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Welcome to Gifty Galore 2016!

Our new Gifty Galore Christmas project season begins July 18th this year and runs through December 19th! And, Anita is back with more wonderful designers! 

We are using the book, Fast, Fun, and More Gifty. It is compiled and written especially for us! Our newest Gifty book is the best ever for preparing a gift-giving extravaganza. There are even MORE small and quick projects. Hey, you'll be able to use the projects in this book all year long!

Get ready… prepare your sewing space, oil the machine, and finish up any UFOs because you’re going to be busy! I challenge you to keep up with us!

  1. Time frame is from July 18th - December 19th, 2016 for the weekly projects.
  2. Please post all project questions on Notions where you will find the complete blog. All information is kept together there for reference later and It's much easier to find!
  3. You can join at any time. If you are not a member of our Quilt With Us Community, click the "Signup and Join" box in the upper-right corner. Once you're a member, you will see a green plus sign and a link to join "Gifty Galore” in the upper-right of the group page. Clicking on the link will allow you to join Gifty Galore.

Discussion Forum


Started by Cindy. Last reply by Agnes / NW Ontario Apr 27, 2018. 98 Replies

Block size                12 1\2" unfinished to finish at 12" Pattern .                  Log CabinColors .                    Center 31\2" square jewel tone ( brights)                                 Logs cut at 2"                               …Continue

2017 Project list.

Started by Barbara S/IL. Last reply by Cindy Sep 5, 2017. 18 Replies

Here's a list of projects for 2017. This will be mostly free patterns as selected by group members. Everyone's welcome.#1 The Grim Ripper…Continue

Organizer Box

Started by Mari. Last reply by Joanne Maner/TN Apr 19, 2017. 26 Replies

Rectangle Organizer Box:…Continue

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Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 1 hour ago

Wow, those minis are really mini Thel.  Gorgeous work; has to be tedious but the end result is beautiful!

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 2 hours ago

Good evening.  I've had a nice day today.  It started with cleaning a light dusting off Lexi and getting to church in the slush.  Wonderful church experience again.  

I already lost track of a bunch of stuff I was gonna comment on.  geeze...

Rita,  I'm glad you're looking forward to your 'fix' and your chance to heal correctly.  Continuing prayers for you.  

The grand kids sure have fun on the farm don't they.  

Feel better Chocolate.  Quite pretending to be 'down and out' in order to get attention you silly dog.    Hey Froggie,  have you ever tried Thangles for HST's.  PERFECT every time!! 

LOVE your 30's Stitchers Garden  Mary Alice.  That's just awesome.  BIG !  and Beautiful.  I love how each block is framed.  

I hear the gal is doing better today, that she might have a place inside for a few days with a local family.  Uptown they just don't want to admit that they have a homeless population need.  One of the meetings I was at last year, someone wanted permission to turn an old business into a homeless shelter and it was shot down...….WE don't have that kind of problem here, we don't need it."  They should take a trip out to the back of the park at midnight and check for themselves. 

Thank goodness they got all the surrounding area for Helga.  I bet she feels better with it gone.  Now to just keep an eye on her and love on her. 

I'll take some of the sweet tater pie Mary Alice.  emmm good.  

Do you mean Gaelic Knots Froggie.    OR you using Garlic for your quilts?

I say BE A PROUND GRANDMA !!    What a nice performance.  She looks very engrossed there.  I also like that you can see the young man respecting the flag on the far right.  

I been getting some sewing done.  Wonder if any of you will recognize these "Littles" from 2015.   I've got these two finished, 4 more to go.  I had completed the rest.  

9" square on the first one.  15" square on the 2nd one with 3-d geese.


Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 3 hours ago

Looking for a Christmas ornament for Abby.  Her Middle School's drama club is putting on Lion King and I have begun the tradition of buying her a Christmas ornament to commemorate each play she is in.  I found one I like on Etsy - ceramic with the Lion King the Musical logo....reasonable price too but it ships from Hong Kong and although I've ordered stuff like that before and had good luck, it makes me nervous.  Have to think about it.

She is such a musical young lady, plays piano, flute, a little guitar, and is now learning oboe.  She sings in the school choir, the middle school select choir, accompanies the choir on piano on some numbers, dances tap, ballet, modern, and sometimes folk, and her first love is drama club.  Her school posted the select choir singing the national anthem at an assembly, pretty good I think for 19 kids total chosen from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  Please excuse the this proud grandma.  Abby is 3rd from the right, first row in navy/white top.


Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 4 hours ago

Beautiful, beautiful quilt, Mary Alice.  

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 5 hours ago

I will have some of that apple cake please, Mary Alice. I don't think I want the sweet potato pie, but DD1 will have some, she loves them. That's a pretty quilt, you dork! I crack me up. You don't look like a dork. You look like your hair is very short, I like it. 

We seem to owe every year too, Barbara. That's just not right. But then again, if you get a refund, IRS is using your money during the year and you don't benefit from it. Your classes will be fun, especially the one you don't have to take your own machine. They sure are heavy, aren't they? 

OK I will wait, then, Kim. I just need that sand. I haven't lived near sand in 21 years! I can't believe that. Oh I hope they got all the cancer. Our Navy dog Fred had a testicle that never dropped, and it finally turned cancerous after about 10 years. The doc told us either it's all gone or he will be gone in six months. He lived another 8 years. I can't believe how long the Daytona 500 was today! Just over 5 hours. We haven't watched it in so long that I didn't recognize most of the names. And the rules. OT for nascar? What is that about? I think they explained it, but I just kept thinking What is that about??? 

Well, I finally settled on making some Garlic Knot blocks. It took a while, I started with thinking what the "Journey" blocks would look like if I just put in a different fabric instead of the HST's. I ended up not liking them, then thought about the Garlic Knots, and my second try was a winner. Like I told DD1, I can make potholders with the trial blocks. I will post a pic of them in a minute. 

~Hopppy Quilting~

Comment by Kim Webb 5 hours ago

We got Helga's lab report back from the vet today. It was a malignant tumor that they removed. He is confident that they got it all and all the nodes he took were clean also. We will just have to watch her and make sure she's doing well.

Comment by Kim Webb 6 hours ago

Wow, that is just gorgeous Mary Alice. And I agree with Barbara. You do not look like a dork. I hope you get your leak fixed soon.

The ocean is just so peaceful this time of year. I don't think I'm going to go sit with my toes in the sand anytime soon though. Maybe in a few more months.

Take care in the snow Barbara. You can smell it in the air here. Or at least I swear you can smell the snow coming. Maybe I will get to use my shovel tomorrow. I haven't used it once this winter yet.

Comment by Barbara S/IL 7 hours ago

That's gorgeous, Mary Alice and you do not look like a dork.

 I stayed home today. It's snowing a little but not as bad as I thought it would.  DS came over and had lunch with me. I made that bundt pan chicken, broccoli cauliflower casserole  and coconut cream pie. Yum.

Tomorrow is tax day for me. Who knows how much I'll owe this year. 

Kim, I'd love to be able to see your views of the ocean. Glad you have somewhere you can go and decompress. Hope they get that leak fixed quickly. People get fussy if their water or power is off for long.

Thel that is so sad about that girl living on the street. Wonder what her story is. Its great that there are caring people like you in the world.

I tried to arrange my 2 timer B blocks. I think I'll go with an alternate log cabin type setting. The crib size layout looks too muddled. 

I've signed up for monthly Kimberbell projects at the Sewing Center.  Also the two day event next month. Our next project will be a notebook cover. She kits everything up and tells us what to put where and when. They also use their machines so no heavy lifting. For the two day event, I'll need to take my machine though.  That will be a bit of a hassle. 

So now its snowing a little heavier. Maybe we'll end up with 2 or 3 inches. 

Rita, the ortho clinic here used to require people watch the joint replacement videos. I guess it's so they are fully informed on what they're in for. Sometimes pictures are too much information. 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 8 hours ago

Whoa Mary Alice!! That is one epic quilt top! I bet you're proud of this accomplishment. Just beautiful!

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 10 hours ago

Hello all!  Busy morning!  My sink is still leaking.  Had to take everything out again, wipe it down and reposition the buckets.  The leak was in another area not covered by buckets, so I had to reposition one to be under the curve of pipes.  

Plus then I had to bake.  I had apples that were looking sad, so I cut those up and made a fresh apple cake, and I'd cooked up some sweet potatoes the other day in my IP, so I decided on making 2 sweet potato pies. 

Still need to do some laundry, but I need a rest.  

Wow!  Everyone is so busy! Love the Kimberbell tag/gift card holder and your block Barbara!  Kim, I want to see that BH mystery.  Geez, I've not touched that in a several weeks. 

I worked yesterday on my Kimberbell class.  I also made that tag/gift card holder, Barbara!  I also got a snowman mug rug done.  And I need to get the next Kimberbell project done.  It's a change/coin purse you attach to key fob.  But it's also good to hold your USB sticks.

Oh Rita, don't watch that video!  Wait till it's all over, then go watch it.  There were loads of people telling me to go watch hip replacement before mine, but I refused.  So glad I did, I would have been a total mess on that surgery day.

I did manage to organize the next pages for the stitches in bloom class.  I've got 3 blocks to do with decorative stitching.  I need to cut out the background for the embroidered one and the machine sewn one.  Still need to work on the Stitchers Garden with purple background using Tula Pink fabrics.   Speaking of Stitcher's Garden, here's my 30s all done.  I'm at the Bernina shop, peeking from the back looking like a dork.


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