Tagged: show and tell

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!

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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!

sallys-sewing-case

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.

dilys-and-caroline

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

gillys-panel

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

helen-scottie-dogs

Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together

liz-panel

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.

salinders-bag

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.

lesley-anne

Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made

carolines-brooch

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.

md-cluedo-collage

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

md-collage

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

welsh-lady-cushion1

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

Getting Ready for the Festive Season

At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.

Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.

hh-tree

Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning

sandra

Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….

Chris and Keris

Chris and Keris

and Liz was adding the diamante

chris-and-liz

Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!

lesley-web

By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous

xmas-trees

And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!

dilys-tree

We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting

Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip

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corinne-jan-and-gilly

And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell

Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.

chris-cushions

Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed

corinnes-wreath

Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there

helen-collage

And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.

hilarys-doll

We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.

marie

As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.

P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!

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Another Lovely Day at Cutting Edge

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!

CM flowers

She also showed two quilts that she had recently completed

CM quilt

CM quilt1

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!

Keris star quilt

She also showed a beautiful knitted blanket wih a teddy on it…

Keris knitted teddy blanket

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

Julia kit

Julia kiomon quilt

Jan brought along two antique quilts that she had acquired

Jan old quilt

Jan old quilt 2

Hilary brought along an embroidery case that she had made for a friend

Hilary embroidery case

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

HH bag

a Japanese folded patchwork bag

HH Japanese folded bag

and a cross stitch

HH 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.

Corinne Wndy Surridge shield

And at the end of the day Glynis proudly announced that she had finished her quilt.

GS quilt

Time for a break now folks. CE will resume on Tuesday 13 September. Happy holidays!

Sunshine and Showers

It might have been raining out but it was sunny inside with members managing to work on their latest project whislt having a good chat.

Consequently, there was much to share at Show & Tell

Lesley Anne had made a beautiful sashiko bag from a kit that she bought on a recent trip to the Malvern Quilt Show

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Chris had been making progress on work that she started at Dyeing to Paint and the recent Hilary Beattie workshop. This is a landscape featuring a windmill which she is doing from a photo that she took on holiday. The windmills sails have been created using golden thread paper – and they look amazing!

C Dobson windmill

Chris couldn’t decide what to do with this piece because the flowers weren’t prominent as she had hoped. But, with a little machine embroidery they are beginning to come to life

C Dobson daisy

Fiona showed a lovely little needlecase that she has made for her daughter in Australia

Fionas needlecase web

Marie showed the group some quilts that she is making for charity

Maries space quilt web

Marie red quilt web

And she is making this special memory quilt for her mum

Marie feely quilt web

Salinder was busy putting a hanging sleeve on this quilt

Salinders quilt web

And had made this wonderful bag

Slainder bag web

Sylvana had just finished binding this quilt

Sylvana plane quilt web

And Brenda showed a bag that she had made for carrying quilt blocks. Apparently she has one to match every outfit!

Brendas block bag web

Helen is busy finishing this quilt for an exhibition. She only started it 10 years ago and needs to complete it by July – go for it Helen!

Helen's quilt web

Glynis is making this piece of work under the guidance of Virgina Hole

Glynis needlwork web

Stephanie shared two pieces of work that she had done and won a prize for at the Malvern Quilt Show

Stephanies quilt web

Well done Stephanie – they are beautiful

And Jan wanted to show everyone the little art quilt that she has made from fabrics that she dyed at the Hilary Beattie workshop

Jan Websters art quilt HB web

And last but not least Gilly brought a chair?

Gilly chair web

Takes all sorts as they say!

Many thanks to Chris and Jan for their donation of raffle prizes

Great day, great fun. Looking forward to more of the same soon!

Another Industrious Day at Cutting Edge!

Cutting Edge sessions never fail to entertain and today was no exception. The group of hand stitchers at the table were busy working on various wonderful pieces of work…..

group

a beautiful cross stitch from Dilys

dilys cross sticth

some painstaking unpicking from Jan to make her husband’s quilt just perfect!

Jans quilt

And, a steady job for Hilary winding thread and wool

Hilarys wool

The other Hillary was quietly busy in the corner making a free machine embroidery cake stand that she plans to fill with free machine embroidered cup cakes – we can’t wait to see the finished project. It will be awesome!

Those on the sidelines were engrossed in making an iron caddy similar to one that Monica had made in the past and with a pattern downloaded from the internet

Corinne, Keris and Hillary

Corinne, Keris and Hillary

Caroline, LIz and Chris

Caroline, LIz and Chris

And, Sally reached the finishing post first with her beautifully made caddy

Sallys bag

Show and tell revealed that members don’t seem to stop when they are at home. Salinder had made a beautiful small quilt from scraps

salinders quilt

Jan showed everyone an apron that she had made and which others were keen to make

Jans apron

And Sue Thomas showed a quilt that members of the Swan Street quilters had made for Sue Bowers.

sue bowers quillt

Monica showed a small art quilt that she had made from samples of fabrics that she had dyed at Dyeing to Paint

dtp quilt

And she has finally finished her Ineke Berlin design bag

denim bag web

Fiona, though absent today, sent photos of work that she has been working on which look wonderful and we look forward to seeing them close up in the near future

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And, lastly Hilary was encouraging members to Stitch for Syria and shared a news article about the Christmas fundraising for Llamau

What a wondeful and varied day – well done everyone!

Variety is the Spice of Life

The Show and Tell session at Tuesday’s Cutting Edge session demonstrated the breadth of crafting interest within the group.

As usual there were some stunning examples of patchwork and quilting….

green quilt

flower quilt

star quilt

flower star

There were a variety of other items that had been lovingly created…

blue cushion

beach bag

fairy shoes and bag

necklace

isobelles flower

There was also some shadow knitting going on, courtesy of Linda – amazing!

stripe quilt

In addition to all of the above Isobelle, with the help of Fran and Irene, demonstrated the groups new Scan ‘n Cut machine which means that once people are familiar with it we can look forward to many more wonderful pieces of work in the coming months!

And, whilst everyone was enjoying themsleves with all things crafting Hilary and Monica were off on their travels. Hilary to Spain and Monica to the Scottish Highlands. You can read about Monica’s travels and interesting discoveries here