Tagged: sewing

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!

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 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.

Christmas Celebrations!

Today Cutting Edge members gathered to celebrate the coming of Christmas with a bring and share lunch. But before the celebrations began members were keen to take the oppotunity to carry on stitching!

Little groups at each end of the table were engrossed in their work

JDF Brenda and Dianne

Catherine and Gilly

Gilly had brought in the table runner she started at Jeannies workshop

Gillys quilt3

And was working on a small piece of quilted work

Gilllys quilt

Whilst the two Sue’s were having fun on the Sissix machine using card that Hilary had rescued from round the Christmas Crackers at the recent Glamorgan Quilters lunch

Sue Bower Sue Thomas

And, Keris was on a mission to finish a Christmas wreath

Keris wreath

Fran brought along a quilt that she had made at a recent Sheen Norquay workshop

Frans quilt

Finally, it was lunchtime and it has to be said that as well as being starts at sewing members are also a dream when it comes to preparing a delicious spread of food.


Full and happy everyone enjoyed opening their Secret Santa presents whilst singing Christmas carols. And, as the day came to a close Hilary and Monica were surprised and delighted to receive beautiful orchid plants as a Christmas gift from the group. THANK YOU!!!

Merry Christnas everyone – looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Lots of Christmas Cheer!

Today Cutting Edge members met for the last time before Christmas and as well as enjoying a Christmas Bring and Share Lunch some fitted in a spot of knitting and sewing!

Fiona was engrossed in learning to knit under the watchful guidance of Brenda.

Fiona knitting

Whilst others were engrossed in their sewing projects

Dilys Linda and Catherine

Gilly lunch


seaside quilt

Some however, were more interested in the festivities – Glynis adorned with a sparkling hairband


And, Irene looking a treat as a French Tart!

Irene French

Whilst Jeannie looked like she had had too much French tart!

JHL Lunch

The lunch was certainly worth waiting for – as ever members had excelled with a wide range of tasty treats, both savoury and sweet!

luncheon table

And, if that was not enough we had a birthday to celebrate as well – Happy Birthday Linda!

Linda birthday

A lovely relaxing day with great friends – with more to come in the New Year

Merry Christmas everyone!

Made in Australia

Some of you may remember Anita Orford who was one of the very first members of Cutting Edge, when we met in Llanblethian Village Hall. Anita moved to Sydney, Australia two years ago this August. However, she still keeps up to date with our activities through the Cutting Edge and Cowbridge Stitch and Bitch blogs.

Anita is one of my very dearest friends so it was wonderful that I was able to visit her whilst on my recent travels. Though she has been busy settling in and using her sewing and DIY skills to make the most beautiful home she has not forgotten us. She has made 12 cute little Scottie dogs as a contribution to her fundraising efforts.

anita's scottie dogs

Half have been made with union jack fabric and the other half Australia flag fabric. They are so cute!

She was so keen that I bring them back with me that she took them on our trip to the Blue Mountains so that she could finish them off – what dedication to the cause!

anita sewing

I have made some very special labels for them.

Anita label web

Though only a short visit we had a lovely time finding a most amazing button shop and patchwork shops, which I will share with you in a later blog.


Rag Rugging Heaven

Today, a small group of textile enthusiasts gathered to have a go at rag rugging under the guidance of Sonia Fox.

After a short introduction to the various methods everyone got going on their creations.

Id and EC


Karen was on a mission. First with the sewing machine….

Karen sewing

then with some creative stitches and rag rugging


to finally showing what she described as a ‘couple of kidneys!’

Throughout the day Sonia demonstrated various techniques. There was a lot of interest in a rug that Sonia had been making for a while.

Sonia bw rug

And, the technique for plaiting materials for tassels and other embellishment was fascinating.

sonia tassel

Sonia tassel 2

Though there was considerable activity throughout the day – and a lot of chatter – there were no finished products to display. But, we are sure that sometime in the near future we will be able to show off some of the finished products.

Many thanks to Sonia for a very enjoyable and relaxing day!

Celebrating the Arrival of Spring With a Bit of Sewing!

With spring in the air there was a spring in everyone’s step today and, as usual, great enthusiasm for an enjoyable day sewing and catching up with friends!


With “morning prayers” out of the way some members showed off their work – and what a wonderful display it was too.

Jeannie seems to have a never ending energy for producing the most wonderful quilts. This one she created from a picture in an American magazine.

Jeannie's quilt

And, this one has been made from colourful fabric scraps – a delightful gift for Project Linus.

Jeannie's star quilt

Brenda showed a quilt that she had also made from scraps. She thanked the person who gifted the box of buttons that she received from last year’s Secret Santa as she had used them to decorate the quilt – another one for Project Linus. There are going to be some very happy faces when their new owners receive them.

Brenda's quilt

Jan had also been productive. This is a piece of work in progress

Jan's quilt

And, this is one she made earlier.

Jan's little quilt

Dianne showed a reversible quilt she started in 2005 and has just completed.

Dianne's quilt

dianne's quilt reverse

Pat has nearly completed a Scottie Dog quilt that she started last month.

scottie dog quilt

Dilys demonstrated how to sandwich a quilt by using two pieces of wood – a method that you can use at home on the dining room table.

Click here for instructions. The link is also available in the top tips section of the Cutting Ede blog.

Dilys quilt

Jane was busy making a tea cosy with a camper van embroidered on it.

camper van tea cosy

Hilary was on a mission to finish a cushion for her niece. She used the loose fabric collage technique to create a wonderful butterfly.

Hilary's butterfly1

And Sue was making a Jemima Puddleduck quilt. She had been very inventive and used a rag book for some of her panels.

Jemima quilt

So much creativity and I bet it has hardly made a dent in anyone’s fabric stash!

And, to round of the action Pam demonstrated her painting with shaving foam – always a winner!

shaving foam demo

Lots of colourful pieces were produced and we look forward to seeing some wonderful finished products soon!