Since the last time I blogged, I have had a few finishes. The first is this Queen Anne’s Lace cross stitch project designed by Nora Corbett for the April 2016 issue of Just Cross Stitch. It was my first time beading in a cross stitch project and I truly enjoyed it. It opened me up to an entirely new sector of the cross stitch world!
Last time I had a finished top and this time I have a finished quilt! I stitched in the ditch for quilting and did a scrappy binding. This is a picture of the quilt after it was washed so it’s all wrinkly, just the way I like quilts! This quilt will be donated to Camp Heartland (www.oneheartland.org) in May. I am doing a quilt and pillowcase drive for 120 camp participants. I have the quilts pretty much covered as I am teaming up with quilters involved with Quilts Beyond Borders. Camp Heartland fits in their mission because they serve kids ages 7-15 experiencing homelessness who have HIV or AIDS. I do need some help with the pillowcases, however. If you want to help, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So far I have 24 pillowcases collected. Delivery will be in early May.
And finally, there is one last finish. Charlie, my bestest friend, died last week. He was 12, blind, diabetic and arthritic but otherwise completely happy and the best companion. He had lost a little weight recently but from Sunday to Monday he went from a happy mobile dog making snow angels to unable to walk, eat or drink. After some tests, his doctor said she thought that he had some underlying disease or cancer that he wouldn’t recover from because it was making his diabetes (and many other bodily systems) out of control. I can’t remember all the terms she used. His health had been compromised already from two previous surgeries and he was in so much pain that day. He died in my arms while I was kissing his forehead. It hurts just to write this. I still don’t entirely believe he’s gone. I donated his stuff to the humane society yesterday and I couldn’t even look at other dogs. I think Janis Joplin, our cat, will be going solo for quite a while. Losing a pet is so incredibly painful. I’ve cried more for Charlie (I’m in tears typing this) than I have any human. He was by my side constantly for the last 3.5 years that I’ve had him. He loved car rides, vacations, day trips and walks. His favorite place to be scratched was behind his ears near his neck. He would let out a euphoric groan when you scratched there. His fur was so soft it felt like you were petting a fluffy bunny. He hated wearing clothes and would growl if I tried to put on booties or a jacket on him. He was totally loyal and would only walk with me or my husband. I never boarded him or left him behind in the 3.5 years we were together. We did everything together and my therapist said he could definitely be certified as a therapeutic animal. But he was more than “an animal”. He was Charlie.