Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Finished August 30, 2008
The curved and pointed bias binding!!
Quilting pattern (modified from a fleur de lis stencil)
This is a 'planned' double wedding ring quilt. The centers and melon pieces of the rings are a tone-on-tone cream fabric. I have the word 'planned' in quotation marks because it is - sort of - planned, but not from start to finish. The basic colors are greens and purples, with some accents of blue and rose. I started out thinking I wanted to do a scrappy quilt, but when I was reading Sharlene Jorgenson's book with templates (available from Quilting from the Heartland), I liked the idea of creating one where the colors radiated outward. I didn't want the quilt to only have a couple of fabrics, though, still wanting some variety, if not a scrappy look.
Read the journey of the quilt below.
Started April 1, 2006, these are some of the pieces cut and placed on my flannel design wall.
April 7, 2006: some piecing has begun
April 17, 2006 : more pieces and piecing
September 22, 2006 : a little farther along - stacks of pieces in order (at least in an order that makes sense to me) and some of the melons on the wall - looking a little more like double wedding ring quilt pieces...but not completely joined up.
November 4, 2006 : top row of circles almost completed (6 of 7), though they are not attached to one another yet.
December 30, 2006: top two rows of circles completed, but the rows are not yet joined to each other. I've also started working on row 3!
May 18, 2007: The top 3 rows are pieced (but not to each other at this point), and I've started working on the 4th. The melon pieces of the 4th are pieced, but I have not yet started connecting them.
November 10, 2007: I took off three days (including my birthday), just to play with quilts. I really wanted to work on the double wedding ring, because this time off would give me a great opportunity for the focus this quilt requires. Although I didn't finish assembling the quilt top this long weekend, I made some great progress, piecing rows 5-7 and the melon pieces for row 8. I still haven't pieced any of the rows to each other, but I look forward to starting that soon.
November 25, 2007: It has been a really productive Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I worked on a couple of different quilts, including the DWR. I finished piecing row 8 together, and I finally got to start piecing the rows to each other. Piecing the rows to each other is not going as quickly or easily as I had thought it might be, because it is a two-step process. First the melon pieces must be pieced to the center pieces. Once all those are done, then you piece the connecting diamonds to each other. Although I've learned a lot with this quilt, and I love the colors and the way it looks, I probably won't make another one. The construction of this quilt makes the Drunkard's Path one I did a couple of years ago seem like a simple nine-patch.
Close-up of connecting diamonds
Rows 6-8 pieced to one another (I started at the bottom and am working my way up this quilt - I enjoy doing things backwards )
And here is the quilt top finished (December 21, 2007) - now to press, layer, baste, and quilt it!
Here's the quilting pattern I'm using - I've modified the fleur de lis quilt template and took some lines out. I like how it looks a little like a flower. I'm also quilting about a quarter inch from the seams in the melon pieces.
January 6, 2008 - approximately 15 "blocks" (of 56) quilted so far.
July 24, 2008 - I've finally finished hand-quilting the quilt, and I now face the scary task of curved binding.
August 3, 2008 - In order to bind this quilt, I watched Sharon Schamber's 5-part video series on curved binding and followed her techniques. I spent several afternoons working on attaching it to the top of the quilt. That was a pretty long process, because of all of the inside and outside corners.
Here are a couple of photos that show the binding I chose - in the first I have machine stitched it to the front of the quilt, and in the second, I have hand-stitched it to the back (but the photo is of the front).