I really didn’t think I’d get into the studio today. Once back from the Co-op training, one chore came up after another. Running my car to the service station, walking the dogs, bringing in wood, feeding the animals, checking my email and packing up potholders and pillows to bring to the post office tomorrow.
Then the cat showed up. The same one I once thought was Mother. I’ve been seeing her almost every afternoon running from the pasture into the wood shed. But I could never get close to her and honestly, I didn’t try. But then, a couple of days ago I saw her looking in my studio window. She ran when I opened the door. I think it was yesterday’s snow that broke her. I went into the barn to feed Minnie and heard a meow coming from the hay bales. She was sitting right on top, looking at me and meowing. I knew if I gave her food I would cross the line between her being a stray or being our cat. I didn’t want another cat, we don’t need another cat, but it was snowing and she seemed to be talking to me, trying to communicate. I put some food in an extra bowl and brought it to her. She didn’t run, she even let me pet her. Not a feral cat, one used to people.
Today, at feeding time, she was back. So I fed her. Jon came into the barn grumbling about not wanting another cat and immediately started taking pictures of her. She let him get close, didn’t run away, even looked at the camera. I knew she was ours.
After climbing up into the attic of the woodshed and putting a blanket where the cat was obviously sleeping, I finally got into the studio. I started laying out the quilt yesterday. It came together pretty quickly tonight. It always surprises me how my head gets into the space of designing and how I know what to do, what looks right and what doesn’t. It’s not a process I can explain, but one I’ve come to trust. When I finished, what I guess would be a first draft, I looked at it not really being able to see it, but knowing enough to leave it for the night. When I stepped to the side of it to take a picture and looked at it horizontally I was happily surprised. That I could see and it looked good.