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Carry on Sewing at Christmas!

Today was our last session before Christmas and the one where we celebrate with a Christmas lunch and Secret Santa. But, before the merriment got underway there were a few projects to crack on with and a glorious variety of beautiful completed projects to enjoy at ‘Show and Tell’

Caroline, Sally and Jan were busy beavering away and Caroline showed us some lovely bags she had made for her WI

In one corner there was a focus on Christmas and in another we had a knitting circle happily clicking away!

Jaci was in modelling mode and showed off a lovely pair of handwarmers and scarf that she had made. She emphasised that it was a very easy pattern – should anyone be interested

There were some lovely table runners in the making, or completed – courtesy of Julia and Corinne…..

Fiona showed little robins she had made using log cabin method and highlighted the importance of seam allowance to get them the right size

And it was great to see that more of the Christmas trees – started on members day – had been completed

Truda delighted us with these beautiful little creatures that she had made

Salinder showed some indigo samples from recent experimenting

And a lantern she had made from tea bags

Pat and Frances showed beautiful quilts they had recently completed. Frances’was a family heirloom made from shirts

And Pat’s was one of five, made for grandchildren. The children had designed their own qults and chosen the colourways

What a treat to start the day – and there was even more to come!

Our group never fails to deliver when it comes to the Christmas lunch – beautiful quiche, salads, vol au vents, stuffed potatoes, tortilla etc. etc. And the dessert’s were just scrummy – laden with calories – but who cares – it’s Christmas!

A huge ‘thank you’ to Sandra for providing the mulled wine – as always it was delicious!

And to round off the day there was Secret Santa to enjoy…..

The usual day of joy and merriment with the majority of the group coming together to celebrate the festive season. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January for another fun packed year!

Below are Christmas wishes from two former members…..

Gilly Middleburgh – former member of the group emailed to say that she is pleased that the tradition of stuffed baked potatoes that she used to make for the Christmas lunch continues. ” I do miss Cutting Edge, there is nothing like it here. Please give my love everyone at CE who knows me – I wish them all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year”.

A very Merry Christmas to you and all at Cutting Edge. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of the lunch on the blog‘. Catherine Pritchard

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A Productive Day at Dyeing to Paint

As usual everyone came today with great ideas to create and it was without doubt a very productive day, with lots of plans for a sparkly Christmas!

Fran and Glynis were beavering away in the corner and Glynis was on a mission to try out the group stencils – to great effect – looking forward to seeing these fabulous printed fabrics in one of Glynis future pieces of work….

Fiona was focused on improving her skills with a gelli plate – and was making good headway

Caroline stencilled seed heads onto fabric and then overdyed it – looking forward to seeing the end result next time

Jan was busy making a curtain for a little window

and Pat was on a mission making fabric for Christmas cards….

As was Liz

Chris obviously has Christmas in mind too as she was busy making little robins

Monica created a Christmas tree stencil to try out – which proved to be popular

And then decided that her new Dyeing to Paint apron needed a makover to cover up the paint she had wiped over it – in error of course…

And was very pleased with the end result!

The rest of the group are planning to do theirs next month – no pressure girls – and thanks to Glynis for sharing the stencils!

As always a fun and relaxed day was had by all.

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!

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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.

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

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

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Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together

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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.

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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.

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Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made

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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.

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

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

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

Free Range Painting

Unusually, today’s Dyeing to Paint was held in Ystradowen Village Hall which mant that there was no going back if any resources were forgotten. So….. there was virtually everything the group owned available to tinker with, and tinker they did!

Monica and Hillary started off experimenting with the new embossing powders and Christmas stencil with some good results.

Hillary's Trees on fabric

Hillary’s Trees on fabric

Monica tried the stencil on fabric and card and Jan cut a tree on her Sissix machine and Monica then added a small glittery tree in the centre

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And….. the main learning point from this exercise was that if you get distracted you might scorch your fabric – hey ho.

After a coffee and a chat Caroline was absorbed with print blocks……

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As were Salinder and Keris

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Keris also printed some beautiful leaves with leaves that she had picked up from Cardiff yesterday

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Corinne was busy embellishing a wall hanging that she started at a previous session – which looks beautiful

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And she even got time to have a go at the linocut printing

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine

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And Isobelle played around with her glue gun and the heat gun

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Chris was quietly engrossed in making labels for the many Christmas presents she will be giving. She was also enjoying the embossing powders and the Wow pen for text

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Monica’s main focus of the day was printing with a linocut that she had recently made. There were samples in card and fabric

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In fact, some of her samples were soon turned into Christmas cards

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And finally, Hillary had been beavering away at home to finish her Chistmas Tree wall hanging – how smart is that!!!

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So much enjoyment and looking forward to the next session already!