Welcome Gifty Galore 2014!
7.1.2014

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Gifty Galore is back and better than ever! For those who aren’t familiar, Gifty Galore is a Quilt Along where we offer a new, fun, and clever gift idea each week through December 8th. This year’s Gifty Galore lineup features a mix of larger, weekend projects created EXCLUSIVELY for you by Independent Designers, and a variety of smaller projects originating from online blogs that you can complete in less than a day. There are so many wonderful projects that our team has prepared and we just know that you’ll love making them.

We’ve done Gifty Galore for several years now, and after much planning and preparation, we are delighted to announce some of the changes you’ll see with this year’s Quilt Along. See below for more details!

We have a lovely new face and voice to Gifty this year, along with a new approach, and of course projects. Our new face is bright and cheery Anita! Our new approach is providing you specifically with weekend projects that are NEW and EXCLUSIVE and that have been designed especially for you from a number of outside designers! We also have a number of small projects that can be constructed in an afternoon or evening. We are so very excited about this year because the projects are delightful and come from all new sources!

Small Projects

Hi! Mari here! I am introducing the small projects which come from a variety of blogs on the World Wide Web. One of the greatest things happening in the sewing world is that people are creating their own personal blog sites. Many are designed to share and enjoy, and there is an abundance of beautiful projects that will fit any number of needs one can imagine. The image above is just a smattering of what Anita and I will have in store for you. These projects are small, doable in a short period of time, and are practical and delightful. They are gift ideas easily duplicated for many, yet can be made personal and unique for each individual. Just note, there are more than what is shown here!

Large Projects

Hi, I’m Anita! I have the choice privilege to work with wonderful pattern designers from all over through our Independent Designer Program (IDP). From these designers, we have 12 EXCLUSIVE projects ranging in size and difficulty. Each project should be able to be completed in a weekend, depending on your skill level. You won’t find these projects anywhere else, so get ready to sew, sew, sew!

Remember, you have two of us to rally you, to inspire anew and create, dominate and populate, that gift-giving basket! Wahoo! Here we come! CHARGE!

We’ll be posting a new project each week here on Notions, as well as in the Gifty Galore group on Quilt With Us. Stay tuned!


50 comments

  1. Mary(RanchMOM - July 1, 2014

    This is going to be a fun year with Gifty, I can hardly wait for the 7th to get here.

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    • Anita McIntire - July 1, 2014

      Not much longer Mary! Less than a Week! My plan is to clean my sewing room this weekend, so I am ready to go!!!!

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Me too Ranchmom! I’m really looking forward to it!

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  2. Ginny Kleven - July 1, 2014

    I would like to try this. It sounds different. so can’t wait for it to begin

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Ginny, I think you’re going to really enjoy it! It’s new and different, and you don’t have to do all the projects. Just the ones that speak to you.

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  3. Chris from WI - July 1, 2014

    Let er’ rip, I’m ready to meet my challenge & THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOUS DO ~

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      You are very welcome Chris! Our pleasure!

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  4. Hannah - July 1, 2014

    I’m so excited for the changes! I’m really happy to hear that the new projects will go up on the blog as well. I tried participating last year but the group in Quilt With Us was so overwhelming. Thanks for doing that!

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      So happy to find a way for those who really don’t want to participate in the social side of things but want to see and make projects. You’ll find all of that here on Notions and all the follow up questions regarding the project! I’m glad we found a way to meet your needs Hannah!

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  5. Len from FL - July 1, 2014

    I look forward to the new ideas.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      And I hope there are more than a few that interest you Len! Keep a lookout!

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  6. Vicki H - July 1, 2014

    I am excited about this. Gifts should be doable if I keep up. Thanks.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Well, you don’t have to do them all Vicki, but it will be hard as they are will be so much fun! We’ll support ya!

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  7. Judith - July 1, 2014

    These small projects would also be good for using those fabric of the month collections.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Absolutely! That is a great idea Judith! The small projects are perfect for stashes or scrap bags too!

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  8. Kathy Potts - July 1, 2014

    I made some of those woven star ornaments last year and everyone loved them!

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Kathy, I’m glad to hear that! It looked so interesting to me and we’re going to try and make ours out of fabric! Should be beautiful!

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      • Kathy Potts - July 3, 2014

        Mine were made of fabric, fused onto cardstock. I used two coordinating Christmas fabrics for each one. There are several steps involved, but it’s kind of like chain-piecing…..you can get a rhythm going!

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        • Mari - July 3, 2014

          Oh, I see! Never thought of fusing fabric on paper. That’s a great idea. I was going to just use very heavy fusible material and I think that would work too, but paper might be stiffer.

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          • Kathy Potts - July 3, 2014

            One thing I did learn by trial and error was to definitely prewash the fabric. The first couple I made I didn’t do this, and the fabric didn’t stick to the card stock very well. After being washed, the fabric stuck great.

          • Mari - July 3, 2014

            Thanks for the “heads up” on that Kathy! I’m not a prewasher but it certainly makes sense in this instance!

  9. naomi - July 1, 2014

    Can’t wait

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      I’m so glad Naomi! It’s shaping up to be a wonderful season project-wise. I love our sources and the fact that half the projects are literally free!

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  10. Cynthia - July 2, 2014

    I have just found your blog so I am looking forward in my first Gifty Galore Quilt Along. I am always looking for presents to make.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Yay! I’m so glad you found us Cynthia! I look forward to giving you the best season we’ve prepared so far! There will be a project every Monday so get ready; there will be lots to do!

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  11. Linda - July 2, 2014

    I can see the UFOs are not going to get done this year…again! But I’m always looking for new gift ideas for Christmas presents. This is my first Gifty Galore and Sheila tells me it’s a lot of fun.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Now Linda, who ever gets their UFOs finished?! This is a FUN experience! You don’t want to miss that!

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  12. Diane Gunter - July 2, 2014

    Well welcome Anita. Are you really ready for us!! I am so excited for the 7th. The pictures Mari and you have posted are fabulous.

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Yay Diane! We are very ready for you! The projects are coming in and we have the first two ready and waiting! So, get a cracking! There’s more to come, much more!

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  13. Lou Ann Bucheimer - July 2, 2014

    And hello from me Linda, so glad that you have joined the chat! Anita, your things last year were ones that I wanted to make, but circumstances kept me from the sewing room. Watch out this year!
    Putting the fun things to make on Notions, and our chat’s on Gifty is a great idea. I think many more will join!

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      So glad Linda & Lou Ann! Is that you too Lou Ann? Well, yes, it’s a great way of keeping all the info about specific projects together and apart from all our social Gifty chatter! We are such a chatty bunch aren’t we!? Hey we are over 1,500 members now! The more the merrier, right?!

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  14. Linda Froggie - July 2, 2014

    I love your description of our gift-giving baskets, Anita! We are going to have so much fun. Nothing else will get done in the next 5 months, no yardwork, no housework, nothin’!!!!
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Hi Froggie! Yep, we aim to please and fun is the name of the game! Wahoo!

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      • Linda Froggie - July 3, 2014

        You spoil us, Mari! And with Anita, it will be double spoiling. We love it.
        ~Hopppy Quilting~

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        • Mari - July 7, 2014

          We aim to please! That’s for sure! May need to work through some bugs but our Gifty members are the best and deserve the best!

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  15. Sheila Craft - July 2, 2014

    Is it Gifty time already? ACK!

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      Oh, Sheila, you know you love it!

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      • Sheila Craft - July 3, 2014

        Yes, Mari, I DO love it! This year is just going by sew fast and I’m sew behind!

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        • Mari - July 3, 2014

          Awe, well, do what you want and leave the rest! It’ll always be there! Just have lots of fun!

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    • Linda Froggie - July 3, 2014

      Oh Sheila, you know it is!
      ~Hopppy Quilting~

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  16. Lucinda C - July 2, 2014

    sounds like fun

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    • Mari - July 2, 2014

      It is Lucinda! Its the best fun in the world and we will have a great season this year. It’s our 6th and old pros at it so dust your machine off, oil it and put those UFOs away! You’re going to be busy!

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  17. Katrina - July 3, 2014

    YAY, Gifty time! :D

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    • Mari - July 7, 2014

      Hey Katrina! Whoa, do I miss you!

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  18. Nancy - July 8, 2014

    Do I need to enroll in this or what is the procedure?

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    • Mari - July 8, 2014

      Hi Nancy! Every Monday there will be a new project up here. If you want you can join Gifty Galore QA and join in the group hijinx. If not, just stop by Notions every Monday to see each new project.

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  19. Tricia - July 31, 2014

    I’m not able to open any of the Idea gifts except the first one. What do I have to do to open the other ideas?

    When I hold my cursor over the gift icon or over the click here button nothing happens, when I hover over #1 I get the “hand” that allows you to go to the link. Over all the others (2-4); I get nothing.

    Thanks.

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    • Mari - July 31, 2014

      Tricia, thank you for letting us know about this problem. It is being fixed as I write!

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  20. Teri - July 31, 2014

    I’m having the same problem. What’s up with that?

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    • Mari - July 31, 2014

      I’m sorry Teri for the inconvenience. The problem is being fixed now.

      Reply

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