11 Chapters
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Perennial Ties

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing 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:

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Chains of Friendship

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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:

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Family and Friends

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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.)

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Heritage

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing 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″

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Dinner for Two

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing 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)

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