Author: Jane Galley

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Back in the summer, when I had time to play with fabric, I had the idea of making a small lunch bag using wipe clean fabric. I knew I could buy oilcloth to make one, but that would have been too easy.  I thought I’d try waterproofing my own fabric instead.    There are lots…

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Repair, Reuse, Recycle, Renew Good quality towels tend to come at a price, especially if you are looking at bath sheets. You want them to last a long time and quite often, the binding on the edging starts to fray long before the body of the towel begins to deteriorate. In this climate of making…

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When it came to opening up the studio to the public, I thought most people would be having concerns about safety with regard to Covid 19, so I was a bit surprised to be asked about how I recycle.  After the recent news, I imagine that this is a concern for a lot of people,…

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I don’t know about you, but when I see places or things named after a person, I like to know who it is.  When I started working at a campus at work, one of the wings is named after a man, but no one can tell me who it is and why he was important…

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It has been wonderful to see opportunities for getting together for classes opening up again.  It may have been a year later than originally intended, but I finally got to do my community teaching. Being out of the studio and travelling to different venues brought it’s own challenges. Each week on a Monday, I had…

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It has been rather hectic here over the last few weeks.  Alongside my existing work, I’ve been doing some teaching in the community.  While it has been a lot of fun, there has been a lot of preparation which has been enjoyable too.  I was tasked with creating some classes with recycling as a theme,…

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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…