This week I’m trying to work on two projects at the same time. Has that ever happened to you?? 🙂  Anyway, it seems I’m not making much progress on either project.  Switching back and forth keeps me confused….. And, on top of trying to sew and get a quilt finished and bound I have been trying to find time to work on the layout of my blog.  You know, so it will be somewhere you want to visit over and over again (grin).

I’m excited to be participating in the 2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop which starts today.  You can click on the button below to read more about the Hop, or you can dive right in and start visiting other quilter’s great blogs by clicking on one of the links at the end of this post.  I hope you’ll visit some of these other sites – you’ll be inspired by all the great quilts you see and you’ll be able to read quilting tips and other fun information.  If you do visit, please leave a comment.  Us bloggers love to read all your comments!Plum and June Blog Hope




Now, on to this week’s WIP.

First, I’m quilting the Disappearing Nine Patch on my home machine. I thought I wanted to try free motion quilting in a stipple design for this quilt.  So I watched a few videos, read a few blogs(!), put together a practice sandwich and started.  What a mess!!  It’s a good thing I have a sense of humor.  The tension was all messed up and I finally gave it up. I ended up putting my walking foot on my machine and decided to quilt straight lines about 1-3/4″ apart, because who has time to mess with tension problems???  I’m actually glad now that the stippling didn’t work out.  The lines look good on the quilt and the spacing is just right.  (I’ve now figured out my tension issues, but that’s a post for another time.)

Machine Quilted Lines - Not so straight....

Machine Quilted Lines – Not so straight….

Hopefully the nine patch will be a finish soon and you’ll get to see the entire quilt.

On to my next project – On #MCM I showed you the fleurologie by Moda charm packs I had and stated that I’d like to make placemats for our outdoor table.  Well.  The more I looked at that fabric the more I wanted to dive in, so guess what?  That’s exactly what I did.  I didn’t use a pattern, but I’m loving the way these are looking.  Look at those prints!!!!

fleurologie by Moda

Such pretty patterns!

I originally thought I would piece the front AND back, but after doing them, decided I would use something else for the backing. After all, if I don’t use the pieced backs, I can make another set of placemats and someone’s going to get them for a gift! Win/win!!

I call this placemat Summer Fun!

I call this placemat Summer Fun!


It’s also a win for you, because I like these so much I’ve decided to add a tutorial so you can have a set for yourself. It’s almost complete – I hope to have it posted in the next few days.

I’m linking these WIP’s to Freshly Pieced. Be sure to check out all the other WIP projects on Lee’s blog.

What projects are you working on this week? I’d love to hear from you!


Here’s the schedule for today’s Blog Hop.  New blog sites will be added June 11, July 9, and July 16.  (I’m participating on June 11).  Please share some love and visit these blogs.  I’ll tell you – I’ve been to most of them and their work is amazing!

Sarah @ Smiles Too Loudly
Vera @ Negligent Style
Michelle @ Michelle Bartholomew
Katie @ Good Golly Ginger
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Jana @ Jana Machado
Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
Kim @ Ties That Bind Quilting
Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl
Jen @ Bower Bird Patch
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Jessica @ One English Teacher
Barbara @ Suzy Homemaker
Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework
Mary @ See Mary Quilt
Laurel @ Drowning In Fabric
Linda @ Talking Lunch Box Quilts
Rebecca @ One Wee Bird
Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts
Diana @ Red Delicious Life
Terri @ Childlike Fascination