Salem Quilt Guild Mysterious Mystery
When this blog first started, we went on a road trip with our friend, Carol, and picked up a nifty pattern by Crabapple Hill called “Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild“. That was in September 2017 and now finally, this long and often overlooked project has been started. It surely is mysterious why we never started this project before now but we’re on our way now!
Mysterious Light Box
We have used a lightbox a few times throughout our crafting journey. Most crafters eventually find a need for one although it mostly ends up not being used often. Have you found this to be true? We have a really CUTE one that works great. The light area is the size of a piece of paper, so it was too small. One nice student’s dad made us a HUGE one. Sweet, huh?! It moved with us from house to house safely, without any damage.
January 3rd, during the holiday time-off extravaganza, was The Start Day. Where is the lightbox, we wondered. After pondering a bit, we both knew it was in the closet somewhere. Sue just reorganized the closet, used her label maker on EVERYTHING, and stuffed batting into every possible nook and cranny. Never once did she heed the thought that she would want the lightbox. Being the nice friend that I am, while trying to save my important stuff around my sewing area from being moved, I offered to find it. There it is! Right there, behind the basket holding bolts of fabric with yardsticks balanced just so. Also, balanced just so are the aforementioned batting packages – slippery things they are. Just saying.
Mysterious Lightbox continued
Do I really need to go on with the old lightbox saga? Yes, of course, I do because y’all need a good laugh. After standing on my head, spitting quarters, moving everything from that HALF of the closet out, and having an unseen decorative shelf fall on my little toe (ouch), I pulled out the lightbox. Let me also mention that it is HUGE. Easily 30″ x 36″ and made with 2″x 4″s, plexiglass, a light bulb plus an extra-long cord that didn’t trip me because it had hooks to wrap the cord around. Can you picture it because I forgot to take a picture and it is no longer with us sadly.
Why, you might wonder, is it no longer with us? Because we plugged it in after getting an extension cord – Sue didn’t want to trip on the nice, long cord that wasn’t quite long enough. Amazingly enough, the lightbox lit up! In spite of having a 30″ x 36″ work area the light only lit up a 6″ x 6″ spot. You will see in the nice photo above that the edges are d.a.r.k. Sue could trace if she squinted or moved the paper and fabric every few minutes. The pattern is 48″ x 15″ so you know that would be easy to do and wouldn’t cause any stress. Right! Or, I could hop out of the disaster of the sewing room, with its closet that has exploded. Leave the mess behind and go check for a new lightbox. Where could we get one TODAY? So what if it is right after the holidays – we need it now because we have time to work on it now. Who gives a lightbox as a present anyway?
Mysterious Lightbox Saga Continued AGAIN
Yup, I am wrapping this up now. Stick with me. No one had a new lightbox in stock. FYI, they measure the size of the lightbox as they do a TV, or diagonally from corner-to-corner. Amazon to the rescue with Saturday delivery. Two hours after I left the sewing room behind, a new lightbox was ordered. Time to wrestle with those batting bags. Again.
Saturday dawned and now we can get started on this project! Too big, too heavy and huge, and finally just right. Holy moly, lightboxes have improved over the years. It weighs less than a feather, lights up the WHOLE screen, and has a variable light setting. When we need it again in 10 years, I’m sure it will be outdated as well. Binder clips work great for holding the paper and fabric steady while tracing.
Mysterious Salem Progress
This post is getting quite lengthy and tracing barely has begun. Alas, pictures were a forgotten commodity – you would think I wrote a blog or something and would like photos to share. Here is the update as of Sunday night on the first panel:
- tracing complete
- coloring complete
- ironing/blotting of the crayon done
- muslin backing purchased, washed, ironed and attached with a long basting stitch (no, we couldn’t possibly use any muslin that we already had – I don’t know why)
- embroidery has begun
Thanks for enjoying the saga. There had to be some chuckling on your part because Sue and I laughed our butts off throughout the whole process. It’s a good thing we both have a fabulous sense of humor and enjoy working together. It might have caused other people some stress but not us. Sue loves having a nice hand project for the evening or any free time moments.
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