Yesterday afternoon it was announced on the Told in a Garden Facebook page that Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum had passed away.
I don’t know how long MLI (as she is known to fans) had been designing. I do know that I discovered her pretty soon after I took up cross stitch, and it was her designs along with those of Teresa Wenzter that really gave me the stitching bug.
I’ve stitched her The Wedding twice, as well as her Madonna and Child Christmas freebie (sadly, no pictures). I’ve had her Santa of the Forest was a WIP for years, and there are many more charts sitting in my stash waiting for their day under the needle. And while some of her more recent charts haven’t been particularly well received, I know that her designing talent will be missed by me and many other stitchers. I wish her a peaceful rest, and offer my condolences to her friends and family.