Quilting and COVID: Where were you on March 12?
( le français suit)
Dear quilters friends: We all remember where we were when the World health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID was spreading fast and it was now a pandemic. I was in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and I remember that feeling of worry and fear of the unknown and I just wanted to go home. The world as we knew it has changed drastically. How much we have adapted in this short period of time is truly amazing! Who would have thought that we would go through a lock down, that people would buy tons of toilet paper and that by summer we would need to wear masks when shopping. And through all this, people would get infected and some people would lose loved ones.
Well once again, quilters found a new purpose for the community: making masks, head bands and scrub caps. I did my share like most of you totaling over 300 masks. This was for me a way to contribute in the fight against COVID.
The need to connect
Humans need to connect and we saw an increasing interest of connecting on line. Now ZOOM is part of our vocabulary and we use it more and more. We would see our children virtually and what I found difficult was not being able to hug my son.
We also became very creative and my friend Paul Leger decided to do the first virtual quilt show in Ottawa. He invited quilters to feature their favorite quilt and showcase it in front of their house. He spent a few days going to the houses of quilters and taking pictures. What a great initiative. This is me with my collage.
I love my stash! The pandemic made me realize that there was reason for my insanity of having such a stash of fabric. With all the fabric stores closed and the on-line orders taking forever to deliver, my stash became a treasure. I decided to use what I had and tested a new technique of quilt as you go by Pauline Rogers. I created a fun quilt for my god daughter 30th birthday. It kept my mind off the COVID even though at the time I was glued to the TV to watch the new developments about the pandemic. I could not believe my luck that I had everything I needed in my stash!!!!
The new normal
And then in July I decided to resume my activities in my studio and offer workshops and sew-in days. Of course, it was so different. A maximum of 3 participants wearing masks and having sanitizer at each station. A different way of quilting but it was so nice not to be quilting alone anymore.
What next Quilting helps us keep our sanity and stay connected. So with the fall coming, I think that we will be more and more interested in quilting and finding ways to occupy our minds with new challenges. I decided to develop a new workshop which is in a way the sequel to my workshop of Walking foot quilting. My new workshop presents about 10 different Quilt as you go techniques. Think of the money you will save by doing the quilting yourself one block at a time and doing a quilt from beginning to end yourself. I have several dates in October and I am taking names for November. This is a close -up of the quilt I quilted myself and assembled block by block. This is one of the many techniques that I will show you.
Back by popular demand, I am offering the workshop of the Sew Together Bag which makes a unique and fun gift for the holidays. This will be offered on Friday, November 13.
And another little bag that people will love: the Flipping out bag by Annie. This will also make a wonderful Christmas gift. This one will be offered on Monday October 26.
Sewing Days at MIFO
Finally, we will resume our monthly sewing days at MIFO. We will meet on Saturdays October 24, November 21 and December 12. Please do not delay to register. All the details are on by website. Places are limited.
Please contact me by responding to this email if you want to register to some of my proposed activities. Please do not delay as the spots are very limited to ensure everybody's safety.
Looking forward to sew with you very soon.
Où étiez-vous quand on a annoncé que le COVID était devenu une pandémie mondiale? Pour ma part, je me trouvais à Rankin Inlet au Nunavut et je me rappelerai toujours du sentiment de peur qui m'a envahi.
Depuis 6 mois, notre façon de vivre a changé de façon drastique. Qui aurait cru que nous porterions des masques pour faire les courses?
Comme de nombreuses quilteuses, j'ai contribué au combat de ce virus en fabriquant plus de 300 masques et bandeaux. Mon stash est devenu mon trésor et j'ai occupé mon esprit en créant une courtepointe en utilisant une nouvelle façon d'assemblage bloc par bloc. Quel sentiment de satisfaction que de faire une quilt de A à Z soi-même.
De Facetime à ZOOM, on se rencontre maintenant virtuellement mais rien ne remplace le contact humain. Donc j'ai repris mes activités de quilting dans mon studio. Quand viendrez-vous passer une journée avec moi? Très bientôt je l'espêre. Consultez mon site web que j'ai enfin mis à jour pour les activités jusqu'en novembre. Si une activité vous intéresse, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi pour réserver votre place car le nombre de place est limité.
A très bientôt et j'ai hâte d'avoir de vos nouvelles.
La Quilting Coach
Don't forget that you have access to all my newsletters and list of courses and activities on my website at: www.laquiltingcoach.ca Vous pouvez avoir accès à toutes mes infolettres et ma liste de cours sur mon site web : www.laquiltingcoach.ca