Tagged: Christmas

Dreaming of Warmer Summer Days

For a variety of reasons including luxurious holidays to warmer climates, looking after grandchildren and the less fortunate suffering with illness there were only six DtP members present on 1 February.

However, a good day was had by all and it was great to see that the majority of the time was spent on coastal scenes which will no doubt feature in our forthcoming Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which is being held at the Tapestri cafe in August

Corinne was busy developing an Arctic background scene for a polar bear and Glynis was in a warmer climate with beach huts and boats….

Whilst at the other end of the world in New Zealand and Australia Keris was keeping an eye out for ideas for both herself and the group. She reported that she has found a seahorse pattern – and some Christmas patterns that might be of interest to the group for a festive members day session later in the year!

And although Hillary wasn’t able to make DtP last week she has been busy making some fabulous sea themed cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made.

What an industrious crew we all are!

Well done folks – keep up the good work

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A Jolly Christmas Lunch

Today’s CE session was mainly focused on yuletide festivities with a yummy Christmas lunch provided by group members. As usual there was a wonderful variety of delicious dishes to enjoy.

We also has delicious mulled wine prior to lunch which was lovingly prepared by our domestic goddess Sandra.

Before lunch however, there was lots of chatter and some even managed to catch up on a bit of sewing.

And we also had some show and tell projects to enjoy

Amanda brought a Christmas sack and stocking that she had recently made at a Sew Lovely workshop in Penarth and a lovely stitched piece of work that she had completed.

Jane showed a pretty quilt top that she had made

The day finished with a surprise package from Secret Santa with lots of good wishes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to lunch and helped make the day so enjoyable

Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Christmas is Coming!

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:

-Pat Earing
-Rosie Savage
-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!

How Will You Wear Yours?

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

Caroline Leonard

Salinder Gammage

Marie Austin

Sylvana Mason

Chris Dobson

Caroline Neudegg

This could be the ?third wreath that Liz has made and it looks stunning.

Liz Price

Some however,appeared to be heading for another use…..

Glynis thought she could wear hers for her son’s wedding?

Glynis Senter

Lesley though she would put herself forward to be Santa’s Little Helper

Lesley Halliwell

And Monica just thought she would like a glitsy hat for Christmas….

Monica Dennis

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!

A Mix of Activity

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!

New Toys to Paint With!

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!

Merry Christmas from Cutting Edge!

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…

Brenda, Chris and Diane

Brenda, Chris and Diane

and handicrafts…

Jan and Catherine

Jan and Catherine

plus a little bit of chatting!

Sandra and Caroline

Sandra and Caroline

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!

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And, whilst we missed Linda today she emailed and sent a photo of her completed tree – wonderful Linda – well done!!

Linda Baldwin's tree

Linda Baldwin’s tree

Not forgetting of course, we have Dilys tree

Dilys tree

Dilys tree

Chris’ tree

Chris' tree

Chris’ tree

and Liz. Monica and Sandra’s finished trees

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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

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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!!!

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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!

Sandra Ajax

Sandra Ajax

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!!!

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