Category: Meeting

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!

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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!

A Colourful Day at Cutting Edge

There was the usual buzz about the room at today’s meeting and some fabulous and colourful work displayed.

There was a lovely collection of quilts to view. Kerry’s was not only colourful but the quilting was amazing!

Caroline produced a lovely baby quilt to show and cushion covers that had recently been finished

And Carol’s quilt had an eyecatching design and colour combination

Frances’ quilt demonstrated a wondeful skill in crazy patchwork with dazzling colours and design

Marie Showed a fabulous cushion using quilt as you go

Hillary was busy on cross stitch

And Julie – embroidery. She had been experimenting embroidering on paper that she had made

Maggie was busy making a fabric book using linen and vintage fabrics with beautiful embroidered work

And Jan had completed a piece of work that she had created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint – a wall hanging for a small window – beautifully crafted using a variety of techniques

Corinne’s carrier for her red work had been made from a sample she made at a quilt show – encased in a beautiful contrasting batik fabric.

In addition to all this lovely wok the Project Linus quilt was finished off with a label attacjed to the back and Liz and Chris put the finishing touches to the Cowbridge Commemorative quilt which will go on display on 30 October

As always a fun day with lots of chatter and good humour!

A Productive Day at Dyeing to Paint

As usual everyone came today with great ideas to create and it was without doubt a very productive day, with lots of plans for a sparkly Christmas!

Fran and Glynis were beavering away in the corner and Glynis was on a mission to try out the group stencils – to great effect – looking forward to seeing these fabulous printed fabrics in one of Glynis future pieces of work….

Fiona was focused on improving her skills with a gelli plate – and was making good headway

Caroline stencilled seed heads onto fabric and then overdyed it – looking forward to seeing the end result next time

Jan was busy making a curtain for a little window

and Pat was on a mission making fabric for Christmas cards….

As was Liz

Chris obviously has Christmas in mind too as she was busy making little robins

Monica created a Christmas tree stencil to try out – which proved to be popular

And then decided that her new Dyeing to Paint apron needed a makover to cover up the paint she had wiped over it – in error of course…

And was very pleased with the end result!

The rest of the group are planning to do theirs next month – no pressure girls – and thanks to Glynis for sharing the stencils!

As always a fun and relaxed day was had by all.

A Stunning Start to the New Term

Well….. what a busy and energetic start to the new term today. A great turnout of members with lots of chatter to catch up on after the summer break, new projects and some fine examples of work to share with the group!

First of all we welcomed some new visitors – Ella, Vanessa, Karen and Gillian who made themselves at home and appeared to enjoy their day as much as we enjoyed having their company. Vanessa later emailed to say:

‘thank you everyone for the lovely welcome today, I was made to feel at ease. As we all know it’s hard to start something new when you don’t know anyone, but I really enjoyed the few hours I spent with you all today. I’m starting my collection for the book today and Am looking forward to next time’

We also welcome Mary, Maggie and Kerry as new members of the group.

After ‘morning prayers’ were over there were a variety of wonderful items popped up at ‘show and tell’

Jan’s nag and a beautiful wall hanging

Julia’s fab little dress

Kerry’s i pad bag

Lesley – Anne’s whole cloth work and lovley little wall hanging made for a wedding present

Jaci’s fabric book that she had completed and which, quite rightly, she was very proud of!

Julie’s embroidery

Fiona’s two small pieces of work

Corinne’s Christmas decorations

And Monica’s Christmas fabric postcards

Plus, a selection of Christmas cards – to give inspiration to those who had booked on to the Festive Sissix workshop

After ‘show and tell’ Isobelle explained (with a little help from her friends) to some members of the group how to start making their very own fabric journal and Lesley – Anne is very kindly taking over facilitatig the group.

In addition to the above members were encouraged to choose which pattern they would like for the members day event and names were taken for the bag workshop that Jan is going to run in the New Year

And, not forgetting that in the midst of all this Liz was busy collecting membership fees and Isobelle and Corinne were busy making sure that quilts were safely returned!

Well done and thank you to everyone – and we look forward to seeing you next month

Dyeing To Be Noticed!

Well… today was a day to be noticed for our Dyeing to Paint members as they kicked off the new term with brand new aprons – how smart they look! And, lots of potential for customising them with some paint and print over the coming months.

Having had a summer break there was lots to talk about – our wonderfully successful exhibition in Swansea, holidays, family etc. etc. – along with a cuppa of course- so it was a while before anyone got down to the nitty gritty of putting the aprons to good use.

But Sally paved the way

And it wasn’t long before there was some wonderful pieces of work being created using stencils, thermofax screen prints and print blocks.

Then….. as if by magic it was Christmas!

Where did that year go?

Sew Hot But Sew Lovely!

Yesterdays Cutting Edge session was the last one before the summer break and what a showstopper it was!

Hillary and Stephanie brought their work which will be hung in the Tapestri cafe exhibition

Pat brought a quilt that she had recently completed for her daughter who lives on a farm. She had been to J&B Sewing in Cardiff to long arm quilt it.

Jaci had been working on a challenge with four friends for quite a while. A brilliant idea and stunning results!

Jan showed work that her friend – who has recently passed away- had done. Jan taught her friend how to spin

Caroline was busy stringing fish together and making batik elephants to applique onto a quilt. The fish are made from fabric that Caroline dyed at Dyeing to Paint

Fiona showed a lovely cushion that she has recently completed – all machine quilted

Pat had been to a Susan Briscoe workshop and completed this beautiful little piece of work

Monica showed the crazy patchwork that she completed a while ago. It was supposed to be a needlecase but in Monica’s view is much more practical as a book cover!

And Sylvana was busy finishing off a quilt top

Amanda and Glynis had been busy making baby and children’s clothes that looked delightful

Lesley – Anne put out a call for hand made craft items for a Project Linus fundraising sale that is being held later in the year – these are few items that have already been donated

There is always fantastic camaraderie amongst members and it was lovely to see individuals helping out with various challenges that arose on current projects

Finally, we would like to congratulate Jeannie Duncan Farr, Pat Hixon and Helen Morgan who all have quilts featured in exhibitions…

Helen has a quilt being exhibited at a quilt show in Oregan, USA

Jeannie Duncan Farr and Pat Hixon have quilts being exhibited at the NEC Festival of Stitch

One of Jeannie’s quilts is also being featured in the Quilter’s Guild 2019 calendar!

Time for a short break. We resume in September and look forward to seeing more fabulous work from our members

Happy sewing!