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.
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
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
As part of their tour to mark the Centenarary of the First World War our WW1 quilts were recently (29-30 July) exhibited in the Old Hall, Cowbridge. Visitors were able to view 23 small quilts – a number of which were made to remember a relative who died in the war.
What a memorable exhibition it was. There were just short of 500 people visited the town over the two days to see the exhibitions. And two of those who passed through were from New Zealand!
Visitors were invited to mark their visit with a comment in our visitors book and we plan to share some of their comments here soon. The book will also be available at group meetings for members to view.
It was a stunning display beautifully created by Liz Price, Chris Dobson and Yvonne Davies. Many, many thanks to them for so generously giving their time.
We are also extremely grateful to David Howell and his colleagues from the Cowbridge Branch of the British Legion who very kindly looked after the quilts for us throughout the two days. And in the process raised £270 for the charity by selling commemorative badges.
The quilts journey will continue in the following locations:
Vale Agricultural Show (weather permitting) – 10 August 2016
Giles Gallery, Pontyclun – 27 September – 6 October 2016
Malvern Autumn Quilt Show – October 2017
Senedd Oriel, Cardiff Bay – 4-15 December 2017
To read about how we came to make the quilts click here
Check out the exhibition in the Giles Gallery, which is now located in the Old Methodist Chapel in Pontyclun. There is an interesting exhibition of knitted pictures……