Author: Jane Galley

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So often, when you run a business around quilting, you can forget to quilt for yourself for the pure enjoyment of the process.  Yet, it’s what we need to keep our creativity fresh.  After a really hectic couple of months, I made a conscious decision to have some quilting fun, just for me. Back last…

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No matter how hard I try, my scrap mountain just keeps growing.  I feel another scrap quilt may be on the way, but I had some small pieces of fabric to use up too. These fabric key rings are great for using small offcuts, are fun to make and perfect for giving as gifts. I’ve…

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Not content with the challenges set by ‘The Webmaster’, I decided to take part in a challenge week over in a Facebook Group.  Most of the people in the group are paper crafters, but I decided I’d take part and translate it to fabric.  It’s a great way to get the brain working and to…

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It’s was purely by coincidence that my new pattern and class, You Touched My Heart, was ready for release in National Pet Month.  Everyone that has a pet will know how much they become a part of your life, and no matter how hard you try, they fill a big space in your heart. This…

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In some ways, it doesn’t seem like a year ago that we first went into lockdown.  Although I was still working, there seemed to be a promise of extra time to fill.  Along with many, I had good intentions of having a lockdown project, something I didn’t normally have time to do. My project was…

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That’s nice I thought, and then I look through his catalogue.  Oh my, hundreds of paintings the same.  Lots of splodges of colours, lots of brown paintings and, did you know, Monet even painted his wife in her coffin!  Can you imagine what he would have been like if he had a smart phone! So…

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These challenges certainly get your brain thinking.  Some themes come readily to mind, whereas others require some thinking about.  I thought when I picked baby socks it would be easy.  However, this one took a bit of thinking about.  Generally, I would have liked to make a wall hanging or cushion, but that would have…

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English Paper Piecing (otherwise known as EPP): The technique of folding fabric over paper templates and hand sewing together. The paper template makes sure that the blocks are accurate and makes it easier for angled pieces to fit together. This is not to be confused with Foundation Paper Piecing. Foundation Paper Piecing:This is where the…

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I think this year,more than any other, has highlighted the need of community.  Whatever we are going through, or whatever we are facing, it is always so much better when we have the support of a community.  One of the great things that has come from 2020 is finding the value of an online community.…

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When I opened Loopy’s Safe Haven Group on Facebook last year, I had thought it might be a one off.  However, 2020 has been such an unusual year, bringing lots of different challenges to people, I’ve been asked to open it again this year. The group has come out of archive and is now welcoming…

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My favourite subject at school was history.  I never retained much about the dates, but I loved the stories.  Over the next year, I am combining my love history with my love of quilting.  For the last two years, I’ve done themed quilt alongs and for next year, I’m adding the history behind the blocks…