Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Juicy Citrus Block Finish

My goal was to finish all of the blocks for this quilt and maybe put the sashing on.  I didn't bring the right white for the sashing, so I have to wait until I get home to put this quilt together.  

It will also be good to have a larger space for laying out the blocks. The bed in my dark little trailer bedroom doesn't let me get it right.

Linking to:  OMG

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Alaska Aprons

These reversible aprons with an Alaska theme are made from high quality batik fabric.  

Friday, February 22, 2019


It's impossible to post sometimes because I don't have internet while traveling.  I use my phone hot-spot but I am running out of data so have to depend on the internet service offered by the RV parks we visit.  We are finally in an RV park with internet.  We are staying in the Lewis and Clark Golf Resort in Astoria, Oregon.  We are here for the annual Fisher Poets event.  

I sell aprons on-line and to businesses in my region.  I've been able to make a few on this trip.  I brought way more fabric for aprons than I had time to make but that's okay.  Better too much than not enough.  These aprons are reversible so you can cook with one side on then turn the apron around for serving.  

Here are a few finishes.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sock Finish

Well this pair just took a month to make...:-).  I worked on these socks while we drove from RV park to RV park this winter.  Obviously we didn't travel that much this winter.  

On to another knitting project.  I will make a pair of socks from the blue and green ball of yarn or a scarf from the blue.  I had a sock started on the blue and green but it was another detailed pattern and it's too hard to read a chart when you are driving (riding) down the road. I unraveled the sock I was working on because I want a mindless activity for the road.  Which project should I choose?

Linking To:  Slow Stitching Sunday

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Otay Park

If you are looking for a nice walking trail, Otay Park might be the park for you.  This park is open from 8:30-5:00 PM.  There are nice picnic spots and a little activity park for kids.  There are also trails around the park.

Like most lake parks in the region, it is built around a reservoir.  

The gray edifice is a prison and just beyond is Tijuana.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chula Vista Bayside Park

Chula Vista Bayside Park is one of the many parks in the 34 miles of the Big Bay system of the Port of San Diego.  The Bayside Park was dedicated in 1987 and encompasses about 6 acres of waterfront property.   

This park is next to a boat repair 

It's a great place for kayaking and paddle boarding.

You can play a game of checkers or chess in the sun.

The pier is where locals like to go to catch a fish.

The city views are spectacular.  This bridge connects Coronado and  San Diego.

This is the Silver Strand, a road that connects Coronado and Chula Vista.

There are also two boat harbors in this park.  It's fun to see all of the big, clean, white boats.

If you are in San Diego you will want to stop in one of the beach parks on the San Diego Bay.  This is a great option.   

Monday, February 11, 2019

KOA Metro in Chula Vista, California

San Diego is my favorite city and we like to visit every year.  There are interesting things to do every single day, shopping, hiking, eating, kayaking, paddle boarding, parks and more.  We generally stay in the Metro KOA in Chula Vista, which is south of San Diego.  This park is smack in the middle of a very busy area but you feel like you are in a cozy hamlet when you are here.  This campground has something for everyone.  You can rent a cabin, a wall tent, a space for your tent or a RV spot. 

Until this year, this was the pool and hot tub for the park.  Last year when we were here, they were constructing a new pool.

This year the pool was finished and it is definitely a park center. 

There is a deep end and this is the shallow end.  It looks like a little cove and is great for young children.

There are two hot tubs for your evening soaking pleasure.

There are showers and there is a community room in the building. The laundry room is also in the building.  

Just outside the pool is this climbing structure for kids.  There are also bikes and carts for rent.  Sounds of gleeful play can be heard all around the park.  

Kids of all ages can play in the arcade and there is a restaurant with outdoor seating too.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Another 10 Inch Square Quilt

I am working on my 4th 10-inch square pattern.  For this quilt I used a Kaffe Fassett 10 inch 'Lipstick' pack from the Classics Collection and a half stack of Kona Cotton Birds of Paradise Collection.

I knew I wanted to do something with half square triangles so I sewed a bunch together.  

From each set of a solid and print 10 in square I was able to get 8 half square triangle blocks.

The Kaffe Fassett bundle had 2 squares of 8 different fabrics and 3 squares of 2 different fabrics.  I used on square for the half square triangle blocks and I cut a 4.5 inch square from the second square of each of the different fabrics.  I arranged and rearranged the squares and finally decided on this block.  

I had some great suggestions for the name of my last 10 inch square quilt.  I would love suggestions for this one.  I am so bad at naming quilts.  Any ideas?

Linking to:  Oh Scrap, MCM, Moving It Forward Monday,   

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Julian Museum

Julian, California is tucked away in the Cuyamacas Mountains about an hour east of San Diego and about 45 minutes west of Borrego Springs.  We have traveled though Julian to get from San Diego to Borrego Springs but the road is narrow and windy and there are many spots that look straight down the edge of the mountain where there are no guardrails. It's not a great road if you are towing a camper.  When we travel between San Diego and Borrego Springs, we take the longer route on I-8 because it isn't so scary.  When we stay in Borrego Springs, we like to drive up for a day in Julian.  We enjoy a good and hearty lunch and then pick up an apple pie to enjoy when we return to our campsite.  

Julian is small but it is a very old community.  It is listed in the National Record of Historic Places.  The former mining town is now a tourist destination and it is also known for it's apples.  This year we visited the Julian Pioneer Museum.  I highly recommend a museum visit if you make your way to Julian.  

The museum building has had an interesting and varied history.  If the walls could talk, the stories they would tell.

A cowboy's identity was defined by his saddle.  His goal was to get a good one and hold onto it until his death.  When he died, his saddle was also retired for good.  

I had to laugh at this very important invention for women.  What could be more valuable to the drudgery of their everyday life than an electric hair curler.

Anyone for a swim?

Quilt making was very important work for pioneer women in the 19th and 20th century.  Women needed to have 13 quilts made by the time they were married.  The 13th quilt, the bridal quilt was generally a community effort finished at the quilting bee, with women sitting around the quilting frame visiting and gossiping and generally encouraging the new bride-to-be.  

This is a small sample of the many incredible things in this museum.  Julian has a very long history and all kinds of things have been pulled out of attics and placed in this museum.  It is a large space and it is packed with historical items and rocks and minerals from the environment.  There is also a video that shows you how to pan for gold.  

One bit of advice, don't let the weather at sea level fool you into dressing for warm weather when you go into the mountains.  Julian's elevation is around 4000 feet.  The temperature decreases at about 3.5 degrees per 1000 feet.  If it is 65 degrees in Sand Diego, it will be about 51 degrees in Julian.  Bring socks and a warm coat.