KEEP CALM ... and STITCH ON!

 

2021 May 02

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Spring Cleaning… Friend of Foe?

To clean or not to clean? That is the question.

Personally I would rather plan a quilting road trip (no matter how far in the future) with girlfriends then clean my quilting room.

So… I thought… just like a good road trip ... it takes planning.

And… the experts (aka my radio) says planning a vacation is a stress reducing way to enjoy your day.  On average some expert (again my radio station is FM 96.7) says that on average people spend 17 minutes a day dreaming about a vacation.  I don’t know who all of these people are… but I needed a vacation from my unorganized quilting room.  Now hats off to those guild members who have everything down to the last bobbin organized (I too use a label maker to identify boxes and bins), but I still wasn’t able to corral the mess in the room.

So… I broke it down to a 28 item list.

The list started with

#1 A pile for giving away to the Quilt Guild (store outside the quilting room)
#2 A pile for sending down the pipeline (not guild quality but can be donated)
#3 Clean off the sewing chair
#4 Sort out bags in closet
#5 Sort out drawers of fabric in the closet
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.

.
#28 box up magazines for guild

My eye went foot by foot around the room and constructed the 28 item plan.

What would your plan be?

I also took a picture of the cleaning list (but am not certain if it can be shared on the webpage)

Now the process of creating the detailed list, then colouring the pretty list, then adding pictures, took the wind right out of my cleaning sails.

So… your laugh for the day… the only item I got checked off of the list was to clean the chair, so I could deposit my tired carcass into it.  And note: my idea of cleaning it off was to take its contents and dump them on the cutting table : )

So… the next time you see me on ZOOM please ask about the progress of cleaning my quilting room.  There is strength in numbers… and I will rely on your strength to get me through my quilting room cleaning process : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 April 25

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

With wave 3 of c-19 fully here, it is time to take a vacation from the stresses that this may bring.

This is a 30 second vacation that can be obtained by answering either A or B questions… depending on which type of vacation you would prefer.

A: Close your eyes and think about your favourite vacation spot. (A beach, Disneyland, a visit to your homeland…etc)

Or

B: Close your eyes and think of your favourite piece of fabric (or fabric collection) in your stash

A: What is your favourite thing to do while at your preferred vacation spot?

B:  What is a pattern you would love to try?

A:  How will you spend your days at your favourite vacation spot?

B:  How would you plan out the construction of a quilt with either your favourite pattern, or favourite bundle of fabric, or both?

Taking a 30 second vacation each day will bring a guaranteed smile to your face.  If you are able to find a smile today, then please pass that smile along to someone else.  Pass it along to a spouse, sibling, child, or friend. 

It will not only make your day, but someone else’s as well.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 April 18

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

You are doing great! You've got this! You've come a long way!

You, get to decide how your day is going to be!

There are some things in life that you cannot control, and some things that you can control.

You can control how your day begins, and how much media you get during the day.

Begin your day with purpose and happiness.

Happiness can come in the form of a great radio station that plays your favourite genre of music.

Happiness can come from a few good stretches!

Happiness can come from spending time in the great outdoors listening to nature.

Happiness can come from downloading and listening to motivational materials.

Happiness can come from thinking and embarking on a new quilting project.  Perhaps one that uses up some scraps : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 April 11

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

We often hear phrases such as "Tools in your toolbox" and we all strive to have the correct "Tools in our sewing kits".  No one ever goes to a retreat (Virtual or in-person without at least 2 stitch rippers and 5 different rulers)

Speaking of rulers... we are planning some "Get to know your rulers better" workshops for June and beyond.  But if we spend the time getting our sewing kits ready, getting to know our rulers, then what about getting our "Mental Health toolbox" in order?

We have spent the last year weekly trying to equip each other with the tools needed for survive and thrive through these difficult times.

I challenge you to list 5 things you do when the going gets tough...

Go ahead... list them...

1) _________________________

2) _________________________

3) _________________________

4) _________________________

5) _________________________

Now I challenge you to check in with a sewing friend and see how similar and different your lists are.

I know personally on the top of my list is

1) Sew Leader and Ender pieces together.  For me there is something very soothing and relaxing about picking up two pretty little 2.5 inch squares and sewing them together.  In no time at all the stress is gone (and I have yet another charity blanket).

2) Walk the dog

3) While walking the dog, listen for signs of wild life

4) Text a friend and check in to see what she has observed on her walk that day

5) Get lost in a good book

6) Take a long hot soak in my tub : )

Until next week... please stay safe, and work on your "Mental Health Toolkit"

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 April 04

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Let's Hippidy Hoppidy tic-tac-toe our way to good health this week.

Let me know via e-mail if you are able to get a line, or a black out.  There is a potential for prizes : )


                                                                                           TIC ---- TAC ---- TOE

Take a walk, and if
you happen to have
your cell phone with
you, take some
pictures of signs of

spring

Try a new to you

exercise

Sort some fabric

(put some aside for

charity quilts)

Start a Jig-saw Puzzle

Turn off your cell

phone and/or

computer for a

period of time

Do 1 thing that

you have been

putting off for

a long time

Pick up the phone

and call a friend

just to chat

Clean a single area

in your quilting room

(even if it is just

your sewing chair)

Pick up and start

to read a new book


 













Click here for a printable version of this Tic-Tac-Toe board!


Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 March 28

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

There is a really nice quote that states "It takes a Village to raise a child."  Well... I would suggest that "It takes a few good Zoom meetings to build a quilt"

Step 1: See like-minded friends on Zoom monthly.  See into their quilt rooms.  See what they have on their design walls.  Get inspired!

Step 2: From your like-minded friends, gather websites and suggestions to make your quilting dreams come true.

Step 3: Get input on your colour choices. I can't tell you the number of times I have heard the phrase "Just wait! I will PIN you!!" .  This ensured the advice could be gathered once the fabric was viewed.

Step 4: Get tips and tricks on how to make your quilt in the most efficient way (and how to cut up and re-purpose the leftover fabric pieces for other projects).

Step 5:  See who has a stitch ripper handy for you to borrow (ha! ha! caught ya! We are virtual so each participant has to be able to find their own stitch ripper).  

Step 6: Get friends' best tips and trick for machine quilting and binding.

It is amazing how much you can get accomplished in a 3 hour ZOOM sewing session.  And how much fun you can have.  

Again, I must say... the group is a wonderful outlet and very helpful on life lessons as well.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 March 21

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

This week I was texting a quilter that I have know for several years (she is not part of our guild).  I mentioned "Leaders and Enders" and she said she had never heard of them... WOW! was my first thought.  We as a guild have been tossing that terms around for years.

So it got me thinking : )

"Leaders and Enders" is a quilting term that gives you "more bang for your buck", that is, you get two or more quilts worked on at the same time.

When you do a google search of "Leaders and Enders in Quilting" you get 168,000 hits.  Apparently there is an awful lot to say about them : )

But let us use the term to think about these times we are dealing with.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We can see an end to the isolation that has been forced upon us for safety.  I won't talk about Spring and the Joys of it (as that is for another week).  So the enders in Leaders and Enders could refer to the end is in sight. Or... more in our daily practices begin with the end in mind.  Start your day with purpose (lead it with purpose) so when you lay your head on the pillow after a long day you can feel an accomplishment in your day.  Even if the accomplishment was that you passed along a smile to someone else.

Lead your day with purpose!

End your day with satisfaction!

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 March 14

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Wow! We have been in this C-19 Pandemic for  year...

O - One calming space known as your quilt room

N - Never ever give up! We've got this! We've got each other. We have the strength to get through this.

E - Energy from the Sun! Try to get outside a wee bit each day.

 

Y - Yoga to calm you.  Even a few minutes each day.

E - Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for quilting projects, and for each other.  Share a good news story. Share a smile.

A - Accountable.  What tasks do you need to accomplish each day? Make a list. Get one thing done.  Move forward.

R - Rest, rest and rest some more : )  While you are resting, take some time to plan your next ROAD trip (maybe to see family, friends, or to a quilt

        shop) Take the time to see yourself in the future, when C-19 is at bay, when the world feels a bit calmer.

 
Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 March 07

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

I do recall in our weekly chats we have discussed the phrase "When Life Gives You Scraps, Make Quilts".

Some weeks it feels like life is not only giving you scraps, but perhaps throwing you under the bus!!

Perhaps it is a co-worker, a spouse, or a family friend that is causing you to need a moment to regroup.

Well... let's talk again, about your "Happy Place"... The place you go when life gets rough.

Sometimes you just need a place to regroup, recharge, and re-invigorate yourself.

Let your quilting room be that place!

Walk in, sort fabric, open the curtains, bring in a comfy chair, and maybe a quilt or two.  Curl up in your comfy chair and count all the things that are going RIGHT in your life.  Count your blessings.  Once you are exhausted from all that counting (and yes... note: the math teacher got you to count again this week), perhaps take a nap under your quilt, or snuggle into your comfy chair and flip through a magazine.  Turn off social media for a while, shut the door to the rest of the household and just CHILL.  Chill in your happy place.  

I am certain when you emerge from your happy place you will have a lighter outlook and a new perspective.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, JacquelineKeep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 February 28

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

I believe people are of two minds when it comes to paper products.  Remember when we would ALWAYS buy our quilting magazines and books on line? Remember when we would stand in line at the grocery store to buy our favourite magazine or newspaper? Well... the internet has taken that away from us (Well... not really... we are saving the planet by not killing the trees).  But... I do miss the great Quizzes that were in some of the magazines I read.  

I think one such magazine was "Tiger Beat" which was for teenagers and always quizzed you to find out what kind of friend or partner you would be.

Well... Here is a throw back to see what kind of quilter you would be...

1) Would you rather quilt during the day or in the evening?

2) Would you rather have many quilts on the go at the same time or concentrate on just one?

3) Would you rather have one stitch ripper or 10 stitch rippers?

3) Would you rather have a super tidy quilting area or one that is a wee bit messy?

4) Would you rather quilt listening to music or whilst watching tv?

5) Would you rather hand bind or bind by machine?

6) Would you rather hand quilt or machine quilt or send it out to be quilted by someone else?

7)) Would you rather quilt with a group or alone?

Once the quiz is tallied you will find you are a devoted, valued member of our quilting circle of friends!

Please take the time this week to make someone smile (tell them a golden oldie memory), and always remember to be nice and be kind.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 Feb 21

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Have you ever wondered what keeps our days and lives positive?  I know that it is ok to be blue sometimes.  I know that we have to watch for those blue days that don't allow us function normally (those days that tend to stop us in our tracks and keep us from functionally normally).  Well... if you think about our weekly greeting... "Happy Sunday", it really is "Happy Day", so that each and every day is completed in a successful way : )

HAPPY DAY...

H - Hop out of Bed!

A - Appreciate and be proud of what you have done (brushed your teeth, got dressed, finished a quilt top).

P - Prepare for your day (make your bed, tidy up your quilting area).

P - Pass on a smile! Share your happiness with those around you.

Y - You! What are you grateful for? Think of one thing each morning this week.

 

D - Do something you love. Quilt, read, walk, skate, drink a cup of tea.

A - Accountable. What are your priority tasks for the day? Are you helping with Meals on Wheels placemats?

Y - Is a PEACE symbol upside down, which reminds you to do your "I am at peace" hand exercises each day.  That is where you touch the tip of each finger to your thumb and recite to yourself, "I am at peace" as each of your four fingers touch the thumb.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 February 14

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Do you use a GPS in your car? Are you happy with your GPS? I wasn't happy with mine until I played with the settings a bit.  I prefer a good Male British Accent letting me know my driving choices have required a "route recalculation".  I would listen happily if Sean Connery let me know he was preforming a route recalculation : )

This week we are going to dig a little deeper into the relaxation journey we began last week.  Just like a good GPS, you need a meditation that suits you.  

So... if you answer a few questions we might be able to tailor a meditation for you.

1. If you only have one minute to devote to stress relief at present, then please jump to question 4, else proceed to 2.

2. Do you have 3 minutes to devote to stress relief? If yes, jump to question 6, if no proceed to 3.

3.  Do you have 5 or more minutes to devote to stress relief? If yes, jump to 8, if no proceed to 10.

4.  Would you prefer your meditation lead by a female voice? If yes, click link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDsRl4JhMTU  then proceed to 11 , else proceed to 5.

5.  Meditation lead by a male voice, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuXFIn2921c then proceed to 11

6.  Would you prefer your meditation lead by a female voice? If yes, click link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBuxihQbY5U then proceed to 11, else proceed to 7.

7.  Mediation lead by a male voice,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evJHBLldMsE  then proceed to 11

8.  Would you prefer your meditation lead by a female voice? If yes, click link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYKjtMLrInA  then proceed to 11 , else proceed to 9.

9. Meditation lead by a male voice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsjeQ6Xf8_Y   then proceed to 11

10.  If just don't have time at this present moment to take a relaxation journey please proceed to 11.

11. Have a glorious and restful week.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 February 07


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

A question for you to ponder...  "What if we recharged ourselves as often as we recharge our phones?"

Think about it... at some point in the day or evening you set your phone on a charger and re-charge those batteries.

But... do you take that much time to re-charge your own batteries each day? 

When was the last time you did something just for you?

Some recharging ideas are;

1) go for a walk

2) take a long soak in a hot bath

3) try some meditation (webmaster addition:  click here for a YouTube meditation in case you don't have one you already like)

4) do a few yoga moves

5) read a book (that is not for work)

6) sit and work on a jigsaw puzzle

7) sit long enough to do a Sudoku or crossword puzzle

8) brew a cup of your favourite beverage and watch the birds

9) sew some leaders and enders

10) call a friend and reminisce about funny stories (perhaps antics of quilting road trips gone by)

All of these things can help you to recharge your batteries.  You take the time to invest each day in recharging your phone. So please... take the time to recharge you! You are the best you, you've got!  You are your most valuable resource!!

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 January 31

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

How have you made people smile this week?

  • Have you had the opportunity to pay for someone else's coffee in the line-up at the drive thru?
  • Have you picked up the phone and called a friend?
  • Have you sent an e-mail? or Text?


There are lots of ways to make people smile.

So...here is my attempt to make you smile (and perhaps think a bit : )

Would you rather... have 100 yards of fabric, or 100 yards of Loonies?

Would you rather have too many stitch rippers or too many sewing machine feet that you don't know what to do with?

Would you rather sew with buddies on Zoom or alone with a good movie to keep you company?

Would you rather buy more fabric or use up what you have in your stash?

I know I am personally looking forward to our next sew day adventures on Zoom in Feb and March. AND for those of you that read this column you will be the first to know that we will be hosting a "Quilt til you Wilt" on Wednesday March 17th!! 12 Noon until the last quilter packs it in : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 January 24 (apologies from webmaster for being late posting this one)

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

By the time you read this our Sew Day #10 will be over.  I know from sew days #1 - 9, we have shared, recipes, laughs, and even a few tears.  It is a safe place to bring your joys and concerns.

I believe the best medicine is laughter!

If you can make someone smile today then you have truly done a good deed.

So... I challenge you to fill in the blank to this phrase... 

My _______ of _______ are truly too many!!

One person said "My 22 pairs of yoga pants are truly too many"

Another man said, "My 95 hammers are truly too many"

I will add, "My 144 pre-wound bobbins are truly too many!!" In my defense ... it was a great deal!  

So please share what makes you smile!  

I did check my rulers, scissors, cutters, and patterns before I came across the bobbin stash.

And note... I will report back next week to let you know what our Sew Day #10 people had to share on the phrase.

If you would like to drop me a line and let me know how you would fill in the phrase "My ____ of ______ are truly too many!!" I would love to hear from you.  I truly do feel that the person with the items that make me smile the most deserves a prize!!

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 January 17

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Why are we Quilters?  Why did we choose quilting?

Last week we chatted about our "Happy Place".  This week we shall chat about "Happy Things" and "Happy Feelings".

Some one once asked me "Don't you get bored quilting?"

I smiled and stifled a laugh when I told them one $20 book of "100 blocks" will give you endless possibilities, and take a lifetime to get bored of.

Just think about it... I you had four blocks... call them A, B, C and D and you wanted to make a table runner with 2 blocks you could use:

  • A and B, or 
  • A and C, or
  • A and D, or
  • B and C, or
  • B and D, or
  • C and D


So four blocks taken 2 at a time (when order doesn't matter) gives you six different combinations of blocks (assuming no repetition of blocks).

So... assume a standard quilt is 24 blocks.  If your book has 100 blocks that gives you 7.977x 10²² options for quilts (assuming no repetition of blocks).

So if the $20 book can make you millions and millions of quilts.  And consider that each single bed sized quilt takes on average 40 hours, then there is a lifetime full of quilt making ahead of you!

And people continue to ask "Why"? I would suggest perhaps the numbers make people smile. The endless possibilities make others smile. And the fabric makes others smile.  All of these bring on happy feelings!  In today's world we can all use more happy feelings.

So bring on the Math!

Note: I was originally going to call this column "Math by the Numbers" but I was certain a bunch of my quilting friends would not read a word more! Hehehe gotcha to read some math : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 January 10

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Where is your "HAPPY" place?

Is your happy place your quilting room?

Some people say their happy place is where they meditate, read, do yoga, or dog walk.

Perhaps we can turn our quilt rooms into our little getaway sanctuaries.  I personally think my cluttered mess is already the perfect place.  But others like clean lines and uncluttered surroundings in their happy place.

Take a look at your quilting room with a fresh eye this week.  Ask yourself, "How could I turn this into my happy place"? Then plan, perhaps purge, and take action to make it your happy place.

And... if you need a quick pick me up right away.... her are a few suggestions;

1) Stand up and Stretch

2) Cut up some scraps into 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 inch blocks (or even strips) for leaders and enders work.  I often find myself working on leaders and enders projects when life gets a bit too hectic to read that darn tricky pattern correctly.  And as much as I like "Jack the seam ripper" I would rather not.

3) Chew mint gum, or suck on a mint (it stimulates the brain : )

4) Pop outside and take a walk around your yard or around the block.  The sunshine this week has been amazing!

5) And lastly ... if all this encouragement still doesn't get you away from screen time ... then watch a funny video (that will surely pick you up and make you smile : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2021 January 03

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Have you ever felt that your quilt room is out of control?  That you are beyond needing help!?  That you are truly paralyzed by the clutter and chaos?  Well... either we seek help, or change sewing locations.  I think many of you have heard that I have moved my sewing station to the sunroom at present.  Half of the sunroom is my quilting room and the other half is my temporary teaching classroom.

I told my husband that it was because of the wonderful light (which is half true... the light is AMAZING).

I was listening to some C-19 conversations on the radio this week.  And I couldn't help but notice the parallel between really needing help through this crisis and managing the crisis. The one comment that struck me was "If your sense of sadness overwhelms you and stops you in your tracks... if it disrupts your normal daily functions then it truly is time to seek help."  If you feel paralyzed by the C-19 chaos then it is time to seek help.

So please in the coming weeks take inventory of both your sewing room and your emotional state.

There is hope! The Vaccines are on their way. But in the meantime, please be certain to take care of yourself.  Watch for the signs of becoming overwhelmed to the point of paralysis.  Reach out and ask for help : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 Dec 27 

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

We find ourselves, once again, in a lock down situation.  I suggest that we do our best to help the situation to the best outcome possible.  Now... I know that sometimes one might think "Gee I am bored"... well... I would suggest that each time you think that you remind yourself to unclutter one quilt shelf instead of uttering that phrase.  Then, wait for the next day... and if the phrase passes through your mind again, go and unclutter another shelf.  

You will find it therapeutic,

As well as a great way to pass time.

Until Next week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 Dec 20

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

1 800 Got QUILTS?

That sounds suspiciously like an advertisement I heard on the radio this week... 1 800 Got JUNK?

Well... they have decided that you can give the gift of JUNK clean up this year!  Just give them a call and they will write you up a gift certificate for a friend or loved one!

How about Quilt room clean up?

We had a "Welcome to my Quilt Room" sew day this month and I personally would love to have someone re-do my quilting room in an organized fashion.  Well... this time in our world history we are not able to visit each other in such close quarters. But ZOOM made it a great way to get ideas for organizing our quit rooms!

From Stephen's well labelled items (every thing had a place and a purpose), to Patricia's creative use of an old hanging files cabinet.  Her room had smooth functionality!

I think the BIG IDEA was to make it a room that you want to visit, that inspires you to creatively sew!

Remember that time spent in an enjoyable way lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.

You have to be good to yourself to be good to others.

Please try and carve out some time for you this week.

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 Dec 13


HOPE! We have been given HOPE this week! HOPE in a vaccine that will be distributed in Canada.

So let us rejoice in the ray of sunshine that is HOPE!

H - humour... use it often to help you hold onto the hope in your heart for brighter days to come.

O - Organize your sewing room.

P - peak in the cupboards and boxes and discover all the crafts and fabric that need to be used up.

E - examine the contents of your sewing room.  Is it all needed? Is it all required? 

You are tougher and stronger then you think! 

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 Dec 06


"The Ripple Effect"

Not the one described by Irish Mathematician William Rowan Hamilton (and taught in Senior Grade Physics classes) about the ripples that occur when you drop a stone in a puddle.  But the ripple effect of kindness. Your small action of kindness has more of a ripple effect then you can imagine.  Kindness literally uplifts spirits and saves lives!  Whether it is paying for someone's coffee in a drive thru line, or making a phone call to check up on someone or to just chat.  All kindness results in a positive ripple!

Now... I digress... but lets talk about a puddle.  That is, about the smile on your face when you see someone playing in a puddle.  They have consciously decided to live in the moment (perhaps the moment right before mom or dad sees the mess they have made of their clothes).  But they are being mindful.  Mindful of the joy of living in the moment.


So... go out there fellow quilters and make waves!  That is, make little ripples in the pond of life.  Kindness makes the best ripples!


Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 November 29

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

This week I would like to touch upon "The kindness of strangers."

Although we are in the midst of the second wave of C-19, at a time when more and more regions move closer to red zones, there is still kindness in the hearts of our community.  This week, a mere acquaintance offered me her spare room to be closer to loved ones in need.  Now... she is a quilter...but not in our guild.  The point being that with no thought to her own safety she offered me shelter.

So...when we as a guild offer to be just a phone call (or zoom meeting) away, please take us up on the offer.

And whether we can offer a room to someone, or other things such as an ear, a meal, a call ...  let's be that person that offers kindness. One small act of kindness can really make a difference to another.


Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 November 22

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

A fun fact from the radio this morning...

This item is touched on average 22 times before it is purchased.  Can you think of it? I immediately thought... a bag of potato chips?? What do you think it is?

Well... it just so happens that it follows our theme from last week.  It has been scientifically calculated that each Greeting Card is touched on average 22 times before it is purchased. People pick them up, open them, read them, close them, put them back and pick up another.  Searching for the perfect card for the chosen recipient!

Which brings us full circle back to Debbie's Mom Sylvia's ability to pick just the right card for the right person at the right time.  As you may recall the card she purchased had 10 inspirational quotes to help lift the mood of the recipient.  

I would like to take this week to honour three more quotes from the card.

1. In spite of your best efforts, some things are out of your control.

2. If you always do your best you will not have regrets.

3. Some times when you think the answer is "no" ... it is really just ... "not yet"!

So when you think about visiting with family not living in your immediate household... the answer is... not yet!

When you think about gatherings with quilting friends... the answer is ... not yet!  Well ... at least not in person ... virtual gatherings are great!

We are not out of the woods yet. Perhaps we are at least part way through the woods and we can see the sun shining on what will be a new and glorious day when we can once again go out and play.  Play with fabric, virtually play with fellow quilters/sewers, audition quilting plans ...

Until that day...

Stay home...Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 November 15

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Wow! What a week! Where does the time go?

This week was Remembrance Day.  Personally, between setting up my virtual classroom to honor Remembrance Day, and tuning up my bugle to play two songs for the assembly (of course I was truly RUSTY and took lots of time to fine tune my horn skills), I felt that I just needed time at the end of all of that to stop, rest, and relax.  In doing so, I recalled a piece of information we shared at the Guild meeting this week.  That tidbit was... "be certain to ASK for help" when you need it.  We spend lots of time helping others... but do we take time to do a personal inventory and see where we may need help in our lives?

Our Commander and Guild President has been the first one to reach out and ask for help.  She has had a roller coaster of a year.  In one of our sharing chats she read a card that her mom had purchased and tucked away for a rainy day.  Debbie is not only remembering fallen soldiers this week, but the loss of family and friends as well.

Debbie's mom Sylvia knew how to pick just the right card, for just the right person, at just the right time.

This week I would like to focus on a few of the affirmations that were on one such card that Sylvia had tucked away shortly before she passed away.

1.  Love is why we are here.

2. The most important day is today.

3. True friends share your joys, see the best in you, and support you through challenges.

And finally I would just like to add "Ask and ye shall receive."  That is, ask a friend for help.  Even if it is just a virtual sewing afternoon, or a virtual cup of coffee.  The rewards will be ten-fold!!

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 Nov 08

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

What glorious autumn weather we are having!  The sun has been shining, the temperatures are exceptional.  It is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities.  Once you come back inside from the great outdoors please take a moment to think of your quilting friends.

We as a guild just finished our third ZOOM sew afternoon.

I have had emails and comments such as 

  • “This has been a great way to reconnect with my girlfriends”
  • “Sign me up for the next one... I haven't laughed this much in 6 months”
  • “My computer lives in my sewing room now... just waiting for the next time I can connect with friends”
  • “It is a heartfelt thanks that the guild offers this for us who have no choice but to stay inside and at home to be safe”


So... with those comments I leave you with the same theme as last week:  “If you are a friend, be a friend, and help a friend!”

PS... Sunday Nov 15 is our first “Scrap Buster” Themed sew day (watch for an e-mail from the executive inviting you).  We will just share ideas about how to reduce our “current” stash... so we can dream and plan on how to replace the pieces we use up : )

Until Next Week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 November 1

Two heads are better than one!

Friends are excellent therapy! : )

I would invite each and every one of you to connect with your friends.  We have three (3) "Sew Days on Zoom" this month for Guild members! And... let me tell you first hand... the group of stitchers last weekend helped to keep my marriage "happy". Long story short... my husband doesn't care for dinners that I "creatively" construct.  He prefers "tried and true" recipes.  So... last weekend I was making a "tried and true" recipe in the crockpot when I noticed that my stew looked suspiciously like SOUP.  Well... since I was already in a Zoom quilting session with 10 lovely ladies. I asked for help!! I got fabulous ideas for how to turn my soup into stew!

I was stressed about the dinner, and my quilting friends came to my rescue! Friend help you with the big stuff and the little stuff.  You just have to ask.

So... if you are a friend, be a friend, and help a friend!

30 years of wedded bliss (and I can still botch up a meal regularly)!

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 October 25

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

Keep it simple... Just SEW

S .... see the things around you.   See the last of the fall colours.  See the falling leaves.

E... Enjoy the small things.  Enjoy a cookie with your cup of tea.  Enjoy time with like minded people.

W... Welcome new things.  Dig out some older projects (maybe painting or knitting or cross stitch) and dust them off.  Try something new.  A new craft.  A new work out routine.  A new casserole.  A new crockpot recipe.


So this week... just sew!

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 October 18

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

A phrase that helped me greatly this week comes from a farmer I know.  He says, “Task at Hand” all of the time.  He doesn’t say, “do yoga” or “meditate” or “run a mile” to keep focused.  When times get tough just remember to focus on “Your task at hand”. 

This old farming phrase speaks to all of the new age ways to “be in the moment” and to “be mindful”.  We know the answers.  All the answers we need to know come from age old wisdom.

So… in case you don’t already.  Listen to the wisdom of your friends.  If a guild members says “Measure twice and cut once” they are trying to help you learn from the mistakes of others.  We need each other for the wisdom of the collective. Learn from others. 

Keep your focus.

Keep your mind focussed to your task at hand.  It will help ease and push out the doubts that may be lurking.

 Life may throw us curve balls but we will put on a catcher's glove and play ball.

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 October 11


Happy Sunday Quilters : )


When life gives us scraps... make quilts!


With the 200th day of Covid behind us, many have to face the reality of acquaintences and loved ones being affected by C-19. We may have friends, co-workers, or family who have lost loved ones.


When life gives us scraps... make quilts!


Take a moment to dig deep into your stash, into your UFO pile, into the back closet and find a project that needs attention. We are coming to the close of our UFO challenge for this year. But you may still have UFO's that need completing.


Quilting gives you time to be mindful, relaxed and at peace.


Dig deep fellow quilters... see what treasures are in that quilting room of yours!


As always, keep safe!


Lend a hand to a friend, lend an ear to someone who just needs to chat.


Be mindful to the stresses you feel, and those others feel.


Quilting is a like a good book (or a good movie), you can lose yourself for a few hours (or a few days for those of you that binge watch programs). It will decrease your heart rate and help you to find balance.


Until next week...


Keep Calm and Stitch on!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 October 4

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

We just passed our 200th day in our new Covid-19 reality.

Here in Ontario our new cases are fluctuating a bit, but still really really high.

With all this upheaval in the world, it is affecting people differently.

You may have found people who are usually on an even keel, are flying off the handle.  And people who usually let little things pass by may be jumping all over tiny things.

We have to be gracious and kind.  We do not know what is happening in their world. 

We can’t control how our friends and family feel. 

We can just be helpful, handy, and available to lend an ear.

Until next week...

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 September 27

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

Quilters Rules : )

1) Quilt

2) Be positive.  See the glass as half full, not half empty.  We will get through these tough times!

3) Be kind

4) Help others

5) Repeat as needed during the week : )

Until Next week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 September 20


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

It is never to late to teach an old dog new tricks!

I learned a new word this week!

The word is "CROWDSOURCE".

I actually had to ask SIRI on my phone for a definition.

If we crowdsource our feelings by sharing with friends we are putting ourselves first.

We need to make sure we take time for ourselves so that we can be good to others who need our help.

So... as the executive strongly advised at the meeting on Tuesday... Reach out! Talk to each other.  Share thoughts, feelings, anxieties, and burdens" 

Don't go it alone! Crowdsource to stay healthy.

Until next week...

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 September 13


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Even the ENERGIZER BUNNY runs out of energy some time.

All of us need a moment at points in our lives to recharge our batteries!

If you look back on our work together since April you will see that we have tried grow and learn together in these uncertain times.

Fall is a great time to recharge your batteries!

If you are looking for a boost to your day try taking a quick walk around the block (or around the backyard, or around your apartment).  Movement is movement!  The more we can keep going, the more forward movement and headway we can make.

Our end goal is to be healthy, happy and safe!

Perhaps take a moment to list a few ways you recharge your batteries.

I know personally I try and change up my exercise routine.  As well I try to change up things like meals.  At home here we sit together and brainstorm the meals for the week.  We write it up and then follow that for the week.  It adds a bit of variety to who is cooking, and what is being cooked (and we have a record for the last time we ate a particular dish).

It helps me recharge my batteries because I am borrowing from someone else’s power source : )

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 September 6

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

Where did summer go?

Does it always go this fast? Or is this a sign of age? Hmmm… I would like to believe it is a sign of something I can not change.

Speaking of things we can not change.

The buzz words go like this… bubble of friends, zone of influence, circle of concern, etc etc etc…

Long story short “the what ifs” and “what could have been” take away from our present moment.  Focusing on those two scenarios are not productive to the now, the today, the present.  We need to focus on the positive aspects of today.  There is no sense in worrying ourselves about yesterday.  We only get to live today once.  We need to try to focus on what we can control. 

This is a tricky topic as September brings the end to summer, the return to school for many of our loved ones, and a time of more indoor activities.

Be the ray of sunshine someone needs in these shorter days of fall.

Be the one in the group that changes the topic to something more cheerful.  Your ZOOM friends are looking for happy connections (not doom and gloom outlooks).

The cup is half full, not half empty!!

Be Kind, Be Grateful, Be forgiving : )

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 August 30

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

GRATITUDE!

Gratitude and all we should be grateful for.

On the surface I am grateful for my sewing room, my sewing machines, my sewing notions and my fabric stash.

But as soon as you dig a bit deeper there is much much much more we can be grateful for.

Each day we can be grateful that we can open our eyes in the morning and tackle a new day!

Each day is a new day that you have never experienced before.  Sure… some of them feel like they run together and you are not quite certain which day of the week it is.  But that is a good sign.  A good sign that you are grateful for the happy pitter patter of your life.

Think of your first beverage in the morning in your favourite mug.  Think of the people who you get to interact with each and everyday.

There are so many things to be grateful for!

I know I can come up with a list of at least 5 things I am grateful at this very moment (and I don’t need any repeats of what is listed above : )

I am grateful for each and every day we get to spend on this earth.

The cup is half full, not half empty!!

Be Kind, Be Grateful, Be forgiving : )

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 August 23

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

A wise teacher once told me that students could only handle 3 small chunks of information at a time.

So… on our journey through 2020 together here are your three things/challenges for the week

  • Go back and re-read the column from the beginning of April. We learn nothing from things that are not reviewed.  You will find that what is mentioned is not new, or even exciting, but just ideas to help navigate this time in history.
  • Reach out… that is, think of all the ways you can reach out. Make a list of all the ways you could reach out and make a difference in someone’s day! Text, call, e-mail, Skype, message in Facebook, send a card, write a letter, etc.  Even a brief “thinking of you message” could be the tipping point to really brighten someone’s day!  Once you have a list, perhaps act on the list! That is, make a point to reach out to someone on each of the next 7 days.  Share your happiness.  Share your enthusiasm that we will get through this together.  Share your strength!
  • If this time in life’s journey is really getting to you, reach out to your health care professionals. Share how you are feeling (you are truly not alone), and let them steer you down a path that it tailored and just right for you.


We know there are many roads through this journey of 2020.  We may spend part of the journey alone, part of it on a parallel road to friends, and part on the shared road with friends.

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

PS… Did you notice that I didn’t tell you to tidy up your quilting room : )

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 August 16

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”!

But what does that really mean?  Does that phrase hold any meaning to the generation that has never affixed a postage stamp, or used a rotatory phone, or made a complete quilt from templates cut by hand?

I think not…

Wikipedia says “The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.”

Wow! Good thing we can take the parts of the definition that have meaning to us!  I understand the heat, drought and lethargy pieces.

So… if that is where we are…  I say hunker down and find the coolest room in the house and sew! No one should ever need an excuse to sew… but… if you are feeling “lethargic” as the definition states then perhaps it is time to add some creativity to that mix.

We do have a guild challenge # 3 of your UFO’s to have ready for the September meeting.  Maybe a little creativity in that department! My idea of creativity might be changing the double pattern into a single bed size… LOL!

Until Next week…

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline
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2020 August 09

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

At present “Schools Out For Summer!”

But this week we have a wee bit of learning to do!

We have been investigating staying calm and being as happy as the situation will allow.

Music has a great influence on your mood.

60 beats per minute (BPM) is the tempo of 60 beats every minute.  A nice slow and calming music.  Much like a relaxation tape. This could be used during a yoga session before work (or before the start of your day).

On the way to work you want to set your mood for the day.  “Happy Birthday To You” sends people off to wash their hands for the required 20 seconds. But it also has a BPM that is more upbeat.  It can be as slow as 105 BPM and depending on your level of energy it can go up to 140 BPM.  When you walk to work you want to listen to music between 100 BPM to 135 BPM.  The 135 BPM is a very brisk walk. 

Once at work (or at a stressful time of your day) you may wish to listen to music in the background to calm you.  A good classical website or radio station will provide you with music anywhere between 80 and 140 BPM.  The nice thing about classical music is that it doesn’t have words that distract you from your task at hand.

On your way home after a long day you might want to listen to music like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by the music group Queen .  It has 156 BPM.  Or “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor at 110 BPM.  At the end of the day it is up to you to find the right combination of music to make you happy.

So… if you are interested in making a play list from your music library you may wish to use this website to help.

https://www.cs.ubc.ca/~davet/music/title/D.html

Until Next week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 August 02

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters;

Stage 3 and all that it brings!

Let's talk "positively".  I ran into a Real Estate Agent up here in the north this week and she said that she will continue to work from home even after everything has passed and settled down.  I think that is a positive thing... as there is less stress when you are able to work productively from home.

So... stress... it isn't really going away soon... but the good news is... we have ways to combat it!

Here is a three step approach for your day.

1) Start your day (even before you get out of bed) by stretching a few muscles, and doing some deep breathing.  Take a few moments before you get out of bed to meditate, thinking within about the positive things that you can do and control in your day.

2) If you feel stress during the day take the time to stop and breathe.  Way back on May 24th the links were there to help you find your "happy calm place".  The one stress reducing exercise was to have each finger reach over and touch your thumb.  One at a time, and when they touch the thumb, each touch has a word associated with it. Such as "I am at peace" or "I can do this" or "this too shall pass".  Make up your own "touch mantra" to help slow your breathing when you are stressed.

3) At the end of the day when you are going back to bed, take time to relax the muscles in your body before you drift off.  That is, in your head go through this exercise:  " I am relaxing my toes, I am relaxing my feet, I am relaxing my ankles, I am relaxing my knees, etc ... all the way up to I am relaxing the top of my head".  You will be surprised by just thinking about relaxing how much you do relax.

Until Next week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 July 26

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters : )

Last week we focused on humour as the best medicine.

I hope you found a few good jokes to help make you smile.

But in the list of 5 ways to move forward from last week it started and ended with music.

Number one on the list said to start your day with positive upbeat music.  I can just see you dancing around the kitchen to some good “Old time rock and roll” by Bob Seger and his band.

Music can lighten your mood… a little Mozart anyone?

Music can calm you…. A little Brahms anyone?.

Music can distract you…. Take your pick.  AC/DC, Bob Seger, John Denver, Neil Diamond.

Music can be there for you when no one else is…. Good love songs by REO Speedwagon, or Chicago. 

I once heard about people leaving their radios /tv’s on for background noise for their pets when they went out.  The article went on to mention that the pets were “happier” and less “bored” and thus less likely to chew the sofa when the music was on…

I actually found a cassette tape of “mush” music from when I was back in University. 

Now we have playlists, podcasts, and twitter to keep us “up” on all things musical.

Take some time this week to get re-acquainted with long lost music genres.

I bet if you surveyed your quilting friends they would tell you exactly what music they listen to when machine quilting.  I personally listen to ABBA, as I feel it has the right beats per minute to keep me motivated and happily stitching.  What do you listen too?

Until next week… when we dance around the kitchen again.

Keep safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 July 19

Happy Sunday Quilters!

I hope this week you are both positive and productive!

This week we take a look at how to move forward, while keeping safe!  A few things to consider…

  • Perhaps start your day listening to high energy music (it will surely lighten your mood… and perhaps your waistline). :)
  • Humour… use it (see examples below)
  • Take frequent daily breaks (and don’t talk shop… that is… don’t talk C-19).  Keep the C-19 talk to times when you feel up for it.  Perhaps also keep your C-19 media coverage at bay if you are feeling less than positive and productive.
  • Reach out to others… make those positive connections
  • Listen to more feel good high energy music when you are feeling overwhelmed. Let the music wash over you and de-stress you!


Now… let’s go back to #2 Humour… here are a few instances of guild humour and how it de-stressed the day  :)

  • You find a long lost project and realize it was to be a crib sized blanket and the recipient is now over 6 feet tall.
  • You stumble upon a long lost coordinating jelly roll and cake pile while looking for the lost bag of noodles for dinner (much to your partner's disbelief…you skip dinner and dream up projects instead).
  • This joke is my favourite  :)
    • A friend comes to your door (obviously in a face mask and protective gear) and says “How are you?”
    • To which you reply, “Great.”
    • And the friend proceeds to say “How is your significant other?”
    • To which you reply, “Great… they are in the garden.”
    • Your friend looks over the fence and says, “I don’t see them.”
    • To which you reply, “You just have to dig a little.”


Now note: we are not making fun of the C-19 situation… we are just trying to add humour and make you smile.  Also, note… I told the joke to my mother-in-law while we were enjoying a social distancing garden weeding event together… her response was, “Ha ha! That used to be a mother-in-law joke.”

Try a wee bit of humour this week.  Perhaps a google search is in order… or just call a friend… I am sure there are stories they could tell : )

Until next week… Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

Resource: Shannon McLaughlin’s article on “Burnout… and how to fireproof against it” (American Embassy School, New Delhi)

Disclaimer: in these uncertain times the Quilt Guild Executive thought it would be good if we could reach out to each other and provide support.  The views expressed here are not meant to make light or fun of the times we currently find ourselves in. 


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July 12, 2020

Happy Sunday Quilters : ) 

With the 100 day mark long gone we find ourselves in a new reality.

Maybe we will continue some of the positive practices this new reality has given us : )

With at least 15 weeks of time in our quilting rooms... perhaps it is time to take stock and inventory.  Ask yourself the following questions...

Has my quilting room expanded past its designated area?  Do I need to corral it back in?

Do I have a better way to organize it?

Can I spend quality time in my sewing room with others via skype or Zoom?  

Maybe pick up the phone (use a headset or hands free phone) and have an old fashioned conversation while quilting.

The reality is... quilting and our friends/family make us happy.

So spend your week connecting with both of them!

Until next week...

Stay Safe...

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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Sunday July 5, 2020

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Last week we talked about letting the world in...

Now that we have been an entire 7 days with a wee bit more freedom (groupings of 10), we need to consider the "positive" interactions we can have!

It would be really easy to moan and complain about how the world events are affecting us...

But I think it is time for the "high road".

Yes, we can moan and complain with that one special person... but outside that group a little sunshine goes a long way.

We can take just about anything and put a positive spin on it.

Maybe you didn't clean out every closet you thought you would get to... but small victories... perhaps you got to read a book you found in one of those closets you meant to clean.

Perhaps you wanted to clean out and sort all of your recipe books and piles of paper... but perhaps you just found great recipes to try, and to share with those unable to get out much.

There is always tomorrow for the clutter, dust, and tasks.

But today needs to be about "sunshine" - being the sunshine that makes a difference.

Try and find your sunshine this week.  

Once you find it... share it : )

The world will be a lot better off with more sunshine!

Until next week...Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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June 28, 2020


We are a team!

We have to be a team!

A team sticks together! 

While staying socially distanced apart!!

I personally had a set back this week (and I know we all have them)! I let the world in.  I was in a work related ZOOM meeting... and doom and gloom entered the meeting.  It came from various people, at various times in the meeting.

I had to step back, breathe, breathe some more... and remember that we have worked so long and hard to keep C-19 at bay to throw in the towel now.

I remember as a child watching the Muhammad Ali boxing matches with my dad!  It was one of the few times in our lives that we were allowed to stay up late!! Well... Muhammad Ali had strength, determination, perseverance, resiliency and an amazing right handed style!!  He could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!

Maybe when life tries to punch it's way through our defenses we just need to dance a bit to our own side of the ring, re-group and come back swinging.

So... find your team! Find your inner strength!! Find your resolve!!

Yes, the world is going to dance us around the ring a few times.  But a solid landed punch will get us back in the game!!

It is going to be a tricky summer. We need to stay strong, and listen to the health advisories on how to stay safe!! And then Just do it!!

Until next week...


Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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June 20, 2020

Happy Sunday Quilters : )

We just passed the 100th day of C-19!!!

That is 100 days of social distancing, self isolation, wearing masks to stores, and being isolated from friends, family, loved ones, and quilting buddies!

My first thought when the 100th day passed was "WOW! We've got this!!"

We started 100 days ago with PURPOSE... purpose as a country to do our best!

We started 100 days ago with PURPOSE... to start each day with a routine to be the best you, you can be!

100 days ago we started a new reality... the reality of what life can be in these uncertain times.

The Health line website says it takes 18 to 54 days to form a new habit.

Well... I believe the new habit is "Putting ourselves first" which means making sure we are happy, content, and well provided for... so that we can provide for others.

We can't help others (family, friends, or our country) if we do not take care of ourselves first.

So... make taking care of YOU priority #1! 

That is, MAKE IT A HABIT!

You are worth it! You need you! And your friends and family need you!

Until next week...

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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June 14, 2020


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

In the past few offerings on line we have been on a wee "retreat" across Canada to get inspired for summer adventures with our sewing buddies...

But what about our "Quilting Bucket List"?

I was talking a week ago to a friend who spoke of an item on her "bucket list" she wishes to go in a 10km walking race in every Province and Territory in Canada.... My first thought was, "Well that would be a great many quilt shops to visit".  But as she is not a quilter I just nodded, smiled,  and told her how inspiring her bucket list item was.

Then later last week on the CAA Magazine cover they featured the article "The Ultimate Canadian Bucket List".  Which set me on yet another quilting thought... How many quilt shops would you visit on that Canadian Bucket list journey.

So my question for you to ponder as you relax this week is "What is on your Quilting Bucket List?"

Is it to

a)  paper piece at least one thing in your lifetime?

b) perfect those tricky flying geese blocks?

c) sit on a quilt guild executive?

d) do a bargello quilt just for the fun of it?

e) finally clean out that quilting room of yours?

f) finish planning the ultimate quilting road trip with friends (and then take it)?

What is on your Quilting Bucket list?

Until Next Week...



Stay Safe!


Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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June 7, 2020


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

Last week we took a virtual journey across Canada.

This week your relaxation technique is “visualization” ;

You have two tasks

1) Visualize one or more "awesome/outstanding" road trips you have taken with quilting friends

2) PLAN a quilting adventure with a few friends for when C-19 allows us the opportunity for bonus relaxation and motivation

3) Share your plans with “said” quilting friends from #2

Stay Safe!


Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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May 31, 2020


Happy Sunday Quilters : )

This week we are going to live vicariously through the guild websites across the country!

It is a lot like taking a vacation at home : )  

Note: I could not obtain links to webpages for all provinces and territories (and since I am not a facebook user those were not available to me)

Take some time to breathe and just get inspired by what other Canadian Quilters are doing.

Let's start in the Western most province of British Columbia

Here is the guild website from Cranbrook B.C. thriving metropolis of 20,000.  Here are their quilt show winners.

http://cranbrookquiltersguild.ca/2019-quilt-show-winners-and.html

Now moving to Alberta, our tour takes us to Grande Prairie Alberta.  Where we have their show and tell since June 2017

https://northernpiecemakersquiltguild.weebly.com/show-and-tell.html

Saskatchewan bring us to Regina

http://www.prairiepiecemaker.com/photos

Manitoba brings us to Beausejour (46 km North East of Winnipeg) Population 3126

https://common-threads.weebly.com/-challenges.html


Ontario brings us to home : ) Where the heart is... Let's take a peak at what Halliburton is up too...

http://www.haliburtonhighlandsquiltguild.com/our-art.html

Quebec brings us to Montreal and their Modern Quilt Guild

http://mtlmqg.blogspot.com/

From the East Coast we have Woodstock New Brunswick (and their show and share dates back to 2010)

https://woodstockquiltguild.weebly.com/show--tell-2018-2019.html

And up North to the North West Territories - Yellow Knife

http://www.ykquiltersguild.ca/feb-9-17-guild-meeting.html

 
I spent an entire evening "oohing and awing" over quilts as I put this virtual tour together for you.

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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May 24, 2020

As an executive we talked about ways to be helpful to each other.  Next week we have a light and airy edition to mark the beginning of June.  If you have any links to virtual tours of quilt rooms etc we would love you to submit them to Jacqueline H. (use the membership listing to find her email), or if you cannot find it, then via the following button durhamtrilliumqg@yahoo.ca, and pleas use subject "please forward to Jacqueline H."

We will check out the links and make a nice viewing for your June pleasure.

This week we are going to focus on "Finding Your Happy Place" (when you are not in your quilting room), and ways to maintain your most positive outlook.

Hope you all had a restful and relaxing weekend!    Please find three short links to supporting your emotional self...

1)The mental impact of COVID-19 and how to cope

The first short video (8 min goes over 6 small things you can do at home to ensure you keep in the best frame of mind possible)

https://youtu.be/o74nLLD7YCY

2) Gabby Bernstein's mantra for tough times is a quick and very easy way to get yourself re-grounded if you feel stress.

https://youtu.be/eiLWO9jOTao

3) 4 ways to Cultivate Mindfulness is a quick gentle video that is also a wonderful way to cope with our changing times.

https://youtu.be/6Wxk5gMTs2o

Note: I personally took notes on all three videos (but there is no test).  They are shared just as a gentle way to let you know that your guild executive truly values each and everyone of you, and is looking out for your best interests.


Sources:  It takes a village to raise a quilter : ) Thanks so much to the Port Perry High School Guidance Department for sharing these three great and useful links!

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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May 18, 2020

Statistics...

Oh the math!

Do the math!

YEP! We all need a few good stats in our lives.

This last week our Guild meeting poll, 66% of you indicated that the "Keep Calm and Stitch On" section of the website has actually helped you navigate these difficult times.

Well... I heard a different statistic this week that held some meaning to me with regards to the C-19 times we are in.

The statistic goes like this "5 out of 6 people under the age of 18 have never put a stamp on an envelope" I personally thought perhaps they had never used a rotary phone. But it is stamps... I guess with e-mail, texting, face book and twitter there is no need to affix a stamp to a letter.

So... my challenge to you is to connect with someone this week.

Connect with someone who might need a smile, or piece of good cheer.

I personally am going to a fix a stamp on a letter to a friend who only lives 1 hour from me.

Take up the challenge and again "do for others when you feel blue", lend a helping hand.Until next week.


Until next week.


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 May 10

COOKIE! Did you say Cookie? I might need a cup of tea : )

NO!... You are one TOUGH COOKIE!

This weekly tidbit is just to remind you that you are tougher then you think!

You are one tough cookie!I

If some days you are feeling blue, and weepy due to the world crisis with c-19... that is OK.

But remember.... you are tougher then you think!

Think of your RESILIENCY... years of stitch ripping

Think of your PRECISION ... years of perfecting the perfect pointed star

Think of your REALISTIC nature... you always know when it is time to turn to a different project when one is just not quite turning out.

Think of your PRODUCTIVITY... who else would spend an entire weekend at a quilting retreat with pots of tea and your sewing machine?

Think about you FACING YOUR FEARS... one day Kate will truly embrace paper piecing : )

And lastly you face the fears that hold you back.

Be it C-19, your quilting stash (that needs downsizing), your quilting room, or just your day to day self isolation.

You are tougher and stronger then you think!

Stay Safe!

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline

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2020 May 03


LIVE LIFE WITH PURPOSE...

This section of the website was built with purpose.  We continue to keep each week's topics in the stack, so that you can go back and review the tips and thoughts for happiness. We have come along way from Stress, to KISS, to being helpful to others, and now that we are weeks and weeks into isolation and social distancing you might be feeling down.

When feeling down have you thought about?

Having a cup of tea? Reading a book? talking a nap? Cleaning your sewing room? Cleaning your sewing machine? Calling a friend? Making a batch of cookies and doing a drive by to a shut in friend?

When we live our life with purpose, feeling down is just a state of mind... and that can be worked on : )

A few coping thoughts I stumbled upon this week include 

"Everything will get better, sooner or later"

"If I stay strong I know I will get through it"

And if you live your life with purpose (being there for family, friends, and your community) you will get through this : )

Keep Calm and Stitch On!

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline


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2020 April 26

Canada is a great country to live in!

We are free!

We are positive!

We listen! We learn!

In these challenging times it is great to take our minds off of world events for a moment... and just breath... breath and think about not what you can do for yourself... but what you can do for others less fortunate.

If you are anything like me... you might make a mistake or TWO while sewing quilts in these trying times.

I found this quote that helped me put things in perspective.

"It's not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us" by Rachel Wolchin of The Goodvibe Company.

So... when I find a pattern challenging... I just take a break... breathe... and then work on a charity quilt.  Either the binding for our outreach children's blankets or a cancer quilt.

Forward is forward. One stitch at a time...

And in closing... if you are cleaning out closets, and jewelry boxes you might come across some costume jewellery that you want to re-purpose.  Have you watched our very own Steven Bland as he puts all of that costume jewelry to good use? His Youtube video on how to turn it into the cover for a journal is just fabulous!! I am considering making one for a friend and another one for my daughter!!

Woo wee! Look at us being productive!

Until next week,

Keep your scraps traveling Kate H's way, and keep your stitches straight (unless of course you are machine quilting)...

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline


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2020 April 19

KISS - Keep it simple STITCHERS!!

We have now embarked on just over 1 month of social distancing.  In the beginning our minds were not "cluttered" with stress.  This is no longer the case.  Whether you are a front line worker, or a stay in person (one of our most vulnerable to C-19)  just waiting for groceries to be delivered, or someone in between, the stress may be mounting in your life.  if you are anything like me... my stitches reflect this stress...

I just spent the afternoon re-writing a pattern (because I cut a block wrong) to then fix the boo boo (pattern design alternation) to do yet another cut incorrectly.  Needless to say I am now going to go to the top 5 list (previously posted, see below) and reduce my stress.

I may even hit #1 first and do a fabric drop to Kate's front door!  Of course I would use the guild directory and call her first : )  

If you are in the same boat try and de-stress.

KISS - keep it simple means not working on the hardest UFO you own... but doing stitching for sheer pleasure.

I may even view a "Steven Bland program" off of YouTube.  He is funny, witty, and one of our own : )

         (added by webmaster:  for convenience, here is a link to Steven's YouTube videos:  https://www.youtube.com/user/stevenbland)


Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline


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2020 April 05

Happy Day Quilters...

This section of our website will be dedicated to ways to help relieve your stress in these uncertain times.  Please feel free to send me links and such that you feel would benefit our members.  I will try and add them into the theme of the week they fit in : )

This weeks theme:

TOP 5 ways to relieve stress:

  • #5  Start each day with purpose.  Perhaps that means something like; make the bed, get dressed, clean the kitchen, make a list.
  • #4  Make a small goal for the day (one small attainable goal). Perhaps something like; quilt one block, clean the kitchen, walk around the block (2 meters away from anyone else on the street)
  • #3 Consider a yoga or meditation practice. Here is one I have tried with success : )  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZKybZyZVQs&t=220s
  • #2 Try a new type of exercise.  I always think I am going to try pilates but then refer to my go to man Richard Simmons.  Some of his workout videos can be found on Youtube : ) NOTE: if a new exercise is just not a way for you to reduce stress... then perhaps you could pick up the phone and call a friend : )
  • #1  Clean out your stash and arrange a drop off to Kate's house.  She will be happy to keep the parts and pieces safe for the fabric basket and other outreach projects.


Again, Keep Calm and Stitch on!

Disclaimer: in these uncertain times the Quilt Guild Executive thought it would be good if we could reach out to each other and provide support.  The views expressed here are not meant to make light or fun of the times we currently find ourselves in. 

Yours in Stitches, Jacqueline H.