New bag

My fellow blogger, Salpal1, made some curtains and I commented on the travel theme.  Mr. Aitch and I just got a new GPS  and I thought a travel-themed fabric would be great to sew up a case for it.  So Salpal sent me some of her leftover fabric.

I loved the names of the states but wait…

…no West Virginia!

That just can’t be.

So using fabric markers and some rubber stamps, I altered the one side (sorry Oklahoma) to get at least one West (by God) Virginia on the cover.

I measured the size of the GPS and added an inch to each side so it would be easier to get in and out, added a zipper, lining, doubled the fusible batting for protection and called it done.The back…

The inside…Then I decided to make another cover/case for the window attachment and cord and have it large enough so everything would fit inside for when we want to remove it all from the car and keep everything all together.¬† I adapted the size of this pattern and made it a bit smaller.¬† I didn’t have enough of the Route 66 Fabric so I pieced together some complementary fabric to make it large enough.

Side A.

Side B.

Um, one side.

Inside with just the attachments.

All included.Ready to go.

Thank you, Salpal, for the fabric scraps.  I love it and had fun making it.

 

Pikes Peak

denver-001Last week Mr. Aitch and I were in Colorado visiting our daughter and family.  If you are a regular follower, you saw the pictures of our grandchildren wearing their pumpkin hats at the pumpkin farm.  They loved them.  Several people asked where to find them and I directed them to the pattern.

denver-003

We took the cog train in Manitou Springs up Pikes Peak.  It was a warm day but we knew it would be cold at the summit.

denver-002

The ride was awesome and the views breathtaking once the clouds moved out-of-the-way.

denver-010

We were glad to have water to drink on the way up as it helps prevent¬†altitude sickness. ¬†Mr. Aitch and I were a little dizzy once we got to the summit. ¬†Fortunately we didn’t need and extra oxygen. ¬†Our winter coats, hats, and gloves were a necessity!

denver-005-1

You can see the track that the cog wheels fit into to get the train up the mountain.  It is too steep for smooth wheels and tracks.

denver-007

The track just stops at the edge.

denver-009

Commemorative placard shown above and closer below recognizes Zebulon Montgomery Pike who discovered the mountain in 1806 while exploring the Louisiana Purchase.  Waist-deep snows kept him from scaling the mountain.

denver-008

A view of the timber line.

denver-010

The only wildlife we saw was in the lodge at the summit.

denver-004

It was cold and rocky at the top.

denver-005

Pumpkin hats at Pikes Peak Summit!

denver-006