Tagged: machine quilting

Sewing on a Rainy Summers Day

Lesley, Marie and Steph

There was much to admire today at Cutting Edge. Corinne, Keris, Fran and Jan were keen to show off the quilts they had made on Friday at a Gail Lowther workshop – and stunning they were too!

And it is important to mention here that Jan used some of the fabric that she had dyed at last week’s DtP session. They do look rather stunning – well done Jan!

Brenda and Truda were busy working on current projects. Brenda was reaching the end of sttiching a whole cloth quilt – her 5th! Truda was working on a beautiful cross stitch. She was very expertly creating it with silks from her stock in an effort to use them up and she was using 26 count linen!!!!

Glynis brought along a quilt she started in 2006. After recently completing it she has had it long arm quilted. She also brought along a quilt that she has recently made and machine quilted hereself – quite the expert! Obviously with time on her hands she had also produced a lovely bag

Hillary brought along three pieces of work. Chives painted with a toilet roll on hand dyed fabric – which look fab. She stencilled flowers onto another piece and hand embroidered them and she showed some parasols which she stencilled onto fabric using freezer paper – very cheerful and summery!

Salinder brought two beautiful quilts that she made a few years ago – giving a seaside theme with lighthouses on them…

She also showed the results of her ice dyeing and a piece of work in progress

and Gilly showed a quilt that she is completing and which has been beautifully quilted by a long arm quilter in Chepstow.

A wonderful show of talent – well done everyone. Looking forward to more of the same after the summer.

And great to see that some of the hand dyed fabrics and being used!


Variety is the Spice of Life!

This month’s Cutting Edge session was nothing short of awesome – with various projects on the go and completed!

Glynis brought a scarp quilt that she had completed.

Glynis scrap quilt2

Gilly showed a quilt top that she made at a Judi Mendelssohn workshop.

Gillys quilt

Jeannie’s wholecloth quilt is coming alog nicely. This is the one that she started at Sonia’s workshop last year.

whole cloth

whole cloth back

Jan’s quilt in progress is pushing the boundaries. It is her first use of embroidery machine motives and the first time she has machine quilted!


She also brought along a collie spun and knitted vest top that her recently deceased friend made – an interesting treasure.

Jans waistcoat

Hilary had been busy stitching a beautiful Travellers Tales kit based on a Palestinian design, a chest panel of traditional dresses from Hebron.

Hilarys box

She was also sporting a very nice top!

Hilarys top

Catherine brought along her sample book.

Catherines sample book collage

And Linda is busy crocheting!

crocheted cushion

Irene showed everyone blocks that she is making for a Baltimore quilt – appliqué pieces prepared by her Brother -the cut and create one!

Irene collage

Keris and Corinne have completed book covers. Keris’ one, inspired by Monica, is a journal for her forthcoming travels to India. Both book covers can be viewed here.

Corinne also showed a piece of fabric that she recently painted at the Dyeing to Paint session.

corinnes fabric

What a fruitful day everyone – well done!

And finally, at Tuesday’s session we also welcomed new members Catherine Pritchard and Lesley- Anne Bealey and Salinder Gammidge joined us as a very welcome guest.

Machine Quilting Workshop

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Bonvilston Reading Rooms, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00am – 4.00pm
Fee: £20.00

What You Will Learn
On the day you will learn all about:
• Tension
• Needle types and sizes
• Threads and waddings
• The best way to set up your work area
• Quilting with a walking foot
• Free motion quilting
• The best way to organise and present a quilt to your machine for quilting

The Tutor
Sonia Fox is primarily a quilt maker with a special interest in both hand and machine quilting. She is a fabric and stitch enthusiast and confesses to being a bit of a ‘flusey’ when it comes to textiles generally “if it takes my fancy I will try it out”.

“I can’t make you an instant expert on the day but you will go home knowing enough to trouble shoot for yourself. You can then practice, practice, practice until you are!
If you have any quilting project you wish to discuss please bring it along on the day.
This will be a fun day I promise”!

For more information or to book a place email mdennis.wales@gmail.com

Rag Rug Workshop

rugs combined

Bonvilston Reading Rooms, Vale of Glamorgan
Friday 14 March 2014
Between 10.00am and 4.00pm

Like a lot of textile processes rag rugging is a vast subject. It has its roots in the make do and mend era and is basically a recycling craft.

The aim of the day will be to start a hooked or prodded rug as well as being introduced to other types of rug making and rug artists.

The Tutor
Sonia Fox comes from a long line of stitchers. Her grandmother, one of seven children was well tutored in needlework skills and made her living doing it. These skills were passed to her mother who was an accomplished needle woman and Sonia learnt at her knee. Primarily, Sonia is a quilt maker with a special interest in stitching, particularly quilting. Like many she is a textile enthusiast and confesses to being a bit of a ‘flusey’ when it comes to textiles generally “if it takes my fancy I will try it out”.

In addition to the above rag rug workshop Sonia also teaches:
• traditional patchwork – both hand and machine
• quilting – both hand and machine
• contemporary quilt making
• tassel making

The fee for the day is £20.00. To book a place email mdennis.wales@gmail.com