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The Christmas Tree Challenge!

Today was an unusual day for Cutting Edge – there was an air of quiet about the room and evidence of great concentration as members tackled the Christmas tree patterns they had chosen to make.

There was an simple but lovely design expertly tackled – and completed – by Liz…

Then there was a 2nd choice – a folded Christmas tree which took 76 x 3″ squares. A popular choice and once the pattern template had been tinkered with – worked extremely well!

Rosie’s work in progress

Truda busy at work

Pat’s 2nd tree – she had done a ‘Blue Peter’ and made one earlier

And, then there was the 3rd option – an applique tree which seemed to take a little while longer than the others-can’t imagine why?

There was a lot of drawing….

a lot of ironing to position the pieces.

At one point Amanda seemed to be glued to the ironong board herself!

Sally came with her piece of work bonded and then spent the day sewing – and had a little help from a friend…

What was most interesting was that everyone’s tree was different because of the way they had approached them and Jan’s finished project looks fantastic!

And amidst the Christmas tree frenzy Monica tackled something completely different – to practice her free machine embroidery!

A very productive day with some beautifully completed – or nearly completed trees – looking forward to seeing more next week – maybe?

It coudn’t have been that bad because a number of people have requested copies of another tree pattern to try!

And Lesley is going to Devonport in New Zealand and will visit the shop that the patterns were bought from so hopefully we will be able to have photos to show the shop owner. We are sure that she will be thrilled to see such wonderful works of art….

And not only Lesley will have been to her shop. Keris (who bought the patterns), Monica and Truda have also been there in the past. What a small world!

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A Sunny Day Sewing

It was another glorious day outside today and a glorious day inside with many members of the group getting together to work on various sewing projects whilst having a chat.

There was work completed and handed in the the Tapestri cafe exhibition and work in progress in an effort to have it ready in time

And Liz and Pat were busy preparing the fish bunting for the exhibition.

Some were busy progressing the crazy patchwork projects they started in Robi Thomas’ workshop and Corinne and Sally had brought their completed pieces of work to show

Glynis showed a cut little mug bag that she had made

Brenda was working on her hexagon quilt

And Carol was working on a table runner that she started a little while ago

Janet was busy making lovely little panels which were going to be made into cards.

Jeannie brought along an unusual piece of work that she made a long while ago which was stunning. She had manipulated a photograph, printed it onto fabric and then stitched into it.

And Marie had two beautiful pieces of work that she had completed

Truda showed the group a cute sheep that she had made for her daughter

And Monica showed a fabric collage that she had made to celebrate 100 years of the women’s vote

There is no doubt about it we have some very talented ladies in our group! Well done everyone

A Jolly Christmas Lunch

Today’s CE session was mainly focused on yuletide festivities with a yummy Christmas lunch provided by group members. As usual there was a wonderful variety of delicious dishes to enjoy.

We also has delicious mulled wine prior to lunch which was lovingly prepared by our domestic goddess Sandra.

Before lunch however, there was lots of chatter and some even managed to catch up on a bit of sewing.

And we also had some show and tell projects to enjoy

Amanda brought a Christmas sack and stocking that she had recently made at a Sew Lovely workshop in Penarth and a lovely stitched piece of work that she had completed.

Jane showed a pretty quilt top that she had made

The day finished with a surprise package from Secret Santa with lots of good wishes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to lunch and helped make the day so enjoyable

Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!

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..

Carol

Bridget

Brenda

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!

A Postcard from Cutting Edge!

Today a small group of enthusiasts for all things sewing gathered to make fabric postcards. After a short introduction from our leader Catherine the sewing began!

Initially, it was very quiet – obvious concentration to prepare – and then it was a hive of activity!

Keris, Corinne and Lesley Anne

Keris, Corinne and Lesley Anne

Jan, Lesley, Hilary and Catherine

Jan, Lesley, Hilary and Catherine

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline L

Caroline L

And by the end of the day some very beautiful results. It’s amazing what you can do with all those little scraps of fabic that you squirrel away!

group effort web

Well done everyone and many thanks to Catherine for such an enjoyable and fun day!

Jan Webster has created this wonderful beach hut postcard since the workshop

Jan webster beach huts web

Feel free to send in any postcards that you have made since so that we can all enjoy them.