29 January 2010

One of these days

I fully intend to finish my Britter Critter quilt.

I was organizing last night, and then went through my finished stitching to pull out some things to have finished. I found the squares I had completed for my long-term project of stitching most of the Britty Kitty and Puppy charts and making them into a crazy quilt in celebration of my pets. I started it in 2006--I remember going with Mom to Michael's to pick out the floss. And trying to match the colors to pets we had in the family--changing the color of the horse in one of them to match my aunt's gelding so that it was Lance and my Lily.

So I was flipping through, just idly thinking, "Gee I should finish this." It's a fun project. The pieces don't take to long. It's easy to change colors to match your pets. And I think it's a worthwhile thing to do. And I've let it languish.

And then I came onto Kody's square. One of the squares had a grey cat on it. I had stitched a black cat for Lily, an orange cat for my Gussie, and this grey cat for my mom's Kody. Kody was alive when I did the square. He died a year later, but he was there when I started, and, because I fooled around and didn't finish this, he won't get to see the finished product.

And the reality is, all my pets are aging. Beazer is the youngest pet we have, and he's 9. Shocka is 12--ancient for a pit, the twins and the cats are all 10. If I don't make this a priority to finish, it's going to be a memorial quilt, not something they can lie on and see how much I care. And that's not how I want it to be, ya know?

So I ordered a few more charts from the collection, and I am promising to get this done. The quilting will be a challenge, but I can do it.

piece of art in their honor.


Bette said...

What a wonderful project! I'm sure with your dedication your babies will be able to enjoy it for many more years.

Raggedy Ann said...

stopping in to say hello. Sounds like you have a wonderful project planned!
We have an older pet, a bird "Sunny" he is a cockatiel and is now 24 years old! I worry about him so much these days.

I know you will enjoy working on this project of love!


Elaine said...

What a lovely idea to remember your beloved pets Rachel. Look forward to seeing your stitched squares.
Hope your Polar Bear Jump went well.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls