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Sisterhood-A Quilting Tradition: 11 Heartwarming Projects to Piece & Applique

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Refreshingly Traditional Quilts

• 11 quilting projects, from table runners to large bed-size quilts, reveal how fresh, traditional pieced and appliquéd quilts can look in all sizes
• For projects with appliqué, full-size appliqué patterns are included so you can start cutting fabric immediately
• Inspirational photo gallery shows off the projects in alternate colorways -see how you can achieve completely different looks with your favorite fabrics

These 11 traditional projects celebrate the women who lovingly make quilts for their families and friends, stitching together traditions, memories, and their shared heritage of quiltmaking. Everything a new quilter needs to get started is in this book, including instructions for patchwork piecing and 3 different appliqué techniques. Nancy warmly welcomes quilters of all skill levels into the sisterhood of quilting!

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Intimate Connections

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Finished blocks: 12″ × 12″

Finished quilt: 72″ × 72″

Skill level: Intermediate

One of the first things my sister, Peg, did after moving to her new home out of state was visit her local shop and join the quilt guild. It was a simple way to connect to her new community and meet great people with whom she had plenty in common. Quilting groups, whether a small circle or a large guild, are typically generous, caring groups offering support—not only to other quilters and their families, but also to their communities. Who wouldn't want to be associated with that sisterhood!

I designed Intimate Connections with these strong and growing bonds in mind. Think of the individual stars as quilters, families, or the community. The flowing leaf appliqué surrounding each star joins them together, creating a growing, flowering connection that unites us all.

Light yellow: 2 yards for background

Yellow: 1 yards for background

Rose: ¾ yard for star points

Blue floral: ½ yard for star centers

Paisley: ½ yard for star centers

 

Heritage

ePub

Finished block: 6″ × 6″

Finished quilt: 92½″ × 100″

Skill level: Experienced Beginner

Quilting is part of our heritage, passed down through the generations. I believe we all have a sisterhood connection with our grandmothers and great-grandmothers that should be cherished. We sometimes lose track of the fact that these women were not always as we remember them. They were women with growing families who faced many of the same issues and challenges we do, often without the resources and support that we enjoy today.

While choosing fabrics and sewing this project, I would often think of my grandmother and wonder what her thoughts had been when she was sewing. What wonderful or challenging things were happening in her life? In my own way, I was spending special time with her, continuing and strengthening the bond that started so long ago.

Medium to dark: 16 fat quarters for blocks and binding

Dark pink: yard for sashing

Light: 9 yards for background, sashing, and outer border

Backing: 8 yards

Batting: 100″ × 108″

 

Generations

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Finished block: 8″ × 8″

Finished quilt: 62½″ × 74″

Skill level: Intermediate

Through the years, my family has tended to cherish special places and favorite memories over extravagant heirlooms. On one of my father's early visits to see my mother, he brought an acorn from a favorite spot near his family's farm. He planted the acorn, and it grew to be a strong and beautiful oak tree.

Years later, when my mother's parents had passed and the family farm was being sold, my father again gathered acorns. This time they were planted at my parent's house. Eventually, sprouted acorns from this tree were given to my mother's siblings, so they could all have a piece of home, wherever they lived. The tradition continues today, as I have a smaller, but no less special, oak tree growing in my yard—part of that same lineage.

It is easy to connect the story of our oak to the growth of our families, continuing on through generations. This quilt is to honor that strength and remind us of our unmistakable connection to the past, as well as the promise of the future.

 

Family and Friends

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Finished blocks: 18″ × 18″ and 6″ × 6

Finished quilt: 60″ × 60″

Skill level: Experienced Beginner

Over the years, quilts have often given insight into the lives of the quilter who crafted the piece. We all have admired the e×quisite Baltimore Album, which recounts with beautiful detail the highlights of a family's life. I am equally moved by the simple patchwork quilt, in which pieces of Grandma's favorite dress or the drapery fabric from Great-grandma's house hide. How wonderful to pass along such cherished memories to future generations.

Family and Friends offers a design that will truly be cherished for years and generations to come. The quilt includes several opportunities for personal touches, such as names, pictures, or favorite fabrics. I chose to place old family photos in the centers of my Star blocks.

Assorted dark fabrics: 1¼ yards total for stars, leaf, and berry appliqués, or ¾ yard assorted dark fabrics and 7 inkjet fabric sheets if you are using photos for the star center (I like Printed Treasures Inkjet Fabric Sheets by Milliken.)

 

Cross My Heart

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Finished blocks: 12″ × 12″

Finished table runner: 50″ × 27″

Skill level: Experienced Beginner

When we were young girls, we would “cross our hearts” and swear to keep the secrets that were entrusted to us. Now that we're all a little bit older, we may not cross our hearts, but we still understand the importance of having those special people we can confide in, as well as being there for those close to us. The trust that we have in each other is one of the strongest bonds of our “sisterhood” and the foundation for lasting friendships.

Light tan: ½ yard for block background

Red paisley: ¼ yard for checkerboard strip and flower center appliqués

Gold: yard for checkerboard strip and circle appliqués

Tan: 1 yard for border

Red: 9″ × 14″ piece for heart appliqués

Dark red: 9″ × 14″ piece for darker heart appliqués

Yellow green: ¼ yard for leaves and stem

Green: ¼ yard for leaves

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 1 yards

Batting: 58″ × 35″

The letter following each cut size corresponds to the letters in the block assembly diagrams.

 

Chains of Friendship

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Finished blocks: 7½″ × 7½″, 7½″ × 6″, and 6″ × 6″

Finished quilt: 87″ × 97½″

Skill level: Experienced Beginner

There is a certain strength associated with the links of a chain. Each link is supported by its connection to the other links. And just like in a good friendship, each link is counted on to support the others when needed. The sisterhood is alive and well in the bonds of friendship we create through our quilting, and our quilting sisters are often the first to pitch in when we need them. I've created this design to honor these bonds.

The connection between the bonds of friendship and the chains of this quilt design is easy to see. As the links and bonds intertwine, the individual pieces grow into a beautiful singular design.

Light: 31 fat quarters

Dark: 14 fat quarters

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 8½ yards

Batting: 95″ × 105″

The letter following each cut size corresponds to the letters in the block assembly diagrams.

Light

From each of 21 of the fat quarters:

• Cut 1 strip 8″ × 21″; subcut into:

 

Simple Pleasures

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Finished blocks: 6″ × 6″, 4″ × 6″, and 4″ × 4″

Finished quilt: 66″ × 76″

Skill level: Intermediate

For many of us, quilting is counted among the simple pleasures we enjoy. There is something therapeutic about working with needle and thread that allows our mind to settle and escape our busy lives.

Light tan: 1 yard for Star blocks and flying geese connectors

Medium tan: yard for Star blocks

Dark tan: 1 yard for flying geese units and half-square triangle units

Rust: 1 yard for flying geese units and half-square triangle units

Gold print #1: ½ yard for four-patch units

Gold print #2: ½ yard for four-patch units

Dark purple: yard for Star block points

Red purple: ½ yard for Star blocks

Brown print: yard for Star block centers

Inner border: yard

Outer border: 1 yards

Binding: yard

Backing: 4¾ yards

Batting: 74″ × 84″

Quick Quarter II tool (optional)

The letter following each cut size corresponds to the letters in the block assembly diagrams.

Light tan

• Cut 3 strips 3¼″ × width of fabric; subcut into:

30 squares 3¼″ × 3¼″ (A)

 

Perennial Ties

ePub

Finished block: 12″ × 12″

Finished quilt: 38″ × 38″

Skill level: Intermediate

Our quilting sisterhood has blessed us with cherished connections. We've shared many good times and know we can depend on one another. Like the perennials in our gardens, these sisters are not always visible—sometimes they're miles away, or months pass between visits. We know, however, that as sure as the tulips will bloom in the garden, our quilting sisters will be there for us.

Cream: ½ yard for block background and narrow sashing

Tan: ½ yard for block background basket

Brown: ½ yard for basket and border corners

Brown floral: yard for outer border

Pumpkin: yard for basket

Red: ½ yard for flowers, center squares, and inner border

Gold: yard for flower centers

Green: yard or scraps for leaves

Yellow-green print: 1 fat quarter for stems

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 1¼ yards

Batting: 42″ × 42″

The letter following each cut size corresponds to the letters in the block assembly diagrams.

Cream

• Cut 1 strip 8½″ × width of fabric; subcut into:

 

Pulling Weeds

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Finished block: 12″ × 12″

Finished quilt: 67″ × 67″

Skill level: Intermediate

If you're like me, childhood memories are full of time spent doing chores with family. I recall, quite vividly, pulling weeds in the garden, feeding the chickens, collecting the eggs, helping with the laundry, and the indent goes on. I didn't realize it at the time, but during all of these chores, we were talking, sharing, and even laughing. Indeed, they are some of the fondest memories I have.

As you choose your fabrics, put all of them together on your sewing table or even in a pile on the floor. Then pull the fabrics that don't fit with the others—these are your “weeds.” Just like the garden, your quilt will be that much better from the little bit of time you spend “weeding” your fabrics.

Pale green: 1½ yards for border

Light green: 1⅓ yards for blocks and border corners

Greens: ¾ yard each of 4 for blocks

Reds: ½ yard each of 4 for blocks and flowers

Turquoise blue: ¼ yard for flower hearts

Green: ½ yard for main bias stem

 

Dinner for Two

ePub

Finished blocks: 12″ × 12″

Finished table runner: 17″ × 51″

Skill level: Intermediate

In my family, dinnertime has always been much more than just a meal. It's a time to share the day's triumphs and challenges, time to share a laugh or tell an old story. I love the idea of incorporating quilts into everyday life, and what better way than with a table runner. Pick fabrics that complement your decor, or make several in different colors to highlight the seasons. Have dinner for two tonight but order out—you've been sewing all day.

Cream: ½ yard for block background

Pale pink: yard for setting triangles

Pink: yard for setting triangles

Red: ¼ yard for blocks

Green: ¼ yard for blocks

Brown: ½ yard for blocks

Binding: yard

Backing: 1 yards

Batting: 25″ × 59″

The letter following each cut size corresponds to the letters in the block assembly diagrams.

Cream

• Cut 1 strip 4½″ × width of fabric; subcut into:

12 rectangles 2½″ × 4½″ (A)

• Cut 2 strips 2″ × width of fabric; subcut into:

12 squares 2″ × 2″ (B)

12 squares 2″ × 2″; cut in half diagonally (C)

 

Forget Me Knot

ePub

Finished blocks: 18″ × 18″

Finished table runner: 72″ × 72″

Skill level: Intermediate

My grandmother's first quilts were made for her hope chest, with the knowledge in her heart that she would someday meet my grandfather and start a family. I made a special quilt for my husband, Paul, when we were dating, and we received a masterpiece from my mother when we were married. All of these are beautiful, cherished quilts that celebrate another special bond, the bond between husband and wife.

Forget Me Knot is in honor of the timeless quilting tradition of making quilts to celebrate marriages and the beginning of families. This quilt is a little more involved than some of the other projects in the book, but I think it's worth it. It will certainly be cherished for generations to come.

Cream: 2½ yards for appliqué background and flying geese

Beige: 2¾ yards for appliqué background and flying geese background

Tan: 1 yard for narrow borders

Orange: yard each of 4 fabrics for small flowers

Gold: ⅓ yard for small flower centers

 

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