“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

– Shunryu Suzuki

“Take the risk! Remember – there are no rules.”

When others compliment you on a painting, just say, “Thank you.” I used to tell them everything that was wrong with it, until someone gave me this advice. . . . At first it was hard to get those two words out of my mouth, but I practiced. I did not believe my admirers. My mind was saying, “Surely they don’t mean it. They’re just being nice.” It took many years for my mouth and heart to connect and I really mean it when I say, “Thank you.” My heart feels it, too. Say it with pride!

– Catherine Anderson from her book: Basic Water Color Answer Book

Doesn’t that resonate with us quilters? It’s a lesson many of us must learn, especially when we first begin.

Christmas Gift Suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponenent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

– Oren Arnold (1900-1980; American Writer and Editor)


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