This month’s Cutting Edge was the usual frenzy of activity ranging from a focus on individuals current projects, an update on Make Do & Mend, the collection of more sanitary pads for India and the gathering in of the sea themed work for the exhibition. And. of course time for a chat and a cuppa to catch up!
Despite flagging with the tedium of sewing sanitary towels and bags some members had soldiered on and produced more – demonstrating what kind and generous a group we have.
After making a fantastic contribution Brenda handed back the table cloth that is being embroidered as part of the Make Do & Mend project – and Julie very kindly took it home to continue the work.
Rosie brought in the little pram that she had bought from Sally a few months ago – beautifully renovated and with a lovely little doll inside. We are sure that her grand children will love it! And, Sally was thrilled with the transformation.
Monica explained the process of making the denim bag to those attending the session on Friday
And some spent the day getting their bag panels ready…
Show and Tell was amazing – starting with a group photo of all those who had recently made the Beatle bag with Jan – absolutely fanbtastic!
And although Kerry had been away on holiday she had managed to make a cushion, a quilt and a lovely fabric mosaic wall hanging
Lesley Anne had been to a workshop at J&B Sewing in Cardiff where she had made some lovely greeting cards. She also made a card for some special friends
Lesley showed a top that she had made at a workshop
Pat was wearing a smart pair of espadrilles that she had made at a workshop in Cardiff- and surprise, surprise – they matched her bag!
Monica showed the latest page of her India book – which was a collage of a peacock made from silk waste. The photo of the peacock she took it from was taken at the Kew orchid festival in 2017 which was themed on India and the peacock at the festival was made from fresh orchids and greenery.
Truda showed a beautiful cushion that she had made from recycled fabric
Rosie showed a quilt that she had finished – started quite a while ago and then she decided she didn’t like the colours. Now it is completed she loves it!
And Caroline L’s quilt is a work of art – not yet completed but looking absolutely beautiful – all paper pieced!
Jaci showed the group a stunning little book that she had made with other members of the Beechwood Stitchers – of which she is a member
Fiona was busy stitching down her flowers….
and Julia was busy finishing a Hungry Caterpillar quilt for her little 2 year old grandchild
So…. a nothing out of the ordinary day!
The Beatle bag workshop took place on Friday 12 April and as ever, there was some beautiful bags created.
Jan led the day and gave an introduction to get paticipants started.
and then gave little demos throughout the day……
which helped keep everyone on track, as did having a very organised workspace like Pat’s
There was quite a bit of colour coordination going on too with Fran matching her fabrics to her attire!
And, by the end of the day, apart from having to apply binding there were quite a few bags completed.
Next month’s show and tell should be fun!
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!