December 2017

Hi Folks

The blog has been updated with a report of today’s meeting – do take a peek and feel free to leave a comment. You can also catch up with recent Dyeing to Paint activity.

Change of email address for Cutting Edge correspondence.
A new email address has been set up for Cutting Edge. It is .
I would be grateful if you would use this address for future CE correspondence rather than my personal email address.

Christmas Lunch
Today’s Christmas session was as usual, cheery and festive. There was lots of chatter and some took the opportunity to carry on stitching!. But the highlight of the day was the Christmas lunch which is always a delight. Many thanks to all those who contributed to help make it both enjoyable and yummy. And thanks to everyone for their creative contributions to Secret Santa. How lucky we are to have such a lovely group!

WW1 quilts
The quilts have now been returned to their owners following a 2 year tour of shops and exhibition spaces. This brings the project to a close which has been successful in showcasing the groups talent and in helping Cowbridge Branch of the British Legion to promote its Poppy Appeal and increase its fundraising. It has also helped encourage local shops to dress their windows to support the poppy appeal which is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. So, well done to all those involved – you can be proud!.

And….. it is only right and proper that we extend a huge vote of thanks to Liz Price who has worked hard to ensure that the quilts have been shown to best effect at the various locations. She has given a considerable amount of her time voluntarily over the last two years for which we are extremely grateful.

You can read about the quilts journey here

Cutting Edge Exhibition at the 2018 Swansea Festival of Stitch
Whilst we leave the WW1 project behind us we now have the opportunity to extend our creative talent to another new venture – the 2018 Swansea Festival of Stitch.

We have been offered exhibition space for two weeks (10-24 August 2018) at the Tapestri Cafe which is next door to the Glynn Vivien Art Gallery in Swansea.

The theme of the Festival is ‘The Sea’ so our exhibition needs to be along these lines. We are already aware that some members have some beautiful pieces of work that fit this theme and there could be more so let us know if you have something you would like to contribute. We would also be grateful if members might consider using the ‘The Sea’ theme to produce a new piece of work to submit to the exhibition. There is plenty of time between now and July next year to get your thinking caps on and your sewing machines in action. On past experience we are confident that you will not disappoint!

If you would rather help on a smaller scale we have lots of ideas for making a variety of items that will complement the exhibition e.g. fabric fish for bunting, windmills and postcards. We will be making these at monthly meetings or through workshop days and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

We will be running a Postcard Workshop on Tuesday 6 March 2018 10am-3pm in Ystradowen Village Hall, 10am – 3pm. We are planning a wall hanging for the exhibition entitled ‘Wish You Were Here’ which will be adorned with fabric postcards so any that you make at this workshop which have a sea theme can be included.

Please email if you would like to book a place. There will be no charge for this workshop day.

Two day fabric journal workshop
Robi Thomas from Swansea Festival of Stitch is running this workshop in the new year. The booking form is attached.

You can keep up to date with forthcoming events on the programme page of the blog and the newsletter is also posted on the blog each month


Swansea Festival of Stitch takes place between 10-24 August 2018. There is an amazing programme being planned – exhibitions, workshops, craft demonstrations as well as crafts for sale. You can keep up to date by visiting

The Quilt Association in Llanidloes have a number of interesting workshops planned for 2018

Click here to read the Busy Bees programme of workshops

If you have any news to share email

MERRY CHRISTMAS and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year

Best wishes

Monica & Liz