A Stroll in the Garden

Peony

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Clematis
Coral Bells
Coral Bells

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Peony
Peony
Weigela
Weigela

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See the world around you!

Patriotic Table Topper

Courthouse Table Topper

As you can see from the photo above, I had a plan for a pieced border, and I had carefully cut all of the pieces.

Courthouse Table Topper

Too bad that I wasn’t as careful as I thought when actually piecing the borders! By the time that I realized my mistake, I decided not to have a cry and a do over. I decided to just go with it.

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

It isn’t a masterpiece…it is a table topper…exactly what it was meant to be.

Courthouse Table Topper

And it is finished.

Courthouse Table Topper

I chose to quilt with the pantograph, Blue Star, from Urban Elementz. I don’t have a long arm set up, but I do have a Grace frame with a Juki set up. I am not good at it, but I try.

The fabric is busy, so the quilting design doesn’t show up well, but here is a close up:

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

I am embracing it.

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

Quilt On!

Part One

Part Two

A Stroll in the Garden

Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content, The quiet mind is richer than a crown… ― Robert Greene

Iris

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Columbine

I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least. ― Bob Newhart

Veronica Waterperry

If talk is cheap, then being silent is expensive. And many people it seems, can’t afford to buy into it. ― Anthony Liccione

Iris

She liked the life she had. She loved habits. She craved a day with nothing in it, a long, quiet stretch of hours in the studio.― Ann Brashares, Sisterhood Everlasting

Iris

“You’re very perceptive for a guy who can go a whole day without talking,” she said, peering up at him. “That’s why I’m perceptive.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride

Iris

I have both the violent turbulence of the storm and the quiet promises of God in the storm. And what I must work to remember is that something is not necessarily stronger simply because it’s louder. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Iris

I am a believer in silence. The value of silence. The power of silence. The space that isn’t an absence but a presence. A pause that is bigger than the noise that surrounds it. A gap that is a mirror. A gulf that is a bridge. The emptiness that is rejuvenating. The space that is full of more than it could ever contain. ― Helen Rickerby, How to Live

Marguerite Daisy

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A Stroll in the Garden

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. -Eckhart Tolle

Iris

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Iris

I believe that in life, you have to give things your best shot, do your best. You have to focus on what needs to be done, do the right thing, not the popular thing. -David Cameron

Euphorbia

Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift! -Joyce Meyer

Lamium (Dead Nettle)

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. -Greg Anderson

Phlox

The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow. -Kiran Bedi

Veronica Perry

Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. -Peter McWilliams

Veronica Perry

If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Iris

Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
― Leo Babauta

Iris

Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!
― Jeff Dixon

African Daisy

Always focus on the front windshield and not the rear view mirror. ― Colin Powell

African Daisy

I didn’t pay attention to times or distance, instead focusing on how it felt just to be in motion, knowing it wasn’t about the finish line but how I got there that mattered. ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

African Daisy

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A Stroll in the Garden

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. -Gustav Mahler

Tulip

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Tulip

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better. -Steve Southerland

Tulip

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently. -Gary Zukav

Tulip

Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul. -Luther Burbank

Tulip

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Crabapple

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. -W. Earl Hall

Lilac

If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring. -Victor Hugo

Lilac

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. -Robert H. Schuller

Lilac

A kind word is like a spring day. -Russian Proverb

Lilac

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