Category: Meeting

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

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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!

Dyeing in the Sun

Yesterday was just perfect for trying out sun dyeing and members of the group were extremely pleased with the results they got from their efforts

We are not sure what Isobelle is going to do though with the mish mash of images she created i.e. potato masher, feet shapes and leaves??

In addition to the sun dyeing there was experimentation with new plastic moulded templates that we recently acquired, which gave some fab designs to work on

Caroline spent the whole day stencilling shells on tea towels with markel stiks. The towels are going to be prizes at next weeks St Hilary Bake Off competition

And Glynis was trying out some new stencils that she had bought

Monica seemed to be eager for autumn….

Tanya was very pleased with her attempt at tie dye. She achieved her pattern with polystyrene balls and elastic bands. There was a suggestion that she could show us all how to do it next time!

It was great to see that all this beautifully created fabric is being put to good use. Janet showed some cards that she had made from fabric she printed at the last session and Keris showed a beautiful sea horse that she had embroidered onto a piece of fabric that she had previosuly sundyed with salt

Her seahore will be exhibited in Tapestri cafe in August

We now have a break to enjoy the rest of the summer. We will be back in action again on the 6 September

A Sunny Day Sewing

It was another glorious day outside today and a glorious day inside with many members of the group getting together to work on various sewing projects whilst having a chat.

There was work completed and handed in the the Tapestri cafe exhibition and work in progress in an effort to have it ready in time

And Liz and Pat were busy preparing the fish bunting for the exhibition.

Some were busy progressing the crazy patchwork projects they started in Robi Thomas’ workshop and Corinne and Sally had brought their completed pieces of work to show

Glynis showed a cut little mug bag that she had made

Brenda was working on her hexagon quilt

And Carol was working on a table runner that she started a little while ago

Janet was busy making lovely little panels which were going to be made into cards.

Jeannie brought along an unusual piece of work that she made a long while ago which was stunning. She had manipulated a photograph, printed it onto fabric and then stitched into it.

And Marie had two beautiful pieces of work that she had completed

Truda showed the group a cute sheep that she had made for her daughter

And Monica showed a fabric collage that she had made to celebrate 100 years of the women’s vote

There is no doubt about it we have some very talented ladies in our group! Well done everyone

Paint, Stencil & Print!

There was much variety at today’s Dyeing to Paint session. We started with an ice dyeing session which is always great fun – apart from having to wait such a long time to see the results – i.e. waiting for the ice to melt!

Whilst waiting for the fabric to soak in the soda and for the ice making machine to make the ice there was much activity creating some wonderful pieces of fabric with the paint rollers……

print blocks…….

stencils….

Thermofax screens……

and not forgetting a bit of procion fabric dyeing thrown in…..

And the prize for not wasting any paints and dyes goes to Fiona this month who created this fantastic piece of fabric by mopping up the excess of the tablecloth. So much potential for a fabulous piece of work which we look forward to seeing soon!

As always a great day and lovely that Rosie and Janet were able to join us – we hope that you enjoyed your day

Variety is the Spice of Life

Today, as is usual with our group, there was a wide variety of work in progress and completed….

a colourful array of letters waiting to be appliqued in place

cross stitch and embroidery

And, quilts in the making and completed

Brenda made this beautiful quilt from scraps – all hand sewn and quilted

Jeannie was making a triangle quilt and showed the group a quilt that she had made to take to the States – colourful is Jeannie’s trademark!

Kerry showed a quilt that she was making – beautifully constructed both back and front

Corinne was busy making the label for this sweet little baby quilt

And Salinder had brought in an antique whole cloth quilt – oer 100 years old and in beautiful condition

Chris Dobson is away at the moment celebrating a special birthday at every opportunity! She was thrilled when she received this awesome cake from a friend in Tenby which came complete with a postcard

We hope that our guests Mary and Maggie enjoyed their first visit to the group and we look forward to seeing them again in the future