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My name is Rusty (nickname) and I'm married to Ray and have a son John (J.J.) who is 30 years old. I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia but I'm trying to get back to sewing after a long absence. I am a beginner quilter and have been sewing since I was 7 years old. I also crochet, cross stitch, and other crafts when my body lets me which hasn't been often. John and I also get together and play video games, watch our favorite TV programs (he introduced me to Project Runway, Face Off and Tanked), and soon, I'll be teaching him to quilt! Woo Hoo! I am so fortunate that he wants to spend that time with me and I don't let anything interfere with that - even sewing! Since becoming a member, I've had the opportunity to make some really wonderful lifetime friends through Gifty Galore. Who knew that making Christmas gifts would lead to something that fabulous? I've also been able to learn a lot more about quilting and life itself. Now I just have to see if my body is going to let me participate more at least a few times a week. Thank you Connecting Threads for not only having a great online store but for having such a great idea to get us quilters together!

I'm on Facebook too but my page is locked. Just let me know if you would like to be friends there. : ) I would be honored.

Notice the heart shaped cactus in my profile pic. Even something like that can give you love! LOL
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting, general sewing
My pets are awesome!
My husband and I have one cat named White Out (he's all white except for a few black spots and a dark tail). My son, John has two cats, Tyley Anne - a tuxedo cat and Shadow - a tiger cat. They all were strays that we adopted. We also have several outdoor strays that have adopted us and even though we've tried to get them to join our family indoors, they just want to be outside.

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Doll Clothes

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 8:21pm 6 Comments

I just added some pics of some of the doll clothes that I recently made for my husband's co-worker's daughter, Lorenza.  She is a cutie!!  I had so much fun making them too although they were a little harder than anticipated.  LOL  Now I want to make her a dress with ruffles and lace all over!  Enjoy the pics... they are at the end of the slideshow. 

Hi there! I just joined!

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 3:03am 10 Comments

My name is Rusty and I'm from Chandler, Arizona. I am a beginner quilter and I just ordered the Southern Stars BOM Quilt kit. I can't wait until it arrives so that I can get started - I just hope I can keep up with everyone! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia so there are days that I can't even get on the computer. I am wanting so badly to get started quilting and I thought this might "force" me to do it and not pay attention to the intense pain in my body. I'm looking forward to… Continue

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At 9:44pm on June 10, 2013, Cindy said…

WOW You've been busy making all those doll clothes. No wonder we haven't heard from you very much. That was a lot of clothes, but I'm sure there is one very happy little girl. Will write and fill you in on the crazies around here. Until later.

At 6:15pm on June 10, 2013, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi Rusty...Your quilts and other projects are beautiful. I've not done some of the things that you do, but just quilt. I quilt for Project Linus and have made so many quilts for them, that I've lost count. Also, I've done other quilts for friends and family. My machine is going almost daily.

We spent of 2 winters in Phoenix and plan to do so again in Jan-March or longer. We go to many of the Seattle Mariner Spring Training games and really enjoy doing this. We also explore the desert and the different towns. We were in Chandler last time in '11. So, if we are there again, I'll look you up.

Thank you for your comments about my quilts.


At 11:37pm on May 5, 2013, Cindy said…

Hey, girlfriend, sure do miss you being online here on QWU as do so many others. Mari is talking about gearing up for July and the new Gifty season starting! Wow, already. Can't believe how time is flying by!

Later, cindy

At 12:20pm on February 26, 2013, Marilyn L. said…

Hi Rusty!  Just stopping by to say HI and that we all miss your imput on Gifty. You are our cheerleader!

Hoping that you are keeping well and busy.  We're having fun with the new candle mats that Mari is designing for us to make. 

Drop by sometime and just say Hello.  We miss you.

At 1:34pm on January 9, 2013, Beth in NEPA said…
Hi. Rusty. I am fine. Just way to busy. I will try to send ing of mea note later. Thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate it!!
At 8:42pm on December 11, 2012, Barbara S/IL said…

Thanks for the friend invite. I'm delighted to accept, Rusty.

I think you'll find we continue to be sort of chatty on Gifty even without the weekly projects. I do hope Mari will figure out something to keep us busy. Hope you are having a restful evening. Take care.

At 3:00pm on December 1, 2012, Sheila Craft said…

Oh, Rusty - That would be great if you would just let them know that I'm still alive and well - I'd appreciate it! I will get some pictures taken before long - Have to before they leave my house, I guess! More than likely, I will not have time to post them to each forum but, I'll be sure to get them onto my page. I did forget that I did do a quick & easy table topper for my DSIL's 60th Birthday before Thanksgiving, too! Is it any wonder why I'm exhausted??

Sorry to hear you DH hasn't been well - hopefully he's not the typical "baby" when he's sick! LOL! I'll get back to everyone after the first of the year - I won't know what to do with myself, after all!

At 12:26pm on December 1, 2012, Sheila Craft said…

Hi Rusty! I really haven't been on Gifty for a while...bad me:-(

This time of year is really bad for me. I've been the Treasurer for a non-profit horse organization for 4 years now and everyone's membership expires 12-31 so, I've got about 5,000 people renewing all at the same time! Between my regular job and that, I think I'm lucky to get 6 hours of sleep a night - Ugh! LOL - honestly, I've loved doing it but, I'm at the end of my allowed term now - the President would like to name me "Accounting Goddess for Life" (his choice of words, not mine) but, the organizations by-laws won't allow it so, we have a new person taking it over on Jan 1 for at least 2 years. So, while I won't be the Treasurer any longer, I'll still be involved in trying to streamline the whole process so that it's not so time consuming. The good news is that I will not be nearly as busy after Jan 1st - YeeHaw!

As for what I've been up to - sewing-wise...not as much as I'd like, obviously! I've gotten a King Size top finished, a small Xmas wall hanging completed, and been making taffeta gift bags using a new foot for my Pfaff. Oh, and I'm working on some of the Garden Patch Cats designs by Helene Knott. They're for my DD for Christmas although, I'm not sure I really need to do much for her since I'm footing the bill for the rental car she's had for the last 3 weeks while we await the insurance company's dawdling about getting her check to her for the car that got totaled - Hmph! And only a week after I paid to have the transmission rebuilt!! ~sigh~ They're always your kids, aren't they? The good news is that no one was hurt!

Well, darn,  I guess I've done more than I thought! I also did a 16" pillow using velvet & taffeta and machine embroidered leaves with metallic threads and completed a block swap project! No wonder I'm exhausted! I even took the entire week of Thanksgiving off and still didn't get any naps! Argh!

What's up with you?


At 3:40pm on August 14, 2012, Gayle/La. said…

Hey Rusty, we have finished like phase 2 and now we are going to o on with phase 3. LOL  It is going to be an on-going thing for a few more weeks but I am down to the family part of this job now.  No more outsiders ( craftsmen) to deal with.  It will mostly be  me and a bit of our DGS's help.  If I have to get anyone else it will be the young man who works with our DGD. It is getting closer to finish line everyday.

At 5:50pm on July 31, 2012, Lou Ann Brach/MD said…

Welcome aboard Rusty and you are going to find that you have joined a very fun bunch! And I love Lynne's suggestion of a sleepover!  I'll bet is someone organized it they might just get some takers!!!


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