quote by Cicely Tyson

If each person in this world will simply take a small piece of this huge thing, this amazing quilt, and work it regardless of the color of the yarn, we will have harmony on this planet.

— Cicely Tyson

Most Powerful Quilting quotations

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing.

Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.

The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global warming on the AIDS quilt.

When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.

The lives of most men are patchwork quilts.

Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations. A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

My mom, the fabulous Bertie Kinsey, is an amazing seamstress.

She quilts and sews and is so crafty. We call her the Southern Martha Stewart!

The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.

Lying in a featherbed will bring you no fame, nor staying beneath the quilt, and he who uses up his life without achieving fame leaves no more vestige of himself on Earth than smoke in the air or foam upon the water.

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.

The whole quilt is much more important than any single square.

Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.

I question the negative connotations of fabric, of ribbon, of lace.

I turn these symbols of our imprisonment around.

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.

I can remember when pants were pants.

You wore them for twenty years, then you cut them down for pan scrubs. Or quilts.

Each member of the family in his own cell of consciousness, each making his own patchwork quilt of reality - collecting fragments of experience here, pieces of information there. From the tiny impressions gleaned from one another, they created a sense of belonging and tried to make do with the way they found each other.

Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush;

otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt.

When they're looking at my work, they're looking at a painting and they're able to accept it better because it is also a quilt.

The home was a school. Farm and cabin households, though bookless save for the Family Bible and The Sacred Harp, taught the girls to spin, weave, quilt, cook, sew, and mind their manners; the boys to wield gun, ax, hammer and saw, to ride, plow, sow and reap, and to be men. Nobody need ever be bored. Amusement did not have to be bought.

The inspiration starts with the armor my parents collected.

The references are subtle, whether in the mix of textures (woven, quilted, pleated) or in the tapestry brocades and florals. The focus is on clean, strong silhouettes with bold embellishments. Accessories reflect the mood - belts with chain details, lace-up ghillie heels and muffs.

Life is less a quest than a quilt. We find meaning, love, and prosperity through the process of stitching together our bold attempts to help others find their own way in their lives. The relationships we weave become an exquisite and endless pattern.

Avoid restaurants with names that are improbable descriptions, such as the Purple Goose, the Blue Kangaroo or the Quilted Orangutan.

Lying on a feather mattress or quilt will not bring you renown.

Now they got to look into me loving Tea Cake and see whether it was done right or not! They don't know if life is a mess of corn-meal dumplings, and if love is a bed-quilt!

Hometown is like my quilts. Sometimes when you are in sweet dreams, you don't feel it's comfortable.

My first memory is of the brightness of light — light all around.

Any fool can make a quilt; and, after we had made a couple of dozen over twenty years ago, we quit the business with a conviction that nobody but a fool would spend so much time in cutting bits of dry goods into yet small bits and sewing them together again, just for the sake of making believe that they were busy at practical work.

It's all a quilt of fairy tales with a patch here and there of truth.

If men can quilt and take over the kitchen, then women can pick up a wrench and fix a leaky pipe.

As for the various kinds of montage photography, they are in reality not photography at all but a kind of painting in which photography is used - as pastiches of textiles are used in crazy-quilts - to form a mosaic. Whatever value the montage may have derives from painting rather than the camera.

Our quilts were more than useful, they had the faint sentimentality of a pressed flower. And no more beauty. We did not value them for their appearance, but for the memories in them, for their good wearing qualities and the thrift they represented.

My first memory is of the brightness of light .

.. light all around. I was sitting among pillows on a quilt on the ground ... very large white pillows.

A family stitched together with love seldom unravels.

I read my books at night, like that, under the quilt with the overheated reading lamp. Reading all those good lines while suffocating. It was magic.

So there are cakes and pillows and colors galore, but underneath this more obvious patchwork quilt are places like a quiet room where you can go and hold someone's hand and not have to say anything.

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