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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


A Flying Start to the New Year!

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!

Summer Break Sewing

Some people just can’t resist the chance to sew when it comes along and today was no exception. It might be the summer break for Cutting Edge but a small group of members felt the urge to get together today to learn how to put piping on a cushion.

Chris guided the day with a great pack of instructions and samples and was on hand to give advice

And group members helped each other along the way

which resulted in a wonderful collection of cushions to show off at the end of the day!

Many thanks to Chris for her detailed preperation, expert guidance and support to help us achieve our aims!

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!

Spring Works of Art

Tuesday’s Cutting Edge meeting was, as always, a busy affair with lots of beautiful completed pieces of work on show and plenty of work in progress. In addition members welcomed Robi Thomas from Swansea Festival Stitch.

Robi brought along her crazy patchwork and textile books that she makes from recycled fabrics – and which are truly works of art….

Members had also brought along work that they had completed to share with the group – and there was a lot of work in progress. It as all very colourul and beautifully made – what a talented lot we are!

As well as quilts there were cushions….

hand stitched samples….

a pin cushion..

a teddy…

and Glynis was knitting!

A memorable day and there is sure to be more next month!

Well done everyone and a Happy Easter

Many thanks to Lesley Halliwell and Liz Price for taking the photos

A Treasure Trove of Talent

Today’s meeting was as lively as ever with sone wonderful work in progress, finished pieces and the added bonus of lots of wonderful stash to rummage through.

Some members brought fabric along to sell that they no longer wanted – or needed – the concept of parting with fabric is strange to some of us but we are always eager to buy – just in case we might need it one day!

Others rummaged through a great stash of craft materials that had been donated and as result of the generosity of our members £100 was raised for the British Heart Foundation – THANK YOU – you are truly stars!

And, whilst all this was going on there was a buzz of activity creating and completing some wonderful pieces of work – the show and tell session was certainly a testament to the talent in the room!

Gilly and Jan are currently attending a workshop to create a quilted bag – Jan didn’t seem to be too impressed with the number of plant pots that she has to make but so far Gilly’s looks stunning and we look forward to seeing the finished item.


Dianne showed two quilts that she had completed – an Africa themed one that she started some time ago

Diannes africa quilt

And a fascinating quilt that is patterned on the back and front. Someone at Project Linus is to be the lucky owner of this one.

The back

Diannes quilt 2

and the front

Diannes quilt

Jeannie was embroidering over a piece of batik. She plans to turn the finished items into cushions. They are destined to look wonderful as ever.

Jeannes work

Isobelle has used Oakshott fabric for her background design and is hand embroidering over the top.

Isobelles work

Sylvana showed the very first quilt that she has recently completed – delightful!

Sylvanas quilt

Following a visit to Cardiff Museum earlier this year Hilary has created a fabric collage landscape which is to be a present for her father. Very clever the way it is constructed giiving depth to the whole picture. There was a call from some members for a workshop to find out how Hilary does it!

Hilarys quilt 2

And Monica showed two pieces of work that she has recently completed. She has made another journal cover ready for her next trip to India in the New Year and a piece of fabric art which is a combination of painted fabric and applique work.

Monicas work

As Christmas is looming it was decided that we could have a play with paper and the Sissix machines at the November meeting to produce some wonderful Christmas creations. looking forward to it already!

Lots of UFOs Completed

At today’s UFO (unfinished object day) everyone was on a mission to complete their pieces of work – and many did!

Jeannie started off by finishing a pumpkin that she had been making. Not sure where the link with knitting, sewing etc. comes in but she was enjoying herself!

jeannie with pumpkin

And, the pumpkin did come in handy later in the day when Jan finished her bunting and wanted to show it off! Beautiful colours and fabrics

Jan's bunting

Jeannie quietly worked away all day on quite a few things that she wanted to complete – and then gave them away to be used for fundraising – what a kind gesture.

She made the most beautiful cushions

Jeannie's cushions

and a lovely bag

Jeannies bag

Salinder also created a lovely bag as well as being busy making Christmas stocking and advent calendars.

Salinders bag

Some were very busy working on their quilts. Malvene’s was a lovely hand stitched design. A gift for her grand daughter – lucky girl.

Malvene's quilt

Jayne was making the border for her quilt – I think she mentioned that she started it 12 years ago? A lovely nautical theme.

Jane 's quilt

Jane’s strip quilt was lovely fabrics – her son should be very pleased when it is completed.

Jane's strip quilt

Monica completed two little calico bags and yet another African doll, and was very grateful to Liz who offered to finish off the other one!

Monica's bags

And, we mustn’t forget to mention the knitting – Ellen was knitting the most exquisite shawl embedded with little pearls for her sisters 60th birthday present. We are sure that she will be extremely thrilled with it.


It was a lovely relaxed day, with visitors who dropped in after their walk and went out with goodies that they had bought for Christmas gifts – thanks to Sandra and her mum for their support!

Sandra and mum

Looking forward to the next one!