|Ruth's quiet ways made her welcome wherever she went.|
|Ruth shows off her altered board book|
|Ruins at Albi|
|Shop window in Toulouse. I do wonder why it's in English, though.|
|I didn't get a shot of those quilt blocks, but Nona sent me this photo. It's a quilt she made earlier this year, using floral photos she took and printed to cotton, pieced and then embellished with beads and quilt stitching.|
|This traditional quilt, pieced by Nona in 2012, was machine quilted by Sue diVarco, and has just been juried into Lark Publication's Showcase 500 Traditional Quilts (to be published).|
|Nona on the steps leading back out of a convent garden that I would have entirely missed on my own.|
On the day we visited the very old town of Albi, I got to hang out with Nona, since she and I both wanted to see the fashion museum. It was one of my favorite days of the trip. Albi was gorgeous and old, and perfectly picturesque and interesting, but what made the day especially memorable was seeing it with someone who really knew what we were looking at. No long dissertations, but interesting commentary on the whens and whys of things. It gave some substance to all the eye candy, and I enjoyed Albi in a far more memorable way than anywhere else. Being a passing tourist is not at all my preferred way to experience travel, but if I could travel the world with Nona, I might not mind doing it at tourist speed.
There are three more classmates to share with you, and for those readers who are into polymer clay, they are names you probably know. Julie Eakes, Judy Belcher, and the blogger who connects us all, Cynthia Tinapple, still to come. See you back here Friday morning!