Category: Project

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 £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

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Then the big moment – the finished article!

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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.

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

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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!

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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