Category: Meeting

Scan & Cut? Of Course We Can!

Today a small group of CE members got together to focus on developing their skills with the Scan and Cut machine.

And by pooling knowledge from past experiences and watching You Tube videos helped to produce better results when cutting fabric. This was achieved by using a hi tack adhesive sheet and labelling the new blade so that it is only used to cut fabric. We also experimented with blade, pressure and speed settings until we achieved a neat cut and logged all the information with samples so that we could refer back to them if needed in the future.

And we did manage to cut some neat pieces though Isobelle doesn’t appear to look too sure about this one?

though this one ended up back to front!

And whilst we were all busy playing with our scan and cut machine Jan was busy at the other end of the table getting a bit frustrated though she did end up with a lovely leaf stencil.

Spring Works of Art

Tuesday’s Cutting Edge meeting was, as always, a busy affair with lots of beautiful completed pieces of work on show and plenty of work in progress. In addition members welcomed Robi Thomas from Swansea Festival Stitch.

Robi brought along her crazy patchwork and textile books that she makes from recycled fabrics – and which are truly works of art….

Members had also brought along work that they had completed to share with the group – and there was a lot of work in progress. It as all very colourul and beautifully made – what a talented lot we are!

As well as quilts there were cushions….

hand stitched samples….

a pin cushion..

a teddy…

and Glynis was knitting!

A memorable day and there is sure to be more next month!

Well done everyone and a Happy Easter

Many thanks to Lesley Halliwell and Liz Price for taking the photos

Another Busy Day at Cutting Edge!

Another wonderful day at Cutting Edge! As ever members were on a mission to start a new project or complete something they had begun earlier.

Chris Dobson was making a pebble cushion

similar to one she had made earlier….

Chris had also made two beautiful sea side themed cushions. The centre pieces were stencilled at a Dyeing to Paint session.

Caroline was busy cutting a Welsh lady out to applique onto a cushion – and was using one of Chris’ cushions to work out the size

Marie was busy putting a quilt together …

and finding the time to have a well earned chat with Hillary

Lesley was engrossed in cutting out a flying geese border for a table runner

Sue Thomas was finishing off a quilt and showed a beautiful dragonfly quilt that she has recently completed

Sylvana was in the process of binding a cute owl quilt which is a hoot!

Jane was also making a children’s quilt with novelty fabric

Liz showed a cushion that she had made. The Dragon was cut out on the scan and cut machine and then appliqued to the fabric

And Gilly modelled a Japanese Folded apron that she had made with a Janet Clare pattern

Monica showed some crazy patchwork that she had done at a recent workshop in Swansea

And she had also made a crazy patchwork cushion with silk fabrics

and a pineapple cushion from a panel that she had stencilled and painted at Dyeing to Paint

What a very talented group of people – well done everyone!

On a Mission to Paint!

Spring was in the air today which seemed to inspire everyone to get going with their painting projects.

We welcomed Marie and Carol for the first time and were pleased to see that they were enjoying the experience. After trying out fabric dyeing they settled down with Hillary to experiment with the markel sticks

Carol, Hillary and Marie

Carol, Hillary and Marie

Carol's stencilling

Carol’s stencilling

Marie's stencilling

Marie’s stencilling

Hillary Hill

Hillary Hill

We also welcomed another new recruit – our youngest ever – 2 year old Lydia is an artist in the making!

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Salinder was busy colouring fabric ready to create a landscape and also created a wonderful image with a stencil

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Corinne created a beautiful image that she plans to turn into a picture for a newly decorated bedroom

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Glynis beavered away in the corner and produced a wonderful fish designed fabric

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Chris used transfer art paints to create a lobster which we suspect will feature in her new holiday home.

Chris Dobson

Chris Dobson

Isobelle showed a book that she had created after following a Linda Kemshall tutorial

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Jan produced a beautiful delicate elephant print

Jan Webster

Jan Webster

Fiona brought some pieces of work that she had machine embroidered – which were delightful.

Fiona Brook

Fiona Brook

And she painted a new piece that no doubt wll be worked on further

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Monica brought along a border that she had machined embroidered onto hand dyed fabric.

Monica Dennis

Monica Dennis

She also showed a book cover that she had made by upcycling an antimacasser which had been hand dyed with procion dyes and embroidered with daffodils – very apt for St David’s Day yesterday!

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Monica was also focused on painting pineapples. She used the Scan and Cut machine to make a stencil and then used markel sticks to transfer the image onto fabric

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As ever a very productive day – well done everyone!

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For the Love of Sewing

Yesterday’s session fell on Valentine’s Day and those who love to sew gathered for an action packed day of creativity.

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There was much in production…..

Corinne was making a quilt for a family member

Corinne

Corinne

and she brought along work that she had done at a recent Judi Mendelssohn workshop

Corinne's quilt

Corinne’s quilt

Sylvana was busy making a baby quilt.

Sylvana

Sylvana

And Pat was making this quilt for a grandaughter in Australia

Pat

Pat

As ever there was lots of completed projects, which was a joy to behold.

This is a Suduko quilt that Chris had made from a pattern in the Quilters Guild magazine

Chris Sudok quilt

Chris Sudok quilt

Ths is Caroline’s first attempt at a quilt – wonderful and colourful.

Caroline's first quilt

Caroline’s first quilt

Dilys showed a bag that is made from an Oakshott pattern and fabrics.

Dilys bag

Dilys bag

Isobelle brought along a fabulous book that she has recently completed and that has taken her 3 years to complete ,,,

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Liz showed a wall hanging that she had recently completed

Liz

Liz

Jeannie had made this quilt for a relative. Very different from her usual intricate designs but just as beautiful

Jeannie's quilt

Jeannie’s quilt

Keris showed bags she had made at the recent decorative bag workshop

Keris' bags

Keris’ bags

Click here to see more of the bags that were made

She also showed a book cover that she had recently made for her journal on Vietnam. we look forward to hearing all about the trip.

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Jan had been busy. She showed a bag that she had made, an apron and a wall hanging that was to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday

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Sally had made a Bride to Be sash for her niece….

Sally

Sally

Sally also showed some syringe driver bags that Hilary had made for Velindre hospital

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Chris D was away but sent a photo of Welsh lady cushions that she had made

Chris Dobson's cushions

Chris Dobson’s cushions

And energy levels were kept up with home made heart shaped shortbread biscuits and Welsh cakes – thanks to Liz and Monica

There is no end to the group’s talents – well done everyone!

Off To A Flying Start!

Today was the first meeting of the New Year and it was off to a flying start with lots of new projects on the go and some finished pieces of work to admire.

First, and most importantly, we welcomed two new members to the group – Truda Theodore and Sally Wood. We are sure they will enjoy and indulge in the Cutting Edge experience!

They were making a wonderful start. Truda was using her fabric scraps to make a quilt and Sally quietly beavered away and produced a new cover for her sewing machine before she went home!

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Meanwhile Dilys and Caroline were tucked away in the corner with their heads down. Dilys was busy making a bag with Oakshott fabric and one of their patterns and Caroline was concentrating hard on collating patchwork pieces for a quilt.

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Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier

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Helen was making Japanese folded patchwork squares with Scottie Dog fabric centres which looked delightful!

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Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together

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And the trio on the table were focused on various activites. Julia was using fabric scraps to make a quilt. Helen was busy hand quilting her whole cloth quilt and Lesley was making a wallhanging

Lesley, Julia and Helen

Lesley, Julia and Helen

Following ‘morning prayers’ we had our usual show and tell with some beautiful pieces of work to showcase

Salinder had made a quilted bag from a charm pack of batik fabrics.

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Lesley Anne brought a quilt that she had made for last year’s Glamorgan Quilters challenge but it was the wooden hanging frame that her husband had made that she wanted everyone to see – which was beautifully carved.

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Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made

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And Monica brought along two quilts and a cushion to show

The first quilt, a Cluedo board was one that she had made quite a while ago for her son and it featured him on the Colonel Mustard card at the centre of the quilt.

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The second quilt, recently completed, reflects some of Monica’s travels featuring fabrics and buttons that she had bought when on holiday.

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And the cushion featured an applique of a Welsh lady in traditional costume.

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Another creative day in the life of Cutting Edge – blissful!

A New Year of Painting and Dyeing

Today was our first day back after the festivities and it wasn’t long before everyone was engrossed in activity.There had been a suggestion that members could focus on a Folk Art theme to start the new Tear but it wasn’t obligatory.

We welcomed two visitors Sally and Hilary who decided that they would like to have a go with the transfer art paints and considering they hadn’t done much previously produced some fabric pictures to be proud of.

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Fiona experimented with freezer paper and stencils and dyed some fabric using polystyrene balls and elastic bands as resist….

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And she brought along a little fabric basket that she had made with some fabric that she dyed at the December meeting – which looked very effective.

Fiona Brook

Fiona Brook

Liz used a cardboard leaf stencil and markel sticks to produce a beautiful piece of fabric

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Monica cut out a freezer paper dala horse and experimented with acrylics, markel sticks and Jacquard lumiere paints to determine which looked best. She then drew a panel with fabric pens and used inktense pencils to colour in. She also dyed a piece of fabric and used a bird block print.

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Caroline tie dyed some fabric and experimented with Jacquard lumiere paints and stencils producing a stunning piece of fabric

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And Jan made some lovely Christmas cards by recycling this years batch of Christmas cards that she had received.

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All in all – a very busy day but always time for a chat!

Jan, Chris and Liz

Jan, Chris and Liz