Breathtaking Creativity!

Well….. where to start providing a report on today’s Cutting Edge Session.

There was so much going on it’s difficult to know where to start. Maybe first of all we should mention our guest Sheila who was visiting for the second time – was busy making Luna Lupin – a cute little bunny who was sitting pretty waiting for Easter!

whilst sewing machines buzzed around the room with their owners focused on some wonderful projects

Janet was busy making little bags with some fabric she had stamped and painted (along with her conservatory wall!)

Fiona was finishing off this lovely little row of houses that she had started to make at a Bristol workshop

And Dilys was busy finishing a jelly roll quilt – the first in 15 months

On the topic of finishing things that had been lying around a while – Keris was working on a cushion that was made from an old pair of curtains – a good one for Make Do & Mend!

Julie had brought a quilt that she started 15 years ago and had decided that it was about time she got on and finished it!

Isobelle was basting a quilt together that will go to her grand daughter when completed

And Lesley was busy working on a quilt for her daughter who is cycling in the Women’s International team at the Tour de France – very apt fabrics!

There was also work underway trying out fabrics for the forthcoming day when some will be making the denim (or other fabric of choice) bag. Pat had been trying out leather for the bag’s panels

And Monica had worked up some samples of denim crazy patchwork

The bag workshop is also designed to fit in with the group’s current project of Make Do & Mend

As does the sanitary bag project initiated last month to support Caroline (Neudegg’s) daughter who is currently working as a midwife in Hyderabad. Members had been busy since last month sewing sanitary pads and/or making bags to carry them in and there were more donations of knickers today. The generosity of group members knows no bounds when a call is put out for assistance – and always very much appreciated – so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved

Other fantastic support shown today for the Make Do and Mend project came from Truda who has embroidered the dragons on a linen tablecloth. Truda is now passing the tablecloth on to Brenda and Margaret for their very welcome embroidery expertise.

Elaine also gave tremendous support by knitting an beautiul outfit for a doll that was donated to the group.

There were a number of finished projects on show after Morning Prayers

Caroline (Leonard) showed a beautiful quilt made from William Morris fabrics

Glynis had made this lovely blanket from some fleece squares that were donated by Julie Wiliams at Ty Hafan. The blanket will be given back to Julie so that she can sell it in the shop

Marie showed this lovely holdall that she had made from scraps of Liberty fabric

Monica had made a felt sheep from a pattern that Truda had shared with her…..

And Pat had made this amazing leather bag. The front panel is fabric stencilled by Pat at a DtP session

And, a final note on Make Do & Mend. After the last session Amanda and Monica were talking about Pigeon Post in WW2 and no sooner had Amanda got home she had sketched a few ideas.

And after the last DtP session Monica had a go at tea dyeing with rusty nuts and bolts after seeing Karen’s samples. The results have inspired her to draft up an idea and Monica shared her plans today – bearing in mind they could still change! The tea dyed fabric will be used along with a fabric map of Cardiff WW2 bombings to create a piece of work on an antimacasser in a hoop….

Watch this space!

So, all in all it was a breathtakingly creative day – lively and fun with bucket loads on enthusiasm – well done everyone!

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