Thursday, February 13, 2014

Back from Hiatus

Happy Thursday,

It's been quite awhile! I've truly missed you blogland!

I don't have much in the way of excuses but to say that life took over for a while and I simply have not been focusing much on anything internet related. But I have been missing reading all of your lovely blogs out there my dears. I actually logged on to my reader last weekend this is how many posts I have missed out on over the last month or so... 1,678. HOLY COW! You guys are certainly prolific little buggers aren't you. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able catch up on all those lovely posts, but I'll certainly try!

While I've been MIA from the blog world I've certainly not been missing from the crafty world. I've got a few plans in the pipe and can't wait to tell you about them, but that's for another post all together.
For now a crafty update will have to suffice :)

During the Christmas holidays I started another quilting project. The fabric is Honeysweet from Moda (I think) and below you'll find I've grouped them all up together (thank god for the banister...)

Beautiful pallet isn't it! Out of these jelly roll strips I made two lap quilts. So far I've got the quilt tops finished and planning to get them completed within the next couple of weeks or so.

Christmas also brought this awesome cross stitch stand. To say it's revolutionized how I stitch would be a huge understatement! I love it. I stitch soooooooo much quicker and am a total convert now - especially for larger projects. 

On to more quilty crafts I've started yet another quilt (just because I ran out of fabric for my other quilts that I was doing above). As you can see I've completely taken over the dining room and have a pretty good set up going.

You can see here I've laid out some block combinations to be put together. AND my gorgeous new sewing machine! Another x-mas gift :)

And finally, the last big development over the past couple of months is...... I got engaged!!! So happy :) I think he did pretty good on the ring ;)

I'll leave you now with a picture of our little Arya (who's not so little anymore) attempting to drag around a bone that was bigger than she was and that she could hardly fit in her mouth. 

Until next time!



  1. Congratulations! The ring is gorgeous :)

  2. Oh Melissa! Congratulations to you both! How soon will you two be married?!

  3. Congratulations to you both. Hope you will be very happy .xxx

  4. Congratulations, Melissa! The ring is just gorgeous - lucky girl!

  5. Congratulations the ring is a real gem.... so is your sewing machine!! :)

  6. WOW Congratulations to you both!!!
    The ring is GORGEOUS. Tell your fiance (don't know where the hython button is to place over the "e") he did good:)
    Any idea of when you will be married yet?
    I must say your quilting projects are beautiful and what is name of your floor stand that holds your QSnap frame please? Glad to see your post.
    love Annette

  7. Congratulations on your engagement, and on your lovely quilts. I have 2 stands - a Millennium from the UK and the Needlework 4, which is all metal. They are both super, and couldn't do without them now. I have been fiddling with a Blackbird Designs jelly roll and charm pack to make a lap quilt. I'm inspired now to haul it out and do a bit more. I'm piecing by hand, since no matter what I do I can't line things up by machine. Maybe it's the machine, and not me!
    Take care, always nice to read our blog.

  8. How exciting, Melissa--that ring is stunning!! I wish you all the best :)

    Lovely quilting, too--so glad your new machine is making you smile!

  9. Congrats on getting engaged, Melissa! That's wonderful news. :D All your quilting and stitching projects look wonderful. Can't wait to see the end result of those quilts!

  10. Congratulations Melissa! He did a wonderful job picking out a ring.
    Your quilting is so lovely. I love the fabrics.
    Lovely stitching too!!

  11. WOWZA!! That ring is gorgeous girl! You got a good man there!! CONGRATS!! So exciting!! When will you two be walking done the aisle?

    Great quilting going on Melissa! I still haven't touched mine! You've got a great big table though which helps. I don't think my quilt can even lie flat anywhere in my apartment without it bumping into stuff! HAHA!! Eventually I will...maybe spring break?!


  12. Congratulations! I'm so happy for the both of you :) You make wonderful quilts and the colours are just to die for. Great going. Must say I envy your floor stand, what a wonderful present. Great to hear from you :)

  13. what a wonderful ring sweetie, congratulations =D
    You're back with very great news :)
    all the projects are beautiful
    big big hugs

  14. Congratulations on your engagement.

    And you haven't been lazy during the last weeks and months. So much lovely quilting has been going on. I lpove the two quilt tops you made with the Moda jelly rolls. Aren't these rolls gorgeous?

    Have fun with your new stitch stand and the new sewing machine.

  15. I am catching up today,if I get nothing else done! Congratulations on the engagement! That is a beautiful ring! You have gotten lots done in your blogging absence... Sometimes it IS a choice, stitch or craft or blog... Hugs!

  16. ooooops, I commented yesterday and forgot to wish you a happy birthday =)
    happy (belated) birthday sweetie

  17. Congratulations on your engagement!

    Your quilts are lovely and enjoy your new stand


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