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She Sews Sea Shells!

Today’s Cutting Edge meeting was as busy as ever with members busy working on current projects and eager to show work that they had recently completed.

And we were pleased to welcome three visitors to the group today – Alison, Kerry and Janet. It is lovely to greet new people and see some of the lovely work that they are producing.

Work for the groups exhibition in Tapestri cafe is coming on well.

Monica is embellishing a wall hanging made from panels that are entitled She sews Sea Shells – it seems very apt for our sea themed exhibition

Fiona showed some pieces of work that she will be entering. The porthole is so inventive – made with painted vilene and painted bondaweb! And she created the beautiful fish wall hanging at a Hilary Beattie workshop.

Having now exhausted the sea she has moved onto a textured landscape inspired by Wendy Dolan – fabulous!

Sally is busy working on a piece for the exhibition which also features portholes….

Following our recent workshop we have a wonderful collection of fabric postcards – around 40 – so today we laid out the background fabric to decide how best to show them

Visitor Kerry showed a beautiful quilt that she has recently completed – an excellent finish on both sides!

Truda showed a quilt that she has made from scraps – and pointed out that her scrap bucket looks no different now to when she started!

Jan was busy basting a quilt together which she hopes to have finished for the Swansea Festival of Stitch Quilt Expo

Jan and Sally were also busy deconstructing pieces of work at one point!

Amanda has finished her fabric journal – and there was a request to have another workshop. But we decided that in September anyone who is interested can join a group at monthly meetings to make them. This way people can work at their own pace and share stash and ideas

And finally, Lesley Anne showed the group a lovely little cushion that she has made

And in addition to all of the above we had a stash of fabric, haberdashery and books for members to wade through. We are thrilled to report that we raied £120 for Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death) charity!

Rather an industrious and very enjoyable day. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of our various activities – which is always very much appreciated!


A Busy Start to the New Sewing Year

The September CE meeting was a busy one as it was the start of a new year’s sewing. Liz was at the helm collecting membership renewal fees and sharing news with members….

….whilst other members rallied round to help

Corinne encouraged people to make a block for the Project Linus quilt and was pleased that virtually all of the blocks had been taken. Plus a number have already been returned.

There was also great enthusiasm to make the table decoration on members day which is schedued for 7 November.

Glynis brought her copy of Patchwork & Quilting Magazine along to show members the article about our WW1 quilts which is rather impressive. Well done to everyone involved.

And, as ever there was plenty of completed work to show

A tiny teddy made by Lesley Anne – her first attempt and it looks fab!

Marie and Sally showed quilts they had completed

Marie Austin

Gilly and Dilys had made beautiful whole cloth cushions and dressed accordingly to complement the colours of them!

And Corinne and Keris showed cushions that had been recently completed.

Jan seems to have moved into specialising in feet but thankfully not the human variety!

All in all a colourful day with lots to look forward to in coming months. WHow lucky we are to have such talented people in our group.

Many thanks to Caroline for being chief photographer for the day!

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!

Off To A Flying Start!

Today was the first meeting of the New Year and it was off to a flying start with lots of new projects on the go and some finished pieces of work to admire.

First, and most importantly, we welcomed two new members to the group – Truda Theodore and Sally Wood. We are sure they will enjoy and indulge in the Cutting Edge experience!

They were making a wonderful start. Truda was using her fabric scraps to make a quilt and Sally quietly beavered away and produced a new cover for her sewing machine before she went home!


Meanwhile Dilys and Caroline were tucked away in the corner with their heads down. Dilys was busy making a bag with Oakshott fabric and one of their patterns and Caroline was concentrating hard on collating patchwork pieces for a quilt.


Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier


Helen was making Japanese folded patchwork squares with Scottie Dog fabric centres which looked delightful!


Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together


And the trio on the table were focused on various activites. Julia was using fabric scraps to make a quilt. Helen was busy hand quilting her whole cloth quilt and Lesley was making a wallhanging

Lesley, Julia and Helen

Lesley, Julia and Helen

Following ‘morning prayers’ we had our usual show and tell with some beautiful pieces of work to showcase

Salinder had made a quilted bag from a charm pack of batik fabrics.


Lesley Anne brought a quilt that she had made for last year’s Glamorgan Quilters challenge but it was the wooden hanging frame that her husband had made that she wanted everyone to see – which was beautifully carved.


Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made


And Monica brought along two quilts and a cushion to show

The first quilt, a Cluedo board was one that she had made quite a while ago for her son and it featured him on the Colonel Mustard card at the centre of the quilt.


The second quilt, recently completed, reflects some of Monica’s travels featuring fabrics and buttons that she had bought when on holiday.


And the cushion featured an applique of a Welsh lady in traditional costume.


Another creative day in the life of Cutting Edge – blissful!

A Great Start to the New Year

Today Cutting Edge members gathered for the first meeting of the New Year. It was a slow start with great intentions but first it was time to get the kettle on and have a chat – and why not!

Jan's table runner

Jan’s table runner

Once the catching up was over it was heads down to get on with various projects

Carol was busy sandwiching fabrics and wadding together so that she could get on with finishing her quilt.

Carol's quilt

Carol’s quilt

Caroline was getting some expert advice about how to do patchwork

Caroline, Dianne and Lesley - Anne

Caroline, Dianne and Lesley – Anne

Sue was busy completing a quilt



Keris and Corinne were busy finishing off their recycled denim bags

Corinne and Keris

Corinne and Keris

And, Salinder brought a quilt that she had finished to show everyone.

A lovely relaxing day and looking forward to more to come

A Message From Busy Bees Patchwork

Dear Busy Bees Customer,

I am writing to inform you that sadly Busy Bees was gutted by a fire ten days before Christmas. I know the news has reached many of you already, and I thank you for the kind words and support already provided. As you can imagine, Sandra and I are absolutely devastated and are still trying to get over the shock. However, we now need to focus on making the best of the situation we find ourselves in and consider the best way forward.

In order to do this we need to ask for some of your input. Unfortunately all of our customer records and recent workshop booking information were destroyed in the fire and therefore we need to ask all of you who have booked onto a workshop to get in touch and confirm which workshops you had booked and the amount paid.

All of our stock has been destroyed; however it will be possible to continue to run workshops in an alternative venue providing that you are happy to source your materials elsewhere until we are back in a position to offer you the choice of fabrics, threads and all the bits and bobs you would normally expect to find at Busy Bees.

We will be in Duffryn Community Centre from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 4 January and the same times from Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th January for you to drop in and discuss the workshops with us and what you would like to do.

My workshop, Beginners Machine Patchwork ,due to start on Thursday 9 January will be postponed until we have had feedback on the number of people who still want to attend.

For people attending the Quilt As You Go Class please come along on Tuesday 14th when we will discuss the way forward (I know that some of you had put fabric away in the shop to complete your quilt).

Bee Hive will meet as usual at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday 15 January.

We would love to see you during our open week but if you are unable to attend please email your contact information along with workshops that you may have booked and payments made. The telephone is out of order but we hope to post a new number on our web site within the next few days.

I’d be grateful if you can pass this information on to anyone you know I have missed or other quilters with a connection to Busy Bees.

Our First Anniversary!

Cutting Edga started just a year ago and in that time we have grown to the extent that we needed to move to a larger hall. And, our first meeting in Ystradowen Village Hall seemed to be enjoyed by everyone!

First off we welcomed two new members, Brenda and Carol and then we got to work on exploring how to make gift boxes from wall paper and old greetings cards.

Sandra led the demonstration
Sandra showing card boxes

and others quickly followed!
Sandra and Brenda

And then Seamus, Cowbridge Stitch & Bitch’ elf mascot, who dropped in to say hello, showed off the finished products. And very stylish he thought they were too!
Seamus at Cutting edge

Everyone was beavering away throughout the day.

Jeannie was busy working on her quilt, but we were all more interested in her sewing machine – the most dinky little Singer
Jeannie on Singer

which is stored in this wonderful box
Singer store box

And comes with the most amazing set of instructions!
singer instruction book

After giving Monica some stick over her box making Jeannie settled down to her latest quilt project.
Jeannie quilting

I wonder if it was as warm in Pencoed as it had been when she set out in her shorts, T shirt and flip flops this morning?

Monica drew everyone’s attention to the prayer flag that Deborah O’Hare showed at Glamorgan Quilters last weekend and suggested that Cutting Edge could make one. Monica showed the one that she had made
prayer banner

The good news – some of the group were willing to go along with Monica’s mad idea – so keep an eye out for how it is progressing!

All in all, we celebrated our first anniversary in style! Looking forward to more of the same next month – we hope that you can all make it.