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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 Kim Webb 4 hours ago

Good morning, and a beautiful morning it is. The sun is rising and it's getting brighter outside. DH had to go in to work early this morning as they are setting up a pop up vaccination site in town this morning. They received a thousand doses to give today to local seniors. The local hospital is administering them. Then tomorrow he has to be in early also as they are giving the second dose to those who got it last month. He will be tired on Sunday.

Today I have PT and  I need to go to my Mom's and water the plants and send her mail off to her. 

I do get the Covid fatigue and know that some people are really struggling with it. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with it though. I have found my love for CCS again and did get a lot done on some quilting. I guess I didn't sit around thinking about what I couldn't do and instead focused on what I could do.

Well, I better get myself together on this beautiful morning.

Have a wonderful day my friends...

Comment by Barbara S/IL 13 hours ago

Oh my gosh Carol, that's a real bummer.I hope your whole arm isn't black and blue. 

Hope your procedure is early so you can eat again sooner rather than later, Froggie. I hate the prep for that.

I think a lot of us are very tired of covid, alice and blame it for a lot of things. Hope you got your nap in  and feel a little peppier.

Comment by Kim Webb 15 hours ago

Good luck tomorrow Froggie. On my way into PT today I stopped at my doctors office to schedule a physical. I haven't had a proper physical in year's and I bet he is going to want a colonoscopy. I haven't ever had one before and I know I am overdue by a bunch of years.

That's just not right that the girls doing the blood work can't get it the first time. I can even see two attempts but after that I'm going to say something. They used to have a hard time with me also and I have heard all the excuses. Yes I have had it taken out of the top of my hand also after several attempts. Veins are small or they are to deep. You didn't drink enough water etc. Now I point to the exact spot in the elbow and if that's where they go there is no problem on the first try. Even when I just had my surgery they came in often for blood work and they got it the first time every single time. There is no excuse for incompetent people that don't know what they are doing. But if you know right where your vein is and tell them it makes their job much easier and less painful for you. 

I'm not sure what the difference is but very little has changed in my life due to Covid. The first few months yes but then things got pretty much back to normal. We didn't go to very many movies so didn't miss that and we don't eat out often so I really didn't miss that. Everything is and has been open for takeout and we do that occasionally. We did miss going to Florida in the Fall but it wasn't a big deal. People are out walking and biking all over the place around here. 

Time for a little tv before bed.

Have a great night...

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza 20 hours ago

It's windy here and days like this make me feel like doing nothing!  I also blame Covid for everything.  Tired of being enclosed, tired of not being able to go out to eat with friends (I think mom misses this too). 

I really don't want to store all my stuff elsewhere.  Because elsewhere means going to town 25 minutes to get there and 25 minutes to get back.  Perhaps it's having too many projects at a time or UFOs building up. 

Enchiladas are not hot Froggie.  You won't burn your mouth.  They are tasty!

Did the grocery pick up at Walmart.  It was a whack world haul.  Came back and getting everything off truck was a pain. And I did orders some items from SAMS to be delivered. 

I think today I'm taking it easy.  Watching a movie and reading a books.  maybe take an afternoon nap because I feel I don't sleep enough.  I blame Covid on that!  

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 20 hours ago

Your blood test story made me chuckle, Froggie.  Once in the spring and once in the fall hubby and I get a complete blood panel done through our local hospital sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.  $40 per person for the whole list of tests.  Because of Covid, our hospitals Community Blood Drives have been cancelled the last 3 times.  To do it at the hospital as requested by the doctor costs about $300 and is not covered by Medicare since it's just routine screening.  So earlier this week we heard that a VERY small hospital about 20 minutes from here was having one - again a whole list of tests for $40.  So bright and early yesterday we headed south to have it done.  Temperature check, info filled out, masks in place we went to the lab they had set up.  Only 3 people in front of us, all is well.  We noticed the phlebotomists (who looked to be about 15) seemed to be having difficulties with the 2 men directly in front of us...took forever, several changes of arms and needles.  Finally our turn -- Couldn't find a vein in hubby, in either arm, lots of sticks.  Finally called to the gal who was sanitizing the tables and chairs where you waited and she came up to my husband and was able to draw the blood from the inside of his forearm.  The gal who did mine said my elbow was too bent ???? and after 2 sticks tried my other arm which she said has too deep of veins - so she went back to arm #1 but determined that she had tried so many times that I was already going to have "a huge bruise" there so she didn't want to use it.  Ultimately she drew the blood from the back of my hand.  At least it got done (some 7 or 8 sticks between us later).  Poor girls, I think they must have finished training an hour ago as neither of us had ever had problems before!  Probably will try to avoid that place next time!  On a brighter note, we got our 2nd Covid vaccines this a.m.  No problem; skilled nurse!

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) 22 hours ago

Is that the new deck DH made, Kim? It sounds nice. Great weather, sunny, nice place to sit. When I did CCS all the time, I had one project in the living room, one in the bedroom, and one in my bag I took on the ferry every day. THey never moved from place to place, they just stayed in their spots. I could get a lot done. I didn't sew much then, just CCS. 

Those geese are loud, aren't they, Barbara? We had a robin invasion last week. Myra said she had one too. Neither of us remember seeing that many robins at a time. It was pretty cool. They were quiet, too. Seafood casserole? I have never had one. 

Today is a crappy day. Tomorrow is colonoscopy day. That's all I will say about that. Get it over, at least. OOPS. So, I took Mr. B for his fasting bloodwork this morning. We got there around 9, we thought that would be a slow time. It was almost 10 before we got home! I have no idea how many people were in the place, but it is pretty small. I think that location needs more employees. At least it sounds like Mr. B was in a good mood when he was in there. They had to stick him twice, so he came out with both arms wrapped up. Well, at the elbows. I don't know what I am going to do today, it's almost noon, and my day is off and I can't eat. 

~Hopppy quilting~ 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury 22 hours ago

Hi everyone. It's 28 degrees here. It was snowing this morning but nothing significant. Just enough to color the grass that was showing.

I haven't been commenting but I have been reading. Barbara, I'm glad you have an appointment. I sure wish I could get one at a local pharmacy rather than the one I have at a college campus location. I'm still trying. Kim, good to hear you are adding houses to your work schedule. You are making such great progress with your knee recovery. And with your CCS! Froggie, I'm looking forward to a picture of the Uncle Lloyd's quilt. I think that's the right name. Rita, you are still on my prayer list.

I don't know what I have mentioned last about mom, but she is now in the county home closer to home base. She is out of the required quarantine there. The floor she quarantined on has been considered "green" and they are using another floor as the quarantine area. This is good because mom can stay in the room she is in now. No more moving her around. She can have visitors and my sister is on a Friday schedule to see her. I'm on a phone schedule to talk to her. And she is getting hospice palliative care at the nursing home because she is not eating and drinking enough, so that makes her qualified for the service. 

I haven't done much machine sewing except for a mask for my son-in-law. I haven't made them in so long, I started with just one and asked him to wear it for a while and let me know if it fits properly before I make the others. Still not done with Gigi's nightgown and doll nightgown project; very close to done though. Don't know why I stopped on it. But I am working on a felt toy project for her that I work on in the evenings while watching TV. This is all sounding very familiar so I probably already mentioned it.

I guess my enthusiasm for everything is waning. I blame covid. I even have to drag myself to the basement to do the treadmill. And I think the reason is that I would prefer to walk outside, but not in these cold temps. But I am healthy and I am thankful for that!

Comment by Barbara S/IL yesterday

Good morning. It's another beautiful spring day. There was a flock of geese in the corn field. Maybe about  a 100 or so. Not like the year that there were thousands of them taking a break in the field a few years ago. They are very vocal.

I cleared some things off hte dining table that needed to go back into the sewing area. Slowly but surely things are getting culled out. I even did a little sewing.

I want to try a seafood casserole for supper. I think I have a ll the ingredients. I should try to halve the size though. Most of my recipes fill a 9X13 pan and that is way too much for two to eat.

Hope you all have a great day.

Comment by Kim Webb yesterday

Good morning, it's looks to be the start of a beautiful day. I still see some pink in the morning sky.

Yesterday's work went well. A bit slower than normal but that's ok. I'm working this morning before PT and that's it for today. Hopefully some more stitching this afternoon. Yesterday I worked on Peter Cottontail and Winter Snowfall in the afternoon when the natural sunlight was great.  Even sat outside on the deck for a bit yesterday afternoon. It felt so good in the sunshine. 

I can imagine how you feel Barbara. I was so happy when we got the appointment for my Dad. I was even happier that DH got it when he did since he has some health issues that I worry about. He doesn't worry about them himself though.

It would make me so sad if I had to pack all my sewing things up and store them somewhere else. I like having pieces all cut and ready to sew by my machine for when I have a few minutes to work on them. It is so easy to pick up a CCS project though and start right in on it.

Well I better go see what today will bring. It feels good to be getting back to a somewhat normal routine.

Have a great day...

Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) yesterday

I would love some of your enchiladas and beans, Alice. But since I'm flying on my broom to come and get some, they aren't hot. That would burn my mouth off! 

Good for you, Barbara! I was doing the happy dance and texting DD1 and some friends when I got mine! For the first one, I didn't really believe I was going to get it until it actually went in my arm. I bet you were excited, and can you believe we go to such lengths and are so happy we get a shot? I never thought I would see the day.... 

I made the lace piece over, I don't know if I said that I used the wrong stabilizer. I used one that said it was tear away wash away. Something like that. It didn't wash out so good. But the second one looks so good, and I am ready for it to dry out so I can stitch it on the top. 

~Hopppy quilting~


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