The Girls at Birmingham Festival of Quilts, originally uploaded by Cathi O’Neill.

Well, not really. But it was stopped after a purchase from the Netherlands (really Petra Prins gorgeous stall at the Festival) and one from the UK within 20 minutes of each other, my credit card company thought something must be afoot!! But I wasn’t to be held back from my purchases, I left the festival momentarily and got some CASH!!

We had a great day, a very long day (Aisling chose that night to wake up at 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30am, at which time it was time to go to the airport for my 6:30am flight!) but a wonderful day of shopping and looking at some really wonderful work.

I even saw a black and white Dear Jane quilt, take a look! I set up an album of some of the quilts I saw in Flickr, click here to see!

Black and White Dear Jane at Birmingham Festival of Quilts

Barbara was there with her friend Celine (a French woman living in the UK), my friend Katy was there with her two daugthers, and my new friend Sherry, who I met through this blog and first met at the airport. It was really great to have a chance to chat with all my bloggy friends and to do a bit of retail therapy together. While I was there, Barbara gave me this wonderful bag she made for me! What wonderful friends I have :)!! I also got back my Crazy Quilt Round Robin, it is gorgeous, have a look!
Beautiful Bag that Barbara made me!!
CQ Wallhanging
Closeup of CQ Closeup of Crazy Quilt 1 Closeup of CQ

Sherry and I had plenty of time after the festival while waiting for our 10pm flight to actually get her setup on a new blog. She is a fellow American also with 2 daughters, a fellow quilter, and also married to an Irishman. We had a great time getting to know each other througout the day, and she and Barbara have also become friends now too. Ain’t the blogging world great!! Please visit Sherry and welcome her to Blogland, tell her I sent ya, lol!!

I bought so many things at the festival…several kits for quilts, a sewing organizer, a doll, and don’t get me started on my search for Japanese taupes…I bought quite a bit! Definitely a new love of mine since Barbara brought over my first taste of them on her visit in May!
Japanese Taupes Petra Prins Kit Fabric from Petra Prins Toy Patterns Trims and Notions Blackwork Sampler Autumn Applique Tablerunner Angel Sewing Organizer Hungarian Folk Art Fabric

No photos of current projects, but am working along on quilting my Dear Jane, knitting my sock and have started a reproduction antique sampler, could it be a new addiction forming?