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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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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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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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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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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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