I don’t remember when Cindy first started leaving comments on my blog (although I know it was before I was on facebook) or what the first thing she bought from me was. I just know we’ve become good on-line friends and it’s extended to seeing each other at some of Jon’s reading (we sit together) and at the Open Houses. We connect in a deep way, mostly because of the similarities in our lives. And although we haven’t talked about specifics, I know we have both emerged from a dark and scary places and made new hopeful, healthy and loving lives for ourselves. I know this because Cindy has always understood my work, which is often about just this process.
Now, Cindy had a little black poodle, named Maverick, who she love dearly and died a while ago. From what I’ve heard about him, Maverick lived up to his name. When I started making my Poodle Pillows, using the appliques from Laura Israel’s collection of fabrics, Cindy asked if I would make her a black poodle pillow, she was obviously thinking of Maverick. Well, I’ve had bits and pieces of the pillow, the big black poodle, the pink and green embroidered flower fabric (also from Laura’s collection), the star fabric (which Cindy commented on when I used it on another piece) and the words Maverick Heart, but could never seem to pull it all together. Until yesterday, when I snatched it out of the tornado spinning inside of me (seems Cindy had a similar tornado inside of her yesterday which she spent sorting and stacking firewood).
So finally, after a very long time and a very patient Cindy, Maverick’s Pillow is done. But as much as this pillow is about Maverick the poodle, it’s just as much about Cindy, who truly has the heart of a maverick.