Wednesday 13 March 2013

Sally's Squint: A Finish

This is Sally

My husband Max met Sally at his local lunch place four years ago. She was just hanging out. After a couple of days it became clear that Sally had been abandoned. Max invited her to get in his truck to come home, she did, and we have had four amazing years with the sweetest dog that I have ever met. Sally loved going to camp, milk bone parties and especially her Dad. If Max was there, Sally was content, and he gave her the best dog life ever.

that bone was so good she did not have time to lie down

Last week I was working on Squint. Sally spent many hours looking on as I worked on this quilt. On a few occasions she sat looking on expectantly as I worked at the dining room table. I think she was sure that I was holding out on her on delicious morsels even though I let her sniff scissors, fabric etc to convince her there was nothing she would be interested in.

On Thursday night we lost Sally. She passed in her father's arms and we miss her terribly.

You know how songs, or smells, or even tastes remind of us of things? Well quilts are like that for me. Each stitch, or fabric piece can bring me back to a time and place, a sweet or bittersweet memory. Now Squint is the quilt that will remind me of Sally most. I cried over these stitches. The quilt is full of imperfections, some even ugly, but you know what? Sally would not mind.

My husband and I are going to be moving home to our native Nova Scotia this year. We kept telling Sally that she would be a Nova Scotia dog, instead, Sally's Squint will hang in our new home to remind us of her.

Thank you for stopping by


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. That quilt is gorgeous, and hopefully eventually looking at it can bring you happy memories...

  2. She looks like such a sweetheart, I'm sorry for your loss. The quilt will be a beautiful reminder and I hope it brings you comfort as quilt do.

  3. Awe, I'm so sorry you lost your sweet, sweet girl. And I'm sorry she wasn't able to enjoy the beauty of Nova Scotia, it is such a special place! Your quilt is gorgeous, I can't see the flaws at all, just the love that went into it.

  4. So sorry to hear about your loss. What an amazing rescue story! I'm so glad you had so much time with her.. a lot of the pets I've had were abandoned and they really are the sweetest critters. The quilt is beautiful!

  5. Sorry about your beloved pooch! Dogs bring so much to our lives. I agree with your sentiment about quilts reminding you of memories, people, places, things. You have a wonderful quilted memory of the love of Sally!

  6. So sorry to hear about your sweet dog. Your quilt is lovely!

  7. Thank you all for your lovely comments. Writing about Sally and her quilt helps, knowing that in some way she will always be with us. I know for sure that I could not make it through those rough patches in life without making things. Thank goodness for Quilting!

  8. What a lovely, special Eulogy!
    What a sweet story!
    My favourite line is "he gave her the best dog life ever."

    Am I allowed to say, That's my Boy. ??

  9. of course you are! I am assuming it is you Leslie :)

  10. Sally is gorgeous. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    All of your quilts are amazing :)

  11. A gorgeous quilt. Sorry for your loss.

  12. So sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Sally. Your quilt is beautiful and now every time you look at it in your new home you hopefully will be reminded of the good times you had with her.

  13. Thank you to you and Max for taking Sally in. I have never bought a dog, although I have had a few. Rescue and homeless dogs can be the best pets. Your quilt is a beautiful reminder of a wonderful friend.

    1. Thank you Joy, we are definitely dog rescue people and likely to never "buy" a dog. There are so many out there that need good homes, especially the old ones!