Quote Garden is one of my favorite prints from Garden Secrets, my newest collection from Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics. It's a little bit painterly, a lot grassy, and bright and fun. I think it's a really nice complement to the whole collection, because it brings a lightness to all of the amazingly bold colors. I also have a thing for little weeds, and these were drawn after I grabbed a bunch of tiny grasses from my apartment's front lawn. Look how beautiful they are? Most people don't look down too much at the grass, and usually weeds aren't exactly encouraged. But I love em.
So we get the 'garden' part, but the quotes? I really haven't had many people ask me about it, which surprises me. Don't laugh, but I haven't actually seen the fabric yet. Logistically, it's expensive and a bit wasteful to mails yards of fabric down to South America, and I visit the US pretty regularly, so I'll be picking it up the next time I fly up. Two birds, one stone. So, perhaps the letters are so small that no one notices, but I can't attest to that, as I haven't seen it.
There are three vague names and words tucked into leaves and stems, that I hoped people would take the initiave to look up, and perhaps that's the other reason I haven't had many questions, did you all look these up yourselves? Pat yourself on the back if you did! If you didn't, I'm here to help out. There are three quotes in the print that I really love. They have such meaningful messages that I thought I might as well use my mighty powers as a fabric designer to spread them to the world. This is one of the secrets in Garden Secrets.
The first quote is from John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury, it is as follows:
"Fill each day with life and heart. There is no pleasure in the world comparable to the delight and satisfaction that a good person takes in doing good."
The second quote is from Albert Schweitzer:
"Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you no pay but the privelage of doing it."
I will admit, I really know very little of John Tillotson and Albert Schweitzer, so I apologize for being uneducated on them, they seem like great speakers. I just know that when I give back, help out a neighbor, carry an old lady's groceries, give blood, any silly little thing, I feel so rewarded. I don't want to say I'm always patting myself on the back just because I did some little thing, but really, it makes you feel good to see others feel good. End of story: do something good for someone else, it'll make you smile. And you know what's good? The quilt/fabric community is full of good people who consistently give back, I know you guys are already feeling great.
The last quote is from Martin Luther King Jr. I live in Brazil, and there are so many holidays here, I totally forgot MLK day. Last Monday would have been a logical day to post this. Alas, I need a better calendar with holidays from Brazil and the US. Back to the subject, the quote goes as follows:
"Even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; (Go ahead) sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill
Be a scrub in the valley—but be
The best little scrub on the side of the hill,
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a highway just be a trail
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or fail—
Be the best of whatever you are."
This is taken from one speech I've listened to. There are a lot of great points, but this is my favorite. I've really liked this one for a long time. I mean, I love to sweep, so literally, the man speaks to me. But joking aside, be so proud of what you do. Whatever you do. Always put your best work forward, and be so proud of what you do, in anything, sewing, teeth brushing, studies, helping others.
And, to finish, I apologize if I've written any of these quotes wrong, or attributed them to the wrong people. I did the best research I could!