Category: Christmas

Merry Christmas from Cutting Edge!

Today, we enjoyed our Cutting edge Christmas lunch but before we got stuck in to all the yummy food there was a little bit of sewing to do…

Brenda, Chris and Diane

Brenda, Chris and Diane

and handicrafts…

Jan and Catherine

Jan and Catherine

plus a little bit of chatting!

Sandra and Caroline

Sandra and Caroline

Then…. after “Morning Prayers” it was time to show off recent completed projects. There was a flurry of beautiful Christmas tree wall hangings – same pattern but all so different – well done folks – you should be very proud!

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And, whilst we missed Linda today she emailed and sent a photo of her completed tree – wonderful Linda – well done!!

Linda Baldwin's tree

Linda Baldwin’s tree

Not forgetting of course, we have Dilys tree

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Dilys tree

Chris’ tree

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Chris’ tree

and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished trees

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We should have Caroline’s as well…. where did that slip off to?

And Monica showed an advent calendar cushion that she had made adorned with a little fairy decoration – a present for Caroline’s grand children

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At last it was time for lunch and as ever, members did us proud – producing a magnificent spread. Lots of lovely savoury and sweets to enjoy which seemed to be going down well with the many red Santas seen lining up for food!!!

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And, what would we do without Sandra – who kindly provided delicious spicy mulled wine to get us all in the christmas spirit – she’s a star!

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Sandra Ajax

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made it happen by sharing food, providing delightful table decorations and music, helping to set up and clear away and for just being there to enjoy your company!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas – have fun doing whatever you are planning to do over the festive period and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017

P.S – the flyer for the 2017 Autumn Quilt Show is out and we feature on it – something to look forward to next year!!!

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Merry Christmas from Dyeing to Paint!

Today we had our final session before the Christmas break and as well as enjoying some creativity with our various resources we enjoyed lunch in front of a log fire!!!

Stephanie was focused on creating a wreath for Christmas and it didn’t take long to see how it would take shape

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Once again the bark roller was popular and after dyeing her fabric Fiona was busy applying a coat of white bark which had lots of potential for development.

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Monica had bought a mitten Christmas decoration because she liked the design and wondered whether it would give a good print. It didn’t take long to find out and there were plenty of suggestions about how it could be used to make advent calendar bunting etc….

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Monica tried out a new stencil and was very pleased with the result….

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And it was wonderful to see how Corinne had turned her sample pieces into a delightful wall hanging of autumn colours

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Hillary also brought a small Christmas wall hanging that she had recently completed. Beautifully finished and when she was asked where she got the pattern from she replied – it was a picture in a children’s colouring book!

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After a hard mornings work it was only right that we all enjoyed lunch, mulled wine and mince pies in front of a log fire

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Merry Christmas!

Free Range Painting

Unusually, today’s Dyeing to Paint was held in Ystradowen Village Hall which mant that there was no going back if any resources were forgotten. So….. there was virtually everything the group owned available to tinker with, and tinker they did!

Monica and Hillary started off experimenting with the new embossing powders and Christmas stencil with some good results.

Hillary's Trees on fabric

Hillary’s Trees on fabric

Monica tried the stencil on fabric and card and Jan cut a tree on her Sissix machine and Monica then added a small glittery tree in the centre

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And….. the main learning point from this exercise was that if you get distracted you might scorch your fabric – hey ho.

After a coffee and a chat Caroline was absorbed with print blocks……

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As were Salinder and Keris

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Keris also printed some beautiful leaves with leaves that she had picked up from Cardiff yesterday

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Corinne was busy embellishing a wall hanging that she started at a previous session – which looks beautiful

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And she even got time to have a go at the linocut printing

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine

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And Isobelle played around with her glue gun and the heat gun

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Chris was quietly engrossed in making labels for the many Christmas presents she will be giving. She was also enjoying the embossing powders and the Wow pen for text

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Monica’s main focus of the day was printing with a linocut that she had recently made. There were samples in card and fabric

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In fact, some of her samples were soon turned into Christmas cards

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And finally, Hillary had been beavering away at home to finish her Chistmas Tree wall hanging – how smart is that!!!

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So much enjoyment and looking forward to the next session already!

Getting Ready for the Festive Season

At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.

Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.

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Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning

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Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….

Chris and Keris

Chris and Keris

and Liz was adding the diamante

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Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!

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By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous

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And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!

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We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting

Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip

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And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell

Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.

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Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed

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Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there

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And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.

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We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.

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As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.

P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!

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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.

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They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Celebrations!

Today Cutting Edge members gathered to celebrate the coming of Christmas with a bring and share lunch. But before the celebrations began members were keen to take the oppotunity to carry on stitching!

Little groups at each end of the table were engrossed in their work

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Gilly had brought in the table runner she started at Jeannies workshop

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And was working on a small piece of quilted work

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Whilst the two Sue’s were having fun on the Sissix machine using card that Hilary had rescued from round the Christmas Crackers at the recent Glamorgan Quilters lunch

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And, Keris was on a mission to finish a Christmas wreath

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Fran brought along a quilt that she had made at a recent Sheen Norquay workshop

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Finally, it was lunchtime and it has to be said that as well as being starts at sewing members are also a dream when it comes to preparing a delicious spread of food.

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Full and happy everyone enjoyed opening their Secret Santa presents whilst singing Christmas carols. And, as the day came to a close Hilary and Monica were surprised and delighted to receive beautiful orchid plants as a Christmas gift from the group. THANK YOU!!!

Merry Christnas everyone – looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Painted Fabric for Christmas Cards

Today at Dyeing to Paint the cahllenge was to make some festive fabric for Chrstmas cards from the various materials available.

It wasn’t long before the stamps, print blocks and stencils were in use backed up with the Sissix and scan ‘n cut machines!

And, it wasn’t long before lovely fabric pieces began to emerge…..

Salinder and Liz were happy printers

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And, Glynis was busy printing and embellishing

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Monica used a piece of previously painted fabric and overprinted adding stars made from Fererro Rocher chocolates and Tunnocks tea cakes

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And couldn’t wait to get home to embellish it and machine embroider before using her fabric for Christmas cards

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Looking forward to seeing more cards soon folks!