11 Chapters
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Pulling Weeds

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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

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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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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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Forget Me Knot

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing 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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Cross My Heart

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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.

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