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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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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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Simple Pleasures

Nancy Lee Murty C&T Publishing ePub

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)

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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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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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