Sometimes it takes me a while to produce solutions, but I am happy to wait for the best answer. This should have been realized much sooner after all the samplers I have stitched.
Family initials. I was still having a problem with the date and wanted this to be very personal, so Patty's initials along with her sister's are now with her mom's name. Perfect! Since she is losing her sister to dementia, I think having them all together in this piece was the right decision. I removed the two bottom branches and added the W for Wadsworth.
I don't know if I mentioned this, but Patty's cousin and her husband were killed in an accident near Nest Lake Bridge, a half mile from Patty's home in February. They had a fender denter, weren't injured, left their car and were both struck and killed by another motorist. Patty did not tell her sister because Sandy's type of dementia distorts perception. This is not Alzheimer's, and although Sandy can't function and has lost her language skills, she still has some recognition.
So now the finishing begins and I hope it goes well. I think using either black mini or petite pom pom trim along the edge would be nice and look better without the black stitched border, but if I don't use the poms, will probably add it. For such a small box, the smaller pom would be better??? I also have chenille (the miracle fuzz to hide wonky edges) if the poms give me trouble. I plan on running a basting line and pulling to gather over a round board. I'll check Vonna's site for info too.
I hope she likes this, I think she will.