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20 Great Quotes About Sewing, Quilting, and Crafts

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At our embroidered patch company, we love stumbling across great quotes and sayings – especially when they’re about sewing, quilting, crafts, and more. We thought we’d compile a list of 20 great quotes for you to enjoy:

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” – Johannes Brahms

“Sewing mends the soul.” – Unknown

“In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.” – Jeff Bezos

“Anyone who works on a quilt, who devotes her time, energy, creativity, and passion to that art, learns to value the work of her hands. And as any quilter will tell you, a quilter’s quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows.” – Jennifer Chiaverini

“Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can.” – Danny Kaye

“Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.” – Phyllis George

“When people ask me ‘How did you get to be so creative?’ I tell them it’s because I ate paste as a child.” – Unknown

“‘Heirloom’ is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.” – Margaret Atwood

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.” – Mary Kurtz

“’Craftsmanship,’ his Uncle Cornelius had once told him, was just a fancy word for what happened when labor met love.” – Dennis Lehane

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Sewing small pieces together gives me a peaceful heart and a quilt to wrap you with, my love.” – Benita Skinner

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy fabric, and that’s pretty close.” – Unknown

“It is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their hearts than while so occupied.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“You can sew your own curtain to remain hidden from the dark side of the world.” – Munia Khan

“It is through art and art only that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.” – Oscar Wilde