January 5, 2010

New Year, New (Verna) Giveaway!

Here we are at the start of a brand new year! Fresh with possibilities and hopes for bringing forward our best selves. Though i do make New Year's resolutions, i refer to them as "revolutions" because i often end up battling with myself trying to keep them. But great beginnings and wholehearted efforts are worth a lot in inching toward goals both known and yet to be identified.

One of the things i'm setting out to do this year is to stop and smell more roses. Often, my work life forces me to look ahead to next year — to gaze into my crystal ball and try to spot new trends, colors and themes to incorporate into my designs. Before one project is finished, another is started and so i find myself sowing future seeds in future gardens. It's partly because of this that i find such joy in the creative process, no matter what the medium. To me, creating helps me live in the moment and i hope to do a lot more of that this year. Here are a few quotes i love that both inspire and remind me of this sentiment:

Forever is composed of nows.
~Emily Dickinson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

~Abraham Lincoln

So, to celebrate this moment, i'm giving away another one of these:

and one of these (charm pack):
All you have to do is leave a quote that is inspirational to you. The winners will be announced next Tuesday the 12th. Perhaps we can try to make it a collective resolution to focus on the bright joys and silver linings of life. There are so many!

192 comments:

  1. It is not "How is life treating you?"... it is "How are you treating Life?" - James William Smisek {aka: my dad}
    Happy New Year, Kate!

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  2. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
    Francis Bacon

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  3. Don't ever give up your dreams and never leave them behind find them, make them yours and all through your life cherish them and never let them go

    I do not know the author of this, but it is on a little hanging I got at the dollar store years ago, it has always stuck, and I hold it dear. I so would love to win some of your precious fabric, it is all the rave I keep hearing about!! So much praise, you are very lucky to call it your own. Have a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing your journey with quilting.

    Stacey

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  4. We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. – Winston Churchill

    I love quotes, and I love your give away.

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  5. We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

    --Calvin Coolidge

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  6. One of my favorites:
    When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." 
~Erma Bombeck

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  7. mine is a bible verse...

    "trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight."
    proverbs 3: 5-6

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  8. forget regret or life is yours to miss! {rent}

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  9. Be who you are in every situation. {Michael Johnson}

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  10. Mine is a Bible verse as well:

    "Do not fear, for I am with you.
    Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand"
    Isaiah 41:10

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  11. Yup, I really do want your Verna! how's that for a quote? maybe your favorite? Mine:"Better to have tried and failed than fail to try."
    I didn't know that Abe L. said that one! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

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  13. "A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults". Charles Kingsley

    Having gone through 2 bad marriages before I found the love of my life, and having had a lot of heartache with my kids AND having lost good friends along the way, this saying means very much to me.

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  14. This was posted on the C&T blog a while back and I really liked it. Get over it and get on with it. I'm trying to adopt this for 2010.

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  15. I often head my blog posts with a quote (although not the last couple apparently, haha!); here's one of my favourites: Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest. -Mark Twain

    Another favourite would be: If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. -Walt Disney

    I would love to win me some Verna! Thanks for the awesome giveaway Kate!

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  16. One of my favorite quotes, possibly because I'm a huge baseball fan, but also because I love the message is...

    "You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow, it may rain."

    -Leo Durocher

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  17. To live is to fight - Seneca.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. While I would normally quote the Bible~ it is daily inspiration for me, I saw a quote yesterday on my Mary Engelbreit page a day calendar that said, "To the world you are one person, to one person you are the world." it said anonymous. I keep thinking about my kids and how true that is! Love the fabrics!!

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  19. I love this idea! I'm definitely going to have to come back and read the quotes that follow...I collect them! Okay...I couldn't pick just one...

    "It is the sweet, simple things of Life which are the real ones after all."--Laura Ingalls Wilder

    "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."--Mother Teresa

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    "Nothing happens unless first we dream." --Carl Sandburg Okay... I guess that's enough!

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  20. "There will be time, there will be time... time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions before the taking of a toast and tea." T. S. Eliot.

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  21. I love this one:
    Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
    Winnie the Pooh
    Pooh's Little Instruction Book

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  22. This is a great idea and I love them!! My favorite is ...

    Be who you are, and say what you feel. Cuz those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Suess

    Tanya

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  23. "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
    -----George Eliot

    This quote is on a Mary Engelbreit poster I keep on my sewing room wall. Mary has depicted a little young girl planting a seed. The quote inspires me every day to dare to try.

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  24. Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi

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  25. My favorite quote has got to be, "No success compensates for the failure in the home." I don't remember who said it, but my husband always quotes it and it seems to work in our home.

    Happy New Year!

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  26. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Matthew 6:34

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  27. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. -- Victor Hugo

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  28. How about "All our dreams can come true, if we have courage to pursue them" Walt Disney and I also like " All glory comes from daring to begin" by Eugene F Ware.

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  29. Wow, Kate! You are so generous! My favorite quote is:
    "Dance as though no one is watching you, love as though you have never hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, and live as though heaven is on earth."
    Since I hit the big 3-0 last year, I realized that I am a lot more at ease with myself than I was when I was in my younger years. Its like I woke up one day and had a new-found confidence in myself. I've learned to find joy in the everyday and do what makes me happy!

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  30. "You can always tell a quilter from the threads she wears!" Author unknown.

    This quote was certainly appropriate as I found threads that followed me to my Pilates class this morning!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  31. My quote for 2010 is "One of the hardest things to realize", she said "is that our "someday" is right now." I'm not sure who the author is - it's on a card that I picked up while on vacation this past summer.

    Can hardly wait for Verna to arrive in the shops!

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  32. I have 3 quotes posted by my computer...

    "I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time."

    - Orson Welles


    "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone elses's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

    - Steve Jobs


    "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me."

    - Erma Bombeck

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  33. Oooh - I'm motivated because I LOVE this fabric! A saying I found on a calendar a few years back has always stayed with me, "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning", by Marcel Proust. Helps me keep things in perspective, since I am only human . . . ! I think sometimes beginners have more fun because they're enjoying the process rather than just wanting to "get it done" or struggling to meet a deadline!

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  34. My all time favorite quote is

    "You are never given a dream without also being given the ability to make it come true!"

    It reminds me everyday to dream and to go after those dreams!

    I wish everyone a 2010 full of making dreams reality and lots of quilting!!

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  35. What follows all of my emails:

    Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Anonymous

    I love Verna... but then I think I might have mentioned that to you once or twice ;)

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  36. Just when you had life's puzzles put together, someone hands you another....piece.

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  37. I like this one, which I think about whenever I am buying something, because I am trying to live a less cluttered and greener life....

    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

    William Morris

    Your fabric is both beautiful, and useful :-)

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  38. Life consists not in holding good cards
    but in playing those you hold well.

    *author unknown to me*

    Tks for adding my name in your hat!

    Rosa Robichaud
    Saint John, New Brunswick
    Canada
    robich@rogers.com

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  39. I've had the quote:

    "Change is the only constant." On my mind a lot lately. I don't know who it belongs to though.

    BTW - I love your fabrics coming out and would be tickled pink to win.

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  40. The one I like is "There is no tomorrow to remember if we don't do something today", by Thomas S. Monson.
    I love your fabric, too!

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  41. "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." The Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man - 1939 MGM film

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  42. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for Kindness." -Seneca

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  43. "God Couldn't be Everywhere, so He made Mothers."
    I really really love Verna!

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  44. This is a quote that my mother in love has always said -
    A man that has friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Prov 18: 24)

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  45. A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living. -Eleanor Roosevelt

    I love this quote. I hope you have a great new year. Your fabric is beautiful!

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  46. Success only comes before work in the dictionary.

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  47. Oh, Kate -- this is TOO FUN! I'm coming back at the end to print out all of these quotes! I have a ton, but here are the main 3 that come to mind:

    "I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for, perfection is God's business." Micheal J. Fox

    "Love and do what you will." St. Augustine

    "You got a million dollars worth of experience and it only cost you $100.00". Art Meers (aka my Dad -- he used to say this to me whenever I made a bad/costly choice in life -- I say it to my kids, too. It just helps to keep things in perspective).

    Thanks again for the fun, Kate -- and you already know how much I love your fabric (LOL)!

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  48. Here's one for all of us who hoard fabric and save it for later: "You'll never need it as much as you do now." by Meg S, my mother, also a quilter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. There are so many quotes that I love....many I don't know where I read them or if they are just mine...all intigrated by now...so I'll share some that keep me going.

    "Just Do It" Nike

    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for nothing at all...Unknown

    When everything is a flutter....stop and listen....you will hear your heart beating....and feel your heart beating....and know....you are present and alive. Unknown

    Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today. Unknown

    Those are the ones that first come to mind....I love thinking of things like that when I drift off course.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  50. The Dalai Lama is one of my heroes:

    I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
    -- Dalai Lama


    Great giveaway, thank you!!

    SheilaC

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  51. Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero – "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next" ~Horace I love to 'carpe diem' in the sewing room! ;-) Thanks for the fun!

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  52. No legacy is so rich as honesty
    - William Shakespeare

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  53. its not the steps ahead of you, but the ones that are behind you!

    thanks for the giveaway, may I be the lucky one.

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  54. "You'll receive a blessing!" Audrey Leister (my Gram)

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  55. He who hears not the music, thinks the dancer mad!

    ivy1956@gmail.com

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  56. I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
    --Mother Theresa

    Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  57. The glory of friendship is not the outstreched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

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  58. Promise me you'll always remember... You're braver tahn you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

    Christopher Robin to Pooh

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  59. Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


    And this one is actually a blessing but it's one of my favorites :)

    May your bobbin always be full!


    Thanks for the freat give away!!

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  60. really simple, but
    A stitch in Time Saves 9
    What a great giveaway.

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  61. I love this one from A.A. Milne

    “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”

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  62. I like Gandhi quotes and I'm going to say three of his:
    "Be the change that you want to see in the world".
    "In a gentle way, you can shake the world".
    "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty".

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  63. Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride." - Gordon B Hinckley

    I know it's a long quote, but it's so true to life, remember to Thank the Lord, we are so blessed to be here! I love your fabrics, they are very beautiful :) AND I have enjoyed reading everybody's quotes.

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  64. 'When people show you
    who they are,
    believe them the first time.'

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  65. When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade!
    Love the give away! Thanks for the entry!
    Paulette

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  66. Happy New Year!!

    I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13

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  67. My quote is: When life gives you scraps, make quilts.
    Love the Verna fabric!

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  68. "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

    Love this new line!

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  69. Live life like you are going to die tomorrow.
    Dream like you are going to live forever.

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  70. God is good, all the time.
    All the time, God is good!

    Hugs,
    Gina
    gina@fabricsilove.com

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  71. There is only one happiness in life:to love and be loved. What if we lived our lives as if love were all there is?

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  72. I don't know who said it, but after visiting the "Bush" in South Africa... and seeing mans imprint everywhere- I really like...

    "If you PACK it in, PACK it out and leave only footprints that you were ever here"

    Our environment is so sensitive-

    Beth- Near Chicago

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  73. if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!(my mum)
    gill

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  74. Joy is Peace dancing. ~ Ruth Graham

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  75. True religion is the life we lead, not a creed. –Louis Nizer

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  76. Several months back I posed a question on my blog stemming from the question my husband asked about having too many quilts.
    I received a response from fellow blogger Latane Barton that has stayed with me every since. It is: You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and the fingers just won't work anymore

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  77. "Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best."

    -Henry Van Dyke

    Lovely fabrics and great giveaway!

    Edina

    edina_tien [at] yahoo [com]

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  78. Short and sweet........

    Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today!

    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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  79. as quoted by William Morris" Have nothing in your houses that you do not know t be useful or believe to be beautiful"
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely prize.

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  80. In order to get dressed fast you must get dressed slow.

    and

    It takes a long time to grow old friends

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  81. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
    Phil. 4:13.

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  82. I'm not reading other comments in case someone else has already used this. *S*

    ....."Hope is the thing with feathers"....another one by Emily Dickinson....

    I've used this on a collage or two in my time.

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  83. Thanks for the inspiration and the great giveaway! My two favs are:

    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
    -- Dr. Seuss

    Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
    -- Dr. Seuss

    Happy New Year!!

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  84. One phrase I have adapted in my lifestyle and I try to live by; "When I walk in the room I don't say look at me; I say oh there you are"!
    I love the fabric♥♥♥
    Happy New Year

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  85. Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
    Elie Wiesel

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  86. "The first hundred years are the hardest." - my mom :)

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  87. I just love the saying:

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
    ~author unknown

    Thanks for having such a lovely giveaway! Here's to a Happy New Year!

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  88. Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh
    A.A. Milne

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  89. Here's a couple:

    Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.
    Gordon B. Hinckley

    Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart.
    Gordon B. Hinckley

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  90. Here's my quote:

    Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
    President Theodore Roosevelt

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  91. "But what is strength without a double share of wisdom."-John Milton
    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

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  92. This explains my crazy family to a T:

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
    -Dr. Seuss

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  93. "We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be." -- C.S. Lewis

    Debra
    lighthousevabeach@yahoo.com

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  94. My Weight Watchers leader would say "Persistence, not perfection" and that is my favorite quote.

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  95. My name of my other blog, and a latin quote - "Alis Volat Propriis" - she flies with her own wings. It's my personal motto.

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  96. There is more to life than increasing its speed - Mahatma Ghandi

    thanks for your kind offer

    Mary
    elecmar@bellsouth.net

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  97. I have a copy of this above my desk. It's from Gilda Radner.
    "I wanted a perfect ending...Now I've learned the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."

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  98. My favorite is "Do unto others as you would have done onto you".

    Great giveaway!

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  99. These quotes are great read for a never-ending Wednesday at work at the beginning of January! :D

    My contribution is for the crafting crowd, and it comes courtesy my mother's step-father, "Cowboy Red". When asked his opinion on some small mistake on a project of any kind he'd say, "Well, it's not something anyone will notice galloping by on a horse." That's good advice for those of us don't get every corner of every patchwork block to line up exactly perfectly.

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  100. "When life gives you scraps - make quilts". No idea where that one came from, but it so very appropriate. Love the "Verna" line! - Marlene

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  101. I actually keep a book of quotes that I like! And I just wrote on in it the other day.

    A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double. - Toni Morrison

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. Mine most of the time is

    Always look at the bright side of life. from Monty Python.

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  103. I'd like to enter if you are taking international entries.

    Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
    - Benjamin Franklin

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  104. "Sometimes our greatest trials evolve into our greatest treasures."

    Sorry I can't give credit where credit is due b/c I'm not sure who said it.... but a while back my friend posted this as her facebook status and I've remembered it ever since! Being the mom of 2.5 year old TWINS this is what gets me thurough the days when they get naked on me upteen times an hour! :P

    Thanks for the contest! Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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  105. "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

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  106. But what is strength without a double share of wisdom

    Work from home India

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  107. From a beginner patchwork/quilter I find this inspirational:

    "Every artist was first an amateur."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    regards Debi

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  108. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” - Anne Frank

    I love this one and think of it often as we struggle, there is always someone who is struggling harder.
    Jen
    mamato6 @cox.net

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  109. Forgot to add my "words of Wisdom"!
    "Take every opportunity to perform a kind deed, for you may be the only candle to light a person's darkness".

    Written by
    Janet Mary Sinke
    A Hospice Nurse

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  110. "...I(The Lord)will never leave thee,nor forsake thee" - Heb.13:5

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING INSPIRATION AND LOVELY GIFTS!

    Love,Linda D.,Montana
    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  111. I can't beat 'do unto others'. It applies to every day of my life.
    Nice giveaway.

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  112. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Yogi Berra

    Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

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  113. This quote makes me strive to be the best Mommy I can be!
    "What will your children remember? Moments spent listening, talking, playing and sharing together may be the most important times of all."
    -- Gloria Gaither

    Thanks for the chance at winning your beautiful fabric! Happy New Year,
    Bradie

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  114. When facing life's difficulties, from my great uncle, "And This Too Shall Pass."

    The fabric is beautiful and has a "happy look" to it.
    Marcia

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  115. I'm not sure of the origin, but I love "Carpe Diem!" (Sieze the day!). Thanks for the chance!

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  116. What a divine collection of prints! Thanks for a chance.

    What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other" George Eliot

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  117. "Let's Roll" (Todd Beamer). I never want to forget what that man and others gave up for all of us.

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  118. Life is brief and very fragile, do that which makes you happy.

    I would be sooo happy to win your gorgeous new fabric!

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  119. "And is the Juice of the Joints of the motion of Life". Don Schaffer (And is Jesus) Poweful image for me!
    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  120. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you." ~~ James Allen
    So true.

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  121. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

    What a sweet treat it would be so make something beautiful with your fabric giveaway. thanks for the opportunity! kim

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  122. I'm not sure about inspiring, but something I quote over and over relating to all areas of crafts and sewing is:
    "You can have it now, cheap or perfect... but choose carefully because you only get 2 out of 3"
    originally from alleycatscratch.com

    It really is true. Think about it next time you're buying fabric or working on your quilts.

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  123. “The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.” Abe Lincoln

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  124. “Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

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  125. "Do all the good you can,
    by all the means you can,
    in all the ways you can,
    in all the places you can,
    at all the times you can,
    to all the poeple you can,
    as long as ever you can."
    Charles Wesley
    This is my first ever over seas blog posting - I'm so excited.

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  126. What a great giveaway and a great way to enter!

    I love all kinds of quotes though I don't know they're inspirational. "Holy Schnikes!" gets said in my house and the late GREAT Chris Farley gets credit for that.

    However, I do have one that has stuck with me and is inspirational. For one of my college courses we had to write a short paper over a "famous" person that overcame adversity. Somehow, after reading, clicking, and surfing, I landed on Christopher Reeve. This man had it ALL until his accident and even THAT didn't stop him. He spoke these words in 1996:

    "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

    I don't know why but those words struck me hard and have stuck on me like glue

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  127. The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.
    Helen Keller


    Thanks for the generous giveaway, love the fabric.

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  128. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
    Joshua 1:9

    thanks for a chance at your beautiful fabric!

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  129. Hi Kate - what a great giveaway idea - I've loved reading all the quotes. Thought I would add this one.

    "There are no ordinary moments" by Dan Millman (the Peaceful Warrior)

    Makes me wonder about that extraordinary moment when you first saw Verna in all its glory. Thanks for designing beautiful fabric for us to enjoy!

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  130. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
    -- George Bernard Shaw

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm enjoying reading all these quotes.

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  131. “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last /more than passion or even sex!”
    Simone Signoret quotes (French Actress. 1921-1985

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  132. "Life is short. Eat dessert first." My father

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  133. "Our life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"
    I think the author was called George Carlin, but it shows well the importance of memories in our life.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  134. I have been particulary drawn to Teddy Kennedy's eulogy of his brother, Bobby. I hope when I die, that people will reflect of me as a good person as well. That is the way I try to live.

    "My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

    Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world."

    --- I love your fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  135. "Life is not about how many breaths you take it’s the moments that take your breath away"
    – Unknown

    Always have loved that. It makes me think about all the things you need to reach for to make those moments really matter.

    Thanks for making me think of that again.

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  136. Here's one I wrote in HS: "A man at war with himself, may not come back alive". Impressed my English teacher....:)
    Thanks.

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  137. "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

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  138. Treat every person with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show compassion to others not because of who they are, but because of who you are.
    And...
    Reality is only an illusion due to the lack of wine...

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  139. Mark your days in ways that bring your heart joy.

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  140. my name is Erin and I like these:

    Live simply so others can simply live

    Often the world changes because oner person followed their dream

    You CAN change the world by helping oner person at a time

    Love one another as I have loved you

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  141. I want to add two more because they are just too funny.

    "Don't take any wooden nickels"
    by my Dad, he said this every time he dropped us off at the Jr High and High school ball games.

    "Don't be on the 6 o'clock news"
    by a friends Dad as he dropped his kids off at their activities

    I love quotes so thanks for the opportunity. Erin

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  142. The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed...

    Just saw your 12 Days of Christmas preview at Fat Quarter shop. Love it, too!

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  143. Faith Looks Across the storm- it does not doubt or stop to look at the clouds and the things without. Faith does not question why when all His ways are hard to understand, but trusts and prays.---anon.

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  144. Hoffnung ist nicht die Ueberzeugung dass etwas gut ausgeht, sondern die Gewissheit, dass etwas Sinn hat, egal wie es ausgeht. Vaclav Havel

    And my humble translation:

    Hope is not the conviction that something will have a good end, but the certainty that something will make sense, no matter how it ends. Vaclav Havel

    Thank you for your give-away and may you / we all have more time to smell the roses!

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  145. Mine is a line from an old Hymn at church

    "It is well, with my soul"

    When ever things are very tough I think of that and how the writer lost his family in a ship wreck and was still able to say "It is well, with my soul"

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  146. With God all things are possible. Love your new fabric hope I win.

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  147. Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
    ~ Henry Ford
    Beautiful new line! I'm planning to make a quilt with my mom for my new baby girl with it as soon as it's available!!!

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  148. "I am with you always"-Jesus
    SWEET GIVEAWAY-THANKS!
    Love,Linda

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  149. I think the saying " What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Over that last year I find that I say that to my self alot.

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  150. "Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life." -- Marcus Aurelius

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  151. One step at a time.
    and the fabric will come to me.

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  152. Very simple but repeated often(most often at night, with a crying newborn LOL!)

    "And this too shall pass."

    Thank you so much for such a lovely giveaway!

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  153. The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea. - Isak Dinesen

    I love quotes... and I love this line of fabric!

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  154. My newest favorite is "Be calm and carry on".

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  155. I find myself saying "Persevere!" more often than I like. It's true, though. You have to.

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  156. Was JUST about to leave "Stay Calm. Carry On." But there it is already! (BTW, it comes from WWII England, encouragement from the gov't during the blitz bombings. )

    So...Another much-quoted fave,(from Bruce Springsteen):
    "Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny"

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  157. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

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  158. Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. by Joseph Addison


    How lovely to read everyone's inspirational comments!

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  159. "Never grow a wish-bone daughter, where your back-bone ought to be."

    (But I am wishing for your fabric!) ;)

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  160. Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them by Richard Evans. As I have 5 children and soon to be 7 & 8 grandchildren I really believe the above quote. I know my children that I love them and cherish then hope my grandchildren will also know that. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in your give-a-way! Love the fabric:)
    Laura T

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  161. My favorite quote is from Ellen DeGeneres (I know) "Good or bad, everything passes".It reminds me to take time to enjoy the good!

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  162. All days are good, some are just better than others...don't know who said it but I do believe it...

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  163. I thought of another one of my favorites that I just had to share

    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain."

    I can't wait to start a project with you new fabric! Regardless if I win it or buy it!

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  164. The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
    Frank Loyd Wright

    Lovely fabrics!

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  165. "the grass may be greener on the other side but its just as hard to mow!"
    I love this quote, I am not sure of who originally said it but it reminds me that my life is full of everyone and everything I love already!
    Thankyou for such a great giveaway!

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  166. "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." Helen Keller

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  167. What an awesome idea for entering a drawing. My quote is "Live by faith, not by fear."

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  168. Here is one my favorites -

    "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."
    — Mark Twain

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  169. My quote comes from a cross stitch picture (the designer is Lizzie Kate) I have stitched recently, it is very short: "Plant Love"

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  170. "God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us-in the dreariest and most dreaded moments-can see a possibility of hope." Maya Angelou

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  171. Dear Kate, i'm italian and I want you to say all the emotion that your new work give me. The new fabrics Verna are simply but very especially. I'm waiting that theuy are available, I've a very good idea for a quilt. Thank you

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  172. Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. Love it- from the Bible.

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  173. A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.

    This is a quote by Winston Churchill...it is one of my favorites because I believe greater morality & better values would solve many problems in the world.

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  174. Thought this was a good one for the new year:
    "Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve." - Benjamin Franklin

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  175. There are a few that I like - one that I can think of now is something like - Life is not measured by the number of breaths that you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

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  176. “The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love” William Wordsworth

    That's who I want to be every day of my life, Linda

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  177. "There is no try....only do or not do."-Yoda

    "The only time there is, is now"-
    The night watchman, from La Corona....a children's book.

    If it is to be, it's up to me....This quote on a card handed out at a lecture by Rev.Dale Turner....
    Love the fabric, please enter my name.
    susan.jonsson@verizon.net

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  178. A friend shared this with me many years ago go and it has stuck with me since.

    "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten."

    khorraxe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  179. The love in your heart isn't in there to stay, love isn't love until it's given away...

    I really can't remember where I heard/read that, but it has always stayed with me:)

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  180. Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw

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  181. my favorite new quote
    "You are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life. I love you darling girl"

    Paul Child to Julia Child in "Julie and Julia"

    Gets me every time.

    Have a lovely day.

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  182. A dream is a wish your heart makes...... Love your fabrics, and love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win and "I am dreaming for my wish to come true".

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  183. Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but also require its social companionship and support. Isolate a honeybee from her sisters and she will soon die.
    ----The Queen must die...affairs of bees and men--

    This quote always reminds of of the sisterhood of women and all of the beautiful things we all bring to the table. Your blog is one of them.....thank you for sharing :)

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  184. I do not know if it sounds that good in English (as it does in German) but anyway I have to translate my favourite quote:
    " It is better to have raisins in the head than hairs in the butter!"

    To have "raisins in the head" means to do a lot of crazy things and to have a lot of crazy ideas.

    I do not know if this is the same in english but I am sure you will get the meaning! :o)

    Conni,
    Berlin, Gemany

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  185. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
    Beautiful fabric range.

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  186. Hello
    Just found your blog :)
    My favorite is from the little engine that could

    "I think I can" posibilities are endless
    Cheers
    Catie
    catecurrie@gmail.com

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  187. i love your blog!!

    here's my quote:

    YOU CAN'T WEAR THE SAME HAT ALL THE TIME:

    THELONIOUS MONK

    from jimidez

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  188. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused. Unknown

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  189. Verna said: Hooray! Finally someone knows my name! Beautiful fabric!
    If you look at what you have in life, You'll always have more.If you look at what you don't have in life, You'll never have enough.

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  190. Verna said: Hooray! Finally someone knows my name! Beautiful fabric!
    If you look at what you have in life, You'll always have more.If you look at what you don't have in life, You'll never have enough.

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  191. The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.
    Aurobindo

    Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabric.
    Terry Clark

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  192. Hi! just wanted to pop-in on this post to let you know that you can of course continue to leave inspirational quotes (i love reading them!), but so you know...the drawing was done last month! (But you never know when there might be another one) :)

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