Tagged: embroidery

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!

A Busy Day Finishing Projects

Our UFO day today was busy, busy, busy with members on a mission to finish projects and start new ones.

Jan was beavering away on a bag that she wanted to finish and was planning on putting these wonderful elephants on it.

Jans elephant

She also brought a table runner that she pans to finish but that remains work in progress.

Jans table runner

Stephanie was working with some wonderful Welsh fabric…..


She also brought in her finished WW1 quilt – which is fabulous and now hangs in the hall of fame on our dedicated blog page

Stephanies war quiltweb

Whilst, Catherine progressed with her embroidery.

Catherines embroidery

And Hillary was busy making a bag for her mum’s Christmas present.

Hillary Hill

Hillarys bag

Talking of Christmas, Chris brought along fairy shoes that has made for her grand children.

Chris shoes

And, Corinne got hooked on making Christmas cards….

Corinne and Liz

….producing some beautiful ones…

Corinnes Xmas cards

Monica made Christmas sacks

Reindeer sacks

and finished off a book cover

Kiwi book cover

Finally, Hilary got to have a go on the scan ‘n cut machine – on a mission to make some fabric letters for heart bunting for a new baby girl

Hilarys bunting

A very productive day all round – well done folks!

Penarth Quilt Exhibition

On 9 July some members of Cutting Edge visited the Penarth Quilt Exhibition. It is an annual event and one that always come up trumps in terms of enjoyment. As well as meeting some very friendly like minded people there is always a terrific display of quilts. And, this year was no exception.

Sylvana Mason, who is a member of Cutting Edge and a member of Penarth Quilters had three pieces of work on display. This is one of them

sylvanas chicks

Plus, there were some fun quilts


These postcard quilts particularly caught the eye…

postcard quilts web

There were also some beautifully embroidered trees


And a lovely old quilt to admire….

old quilt (1)

Certainly well worth the visit and looking forward to next year already.

Sew Happy at Cutting Edge

There was a buzz in the air today as all but 7 Cutting Edge members turned out for another happy sewing day. And, it was evident that the buzz was caused by the frenzy to create!!!!

Jeannie Duncan Farr, who ran the foundation piecing workshop last week, was thrilled when she saw the progress that those who attended had made. Three people had completed their tops since the workshop….

Catherine’s – which looked almost transluscent. Check out her report on making it on her blog

Catherine's table runner

Bridget’s – which she made form her scrap bucket – such wonderful combinations of colour. I think I would like Bridget’s scrap bucket!

Bridgets table runner

And, Lesley’s, which she has made from fussy cutting one piece of fabric- brilliant

Lesleys table runner

Linda showed a table runner that she had made earlier – in time for Christmas. It is from a Sonia Fox workshop that was held at Glamorgan Quilters last year.

Lindas Xmas table runner

Pat had also been busy foundation piecing and showed this beautiful piece that she had made from left over fabric.

Pats quilt

Stephanie had recently been to a block printing workshop and showed off her elephants which are very colourful and no doubt will be further embellished

Stephanies elephants

Irene had made a Debbie Shore bag which is reversible and cute

Irenes bag

Gilly continues to work on her embroidery

Gillys star

And, as if this was not enough Liz Price completed a quilt for her daughter – made from her daughter’s discarded jeans

Liz denim quilt

Catherine, Irene and Fran showed the WW1 quilts they had completed

And Hilary and guest Salinder celebrated their birthdays!

Hilary and salinder cake1

Plus, Hillary Hill was happily waiting to hear of the arrival of her new grandchild, who by the looks of this designer quilt is going to be thoroughly spoilt!

Hillary Hill

Happy Days!

A varied but enjoyable Dyeing to Paint session

Today’s Dyeing to Paint session got off to a great start with the screen printing materials that we brought along….

isobelle screen printing

but it didn’t take long before the Scan ‘n Cut machine attracted people’s interest and the rest of the day.

Isobelle and Monica shared what they had learned so far.

scan and cut

And, it didn’t take long for people to realise the potential for future projects.


We can’t wait to see the wonderful creations that appear once everyone gets into the swing of things!

And, last but not least Fiona brought along a cushion that she had been working on – beautiful embroidery and exquisitely finished off!

fionas cushion

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!

First Day of Term!

Tuesday 9 September was the first day back after the summer break and how industrious members have been since we last met!

As usual there was ‘morning prayers’ – an opportunity to share news and gossip.

morning prayers2

This was then followed by ‘show and tell’ which confirmed once again that there are many talented people in our group!

Chris has been busy consolidating what she learnt at the recent Pat Archibald workshop by producing a lovely ghost image of a yacht.

Chris ghost yacht

Irene showed everyone a quilt that she has completed. This was her first ever – wow!

Irenes finished quilt

The individual panels in it are wonderful.


Jeannie showed an Amish quilt that she had bought on her recent travels to Montana, USA.

JDF Amish quilt

And, she also showed a quilt that she has made to raise money for the Philippines Back to Sea Charity. Not sure where she finds the time in between her travels!

JDF scrap quilt

Yvonne showed two things she had been working on and Hilary was particularly impressed because they both involved recycling. The necklaces have been made with washers and ribbon.


And Yvonne is recycling a lace and embroidered tablecloth that belonged to her mother in law to make it into vintage bunting for her daughter.

Yvonnes embroidery

Dianne has a lovely piece of work in progress. Can’t wait to see the finished piece.

Dianne showing quilt shapes

As well as celebrating a very special birthday with some cake

Brenda birthday cake

Brenda had time to show a quilt that she has recently completed, which will be donated to Project Linus.

Brenda's quilt

Brenda emailed to say It was a lovely day yesterday at Cutting Edge and I was really taken aback by the greetings, cake, and all the attention. What a lovely group of ladies we have.

And, whilst all this was going on Jan was quietly getting on with their hand quilting! A Sandie Lush project that she intends to hang on her wall when it is complete

hand quilting

Though Monica was absent because she was on holiday she had made some Cutting Edge bunting during the holidays. You can just see it in the background of the photos. We mustn’t forget to take it down after our meetings!!!

What a great day – looking forward to many more in the future!