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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 Kathleen Kingsbury 7 hours ago

Carol, if you're reading, I finally plugged the White Quilter's Machine in and tested it. So far I can't get the threader to work either but I'm not done trying. Right now I'm trying to get the dials set correctly to make a nice stitch. My question is, is this machine supposed to be loud? Since I really don't know if this machine has been used much at all I'm not sure if it should sound the way it does. I went online and found someone who mentioned the machine is quiet. I can't find a single youtube video of this machine being demonstrated either. Just curious about how yours is. Thanks!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton 10 hours ago

Better the jute than your couch, Marilyn!  Unless you've got 24-hours a day eyes on your cat, I'd buy him all the jute posts he can shred!

Gasoline leaks are not to be fooled with, Thel.  Check that out ASAP!

Pork chops in the crock pot sound like a great idea!  I do small pot roasts all the time, but I really like pork chops too.  Do you brown the chops first, Marilyn?

Yes, you do have to have a lot of supporting documents to get the "enhanced D/L."  We use a post office box as our mailing address, and I had to come up with an official document for DH that showed both of the addresses on the same piece of paper (I finally found a property tax bill); his passport and some other form of identification -- he kept coming back home for something else -- he was really frustrated by then and wondering if he really "needed" his driver's license!  I assured him that he did and to just jump through all the hoops, and all would be well.  Whew!

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 11 hours ago

Hi Marilyn, good to hear from you. Sounds like Milo is the boss!!

Sure hope Lexi isn't leaking, Thel. 

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 12 hours ago

Woohoo Kim, you're on the ball with that class.  Now you don't have to forget about it and leave it to the last minute.      Those ID's with the Stars in the upper right corner are called REAL ID.  I've heard you have to do all kinds of verifications to receive that, then (for instance) my MO drivers license would have that star in the corner.   I think they'll be required by some time in 2020 but states are starting to do that now to be prepared.  

I sure don't envy those TSA folks either.  

Yah, all kinds of different designations, federal buildings, crossing borders, flying etc.  I know a few of my friends needed their Stars when going to Canada a while back.  

Aww,  Milo sounds like he's in his glory.  Time to replace his jute !  I love when a kitty enjoys their toys.   Funny how they train us isn't it Marilyn.  

I want a pork chop, maybe I should come your way!  

I got my homework done for Freedom tonight.  

Loaner is returned and Lexi has gone out for a drive and a power wash at a place uptown.  I used it 3 times, boy those dollars don't last too long.  But got her all cleaned up.    I thought I was smelling leaking gas, I sure hope it was just cause I was at the gas station and not my baby with a continued leak.  

I had the last of my soup and cornbread for supper.  Summer and Bob have snacks at group, so if I need to nibble I'm sure there'll be something.  

Comment by Marilyn L. 13 hours ago

Hi Barbara! Yes, we've watched the Cubs the past few days. I don't remember which day it was. but I was watching and they were behind like 4 to 0, then I fell asleep and woke up and it was 10 to 4!  Crazy! We just wonder where their bats have been for the last month! Ha, ha!  Will probably watch the game this eve too. And record the 2nd installment of the Country Music documentary on PBS. Did you watch it?

  Milo is doing pretty good. He takes his pills like a good boy. He sure is a snuggler!  I tell DH that he is an "equal opportunity" lover boy!  We found one of those special gloves that is supposed to gather all the loose hairs. Well.....it sorta works and sorta doesn't. LOL!  A damp sponge works much better.  He has almost destroyed his first scratching post. The jute wrapping sure doesn't hold up to his work outs!  And he  sure has us trained on when mealtime and snack times are!  

Better go check on the pork chops I have in the crock pot. Doing them like I would do a small pot roast....with onions, carrot and potatoes with mush. soup gravy.

Hi to everyone!  I am here every day, just don't always comment.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 14 hours ago

I have a star in the corner of my non-driver ID and I think it designates that I can enter federal buildings. I don't think I paid for the ability to fly ID though. I'm certain I cannot cross borders with what I have because I have no plans to do that so didn't go for it.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton 16 hours ago

Thel, DH just got his California enhanced drivers' license, and there is a golden bear on it in the upper right corner.  That's supposed to be the "enhanced" designation for California.  Perhaps each state has a different one?  That wouldn't be very efficient for TSA though, would it?  Those folks work pretty hard and take a lot of C--P from stressed out fliers; we should make it easier for them!  I did get a little amused on our recent flight from Sacramento to Seattle; I was wearing a loose blouse that has sheer lace sleeves and shoulders, and I still had to be "patted-down" on my arms and shoulders by a girl screener!  I wonder what she though I could have there that she couldn't see?   I don't envy them their jobs.

Comment by Kim Webb 16 hours ago

I already have the enhanced license and there is no star on it that I see Thel. I have never had any problem traveling that I would consider unreasonable. Anything to keep us safe while in the air. I haven't heard anything about having anything special to enter federal buildings but then I don't think I have any reason to go to any right now.

Well I had a change of plans for today. I decided to sit down and take the new revised protocol online class for NYS EMT's. It just was released yesterday and everyone has to have it done by Dec. 31st. I'm all done with it and have my certificates all printed out to turn in tonight at the ambulance meeting. Now to get on with the other things I want to do today. I already went out and did all my errands so that's done.

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO 17 hours ago

Sunny and bright here.  I'm waiting to find out if I get a ride to return the loaner car, but in the meantime getting some things done.  

I've tried will away the dust and furr tumbleweeds too Kathleen and it just doesn't work.   Have an awesome time for DD's party.  

Maybe you carry bowling balls that would snap apart and hold contraband Kim?  Hmm.   You've got a busy week ahead of you.  Might be time for a meal in the crock pot to be ready when you get home from a busy day.  

I'm so lame Froggie.  I still haven't done my homework.  I really need to try to focus.  Bob did say not to be intimidated by the homework.  Well,  too late!  

I wonder if travelling will become easier once everyone has the new ID with the star on it.  I think people are saying it's a star of some sort.  I have no plans to be flying or going to a federal court building so I'm in no rush to get one.   Hmmm,  do you need to have that to enter local and municipal court houses or is it just federal buildings?  

Oh yah,  we need a kitty update from Marilyn. 

Well,  up and at it here! 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 17 hours ago

Kim, I cook the lentils in water with onion and garlic and a dribble of oil. Then add salt after they start simmering. I can't remember the exact recipe; I always have to look it up. But I think the trick is enough water. Then I cook small shape macaroni (I bought elbow today) and we top it with the lentil mixture. Add a little saved pasta water to the dish if you like it soupy. Top with pecorino romano cheese. It's delish!! Mary Agnes knows. Hi Mary Agnes. I'm thinking about you.

I'm sure just the fact the bowling bag is heavy, it needs to be checked to be sure a ball is in there and not something else.

The air traffic mystery is solved! Around here we have what is called Mercy Flight which is an air ambulance service. I guess they were having a family picnic and also giving joy rides, probably as a fund raiser. They must have raised a lot of funds judging by the number of passes they made over my house! At least I hope so.


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