Yesterday’s Cutting Edge was a bit of a quilt extravaganza when it came to show and tell – and it was lovely seeing the breadth of talent there is in the group for patchwork and quilting,
Frances showed a beautiful quilt that she had made with japanese fabrics
Marie was busy finishing off this quilt – which is bound to be a jolly addition to any child’s bedroom
Jan also had a fun quilt to show
Helen showed a giraffe quilt that she is making for her grand daughter – which will surely be treasured!
And Kerry also had a show stopper of a quilt
In addition to all this lovely work Kerry showed a whimsical llama rug that she had made
Jaci was working on a beautiful piece of free machine embroidery
And Karen brought in some wonderful pieces of work that she had brought back from her overseas travels
The fabric journal group was busy meeting to share ideas….
And others were busy with Christmas! Following the members day workshop last week Sally was on a mission to finish her tree. Love the pink garden gloves Sally!
Carol was busy making Christmas panels
Caroline had made a beautiful decoration from triangles
Glyis had made some table mats following a visit to Midsomer Quilting
And Truda, Lesley and Rosie showed their the folded Christmas trees that they made at the members day last week. The patterns were sourced by Keris on a trip to New Zealand earlier this year.
Lesley also had a tree that she had made in a previous year – also from a New Zealand pattern.
A busy, creative and enjoyable day, as always. Well done everyone!
Today was an unusual day for Cutting Edge – there was an air of quiet about the room and evidence of great concentration as members tackled the Christmas tree patterns they had chosen to make.
There was an simple but lovely design expertly tackled – and completed – by Liz…
Then there was a 2nd choice – a folded Christmas tree which took 76 x 3″ squares. A popular choice and once the pattern template had been tinkered with – worked extremely well!
And, then there was the 3rd option – an applique tree which seemed to take a little while longer than the others-can’t imagine why?
There was a lot of drawing….
a lot of ironing to position the pieces.
At one point Amanda seemed to be glued to the ironong board herself!
Sally came with her piece of work bonded and then spent the day sewing – and had a little help from a friend…
What was most interesting was that everyone’s tree was different because of the way they had approached them and Jan’s finished project looks fantastic!
And amidst the Christmas tree frenzy Monica tackled something completely different – to practice her free machine embroidery!
A very productive day with some beautifully completed – or nearly completed trees – looking forward to seeing more next week – maybe?
It coudn’t have been that bad because a number of people have requested copies of another tree pattern to try!
And Lesley is going to Devonport in New Zealand and will visit the shop that the patterns were bought from so hopefully we will be able to have photos to show the shop owner. We are sure that she will be thrilled to see such wonderful works of art….
And not only Lesley will have been to her shop. Keris (who bought the patterns), Monica and Truda have also been there in the past. What a small world!
At yesterday’s Dyeing to Paint session we experimented with painting bondaweb which was used to create some small pieces of work to be enhanced with free machine embroidery.
After a good scrunch the bondaweb was painted – many with metallic acrylics. It was then chopped and applied to a felt or fabric to make an abstract work of art. Some also applied sweet papers and foil to give a bit of extra shimmer!
All that was left to do then was to take it home, cover it with organza and apply some free machine embroidery to finish it off. Salinder is already on the case!
In addition to an abstract Sally created some beautiful fish with her bondaweb
Whilst many were beavering away on the bondaweb others were experimenting with procion dyes and Fiona was busy working with Indian print blocks which were looking fab
Looking forward to seeing some finished pieces soon!
Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.
Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.
They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results
Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.
Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.
Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.
Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne
Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….
And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!
So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!
A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!
There was certainly a great variety of things going on today at Cutting Edge
Liz was busy cross stitching beach huts
Chris showed her progress on the textured landscape that she is making. She was quite pleased that she is now getting the hang of free machine embroidery.
Corinne was busy completing her table runner
Monica’s friend Jean, who had dropped in to say hello, was busy sewing Monica’s Kiwi quilt….
Sylvana was basting a quilt together.
Jan showed a mouse pin cushion that she was making
And Fiona had arrived early to complete a baby quilt.
Others were eager to show pieces of work that they had recently completed.
Jeannie shared an exquisite quilt that she had made.
Lesley and Jan showed postcards that they had completed following the recent postcard workshop.
Lesley had also completed a wall hanging that she started at a Gail Lowther workshop.
Gilly modelled a bag that Jan had recently completed
Hilary modelled a scarf that she had made….
and showed a fabric picture that she had completed using Kantha stitch
plus some scrappy book covers that she had made
At today’s meeting we welcomed two new guests – Chris and Marie. Chris showed some lovely tiny teddies that she had made – so cute!!!
As ever, a very enjoyable day amongst friends!
And to finish – something that Chris Dobson thought the group would enjoy….
Cutting Edge sessions never fail to entertain and today was no exception. The group of hand stitchers at the table were busy working on various wonderful pieces of work…..
a beautiful cross stitch from Dilys
some painstaking unpicking from Jan to make her husband’s quilt just perfect!
And, a steady job for Hilary winding thread and wool
The other Hillary was quietly busy in the corner making a free machine embroidery cake stand that she plans to fill with free machine embroidered cup cakes – we can’t wait to see the finished project. It will be awesome!
Those on the sidelines were engrossed in making an iron caddy similar to one that Monica had made in the past and with a pattern downloaded from the internet
And, Sally reached the finishing post first with her beautifully made caddy
Show and tell revealed that members don’t seem to stop when they are at home. Salinder had made a beautiful small quilt from scraps
Jan showed everyone an apron that she had made and which others were keen to make
And Sue Thomas showed a quilt that members of the Swan Street quilters had made for Sue Bowers.
Monica showed a small art quilt that she had made from samples of fabrics that she had dyed at Dyeing to Paint
And she has finally finished her Ineke Berlin design bag
Fiona, though absent today, sent photos of work that she has been working on which look wonderful and we look forward to seeing them close up in the near future
What a wondeful and varied day – well done everyone!
At Dyeing to Paint today the focus was on painting with shaving foam and transfer art paints.
The shaving foam produced some wonderful landscape backgrounds which gave huge scope for creativity. So much so that Corinne started straight away to enhance her background fabric with fabric pens and more paint sprinkled with salt.
Caroline took a much different approach and went for the abstract which also worked extremely well
Meanwhile others decided to further explore the transfer art paints. Kira and Keris were very quietly concentraing on painting an Islamic design
Which, when transferred to fabric, looked terrific
Hillary decided to paint birds that she had seen in a magazine which look very effective
And Glynis painted Islamic images to great effect.
Whilst all this was going on Fiona was quietly creating a tile image with the lino cut tools
And, the day spurred Monica on to think about developing a transfer art paint image that she had made earlier. The image has been bordered with a fabric that has been dyed using soya wax as a resist and is now ready for a little free machine embroidery
A very productive day….. and it went in a flash!!!!