My first quilt!

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Thanks to sister Catherine, who lives in Cork, Ireland, for encouraging me to take up quilting.

This is my first effort, a completed top from an idea in Cheerful Charm Squares, published by Martingale.*


charm quilt original

Here’s the original version, which looks cleaner, but that’s because the light in my photo is dim.

I’ll try for a better image later.



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Now on to a baby quilt for my first grandchild, expected in April. Here’s the first block. The quilt is called Books for Baby and can be found in Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi. I’ve e-mailed the author in Japan with a question, and she got right back to me.

Some of the paper-piecing instructions were hard to figure out, but once I did, the blocks are going together like magic! Here are a few more:

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*Martingale, a crafts book publisher located in Bothell, WA., is employee-run. Like Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie, OR, just south of Portland, it was given to the employees when the founders retired. I feel blessed to be able to support both businesses.

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