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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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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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Intimate Connections

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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

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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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