Author: Jane Galley

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It seems a life time ago that we attended the Bloggerati Retreat and already there are plans afoot for the next one.  The last retreat was precious time for me to concentrate on sewing, something I don’t often enjoy with a busy job and other obligations.  Not only did I have time to sew, it…

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For a long time, I’ve wanted to do a triangle quilt so when the request went out to review some templates I was quick to volunteer.  I didn’t know what I was going to get but I was hopeful that there would be some triangles. The post arrived and I opened the envelope.  Inside were…

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I think the Craft Cotton Co are quickly becoming one of my favourite fabric companies.  The quality of the fabric is superb and the latest batch of design are fantastic.  I have been given the privilege of reviewing the range called Lily Pad by Debbie Shore.  Even the name of it evokes happy pictures in…

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You may remember my deliberations about going to the retreat last year, you can read about it here in case you missed it.  There were all sorts or mental gymnastics to get there and  I’m so glad I went.  I then decided to set another challenge for myself, after nearly 30 years, I was going to…

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You might remember I said in my previous blog that I had more plans for the London Town Fat Quarters from the Cotton Craft Co.  As promised, I’ve come back to share my next make using the fabric. Continuing with the them of travel, I’ve created a passport wallet with lots of useful pockets.  On the…

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It’s always lovely to get fabric sent in the post to test and being a London girl, I suppose it was appropriate that the fabric I received were these London Town Fat Quarters from the Craft Cotton Co. These kind of designs aren’t really my cup of tea but, originating from London,  the motifs on…

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I don’t know if it’s the Great British Sewing Bee effect or whether everyone is waking up to the environmental issues with regard to fabric manufacture, but there is a buzz about using scraps.  I’ve always been a fan of scrap quilts, probably because I never really had a great quilting fabric stash.  I always…

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I was counting down the days to half term.  For me, that’s a week off work where I can concentrate on being creative.  I had two quilts lined up for finishing as well as a crochet blanket to design and make.  I couldn’t wait. Saturday morning dawned and a friend said that Ancestry.com was having free…

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You’ve spent ages piecing your quilt top and the excitement mounts as all your blocks form into rows and then one big quilt top.  You stand back to admire your work and you can’t wait to move onto layering it up ready for quilting.  To get the full effect, you take your completed top to…

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One of the most often asked questions I’ve seen in sewing and quilting groups has been about sewing machines and which one people should buy.  As I’ve been wanting to upgrade my sewing machine for some time I followed these conversations with interest and I’ve come up with my Top Tips that may just help…

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For a few years now, I’ve been running an online craft club which means I’m always on the lookout for suitable projects.  Quilting related projects are always popular and for a long time, I’ve wanted to demonstrate a quilt as you go project.  Shopping in Hobbycraft one day, I came across Craft-Tex Placemats from Bosal. …

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I can’t thank you enough for your comments and messages following my last blog post.  It struck a chord with some who were feeling the same way.  It made it so much easier to meet them and virtual hugs turned to hugs in person. Arriving early meant I go to an almost empty sewing room…