Most of my sewing time last week was dedicated to the challenge quilt but yesterday I worked on some string blocks for Covered in Love block drive. You can read more about it at Kat and Cat Quilts. Although I like making blocks and sending them off for someone else to actually make the quilt, these string blocks seem to take forever! I will have 5 done eventually and will get them in the mail sometime before the end of the month. It is nice to use some of my strings though.
|Before trimming the block.|
|Two blocks trimmed. Sorry, not my favorite block.|
And here are the light colored fabrics I got at the same time. Just basics except a small patriotic remnant. (hum, the center fabric is definitely white, not cream.) I may have to quit buying fabrics as I haven't used the fabrics I bought last year from 1000 Bolts. Sigh.
Exactly a month ago we were in Cartagena, Colombia. We enjoyed the city tour that started at Castillo de San Felipe -- a fort up on the hill overlooking the city. In 1597 the fort was just earthen works. Within 20 years more fortifications were added but only a fairly small section known as the bonnet, because of its shape. If you remember your history European countries were expanding through conquering. In 1697 Cartagena was attacked by the French. The small fort at the top of the hill was not enough to protect the city. In the picture below the bonnet is visible as the tallest point and the little wall/building to the right. I'm not too sure how far back it goes because I was pooped after walking to the main section and I wasn't going any further UP!
The second attack in 1741 by the English was not as successful. Additional fortifications and canons had been added. Although the harbor and forts closer to the water were taken, Castillo de San Felipe protected the city. That was the last attack by Europeans. It continued to be expanded ending up with tunnels, cisterns and 62 canons. The fort continued to protect the city until 1821 when Cartagena became independent. It was neglected for most of the 19th century until the late 1920s when restoration began. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Looking from the fortress out at the city and ocean. Notice the two venders set up on the walkway up to the fortress. It was quite the walk up the hill to the fort. From the fort we went to the old town section of the city.
As the bus was returning us to the dock I noticed this building with really odd balconies. I took this through the bus window which explains the white section at the upper right of the photo. I keep thinking this picture could definitely inspire a modern quilt!
I'll share more pictures of our trip the next time I blog. I have quite a few wonderful pictures of birds and animals native to the area. And, soon going through part of the Panama canal.
I will be linking up to Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Have fun doing some internet surfing. I just haven't had time to do much surfing so I plan to spend more time this week doing just that!
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie