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 Squarespublished 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 Pleaseby 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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