Category: Christmas

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!

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

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Liz' calendar

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Jan's calendar

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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

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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

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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!

Dyeing to Chatter!

Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to paint – well chat and then paint – so much to catch up on – holidays, quilt shows. workshops to name but a few things.

And after a few comments along the lines of ‘I don’t know what to do’ everyone soon got into the swing of things once more

Liz was busy making cards for the exhibition – and likely to be very popular as they look lovely

Monica had also made some cards and was printing fabric to make more. And she also stencilled and Procion dyed some fabric

Chris was busy using her Inktense to colour prints on her fabric – Christmas is coming early this year!

And Fiona was stencilling

Corinne was making a lovely little book

Isobelle was creating collagraph plates – looking forward to seeing the prints sometime soon

And Alison decided to give Procion Dyeing a go on a silk scarf

So, not a bad day all things considered! Looking forward to next time already

But first we have our exhibition to look forward to – Old hall Pop Up Shop 17-21 September 10am – 4pm – look forward to seeing you there!

Carry on Sewing at Christmas!

Today was our last session before Christmas and the one where we celebrate with a Christmas lunch and Secret Santa. But, before the merriment got underway there were a few projects to crack on with and a glorious variety of beautiful completed projects to enjoy at ‘Show and Tell’

Caroline, Sally and Jan were busy beavering away and Caroline showed us some lovely bags she had made for her WI

In one corner there was a focus on Christmas and in another we had a knitting circle happily clicking away!

Jaci was in modelling mode and showed off a lovely pair of handwarmers and scarf that she had made. She emphasised that it was a very easy pattern – should anyone be interested

There were some lovely table runners in the making, or completed – courtesy of Julia and Corinne…..

Fiona showed little robins she had made using log cabin method and highlighted the importance of seam allowance to get them the right size

And it was great to see that more of the Christmas trees – started on members day – had been completed

Truda delighted us with these beautiful little creatures that she had made

Salinder showed some indigo samples from recent experimenting

And a lantern she had made from tea bags

Pat and Frances showed beautiful quilts they had recently completed. Frances’was a family heirloom made from shirts

And Pat’s was one of five, made for grandchildren. The children had designed their own qults and chosen the colourways

What a treat to start the day – and there was even more to come!

Our group never fails to deliver when it comes to the Christmas lunch – beautiful quiche, salads, vol au vents, stuffed potatoes, tortilla etc. etc. And the dessert’s were just scrummy – laden with calories – but who cares – it’s Christmas!

A huge ‘thank you’ to Sandra for providing the mulled wine – as always it was delicious!

And to round off the day there was Secret Santa to enjoy…..

The usual day of joy and merriment with the majority of the group coming together to celebrate the festive season. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January for another fun packed year!

Below are Christmas wishes from two former members…..

Gilly Middleburgh – former member of the group emailed to say that she is pleased that the tradition of stuffed baked potatoes that she used to make for the Christmas lunch continues. ” I do miss Cutting Edge, there is nothing like it here. Please give my love everyone at CE who knows me – I wish them all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year”.

A very Merry Christmas to you and all at Cutting Edge. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of the lunch on the blog‘. Catherine Pritchard

Quilt Extravaganza!

Yesterday’s Cutting Edge was a bit of a quilt extravaganza when it came to show and tell – and it was lovely seeing the breadth of talent there is in the group for patchwork and quilting,

Frances showed a beautiful quilt that she had made with japanese fabrics

Marie was busy finishing off this quilt – which is bound to be a jolly addition to any child’s bedroom

Jan also had a fun quilt to show

Helen showed a giraffe quilt that she is making for her grand daughter – which will surely be treasured!

And Kerry also had a show stopper of a quilt

In addition to all this lovely work Kerry showed a whimsical llama rug that she had made

Jaci was working on a beautiful piece of free machine embroidery

And Karen brought in some wonderful pieces of work that she had brought back from her overseas travels

The fabric journal group was busy meeting to share ideas….

And others were busy with Christmas! Following the members day workshop last week Sally was on a mission to finish her tree. Love the pink garden gloves Sally!

Carol was busy making Christmas panels

Caroline had made a beautiful decoration from triangles

Glyis had made some table mats following a visit to Midsomer Quilting

And Truda, Lesley and Rosie showed their the folded Christmas trees that they made at the members day last week. The patterns were sourced by Keris on a trip to New Zealand earlier this year.

Lesley also had a tree that she had made in a previous year – also from a New Zealand pattern.

A busy, creative and enjoyable day, as always. Well done everyone!

The Christmas Tree Challenge!

Today was an unusual day for Cutting Edge – there was an air of quiet about the room and evidence of great concentration as members tackled the Christmas tree patterns they had chosen to make.

There was an simple but lovely design expertly tackled – and completed – by Liz…

Then there was a 2nd choice – a folded Christmas tree which took 76 x 3″ squares. A popular choice and once the pattern template had been tinkered with – worked extremely well!

Rosie’s work in progress

Truda busy at work

Pat’s 2nd tree – she had done a ‘Blue Peter’ and made one earlier

And, then there was the 3rd option – an applique tree which seemed to take a little while longer than the others-can’t imagine why?

There was a lot of drawing….

a lot of ironing to position the pieces.

At one point Amanda seemed to be glued to the ironong board herself!

Sally came with her piece of work bonded and then spent the day sewing – and had a little help from a friend…

What was most interesting was that everyone’s tree was different because of the way they had approached them and Jan’s finished project looks fantastic!

And amidst the Christmas tree frenzy Monica tackled something completely different – to practice her free machine embroidery!

A very productive day with some beautifully completed – or nearly completed trees – looking forward to seeing more next week – maybe?

It coudn’t have been that bad because a number of people have requested copies of another tree pattern to try!

And Lesley is going to Devonport in New Zealand and will visit the shop that the patterns were bought from so hopefully we will be able to have photos to show the shop owner. We are sure that she will be thrilled to see such wonderful works of art….

And not only Lesley will have been to her shop. Keris (who bought the patterns), Monica and Truda have also been there in the past. What a small world!

Christmas is Coming……

Today was the day the Sissix machines came out for their annual dusting to make festive Christmas cards.

And there were a very talented individuals from the group, and our vistor Karen focused on producing some amazing cards

Caroline used painted tissue, paint and embossing powder to give a wonderful glow to her cards

Corinne used painted paper, fabric, ribbon and embellishments …

And Liz used fabric that she had previously stamped at Dyeing to Paint as well as paper to make the lovely pinwheel. Liz also discovered that she rather liked the black card blanks!

Pat was inventive too – with organza on velvet for her Father Christmas, stencilled trees on fabric and glitter pipe cleaners

And Karen, along with a few others, who hadn’t done any Sissix cutting before – made some stunning cards

As always a wonderful relaxed day creating for Christmas whilst enjoying each others company – what more could you ask for!

Many thanks to Jan, Corinne and Keris for sharing their machines and die cuts