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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!

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Going with The Flow…..

There was no specific theme to today’s Dyeing to Paint which meant that there was a blank canvas for creativity – and as ever, there were some amazing pieces of work produced.

Fiona brought along some wonderful postcards that she had made for the Tapestri cafe exhibition

And, having exhausted the sea theme she is moving on to experimenting with other ideas. She printed and stencilled on this piece of fabric and over dyed with procion dye which produced a vibrant piece of fabric

Monica also had a go with procion dye. this piece was first stencilled with opaque fabric paint and then overdyed with procion dye


Jan was busy experimenting with a Gelli plate

and had some beautiful pieces of fabric that she had printed on the computer from photos. They will look amazing when they have been stitched into – watch this space!

She is also busy making a collage and after chatting with isobelle she has backed her paper photos with vilene -which has enabled her to stitch and complete her project – well done both – great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and skills.

Liz brought along a piece of work that she has recently completed. It was started when we bought the Wendy Dolan textured landscape book and she has certainly done herself proud with this finished piece. It will certainly be included in the Tapestri cafe exhiibition!

Today she painted a wonderful piece of fabric and a fishy piece!

Sally also printed some amazing fish with a hand made stencil

Keris had bought some die cuts on her recent travels which she was determined to make work on fabric – which turned out to be a success.The neat cut was achieved by applying heat and bond to the back of the fabric before putting it through the Sissix machine

Fran was busy drawing poppies…..

And Glynis was producing some beautiful flowers

We also welcomed two special visitors today. Alison joined us to have a go and did a grand job experimenting with the paints…. and the hairdryer!

And baby Digby dropped by to say hello! Having parents as artists he was more than intrigued with what was going on!

As ever, a brilliant day of creativity and banter. Looking forward to more of the same next month.

Screenprinting at Printhaus

On Saturday 21 October Isobelle and Monica spent the day screenprinting at the Printhaus in Cardiff. They had a wonderful time learning from a great tutor who skillfully led the through the process with good outcomes.

Isobelle focused on an image of the Staffordshire Hoard that she is planning to use for a piece of textile art work that is in the making.

Isobelle’s work

Monica chose to create an orchid image on paper and fabric….


A very worthwhile day – and thinking about a return visit in the not too distant future!

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!

Showing off The Group’s Talent

Today, we spent the day at the Ystradown Village Hall’s 30th anniversary celebrations and showed off the group’s talent by displaying some of the beautiful work that members had offered for sharing. And, what a wonderful display it was too!

There was lots of interest from the people who passed through with some keen to find out more about us by visiting our meetings. We even had children interested and keen to have a go!

Many thanks to those of you who loaned your work. As always, very much appreciated!

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!

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.

dilys-and-caroline

Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier

gillys-panel

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

Lesley, Julia and Helen

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.

salinders-bag

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!