It was a busy day at Cutting Edge today not only sewing wise but welcoming guests who dropped in to see what we get up to. And the great news is that we have welcomed four of them as new members! They are:
-Janet Green and
-Frances Folley who has previosuly been a regular member of Dyeing to Paint. It is great that she is back now she has retired.
Whilst there were various projects on the go there was a distinct feeling that Christmas was in the air.
Dilys and Liz had their heads down most of the day making a Christmas table decoration as they weren’t able to get to the members day last week.
Whilst others showed off ones they had completed
Hillary showed everyone a beautiful little Christmas quilt that she had made
Corinne had made a beautiful Christmas tree out of Suffolk puffs
And Jane had been busy making some lovely little Christmas decorations
Other work that attracted attention was Pat’s bargello quilt which is near completion
Lesley’s autumn leaves quilt and fabric dog collar
Salinder’s completed pink quilt
Monica’s wrap which she forgot to model during morning prayers!
And Stephanie brought some of her coastal quilts to show – which will be fab for our exhibition next year
These two quilts won an award at a quilt show
And as if this was not enough we have received all the Project linus blocks back – THANK YOU so much everyone for generously giving your time. All that's left to do now is to sew it up!
Another busy day with lots of chatter and sharing of knowledge and skills – well done folks!
Today we held a day for members to create a table decoration for the festive season – or otherwise, depending on what you would like to use it for?
The day started well with heads down and an eagerness to get going – and before long there was a complaint that the noise from the machines made it difficult to have a chat??!
Despite the noise there was a lot of chatter and time to wander round to see what everyone was up to….
And, by the end of the day there were some beautiful completed table decorations
This could be the ?third wreath that Liz has made and it looks stunning.
Some however,appeared to be heading for another use…..
Glynis thought she could wear hers for her son’s wedding?
Lesley though she would put herself forward to be Santa’s Little Helper
And Monica just thought she would like a glitsy hat for Christmas….
All we are short of now is a lampshade and a Christmas tree skirt
It was brilliant that so many were completed and the rest are not far off completion – well done everyone. We look forward to seeing them soon!
All that’s left is to say a huge thank you to Liz and Corinne for giving their time so generously to make it such an enjoyable day!
Today’s Dyeing to Paint was, as ever busy with a variety of resources being used to try out new techniques.
Isobelle was experimenting with her gelli plate
and Glynis was creating a sunny picture – love the figures Glynis!
Others tried out the new Thermofax screen to create shell images
And there were some beautiful sea landscapes created
Meanwhile, Sally was getting ahead of herself ready for Christmas!
and Liz and Corinne were busy getting the Bosal ready for next weeks members day
Another happy day in the land of creativity. Well done folks!
There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.
Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!
Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.
Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.
Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.
The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.
Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …
and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!
Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!
Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful
And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!
We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!
All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!
Today, we enjoyed our Cutting edge Christmas lunch but before we got stuck in to all the yummy food there was a little bit of sewing to do…
plus a little bit of chatting!
Then…. after “Morning Prayers” it was time to show off recent completed projects. There was a flurry of beautiful Christmas tree wall hangings – same pattern but all so different – well done folks – you should be very proud!
And, whilst we missed Linda today she emailed and sent a photo of her completed tree – wonderful Linda – well done!!
Not forgetting of course, we have Dilys tree
and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished trees
We should have Caroline’s as well…. where did that slip off to?
And Monica showed an advent calendar cushion that she had made adorned with a little fairy decoration – a present for Caroline’s grand children
At last it was time for lunch and as ever, members did us proud – producing a magnificent spread. Lots of lovely savoury and sweets to enjoy which seemed to be going down well with the many red Santas seen lining up for food!!!
And, what would we do without Sandra – who kindly provided delicious spicy mulled wine to get us all in the christmas spirit – she’s a star!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made it happen by sharing food, providing delightful table decorations and music, helping to set up and clear away and for just being there to enjoy your company!
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas – have fun doing whatever you are planning to do over the festive period and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017
P.S – the flyer for the 2017 Autumn Quilt Show is out and we feature on it – something to look forward to next year!!!
Today we had our final session before the Christmas break and as well as enjoying some creativity with our various resources we enjoyed lunch in front of a log fire!!!
Stephanie was focused on creating a wreath for Christmas and it didn’t take long to see how it would take shape
Once again the bark roller was popular and after dyeing her fabric Fiona was busy applying a coat of white bark which had lots of potential for development.
Monica had bought a mitten Christmas decoration because she liked the design and wondered whether it would give a good print. It didn’t take long to find out and there were plenty of suggestions about how it could be used to make advent calendar bunting etc….
Monica tried out a new stencil and was very pleased with the result….
And it was wonderful to see how Corinne had turned her sample pieces into a delightful wall hanging of autumn colours
Hillary also brought a small Christmas wall hanging that she had recently completed. Beautifully finished and when she was asked where she got the pattern from she replied – it was a picture in a children’s colouring book!
After a hard mornings work it was only right that we all enjoyed lunch, mulled wine and mince pies in front of a log fire
Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.
Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.
They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results
Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.
Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.
Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.
Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne
Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….
And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!
So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!
A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!