Beautiful Quilts Barbara made for girls, originally uploaded by Cathi O’Neill.

Look at these beautiful quilts that Barbara made for Aine and Aisling, Raggy Heart quilts in their favorite colors: Pink, Pink and PINK!!

Barbara and I met via my blog early last year, and have chatted ever since on Messenger and even Skype… It was great to have a quilty friend to chat to last year when my husband was working at his new job here in Nenagh while I was still trying to sell the house in Waterford!  Day after day with little grown up conversation can make a momma a little nuts!! I went to visit Barbara and her husband Hakan last October and she helped me baste my Dear Jane quilt and taught me some hand quilting (which I haven’t mastered yet, unfortunately!!!). This past week, Barbara and Hakan came to visit us! I must say, not so much quilting or crafting was achieved here thanks to two little dynamos who fell in love our visitors who spoiled them!! We had a great time showing them around, doing some shopping, and Dave and Hakan got in some golfing 2 of the days. I took them into Limerick, around our area to see Lough Derg, to Bunratty Castle for an Irish music and dancing evening… and a long day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. I am very happy now to not get in the car for any trip further than the grocery store for a week or so, lol!!

Goodies from Barbara

Barbara brought the girls even more goodies, cute Pippi tshirts, Princess tins full of cookies, cute teddy backpacks…but she spoiled me too! Check out the gorgeous fabric and wonderful project bag she brought me. I admired that bag she made last year, and wow, now it is mine!! Thank you so much Barbara!!

Goodies from Jenni!!I got some other goodies this week too! Jenni sent over a great package for a swap that we are doing. I’m sending her a big stack of civil war fabric pieces (reds, pinks and blacks) for her Civil War Diary quilt, and she sent me a cool Australian quilt mag (Down Under quilts), some great civil war pieces from her stash, a hilarious Aussie Sheila magnet and some cute stickers for the girls. What a great week for gifties!!

Moebius Basket pre-feltingI also managed to make another moebius basket while Barbara was here… Well, I started it, and then finished it while visiting DHs mom in Dublin after dropping them to the airport, sniff sniff… I used Noro Kureyon yarn, and it is probably not thick enough to make a nice firm felted bowl, but it looks pretty so far…kids had fun helping me felt it too…will post a photo after it has dried, right now it has a balloon stuffed in it to make nice round shape.