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!
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 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!
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.
Gilly was creating beautiful blocks with trapunto work – this is one she made earlier
Helen was making Japanese folded patchwork squares with Scottie Dog fabric centres which looked delightful!
Liz was busy sandwiching a wallhanging together
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
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.
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.
Caroline showed off a little robin brooch that Monica had made
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.
The second quilt, recently completed, reflects some of Monica’s travels featuring fabrics and buttons that she had bought when on holiday.
And the cushion featured an applique of a Welsh lady in traditional costume.
Another creative day in the life of Cutting Edge – blissful!
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.
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
Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….
and Liz was adding the diamante
Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!
By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous
And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her 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
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.
Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed
Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there
And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.
We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.
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!
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!
She also showed two quilts that she had recently completed
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!
She also showed a beautiful knitted blanket wih a teddy on it…
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
Jan brought along two antique quilts that she had acquired
Hilary brought along an embroidery case that she had made for a friend
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
a Japanese folded patchwork bag
and a 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.
And at the end of the day Glynis proudly announced that she had finished her quilt.
Time for a break now folks. CE will resume on Tuesday 13 September. Happy holidays!
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
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!
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
Fiona showed a lovely little needlecase that she has made for her daughter in Australia
Marie showed the group some quilts that she is making for charity
And she is making this special memory quilt for her mum
Salinder was busy putting a hanging sleeve on this quilt
And had made this wonderful bag
Sylvana had just finished binding this quilt
And Brenda showed a bag that she had made for carrying quilt blocks. Apparently she has one to match every outfit!
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!
Glynis is making this piece of work under the guidance of Virgina Hole
Stephanie shared two pieces of work that she had done and won a prize for at the Malvern Quilt Show
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
And last but not least Gilly brought a chair?
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!
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…..
a beautiful cross stitch from Dilys
some painstaking unpicking from Jan to make her husband’s quilt just perfect!
And, a steady job for Hilary winding thread and 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
And, Sally reached the finishing post first with her beautifully made caddy
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
Jan showed everyone an apron that she had made and which others were keen to make
And Sue Thomas showed a quilt that members of the Swan Street quilters had made for Sue Bowers.
Monica showed a small art quilt that she had made from samples of fabrics that she had dyed at Dyeing to Paint
And she has finally finished her Ineke Berlin design bag
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
What a wondeful and varied day – well done everyone!