Salem Quilt Guild Mysterious Mystery

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  1. chrisknits says:

    I would have given up at the outset, not wanting to face the closet. LOL!

  2. nanamickie says:

    Holy Moley you made me laugh! Glad you could find one that size (I didn’t know that came that size!!!). I do use my light box pretty regularly but I like to sew embroidered blocks! Your project looks amazing! Have a great day!

  3. Kathryn says:

    This is going to be so gorgeous when done. Giggled over the light box because I bought one a few years back and ahem don’t often get it out! It has a very short cord! But I turn it around so cord is nearer plug. But… sometimes the window is just as good!

  4. That is too funny!! but at least you now know where everything *sorta* is???

  5. Hi Roseanne!
    What a saga! I hope that you and Sue are still friends and that you got all the batting back in the closet without it all falling out! (Hmmm, how do I know THAT could happen?)
    I have always used a window for my light box … it just doesn’t work after dusk! 🙂
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  6. I did enjoy reading your post and did chuckle more than once. My light box is a window. I tape the pattern and tracing paper on it and as long as there’s daylight I can do the tracing. This has to work for me because of the limited space in our apartment. Hope your toe isn’t too sore from the shelf! 😉 Carol

  7. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, Your project is going to be so beautiful! I am really looking forward to seeing pictures of it. A past friend let me use her light box, like the one you ordered, and it was fantastic to use. I always seemed to bump that light control somehow and was thinking what the heck is wrong with my eyes. I truly enjoyed reading your post and the search for the old lightbox, I did get some good laughs. Mainly because that is what it is like for me to go and look for certain items at times! Have a marvelous day!

  8. Denise says:

    So did you scrap the hand made light box? My dh made one for me years ago and I don’t use it as often as I did, say 20 years ago it is still handy to have. I think it 36″ square and I have to sit on the floor with it or if its on the table top I have to stand. Wouldn’t even try to guess how much it weighs. It lights the top up pretty good but with today’s led strip lights I have considered upgrading to them.

  9. Rochelle Summers says:

    Oh, what a great story. The light box I have is a little larger than 8×10″ and the light is getting dimmer with each use. Since the sewing machine repair person told me the light on my machine isn’t dimmer, perhaps it’s just my eyes dimming! But I’ve drooled over the ones that Amazon has. Just haven’t been able to part with the $$$ yet. So, during the daytime, I tape stuff to the window and trace that way. Doesn’t work as well on the really cold days. The ink doesn’t flow sideways, the tape doesn’t stick as well and the hands get cold! Thank you for the laughs. Good luck with this project.

  10. Lol!! I think the tracing was definitely the trickiest part of this quilt. I hope you traced all of the panels while you were in tracing mode. It’s hard to get back in the mojo once you move on to coloring and stitching. I absolutely love your little witches. I feel like we are visiting with the same friends . Yea!!!❤️❤️

  11. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    I got a kick out of this post, Roseanne. I too grapple with a huge light box…first wife used it for her stained glass hobby. It works fine but is mammoth so I keep it in a spare room. Meanwhile, love you are doing this Crabapple Hill project. I completed their Gardeners Alphabet years ago and need to join the blocks sometime. I will enjoy seeing your continued work on this one. I’m with Sue…handwork in the evenings in front of the tv is the best.

  12. Yes, I have found it to be true. However, I love having a light box available to me when I need it.

  13. My lightbox is from a “toy” we gave our daughter when she was young. It works sufficiently enough for my needs, for now. I don’t use mine often, but I always store it in the same spot. Away from battingmaggedon . . .

  14. Diann says:

    Roseanne, you tell a good story! Don’t we all have closets like that?! I have a small lightbox borrowed from a friend, and it lights up in only a small section, just like you were describing. Not very helpful! Maybe I should go check Amazon, too. Happy Friday!

  15. Roseanne, you definitely tell a good story, and yes I was chuckling. Glad you and Sue can laugh together. I too have a thin light box. It can be helpful for paper piecing—just saying! I have a snow day! Woo hoo!

  16. Adorable pattern — looks like fun — it’s been years since I did hand embroidery! I have newer light box small — collecting dusk on my desk — you’ve inspired me to pull it out ♥

  17. Carol says:

    Don’t forget, I have the other 2 panels that go with yours!!!

  18. sandradny says:

    Now that’s funny! I had a light box once, I wonder where it is — Cindy’s house??? That pattern is adorable. I can’t wait to see the rest of it. Have you ever been to Salem MA? It is mysterious!

  19. Laura says:

    Many moons ago, my hubby made a large plexiglass table to fit my sewing machine, and by putting my Ott lite under it, it doubles as a very nice light table. I also use my windows for tracing. It looks like you found a very nice solution! 🙂

  20. Colette says:

    Oh thank you for the description of your travails. It made me chuckle this morning. I have a closet like that in the room where I have charity stuff. The closet is currently blocked with a 6 foot table. We won’t even mention the master bedroom closet that has quilts hanging, clothing and enough packages of batting (bought on sale of course) to outfit a guild for a decade. Oh by the way I have an awesome light box, but when I tried to use it to transfer a design to a dark batik….nada. I actually used an old overhead projector…man that light is strong.

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