September 2018

Hi Folks

First of all we would like to welcome Mary Hopkins, Kerry Dean and Maggie Cooper who have now joined the group. And, a warm welcome was given to Ella, Gillian, Vanessa and Karen who joined us as visitors yesterday. We hope that you enjoyed your day.

Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership at today’s meeting. If you haven’t done so yet it would be helpful if you could pay at the next meeting or, alternatively, do a bank transfer for £32.00 to:
Cutting Edge, HSBC Bridgend. Account no: 02353431 sort code: 40-13-23
N.B. If paying by bank transfer please put a reference against it when making the transfer so that it can easily be identified when coming into the CE account

If you are not intending to continue your membership we would be grateful if you could let us know as we have a number of people waiting to join the group

As many of you are aware the Cutting Edge exhibition at the Tapestri café in Swansea was a tremendous success – we received numerous compliments in the visitors book, by email and word of mouth – so you should all be very proud! I know that we are biased but when we hung the work we were stunned at how beautiful it all looked – which was all down to your hard work and creativity – so a huge thank you to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without you!

In fact, it was so well received that we are going to explore venues around the Vale with a view to hanging the exhibition again next summer – we will keep you posted.

There is a section on the CE blog where you can view us hanging the exhibition, see some of the work that was submitted and read some of the comments we received. Do take a peek.

The Quilt Expo was also a huge success with many positive comments and compliments. It certainly showcased the amazing talent that we have in south east and west Wales. A huge thank you to all those who loaned their quilts and to those who helped – either hanging/taking down the exhibition or volunteering to steward. Your contributions were very much appreciated!

There is a blog on the Quilt Expo, which shows the quilts being hung, plus there are some examples of the work that was exhibited and feedback from visitors.

At today’s meeting we started the fabric book journal group. Lesley- Anne has kindly offered to coordinate the group. If you would like any information, or to join the group email

The Festive Sissix day on 19 October is now fully booked. More information will be sent nearer the date

Today, we started to take names for the Members day which is being held on 6 November. There are three patterns to choose form this year so if you would like to put your name down email and we will send you images of the patterns so that you can choose which one you would like to make. There will be a £5 charge for the day

The Carol Bartlett (Sew Lovely Penarth) two day workshop at her shop in Penarth (21/22 November) is now fully booked. If more people are interested in doing the workshop Carol is happy to run another course. There is more information on the programme page of the blog

Lesley Anne is planning a fundraising sale for Project Linus so … if anyone would like to donate a hand – made craft item for the sale email for further information

Building work and Parking at the Ystradowen Village Hall

A reminder that there is currently building work underway at Ystradowen Village Hall and as a result parking is limited. You might therefore have to find somewhere nearby to park.

We appreciate that this might be frustrating but do bear in mind that in the long term we will be able to enjoy improved facilities – so, well worth the inconvenience

And, it is important to acknowledge that the disruption is likely to be equally frustrating and inconvenient for local residents.

So…. in order to keep good karma

• do not park in the pub car park without first asking permission
• consider car sharing
do not park across people’s driveways

If you do have to bring your car, please park up blocking each other in – this will save a lot of spaces
And, you will also need to park during the day so as to not get in the way of any contractors vehicles entering or leaving

We realise that there are one or two people who are unable to carry machines and equipment very far. If this is the case and you need help please park your car and come to the hall to ask for help

Dates for your Diary

19 October – Festive Sissix Day

6 November – members day

11 December – Christmas Lunch. TBA

22 January – visit to St Fagans. TBA


We meet again on Thursday 4 October– same time, same place.


Pink Scissors Fabric is an online fabric shop in Bridgend but you can contact them and make arrangements to visit . Send a message through the website

Cariad Quilters Biennial exhibition 21-22 September 2018 (10am- 4pm) The Masonic Hall, Cliff Road, Blackwood, Gwent NP12 0NT.

Cynon Stitchers Show 28 -29 September Aberdare CF44 0LS

Craft4Crafters Show Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallett 18 – 20 October 2018

The Facebook page cuttingedgetextilegroup is used to share details of sales and events that are run by local fabric shops so if you use Facebook it is useful to join the group to receive those postings

If you have any news to share email

Happy Sewing!

Monica & Liz