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A Bit of a Fishy Day!

Today we have a bit of a fishy story to tell which is to do with our forthcoming Swansea exhibition.

Members were tasked with making fabric fish that will eventually be made into bunting and hung at the Tapestri cafe
to enhance our exhibition – which is very much sea themed…

The extra windmills that some members of the group had made at home were also very welcome…

And one of the multi windmills had been completed

We are certainly going to have a very colourful exhibition – don’t forget to bring you sunglasses and bathers when you visit!

There was also a lot of work going on in the background to make new pieces of work for the exhibition.

Fiona showed a piece of work she had painted at Dyeing to Paint and two pieces that she had made with Hilary Beattie

Corinne showed a bed runner, called Ocean 10, that she has recently completed

In addition to all this there were many other pieces of work in the making or completed

Jeannie was making a quilt with silk fabric, which looked lovely

Amanda was busy making pages for her fabric journal

And Jane was in the process of completing a lovely bunny

Brenda showed a beautiful quilt she made when Glamorgan Quilters met in the Old Hall in Cowbridge, which is quite some time ago now. It is the view from the window over the gardens

Rosie and janet showed the group quilts that they have recently completed – their first quilts ever – which looked stunning. And, they are being donated to Project Linus

Last but not least the group Project Linus Quilt is progessing well though throwing up a few challenges hers and there. The long panels are now being sewn together so it shouldn’t be too long before it is completed. Well done to everyone involved, particulary today, Corinne and Sally who spent a lot of time making sure the sashing was accurate – and were very grateful for the advice provided by Julia

What a splendid team we have at Cutting Edge!


WW1 Challenge Quilts

Great news … we will definitely be exhibiting our quilts in Cowbridge shops between 2nd and 16th November 2015.

The following shops have kindly agreed to display quilts in their shop windows…

The Barbers, Cowbridge

Beauty Within

Costa Coffee

David Barnes Dry Cleaners

Ty Hafan Charity Shop

And, there could be more – watch this space.

To view quilts that have been completed to date click here

Book Cover day

Wednesday 17 June was the day that a little band of enthusiasts got together to create book covers. And… there was no end of creativity.

Some had planned in advance and came ready to go. Hence Chris motored on and by the end of the afternoon had nearly finished!

Chris cover

Liz had thought through her idea which was a seascape. She had a lovely blue background fabric that suggested waves, and this was cleverly enhanced with a rainbow voile.

Liz cover

Keris used a piece of fabric that she had previously foiled laid over a beautiful purple felt and overlaid with a laser cut piece of fabric and voile. She then started to embelish it with tiny seed beads.

Keris cover

Corinne used a piece of hand dyed fabric, overlaid it with a laser cut piece of fabric and some die cut shapes. After overlaying with voile she started to hand stitch into it.

Corinnes cover

Hillary used a piece or cotton fabric print, added sequins and hand cut fabric letters. She then had a go at free machine embroidery and by the end f the day her two little books were nearly complete. There are going to be some very happy grand children!


Fiona abandoned her original idea and after rummaging through all the scraps created this lovely cover. And,she incorporated a piece of block printed fabric she made at a recent Dyeing to Paint session.

Fionas cover

Bridget was engrossed in making a landscape and by lunchtime was well on the way to completing a lovely cover. She also took lots of bits with her after being inspired with the scraps available.

MD Bridget

Bridgets cover

And whilst keeping an eye on what was going on Monica and Hilary were busy creating in their own way.

Monica started a book cover….

MD cover

And, Hilary made a dream catcher – testing out one of the proposed activities for the forthcoming Crafternoon Tea

dream catcher

And finally, Keris has a new little grand child and showed us a beautiful baby bag she had made

Baby bag

It just shows there is no end of talent in the group!

Keep an eye out on the designated book cover page to view the finished articles.

Foundation Piecing Made Easy

Today, a group pf enthusiastic Cutting Edge members ventured into unknown territory to learn the techniques and tribulations of foundation (paper) piecing. They had no need to be concerned as they were in safe hands as Jeannie Duncan Farr is a whizz at it!


And, the challenge was….. to make this table runner – no pressure girls!

Table runner web

It was a slow start with some perusal of the task ahead


which was followed by a quiet determination to get on with the job.


And, it wasn’t long before things began to come together…….






Looking forward to seeing some completed work in the not too distant future but in the meantime check out the next challenge folks.



Many thanks to Jeannie for a well organised and informative day which was very much appreciated by all.

Variety is the Spice of Life

The Show and Tell session at Tuesday’s Cutting Edge session demonstrated the breadth of crafting interest within the group.

As usual there were some stunning examples of patchwork and quilting….

green quilt

flower quilt

star quilt

flower star

There were a variety of other items that had been lovingly created…

blue cushion

beach bag

fairy shoes and bag


isobelles flower

There was also some shadow knitting going on, courtesy of Linda – amazing!

stripe quilt

In addition to all of the above Isobelle, with the help of Fran and Irene, demonstrated the groups new Scan ‘n Cut machine which means that once people are familiar with it we can look forward to many more wonderful pieces of work in the coming months!

And, whilst everyone was enjoying themsleves with all things crafting Hilary and Monica were off on their travels. Hilary to Spain and Monica to the Scottish Highlands. You can read about Monica’s travels and interesting discoveries here

Lots of Christmas Cheer!

Today Cutting Edge members met for the last time before Christmas and as well as enjoying a Christmas Bring and Share Lunch some fitted in a spot of knitting and sewing!

Fiona was engrossed in learning to knit under the watchful guidance of Brenda.

Fiona knitting

Whilst others were engrossed in their sewing projects

Dilys Linda and Catherine

Gilly lunch


seaside quilt

Some however, were more interested in the festivities – Glynis adorned with a sparkling hairband


And, Irene looking a treat as a French Tart!

Irene French

Whilst Jeannie looked like she had had too much French tart!

JHL Lunch

The lunch was certainly worth waiting for – as ever members had excelled with a wide range of tasty treats, both savoury and sweet!

luncheon table

And, if that was not enough we had a birthday to celebrate as well – Happy Birthday Linda!

Linda birthday

A lovely relaxing day with great friends – with more to come in the New Year

Merry Christmas everyone!

A Fun Packed Meeting Ahead

Hi Folks

Just a quick reminder that we meet again on Tuesday 11 November – same time, same place

We have an action packed day for those who are up for it………..

We will be bringing along some paper craft for anyone who would like to have a play making cards/gift tags/Christmas wrapping paper etc. Lots of stamping, punching etc. We will also bring the Sissix machine with us so that you can have a go at die cutting.

Hilary will be demonstrating how to make a Christmas tree out of a glossy magazine – so if you would like to have a go bring along a magazine if you have one lying around

Liz Price will be coordinating the food for the bring and share Christmas lunch (5 December )

And, there will be the Japanese Folded patchwork class going on in the little room!

An action packed day!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there