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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 Thel in Mid-MO 7 hours ago

You've sure had a busy week Alice.  Goodness!    Time to stock up on that tonic water.  Remember that helps for the cramps!  

Yes,  A FoodSaver would really be beneficial for you Alice.  I enjoyed a steak from the freezer a few days ago that had been in the freezer in it's FS bag, airtight dated just over a year ago.  SO 13 months and like the day it was put in there.  

I understand Mr. B and his flag protocol thoughts.  It's hard to see variations of the flag.  

My DH was in the Air Force Froggie, during the Vietnam war.  He was very patriotic.   You got some neat stuff done with the sewing.  What event tomorrow?  What did I miss? 

Wow Barbara,  that's too awesome - 13 quilts,  I bet the doggie loves his quilt.  I hope he treasures it and uses it gently.  

OH MY!  Barbara is lifting and ringing BARBELLS!   Those gotta be some pretty strong bell ringers!  You crack me up Barbara.   I sure wish there was  a place around here to enjoy the bells.  

You had a nice productive day sewing too, everyone is being productive except me.   I hope to get some sewing done over the next few days.  

Group was great again tonight.   We've switched to Wednesdays for our Freedom group cause there's things happening on Mondays we wanna participate in.   the 18th is a once a year BIG party that is Dream Team Appreciation event.  It's a big party with a catered meal and this year the Master of Illusions  Eric Jones is gonna be here performing.  He was a semi finalist on Americas Got Talent.  

On the 25th the church has rented the local bowling alley/pool hall/cafe' (the whole place for the evening).  So bowl, play pool & eat, all a gift from the church to it's members and guests.   That should be a super fun night.  

Next warm spell we have I'm gonna finish wrapping the porch with the heavy duty plastic and I think I'll be done with weatherizing for the season.  

Comment by Barbara S/IL 7 hours ago

That's supposed to be wet fat quarter. And I 'had' bell practice - no barbells involved. Good Lord.

Comment by Barbara S/IL 7 hours ago

Once a month for dental cleaning seems like a lot. I don't think any insurance pays for more than every six months . I go every six months the because I have a tartar build up problem. Your poor Mom.

Oh good, you're taking that wet headquarter to Mr. B. You'll have him jogging pretty soon. Glad Chocolate is doing better. That medicine might be keeping him calm so he can heal.

Thel that's a gorgeous quilt . Our QOV presented thirteen quilts to Vets a few weeks ago. One of the Vets was a dog. That's the second time we've been able to do that.

I barbell choir and choir practice tonight. Bells ring this Sunday. The bells were professionally cleaned and refurbished last week and look so shiny. They sound better too. The bell people did say we take good care of them. We have to polish them after every practice and always where gloves when handling them.

I was able to get about half done with the Stroll In Paris block. It's more of a row than a block. The October table runner is ready to sew together too. So it was a productive day.

Almost time for bed. Sleep well my friends.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton 9 hours ago

I'm sorry that your mom has to undergo a dental cleaning once a month, Mary Alice!  She must have an exceptionally poor dental condition! Is she unable to brush her teeth at all?   I go every 4 months; my insurance pays for 2 of the 3 cleanings, and I cover the 3rd.  This works well for me, and each visit isn't too onerous!  I'd hate to do it EVERY MONTH!

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 9 hours ago

I don't know if it's because I spoil him or if I am just stupid enough to keep doing things, Barbara! I am trying to not be stupid and make him do things. He did several things today, so that's a start to my decreasing stupidness. I hate that word. Clothes and quilts and things that look really simiar to the flag bother Mr. B. He thinks it's against the flag protocol, I think. 

That's a gorgeous quilt, Thel! Too bad you had to sell it. SO, you and DH weren't in the military? You just wanted red, white, and blue? I love those colors. I should make one for Mr. B. 

Mom goes for monthly dental cleaning, Alice? Wow, that's a lot. I go every six months. I think most meats in the freezer is 6 months, so you are good. You gotta remember they are in there, and make life easier on yourself! 

I got the Halloween mug rug done today, its sew cute. And I finished two towels that have the hanger attached. They turned out cute. Then, I got things ready for the event tomorrow. I gotta get up and moving early. 

~Hopppy quilting~

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 15 hours ago

Froggie, glad Chocolate is doing better.  It's hard seeing bigger dogs go through their arthritis issues.

Thel, it's so good to see you on this site!  Glad you enjoyed some goodies from your freezer and made some yummy items to eat!  I really do need a Food Saver.  I threw out several baggies of cooked chicken I had in the freezer.  Not sure how long they should keep in the freezer, but I don't use anything older than 5 months.  I actually thawed the baggies in the fridge and gave them to the feral cats out back.  They were very happy!  I just put out  a baggie full every morning for them till it was all gone.

Yes, avocados can be frozen.  Just add a little lime juice on top of them and make sure to keep the seed in it.  Our avocados were on sale for $.88/each.  I only get two at time because they go bad so fast. 

Best run.  I've got the laundry to be folded, need to add veggies to pot roast, and I'm hoping to go out and so a little raking this afternoon now that all the leaves have fallen off the pecan trees.  The winds we had Monday afternoon and night were very strong--40mph. 

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 15 hours ago

Hello all! Checking in!

Took mom to dentist on Monday for her monthly cleaning. She's got a couple small decay areas starting and we'll take care of that in January at the same time of her next cleaning.

Yesterday we went for haircuts, then I did a NO-NO and went to the Bernina store as my die came in.  I had requested they order the pumpkins die and it finally came in.  While there, yes, I picked up the fabrics for BH mystery.  I only selected 1 fabric for each color from batik section. Hoping it looks okay in the long run.  I'm used shopping for all these different fat quarters, but didn't feel like doing that this year. After that we went to Albertsons for groceries, and then finally my doctor appointment.  The doctor gave me an asthma test, and chest x-ray.  Seems I have a little asthma because of my allergies.  He also took me off my blood pressure pill as my BP was 98/60, and that's with running all over town! So for one month I'm not to take my 5mg BP pill, which he also told me was causing my constant coughing.  He also wants me to go in for blood work and a bone density test before my follow up with him in a month.

I woke up Monday with a leg cramp. I hadn't had those in such a long time.  I thought I was done with those. Apparently not.  I had to hobble in pain to kitchen trying to work it out to retrieve my cane.  Then I spent more time hobbling trying to work it out.  Need to drink more water and Gatorade like my doctor said to do.  

Barbara, you're so right.  I'm also trying to avoid all the new quilt alongs, websites and FB pages.  Need to focus on what I have at hand to do. 

Kim, sure hope that lady that fell is okay.  Hope the chickens are happy with their nice water warmers.  I bet they heat up the place a little too.  

Thel, it's been a while since I took mom the pantry.  I should take her, if only to help save up money for her dental visits, since she has no dental insurance. 

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 15 hours ago

I agree Barbara.  That's the first time I've seen a QOV representing a flag.  

Back YEARS ago when I was in a different group we had a row robin (I love those by the way).   SO I wanted red/white/blue and started with my row being pp flags that's the 3rd row up from the bottom.  Well by the time I had it together and I was then here in MO,  quilting machine and frame had long since been sold in MA.     I wasn't about to quilt it on my little machine so I decided to sell it.  I put it on Ebay and a lady bought it to make a QOV for her son.  How cool is that?

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 16 hours ago

well,  we had a power blip in the middle of my message.    

Comment by Barbara S/IL 18 hours ago

Good morning. It's still bitter cold here. I guess the good thing is that if the leaves get blown off the trees they slide away on the snow. They seem to be frozen onto the trees for now though.

I hope the avocados stay on sale. Did you know you can freeze them, Thel? I think we had that discussion before. 

I had to have a chart when Sophie was on so many meds. Mr B should take care of his own though. You spoil him Froggie. Taco soup sounds good. I find I can't eat as much as I used to be able to. Does that mean I'm officially a senior? Well by  age I am but until recently, the Sr. meals were too small. 

That is a beautiful QOV Thel. Our group was told not to make the ones that looked like a flag. I guess some are against any flag replication as unpatriotic.or against flag protocol or something. At least we are encouraged to use red, white and bue.

Kim, your ambulance run reminded me that I should pick up my throw rugs. But they keep my feet warm on the tile floors. So far I  haven't tripped on them. I do try to be careful.

I pulled out the qayg table runner.  I think I'll put it away again. I need to get a few BOM blocks done.

Have a good one.


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