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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
Feel free to send in any postcards that you have made since so that we can all enjoy them.
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
Gilly had brought in the table runner she started at Jeannies workshop
And was working on a small piece of quilted work
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
And, Keris was on a mission to finish a Christmas wreath
Fran brought along a quilt that she had made at a recent Sheen Norquay workshop
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!
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.
Whilst others were engrossed in their sewing projects
Some however, were more interested in the festivities – Glynis adorned with a sparkling hairband
And, Irene looking a treat as a French Tart!
Whilst Jeannie looked like she had had too much French tart!
The lunch was certainly worth waiting for – as ever members had excelled with a wide range of tasty treats, both savoury and sweet!
And, if that was not enough we had a birthday to celebrate as well – Happy Birthday Linda!
A lovely relaxing day with great friends – with more to come in the New Year
Merry Christmas everyone!
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.
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!
I have made some very special labels for them.
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.