Author: Jane Galley

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It’s taken a while after moving to get back into a routine for making.  The bonus is that I have a sewing room at home as well as the studio.  It’s a great distraction from other things I should be doing.  Getting unpacked, got me in the mood for tidying and organising.  The studio was…

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As years go by, it is so easy to just do the things we always do.  During one of my community classes, one of my students asked me to show her how to do mitred corners on the borders of her quilt.  It made me realise how long ago it was since I did any…

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I love this time of year.  Every morning on my way to work, I drive past a small wood.  Through the trees, as I go up the hill, I can spy the bluebells.  As I go up round the corner, the wood just opens up and there is a thick carpet of bluebells.  Every morning,…

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It’s been a rather hectic few weeks with packing, weddings and a dose of Covid.   Precious sewing time in the studio has been very limited.  You will remember last time,  I shared with you the beautiful Bluebell Wood fabric range from Lewis & Irene.  I would have loved to share a finished quilt with you,…

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It’s always with anticipation that I wait to see what Sylvia will assign as my challenge.  The last challenge was spring flowers and I was delighted to get bluebells.  I drive past a bluebell wood on my way to work so it was perfect for me and  I immediately had lots of ideas going around…

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Over the last couple of years, we have missed so many opportunities for meeting up with friends and others that share our crafting interests.  It’s been especially hard to do this internationally but now, with the help of modern technology, a group of us on YouTube are hosting a 12 hour International Stitching Marathon. Here…

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We are always looking for quicker ways to create our quilts.  I can remember when I first started my quilting journey, making one half square triangle was a great accomplishment.  Then came two at a time, four at a time and 8 at a time. I’m in the process of updating one of my online…

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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…