Salem Witches Quilt Guild

It is time to report on my Hand Quilt Along progress and I am excited to say that I’m finally back to stitching on my Salem Witches Quilt Guild panels by Crabapple Hill Studios.

I have been working so long on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt that this one has been pushed aside. Well, since I can’t hold my fabric for appliqué for a few months, I just folded my Rabbit quilt up and put it on the shelf until after the cast comes off.

As far as my Quilt Guild quilt goes, I finished coloring all of the panels, and I am happy to say that I have a wonderful embroidery hoop that allows me to stitch with just one hand. Woo hoo!😊

The only hard part now is separating the threads and threading the needle, but that is coming along as well:).

I am falling in love again with this fun little witch Quilting party. I mean really, just look at this poor little witch who was turned into a frog by mistake!

I smiled with every stitch as I looked at the cute expression on this red haired witch. (I have a preference for red heads. I have four red headed children❤️)

I hope all of the other hand quilters are having as much fun with their projects as I am with mine. I’m excited to head over and check them all out.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdith, Bella, and Sharon

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link above.

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

35 thoughts on “Salem Witches Quilt Guild

  1. I was wondering if this would be the project you could work on! Love that hoop, so glad you have it so you can back stitch without strain. 😊 I am amazed that you are managing French knots at all, and those are textbook. Keep healing, and drink your milk!🐄🍦

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  2. Hi Tracy,
    You are inspiring me to get going on this project. It is still in the pre-planning stage, a.k.a. no progress at all. Thanks for sharing the closeup photos – your coloring and stitching look fabulous. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you for the get well wishes Farm Quilter! It’s definitely a learning curve, but I’m not the first to ever break an arm, so it’s all good❤️. I am having a nice time embroidering with my fancy hoop. I can’t wait to see it finished either:). !❤️❤️❤️

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  3. Hi, Tracy!

    I love your Salem Witches quilt! I’m just going to start mine and have a question. Did you pre-wash your fabric before coloring? I always pre-wash to remove the sizing and, for this project, I feel that the fabric would accept the color better. I appreciate your input. I found you on Pinterest. Thanks, Eileen

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    1. Well, hello Eileen! It is sew nice to meet you :). I just happen to be working on the borders of this quilt right now. Lol:)! Yes, I pre-washed the fabric. I didn’t want any shrinking of my cute little witches. Enjoy your Salem quilt Guild party! This one is a slow, and steady wins the race one. One word of advice— trace all of your panels before starting to color. The magic disappears after a bit and then tracing doesn’t seem so fun. Also, if you can color all of your panels before stitching, your color depths and shading will match better:). Have fun!!! —Tracy❤️❤️

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      1. Hi, Tracy! Thank you so much for the quick reply! I’m so glad to know that you pre-washed. I feel better knowing that. I can now go ahead with mine. Thanks also for the advice about tracing everything at once—I truly understand about how the “magic” and excitement can wane later on!

        One more question, if you don’t mind. The pattern says to baste with muslin in the back—which I always do anyway and I’m just finishing up with the Crabapple Snowmen A to ZZZ pattern. One of my friends has the first panel finished and we are going to start working on Panel 2 together. She ironed ShapeFlex 101 onto the back of hers so nothing shifts but I don’t like the feel of anything “iron-on, i.e., glue. Would like your input here, too. Thanks, again for taking the time to respond! Happy Stitching! Eileen

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      2. Hello again Eileen:)! I have not made the Snowmen pattern, but anything Crabapple is beautiful. And sewing along with a friend is the BEST kind of sewing❤️.

        As far as muslin vs press on interfacing,— I am a true believer of try each technique at least once and then choose your favorite. There is no wrong or right. There is only what makes you happy. But, if you want to know what I did, I tried both. I thought the glue of the iron on would be the quick and stable way, but after the many many hours of stitching, it came unglued and was a mess and more of a frustration.

        I hope this answered your question. Have a wonderful day! —Tracy:)❤️❤️

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      3. Tracy—Once again, thank you for the quick reply. You are so nice to take the time! You have confirmed the fact that I should just trust my instincts and do things the way that are right for me. I did use the Shapeflex on another project and it made the embroidery blocks feel “stiff” and I just wasn’t happy. The quilt still did turn out nice but I like the softer feel of muslin for my embroidery backing. It needles much nicer too. Enjoy working on the borders of your Witches quilt. It will be a long time before I get to that point! I also do a lot of hand applique and therefore have many irons in the fire at any given time. Best Wishes, Eileen

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