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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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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:A few…Continue

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Comment by Barbara S/IL 18 hours ago

Hi All/ Just vegging sith the computer this after noon. We had about 2" of rain with thunder and lightning overnight. Beanie tried to get me up to let him out just before the storm hit. After some discussion and a few loud thunders he decided I was right and let me sleep the rest of the night.

Church was busy for me this AM. Bells practiced and then had the new directory picture taken before service. We performed during service. Then The Bible Study groups had a group photo after church and then my individual pic. I got out of cleaning up and putting the bells away though.

The leaf was really fun and quick. I picked up some mylar to make the empellishment flower with too. 

I enjoy having a driver too, Froggie. How rude of them to mess with your CCS project. They were probably admiring it and will soon be sending you a note of appreciation. LOL I did start a little CCS project but haven't worked on it for awhile.

Those potholders turned out cute Kathleen. I hope she finds a size that fits her.

I sort of have a meal plan, Kim. Make large meals for the days DS is over and eat leftovers the rest of the days. We had fresh green beans from my stunted garden. Yes, I finally got enough to make a meal. They were yummy along with pork chops and brats and a rice pilaf.  I sliced up one of my apples and made a caramel dip for them for a dessert. Tell the chickens 'hi' for me.

I've got a footbll game on the TV. Why does all the action seem to happen in the last 5 minutes?

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 19 hours ago

It started out with drizzle and overcast today but has turned sunny and bright.  I was thinking about removing the AC when I cleaned the porch, but glad I didn't.   It's still too early yet.  

Your retreat day sounds wonderful Kim.  You sure were busy.  Penny loves riding in the car.  She usually just curls right up and smiles at me.  Quiet squad is really good all around isn't it.  

I used to do a meal plan back when I only shopped once a month.  DH and I used to live very rurally (like 75 miles to the nearest market) so we bought meat packages for the freezer and generally stocked up really well on non perishables.   We did a lot of canning and freezing for the fruits and veggies too.  When we did shop it was mostly for fresh veggies.  Meal planning worked really well then.   When we lived in town and worked passing by many markets we'd often just decide on the day "what mood our mouth was in".   I really liked doing that, we were very spontaneous that way.  We loved cooking together! 

I could be right there with you on the pasta every day Kathleen.  I love my pasta, any way, every way! 

I have NO clue what in the hoop paper piecing is.  Guess I need to Google that.  

That's crazy about your CCS Froggie.    I bet it was great to see all your friends friends.  That's pretty neat.  Church was great for me too.   I did have a hard time getting motivated but so glad I did.  

So a bit of a sad story, needing some intervention from The higher power.  My friend Jane Ellen's granddaughter (also a friend of mine) is expecting her first baby.  She's having complications that I don't understand and has been in the hospital since last Tuesday, trying to make sure she doesn't have her little Agnys early.  She's only 31 weeks and they're hoping to get to 32 weeks at least but it's real touch and go.  Please pray for them, if you pray. 

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 21 hours ago

You are home too, Carol Ann! Yippee! It sounds like a good trip, except for the flying and driving. My flight was about 3 hours straight shot to Baltimore. It's close to DD1's house, about a 45 minute drive. She drove, not me. Always being the driver, I really enjoy when someone else takes over the driving. 

I do like the in the hoop paper piecing better than the regular way too, Barbara. I love that leaf. 

All mom's laundry did the washing machine in, didn't it, Alice? And that pick up order doesn't sound very good. I sure did need that get away! 

I like the potholders, Kathleen. The fabrics are sew cute. 

Did I mention TSA riffled through my suitcase? I knew they did when I looked at it because the zippers were in a different place and the plastic bag was caught in it. Turns out, they wanted to look at my CCS! I didn't even pull it out when I was there, but had it in case. I thought they must have wanted to look at the magnet I put the pattern on, with the magnet to hold it in place. Then, I pulled it out yesterday, and all my needles had been dumped in the plastic container from the little needle holder. Seriously! They didn't take anything, so it's all good. They don't know I setup their first set of books when they were going to be part of DOT! Shouldn't I be treated better than that? I crack me up. 

I went to church this morning, it was very good. All my friend's friends are so welcoming. I like that. they were having a cookout, but I decided to pass this time. Now I have had lunch and am ready to go play in the quilting room for a while. 

~Hopppy Quilting~

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 21 hours ago

Kim, these potholders are the ones with three layers of batting (two cotton, one insulbrite) so they are thick but I wouldn't say bulky. The 9" pair is what I made for DD1 the very first time and she uses them but mentioned they are too big for her small hands. Hence, the two smaller pair. I'll find out this week which ones fit the best.

Well, it started out to be a sunny day today, but it's become overcast. It's only supposed to reach 70 today. A beautiful weather week is coming up though!

I don't make meal plans. DH usually decides what we will have. It's great in the good weather because he cooks the meat on the grill. If it was up to me we would have pasta-something every day.

Comment by Kim Webb yesterday

Good morning, we got some rain overnight. Looks a bit cloudy outside this morning but a pretty start to the day.

We had a great time at sewing yesterday. There was only 6 of us so we each had our own table to spread out on. I worked on the quilt that I only work on when we get together. I'm on the final pieced border and want to get this finished up this month. Then I worked on the hot air balloon CCS for a few hours. Last night I worked on the bats for the Halloween quilt. I have them all appliqued down now. Now they need eyes. Maybe today.

Cute pot holders Kathleen. I bought some like that for the Florida house but mine are bulkier and don't fit my hand right. Yours look like they are not so bulky. 

Driving around in a storm trooper helmet. That's pretty funny Carol Ann. Glad you had a great trip after the rocky start. Fire alarms in hotels are no fun and neither is being sick on a plane.

Ah, Penny got a bath and feels better. That's good. And she had a little outing. Does she like riding in the car?

We were on squad last night. I only woke up once during the night to check the clock and it was 3:20. Then it was after 6 when I looked again. A quiet night on squad is always good.

We have no plans for today. I have to figure out something for dinner. I have been thinking about making up a weekly meal plan. I think if I knew ahead of time what we were having, it would keep me on track better. Does anyone else do that?

Well, I better get the chickens fed on this Sunday morning and go from there.

Have a great day...

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO yesterday

About time I got here.  Another beautiful weather day here.  Penny and I went out and did a couple errands at the local farm and home.  She wasn't in the mood as it turns out, so we didn't linger.  She did get ooggled at the store, especially by a little boy with a black eye.  I told him her name was Penny and he pulled away.  Then we got to talking and I asked about his eye.  A little girl named Penny (can you believe it) and accidentally hit him with a block at school.  I promised Penny was gentle and he starting petting her again, then kissed her on the forehead.  He was so cute.

I don't like shopping in new stores too much Froggie.  Good they had it well laid out for you.  I'll take lots of fall, straight into spring too.  My two favorite seasons.   Toss in a little snow at Christmas tho. 

Welcome back Carol Ann.  What an awesome trip that had to be.  Yikes, what hotel excitement!  I'd be groggy too.   Nope, don't wanna be driving that big beast in unfamiliar territory.  I'm glad they got that fixed for you.  B&B's are so great.  I haven't done one in forever, but my favorites were when we travelled to Scotland.  We even woke up to bagpipes being played in the rolling hills.  (Some guys morning tradition at the time.)  

Yes, Penny is a fluffy little 4 1/2 pounds.  She's so beautiful when she's all clean and soft.  

HI Barbara !!  You've sure been busy! 

Love the potholders Kathleen.  The food fabrics are just perfect.  Good job. 

Good you got that new washing machine Mary Alice.  That's a big expense isn't it.  When I got a new washer, I got a fairly basic one, didn't want one of those HD things.  Washing for just me and the furrs wasn't gonna justify a fancy machine here.  

My friend Jane Ellen has one of those econo cars.  I never know whether it's running or not it's so quiet.  Good gas mileage tho.  That's funny, driving around in a 'helmet'.   Yahoo for being back to your Subaru. 

The grands must just love all the beautiful things you make for them Kathleen.  They'll be treasures forever.  

It was very nice going out onto the porch today with it all clean and tidy.  It was worth all that work.  

I made fresh cornbread to have with my leftover soup and then ate so much of it that I haven't even gotten to the soup yet.  Where does the time go?  

I better get my manicure finished! 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury yesterday

Thanks everyone. Mary Alice, I don't have much left of this line and I think I may keep going with these to just use up the bundle and have the hotpads on hand for gifts. They go together real quick once all the cutting is done. I don't know how many more I'll get. I'll get back to that after I make G's birthday gift and A's dance class bag. All these little projects creeping in before I can even get to the UFO list item.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton yesterday

Mary Alice, I think you are right about the big green gas-guzzling Dodge truck Hertz trotted out instead of the compact sedan we requested!  The worst problem would have been that I couldn't climb in it and reach the pedals!  The replacement VW Jetta got wicked good gas mileage; drove all over the place in Anchorage/Chugiak for two days, and then down the Kenai Penninsula and back for more than 350 miles, and filled it up with 5-1/2 gallons of gas!  It had some sort of "econo" mode that shut off the engine if you were waiting at a stoplight or something, then restarted when you took your foot off the brake.  It was so quiet you never even noticed it doing that.  We only drove it off the highway once and that was about a mile up the in-law's homestead dirt driveway and back.  It was a pretty low car though, and DH had to practically fall into the passenger seat each time he got in.  (Would never buy one!)   The Jetta was white with black trim, and DS remarked that it looked like we were driving a Star Wars Stormtooper helmet when we pulled up!  Boy, was I glad to see my Subaru Forester waiting for me in Sacramento!

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza yesterday

Hello all!  Checking in!  It's been a long week.  Can't even recall what I wrote last time.  Been slowing down a bit, but not by much.  I went to Wednesday Kimberbell class to make the tea towel.  Still haven't finished it yet.  Thursday I cleaned the house.  Friday caught me going to buy a washing machine, my $7.50 quilt class and then grocery pick up where they had 10 substitutions and forgot my bananas. 

This morning I got up and mowed the lawn, weed whacked, tossed out bug granules on the grass, and then use the blower on the sidewalks and carport.  Came inside, took a shower and got dressed to go put gas in my truck and then go get chili and bananas from grocery store in Anthony, TX.  Got home and roasted the chili I bought.  Still need to peel and get it ready to make rellenos, but that may be later in the week.  

I've been debating my decision on that washer I bought to replace current noisy one.  I got the updated model to the one I have now (an LG 4.5 cu front loader), but I could have bought a Maytag 5.3 cu top loader for half the price!  Wondering whether to go change it, as delivery isn't till Sept 24.

Cora, I love your quilts!!!  Stunning!  

Thel, Penny looks so comfy. Lucky Penny!!

Carol Ann, I would have been all over that Dodge truck! Talk about fun driving!  But it was probably a gas guzzler too.  And what an eventful trip.  Scary about those fire alarms going off. 

Froggie, glad you're home!!!  So happy that you had such a great time!!  You needed that get away!

Kathleen those are pretty potholders!  I think I have that fabric in a strip quilt somewhere--still not quilted if I recall. 

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza yesterday

Happy belated Anniversary Kim, Kathleen, and Rita--before I forget and lose track of that!

 

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