It was a quiet day at Cutting Edge today with a number of people on holiday but there was still a wonderful array of work to be admired.
Gilly and Sally spent the day together creating and chatting to their hearts content. And by the end of the day Sally had made two bags.
Corinne was proud of a tea cosy she had knitted – and rightly so!
She showed the group a small wall hanging that she had completed. She painted and stamped the fabric at Dyeing to Paint and then finished it off with hand and machine embroidery.
And Stephanie was working on a piece that she started at Dyeing to Paint
Jaci was on a mission making spec holders – great idea and so practical!
Marie showed a lovely wall hanging and two bibs that she had recently completed.
And Keris was busy doing a red work picture for one of her grand children
Steph, a new visitor to the group showed a beautiful bead bracelet that she had made.
Amanda was busy finishing a hexagon quilt – lovely colours!
And Chric M. seems to have moved on from teddies to bunnies – beautiful!
As well as group members we welcomed 4 visitors to the group. Jaci McQuillan, Caroline Leonard and Amanda Randall made a return visit and we welcomed Steph Smith for the first time. We hope they had an enjoyable day and we look forward to seeing them again soon
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..
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
Today, Cutting Edge member Fiona Ferguson very skillfully guided an enthusiastic group through the process of making a decorated zipped bag.
No sooner had she finished a short introduction and handed out instruction sheets there was a flurry activity to get going
And, Fiona was always on hand to help and advise….
which produced some very satisfying results!
Many thanks to Fiona for a lovely days sewing!
“Hooray! Went home with a completed project! Thanks Fiona, a productive and enjoyable day”. KerisX
“Thanks everyone for your help. Great day” Jess x
“What a fabulous way to spend a day – thanks Fiona et al” Caroline
“Thank you so much for such an enjoyable, fun and productive day. I really did have a great time with ladies who were incredibly welcoming and patient with my daft questions. I finished my bag as soon as I got home and am very pleased with it. I’ve already chosen my fabric for my second and better bag!” Mary – Anne
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!
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!!!
At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.
Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.
Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning
Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….
and Liz was adding the diamante
Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!
By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous
And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!
We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting
Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip
And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell
Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.
Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed
Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there
And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.
We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.
As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.
P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!
Pat Hixon is currently sunning herself in Portugal and has sent the following message:
“Thinking of you all at Cutting Edge from a very hot and sunny Algarve.
This is one of my hand projects that I brought out here to start sometime over the 3 weeks. It is called Dancing Dresses and each dress uses a 10″ square of fabric, and a 10” square of background. It is designed to use up fat quarters.
I am hoping to make one for each of my 3 grand daughters, and the plan is that the two destined for Brisbane will be tropical.
At the moment I am not sure whether to make each into a wall hanging or a lap quilt. Watch this space”.
Glad you are keeping busy Pat. Looking forward to seeing you soon.