Category: Project

March Show & Tell

Well – here we are – our very first online Show & Tell!

First off the mark to send a photo of a completed project was Corinne. This cute little dog was made from a kit that Corinne bought at Malvern Quilt show last Autumn. Her intention was to use him as a pin cushion but she can’t bear the thought of sticking pins into him! He’s been waiting to have his coat finished for 3 months and how smart he looks now.

Rosie has been busy on her sewing machine. Having finished a Project Linus quilt she moved on to making a large seat plus back for her swing chair. She was quoted £120 for the foam. So, to make do, she used an old table cloth, old wadding and her parents old curtain. All Quilted together and she has a very successful seat for nothing!

Pat has been making sashiko bags Here is one that she has finished. She is trying to work more slowly otherwise she is worried that she will run out of things to make. Oh NO!!!

Janet has been busy making the most of the weather to get on with gardening but she has made a couple of fabric jingly balls for her grandchildren

Lesley Anne took up the challenge that Monica had set her, which was to make something with a little vintage cloth as part of our Make Do & Mend project. Lesley was originally going to use boutis to embellish the vintage linen, but she didn’t think that would work so she used it as an overlay on a pouch instead. The lola pouch pattern is from Sotak handmade and it was really easy to use. Beautifully creative – well done Lesley Anne.

Before lockdown Gill Harris from Sorrento Furnishers Cowbridge gave Liz a nursery fabric sample book which she has been inspired to use, though she would like to hand some on to members of the gorup when we are eventually free to roam!

This is a little shoulder bag and sunglasses case that Liz has made = getting ready for her next holiday!

Monica has made an Alice in Wonderland themed collage from vintage fabrics. Some of the images have been created by using soluble fabric – a great way to practice free machine embroidery.

And, this is an Alice fabric art piece that she made in 2014. A first attempt at free machone embroidery!

There all sorts of great ideas on the internet at the moment for people to keep busy and be creative. Monica has recently come across a company in Aberystwyth that has made available free downloadable activity sheets. She has used one of the designs to create a nautical stitched postcard

The beads of courage bag challenge is going well. Truda has made nine lovely colourful ones. She is not sure when she will be able to post them but promised to get them posted as soon as she can

Monica has started to make some as well – still mmore to come!

And we are sure that there wil be more as people have been asking where to send them. Keris contact detials have been emailed around along with the pattern to make the bead bags

Keep busy and keep safe

Monica & Liz


“So pleased to receive all your posts, as one of many on my own at home. Keeps us in touch”. Truda Theodore x

A Make Do & Mend Sort of Day!

Having recently launched our current project of Make Do & Mend today’s activity fitted in really well whilst also enabling us to support a very worthwhile charity.

After sending out a call for assistance to make sanitary pads for women in India who have little in the way of resources we were thrilled with the response. An army of members spent the day cutting out and making pads from unwanted or recycled fabrics, including flannalette, cotton fabric and towelling. Others donated little bags that they had made which will contain two pairs of knickers and sanitary pads and there were lots of donations of knickers. A huge thank you to everyone who gave their support. We will be continuing to make bags at the April and May meetings. They will be transported back to India by Caroline (Neudegg’s) daughter Kate at the end of May. Kate is currently working as a midwife in Hyderabad so we are confident that all our donations wll be put the good use.

Kate with colleague, Hyderabad hospital

Any donations of flanallete or cotton fabric, old towels and knickers will be greatly received over the next couple of months!

Whilst many were busy on the ST project others were busy with their own creations. Sally was sewing into a piece of fabric that she had painted

Lesley was busy making a cycle oriented quilt for her daughter who is cycling the Tour de France

Janet was showing Jaci these lovely little storage bags that she is making.

Margaret was enlisting Truda’s help on how best to complete this quilt so that she could give it to the church

And Jeannie and Caroline were working on some wonderful tiny pieces of fabric that are destined to be magnificent quilts!

At Show and Tell there were some lovely pieces of work that had been completed. In the spirit of Make Do & Mend Kerry had made two beautiful quilts from fabric scraps

Monica had made bunting from handkerchiefs…..

Caroline had finished her elephant quilt – complete with Elmo the patchwork elephant on the back of it.

And Isobelle had completed the top of a quilt that she is making for her grand daughter

Corinne and Keris showed small quilts that they had completed from a Gillian Travis kit

And, Rosie and Janet had been busy making a Project Linus quilt using red, blue and yellow fabrics

We even managed a bit of Make Do & Mend at the end of the day when Caroline realised that she had a flat tyre on her car. In came Liz with a wonderful gadget for tyres powered by Monica’s car engine!

Well…. at least it got her to the garage so thst it could be fixed!

In addition to all of the above the stash that Truda, Sally, Monica and Jeannie brought along raised £50 for RNLI and £55 for the Stroke Association. A huge thank you to everyone for their generosity today – much appreciated by one and all!

A Flying Start to the New Year!

The first CE session got off to a flying start today with great enthusiasm to be involved in various projects that are on the go.

In the far corner of the room a small group worked hard during the day to prepare the Project Linus blocks for quilt as you go and were extremely grateful to those who offered to take a strip home to sew them together.

And there was great enthusiasm to make the fabric windmills for the Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which takes place in August. What wonderful a splash of colour they are going to make. Many thanks to Sally for bringing her fabric stash along for us to use and many thanks to those who bought some of the fabric. £87 was raised which Sally plans to donate to a breast cancer charity.

Others were busy on various project – many of which are sea themed – I wonder why!!!

Hillary was making cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made

Chris was embellishing some images that she created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint

Sally was sewing a fish which some lovely fabric that she said used to be her sister’s curtains!

Our guest Janet was busy making fabric windmills in a quilt as you go technique – what a coincidence!

Fiona showed everyone a beautiful bag she had made – it looks as though it is quilted but but the panels are painted!

And Jane showed a quilt that she has recently completed. Love the colours

A busy and productive day. Many thanks to everyone for their support which, as always, is very much appreciated!

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.



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!



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.


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 £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

All Poppied Out!!

It was all hands on deck yesterday at Cutting Edge to make poppies for the forthcoming display of the WW1 challenge quilts in Cowbridge shop windows (Beauty Within, The Barbers Cowbridge, Costa Coffee, Ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners). A BIG thank you to all those who gave their time – your support was very much appreciated and you will be pleased to know we have loads of felt poppies!

Poppy group

Yesterday was also the day that the completed WW1 challenge quilts were handed in – a wonderful collection – those involved have done us proud!

Below are a small selection of the quilts that have been submitted. Photos of all the quilts that have been completed so far (and we look forward to more) are posted on our dedicated WW1 page.

quilt collage

Now that it is evident that members are up for a challenge Monica wondered whether they would like to take up the challenge of making something out of a bag of 1 inch squares – a bit of a bridge too far maybe???

challenge squares

In addition to the above we had lots of news to share and many pieces of work to show.

Jeannie Duncan Farr brought in a beautiful whole cloth quilt that she has recently completed.

JDF collage

Some members had brought in the denim bags they had started to make at a workshop on Saturday and Jan Webster had finished hers – beautiful embroidery – what a stunnng pair of jeans they must have been.

jans bag

Dianne showed some amazing knitted articles that she had made.

Jolow collage

Fiona had made a lovely purse and fabric basket. The purse was made with hand printed fabric

Fionas box and purse

And, Gilly and Jan showed pieces of work that they had done at Deborah O’Hare‘s moongazing hare workshop.


Gilly had also finished a small quilt made with Janet Clare fabric

Gillys quilt

Hilary invited memebrs to take a look at a memory book that she made for her sister

Hilarys book

And Monica brought along a landscape picture that she had completed

MD landscape

A busy but enjoyable day – looking forward to next month already!

Bag Making Workshop

On Saturday 10 October a small group of sewing enthusiastics met – on a mission to make a bag from recycled denim jeans.

sues denimbags

The group were guided through the process by Sue Atkinson who had been given permission by Ineke Berlyn to use one of her designs.

After as short introduction there was a flurry of activity to get started…

Enid and Janice


Ystardowen Girls

And, by the end of the afternoon everyone was well on their way with the basic structure completed and plenty of embellishments in place.

Janice's bag

Md bag

And, there was much admiration over Jans use of a beautifully embroiderd pair of jeans that she had used….

Jans bag

Many thanks to Sue for such an enjoyable day!

And, hey presto – here is Jan’s finshed bag!

jans bag

Presentation to Lakeside School

Thursday 8 November was quite a special day because it was the day we presented the 50th anniversary wall hanging to Lakeside School.

First of all we reminded the children of how the project got underway, rolling out the paper template that was prepared and first shown to the children in March.

paper version1

Then the big moment – the finished article!

presenting the wall hanging1

It was lovely to see the reaction from the children – lots of oohs and aahs and pointing out the bits that they had been involved in making.

Ths school council was then enlisted to run a competition – the children were invited to count or guess how many dragonflies were on the wall hanging.

school council1

We then took part in the school’s Christmas Craft Market to raise some more money for the school children in Lesotho, South Africa.


And we were thrilled when we realised that we had raised £150! Adding that to the money that we raised with an afternoon tea in September and numerous individual donations the total raised is now around £900!

We all agreed that we had a lovely day, made very welcome by everyone, treated to a lovely lunch and the whole day was finished off with a yummy supper, courtesy of Monica’s husband!


Click here to view a You Tube video about the wall hanging

You can also view Lakeside PS scrapbook that documents the making of the wall hanging