While in France, I knew I must see my dear friend, Katell.
She couldn't travel to Paris during my stay, so she invited me to come to her home near Toulouse.
Of course, I accepted!
Only an hour plane ride south of Paris, Toulouse is a beautiful city.
They call it "the pink city" because most of the buildings are made from brick.
Here is my lovely host and tour guide, Katell.
We spent all afternoon touring the city, then drove to her beautiful home for a home-cooked meal with her family.
This is just one of Katell's stunning creations that adorns her home.
The next day, "The Bees" quilt group came for show and tell!
I took dozens of photos, but will only show some highlights here.
What a talented, fun, generous bunch they are!
Before The Bees arrived, Katell told me a surprise would show up.
I had no idea what it might be.
Then Ana Maria walked through the door. She had come from Madrid! Wow!!
Ana and I both turned 60 this year, just a week apart.
The trip to France was my celebration. Hers is a trip to the U.S. with her husband.
Seattle is on their agenda, so I'll see her at my house in a week!
I'm so happy that I'll get to see her again soon.
After the quilt show and all the excitement, The Bees produced a beautiful lunch.
We sat on Katell's covered patio and laughed and laughed and ate their wonderful homemade dishes.
Then it was time for me to return to Paris.
Ana and Katell left me at the airport with a few little tears in my eyes.
It was truly a dream come true.
On the plane, I vowed to myself that I would return.
I've begun saving my pennies for the next trip already.
So many thanks to Katell, her family, The Bees and Ana!
I am amazed at how quilt-making creates instant friendships across the globe.
Quilt-makers are the kindest, most generous people I have ever met.
Wouldn't you agree?