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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

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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!

Merry Christmas from Cutting Edge!

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…

Brenda, Chris and Diane

Brenda, Chris and Diane

and handicrafts…

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Jan and Catherine

plus a little bit of chatting!

Sandra and Caroline

Sandra and Caroline

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!

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And, whilst we missed Linda today she emailed and sent a photo of her completed tree – wonderful Linda – well done!!

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Linda Baldwin’s tree

Not forgetting of course, we have Dilys tree

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Dilys tree

Chris’ tree

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Chris’ tree

and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished trees

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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

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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!!!

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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!

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Sandra Ajax

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!!!

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A Message from Portugal

Pat Hixon is currently sunning herself in Portugal and has sent the following message:

“Thinking of you all at Cutting Edge from a very hot and sunny Algarve.
This is one of my hand projects that I brought out here to start sometime over the 3 weeks. It is called Dancing Dresses and each dress uses a 10″ square of fabric, and a 10” square of background. It is designed to use up fat quarters.

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I am hoping to make one for each of my 3 grand daughters, and the plan is that the two destined for Brisbane will be tropical.

At the moment I am not sure whether to make each into a wall hanging or a lap quilt. Watch this space”.
Pat H

Glad you are keeping busy Pat. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

A Poem for a Quilt

Jan Webster’s sister wrote this beautiful poem after Jan showed her and told her the stories behind two antique quilts that she has recently acquired.

Patchwork Quilts
by Cherry Harris

It read like a jigsaw,
each fragment section of fabric
sewn into place.
Teasing intricate shapes,
Frayed by the utter life of living,
Seams forming creations.
Peeling back the lives of lovers,
To represent the forgotten life of a nation.
Leaving bitter sweet memories.
Cotton thread lovingly sewn,
Between the intricate and the remarkable.
Now almost complete,
A body of complexity,
Is neatly folded.

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A message from Jan:

I showed you all a couple of months ago 2 antique quilts a friend gave to me and the stories behind them. My sister was so taken with them and the stories about them that she wrote this poem.

One quilt was a third or 4th generation passed down, the other was a paper piece hexagon quilt (both shown above) which a lady started to make before her young men went off to war. The papers inside are from that time. Sadly he never came back so the quilt was never finished”.

A Fantastic Start to the New Term!

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Well, whilst the summer break was designed for a bit of R&R in the sun it seems that some just couldn’t resist getting on with their various projects, which was evident at our first meeting on 13 September.

There were some beautiful quilts…..

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Catherines quilts above reminded me of a recent enjoyable talk by Christine Porter

There was cross stitch…..

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And wonderful bags. Stephanie’s is very apt as this year celelbrates of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday

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Well done everyone – you have set the bar high indeed for this year!

A Fitting Way to Remember Those Who Died in the First World War

As part of their tour to mark the Centenarary of the First World War our WW1 quilts were recently (29-30 July) exhibited in the Old Hall, Cowbridge. Visitors were able to view 23 small quilts – a number of which were made to remember a relative who died in the war.

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What a memorable exhibition it was. There were just short of 500 people visited the town over the two days to see the exhibitions. And two of those who passed through were from New Zealand!

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Visitors were invited to mark their visit with a comment in our visitors book and we plan to share some of their comments here soon. The book will also be available at group meetings for members to view.

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It was a stunning display beautifully created by Liz Price, Chris Dobson and Yvonne Davies. Many, many thanks to them for so generously giving their time.

We are also extremely grateful to David Howell and his colleagues from the Cowbridge Branch of the British Legion who very kindly looked after the quilts for us throughout the two days. And in the process raised Ā£270 for the charity by selling commemorative badges.

The quilts journey will continue in the following locations:

Vale Agricultural Show (weather permitting) – 10 August 2016
Giles Gallery, Pontyclun – 27 September – 6 October 2016
Malvern Autumn Quilt Show – October 2017
Senedd Oriel, Cardiff Bay – 4-15 December 2017

To read about how we came to make the quilts click here

Flower Girls!

Not only was it a bright and sunny day outside today it was sunny all the way inside Ystradowen Village Hall where a small group of ‘flower girls’ beavered away to make fabric flowers

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Gilly and jan

Gilly and jan

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

It is not clear what the discussion was here but could it be ‘is mine better than yours?’ – never!

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And whilst it seemed that heads were down concentrating on the job in hand there was quite a bit of discussion going on about what could have been done instead of following the instructons. For instance –

Jan was heard to say ‘we could have used a glue gun!

Glynis commented that ‘we could have wrapped the stem in florist tape’

Jeannie thought it would be good ‘to wrap the stem with felt and use florists tape on top’

Jan – ‘how can you (w)rap without music?

Chris – ‘has anyone put the kettle on yet?

Helen – they would look good made in Liberty fabric

And Jan was horrifed when she found out she would have to HAND SEW!

So….. it seems that any future flowers will be constructed in a very different way!

All in all, a lovely cheery day – as you can see here

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Hi thanks for a fun packed day, really great. Thanks again for giving up your day for the flower girls. Catherine

I thought it was a great day too and thank you for showing us all and updating the blog in such a fun way.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘šŸ» Jan

Fab day, Monica, when Iā€™d got myself organised! Thanks so much for sorting us out. Am determined to bring you a finished one for next week. Gilly