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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:A few…Continue

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Comment by Kim Webb 2 hours ago

Glad you got the dishwasher fixed yesterday Froggie. Glad it was an easy fix and I hope it was under warranty.

Glad you are staying in Ohio this winter where you feel safe Sherri. Looking at the daily numbers for Ohio shows that they are nearly identical to Florida's daily numbers each day and the cases are surging in Ohio. Glad to hear they are taking it so seriously.

I have to have my Dad at the hospital tomorrow morning at 9:30. Much better than the crack of dawn we had to be there last time. We will leave here a bit after 8 and won't have to rush around in the morning.

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 8 hours ago

We almost bought that whole house generator, Carol Ann! I'm not sure why not, maybe too much thinking about it and then just didn't do it. We don't need it that often, but when our power goes off, I get instantly grumpy! Don't even want to be near myself. Grrrrr... But you have it all figured out, and knowing ahead of time probably helps. 

Yes, the dishwasher is fixed, Kim! The guy came after 1 sometime, and looked at the thing, and changed out that part, and it seems to be fixed now. He was here about 30 minutes, I think. That was with some time for him and Mr. B to talk about muscle cars. 

I would accept DD's help lugging that sewing machine too, Sherri! Log cabins can be fussy blocks for sure. It sounds like you are frustrated. I hope you get to feeling better. Good luck with the dog fence. I don't think that method would have held Chocolate in. Reason is, he was such a barker, so we decided to get a shock collar. Then, I heard him outside, bark bark, whine, bark bark, whine.... I told Mr. B that was torturing him and I couldn't take it. That was when we had to tie him up so he could be outside for a few minutes. Before fence. We finally got the fence up, and he would still stand there and bark sometimes, but he looked like he was having fun. I sure do miss that dog! 

I slept much better last night, and I am feeling good this morning. Maybe I can get some things done today. I sure felt puny and just blah yesterday. 

Oh and I called the doctor office, still no referral. So, the girl I talked to was very nice, I didn't recognize her voice, and she said that she sees when the note went to Dr. Semore last Wednesday, and she saw the note from the eye doctor. So, she is sending another note, and telling her face to face too! What a novel concept! I crack me up. I hope it happens today, I really don't want to put it off again. I hate that. 

~Hopppy quitling~

Comment by Barbara S/IL 8 hours ago

Good morning. Gray and chilly this AM. It's suppsed to be in the 50s today.

I hope to get my pumpkin quilt as you go sewn up today. I have all the pieces ready to go. 

I put a pork roast in the crockpot and hope it cools down to pulled pork. The way the butcher cut it is like a big ham steak but it's fresh. I can't tell from the labellling what I'm opening. I was expecting a rioast like a shoulder or butt cut. Surprise.

How are you doing Marilyn? Hope you are continuing to get better.

Sherri I am glad your friend helped you out there. I don't blame you for wanting to stay put this winter. Hope you stay healthy. Hope to see a pic of your log cabin snowman. 

Hope all goes well for your Dad tomorrow Kim. Hope he has been behaving himself.

Thel I hope all the kitties get their new homes. It sounds like you are enjoying helping with the recovery for the group.

Are you using a repaired dishwasher yet Froggie? Hope they came at a reasonable time.

Comment by Sherri Eley 8 hours ago

Feels like winter is on its way here in NW OH. That's ok we are staying home this year.  YOu couldn't pay me to step foot in the state of FL. even if and when this Pandemic is over.  I refuse to support a state that doesn't take this virus seriously.  Anyway  I did get out to the sewing group last evening.  My DD drove me and unloaded my machine ,  carried in for me thane returned to pick me up.  She didn't want me lifing because I had a right heart cath last Friday and she was worried that was too much of a strain on the wound. They went in through my jugular vein and although I believe it is fine now,  I didn't turn down an offer for her to haul that stuff in for me.  I wonder if it is worth it every week to go through all of that for a couple of hours of sewing.  Plus we are making this snowman wall hanging that is all made with log cabin blocks.... MY least favorite block to piece.  We did get one major task accomplished this past week. We are installing a new underground dog fence and when we did one 12 years ago we put it in without any problems,  but doing it now as we are older has been a major task.  But thanks to our oldest son he finished up burying the wire yesterday.  Now my DH has to hook it up and we test it out with our Molly.  I suspect she is too stubborn to let this contain her.  But we will see. Have to head up to the Lake this morning and close up the RV for the winter.  If covid doesn't get us  hope to be able to enjoy it again next summer.  Have a good day everyone. 

Comment by Kim Webb 9 hours ago

Good morning, it's suppose to be a nice day here today. I'm working this morning and have bowling tonight. Tomorrow is my Dad's cardiac catheterization. They are suppose to call today with the time we have to be at the hospital. I suspect it will be a very early morning. I still need to get my CCS together today to work on while I'm waiting. 

Did you get your dishwasher fixed yesterday Froggie? I hope so.

I joined in on a live chat last night on the PP site. There wasn't many of us and you could tell that some of them are regulars but it was good anyway.

I started to watch the World series but that's to late for me. I put my book on and fell asleep again.

How was your hair cut Carol Ann? I hope it helped to get out some. I guess we are lucky here in NY where I live that everyone really has listened and are doing everything we can to keep the virus rates very low. Because of that most things are somewhat back to normal. I hope it stays that way .

Well I better get myself ready for the day. Tessa snuck upstairs so I better go see what she found interesting up there. One never knows what she will find. 

Have a great day...

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 21 hours ago

It's been a lazy day that started out misty and is now raining pretty heavy.  I haven't been very productive at all.  I had the trap out until about 5pm when it started to rain instead of just a mist.   No luck today.  

That's funny about the Captain Kim.  I bet he had a nice nap.  

Yup Froggie,  the soft shells are considered burritos.  That's how I do mine most of the time and then I have the rest of the tortillas to make a variety of wraps.   I load mine like crazy - cheese, meat, diced onions & jalapenos', shredded lettuce, more cheese, salsa and sour cream.  I think that's it.  

That 'window' is wide open Froggie.  Geeze, at least say morning or afternoon.  Crazy.  

I decided when I had to disappear and know I was starting over my life that I'd try to keep as many of my personal traditions as I could manage so I've kept doing Thanksgiving dinner even alone.  I'm stubborn and decided that man wasn't gonna take that away from me.  

I hope you enjoy your hairdresser appointment Carol Ann and it helps with the Grumpies !!   Power gone for 3 days !   Why do they do that?  

It's supposed to warm up here too Kathleen.  That'd be nice for a few days. 

Maybe you need some of those batter powered heated slippers/booties Froggie.   Yah, ones with little duck or bunny heads on them.  

We had a large generator set up like that in our dream house in the middle of the woods Carol Ann.  When we designed and built the house it was hard wired right into our power box.   Super easy and very reliable.  

Nice that you got some of the outside stuff done Alice.  I hope that works out well with him picking up groceries for you.   I love Gorilla tape.  I hate if I run out.  It comes in handy for all kinds of projects.   

Have you heard that saying that You can fix anything with WD40 and Duct tape (change that to gorilla tape).   I crack me up.  

I'm putting together my on line grocery list for tomorrow.  I love paydays !    AND my next project to insulate the porch for winter is designed and everything for that is in my Lowes shopping cart.  Just need to decide when I'll scoop all those goodies and start that job.  

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 23 hours ago

No sewing done or anything sewing related.  But like Thel, I need to do some  deep cleaning, purging, and organizing.  So that might have to wait.

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 23 hours ago

Hello all!  I'm beat!  I did rake the front yard yesterday before OT came for mom's therapy.  Turns out her therapy was to give her a bath/shower.  YAY!  But she left me a pile of towels.  I had to do laundry after working outside, and I treated myself to watch the football game.

This morning I was up early to rake the back area by the irrigation pump.  Picked that up and by the time I came in to check on mom, she was up just coming out of the bathroom.  I got rake up the back yard and irrigate. 

yes it would be nice if my brother did that, but I KNOW he's not going to help out in that area.  He considers it's part of my home ownership, but we both will inherit mom's house jointly.  But I will be living in it though.

At least tomorrow I can stay inside.  It was nice working outside though.  

I need to figure out my grocery list, so my brother can pick it up on Saturday.  Might have him pick up mom's pills too and some Cracker Barrel or Dion's pizza.  Although with our covid numbers so high, perhaps it's best to just make something here at the house.  Can't be too safe!

Barbara, so happy your got that furnace fixed up.  Hope it's a permanent fix! 

Carol Ann, no electricity, that bites. 

KFC for Thanksgiving works for me!  Mom loves their coleslaw!  extra crispy for me too! 

We were up in the upper 80s/90 today.  Nice sunny warm day this afternoon.  The morning was chilly.  After next Monday, our temps will go to normal for this time of the year.  Our highs will be in the 60s, low in the upper 30s.  I still need to add that double thick plastic on two doors and a window. Need to get that done this week.  Need to go get some of that gorilla tape.  Maybe my brother will bring me a roll from Home Depot, he's there working, he may as well bring me a roll of that stuff on Saturday. But I need to get it done by Sunday, so I'll get some from the Dollar Store tomorrow. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton yesterday

How do we deal with no electricity for three days, Kathleen? 

Well, it's kinda like camping.  You. bring the food you need to keep cold in an ice chest (DON'T OPEN THE HOUSE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER DOORS!). It's warm enough we don't need a heater inside, but we have a fire pit outside on the flagstone patio, so we light a wood campfire.  We bring snacks and food that does not need cooking, but we have a little propane stove to heat things like beans and soup (and coffee!!).  We have several propane lanterns (for outside) and 5 or 6 battery powered lights we can use inside.  We heat water on the propane stove to wash our hands and faces - sorry no showers!  We have community water (not a well), so the toilets will flush!  That's a plus; better than camping!

Actually, if it is Wednesday thru Friday, we won't go up to the mountain house until Friday afternoon (after checking the PG&E site for their prediction of "lights on"; last time it was 5:00 p.m.)   Then we wait!  They turned the electricity on last time exactly at 5:15 p.m.

Some of our neighbors have generators; one actually has a generator that turns itself on automatically when the electricity goes off!  It is powered by a large propane tank and lives about 30 feet from his cabin with the line to the house buried in the ground.  He's an electrician with his own company!  People who live in the little town permanently usually have the large generators.

Interestingly enough, more folks in California died from using their generators improperly -- carbon monoxide poisoning -- than died from the last wildfire in the area itself!  (We don't have one.  We think they can be dangerous, and we don't need it that badly.)

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) yesterday

Yes, Barbara, it sure is a big window. And we haven't had anyone call to narrow it down. I think that's rediculous. 

We went to a buffet place for Thanksgiving one year. It was nice to not have to cook, but we all missed the leftovers. We haven't done that again. 

I think Thanksgiving should be shared with family too, Carol Ann. Or if you are in the Navy and away from family, with your Navy family. That was always fun. Plus, my hips and knees didn't hurt then. Hot and windy still? it's cold here today. At least I am cold. It's 53 outside, not really cold. 

I don't know, Kathleen, but that's what they are telling us. If there's a satisfaction survey, I will sure mention it. 

I got the pocket piece for the second potholder finished this morning. Then I hopped in the bed and watched some Disney +. I was trying to warm my feet up. It didn't work. 

OK it's time to get back to waiting, and trying to warm up my feet. Maybe I should get in the swim spa, that will warm me up. 

~Hopppy quilting~


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