Salem Quilt Guild Embroidery Update

About one month ago, Sue started working on a nifty pattern by Crabapple Hill called “Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild“.  It is an embroidery pattern crafted in four panels.  The first panel has been traced, colored with crayons, basted to a piece of muslin, and now the embroidery is complete.

Salem Embroidery Needs Light Box

The paper pattern for each panel is approximately 48″ x 15″.  Handily enough, when we purchased the pattern we picked up four fabric pieces as well.  At least the background will match on all four sections as she continues her way through this project!  Our new lightbox was used to trace the detailed embroidery pattern onto the fabric.  The whole saga behind the need for a new lightbox was shared in an earlier post back in January.  It’s a bit of a giggle!


The size of the screen along with some binder clips was perfect for holding the paper and fabric steady while tracing.

Salem Embroidery Progress

The first panel has had these basic steps completed:

  • tracing complete
  • coloring complete
  • ironing/blotting of the crayon done
  • muslin backing washed, ironed and attached with a long basting stitch
  • all of the embroidery stitches
  • while the left photo shows the beginning of embroidery, the right photo shows some of the sparkly specialty threads that are used

Salem Embroidery Panel 1

The panel is so long that a two-segment was pretty much necessary, don’t you think?!  I apologize for all the wrinkles and hoop marks.

We are repeating these same steps on the second embroidery panel.  Sue loves having a nice hand project for the evening or to pick up during any free time moments.


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13 Responses

  1. Wow! I love how the specialty threads add to this embroidery project. It’s looking fantastic!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Fantastic. I find a hand project is so relaxing and enjoy doing it when I have it so I can see how Sue enjoys doing this.

  3. Cool ‘mixed media’ added to the embroidery panels. Glad Sue has these ***handy*** for her evening moments!

  4. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, I am glad that you once again shared this fabulous embroidery project that Sue is working on. It looks amazing and will make a special quilt (assuming ) for someone. I enjoy hand embroidery also and have several projects going. LOL. Again thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    That is a lot of embroidering and coloring. What an adorable piece this will make. Glad Sue is staying busy and out of mischief, LOL

  6. lenneamw says:

    Modern light boxes are amazing. I use my mine often for applique work.

  7. What a fun project this is. Love watching it develop and seeing the zapped frog…is there a prince coming?

  8. Diann says:

    I love that pattern – it’s so much fun to see Sue’s progress! It’s always hard to get pictures of an embroidery project in progress because of those wrinkles and hoop marks, but we understand. It’s going to be adorable in the end!

  9. Sparkly thread – how fun. You are clipping right along on this one!

  10. nanamickie says:

    It looks wonderful! I like the touch of the metallic threads!

  11. WooHoo!! You are making such good progress. You will be fine before you know it:). I’m excited to watch your witchy party grow!😊❤️

  12. Laura says:

    This project looks super cute and fun to make! I am glad that I clicked on the photos for a closer look! 🙂

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