Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 1
7.6.2015

The holidays always conjure images of snowflakes, ice crystals, and of course twinkling stars. This sweet ornament is my impression of a combination of all of these good things.

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These English Paper Pieced stars are a perfect, quick and easy project! You can decorate your whole tree with these little beauties, or make one for each special person on your gift list. You can even use them as gift tags.

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This year I’ll be making blue and silver stars to cover my tree.

If you want to make this adorable Christmas Tree Ornament, you can find it in the new Fast, Fun & Gifty book from Connecting Threads, or you can click here to buy the pattern for just $4.99!

We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Head over to the new Gifty Galore Flickr page and post your project photos there for everyone to enjoy! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall. Please post any questions about this project below in the comments and we will gladly respond to you directly.


39 comments

  1. Linda Froggie - July 6, 2015

    It’s gorgeous! I have never done any EPP. This may be interesting~ I do love trying new things, though, so I will dive right in. Thanks, Teri~
    ~Joyful Hopppy Quilting~

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    • Mari - July 6, 2015

      Froggie, I love IPP and do it quite often. It’s addictive so watch out!

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      • Linda Froggie - July 7, 2015

        You enabler!

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  2. Stephanie Dunphy - July 6, 2015

    Another season of fun! Can’t wait.

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    • Mari - July 6, 2015

      Yay, Stephanie! I always love this half of the year. So many fun things to make and especially for Christmas! Glad you are following along.

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  3. Lillie - July 6, 2015

    Is this going to be a quilt along like last year or a collection of book and pattern ads?

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    • Mari - July 6, 2015

      It is like last year Lillie, however half of the projects come from one book, Fast, Fun, and Gifty that Connecting Threads put together just for Gifty Galore, and the other half are free patterns and free outside blog tutorials.

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  4. Ell - July 6, 2015

    I’ve enjoyed the quilt along in past years, making several items for gifts.

    I will NOT pay $4.99 for a pattern or buy the book.

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    • Mari - July 6, 2015

      Ell, I’m sorry you feel that way. Actually, the cost for Gifty patterns/books this year is the lowest it has every been. We do appreciate your feedback and thank you for sharing.

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    • Vivian Mc Pherson - July 6, 2015

      Too bad that you think $4.99 is a lot for a book with a lot of patterns in it…do you only sew things that are “free”? Many books are well over $20.00 or more…so $4.99 is very reasonable…

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      • Pam B - July 9, 2015

        Vivian, the one pattern is $4.99. The book is $14.99. Granted, a lot less than some books, but some of us have no expendable funds. I’m on disability and have to watch every penny. So I too will only be getting the free patterns.

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  5. Teri - July 6, 2015

    I love the use of the stripe – it kind of makes the ornament look like it’s moving. This is a great pattern for fussy cutting fun fabrics!

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      I agree Teri, it is such a clever idea! Thanks for your feedback!

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  6. ann deery - July 6, 2015

    This is my first year. I am really looking forward to making all of these fun projects. I love to make gifts for friends and family. I am a shut in now due to psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, sjogren’s syndrome and autoimmune pancreatitis. That’s a mouth full isn’t it! I have been trying to get back to my quilting and sewing but didn’t know where to start. These are small manageable projects. I love the added benefit of getting to interact with other quilters. I sometimes feel so isolated. Can’t wait to get started!

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Ann, thank you so much for your comments. I’m so sorry about your health issues. I am also so happy the small projects are perfect for you! It will be a joy to share thoughts and sewing experiences with you too! Hop over to Gifty Galore where we talk about these projects on a daily basis. You will be most welcome!

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      • ann deery - July 22, 2015

        Hi Mari, Thanks so much for your kind words. I don’t get on the computer very much and when I do I have trouble finding my way around. I am very computer illiterate and my husband and son are both techies. But I’m learning. I’m making more than one star ornament because they make great Christmas gifts for my friends who don’t sew. That means I’m falling behind but I hope to finish them by the weekend. In the mean time I’ll try to figure out how to get to Gifty Galore. Thanks again.

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  7. Robin Duncan - July 6, 2015

    How long does it take to make one of the star ornaments?

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Robin, I do not know for sure, however, have English Paper Pieced before and I imagine the star will take 3-4 hours depending on how skilled a person is at this technique.

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  8. Sherri Kennedy - July 6, 2015

    I guess I don’t get it. The $14.99 covers one pattern or what??? Does one get a pattern once a month or what. Sorry to be so dense, but I’m not getting it!!!!! HELP!!!!!!! TIA.

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    • Anita - July 7, 2015

      Sorry for the confusion Sherri. The book is 14.99 and has 15 projects in the book. You can also buy each pattern individually at 4.99 for our outside designers and 2.99 for our internal designers. You can see the book is a far greater value. We will also have several projects that are free for our Gifty Sew Along. So there is a little something for everyone! I hope this clears a few things up.

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  9. craftygramma - July 6, 2015

    I’m sorry – I thought this was free as well. I will do the free ones as I’m able, but the book/pattern are not in my limited budget at this time.

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      No problem Craftygramma. I’m so happy we have several free patterns for you to use as well. In fact, about every other project is free. Thank you so much for your comment. We appreciate the feedback!

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  10. Tina - July 6, 2015

    I’m a little confused……..Is the $4.99 just for the 1 pattern or does it have all the patterns in it for this year or is that the $14.99 book?

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    • Anita - July 7, 2015

      The book has 15 projects and most will be blogged about but there are a couple of projects from the book that will not be featured on the blog. Each pattern in the book will also be available and individual patterns for either 4.99 for the outside designers or 2.99 for the patterns from our internal designers. As you can see the book is a far greater value. Also we will be featuring some free projects that we got for different bloggers as well as our internal designers have created some fun free patterns. So stay tuned. There will be something for everyone this Gifty year.

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Tina, $4.99 represents the cost for outside designer patterns. The book, Fast, Fun, and Gifty was compiled specifically for this program to keep the cost of projects down. It is $14.99 for 15 projects. We will use 12 projects from the book and the remaining projects are free.

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  11. Joni Clark - July 6, 2015

    The book with half of the projects is $14.99, the individual project pattern is $4.99. My book should arrive tomorrow or Weds. The book is a better deal if you plan to make all of the projects. But I don’t understand why the email says the Notions Blog will have a follow along with this project’s designer, Sue Terpin, as she goes through the steps to make this project. There are no steps listed on the Notions Blog, and aside from the photos, and comments to post to flicker or the FB wall, There’s no help for those of us who have not done this type of piecing before.

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    • Anita - July 7, 2015

      Hi Joni, the pattern in the book will have the directions that you need for your project to turn out great. The follow along is so you can share with us as well as the other members of Gifty your progress and how your final project turned out.

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      • Joni Clark - July 7, 2015

        Thank you for the info! I should get my book in tomorrow’s mail, along with fabric & thread…I can hardly wait! This blog stuff is also new to me, I hope to learn my way around soon. I absolutely love Connecting Threads. I pour over the catalogs when they arrive, reading them like they are a novel. Fabrics are beautiful, and prices are really great. Thanks again.

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  12. Evelyn Greene - July 6, 2015

    I love the book! I can’t wait to make all the projects. This is going to be so fun. I hope I know enough people to give all the gifts to. Maybe I can find one for the son-in-law that has me stumped.

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Evelyn, thank you so much for your feedback. It helps us prepare for next year. I’m happy you enjoy the program too! It is fun!

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  13. MJ - July 7, 2015

    So excited to try this. Watched some of the tutorials on EPP last night and my strips are together. Start cutting tonight. Excited to do the whole “Gifty” collection.

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    • Anita - July 7, 2015

      So glad you are following along with us MJ. We have some fun projects this year.

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  14. Ell - July 7, 2015

    The BOOK is $14.99.

    I just do not remember paying for these in past years. And, no, I do not only use patterns that are free.

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Ell, in the past we offered projects from books, individual patterns, and Connecting Threads patterns. We usually worked from about 12 books trying to use two patterns from each book if possible. Two years ago we started working from blogs so get the cost down and provide gift ideas that were very quick and easy as well as free. This year we compiled 15 projects into one book to further reduce the price and still use blogs for free projects. So, half the projects will be free and half will be from the book. We made each project from the book downloadable in case someone wanted to just make a single project from the book.

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  15. Virginia - July 7, 2015

    I thought you were posting free patterns & directions for the Gifty items and this you could purchase the book for even more patterns. Last year they were free. So what is the deal?

    Like Ell said in her post, I do purchase patterns and kits from you.

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    • Mari - July 7, 2015

      Yes, many of the projects were free last year as we worked mainly from other blog sites. That was the first time we did that. Traditionally, the Gifty program worked from many books and outside individual patterns. We tried to keep the cost down for participants by offering a mix of free projects and one book. About half the projects are free. The other half mainly come from the book. Actually, this is the least expensive Gifty has ever been. I’m sorry if you find the cost of the projects too much. Sincerely, it is our goal to provide a great deal of enjoyment for the least amount of money. The goal is to have happy members.

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  16. Leslie Kirby - July 8, 2015

    This is a new experience for me, I’m not sure why freezer paper is needed, I used the paper pattern pieces I printed for the foundation and it turned out fine. Did I miss something?

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  17. Sue - July 9, 2015

    Hey guys I love the little ornament. You did a brilliant job on it. Now maybe instead of blue and silver, I’ll do red and white this year for Christmas. Cheers Sue

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  18. Amanda Best - July 11, 2015

    Very cute ornament!

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