorations that she had made 30 years ago and was planning some repair work

And she had a piece of vintage patchwork, bought in a junk shop in the USA, which she was planning to mount in a picture frame

Chris was busy making a bag for a friend – using recycled denim and designed to house mobile phone cables and easy to spot in the suitcase!

Caroline L was making a dazzlingly coloured quilt with Kaffe Fasset fabrics

And Corinne was making progress with an embroidery being created over a printed image – lovely colours

And Dilys and Janet were busy working on projects for grand children. Dilys was making drawstring bag for toys

And Janet was making a cushion with pockets for little felt toys to sit in

Such variety and imagination – well done everyone!

Christmas is Creeping Up!

Yesterday’s Dying to Paint Session was as productive as ever with a focus on various topics, including Christmas!

Pat seems to have mastered the art of marbling and produced some amazing samples

Corinne and Keris were working on garden books that they started to make last year with Frances Pickering. And these lovely birds will be included in the books

And Jan not only printed peacock feathers she started to embellish them as well

Chris was trying out techniques to transfer a telephone image onto fabric

And Fiona and Jan were busy getting ready for Christmas – so organised!

The usual busy and enjoyable day painting, stamping and printing with friends – what more could you want!

What a Multi Talented Group We Are!

This month’s meeting was the first after the summer break and although we weren’t a big group it was evident that there is masses of talent.

New member Sheila brought along a jacket that she had made some time ago and was determined that after a little attention she would be wearing it this winter

Rosie presented a beautiful stitched activity book that she had made for her grand daughter. Love the Peppa Pig!

And new member Ruth brought along a wonderful piece of embroidery that she has just completed and which is destined for the framing shop. She is also preparing to make a jacket so we look forward to seeing that soon!

Jeannie showed some lovely bags that she had made to give as gifts to relatives and also provided free gifts of fabric bags for members – which was an unexpected treat. She also showed a quilt that she has recently completed which, as always, is stunning

Pat had been busy making more of her delightful leather bags

Marie and Kerry had both been busy quilt and bag making. Below are Marie’s

And these are Kerrys’s. Kerry’s bag will be for sale at our exhibition – with the money being donated to Project Linus

Truda is making a quilt that she is making to raise funds for the church

And Jaci spent the day embroidering around the table cloth for our Make Do & Mend project. What a star!

All in all a lovely varied day. Looking forward to next month already