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Watch this space for brand new gift ideas to get you ready for your 2016 holiday season!

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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

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

Please advise

Started by Cathy Coale. Last reply by Cathy Coale Sep 13, 2016. 6 Replies

I have joined this group and have the book.  What do I need to do next?Continue

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Comment by Mari/WA on July 7, 2009 at 10:28am
Cheryl, these stories tug at my heart too and if my Mom were alive I would go give her a big hug too! So, go do it while you still can!

Welcome Carol! Glad you joined us! Its going to be fun!

Linda, I made a dress for myself in the late sixties that had a nayru (sp?) collar and cut in armholes toward the neck ~ no sleeves. I loved it because it had a white backgroud with hugh hot pink and lime green daisies all over it. They were so big that one daisy covered half my body! Of course I'm only 5 ft tall too but I looooved that dress. It was a shift type dress. I thought I looked smashing in it! Probably not the best print for me and probably didn't look nearly as good as I felt in it but the fabric was great. It was very "Laugh-in'ish"! Sharyn, your comment reminded me of it! Thanks!
Comment by Sharyn Frentner on July 7, 2009 at 9:05am
Linda, isn't Mendel's great! Every time I go in there it seems to be more stuffed with every imaginable fabric there is! That 60's - 70's quilt thing sounds like a great idea. Lots of big flowers and bright pinks and neon greens, as I recall. Just think of the set of "Laugh In", if you are old enough to remember!
Comment by Darlene, WA on July 7, 2009 at 8:45am
Linda, I'm not sure I'm old enough to remember back that far. But I think there were appliqued peace signs, hearts, and big flowers. Also, crazy quilting. Remember using double knits in quilts too. Ugh! They never wore out though. You might try looking online for blocks too. It seems like there were a lot of pictorial quilts.
Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) on July 7, 2009 at 8:22am
Do you remember the quilt squares that were popular in the 70's? I didn't quilt then, only sew garments. When I went to San Francisco for a work conference a couple of years ago, my coworker and I snuck away to a fabric store called Mendel's Far Out Fabrics. We picked out some great 70's fabrics to make a crazy 70's quilt. It hasn't talked to me yet, and I am having a hard time finding what squares were popular during that time. I did think I should appliqué peace signs, and words like LOVE and PEACE you know with the fat rounded letters. But the main part is not talking to me. What blocks do I use? I want something crazy- and far out.
My Grandmother made clothes without a pattern like Cheryl's, too. She had a tredle machine, I think she got tired of the tredle, and wanted an electric powered thing, so Granddaddy hooked up a motor for her. My DS still has the machine. I don't know why she doesn't use it!But, if everyone was like our Grandmothers, Mari would be on the street corner holding up her sign- Will work for fabric.
What a cool idea. How about a denim with the towels? Big squares.
Barb D,
Love your story, too. My first daughter was a preemie, too, and my MIL made her clothes from doll clothes. I think your teenager granddaughter will catch the bug, keep working with her, it will help keep her grounded, and love the memories of time quilting with Nana!
Well, I think I am going to wander into the quilting room. Called in sick today because I feel horrible! Too much partying over the weekend. LOL. I am just tired, need some rest. And what a better way to rest than to quilt.
Keep the stories coming.
Happy quilting!
Comment by Carol Wadkins on July 7, 2009 at 7:44am
Ok, I have been off the site for a few days now, since it was the holiday, we weren't home. Now it's another really great group to get into..... I will never get through all the comments at this rate! that's ok, I am really into the nifty gifty idea! Count me in!!
Comment by Barb D in Maine on July 7, 2009 at 6:20am
Oh, It wasn't my sister - I don't have one! It was my daughter! She was the premie - she turned 44 yesterday!!
Comment by Cheryl / NC on July 7, 2009 at 6:03am
I have been sitting here reading, with my morning coffee, and getting teary eyed over all the wonderful stories of mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers and the wonderful ways they thought about us and touched our lives. Both my grandmothers are gone now, but my Mom is still active and healthy, Thank God, Now, I've got to go call my Mom and tell her I remember her sticking up for me to my Home Ec teacher, and that I love her for it. She'll think I've lost my mind but it will be worth the chuckle. Catch you all later.
Comment by Mari/WA on July 7, 2009 at 5:42am
Oh, these stories are so heartwarming! Wow, Darlene, that is so cool to receive those little dresses every September. That had to be so fun to look forward to every year.

Jackie, that's a great idea to put those towels into a quilt. I think I might cut out the embroidery part of the towels, perhaps into 9" squares and use those as the blocks or, add your own embroidery around your Grandmother's and make the blocks larger. There's so much you can do with it!

Barb, oh, that's so cute about your sister and her doll clothes!!! How cute! Gosh, she must have been extrememly small! You see, it goes to show you that quilts don't have to be beautiful to the eye, just made with love from the heart! The receiver just knows its special no matter what it looks like! Its cherished because of the one who gave it.
Comment by Barb D in Maine on July 7, 2009 at 4:57am
My Mom taught me to sew at a very young age - I actually hated it then! I also was in 4-H (she was the leader) and I took Home Eco in high school. I hated garment sewing !! My Mom made all of my clothes and my brother's shirts. She was not a quilter but she was into crafts bigtime!! When my daughter was born, she was a premie and Mom made all her little dresses out of doll clothes patterns! They were so cute! Once she started school, I began sewing for her, until she would no longer wear dresses!! I made most of my clothes too! Then for years I didn't touch a sewing machine! It wasn't until I knew I was to become a Nana that I got interested in making a quilt. That first quilt was about the ugliest thing I ever saw, however, it still lives! My great-granddaughter drags it everywhere!! That was the start of my quiltmaking and I've never looked back! My mom took up quilting about the same time I did - she doesn't have quite as much fabric as I do, but she's close! LOL My daughter doesn' even know how to turn on a machine - she has absolutely no interest in sewing of any kind!! I made clothes for my grandsons when they were little. I still make them shirts. But then, my granddaughter is interested and I have helped her make some shorts and skirts - maybe someday she will get the quilting bug too!! I hope so! She is too busy being a teenager right now!
Comment by Jackie Orton on July 7, 2009 at 2:06am
I remember the fabric for my apron was a 1-inch gingham check in maroon and white. Just a tie at the waist style, but I remember the awesome ruffler attachment we got to use so the skirt piece would fit into the waistband. Funny the things we remember. My grandmother did x-stictch and embroidery. I still have some of her pillow cases and dish towels. Actually, I was thinking of using the towels in a quilt...any ideas?

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