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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 yesterday

LOVE those composition book covers Froggie.  I get a lot of compliments on my journal cover.  

I hope you had a great week end Kim.  Did you do some fun stuff?  

I've cleaned out some drawers too Froggie.  Some stuff got tossed, some got donated.  There's still more to do, but I got some done. 

WOW Kathleen,  an albino donkey deer.  Yup, I need to see a picture.  

Emm,   a firehouse dinner.  I'll take some leftovers please.  

Did you have a great retreat Kim! 

Happy belated anniversary Kim.  Love your gift to yourselves.  I miss my stove. 

Emm,  melt in our mouth pot roast.  I want some! 

On to page FOUR - geeze I hate getting behind.  

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO yesterday

I've missed you ladies.  I've got a lot of catching up to do.   I've been doing fine, just haven't felt conversational.  I know,  that's not good.  SO I'm gonna try to get back on top of things.  

It is COLD here.  Crazy weather.  The weekend both days were in the mid 50's.   Yesterday the day started with sleet, snow and wind an the temperature just kept dropping.  It's now 2° and has been in the single digits since mid evening last night.  I've got the house pretty well tucked in but it's not walking around barefoot cozy.   

Aha,  a beautiful sunroom Kim.  I wanna move to your FL house TODAY! 

I LOVE pecans.  They are just wonderful in baking.  I really have to force myself to save any if I start munching on them.  I hope your dad has remembered Kim, so he's not caught off guard by you being gone for Thanksgiving.    Those chickens wanna keep you on their schedule, that's funny.  

Happy Belated Birthday Mr. B.  

Oh goodness Lynne.  I sure hope you've gotten some good results since all those tests.  I hope to read positive words as I catch up. 

I remember how hard it was for my in laws to give up their home to get the care they needed in old age.  Thankfully DH had no interest in the house but egads my SIL was up in arms.   She never spoke to DH again after he refused to have their care compromised so that she could inherit her STEP fathers home.  While she still had access to the house she looted it in a big way and pretty much stole everything of value.  Sad how people get when it comes to money.  

Well, only FIVE more pages to catch up on.

Comment by Barbara S/IL yesterday

Good morning. It's a balmy 3*F here this AM. BRRR...  At least the wind has calmed down.

Hope Chocolate is feeling better this AM. My Vet has even called in prescriptions for my animals to the pharmacy that I use, It's sort of funny picking a med up for Beanie Setterdahl. 

I hope the chicken waterers are working Kim. The heated one for the cts outside is working now that I hit the reset on the outlet. Those CCS kits sound very nice, I've only worked with silk applique thread. Of course, I'm not an avid hand stitcher b any means.

When I left the sewing room yesterday, there was an small avalanche of some stacked things. I need to get that sorted out today.  Maybe that will spur an organization spurt. I can only hope.

Lynne I use the Gluc/Chondroitin and it does help me. Too bad it's over the counter so the cost is all on me. Hope it works for you. Bet that cold weather makes taking care of the animals more of a chore. 

Susan that's quite a crowd. My Thanksgiving will just be me,DS and DB probably. I'll still do a turkey because I love leftovers. I need to get to the  grocery as they have a deal where you buy a ham and get a turkey free. 

I think I may bundle up and go to QOV this morning . Bible Study has ended til Spring. It's been a long time since I went to QOV so i hope they'll still have me. I still have those flimsies to bring. I hope the fella that uses them is still taking them.

Hope you all have a great day.  

Comment by Kim Webb yesterday

Good morning, it is cloudy here this morning. Maybe some rain today as it is almost 60 out now. Should end the day around 22 degrees so the weather people say. 

Today I'm working all day and I have a few errands to do in between.

Ah, poor Chocolate. I hope he he feeling better today. Lots of the pet medication is the same as human medications. 

Oh my Susan, that's a lot of people you need to find space for. I don't think I would like all those people in my house. I only have one son so I can't even imagine.

That must be some cat Carol Ann. To funny that they just go limp in your arms when you pick them up. 

I got the electric  Chicken water dishes all hooked up yesterday. Found the extension cords pretty quick once I looked in the garage. I guess I will find out tonight if they are working.

I found a really nice CCS shop online that has lovely designs. I ordered two charts last night. One had a silk  thread kit all ready for it so I got that also. Ones a Christmas chart and the other is a  Valentine chart. I don't think I have worked with silk threads before so I am looking forward to that.

Well, time to get ready for the day if I'm going to get anything done today.

Have a great day.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury yesterday

I'm sure glad we aren't getting the wind you're all talking about. It hasn't stopped snowing here all day. It's down to 27 degrees at almost 11pm. It looks to me to be about five inches of snow out there already and it's supposed to continue through the night. We may wake up to 10 inches in the morning. I think it's time to replace the summer clothes with winter ones! That should be my task for tomorrow. 

Goodnight all.

Comment by Lynne Wurzer yesterday

It seems like everyone has the cold windy weather today.  The wind started around here at 2PM and it hasn't stopped yet.  It's about 37 and I'm sure we'll go lower.  First thing DH did was start a fire and he keeps throwing logs on it.  Good thing about that is the heat has only come on once or twice.

Froggie, I feel sorry for Chocolate.  I had to go to an ortho doc today because of the arthritis in my hips.  He told me it was in the very beginning stage of it.  He did tell me to get some Glucosamine and Chondroitin that was a compound.  Maybe you can ask your vet if that will help Chocolate. 

Kim, I wish I was going to Florida.  I used to live in Melbourne for about 10 years.  My parents moved down there in the 70s and loved the weather.  I do miss the beach though.

Thel has been very busy with her church.  She also does the nursing home visits with her dog Buzz. The folks just love to cuddle with him and he loves the cuddles just as much.

There was big event at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio today.  They always draw a huge crowd and there are activities for everyone.  Before Veteran's day they put small flags at all the graves.  There are different groups that help, along with kids from the surrounding schools.  

Well, I need to get back to my sewing (which I haven't done very much of these last couple weeks).  I need to finish up some Christmas gifts and then think about hauling all the stuff from the attic to my sewing room so I can get it sorted.

Comment by Susan yesterday

Barbara, I am so glad you told us what HP is, all I could think of is the printer. Love the pillow.

Spent the day cleaning the 4th bedroom which is the craft junk room. I think I made a small dent in it too much fabric and yarn. Will spend more time tomorrow cleaning it. 

The kids and grands are coming for four days at Thanksgiving. I need to have beds ready for 9 adults. The youngest grand turned 21 last Wednesday so we will have a small bday celebration for her. I asked everyone what they wanted to eat for Tday and all of the grands responded green bean casserole and sweet potato souffle with mashmellows. I cracked up because they are all clean healthy eaters, I guess Tday is the exception.

The weather is headed here tonight, rain first then the big drop in temperature. Glad everyone was safe today.  

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza yesterday

What an ugly windy and dusty day! Cold front is coming in and we'll get down to 29 tonight.  For us, that's COLD!  But I'm so very happy we're not getting that Artic Blast a lot of you will be dealing with this week, and the snow.

Spent Sunday cleaning the other big window in the living room and moving the furniture to get to it. Today was getting up to make sure mom showered and was ready for dental appointment.  Tomorrow I have my doctor's appointment.  I need a few days rest here after all this activity.  

Oh, while cleaning around the window area, I found plastic tub with Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion quilt.  I've got all 25 blocks done, the patchwork sashing done, so I may work on that, instead of new BH Mystery (but I will save the patterns for a later time).  

I'm off to rest for the rest of this evening.  I'm beat.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton yesterday

Barbara, I've never had a pedigreed cat either!  They either wandered into my yard, or I got them from a shelter.  The most I ever had at the same time was three.

DS got this cat in a native village when one of the Inupiaq's wanted to get rid of it because Grandma was allergic. There aren't many cats in the arctic!   After noticing that, when picked up, this cat became a "limp noodle" in his arms and the fact that it was very fluffy and very, very friendly with everyone, he decided to research (librarian!) what kind of a cat "Blue" might be.  He came upon the description of a "Ragdoll", and when he found a photograph, he knew.  They aren't particularly rare, but I had no idea they were so expensive!  Hair from his coat fills the vacuum cleaner bag every week!  

Comment by Marilyn L. on Monday

Yikes!  The wind is strong today! The snow has  about stopped, and that is good. I think we only have an inch  or two, but some is still blowing off roofs, etc.  I had to go for routine blood work early this a.m., so decided I'd just go on to quilting after. Roads were a bit dicey, but  I followed a road truck  all the way...10 miles...at 45mph.  Home safe and warm now.

Love your red truck Barbara!  I really like all of the red truck themed fabrics and décor items.  Oh, I finally found those LOST holiday fat quarters.  Who knows if I will get anything made with them yet this holiday season. LOL!

Kathleen, I enjoyed hearing about your family dinner and then the shopping trip with your daughters.  Glad  you were happy with how the carrot cake turned out. I haven't made one from scratch in ages. My recipe has crushed pineapple in it and the cream cheese frosting. Umm!

Saturday some friends and I went to a buffet breakfast at a church in the same town where our church is. They also have a bazaar like offering of gift baskets made by the women's group.  Some lovely baskets and quite reasonable prices on them. I bought one (for myself!) and also a home made peach pie for DH. It's one of his favorites. Very good!

Then Sat. evening we went to the American Legion for a Veteran's Day dinner. Delicious roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salads and dessert. All free!  They do it every year. The auxiliary ladies do a wonderful job.   This morning one of our quilting ladies rang the  church bell at 11 a.m. for Vet's Day.

I finally got the binding sewn on a quilt and have one side hand sewn down. That will be a good job for this evening while watching t-v. And it will keep me warm too!

Froggie, sorry to hear that Chocolate is hurting. Sure hope the pain meds do the trick.  He will want to be snuggling tonite!

Kim, it sounds like you got quite a lot accomplished this past weekend with your sewing friends.  Do you have a room all set  up in Florida and dedicated for sewing?  I'm sure you will be taking some projects to work on while you are there.

Thel, saying HI and telling you that you're missed!  I'm hoping that you are just extra busy with your church groups and not that you are under the weather.  Stay safe and warm!

That's about all from blustery Illinois. Stay warm!


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