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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 Barbara S/IL 1 hour ago

Good morning. It's sunny but a little colder today. We might have frost tonight. I don't have anythign that needs to be covered though.

One of my trees is in full bloom and so pretty. I'm not sure what it is , maybe a Juneberry. The redbud will be blooming soon. I had cut some pussywillow sprigs earlier this spring and one of them is rooting. Hope it does ok until I can find a place to plant it. It's momma is so tall that i can hardly readh the budded sprigs to cut in the spring. 

I'm almost done piecing the Astrid blocks. I need to press and finish the sashing on 8 blocks then square them up. Then I can start making them into a flimsy.

Susan I pray that the speech therapy does the trick for you. It sounds like you have been on quite a journey with this cough.

Kim your DH is quite the macho man. Hope he doesn't overdo and end up sick again. Have fun with the CCS.

Look at how the tulips in this bouquet have 'grown'. They were even with the other flowers when I put them in the vase a few days ago.

Comment by Susan 3 hours ago

Good morning,

I didn't make it here yesterday, Happy Birthday dear Barb! It is wonderful that you are so loved by your family and they know the gifts that make you happy.

I spent most of the day in the yard cleaning flower beds. I planted my little kitchen herb garden and added tarragon. We enjoy dried tarragon in chicken salad and in marinades, thought I would try fresh. I have one more bed to clean out.

Carol Ann, so sorry to hear of the death of your sister. It is comforting to know that she died peacefully in her home. Big quilty hugs to you.

I have had an unexplained chronic cough for the last 25 years. It started shortly after we moved to GA. An episode can last from 30 seconds,to 10 minutes. I can't count the number of doctors and therapies I have tried. I have had two major surgeries on my esophagus and stomach that would supposedly stop the cough. Allergy meds, inhalers, nasal spray, salt therapy, accupunture, nerve blockers, a year of a clinical trial, NSAIDS, acid reducers, holistic meds, you name it. The cough has truly impacted my life and where and what I can do around people. In researching chronic coughI read an article that when all else fails a voice /speech pathologist may be able to help. Voice therapy for coughing is called behavioral cough suppresion. I start therapy on Thursday. I need lots of Quilty thoughts that this will work for me.

Kathleen, I am glad UPS called and apologized to you. No, I don't know everything about about UPS just what my DSIL tells about regulations and his experiences. 

Kim, the tournament in Buffalo sounds so exciting. I have never been to Niagara Falls it looks so beautiful in the pictures. Your DH sure is tough, he isn't going to let a few ear crystals slow him down! When did your mom get back?

OK, quiet time is over need to finish the yard work. 

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 3 hours ago

Oh boy, the bluebird neighborhood has been renovated, Barbara!  I love bluebirds. I don't know about a Neely Kate series. I think I'm good for a while, with the Rose Gardner books and my friend giving me these christian books to read. I have to say though, I was reading the book she gave me last night, and the lettering was tiny! I think I don't like an actual book any more since I can't change the size. 

Well that's handy, Kathleen. I keep thinking if I don't tell DD1 about it or send her a copy, she won't go looking for it in my laptop. Once quite a lot of years ago, I read about a man that has a folder and updates his information every year, for his wife and kids. That's what got me thinking about it. Yep, we put those things off, they are depressing to think about. 

That cracks me up, Kim, the home health isn't necessary. He just won't stop, will he? I wish some of his energy would rub off on Mr. B. 

It should be cooler today than yesterday. I better buy a parka and big fluffy warm hat. It should rain sometime tonite, hopefully after we are back home. And most of the rest of the week, too. 

I better get hopppin', I just realized I have one hour until I have to leave. And here I am sitting and relaxing. I really wanted more sleep. Maybe Thursday I can sleep late. Tomorrow morning Mr. B has a follow up appointment with the podiatrist. 

~Hopppy quilting~

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 4 hours ago

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Carol Ann.  Always so hard.  We don't have a spread sheet, but we do have a list of all policies, insurances, contact people, bank info, etc. in our fireproof box.  Kids know about it and I hope it makes things easier when the time comes.

Comment by Kim Webb 5 hours ago

Good morning, it is suppose to be a nice Spring day today in the 50's. I have PT this morning and then I am working this afternoon.

DH went back to work today. A home health care group called yesterday to set up home care and he told them it wasn't necessary as he was going back to work today. 

Happy Birthday Barbara. Sounds like you had a good day. Blue birds are so pretty. We see them all the time in Florida .

Sorry for your loss Carol Ann. Big hugs for you and the family. 

We are bowling in Tonawanda at the bowling center there Kathleen. We have been there a few times before. My Mom and I are going to go bowling on Saturday to practice.

I had a company meeting last night at the fire department. DH has hid company meeting tonight. It feels good to be getting out and resuming our normal daily activities. 

I never did sit at the sewing machine yesterday but I worked on Peter Cottontale some and then later I worked on a Valentines piece. So progress was made on s few things.

Well time to get something done around here this morning.

Have a great day....

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 15 hours ago

Happy Birthday Barbara!! We don't always need a big celebration but it's nice to be remembered, and your DSs did just that, and your sisters too. I've dropped so many hints that I would like flowers for birthdays and mothers day but they fall on deaf ears. If they can't get them for me now, I tell them don't bother after I'm gone because I won't be able to appreciate them by then!

I don't have all that paperwork organized either. When we made our end of life arrangements, the cemetery director gave us a nice folder with places to record information. He stressed the importance and said it's something that we should do right away, but he knows we won't! Because most people put it off.

Comment by Barbara S/IL 17 hours ago

Hi All. It's been a lazy day for me. No big celebrtion for the BD but I did get to talk to both sisiters on the phone. Hopefully sometime this summer we will be able to see each other in person. I've got beautiful flowers from siss and DS#2. DS#1 got me some new bluebird houses to replace the deteriorating ones and got those installed. Ihope to s ee Bluebirds again this year.

Carol Ann I am so sorry about your sister. Hugs.

I should get my papers put together in one place. It's just one of those out of sight out of mind things, I guess. I don't even know how to make a spread sheet.

Glad your DH is doing better, Kim. Hope he continues to behave himself.

I have worked on the Astrid blocks and am almost done with piecing them. I must have been cutting the sashing strips in my sleep because I have enough to do about 7 more blocks. Unless I've counted the finshed ones wrong. I also got most of the wandering sewing supplies and fabrics out of the guest bedroom. But that means the sewing room is a bigger mess again.

Susan you are full of info about those UPS regs. They usually drive up to my mailbox and run the boxes up to the door. FedEx has smaller vehicles so they often drive up the driveway. The Schwann's truck is backed up the driveway.

I didn't know there was another Rose Gardner series. I saw something about a Neely Kate spin off. That would be a fun one. Amazon Prime had some of the Rose Gardner series for free download.

Rita I hope those shots get easier as time passes. Hugs to you too. 

Have a great one.

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 17 hours ago

As soon as I hit "add comment" I remembered that I have forgotten twice today to say

~Hopppy birthday Barbara~

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 17 hours ago

That's nice the supervisor called to apologize, Kathleen.

I hope you have gotten a full body hug date with those girls. You all need that. 

I am so sorry, Carol Ann. Big quilty hugs and prayers for you and her DH, and the rest of the family. THat sounds like the best way to go. 

Well, Carol Ann, today I was trying to figure out what to do about my life insurance. Since I'm turning 65, I have to make a decision about it. I thought about it for quite a while today, and it just depressed me. I also still have a little info to gather, I am trying to get a spreadsheet with all our life insurance policies, bills, things like that, so when DD1 is left with that job, she will have it all. I hope I'm getting everything. Daddy had a similar document, printed out since he never used a computer, but I knew about it all before he passed away, so it was pretty easy. Plus the fact we were going to go outside and do some yardwork, but it was really windy and cold. The temperature app said it was almost 60, with a wind chill of maybe 55, but it felt more like 30 to me. So, that plan was changed to getting depressed about life insurance. Tomorrow will be a good day though. I have Bible study in the morning, and my friend is getting a Quilt of Valor tomorrow evening, and she asked me to go with her. That will be great, she is excited to get one. 

~Hopppy quilting~

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 19 hours ago

I am so sorry for your loss, Carol Ann. I know this is hard on you. It's good that she could be at home. Prayers for you and your sister's DH. He was so concerned for her.


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