Tuesday, 25 August 2015

WOYWW - Quilt in A Box !

Well not much to report this week as the weekend involved a six hour trip to South East London for my Auntie's 80th Birthday Tea Party !
The journey should have been 4 hours but the traffic was a total nightmare !
Mind you it was worth it and not only for the chance to get together with all my Mum's side of the family !

In Wales we have had endless days of rain - teaming, pouring rain !
In England it was a gorgeous Summer's Day - 32oC !!
Worth the drive !
Here's my birthday Auntie in the middle, my Eldest Auntie on the left & my Mum (she's the baby sister!!) on the right !

I was awake early on Sunday so left the hotel at half 5 and made it home in less than 4 hours - back into the rain of course !

I decided to get stuck back into the quilt I had abandoned when the Cat fabric got my attention !
I got all my pieces cut out ready to start stitching next weekend - because inevitably it will be raining then too !
I have managed to gather everything in this box for safe-keeping !

So on my desk tonight I have the Quilt In A Box, a box I am altering and the tags for this month's challenge - part made.
And a few new Chloe stamps I couldn't resist !

Thought you might like to see these photos from my late summer garden - an artichoke in bloom and one of the vibrant Rudbeckia ! 

Have a great crafty week ! Ali


  1. It was only nice for Saturday!! the rain's been pretty insistent since then I promise.. I had a great day at Kew on Saturday! Love the pic of your Mum and Aunties. Your desk looks great though (as do your flowers) Happy WOYWW Helen 2

  2. What a lovely photo of the three of you. It sounds as if you've had a busy time travelling. You plant photos are lovely. Enjoy the rest of your week. Barb#27 xx

  3. Hi Ali, thats an ace photo of your Mom and her sisters. Loving your flowers, and so do the bees by the look of it. Been raining a lot up here in the Midlands too. Feels more like November than August, but then, the bank holidays due, which nearly always means rain! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5 xxx

  4. Don't you look like your mum?! Great pic of the girls, I'm glad the weather was better there than in Wales :-)
    That artichoke pic is amazing...what a beautiful colour the flower is. I don't think I've ever seem one before!
    Hope you enjoy your sewing this week...lovely fabrics btw :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 11 xxx

  5. Sorry to hear you are already having so much rain. We however have not had enough this winter and I fear we might have water restrictions this summer. The days are definitely warming up and I don't have quite so many layers on. Starting to lose my Mitchalain man impersonation look... I could see just who your Mum was in the photo. So glad you had a good time and that the drive home was not too onerous. Love to you and DH.

  6. Sounds like a great birthday party, Ali, and don't the three ladies look happy! Lots of creative activity going on too. Thanks for your lovely comment and I'm glad you like my bits and pieces. I shall certainly be posting with results. I am feeling a bit better today and hope for better again tomorrow.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #42

  7. Looks like you had a great party. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo! I never saw such a fab artichoke blossom - wonderful!
    Thanks for your earlier visit!
    Gabriele 20

  8. Oh, that is such a nice photo of your mum and her sisters. This one will be framed no doubt.
    The flowers in your garden are stunning! Especially the artichoke flower. I've never seen them flower. (I usually eat them before they do).
    Thanks for visiting earlier,
    Have a great week,

  9. Lovely photo, hope you all had a great time. It's been really weird listening to people talk about the weather it's been so different all over the country.
    Gorgeous plants too.
    Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 28

  10. That's the sweetest picture of your mom and aunts. I love quilts, but it's not a craft I've ever attempted. Your garden shots are marvelous. Blessings!

  11. What a lovely happy photo! I love your plant photos too- Rudbeckias are one of my favourite flowers! In answer to your question - the tag I made was in my previous post with the photos. I'm off now to look at your previous posts to see more of your quillts I hope! Chrisx 31

  12. Thanks for your sweet visit! That sounds like it was quite a drive but if I could just drive six hours and arrive in London, I would do that! I so want to visit London someday. I love that she's having a birthday tea party. I may have to do that for my next birthday, no. 55! I love that you said, when the cat fabric got your attention...I am just like that too. I can be working on something and then have some fabulous fabric or paper even just steal me away from it! Glad you can get back to it though. Have a great week! Sandy Leigh #44

  13. What a great photo of your mum and aunties! And a great event to attend! Your flowers are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #40

  14. Sound like you had a lovely time , treasured memories. Love the flower photos, thr rain hasn't spoiled the. It rains here all the time too

  15. Those three ladies look marvelous together! How nice to visit and get together... and walk into the sunshine! I hope the clouds over Wales disappear but we have had a lot of rain and thunderstorms in the Netherlands too last week... it's coming from your part of Europe I guess... Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday, hope you have a creative week too. Happy woyww and a big hug from stormy Holland, Marit #33

  16. Ali, Lovely photo of your mum and her sisters. Glad the weather was nicer over here:)

    You look like you are ready to get stuck into your quilt and other craft projects.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #26

  17. Hi Ali, thanks for visiting my blog! I chuckled when you said you now feel guilty for ordering online - that wasn't my intention! Lovely shot of your mum and her sisters- I find elderly ladies so endearing. I hope to become one one day. Loving your quilt project, the gloriously busy desk and the pretty flowers. Happy day after WOYWW! zsuzsa xx

  18. Hiya Ali ... thanks for popping by my blog earlier - was lovely having you visit! I will be sure to post what I end up making although I am not awfully happy now I have coloured the two square canvasses ... daddy was here at the time and I was distracted so they are not quite what I had in mind! LOVE the quilt you made last week by the way ... simply stunning! Happy crafting & Happy WOYWW'ing! Love Debbie #25 xXx

  19. Hi Ali, First thanks for visiting my blog yesterday while I was off in London for the day. Ha Ha my hubby is from south wales and it ALWAYS rains when we visit. Hope its good weather today. What a lovely photo of your mum and her sisters. Have a great week x Soojay

  20. Wow! Quilting is such a fine art! I attempted quilting some place mats once, I only made one and I was done! I honestly didn't know what I was doing lol
    I love the Quilt in a Box idea, and the cat print is super cute :) I would love to see your quilt in progress :) Now your garden is amazing, I have never seen those, sooooo beautiful!

  21. Lovely pic of the ladies in your family. I am in awe of the quilt you made. It took me 15 years to finish a project my mother started and I thought never again. Amazing artichoke flower.
    sandra de @39

  22. Ahh Ali the three sisters caught my eye, a lot of wisdom in that photo ...
    ..how lovely and a great blessing to have them all together like that and at such a goodly age too. Better than our family :)
    Love your last two flowers too, esp the artichoke.. who knew they were so very pretty??
    Great quilting coming up, happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x 34

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  23. What a delightful trio. Bet they've got some stories between them! The quilt sounds fab. Happy crafting :-)

  24. What a concept; Quilt in a box. :) What a great photo of your Mom and aunties! Your Mom looks very happy. That is great you could go see them. Those special moments get fewer every year. Thanks for sharing the photos of your pretty flowers.