Puerto Chiapas, Mexico and Peacock update

A 90 minute drive over bumpy roads to the Argovia Estate and Flower Planation in the Sierra Madre Mountains was unexpectedly one of the most interesting tours of the cruise. Argovia was founded in 1880 and is one of the oldest coffee producers in the region. In 1995, a coffee fungus destroyed the coffee production so Argovia transformed portions of the estate into a cultivation area for over 125 species of tropical plants. Argovia was the first company to produce flowers in a sustainable manner.

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Cuppa and Costa Rica

I started binding Cuppa in July 2018. Alas, each monthly block of Fresh Cut took 60 to 70 hours to complete.Finishing hand sewing the binding kept getting pushed aside. I was happy to be informed that the cruise class rooms would be open for open sew in the evenings. I decided to bring my Cuppa quilt on the Panama Canal cruise. I am happy to report that my Cuppa quilt is complete, including hanging pocket and quilt label.

Cuppa quilt



Cuppa quilt label

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Cartagena Columbia and Panama Cruise transit

Cartagena on Tuesday, January 9th was the second port of the cruise. I chose to tour the fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the greatest Spanish fortress in the Americas. The fortress was built between 1536 - 1767 to defend Cartagena against pirate raids. The fortress was built atop the San Lazaro hill. Walking up the 130 foot steep slope afforded beautiful views of Cartagena.

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Panama Canal Cruise

I am back home and finally get caught up on laundry, unpacking and putting away new purchases. I flew to Fort Lauderdale Florida on Thursday, January 4, 2018. My 16 day Panama Canal Cruise with Sue Spargo began on Friday, January 5, 2018 when I boarded the holland America Line Westerdam.

This is the Voyage Log of my trip.

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Marcie's Neighborhood

I started this quilt 12 months ago, I finished the stitching and then waited 6 months to get the quilt machine quilted. I am so excited to have this quilt almost complete, I just need a hanging pocket and label to the back of the quilt.

This is my version of Sue Spargo's Tootin' Along quilt. I changed the generic auto with VW Bugs which are loved by myself and my daughter, Marcie. We have always driven blue Bugs, my first VW was a dark blue 1969 VW Bug with a flowered vinyl roof. Two years ago, someone made a left turn in front of my daughter and her lovely blue bug was totaled. I could only find a yellow VW Bug to replace the blue VW, hence the lone yellow VW on the lower left of the quilt. The quilt was machine quilted by Gina Perkes. The quilt is 23 1/2" by 37".

Marcie is also a dog lover, so I added some wooden dog buttons I found in Houston a few years ago. There is a poodle on the upper right of the quilt. Emmie is Marcie's miniature poodle.

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