Category: Christmas

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

Advertisements

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

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!

grouptrees1web

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

Dilys tree

Dilys tree

Chris’ tree

Chris' tree

Chris’ tree

and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished trees

xmas-trees

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

advet-cushion-fairyweb

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!!!

img_7238

keris-lunch

lunch-table

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!

Sandra Ajax

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!!!

malvern-autumn-2017web-1

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

stephanies-collage

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.

fiona1

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….

mitten

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

md-circle

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

cr-wallhanging

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!

hillarys-wallhanging

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

bbq-lodge-collage

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

md-collage

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……

caroline-and-isobelle-web

caroline-collage

As were Salinder and Keris

salinder-collage

keris-trees

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

keris-leaves

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

corinnes-collage

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

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine

jan-sissix-web

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

isobelle-heat-gun

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

chris-labels

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

md-linoprint-paper

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

md-cards

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

h-hill-tree

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