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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

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 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.
Comment by Mari/WA on July 6, 2009 at 7:12am
Good Morning Ladies! Oh, Diane, you are so sweet (no pun intended, hee, hee)! Yea, I know what you mean about thinking your stuff isn't good enough. Carol is right, we seem to strive for a perfection that is so elusive thinking someday we'll get there. I sewed my own clothes for years throwing away most of it cuz it just wasn't good enough, didn't fit right, etc. Once I took up quilting (many years ago) I literally stopped making clothes. I have never entered any of my quilts thinking they're not good enough and still believe that!

Peg, I wish my daughter shared my love for fabric and quilts! At least we would have that in common! You're lucky! You see! Where would we be now without our dolls to begin our sewing careers!!!???

Jackie ~ My first project in Home Ec was an apron too! I remember the fabric still now! I can see it as clear as day! It was black with all kinds of bright flowers. It was sooooo cute! I loved it and wore it out! I made a shift too. It fit fine but it wasn't good enough so I threw it out! Yes, there were others in my class that made the coordinating coat as well. In fact, one of my classmates went on to be quite successful in her career as a clothing designer/instructor/speaker, etc.
Comment by Jackie Orton on July 6, 2009 at 2:04am
My mother didn't sew. In fact she had trouble with buttons. We would always tease her that the buttons on dad's work shirts would only last for one wearing! So I learned in Home Ec, too. Our first project was an apron. Guess that was our clue that the woman belonged in the kitchen. Life was so much different back in the 'olden days'. But we went on to 'the shift', Linda and I got the sewing bug from that. In fact, it was really 'in' that year to make a shift and a coordinating coat the same lenth as the shift...remember those? How stylish!! Made most of my clothes in HS, then made jammies and Halloween costumes for the kids, but didn't 'learn' to quilt until about ten years ago. Then there was no turning back!!!

I think these books are going to find a home at my house, too. I've been on a kick lately of making smaller projects.

Have a great day.
Comment by Peg on July 5, 2009 at 8:10pm
Hi,
I ordered a couple books for these gifts and can't wait till they arrive - always love starting something new. I started sewing doll clothes by hand also. My Mom did a lot of sewing but didn't quilt - I caught that bug from my grandma. She hand quilted my 1st quilt top and didn't even complain about all the non-matching seams and rows. I really knew nothing about what I was doing on that quilt but have taken a few classes and read a lot since then. Both my daughters have made quilts already and they share my fabric store addiction.
Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on July 5, 2009 at 6:07pm
Linda, I completely understand about the Home Ec. skirt. I never wore mine either!
Diane, What is it about most of us, that we never think our things are good enough? I am that way about my quilts. But, I finally broke down and entered a few of them in a local quilt show. Didn't win anything, but got some nice comments. Carol
 

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