Tagged: Wales

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!


Another Busy Day at Cutting Edge!

Another wonderful day at Cutting Edge! As ever members were on a mission to start a new project or complete something they had begun earlier.

Chris Dobson was making a pebble cushion

similar to one she had made earlier….

Chris had also made two beautiful sea side themed cushions. The centre pieces were stencilled at a Dyeing to Paint session.

Caroline was busy cutting a Welsh lady out to applique onto a cushion – and was using one of Chris’ cushions to work out the size

Marie was busy putting a quilt together …

and finding the time to have a well earned chat with Hillary

Lesley was engrossed in cutting out a flying geese border for a table runner

Sue Thomas was finishing off a quilt and showed a beautiful dragonfly quilt that she has recently completed

Sylvana was in the process of binding a cute owl quilt which is a hoot!

Jane was also making a children’s quilt with novelty fabric

Liz showed a cushion that she had made. The Dragon was cut out on the scan and cut machine and then appliqued to the fabric

And Gilly modelled a Japanese Folded apron that she had made with a Janet Clare pattern

Monica showed some crazy patchwork that she had done at a recent workshop in Swansea

And she had also made a crazy patchwork cushion with silk fabrics

and a pineapple cushion from a panel that she had stencilled and painted at Dyeing to Paint

What a very talented group of people – well done everyone!

For the Love of Sewing

Yesterday’s session fell on Valentine’s Day and those who love to sew gathered for an action packed day of creativity.


There was much in production…..

Corinne was making a quilt for a family member



and she brought along work that she had done at a recent Judi Mendelssohn workshop

Corinne's quilt

Corinne’s quilt

Sylvana was busy making a baby quilt.



And Pat was making this quilt for a grandaughter in Australia



As ever there was lots of completed projects, which was a joy to behold.

This is a Suduko quilt that Chris had made from a pattern in the Quilters Guild magazine

Chris Sudok quilt

Chris Sudok quilt

Ths is Caroline’s first attempt at a quilt – wonderful and colourful.

Caroline's first quilt

Caroline’s first quilt

Dilys showed a bag that is made from an Oakshott pattern and fabrics.

Dilys bag

Dilys bag

Isobelle brought along a fabulous book that she has recently completed and that has taken her 3 years to complete ,,,



Liz showed a wall hanging that she had recently completed



Jeannie had made this quilt for a relative. Very different from her usual intricate designs but just as beautiful

Jeannie's quilt

Jeannie’s quilt

Keris showed bags she had made at the recent decorative bag workshop

Keris' bags

Keris’ bags

Click here to see more of the bags that were made

She also showed a book cover that she had recently made for her journal on Vietnam. we look forward to hearing all about the trip.


Jan had been busy. She showed a bag that she had made, an apron and a wall hanging that was to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday


Sally had made a Bride to Be sash for her niece….



Sally also showed some syringe driver bags that Hilary had made for Velindre hospital


Chris D was away but sent a photo of Welsh lady cushions that she had made

Chris Dobson's cushions

Chris Dobson’s cushions

And energy levels were kept up with home made heart shaped shortbread biscuits and Welsh cakes – thanks to Liz and Monica

There is no end to the group’s talents – well done everyone!

Fabric Landscapes a Hit!

It might be the summer break but some of us just couldn’t resist spending a day making fabric landscapes under the expert guidance of Hilary Carney. And, what a fun and productive day it was too.

After a short introduction heads were down and everyone was off to a flying start…..

group in room web

And, in spite of the few hiccups with vital equipment like extension leads, threads and even lunch left behind (left on the drive at home?) everyone managed to priduce some stunning pieces of work.

A Tuscan landscape in the making from Keris

Keris with pic web

Keris pic web

Corinnes beautiful shaded mountains

Corinnes pic web

A delicate touch from Fiona

Fiona pic2 web

Caroline’s very first attenpt at this kind of thing – I think she has been secretly practising to to produce such a wonderful piece of work.

Carolines pictire web

And Stephanie has some interesting colours in her landscape. Can’t wait to see the finished piece

steph pic web

Stephanie sewing web

Monica based her piece of work on a photgraph of Loch Maree in Scotland….

MD pic web

Enid’s picture is of a view through a cave.

Enids pic web

Jan based her landscape on a view of Ogmore by Sea where she lives – love the sheep and segulls Jan

JAns landscape web

And Catherine’s was doing some amazing stitching on her landscape which will certainly enhance her finished piece

Cath pic web

The next challenge for those who are up for it is to create a fabric map of Wales….

wales map web_edited-1

No pressure girls!!!

Hilary and Fiona

A great day. many thanks to Hilary for doing such a wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing some fab finished pieces of work soon.

Finished work

Corinne Roberts

Corinne finished

Monica Dennis

MD finished

Keris Howard

Keris landscape

Kaffe Fassett Throw on Display in Llantwit Major

An unusual work of art created for the Queen’s jubilee has gone on display in a village shop.

The hand-knitted Rowan Jubilee Throw, by designer Kaffe Fassett, has taken pride of place in the window of The Sewing Box in Llantwit Major.

In what she describes as “a bit of a coup”, Sewing Box owner Lynn Warren asked for the patchwork to display in the shop.

Kaffe Fasset jubillee throw

Yoghurt Pot Fabric Dyeing

Cutting Edge was established on 11 April 2012.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in Llanblethian Village Hall, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

At our first meeting we shared ideas on recycling items of clothing and fabrics.

At the meeting on 9 May we had a go at dyeing fabric in a yoghurt pot, which was great fun. We just need  to turn it into a classy piece of craft work now!

Watch this space!

Hello world!

Welcome to the Cutting Edge Blog. We aim to keep you posted about our activities and latest creations.

You are welcome to join our group, which is designed for anyone who has an interest in patchwork and quilting, embroidery and embellishment of fabrics.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Llanbleddian village hall, Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan.

For more information contact Pam Stead after 5.00pm on 01446 772965