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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 Diane Gunter/Canada on July 6, 2009 at 6:54pm
Sorry Mari I don't want you to starve to death!
Comment by Mari/WA on July 6, 2009 at 5:01pm
Diane, I NEED MY JOB!!!!
Comment by Mari/WA on July 6, 2009 at 5:01pm
OH, Cheryl, that was a very touching story! What beautiful memories you will always have of your Baba! How lucky you are! That's what family is all about too. We all should have such close relationships with family members. They can have such wonderful influences in our lives and enrich our children's lives so much. Thank you for sharing!
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on July 6, 2009 at 4:26pm
Cheryl your story[as always!] brought tears to my eyes. Tears for the wonderful Baba you had and tears of laughter and dismay for poor you over the Home Ec class. To think your Baba could create like that from just seeing something. C.T. would be out of business if there were more of her around!
Comment by Mari/WA on July 6, 2009 at 2:41pm
Oh, Darlene, what a nice story!

Linda, you're right, having that fabric made into a dress, phew! But, as a quilting fabric, cool!

Diane, we can commeserate together over our daughters! My daughter can't get enough quilts from me but she won't touch a sewing machine!
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.

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