Monday, August 5, 2013


This is my cat, Millie.  You can tell she rules the roost.

 Seven years ago today I adopted Millie. She was feral, had been hit by a car and rescued. She was not socialized. I didn't know it then, but adopting Millie was the first in a series of things that changed my life.

 If it wasn't for Millie, I wouldn't have started blogging. This, by the way, is the first and only time (in seven years) I have ever held her in my arms.

If it wasn't for Millie, I wouldn't have started making quilts again.

If I hadn't started making quilts again, you wouldn't be reading this blog.

Millie helps me.

She does all the Quality Assurance work on my quilts.

She checks that my quilts are made with love.

Millie is the one who gave me the idea to make the word FUN off-kilter. (She ran over the letters, moving them around.)

 Millie is famous. She and her "boyfriend" Monty were written up in an Australian crafting magazine.

Millie lets me know when stuff is working and when it isn't.

Eventually, Millie learned to sit in my lap. She doesn't do it often, but it's great when it happens.

Millie and I have made friends all over the world. Millie loves this quilt made by Julie. Julie is now one of my very best friends, and although she and I have been emailing and talking for over four years, we've never met in person.

All that will change in October, when I speak at Quintessential Quilts 2013 in St Louis Missouri. Julie will drive five hours from Memphis to meet me. I can't wait.

And how did I attract the attention of the ladies at Circle in the Square Quilters?

From this blog.

And how did I get started in blogging?

From Millie.

Thank you Millie. You changed my life for the better and I am really glad you chose me.


Poppy Q said...

Yes Miss M, you were our influence too, joining us to a new world of blogging and lots of new friends.

A big thank you to you both.

Julie and Poppy Q

earthmotherwithin said...

I too have a 'tuxedo cat' who was feral after having been abandoned by her family. Like Millie, it has not taken Dora long to get used to quilts as the ONLY place for a cat in her 'forever home' to sit. I loved the post!

Denise Briese said...

What a wonderful post and Millie is precious. I miss my cat. I have a dog and he is great but there is nothing like a cat. I m glad you are posting. I dont comment much but I visit your blog daily! Thanks.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Great post!

Great story!

Who could have known . . . .

Susan Riss said...

What a beautiful post. Both of you have changed my life too. Each morning starts off with a smile... thanks to you. I just starting quilting about 6 years ago, and shortly after I knew I was ready for another forever cat. Sadie came into my life after being abandoned. My life is now compete.

We love you both,
Susan & Sadie

Alice Turcotte said...

Love your/Millie's story. Thanks for sharing. You've made my day.

Derby, Ducky said...

We are glad you adopted Millie too. We remember the Bizzy for Gizzy little quilts and we both have one.

sewyouquilt2 said...

it is funny how the love you give to cats is returned tenfold. we too have a cat that was feral and another that someone put in the dumpster behind our house. we rescued him at 7 weeks old. just a baby and he is such a love.
Milly is a cutie pie too! Dunkin says so... (our male cat)

Megan said...

Although I'm a fully paid-up member of the Millie Fan Club, I only found her blog because I found yours first!

Sydney, Australia

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful gift Millie is! And a reminder to being open to unusual occurrences in life :)

Helen said...

I'm glad Millie got you back quilting too!