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A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!


Variety is the Spice of Life

Cutting Edge sessions are always a busy affair and today was no exception.

Those around the table were busy working on various projects and catching up for a chat with friends. Brenda, Bridget and Carol were busy quilting..




Others were busy discussing a planned community war quilt. What colour fabrics, threads etc. How can we make the poppies? Liz seemed to have a plan…

And the Scan ‘n Cut and Sissix machines were available to play with!

Monica cut out some letters..

… and a seahorse which will be turned into a stamp block for an up and coming Dyeing to Paint workshop

She also showed the group a cushion that she had made using a Sissix machine die cut

Caroline was on a mission to finish some cushions that she plans to give to her Russian visitors who are coming next week

At Show and Tell Jan showed the group a denim bag that she had made for her sister. She embellished it with the most beautiful machine embroidery

Jeannie showed a stunningl quilt that she was completing

Brenda showed a stunning cross stitch that she had done of her grandchildren.

And Corrine showed a stitched picture that she had made at the recent Alison Moger workshop.

More photos of the work that was created at Alison Moger’s workshop can be viewed here

How lucky we are to have such a talented and friendly group to share our passion of sewing with!

Sew Happy Sewing!

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.

Yvonne Randall

Yvonne Randall

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

Corinne's towel

Corinne’s towel

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


All Poppied Out!!

It was all hands on deck yesterday at Cutting Edge to make poppies for the forthcoming display of the WW1 challenge quilts in Cowbridge shop windows (Beauty Within, The Barbers Cowbridge, Costa Coffee, Ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners). A BIG thank you to all those who gave their time – your support was very much appreciated and you will be pleased to know we have loads of felt poppies!

Poppy group

Yesterday was also the day that the completed WW1 challenge quilts were handed in – a wonderful collection – those involved have done us proud!

Below are a small selection of the quilts that have been submitted. Photos of all the quilts that have been completed so far (and we look forward to more) are posted on our dedicated WW1 page.

quilt collage

Now that it is evident that members are up for a challenge Monica wondered whether they would like to take up the challenge of making something out of a bag of 1 inch squares – a bit of a bridge too far maybe???

challenge squares

In addition to the above we had lots of news to share and many pieces of work to show.

Jeannie Duncan Farr brought in a beautiful whole cloth quilt that she has recently completed.

JDF collage

Some members had brought in the denim bags they had started to make at a workshop on Saturday and Jan Webster had finished hers – beautiful embroidery – what a stunnng pair of jeans they must have been.

jans bag

Dianne showed some amazing knitted articles that she had made.

Jolow collage

Fiona had made a lovely purse and fabric basket. The purse was made with hand printed fabric

Fionas box and purse

And, Gilly and Jan showed pieces of work that they had done at Deborah O’Hare‘s moongazing hare workshop.


Gilly had also finished a small quilt made with Janet Clare fabric

Gillys quilt

Hilary invited memebrs to take a look at a memory book that she made for her sister

Hilarys book

And Monica brought along a landscape picture that she had completed

MD landscape

A busy but enjoyable day – looking forward to next month already!

WW1 Challenge Quilts

Great news … we will definitely be exhibiting our quilts in Cowbridge shops between 2nd and 16th November 2015.

The following shops have kindly agreed to display quilts in their shop windows…

The Barbers, Cowbridge

Beauty Within

Costa Coffee

David Barnes Dry Cleaners

Ty Hafan Charity Shop

And, there could be more – watch this space.

To view quilts that have been completed to date click here

Philippines boats are named

Today, we have received photos of the boats that have been purchased from our fundraising events for the Bantayan Back to Sea charity in the Philippines. From our efforts we have raised enough money to buy six boats. And, what is most exciting is that five have been named Cowbridge and one has been named in memory of our dear friend Pam.

baots philippines web

Pictured here are the proud owners of Pam’s boat; Dominador and Lourdes Marande.

Pams boat

Pam’s husband Roger wrote to say: “Isn’t it wonderful to know that this new boat has been named after Pam? It’s lovely, and I think very moving, to see the pictures and kind messages. Hilary and I were saying that we didn’t know Pam had a title before, but she has now!”

Many thanks to Hilary for coordinating the fundraising with the charity in the Philippines and enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has given so generously to help make it happen!

I have just really enjoyed reading the e- mails and looking at the boats and their special importance to the locals . The timing was just right as I had found myself thinking about Pam this morning and the difficult time it must still be for her loved ones. I firmly believe the practical nature of the gift from her friends , in the form of the boat, may bring some comfort and pride to them”. Caroline Neudegg, Cowbridge S’n B

“What a wonderful legacy and how proud she would have been”. Jeannie Hainsworth Lamb

“How very heart-warming and such a wonderful gesture. Yes, Pam will live on in many,many people’s memory”. Pat Pascoe. Cowbridge S’n B

“Absolutely fabulous. I didn’t realize that the money had already gone off and the boat was a reality. Pam was a lady so the title is fair enough”. Isobelle Davis

“Just reading all of that brought tears to my eyes. I think that calling the boat with Pam’s name on it, Lady Pam Stead, is so right, because she was a real lady”. Sandra Ajax

“Many, many thanks for forwarding the email and photos of the “Lady Pam Stead” boat. Sad but lovely at the same time”. Clare Pullon Cowbridge S’n B

So moving ‘The Lady Pam Stead’ – wonderful. This is a pleasure for all of us and a fitting memorial. Sailing in the sun – sure she would have loved that. Sonia Fox

“Thank you Monica for sending that. I have to admit that by the time I finished reading it the tears had come. What a lovely tribute to Pam”. Gwen Jones

Made in Australia

Some of you may remember Anita Orford who was one of the very first members of Cutting Edge, when we met in Llanblethian Village Hall. Anita moved to Sydney, Australia two years ago this August. However, she still keeps up to date with our activities through the Cutting Edge and Cowbridge Stitch and Bitch blogs.

Anita is one of my very dearest friends so it was wonderful that I was able to visit her whilst on my recent travels. Though she has been busy settling in and using her sewing and DIY skills to make the most beautiful home she has not forgotten us. She has made 12 cute little Scottie dogs as a contribution to her fundraising efforts.

anita's scottie dogs

Half have been made with union jack fabric and the other half Australia flag fabric. They are so cute!

She was so keen that I bring them back with me that she took them on our trip to the Blue Mountains so that she could finish them off – what dedication to the cause!

anita sewing

I have made some very special labels for them.

Anita label web

Though only a short visit we had a lovely time finding a most amazing button shop and patchwork shops, which I will share with you in a later blog.