KEEP CALM ... and STITCH ON!

 

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.