The Salem Quilt Guild is Back in Session!

It is almost October and it is time to pull out my Salem Quilt Guild and FINALLY finish it! It was last year at this time that I had all of my embroidered panels almost done.

I finished them in October and neatly folded them up and promised that I would take them out next year and finish the quilt, Well, next year is here and I am FINISHING! Yea:)!

I pulled out my panels and started sewing the pieced borders.

The pattern in the picture above is the “original” way that Meg at Crabapple Hill suggests to finish the quilt. I think the border upstages the soft hand work of the witches, don’t you?

Well, it’s all a matter of preference. I am choosing to soften my outer border to match the inner border. I hope it looks Halloweenish enough…

I cut ALL of my border blocks out at once so I could have a sit and stitch session and get them all sewn in one morning.

I layered each set of blocks on a page of my portable design board book for ease of travel to my sewing group. I have five pages in my design book , but I could really use twice that! I used my individual boards as well.

It was sew easy to just continuously stitch away on the blocks. I got all 50 blocks done in just a few hours of visiting and sewing:)

Thank you design board!! I haven’t made a tutorial on how to make the design book yet, but I definitely need another book, so I will post a “how to” tutorial in the near future. In the meantime, I have a tutorial on ” How to Make a design Board and Why You Need One” here.

I think I am going to LOVE the lighter colored borders.

I am going to add a gray/black border and then my second pieced border. I may add a few orange buttons at the end. We shall see:).

Thank you for stopping by today. The next time I post about this quilt it should be quilted and ready for its long awaited photo shoot. Yea!!

Until then, It’s a T-Sweets Day!!

27 thoughts on “The Salem Quilt Guild is Back in Session!

  1. It’s lovely! I think you’re right to soften the colours in the outer border; after all that hard work doing the witchy-stitchy, you don’t want to upstage them! How big is the finished quilt going to be, and how are you planning to quilt those panels?

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  2. Hi Tracy! Oh, I forgot all about this quilt. Mine is still not even traced. It’s been a couple of years since it was purchased . . . you may just inspire me to find it and start tracing. Not for this October though, obviously. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Hi, Tracy! I totally love the colors you selected for the borders and think it will look great! I was not at all fond of the original colors either. Will be anxious to see your finished quilt. Eileen

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  4. oooh I didn’t realise these Salem panels were going to be joined together and turned into a quilt! I thought they were works of art in their own right! Looking forward to seeing this quilt come together!

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  5. Excellent decision to use softer colors for your blocks! I hope to see some orange in the outer border. Will buttons be enough? I’m going to have to sign up to follow so I can see this finished! 😉

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  6. I was wondering if the panels are avaliable for purchase. If so could you tell me where I can get them? Thank you.


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