Secret Santa 2019

Come join the fun as we prepare Secret Santa packages throughout the  year. There will be tutorials for gift ideas, Kathy's "impossible missions" with prizes, lots of discussions to try and guess who your Secret Santa might be, and to drop hints for gifts to your Secret Santa.

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Latest Activity: Feb 5

Discussion Forum

Post Photos of Your Opened Secret Santa Gifts Here

Started by Linda Koller. Last reply by Melanie Keith Feb 5. 130 Replies

I thought I'd open a discussion to post all our photos of our opened Secret Santa packages to have them all in one place. This way everyone can see them without having to scroll through all the…Continue

Impossible Mission - June - Putt Putt is missing a few tees - Winner - Linda

Started by Kathy Gurgone. Last reply by Riana Noyes Dec 16, 2019. 110 Replies

This month is part of your first secret missions.  You can now open your smaller envelope with the pet paws on it.  This month's impossible mission involves organizing your SS sister's bobbins in a…Continue

Impossible Mission - August - Pets R Us

Started by Kathy Gurgone. Last reply by Riana Noyes Dec 14, 2019. 55 Replies

I hope that everyone has gotten a chance to see their Secret Santa sister's pet/s.  We have some adorable ones running around, that's for sure.  This month's Impossible Mission is to make something…Continue

Impossible Mission - September - It's the Small Things that count- Winner - Mary Moore

Started by Kathy Gurgone. Last reply by Mary Moore Dec 13, 2019. 41 Replies

Ah, September and it is finally cooling down a little.  Our Secret Santa sister's boxes are starting to fill up so it is time to think about some small things to fit into it.  This month's mission is…Continue

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Comment by Connie Wilkerson CRS on January 11, 2020 at 2:33pm

Linda I didn’t realize you could still join. I would love to

Comment by Kathy Gurgone on January 11, 2020 at 1:25pm

Colleen, it is great to hear from you as well.  This head trauma stuff is no joke.  I never thought I would be in my current situation.  I still haven't been able to see a neurologist, because the two that my current insurance sent me to, both refused to accept the insurance.  It is so frustrating.  The ENT doctor told me that the mastoiditis needs to be treated by a neuro, but since they won't see me, I am at a loss.  Still deaf in my left ear, still having headaches and dizziness.  So I am trying again on Monday.

Because I have been so sedentary the last few weeks, I got one of those Clover Yo-yo makers to keep my hands busy with something that doesn't require as much attention to detail.  I have made hundreds of yo-yo's from my scraps, so at least I feel like I am accomplishing something.  My granddaughter loves playing with them.  Guess we know what kind of quilt she will be getting this year. LOL

Colleen, I think that we quilters are so goal oriented that it is difficult for us to sit by and not be doing something.  I know it is frustrating, but I am right there with you my friend, so take it easy and don't overdue it.  I think the UFO and PHD's are just going to have to wait a little longer for us.

Comment by Colleen Froats on January 11, 2020 at 12:55pm


I hope things are well. IT is great to hear Kathy back! 
Just thought I would share my progress ( or lack of)
I went to the neurologist on Tuesday- the trip to Traverse City (85 miles) Didn’t go well, we got almost to Elk Rapids(65 miles)  and I was starting to get dizzy, just not right. We arrived, sat in waiting room 20 minutes ( we were 1 1/2 hours early) they took me back, took my B/P - it was 165/102! They said- your brain is in serious distress
The neurologist spent quite a while with us. Jeff said he feels much better now- got answers and a future plan. He did say we are not anywhere close to discussing a return to work for months yet.
Next step is he is referring me to a neuropsychologist who will do a battery of tests on my brain to pinpoint the areas that are damaged then they can put together a care plan for therapy that will pinpoint the areas that they need to work on. Quick care has ( dropped me) said since the neurologist is the specialist and they are not, there is no reason for me to waste my time going to them anymore. YEA!
The neurologist told me numerous times that even though it seems like 3 months is a long time it really has not been , that I am still very early in the process of healing. Also that the things QC was having me do actually set me back a few months. That I should not be doing activities for over 2 hours any time & if I start feeling Anything ( eye pressure, head heavy, Anything) even if I’m only been doing something 10-15 minutes I need to Stop and rest, if I do go 2 hours I should then be napping. He said Doctor Lo telling me to push myself to the point of nausea was very detrimental to my recovery

Sorry so long, hope it makes sense. Guess I just needed to get it out- to friendly ears. 

Comment by Beth A. North on January 11, 2020 at 12:28pm

I am up for game now.  Live is calming down a bit.  Thank you Jesus!  So I think I can play along a bit more.  At least that is my plan again. LOL

Great to hear Kathy!

Comment by Linda Koller on January 11, 2020 at 11:02am

Hope you will be joining us Connie.

Comment by Connie Wilkerson CRS on January 11, 2020 at 7:50am

Looks like you gals are going to have great fun again. Kathy I am so glad you are back. 

Comment by Linda Koller on January 3, 2020 at 2:24pm

Kathy, I love the block idea! However, I for one still have blocks from swaps years ago I still haven't put together. Too many UFOs, you know! LOL

The scavenger hunt is a great idea!

Comment by Kathy Gurgone on January 3, 2020 at 2:06pm

For idea 1:  Not only will you receive your box from your SS sister, but you would also be getting a set of quilt blocks,  one from each of the other participants to commemorate the year 2020.  Just so you know, if everyone decides they like this particular idea, I will make each person an embroidered label with all of the participants names and the year, for when you make your quilt.

Idea 2:  For this, I would try to keep the items as inexpensive as possible, but it would also give you ideas for your SS sister's box.

I appreciate everyone's input and ideas, so please let me know if you have anything in particular that you would like to do.  If one of these ideas appeals to you, let me know that also.

Looking forward with great anticipation towards this Secret Santa Sisters 2020 swap.

Comment by Kathy Gurgone on January 3, 2020 at 1:55pm

Idea 2:  A scavenger hunt

Each month I would select a different item and according to what is on your SSsisters questionnaire, you would try to find that item.

For instance: For June you would have to find a seam ripper in your sister's favorite color.  For July it might be a fat quarter having to do with quilting/sewing. In August maybe a quilting book related to your sister's favorite type of quilting, etc.

Comment by Kathy Gurgone on January 3, 2020 at 1:47pm


I have been trying to come up with a few ideas for the Impossible Missions this coming year. 

Idea 1:  Each month I will pick 1 or 2 of our participants names at random, depending on how many participants we have.  I will give you some ideas for those SSsisters and you will make a 12.5" block for each of those sisters.  In other words, you will only be doing 1 or 2 blocks each month depending on what those sisters like, your choice of block.  The end of November you would send me the blocks along with $7.35 for postage, and on the mailing date decided, I will send you each the blocks made for you by each of the year's participants.

For instance: Suzie lives in Ohio, loves traveling in her camper and her favorite color is purple.  You could make her an Ohio Star block in purple, or a block with a cardinal (state bird) or carnation (state flower) on it, or a block with a purple camper.  It would be up to you to decide what type of block you make for each person.


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