Well….. what a busy and energetic start to the new term today. A great turnout of members with lots of chatter to catch up on after the summer break, new projects and some fine examples of work to share with the group!
First of all we welcomed some new visitors – Ella, Vanessa, Karen and Gillian who made themselves at home and appeared to enjoy their day as much as we enjoyed having their company. Vanessa later emailed to say:
‘thank you everyone for the lovely welcome today, I was made to feel at ease. As we all know it’s hard to start something new when you don’t know anyone, but I really enjoyed the few hours I spent with you all today. I’m starting my collection for the book today and Am looking forward to next time’
We also welcome Mary, Maggie and Kerry as new members of the group.
After ‘morning prayers’ were over there were a variety of wonderful items popped up at ‘show and tell’
Jan’s nag and a beautiful wall hanging
Julia’s fab little dress
Kerry’s i pad bag
Lesley – Anne’s whole cloth work and lovley little wall hanging made for a wedding present
Jaci’s fabric book that she had completed and which, quite rightly, she was very proud of!
Fiona’s two small pieces of work
Corinne’s Christmas decorations
And Monica’s Christmas fabric postcards
Plus, a selection of Christmas cards – to give inspiration to those who had booked on to the Festive Sissix workshop
After ‘show and tell’ Isobelle explained (with a little help from her friends) to some members of the group how to start making their very own fabric journal and Lesley – Anne is very kindly taking over facilitatig the group.
In addition to the above members were encouraged to choose which pattern they would like for the members day event and names were taken for the bag workshop that Jan is going to run in the New Year
And, not forgetting that in the midst of all this Liz was busy collecting membership fees and Isobelle and Corinne were busy making sure that quilts were safely returned!
Well done and thank you to everyone – and we look forward to seeing you next month
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!
There was much to admire today at Cutting Edge. Corinne, Keris, Fran and Jan were keen to show off the quilts they had made on Friday at a Gail Lowther workshop – and stunning they were too!
And it is important to mention here that Jan used some of the fabric that she had dyed at last week’s DtP session. They do look rather stunning – well done Jan!
Brenda and Truda were busy working on current projects. Brenda was reaching the end of sttiching a whole cloth quilt – her 5th! Truda was working on a beautiful cross stitch. She was very expertly creating it with silks from her stock in an effort to use them up and she was using 26 count linen!!!!
Glynis brought along a quilt she started in 2006. After recently completing it she has had it long arm quilted. She also brought along a quilt that she has recently made and machine quilted hereself – quite the expert! Obviously with time on her hands she had also produced a lovely bag
Hillary brought along three pieces of work. Chives painted with a toilet roll on hand dyed fabric – which look fab. She stencilled flowers onto another piece and hand embroidered them and she showed some parasols which she stencilled onto fabric using freezer paper – very cheerful and summery!
Salinder brought two beautiful quilts that she made a few years ago – giving a seaside theme with lighthouses on them…
She also showed the results of her ice dyeing and a piece of work in progress
and Gilly showed a quilt that she is completing and which has been beautifully quilted by a long arm quilter in Chepstow.
A wonderful show of talent – well done everyone. Looking forward to more of the same after the summer.
And great to see that some of the hand dyed fabrics and being used!
Yesterday’s session fell on Valentine’s Day and those who love to sew gathered for an action packed day of creativity.
There was much in production…..
Corinne was making a quilt for a family member
and she brought along work that she had done at a recent Judi Mendelssohn workshop
Sylvana was busy making a baby quilt.
And Pat was making this quilt for a grandaughter in Australia
As ever there was lots of completed projects, which was a joy to behold.
This is a Suduko quilt that Chris had made from a pattern in the Quilters Guild magazine
Ths is Caroline’s first attempt at a quilt – wonderful and colourful.
Dilys showed a bag that is made from an Oakshott pattern and fabrics.
Isobelle brought along a fabulous book that she has recently completed and that has taken her 3 years to complete ,,,
Liz showed a wall hanging that she had recently completed
Jeannie had made this quilt for a relative. Very different from her usual intricate designs but just as beautiful
Keris showed bags she had made at the recent decorative bag workshop
Click here to see more of the bags that were made
She also showed a book cover that she had recently made for her journal on Vietnam. we look forward to hearing all about the trip.
Jan had been busy. She showed a bag that she had made, an apron and a wall hanging that was to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday
Sally had made a Bride to Be sash for her niece….
Sally also showed some syringe driver bags that Hilary had made for Velindre hospital
Chris D was away but sent a photo of Welsh lady cushions that she had made
And energy levels were kept up with home made heart shaped shortbread biscuits and Welsh cakes – thanks to Liz and Monica
There is no end to the group’s talents – well done everyone!
Today was the first meeting of the New Year and it was off to a flying start with lots of new projects on the go and some finished pieces of work to admire.
First, and most importantly, we welcomed two new members to the group – Truda Theodore and Sally Wood. We are sure they will enjoy and indulge in the Cutting Edge experience!
They were making a wonderful start. Truda was using her fabric scraps to make a quilt and Sally quietly beavered away and produced a new cover for her sewing machine before she went home!
Meanwhile Dilys and Caroline were tucked away in the corner with their heads down. Dilys was busy making a bag with Oakshott fabric and one of their patterns and Caroline was concentrating hard on collating patchwork pieces for a quilt.
Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier
Helen was making Japanese folded patchwork squares with Scottie Dog fabric centres which looked delightful!
Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together
And the trio on the table were focused on various activites. Julia was using fabric scraps to make a quilt. Helen was busy hand quilting her whole cloth quilt and Lesley was making a wallhanging
Following ‘morning prayers’ we had our usual show and tell with some beautiful pieces of work to showcase
Salinder had made a quilted bag from a charm pack of batik fabrics.
Lesley Anne brought a quilt that she had made for last year’s Glamorgan Quilters challenge but it was the wooden hanging frame that her husband had made that she wanted everyone to see – which was beautifully carved.
Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made
And Monica brought along two quilts and a cushion to show
The first quilt, a Cluedo board was one that she had made quite a while ago for her son and it featured him on the Colonel Mustard card at the centre of the quilt.
The second quilt, recently completed, reflects some of Monica’s travels featuring fabrics and buttons that she had bought when on holiday.
And the cushion featured an applique of a Welsh lady in traditional costume.
Another creative day in the life of Cutting Edge – blissful!
Nights are drawing in and the group are busily creating the most beautiful pieces of work – which was very evident at todays CE meeting.
But before we oohed and aahed at the beautiful works of art that were on show we welcomed Yvonne Randall who brought along some lovely bits of haberdashery and fabric to tempt us. She also demonstrated her Accucut machine and die cuts which was great fun.
And we welcomed Chris Morfett as a new member to the group. She is known to many in the group already for the lovely miniature teddies that she makes. For example, at today’s show and tell she showed the group a beautiful quilt that she has just completed.
Chris D brought in a cross stitch of her grandfather which was absolutley stunning. She had taken it to St Fagan’s to show them.
She had also been busy making underwear travel bags for grandchildren and adult family members which looked like fun items to have in your suitcase
Gilly had made a cute little knitting bag for a friend
Keris and Corinne reported that they had recently been to the Kirsty Allsop handmade fair at Hampton Court. They showed tea towels that they had printed
Isobelle’s piece was work in progress. She had painted the fabric for her wall hanging with transfer art paints and is now busy stitching into it. Looking lovely Isobelle!
Hilary showed a piece that she recently completed at a textile workshop
Fiona showed a beautiful bag, needle case and pin cushion that she had made. She has offered to run a workshop to show how to make the bags so watch this space!
Sylvana was busy basting a quilt together to give as a gift to a family member.
And Salider had two beautiful quilts to show
Sone were busy focusing on Christmas. As well as making this beautiful bag Marie was busy making Christmas wall hangings.
And Caroline was on a mission to get stuck into her Chrsitmas tree wall hanging. Caroline was the focus of attention as many of the group will be making one at the November session
Finally, Monica thanked Hilary for her contribution to CE over the last 5 years as she has now stepped down from running the group.
And then Monica gave an update on the recent WW1 quilt exhibitions in Old hall Cowbridge and Giles Gallery Pontyclun and announced that the quilts would once again be displayed in Cowbridge shops to support the British Legion appeal. They will be in the shop windows between 31 October and 14 November 2016. Shops that have generously offered window space include ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners, Costa Coffee, Beauty Within and Jon Ian shoes. Hilary also gave an update on her initiative to make Big Poppies to complement the WW1 quilts and Poppy Appeal
Well, whilst the summer break was designed for a bit of R&R in the sun it seems that some just couldn’t resist getting on with their various projects, which was evident at our first meeting on 13 September.
There were some beautiful quilts…..
Catherines quilts above reminded me of a recent enjoyable talk by Christine Porter
There was cross stitch…..
And wonderful bags. Stephanie’s is very apt as this year celelbrates of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday
Well done everyone – you have set the bar high indeed for this year!