On July 1st, I'll be kicking off a Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along!!! You're welcome to work alongside me this summer as I make a DWR quilt for our home, but you can jump in at any time because the instructions will be up permanently on here. And if you do decide to try out your own DWR, feel free to grab my button for your blog :)
Why the Double Wedding Ring, you ask? Well I considered using one of the original patterns I'm working on right now, but I settled on the DWR for several reasons. As progressive as I am on most things, I'm a little bit sentimental when it comes to quilting. I love traditional patterns and think it's important we learn a little bit of the old along with the new. I'm not saying everyone should go out and sew their way through Egg Money Quilts, but I think it's important to learn a little bit about historical patterns so that knowledge it isn't lost.
Another reason is that many of you have expressed your love of the DWR pattern to me, but explained a lack of (pick one) instructions/skills/confidence is holding you back. To be completely transparent, I had a lot of those same feelings when I embarked on my DWR adventure last year, and I can promise you my success was due more to nerve than talent. Once I cut that fabric, there was no way I was going to fail. I'd rather take repeated blows to the face than waste yards and yards of designer fabric *shudder*. So when those horrible moments came while I was piecing curves, ripping seams, crying, cursing, and tearing fistfuls of hair out, my mule-like stubborness kicked in and I prevailed! ha HA! Yes, there will probably be moments when you curse me for suckering you into this, but once it "clicks", you're golden. Piecing those curves and tiny corners will seem impossible one moment, and then the next it will all fall into place. You'll figure out what you were doing wrong, and get into a groove.
But most of all, I want to help you learn. I discovered last year there is very little in the way of in-depth DWR instructions online. Vague instructions? yes. Random tips in forums? yes. Pictures of the actual process? nada. Step-by-step instructions? few and far between. And even if you find a few tips worth their salt, they might not apply to the particular pattern you're using (because there are lots of different methods for making this type of quilt). I see this as a problem. If it weren't for the internet, I wouldn't even know how to quilt, so I want to expand the tools available online as much as I can. I wish I could chat and sew with each one of you in person, but sadly, I can't. So for the mean-time, you'll have to put up with my crazy online instructions. I promise I'll try and do the best I can!
We will be using this pattern, so if you've been wanting to learn how to make a DWR quilt and how to paper piece, you can kill two birds with one stone. And if you ask me, this is a fairly straightforward introduction to paper piecing. No funky shapes or wonky lines...just sewing 2.5" x 3.5" squares together along a straight line.
You have about 2 weeks to prep, so I suggest you start printing and cutting those arcs. If you're doing the whole quilt, you'll need exactly 80 arcs. If you simply want to learn the technique, but don't want to commit to a quilt right now, why don't you try making one block and turn it into a pillow (8 arcs)? Or if you wanna be a tiny bit more adventurous, try making one row and use it as a table runner (26 arcs).
You'll need the following:
- Arcs: 1/3 yard of 13 different prints
- Intersection squares: 1/4 yard of 2 different prints
- Melons & Center Medallions: 3 yards
- Binding: 1 yard
Now for the fun part! I have a lovely new sponsor, Pink Castle Fabrics, and we paired up to make some custom bundles for this project! Each bundle also includes a stack of 40 sheets of foundation paper to paper piece the arcs. And bonus, she's offering a 15% off coupon if you decide to order something from her shop! Enter the code TPSQAL when you check out to receive the discount :)
Brenda went with a cool & sultry green/purple/brown combo...
While I went for a very summery palette...
I also thought mine looked really pretty paired with Quilter's Linen...
If you'd like a different background fabric with your bundle, feel free to message Brenda so she can set up a custom listing for you. The bundles include enough fabric to make the quilt top only, so you might want to pick up some coordinates for the back and binding while you're browsing around her Etsy shop ;)
IMPORTANT: I've had a handful people ask about this, but you are NOT required to purchase one of these bundles in order to participate in the DWR Quilt Along. Brenda and I put these together as a courtesy. It was meant to be convenient, and to help those that have either have difficulty coordinating fabrics, or don't have the time right now to put together a giant bundle of 15 different fabrics. I would NEVER require you to purchase something in order to participate in one of my projects! Over and out :)