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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!


Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine

On 17 February a workshop was held that was focused on helping people get the most of their sewing machine and it proved to be very successful.

Sandra Carter, who faciltated the day, kicked off with information about threads and machine needles befroe moving on to help people explore the benefits of the different feet on their machines.

One foot that didn’t seem to be used much by many was the blind hem foot and after a bit of experimenting members of the group were beginning to discover how useful it could be.

blind hem

There was the opportunity to try out the different embrooidery stitches. And, Sandra’s demonstration of how to use a drawing pin and electrical tape to create circular patterns went down a treat!

drawing pin blue

drawing pin red

As well as providing the group with lots of useful tips and tricks the day provided an insight into heirloom sewing. Many thanks to Sandra for an excellent day.

Machine Quilting Workshop

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Bonvilston Reading Rooms, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00am – 4.00pm
Fee: £20.00

What You Will Learn
On the day you will learn all about:
• Tension
• Needle types and sizes
• Threads and waddings
• The best way to set up your work area
• Quilting with a walking foot
• Free motion quilting
• The best way to organise and present a quilt to your machine for quilting

The Tutor
Sonia Fox is primarily a quilt maker with a special interest in both hand and machine quilting. She is a fabric and stitch enthusiast and confesses to being a bit of a ‘flusey’ when it comes to textiles generally “if it takes my fancy I will try it out”.

“I can’t make you an instant expert on the day but you will go home knowing enough to trouble shoot for yourself. You can then practice, practice, practice until you are!
If you have any quilting project you wish to discuss please bring it along on the day.
This will be a fun day I promise”!

For more information or to book a place email mdennis.wales@gmail.com

Vintage Embroidery Case

After admiring Brenda’s vintage needle case Monica thought it would be good to share a picture of her vintage embroidery threads case. It belonged to a neighbour of Monica’s mother so is probably of a similar age, if not slightly older than the needle case.

vintage embroidery books

When Monica took possession of it she was thrilled to find two little books hidden in the sleeve of the case, which demonstrate the various embroidery stitches.

embroidery books