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!
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
We also welcomed another new recruit – our youngest ever – 2 year old Lydia is an artist in the making!
Salinder was busy colouring fabric ready to create a landscape and also created a wonderful image with a stencil
Corinne created a beautiful image that she plans to turn into a picture for a newly decorated bedroom
Glynis beavered away in the corner and produced a wonderful fish designed fabric
Chris used transfer art paints to create a lobster which we suspect will feature in her new holiday home.
Isobelle showed a book that she had created after following a Linda Kemshall tutorial
Jan produced a beautiful delicate elephant print
Fiona brought some pieces of work that she had machine embroidered – which were delightful.
And she painted a new piece that no doubt wll be worked on further
Monica brought along a border that she had machined embroidered onto hand dyed fabric.
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!
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
As ever a very productive day – well done everyone!
Yesterday’s session fell on Valentine’s Day and those who love to sew gathered for an action packed day of creativity.
There was much in production…..
Corinne was making a quilt for a family member
and she brought along work that she had done at a recent Judi Mendelssohn workshop
Sylvana was busy making a baby quilt.
And Pat was making this quilt for a grandaughter in Australia
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
Ths is Caroline’s first attempt at a quilt – wonderful and colourful.
Dilys showed a bag that is made from an Oakshott pattern and fabrics.
Isobelle brought along a fabulous book that she has recently completed and that has taken her 3 years to complete ,,,
Liz showed a wall hanging that she had recently completed
Jeannie had made this quilt for a relative. Very different from her usual intricate designs but just as beautiful
Keris showed bags she had made at the recent decorative bag workshop
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.
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
Sally had made a Bride to Be sash for her niece….
Sally also showed some syringe driver bags that Hilary had made for Velindre hospital
Chris D was away but sent a photo of Welsh lady cushions that she had made
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!
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!
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.
Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier
Helen was making Japanese folded patchwork squares with Scottie Dog fabric centres which looked delightful!
Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together
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
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.
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.
Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made
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.
The second quilt, recently completed, reflects some of Monica’s travels featuring fabrics and buttons that she had bought when on holiday.
And the cushion featured an applique of a Welsh lady in traditional costume.
Another creative day in the life of Cutting Edge – blissful!
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.
Fiona experimented with freezer paper and stencils and dyed some fabric using polystyrene balls and elastic bands as resist….
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.
Liz used a cardboard leaf stencil and markel sticks to produce a beautiful piece of fabric
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.
Caroline tie dyed some fabric and experimented with Jacquard lumiere paints and stencils producing a stunning piece of fabric
All in all – a very busy day but always time for a chat!
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…
plus a little bit of chatting!
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!
And, whilst we missed Linda today she emailed and sent a photo of her completed tree – wonderful Linda – well done!!
Not forgetting of course, we have Dilys tree
and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished 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
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!!!
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!
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!!!
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
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.
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….
Monica tried out a new stencil and was very pleased with the result….
And it was wonderful to see how Corinne had turned her sample pieces into a delightful wall hanging of autumn colours
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!
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