Tagged: poppies

Going with The Flow…..

There was no specific theme to today’s Dyeing to Paint which meant that there was a blank canvas for creativity – and as ever, there were some amazing pieces of work produced.

Fiona brought along some wonderful postcards that she had made for the Tapestri cafe exhibition

And, having exhausted the sea theme she is moving on to experimenting with other ideas. She printed and stencilled on this piece of fabric and over dyed with procion dye which produced a vibrant piece of fabric

Monica also had a go with procion dye. this piece was first stencilled with opaque fabric paint and then overdyed with procion dye

Jan was busy experimenting with a Gelli plate

and had some beautiful pieces of fabric that she had printed on the computer from photos. They will look amazing when they have been stitched into – watch this space!

She is also busy making a collage and after chatting with isobelle she has backed her paper photos with vilene -which has enabled her to stitch and complete her project – well done both – great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and skills.

Liz brought along a piece of work that she has recently completed. It was started when we bought the Wendy Dolan textured landscape book and she has certainly done herself proud with this finished piece. It will certainly be included in the Tapestri cafe exhiibition!

Today she painted a wonderful piece of fabric and a fishy piece!

Sally also printed some amazing fish with a hand made stencil

Keris had bought some die cuts on her recent travels which she was determined to make work on fabric – which turned out to be a success.The neat cut was achieved by applying heat and bond to the back of the fabric before putting it through the Sissix machine

Fran was busy drawing poppies…..

And Glynis was producing some beautiful flowers

We also welcomed two special visitors today. Alison joined us to have a go and did a grand job experimenting with the paints…. and the hairdryer!

And baby Digby dropped by to say hello! Having parents as artists he was more than intrigued with what was going on!

As ever, a brilliant day of creativity and banter. Looking forward to more of the same next month.


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!

Scan ‘n Cut Experimentation Day

Today a small group of Cutting Edge members got together to further their knowledge of the Scan ‘n Cut machine. Corinne had been busy over the summer reading and trying out to get the hang of things and was a great help to other members of the group. Jan was also a valuable source of knowledge when it came to helping individuals with their various projects.


Caroline cut some lovely flowers for a pinafore that she is making for her grand daughter and Liz cut a perfect dragon for a cushion.

Liz Dragon

Liz also got help cutting some poppies for the WW1 quilt project. The plan is to further enhance the quilts when they are exhibited by scattering felt poppies. A lovely idea and we hope that CE members will help Liz to complete more of them at the next meeting.


Monica cut letters for a cushion that she is planning. But, decided that black might be better than the original cream letters.


And, whilst everyome was busy scan ‘n cutting Hilary was busy sorting through fabric for the stash sale on 13 October (the next CE meeting).


A busy, but rewarding day!

Many thanks to Corinne and Jan for sharing their knowledge – much appreciated.

And, many thanks to Liz for her poppies – a lovely idea – once again, much appreciated!

Challenge Quilts Underway

At Dyeing to Paint today a few people got together to make a start on their World War 1 challenge quilts. Corinne tried out the Inktense blocks for a background to work on – lots of potential for poppies!

Corinne fabric

Monica, unusually, initially painted her idea on paper before progressing to fabric.

MD plan ww1

And, Glynis painted a cenotaph for the centre piece of her quilt.

Glyns cenotaph

Isobelle, as well as being on hand with her expert advice, painted some fabric for the fairy shoes that she is planning to make at our workshop next week. I think her grand daughter Lydia is going to be the proud owner of the finished product.

Isobells fabrc

And, Keris, who has just returned for India spent some time trying out the new print blocks she had bought on her travels.


A productive day and next week you will be treated to feedback on fairy shoe making!

A Glorious Spring Day Sewing

Today was a glorious spring day outside and a sunny and cheery day inside with the Cutting Edge group!

As ever, it was busy with lots of work in progress and a huge variety of finished products.

Following ‘Morning Prayers’ members showed off some of their completed works…..

A beautiful sea horse from Yvonne.

YD sea horse

Corinne, Liz and Monica had completed delightful stitched cards that they were inspired to make following the recent Sissix day.

Corines cards

Liz card


Hilary showed off some lovely scissor holders that she had stitched.

HC scissor cases

Jan and Hillary had made very useful bags.

Jans bag

Hillarys bag

Carol was pleased with a quilt that she had recently finished using the quilt as you go method..

CArol loosemore quilt

And Monica showed little book covers and a sewing case that she had completed.

foil cover

tree book cver full view

foil needlecase

In addition to this many were busy with current creative works which included quilts….

This is Catherines – beautiful colours and design.

Catherine's quilt

Helen’s wonderful baby quilt – someone is going to be very thrilled!

Helens quilt

Helen was also working with Julia on a quilt which is to be raffled to raise money for the Lifeboats.

Lifeboat quilt

And Sue was busy making a delightful pastel coloured quilt.

Sues quilt

Irene continues with her scan and create images.

Irenes flowers

Jan was bsuy sewing a lovely cat.

JAns cat

And Lesley was making a cute little fabric garage for her grandson’s cars.

car bag

In addition to the above activity Jeannie did a demonstration to show how she binds a quilt and mitres the corners which was very well received.

JDF demo

The table runner that she used to demonstrate is also the piece that she is going to use when she runs a workshop for group members on 3 June. Jeannie is our colour queen!

JDF sewing

Hilary also gave a deomstration of the stitched cards and how to make envelopes.

After seeing some beautiful small quilts at Olympia Knit and Stitch show and a visit to the Fashion on the Ration exhibiton at the Imperial War Museum Monica and Hilary threw out a challenge to members to create a quilt of their own to commemorate the First World War. Poppy buttons purchased from the show were offered to those wanting to take part.

Finally, we also celebrated three birthdays – many happy returns to Fran, Irene and Sylvana.


“It was a great day we were all very busy the blog is so inspiring when you see what everyone does and also how quick you get it all on the blog!!! Lots to look forward to in the coming months”. Jan Webster

Experimenting with Paints and Crayons

Today, a small group of enthusiastic beings met at St Hilary Village Hall to experiment with home made jelly plates, stencils paints and crayons.

The heart image below was made on the Jelly plate using a card template and fresh leaves.

Isobelle's heart

The images below were also created using fresh leaves.

Isobelle's leaf

Fionas leaf

And, these images were created by using stencils and markal paintstiks.

Glynis daisy1

MD poppies

What a Busy Day it was Today!

Well, today everyone was very industrious!

First off we welcomed Maggie Cullinane who talked to us about the quilt that she is making to raise money for the charity Mothers of Africa – check out this link http://medicine.cardiff.ac.uk/mothers-africa/

T o help her on her way Hilary and Monica created and donated four squares for the quilt.

Maggie is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity, and you can help by making a donation on the Just Giving website http://www.justgiving.com/moaquilt

You can also view some of the other panels that have been made for the quilt. The quilt is being raffled in Cardiff in October.

In addition to Maggie’s interesting and inspiring work the group had been busy with their projects. Kate brought along the poppy picture she had been working on since last month’s meeting where we used shaving foam to make a picture.

It will be interesting, in due course,  to see how others have finished off their pictures.

Pam, Jeannie and Helen were busy making patchwork. This is Helen’s beautiful piece of work. Pastel squares and hearts

Pam was using the pineapple design

And others were just busy beavering away on their various projects.

The weather had obviously put Jackie in a Christmas mood – she was cutting out bunting!