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
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!
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!
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!
Tuesday’s Cutting Edge meeting was, as always, a busy affair with lots of beautiful completed pieces of work on show and plenty of work in progress. In addition members welcomed Robi Thomas from Swansea Festival Stitch.
Robi brought along her crazy patchwork and textile books that she makes from recycled fabrics – and which are truly works of art….
Members had also brought along work that they had completed to share with the group – and there was a lot of work in progress. It as all very colourul and beautifully made – what a talented lot we are!
As well as quilts there were cushions….
hand stitched samples….
a pin cushion..
and Glynis was knitting!
A memorable day and there is sure to be more next month!
Well done everyone and a Happy Easter
Many thanks to Lesley Halliwell and Liz Price for taking the photos
Jan Webster’s sister wrote this beautiful poem after Jan showed her and told her the stories behind two antique quilts that she has recently acquired.
by Cherry Harris
It read like a jigsaw,
each fragment section of fabric
sewn into place.
Teasing intricate shapes,
Frayed by the utter life of living,
Seams forming creations.
Peeling back the lives of lovers,
To represent the forgotten life of a nation.
Leaving bitter sweet memories.
Cotton thread lovingly sewn,
Between the intricate and the remarkable.
Now almost complete,
A body of complexity,
Is neatly folded.
A message from Jan:
“I showed you all a couple of months ago 2 antique quilts a friend gave to me and the stories behind them. My sister was so taken with them and the stories about them that she wrote this poem.
One quilt was a third or 4th generation passed down, the other was a paper piece hexagon quilt (both shown above) which a lady started to make before her young men went off to war. The papers inside are from that time. Sadly he never came back so the quilt was never finished”.
Well, whilst the summer break was designed for a bit of R&R in the sun it seems that some just couldn’t resist getting on with their various projects, which was evident at our first meeting on 13 September.
There were some beautiful quilts…..
Catherines quilts above reminded me of a recent enjoyable talk by Christine Porter
There was cross stitch…..
And wonderful bags. Stephanie’s is very apt as this year celelbrates of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday
Well done everyone – you have set the bar high indeed for this year!
Today was our last day before the summer break and everyone seemed as eager as ever to get to work on their various projects.
And, as ever there were a lot of completed projects that were shared at show and tell.
Catherine had been busy making fabric flowers – 17 in total!
She also showed two quilts that she had recently completed
Keris brought in a quilt that she has just completed. She started making it for when her daughter went to university but got delayed completing it – her daughter has been working 3 years since university!
She also showed a beautiful knitted blanket wih a teddy on it…
Julia had made an owl needle case from a kit and was searching for a specific thread to finish a kimono wall hanging that she started to make in a Judi Mendelssohn workshop
Jan brought along two antique quilts that she had acquired
Hilary brought along an embroidery case that she had made for a friend
Hillary H reported that she had been on a retreat to France and showed a number of items she had completed including a quilt bag
a Japanese folded patchwork bag
and a cross stitch
Well done Hillary!
Corinne showed off her prize from Glamorgan Quilters. She had won first prize in the 2016 Wendy Surridge challenge and Hilary C came 2nd. And then we found out that CE member Brenda Miller was the very first winner of the challange in 2009.
And at the end of the day Glynis proudly announced that she had finished her quilt.
Time for a break now folks. CE will resume on Tuesday 13 September. Happy holidays!