TPW discovers a new way to cross train – quilting!

Rorie’s magic rain jacket had run out of mojo on Saturday morning. Despite the drizzle, six of us (Rorie, Phyllis – who didn’t melt, Ela, Susan B., Sherry – dressed as an elegant witch (see photo below) — and Diane – that’s me) did the cemetery circuit and agreed that every kind of weather has its own beauty. The rain had washed the leaves off the trees, creating puddles of gorgeous colour on the ground.

We reminded each other – and remind you all – that starting next week we meet at the Yonge street entrance to the cemetery. It is easily accessible by subway (Davisville or St Clair) and there is parking both within the cemetery ground and on the street outside. There is also a greater choice of restaurants that we can walk to. So remember – Yonge entrance, next Saturday at 8:30!

On Sunday, many of us joined Rorie for a quilting bee. The objective was to create five quilts to donate to an organization Victoria ’s Quilts that gives them to cancer patients. Rorie’s mum had received one and that gave her the inspiration.

We gathered at Rorie and Carol’s offices, along with a group of their colleagues. And here, Rorie’s magic returned. The operation was a miracle of organization, enthusiasm, co-operation, hard work and good fun. Some of the participants knew what they were doing and others, like me, learned as we went along. [Diane has an amazing ability to select and match different fabrics – Phyllis]

What started as a pile of ill-matched remnants of fabric ended the day as nine (count them, NINE) beautiful and unique quilts. When we held them all up for Rosemarie and Dave to photograph, the colours reminded me of the fall leaves we had walked through the day before. Our creations were awe-inspiring.

Thank you Rorie for bringing us all together for a wonderful day of cross-training. Who knew quilting was such hard physical work!

P.S. Speaking of cross-training. Now is the time to explore training opportunities, at home and in your community. We will NOT be gathering for Tuesday or Thursday group walks for a few months. Check out Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics or other exercises, with friends or on your own. If you have not done so already, please select one of the two training nights with Barb Gormley (Nov 10 or 17th) and tell us which one you will be attending . Training location TBD very soon.

Also, if you have not done so already, please RSVP for our end of season dinner at Harbord House on Nov 26th . Just email

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