Wedding Ring Quilt

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Many quilt historians agree that double wedding ring quilts originated in the early twentieth century, around 1930. The motif of interlocking rings is painstakingly pieced, giving experienced quilters quite the sense of accomplishment when they can cross this quilt off their “to make” list. We’ve rounded up some inspirational wedding ring quilt patterns and variations. If you’re not up for going it alone, read on for info on some quilt alongs to help you along the way! Double Edge Love is a stunning quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and quilted by Lisa Sipes. A modern take on the traditional double wedding ring quilt pattern, Victoria’s quilt took Best in Show at the inaugural QuiltCon event hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild. The fractured pattern plays with color placement, depth and negative space, as well as the themes of country life and city life. Monet’s Wedding Ring by Craftsy member Betsy0 is another variation of the double wedding ring quilt pattern. She made her quilt using a pattern found in the book Scraps by Judy Martin. As you can see, the quilt design uses squares arranged in the shape of the rings to simulate the look of a wedding ring quilt without curved piecing. Jessica Kelly of Sew Crafty Jess blogs about her Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Upon completing this quilt, she says she felt like there was no pattern she couldn’t tackle. In the spirit of traditional wedding ring quilts, she gifted the quilt to a family member for a wedding gift. She free-motion quilted it with a loopy design, including a few hearts to mark the special occasion. As part of her Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along, Kaelin of The Plaid Scottie shared tips on how to assemble a single block and turn those blocks into a row. With photos to document her progress, she later demonstrates how to assemble each row into a quilt top, with tips for basting the quilt and applying the bias quilt binding. Kaelin suggests using the free double wedding ring quilt pattern provided by FreeSpirit Fabrics. Speaking of quilt alongs, the Pickledish Quilt Along hosted by Aneela Hoey teaches quilters how to make a variation of the double wedding ring quilt pattern. Megan of the blog Lucy and Norman participated in the online quilt along, and says that it was the most fun she’s ever had piecing a quilt top! Her Christmas Pickledish Quilt pictured here features curved piecing and a variety of holiday fabrics. Notice how the border of this quilt is straight rather than curved, which makes for a more straightforward quilt binding. Craftsy member lopz61 made Meg’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt using fabrics that represented her family to give to her daughter for her wedding gift. The wedding ring quilt took around seven months to complete, and it became a family heirloom to symbolize those near and dear to her! If you aren’t sure about sewing with curves, check out this curved piecing tutorial for step-by-step instructions on sewing together a pattern such as the double wedding ring or pickledish quilt. Grow your confidence in piecing curves when you take the online Craftsy class Inset & Appliqué Circles by Machine with Cheryl Arkison. What do you think—is making a double wedding ring quilt on your bucket list? In case you missed it yesterday learn about the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt and come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow to let us know whether you prefer hand piecing or using a machine.
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Speaking of quilt alongs, the Pickledish Quilt Along hosted by Aneela Hoey teaches quilters how to make a variation of the double wedding ring quilt pattern. Megan of the blog Lucy and Norman participated in the online quilt along, and says that it was the most fun she’s ever had piecing a quilt top! Her Christmas Pickledish Quilt pictured here features curved piecing and a variety of holiday fabrics. Notice how the border of this quilt is straight rather than curved, which makes for a more straightforward quilt binding.
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As part of her Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along, Kaelin of The Plaid Scottie shared tips on how to assemble a single block and turn those blocks into a row. With photos to document her progress, she later demonstrates how to assemble each row into a quilt top, with tips for basting the quilt and applying the bias quilt binding. Kaelin suggests using the free double wedding ring quilt pattern provided by FreeSpirit Fabrics.
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Another delightful myth was published in a 1932 brochure which connected the Double Wedding Ring quilt to the Civil War. The publication offered this story of how the pattern came to be named. It seemed a grandmotherly woman had made a great many quilts. One was particularly special and she was saving it for her niece’s wedding. Sadly the wedding had been delayed because the potential groom had been wounded in the war and spent several years away in the hospital. He finally came home and a wedding was planned but he had no rings for the wedding. When the bride to be told her beloved aunt that the rings would have to wait, the older woman said, “My child, I’ll furnish the rings. You shall have my favorite quilt and we will call it the Double Wedding Ring.” 1
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Jessica Kelly of Sew Crafty Jess blogs about her Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Upon completing this quilt, she says she felt like there was no pattern she couldn’t tackle. In the spirit of traditional wedding ring quilts, she gifted the quilt to a family member for a wedding gift. She free-motion quilted it with a loopy design, including a few hearts to mark the special occasion.
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Double Edge Love is a stunning quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and quilted by Lisa Sipes. A modern take on the traditional double wedding ring quilt pattern, Victoria’s quilt took Best in Show at the inaugural QuiltCon event hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild. The fractured pattern plays with color placement, depth and negative space, as well as the themes of country life and city life.
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A quilt made much like the Double Wedding Ring is in the Shelburne Museum, dated 1825-50. This quilt is titled Pincushion; see an example to the right.2 But the actual Double Wedding Ring pattern appears to have been rarely used until the 1920s. Part of the difficulty in tracing the earlier use of this pattern is the fact that over time it was made under around 40 different names. Just a few are; Rainbow, Around the World, Pickle Dish, Coiled Rattlesnake, Endless Chain, King Tut and Friendship Knot; see the example above to the left. The great variety of names illustrates how differently the pattern was visualized in various periods and regions. In reading an early diary or letter we might easily find the pattern under another name. We can’t be sure it the writer was really referring to a Double Wedding Ring like pattern or not.
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melanie June 24th, 2013 I have seen a quilt that has a Texas lone star in the center and the melons from a double wedding ring around the border. I have tried everything I can think of to find this pattern. Has any one seen this quilt or know where I can find this pattern? Thank you so very much. Reply Edgar May 4th, 2016 I believe it might be a Judy Niemeyer quilt. Reply
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The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published by Capper’s Weekly in 1928. This Topeka, Kansas publication added a bit of mythical romance to go with the pattern by writing, “When some good but unknown man conceived the idea of a double wedding ring ceremony it gave his wife an equally good idea. She worked two circles into a double wedding ring quilt.” 1
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Many quilt historians agree that double wedding ring quilts originated in the early twentieth century, around 1930. The motif of interlocking rings is painstakingly pieced, giving experienced quilters quite the sense of accomplishment when they can cross this quilt off their “to make” list.
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A few months ago a man (I don’t remember his name) was on a Craftsy video, demonstrating a new way to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt without piecing the arches. Each arch was the same fabric. Also, the back was made at the same time. Can you help me find the designer or his patterns? Please let me know if you need any more information
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Kathleen Swezey June 20th, 2013 A few months ago a man (I don’t remember his name) was on a Craftsy video, demonstrating a new way to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt without piecing the arches. Each arch was the same fabric. Also, the back was made at the same time. Can you help me find the designer or his patterns? Please let me know if you need any more information Reply

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