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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 Kathleen Kingsbury 9 hours ago

Thanks for checking in, Lynne. Happy to hear you're high and dry, except for the pool incident. Hope the company takes care of it soon enough.

Well, I managed to cut the pieces for the dance bag but came to a standstill quickly because I don't have enough fusible interfacing that it calls for. So now I need a trip to JoAnn's if I can get someone to take me. It will be a worthwhile trip because I would also like to get a few sewing supplies to leave at mom's. Like a small rotary cutter and small cutting mat, and maybe one of those rollers that you can use to flatten seams instead of ironing them. I think I have a ruler here that I can take and not miss it, and some pins. I have some fabric strips that were given to me that I'll make something with; something simple. It isn't high quality fabric, so if that little White sewing machine ends up giving me problems, I won't have ruined anything precious.

Froggie, I hope your doctor can figure out why you've been so achy lately. I think you said you have an appointment coming up soon, right?

Comment by Lynne Wurzer 10 hours ago

Kathleen, no need to worry, I'm about 150 miles from Houston.  I live about 30 minutes from San Antonio.  It's a little tiny town called Marion and I actually live out in the country.  We have only had about a half inch of rain over the last 3 months.  Our grass was brown and crunchy until about a week or so ago.  We had some straight line winds come in and it destroyed our pool.  It was an above ground and the water was beating the sides and where it was bolted together it gave way and 17,000 gallons of water were gone in just a few minutes.  We had a fence panel that gave way earlier this year and DH hadn't fixed it yet.  We had some 4x4 wire panels that we put up and that was a good thing because the water all went into the pasture. I now have some very green grass where the water flowed out, but the rest is still brown and crunchy.

We contacted the pool company and they have a lifetime warranty on their pools.  We're waiting to see what they are going to do.  We sent them pictures but I guess they're figuring out what they will do.  The liner was torn apart and some water got underneath, so they are going to have to start from the ground up.

We've been in a heat wave since June with temps in the high 90s and a 70% heat index so it feels more like a 105 to 110. Needless to say, I haven't gone outside unless I absolutely have to.

Barbara, I'm so sorry about Sophie. We had 2 dogs that crossed the rainbow bridge within 2 months of each other.  Grover was a purebred collie and he was such a goof.  When the kids were little he would watch them like a hawk.  If one of them strayed towards the street, he would grab their shirt or pants and pull them back towards the house.  He did it with the neighbor kids too.  Baby was a border collie mixed with a retriever and she was the same.  No one could mess with the kids on our street.  She was very protective too.  It was hard to let either of them go, but knew it was the best for them.

I've been embroidering a lot lately. I've started on my Christmas gifts for the family.  And I'm still working on DH's quilt.  I bought a panel with John Wayne on it and got the coordinating fabric bundle.  He loves his old Westerns.  

I don't know if I mentioned it the last time I posted, but I bought the Brother Luminaire.  That sucker is huge.  I can download to it from my computer as it's wireless and the large hoop is 10x16. 

Froggie, good to see Mr B getting on the mower.  I help DH sometimes and he laughs at me.  I either cut the same place a couple of times or I leave a path of grass uncut.  He doesn't ask me to help too much.

Alice, you sure have had a busy few weeks.  Glad that Felipe was there to help you out. I have one of those front load washers and haven't had too much trouble with it.  It makes a bit of noise during the spin cycles, but for the most part it's OK.  My Mom had a washer without the agitator and it's pretty much the same as the front load.  It's not quite as noisy as the front load, but is gets the job done.

Well, that's about it for me.  I still read the posts everyday, but I need to get better at commenting.  talk at you all later

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 11 hours ago

My shins are always bruised up, Kim! And I give the same answer Daddy did, "I don't know what I did. I did not fall". I am my Daddy. 

You are right, Barbara! I will get him on the moser again next week. Admiral Linda will. Good idea, donating all the treats and meds. When a friend's dog crossed the rainbow bridge, they kept his toys. She showed me a pic, and asked if I thought that was strange that they couldn't get rid of them. NO! I did not think it was strange. It's how they felt, and is just fine. 

I guress rolling around in the chair is everyone's goal! It's just good clean fun that cracks us up. 

I love meatloaf, Kathleen! I never liked it until my beautiful MIL made it. Now I make it like she did. But I have to have some left for the next day's lunch, I love a meatloaf sammich. Yum. I haven't had any in such a long time. 

Oh good, Thel! I bet you really enjoyed meeting those people. 

It sure was grocery day today! DGS1 and I went, and we did it different this time. We both had a buggy, and got all our stuff at the same time. I told the checker we needed to know what was whose stuff, plus I wanted my cold in plastic bags becaus I could bring in only that stuff. DGS2 wasnt going to be here when I got home. We crammed my Equinox FULL! We did end up with some of each other's food. I have his milk and some of his dog food, and he has half of my fruits and veggies. This includes the potatoes i bought specifically to go in the pot roast I was cooking. Now the pot roast is nice and soft, and my potatoes are at his house! He's coming by later to swap everything. He is going to go see some friends in Mustang tonight. At least we didn't lose anything. I don't think! We both got a lot of stuff. And we both said we "didn't need much". We crack me up! 

It's raining now, it was muggy earlier. I was so hot and in pain by the time we got home. My knees hurt, my thighs hurt from the mowing, and I have a sore on a toe that was screaming at me! After lunch, I got in the spa and just let the jets do their magic. Then, after my shower, I got in the bed and read my Kindle. It's the Sunday School lesson. It's a great series, and I told my friend I missed three of the lessons. She did too because she was visiting her DD. So, she said we can watch the DVD's. THat will be fun! She has a bit of clout to get the DVD's or access to the building, I guess, because she's a Lay person. 

~Hopppy Quilting~

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 11 hours ago

I'm wondering about Lynne with all the flooding in the Houston area. I don't know if that's her area or not. My niece's work was closed at noon yesterday and she had a hard time getting home because the streets in her area had begun to flood. But I guess once she got home things were ok, as of yesterday that is. 

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 14 hours ago

Geeze, time flies.  I can't believe I didn't get here all day yesterday.  Life is busy.  The Gala last evening was incredible.  What an awesome time we had.  I met some of the mamas and the children that I'm making quilts for.  That was pretty awesome!  

HOT here again today.  I need to go out and do a little shopping and haven't gotten to it yet.  

Back in a while to catch up on reading, gotta finish paying some bills first.  

Comment by Barbara S/IL 15 hours ago

Hope the stain comes out, Kathleen. As to the quilt as you go-- It's Gudrun Erla's newest QA. She has you fuse the backing to the batting and then mark the batting for stitching. This is a table runner and takes one pack and the backing and binding. 

After getting the donations delivered and the groceries bought and stored away, I'm ready for a snack and some reading. Kim it must be forget the dairy products day. I got to the check out an d remembered I needed creamer. Thankfully, they sent a runner back to dairy to get it for me. 

The shelter was very pleased with the donation and offered me a dog in return. I said I thought the 6 cats would be enough for me to handle for now. I'm not planning on getting another dog. Cats are easier for old ladies. 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 15 hours ago

Kim, I treated the stains with that stuff called Grandma's Stain Remover. I let it sit for about ten minutes then I hand washed it in cold water and it's drip drying in the basement right now. I figure, as long as I don't put it in the dryer, any stain that still shows won't be heat set and I can try again. 

Got my mini meatloaves made. Fixed three pounds of meatloaf and ended up with four one-pound loaves. I still have some burger left which I will probably turn into patties for the freezer too. Laundry is done. Now to motivate myself to do some sewing.

Comment by Kim Webb 18 hours ago

I love my front loader also. I don't use the pods either. Just a regular laundry detergent. I always keep the door open as well and have no problem with the musty smell that some people do.

Well, as I was sitting here this morning drinking my coffee I remembered that when we got home this morning from the ambulance call, DH asked me if we had anymore distilled water for his C-PAP machine. No, none there where I keep it. So, I could either listen to him snoring all night tonight or suck it up and go grocery shopping. I am happy report that the groceries are all put away and hopefully I can get a good quiet nights sleep tonight. Except the milk which I forgot but we don't drink it anyway so that's fine.

Hope you can get that stain out of Gigi's dress Kathleen. I saw a chart online recently for getting out all kinds of stains but I don't think k I bookmarked it.

Good plan for the food and medications Barbara. It's great that it will go to somewhere where it really is needed. My Mom just did the same thing last week when they lost their cat. Sneakers was about 16 years old when she crossed over last week.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 19 hours ago

Speaking of rollie chairs, my girls loved it when they could use my computer, which I have set up on a desk in my kitchen. They would sit in the rollie chair, get thirsty, roll backwards to the fridge, get a drink, roll back to the desk, never have to get off the chair! I still have the same set up. 

We sure have had some beautiful weather this week. I've been enjoying my morning walks. I finally got caught up on that typing job last night. Now we wait for the client's committee input. So my tasks for the day are laundry, stain removal on a sweet dress of Gigi's -- not sure if I will spot clean it or wash the whole thing. DD2 didn't want to attempt the task. Then I need to make a huge batch of meatloaf and freeze it in small loafs, or is that loaves? Anyway, I make small ones and between the two of us we can finish one at dinner. Then if I feel up to it, I'll get to some sewing projects.

Barbara, I agree about the front loaders. However, DH doesn't like them (he does his own laundry because he says I shrink his clothes. I think he's mistaken, but why argue!) because he finds it difficult to reach inside. Go figure, he has no problem with the dryer. Anywho, I believe they are gentler on the clothes too, and wash the large items much better. If I have to go with a top-loader next, it will be without an agitator though. Does anyone have one of those, and does it wash large quilts well?

Barbara, what quilt as you go project are you working on? And it uses fusible batting?

Comment by Barbara S/IL 20 hours ago

Good morning. It's supposed to be another hot one today with storms later. My part of the county missed the overnight storms. I could see the flashes in the distance when I got up in the night.

That's great that Mr. B is at least getting on the moser again. I hope he keeps it up. Maybe you should call yourself Admiral Linda and then he would follow orders. When I had PT after knee sugery, one of the exercises was to push myself around on a rollie chair. Have fun rollin' around.

Mary Alice, I really like my front loading  washer, It's very gentle on dainties and washes the quilts and blankets very nicely. I do have to clean under the rubber seal occasionally and leave the door ajar to keep it from getting musty. I don't use the pods though. They don't seem to dissolve well enough. I get 'where did that come from' bruises too. Hope yours isn't too painful.

Kim you must be tired after that call. I hated having my sleep interrupted whenI had call but those who needed me probably hated it worse. Have fun decideing on the new plantings.

I gathered the leftover dogfood and some suppies and donated them to a local critter rescue run by a guy that spent a lot of time playing here when he was a kid. They mostly rehab small animals like raccoons and possums. I'm going to donate the meds and treats to the no kill shelter.

I need a few groceries so I'll probably do that today. I watched the first quilt as you go video and downloaded the pattern. Then I needed to order some fusible batting. The first pattern looks very easy and quick. I am also in the middle of cutting lots of pieces for the Sew Sampler pattern. It's a split diamond paperpieced quilt. Very modern looking.

We knew you must practice those puzzles Kathleen. You are one sharp as a tack lady.


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