June 18- Creativity in Volunteering

Time for another update on some of the fun I’m having intertwining quilting, Toastmasters and volunteering.

Toastmasters is a non-profit organization which started over 90 years ago. It’s main mission is to teach communication and leadership skills. In May a new program, Pathways, began in the Northeast region. The new curriculum incorporates technology, which has changed considerably over the past 90 years. I’m excited to give more talks, incorporating the basics of organizing a talk and using hand gestures and pauses appropriately. The added fun is to share stories and add humor along the journey. Capturing your audience with a eye candy like a quilt is my unique specialty. This is what makes my guild lectures so entertaining. I’ve sat through enough boring educational session to know the value of sharing tips and techniques in a fun and humorous way.

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My latest talks have been about Dandelions. I titled my talk, “Dandelion: a Blessing or a Curse.” It was fun to share my stories from childhood and beyond thinking dandelions were a curse. Then I googled “Dandelion syrup” and was awakened to all the health benefits of dandelion syrup. Nothing short of amazing! This delicious syrup, which I introduced in my last blog post, is even more precious to me now that I am aware of all the health benefits.

Did you know that dandelion syrup can bring relief from liver disorder, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, and anemia? It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and weight loss.

Dandelion juice can help diabetics by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas, thereby keeping the blood sugar level low. Since dandelions are diuretic in nature, they increase urination in diabetic patients, which helps remove excess sugar from the body. Who knew?

Dandelion sap, also know as dandelion milk, is useful in treating skin diseases which are caused by microbial and fungal infections.

Dandelion juice is a good detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant, and antioxidant.  These four properties make it a great treatment for acne.

High levels of dietary fiber in the leaves make dandelion a beneficial aid for digestion and intestinal health.

Dandelions have relatively good levels of iron, vitamins A and C and protein content. This is helpful to people with anemia.

I made some dandelion meringues this week to share with my quilting friends, Toastmasters, and even my hair dresser. They are made with 2 egg whites, cream of tartar and dandelion syrup.


This syrup is only available for a very short time while supplies last. Here is the new website address www.silverlakesyrup.com.

There are wonderful recipes and photos of delicious cocktails and cookies on this website. If you buy this as a gift, make sure you tell the recipient about the website.

In Vermont this past week, I was asked to quilt a “cow quilt” for the Ayrshire Group. Ayrshire is a cow from the southeast part of Scotland. Here’s what I had fun quilting…


I also was asked to quilt a small quilt for the new Scotland House. Here’s a photo of the front and the back. This was tons of fun! Two Scottish assignments in one week. How funny is that?


Thanks to Rosiland Beck, the Digitizing Diva, I have learned to make embroidered labels! Lining them up is still a mystery to me, but I continue to try.

Finally, my wool quilt is coming along…One more block completed. Two more blocks to go!


The last piece of news is a very fun ride on my new bicycle to Woodstock Vermont from Barnard. This is an electric assist bicycle. The hills in Vermont are truly beautiful. I am however getting older, and this assistance helps me to enjoy riding. The farmers I passed all waved. The cows got up and mooed at me. I had to stop and say “hello.”

Today I am off to volunteer at Vermont Quilt Festival. I’ll blog about that next time.

Happy quilting and more!





About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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