I saw the bright headlights shining down our driveway , very early.I knew a parcel was arriving from Grandmother’s Garden in Gordonton.
My dear friend Mary-Ann had phoned to say a parcel without a name would come in the post. It did, a panel, a beautiful cat panel and an amazing and gorgeous card, hand-made by Jocelyne Leath, a renowned textile artist now living in Perth, Western Australia.
The panel is by Linda Picken for Blank Quilting Corporation 2018, Furr Ever Friends., and along the lower edge is a row of 18 little kitties, in the colours used.
The card is stitched with a glitter thread, and has tiny beads and more added. Stitched greenery adds to the scene. The centre piece is bound with brown thread, then glued to a gold card, a blue frame, and all on silver card.
Mary-Ann and I have known each-other for some 17 plus years,and shared so much. Lambs born, a much loved sheep that finally died after days of being treated with injections ( yes, I learnt to do that too), and then the triplet lambs and Mouse in the paddock. Our loved cats that have left us, Leo, with golden tulips planted by his grave to match his thick fur, new ones arriving, and now new lambs each day. This photo is from the archives.
This July we shared our birthday with Joyce, all in July, a few days and more than a few years apart. With 16 of us there, we all had a name tag, as there were family and friends from all around, and many had not met before.
The cat panel will be a special memory quilt for Basil, I will add a border or two, and it will be on our bed. Thank you so much Mary-Ann for this special gift, it will be a treasure always.
The rooms ,couch and desk are quiet without our ginger boy, I have to plant some grasses and flowering plants to share his special place in our garden. A few more from the archives.
Basil perched on the couch cushions as though he had lived here always, and lying on the desk, surrounded by sewing fabric , pens, and the machine. That looks like a green bear there too.
He loved to sit on Joyce’s knee, and was always so gentle, never using his claws at all.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ Days shared with true friends are full of joy”
Greetings from Jean