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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!
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Discussion Forum

LAP QUILT FOR MARY AGNES

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 Barbara S/IL 13 hours ago

Hi Marilyn. Yes, it's getting cloudier here too. I filled the birdfeeders and tried to keep Sophie from seeing the possum on the deck. 

I got 2Timer B put together. i actually set up my vintage Singer to sew it. That little green demon machine is HEAVY.Here's what I decided on for layout.

Just have to sandwich and quilt it. 

I have so many leftovers even when cooking just for me. It's hard to make one person meals. I like the Schwan's meals. It's easy to pull something out of the freezer and defrost/cook it.

That's so wonderful that the work groups like each other that much. I guess when you are working together to keep people safe, you bond closer. I think I have a personality disorder as I don't bond with workers much.

Comment by Marilyn L. 14 hours ago

Hi Everyone!  Our weather looks like it's taking a turn for the worse for tonight and tomorrow.  Supposed to arrive by about 9 this eve. Earlier today it was sunny and we had some melting, but the clouds have moved in now. My monthly Bingo group that would meet tomorrow  eve. has been cancelled already.  And since the "wintery mix" is supposed to start in the morning, I am thinking most of the gals will decide NOT to go to quilt.  None of us oldsters need to take chances on slippery roads and parking lots!

Froggie, I'm sending you and Mr. Bullfrog an early Happy Anniversary. I'll probably forget by the  end of the week. LOL!  It's great that you will have DD1 there to help you celebrate.  Hey, and I like those Garlic Knot quilt blocks too!  But I'd like to see the other blocks when you have them set off with solid blocks!

We will be going to our tax preparer in the next couple days. We don't expect to have to pay, but doubt that we will be getting much back either. That's okay!  Just to break even is okay with us.

Mary Alice, your 30's print quilt top is spectacular!  And huge!  Yes, I think you should send it out to be quilted!  That is too much to try to wrestle under a domestic sewing  machine!

Glad to hear that  both Chocolate and Helga survived their surgeries and are doing well.  Even if they can't TALK to us, we can pretty well read what they want to tell us!  My niece and hubby had to have their kitty put down a couple weeks ago. He was awfully sick. Vet did autopsy and believes that Squirt had cancers all thru him.  Poor guy!  He was about 10 yrs. old.  They are really missing him.  

Mary Alice, don't feel bad about stopping for take out food after shopping.  There's been many a time when we have done our grocery shopping, come home and put it all away, and then decide to go out for a meal because I no longer was in the mood to cook.  I think it happens to all of us sometimes.  The older I get, the more it happens. Ha,ha! And, like you, I really like to cook.  It just gets to be a chore sometimes.

And I was just scolding my friend earlier this afternoon that she needs to fix more substantial meals for herself!  She lives alone and eats too little sometimes. Cereal for supper!  That only satisfies me if I am sick. Guess that's why I am the size I am!

Well, rambled too much.  Hi to Kathleen and Mom, to Rita, Thel and the herd, Carol and Carol Ann, Kim, Barbara and the rest.  Stay safe and warm these next few days!

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 16 hours ago

Is everyone hiding from the storms? I got a text that DC is about to get slammed with snow or something. I get these texts from the radio station DSIL works at, WTOP. 

The Navy was like that too, Mary Alice. We were always doing things with Navy friends. Especially since we were so far from home. And if single guys were alone at Christmas or other holidays, they would come to our house or someone else's. I really hate buying all that food and then having to figure out dinner, too! I'm done with food by that time. I have started buying sammiches at the deli for lunch. I think they are popular with guys at the base for a quick lunch. That's too bad Mom is getting weaker. You will just have to order online, and use the Walmart grocery pick up. What's a Ninja Foodie? I thought it was like the meals you get in the mail then you cook them. Why can't I think of the name of one of those services? I have oldtimers, that's it. 

I got some more garlic knots made. They are so easy. I need to figure out how many to make, so I don't go overboard. 

~Hopppy Quilting~

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 19 hours ago

Morning everyone!

I also love what a tight knit group of people police, firefighters and EMTs.  I know when my late brother was a state police officer, they all supported each other, were there for each other, and they did practically everything together. They ate out on their days off, celebrated holidays and birthdays together.  It's an awesome tight knit family. My other brother, Gabe, was head of city police in Gallup at one time, and now that he's here it seems everyone from his dept are retiring here in the area.  He states they meet up at the NMSU basketball games, and go to lunch or dinner out to catch up with each other. 

I hope I like my produce too, Barbara!  Didn't order much, but will try it. If weather isn't bad, might even go grab a sandwich to go at Dion's. The thought of coming home to unpack and put away groceries, doesn't leave me much excitement to cook dinner. 

I think I'll need to rely on this service as mom is hobbling and shuffling feet now.  But she's stubborn and won't use a cane or walker.  I told her I'd have her Dr prescribe a walker with wheels and a place to sit for a bit when she's tired. 

It was hard to shop at Joann's yesterday as she wanted to hold onto my hand or arm for stability. Finally got her to push the cart for a while, but she got tired and sat down where the patterns were, so I did a quick check on everything and left ASAP.  

Soup would have been a great add on! They had a loaded baked tater soup too.  

My Ninja Foodi arrived yesterday!  So excited to try it out.  I even ordered a whole chicken to see how well it cooks it's and crisps it up.  Totally missed the Schwan's man yesterday, but we didn't need anything.  Tomorrow, I'll give the Foodi a whirl.  I'll cook up that whole chicken and crisp it up, then bake some taters (or sweet taters) in IP, along with steamed broccoli.  

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 20 hours ago

Good that she got shot down, Kim. But too bad that the meeting was so long and that attendance is down. 

Oh well, fruit is good for you, Mary Alice. I like to have fruit with lunch. And just one thing is boring, like a half sammich. That's too bad, the rotary blades were locked up. You couldn't find the keeper of the keys? I think they are usually cheaper online anyway. Order from CT and get that thread,too. I just got me a set of the black and white, and a set of the beige. I had no grey/white/beige for piecing, so I thought about the CT thread, and it was on sale! 

I love how firefighters and police support other state's and departments when there is a funeral, Kim. THat's a lot of people. Yep, it's tough seeing furr babies not feeling well. He can't tell me what's up, and I can't tell him that he will feel better in a day or so. Some consolation. He's a lot better today. 

I'm going to tell Chocolate you called him a moosh. He will say, yes, I am. I crack  me up. 

Everything in the state is closed today, from schools, beauty colleges, and meals on wheels, and churches. I would really like our early spring. Especially since today is sit and sew, and everyone decided to stay home. And tomorrow evening DD1 will be here. She's in Houston this week, gets finished tomorrow, and is coming here. She just accidentally will be here on our anniversary on Saturday! THat will be nice. We don't do anything except our KFC, but it's still nice to have her here. I guess I better get hopppin', I need a shower, and I have a small list again. Then I need to get to sit and sew in my own quilting room. 

~hopppy Quilting~

Comment by Barbara S/IL 22 hours ago

Good morning. Our temps are like yours today, Kim. It might be a 'wintery' mix overnight tonight.

I hope your grocery order is perfect, Mary Alice. When I preorder for pick up things are pretty good. I'd really rather pick my own veggies and fresh fruits but they do a fairly decent job. Yeah, add a cup of soup to your order. Of course, Mom might eat all of it and the half sandwich. Maybe you should order a portion for take out and eat it at home later?

Glad Chocolate is feeling better. What a moosh. 

I like CT threads. I agree it seems a little thicker than aurifil 50 wt. but I like it for machine blanket stitch on applique especially. 

Yes, I survived the tax appt. It did take me a while to figure out how to e-mail a file that I forgot to bring with me. I eventually got the right one transferred.

Comment by Kim Webb 23 hours ago

Good morning, the sun is shining and it's going to be a beautiful day. It's about 20 out now. Should be warming up to about freezing today. It's all good.

Today is a work day then I have a few errands to do in the afternoon. I was suppose to go to a fire police meeting tonight but it was moved to next week due to a funeral for a NYPD officer who was killed last week in the line of duty. All the viewings and funeral are being held in Hampton Bays. We are sending an ambulance both today and tomorrow during the services as they expect about 30 thousand to attend this week.

Maybe if Mom wants to "share" a sandwich when you go out, you could supplement that with a bowl of soup Mary Alice. Just saw on the Weather that what you are getting today, we are expecting on Wednesday. Starting as a bit of snow and once again going to rain.

Glad Chocolate is feeling better and getting back to being himself. It's hard to see our fur babies not feeling well.

Well, I better get moving and get something done today.

Have a great day...

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza yesterday

Well I finally placed a pick up grocery order. Sure hope the rain/snow mix is over by the time I have to pick it up.

Froggie, mom thinks that because she's full with half a sandwich, I should be too!  Crazy!  Not happening, that's why I'm eating more fruit.

I'd best order some CT thread then!  

Went to our Jo-Ann's today.  I wanted some rotary blades.  Was shocked when I discovered locks on them, and the need to get an assistant to get them for me.  I was sad and walked out, and I'll just get mine online or quilt shop.  Just got some FQs to make shamrock mug rugs.

Kim, not surprised there's less attendance with the new captain.  Sad that she's got no common sense for doing things. Guess, more people will speak out eventually.  

Im off to bed. Good night. 

Comment by Kim Webb yesterday

I have been using the CT thread in both my machines lately. I used it for quilting with my Janome and piecing with my Singer 301 with good results in both. 

Home from the Ambulance meeting. The Assistant Captain got shot down on doing a few things she brought up. Our meetings are typically about half an hour and tonight's was just about an hour. I have noticed that attendance is down since she started.

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) yesterday

Thanks, Carol. I usually like high contrast, so I decided I needed a lighter and non-busy background. I like the busy one too, but like the high contrast best. Wow, Abby is a lucky kid. She must be really good. I hope the private lessons get her up to speed. A lot of the kids in Mustang band had private lessons, too, but that's high school. 

Shoveling rain, that's a funny picture, Kim. I'm glad you didn't try it. 

Chocolate is feeling better, Mary Alice. He went outside, then when he came back in, he looked so happy and was running and looking for something! Cracked me up. I think maybe it didn't hurt when he peed. Just a guess, though. You might get the rain/snow mix tomorrow too? I'm thinking about staying home from sit and sew because I don't want to drive in a mess in the afternoon. That would be tough to get under your sewing machine and sew straight. But it is cheaper. 

Oh good you survived the tax prep, Barbara. The BBQ sounds good. I think the block looks like a garlic bread knot, too. It's the other blocks that have the alternate block, not the garlic knot. 

Oh no, Mary Alice, mom decided you only needed a half sammich? Time for more food. Oh no, another quilt along? Yikes! I haven't seen it. If I look at it, will I get woozy? I use the CT cotton thread, that's what I am using right now. I have to remember to adjust my 1/4" for the thickness of the thread. It seems really thick, even though it says it's 50wt. I like it. Myra loves it. I hope CT doesn't change manufacturers too, Carol Ann! I don't like Coats & Clark either. 

I worked on more garlic knots today. And I made a meatloaf for dinner. Yum.We didn't have garlic with the meatloaf though. I crack me up. I feel so full. I also got the rest of the things on the list done. Yeah! I even started a list for tomorrow. What is up with me all of a sudden? List crazy. 

~Hopppy Quitlng~

 

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