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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.

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LAP QUILT FOR MARY AGNES

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Agnes / NW Ontario Apr 27. 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 Cheryl / NC on July 6, 2009 at 2:35pm
I've been laughing over the "Home Ec" stories, so I'll share one too. I don't ever remember learning to sew, it was just something I always did with my Baba (grandmother) She was an incredible seamstress, and made wedding gowns and bridal party dresses to supplement the household income. I consider myself a fairly accomplished seamstress because of her, but I could never hold a candle to to my Baba! She could make any wedding gown from only a picture torn from a magazine, right down to the seed pearls hand sewn into the lace. She was amazing! She would have the bridal party over to her apartment on a Saturday afternoon to take everybody's measurements. She would get the pictures from the bride of the wedding dress and the girls dresses and a color then send them home. She would start to work on them immediately, unrolling a bolt of satin on a sheet on her living room floor and without a pattern just start cutting! It still boggles my mind to this day! I remember her sitting with a TV tray in the evening, covered with seed pearls, sequins, and crystal beads, carefully sewing on each one, until the fabric took on a life of it's own. She would then hand bead a crown or tiara for the headpiece to hold the veil that matched the gown. When the gowns were finished they were some of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! That was how I learned, just by watching her.

When I started taking Home Ec in 9th grade, I was already helping her fit and sew gowns. The dress I chose as my first project for class was not a beginners pattern. The teacher had a FIT! She called my mom and asked her what was she thinking, letting me pick out a pattern like that! Mom told her if I couldn't do it, she would get me another. The teacher said I would be too far behind at that point and would fail her class. Of course I was so afraid of failing the class and looking like a fool, I messed it up! The teacher said to the whole class, "That's what happens when you girls don't listen to what I tell you and try to get ahead of yourselves before you learn the basics." I was mortified! I took the pattern home, crying, and showed it to Baba. She took one look at it, told me I could do better than that, made a face at me and told me to think about it and fix it! Okay, now I was REALLY embarrassed! But I fixed it and brought it in for the next class, completed and wearing it. The teacher accused me of having my mom finish it! Quiet, painfully shy, meek, mousy, little me laughed at her! I told her my mom didn't know how to sew (she didn't!) She made me sit in the corner! It eventually all got straightened out, the teacher learned what I could do, and we became friends. She invited my Baba to class to show pictures of some of her gowns and tell about how she made them. Baba then made me a doll with an exact replica in miniature of the dress Linda Byrd Johnson wore when she got married in the White House when Lyndon B. Johnson was President. I still have the doll and it's still beautiful! I'll never be the sewer Baba was, but I will carry on the tradition and teach my granddaughters to sew. (It will just be Quilts, not wedding gowns!)
Comment by Darlene Bass/Northern Alberta on July 6, 2009 at 1:01pm
Hi everyone, Here's my story of quilting. I grew up in a small rural area so there was no home ec. in school. I was always interested in sewing and my mom had a treadle machine but it was only used for mending. I was the second of 4 girls in the family. When I was about 10 years old, the 4H started a sewing club, but I was too young to join but I watched my older sister doing her project. She never did continue with sewing, but I was still interested. When I got married and had a machine given to me, I started to sew clothes and when I had a problem I got help from my friend, who had taken home ec in her school or from a sister in law. But I was always intrigued with quilting. My friend who helped me with sewing, had grown up in a Mormon family and remembers her mom always having a quilt on the go in their living room and she and her siblings played underneath the quilt frame. My friend never had a desire to make a quilt, but I admired the many quilts that arrived at her house from her mother. So I struggled and did my version of quilting. In the late 70's I picked up a magazine "Ladies Home Journal' [I think it was] and there was a story and pattern to make Elleanor Burn's Trip Around the World - quilt in a day. I did it and was I ever 'hooked' I have never looked back. I have learned so much from that day to this. None of my sister's ever did get into quilting but my friend did eventually and I have several quilting sisters that I treasure.
Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) on July 6, 2009 at 12:51pm
Oh yeah, and my Mom made me use some UGLY fabric that she had stashed in the drawer. It was an ugly brown with little deer all over it. Now that I think of it, I wish I had that fabric to make a quilt with. But for a dress on a 13 year old in the 70's, no I don't think so!
Happy quilting!
Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on July 6, 2009 at 12:29pm
Hi Diane, Maybe if we just hang in there long enough, our girls may get the idea! Carol
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on July 6, 2009 at 12:23pm
My grandmother quilted her whole life. There were 6 girls in the family and when they got married they were all given 6 quilts to start their new home with. Only one of the girls continued on with quilting and she did it until she was 75. I am carrying on the tradition. It may die with me . My daughter loves quilts but has no desire to make one. And I only have 2 grandsons. But who knows. There are certainly male quilters.
Comment by Mari/WA on July 6, 2009 at 11:36am
Oh, Carol, I loved your story!!! My first BIG quilt was a Texas Lone Star that my Grandma (maternal) made for my Mom. She just made the star before she died. So, when I showed interest in quilting my Mom asked me to fill in the Star with fabric and turn it into a quilt for her. So, I added fabric to the corners, between the points and a strip of fabric to the top to make it a double sized quilt. Then I hand quilted the whole thing! I can tell you it took me two years to get it done. Like you I chose to make it as difficult as possible because I didn't know what I was doing! I'll take a pic of it and put it up here. My Mom put it on her bed and it got sun bleached but I have it now and love it tooooo death. Its the only quilt I have from my Mom's family.
Comment by MaryAgnes/NYC on July 6, 2009 at 11:28am
I love all the "how I got to quiltin'" stories. I love being part of a Tradition, as most of us (at least so far) seem to be, rather than an Art. I suppose with enough practice I could call it Art but I don't think I'll ever practice enough.

Keep them stories rollin'.
Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on July 6, 2009 at 11:25am
Peg, I wish my daughter would quilt with me, but she is a jewelry designer. I am also a fabric addict!
Jackie, I'm sorry that your mother did not sew, but at least you did learn how.
Mari, You get those quilts in a show! One of our new quilters took 3 ribbons in the first show she entered!
Loraine, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I envy your talent. I also have an Elna, but my husband doesn't sew on it.
Karen How is your husband doing. I hope he is better!
Have a good day! Carol
Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on July 6, 2009 at 11:17am
Well everybody, I guess I will tell you how I got started. My mother, bless her soul, would sit at a Singer Treadle machine and sew while I laid down for a nap everyday. It was too hot to go out in the middle of the day, because we had not air conditioning then. She made clothes, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases, and curtains for out small family while listening to the soap operas on the radio.
I never got interested until after I got married. My mother made my wedding gown, her dress, and all the bridal party dresses. She made a quilt for me out of the scraps and I loved it, literally to death! But, I did not learn how to quilt at that time. I loved the quilts that she made and the quilts that were made for her by her family. I still did not get the idea to quilt anything myself and unfortunately did not take good care of the quilts.
My mother died in 1999 and I saved the quilts that she had made, as if they were made of Gold. My only daughter saved all of her needlepoint, and has 1 room with all the walls covered in "Mimmy's" needlepoint.
In 2001, I began watching Alex Anderson on TV everyday and finally got the idea that this was something I could do, so I went out and bought 5 coordinating calicos and started making a King Size Quilt for my bed.
Now, everyone knows that you start out small and work your way up, but since I had no idea what I was doing, it did not matter. I could do this! Well, as expected, I made every mistake known to quilters, and then some, on this first quilt. But, I finished it and was hooked for life!
I don't know if it is the quilts, the fabric, or the designing that I like the most. Now my husband and children, 3 boys, 1 girl, 3 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law and 5 grandchildren, beg me to make them quilts and tell me what they want in them. They are not masterpieces for the World, but my family proudly use them and that is why I keep doing it. Carol
Comment by Laraine/WA on July 6, 2009 at 10:16am
Thought I'd share my story of how I started quilting. We didn't have Home Ec at my school but did have beginning sewing. UGH...I battled along because I had a cheap-no-good sewing machine at home. I did learn enough to be able to sew a few dresses but really disliked it--nothing really fit that well and I didn't like the bother of trying to modify patterns. So, I had my cheap-no-good sewing machine for minor repairs and really didn't touch it much beyond that. Didn't sew a thing for years and years.
When I started working here I was a tole painter--knew nothing about quilting (had to ask what a FQ was). It was my hubby that wanted to make a quilt and I remember saying, "you realize that involves a SEWING MACHINE?!". He did some research and was so proud when he bought me my Elna. (He did take a class and made a quilt.) My exposure to fabric and creative people every day quickly wore down any lasting resistance and I was quilting within the first 6 months of working here. Now I quilt more often that paint.
Still don't like sewing clothes though.
 

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