Category: Meeting

A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!

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A Busy Start to the New Sewing Year

The September CE meeting was a busy one as it was the start of a new year’s sewing. Liz was at the helm collecting membership renewal fees and sharing news with members….

….whilst other members rallied round to help

Corinne encouraged people to make a block for the Project Linus quilt and was pleased that virtually all of the blocks had been taken. Plus a number have already been returned.

There was also great enthusiasm to make the table decoration on members day which is schedued for 7 November.

Glynis brought her copy of Patchwork & Quilting Magazine along to show members the article about our WW1 quilts which is rather impressive. Well done to everyone involved.

And, as ever there was plenty of completed work to show

A tiny teddy made by Lesley Anne – her first attempt and it looks fab!

Marie and Sally showed quilts they had completed

Marie Austin

Gilly and Dilys had made beautiful whole cloth cushions and dressed accordingly to complement the colours of them!

And Corinne and Keris showed cushions that had been recently completed.

Jan seems to have moved into specialising in feet but thankfully not the human variety!

All in all a colourful day with lots to look forward to in coming months. WHow lucky we are to have such talented people in our group.

Many thanks to Caroline for being chief photographer for the day!

August Blues, Pinks, Red, Yellow, Gold………

Dyeing to Paint members don’t normally meet in August because there is the myth that everyone is away on holiday?

Not true because today eleven eager members turned up ready and eager to create!

Still popular was the ice-dyeing.

ice-dyeing

Many thnaks to Caroline for replenishing the ice supply at short notice!

A wealth of other resources were also being used, including some lovely stencils that Fiona brought along and shared.

These are Caroline’s pieces of work – always full of vibrant colour – beautiful!

Seedheads were popular. Jan stencilled hers in a subtle shade – they are just waiting for some creative stitch Jan.

Isobelle tried out the seed heads as well and then produced a lovely piece of fabric using the rollergraph.

Isobelle also brought along a mosaic fabric seahorse that she is making and will look stunning when it is finished.

And, Fiona brought along two wonderful wall hangings that she had made using the seed head stencil. Love the holographic threads that were used.

Apologies to Fiona as these photos don’t do her work justice!

Fran was busy using her gelli plates and produced this amazing piece of work

Monica was busy trying, not too successfuly at times, to stencil shells onto a piece of previously dyed fabric. Many thanks to Isobelle, Jan and Hillary for their pearls of wisdom – always a winner!

And Glynis brought two completed pieces of work that will be used for our stand at the Ystradowen Village Hall day on 16 September

Glynis also brought her sister in law with her today and how artistic is she! Look at this beautiful picture she created. We hope you have a lovely day Vivienne and thank you for your company.

As ever, a busy and creative day interspersed with lots of chatter and banter – an ideal recipe for fun.

Sewing on a Rainy Summers Day

Lesley, Marie and Steph

There was much to admire today at Cutting Edge. Corinne, Keris, Fran and Jan were keen to show off the quilts they had made on Friday at a Gail Lowther workshop – and stunning they were too!

And it is important to mention here that Jan used some of the fabric that she had dyed at last week’s DtP session. They do look rather stunning – well done Jan!

Brenda and Truda were busy working on current projects. Brenda was reaching the end of sttiching a whole cloth quilt – her 5th! Truda was working on a beautiful cross stitch. She was very expertly creating it with silks from her stock in an effort to use them up and she was using 26 count linen!!!!

Glynis brought along a quilt she started in 2006. After recently completing it she has had it long arm quilted. She also brought along a quilt that she has recently made and machine quilted hereself – quite the expert! Obviously with time on her hands she had also produced a lovely bag

Hillary brought along three pieces of work. Chives painted with a toilet roll on hand dyed fabric – which look fab. She stencilled flowers onto another piece and hand embroidered them and she showed some parasols which she stencilled onto fabric using freezer paper – very cheerful and summery!

Salinder brought two beautiful quilts that she made a few years ago – giving a seaside theme with lighthouses on them…

She also showed the results of her ice dyeing and a piece of work in progress

and Gilly showed a quilt that she is completing and which has been beautifully quilted by a long arm quilter in Chepstow.

A wonderful show of talent – well done everyone. Looking forward to more of the same after the summer.

And great to see that some of the hand dyed fabrics and being used!

A Summers Day Sewing

It was a quiet day at Cutting Edge today with a number of people on holiday but there was still a wonderful array of work to be admired.

Gilly and Sally spent the day together creating and chatting to their hearts content. And by the end of the day Sally had made two bags.

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Corinne was proud of a tea cosy she had knitted – and rightly so!

She showed the group a small wall hanging that she had completed. She painted and stamped the fabric at Dyeing to Paint and then finished it off with hand and machine embroidery.

And Stephanie was working on a piece that she started at Dyeing to Paint

Jaci was on a mission making spec holders – great idea and so practical!

Marie showed a lovely wall hanging and two bibs that she had recently completed.

And Keris was busy doing a red work picture for one of her grand children

Steph, a new visitor to the group showed a beautiful bead bracelet that she had made.

Amanda was busy finishing a hexagon quilt – lovely colours!

And Chric M. seems to have moved on from teddies to bunnies – beautiful!

As well as group members we welcomed 4 visitors to the group. Jaci McQuillan, Caroline Leonard and Amanda Randall made a return visit and we welcomed Steph Smith for the first time. We hope they had an enjoyable day and we look forward to seeing them again soon

Variety is the Spice of Life

Cutting Edge sessions are always a busy affair and today was no exception.

Those around the table were busy working on various projects and catching up for a chat with friends. Brenda, Bridget and Carol were busy quilting..

Carol

Bridget

Brenda

Others were busy discussing a planned community war quilt. What colour fabrics, threads etc. How can we make the poppies? Liz seemed to have a plan…

And the Scan ‘n Cut and Sissix machines were available to play with!

Monica cut out some letters..

… and a seahorse which will be turned into a stamp block for an up and coming Dyeing to Paint workshop

She also showed the group a cushion that she had made using a Sissix machine die cut

Caroline was on a mission to finish some cushions that she plans to give to her Russian visitors who are coming next week

At Show and Tell Jan showed the group a denim bag that she had made for her sister. She embellished it with the most beautiful machine embroidery

Jeannie showed a stunningl quilt that she was completing

Brenda showed a stunning cross stitch that she had done of her grandchildren.

And Corrine showed a stitched picture that she had made at the recent Alison Moger workshop.

More photos of the work that was created at Alison Moger’s workshop can be viewed here

How lucky we are to have such a talented and friendly group to share our passion of sewing with!

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.