In Memoriam: Sewing with Maya

We put our cat to sleep Saturday morning following her battle with lymphocytic leukemia. I’m still in a vague state of disbelief and denial. Every shadow out of the corner of my eye tricks my brain – it might be her.

I grew up allergic to cats so Maya was the first cat I ever owned. She belonged to Greg when I met him but soon equally became my cat. She was independent, but she liked to be around her humans and she followed us from room to room. Of my many, many memories of snuggles and companionship, my most cherished memories are those Maya and I spent together in my sewing room.

She was my sewing companion for seven years. The sewing room became our shared space and her safe space during fireworks shows and when the puppy arrived.

She loved fabric. She loved pattern paper. She loved anything I was focused on.

I miss her so much. There isn’t a sewing project that she didn’t oversee (or leave a few stray hairs on). I feel so devastated to not see her in my sewing room now.

As followers of this blog and my Instagram account know she was a fixture in my life and my sewing room. She has more than earned her place on this blog and in this community. Thank you for letting me share my memories and grief with you. I’ll be lurking in the #sewingwithcats on Instagram so please post pictures of your pets and your craft projects.




21 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Sewing with Maya

  1. At least you have lots of beautiful pictures to remember her by. It will take a while to get used to not looking behind you when you start to step back. I know it took a while for me when. Lost my dog, Ziggy at the beginning of the year. Take care of yourself…

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember at the end of one of your posts, Puppy and Kitty were encouraging us to sew. Peace to you and your family.

  3. Leah of Struggle Sews a Straight Seam also had to make the tough decision to say goodbye to a beloved cat recently. I don’t know if you’re connected already, but I thought you might find a kindred spirit there. I hope that sewing can be therapeutic for you in this sad time.

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