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June 15, 2011

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along

Finished Double Wedding Ring Quilt (Detail) - Modern Meadow & Hope Valley


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 :)

DWR Quilt Along


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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).

About supplies....

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
  • Backing: 3 1/2 yards
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 :)

28 comments:

  1. very interested. Thanks for posting the fabric requirements early so we can gets to thinking about this one!

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  2. Always wanted to make one of these. Can't do it this summer, but will likely be the slowpoke who whips one up in, let's look at my list...2015??? LOL!

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  3. I'm excited about this QAL. I've been avoiding all the other ones so I have time to devote to this. I think it's finally time to dig into the Tula Pink stash! wohoo!

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  4. I have wanted to do one of these for quite a while. I'm not sure I can commit this summer, but maybe I'll catch up in the fall. This is one fantastic quilt!

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  5. Woo hoo! I'm IN! And would you believe I've already got the arcs printed out?? I wanted to try this pattern last year and never got past sewing fabric onto two or three of them. I'm participating in like a billion (3 or 4, haha) QALs right now and I find them SOOOO motivating! I'm cranking stuff out like you wouldn't believe!!! I can't wait to get started Kaelin! :)

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  6. I was just reading how to do this one myself so I will be joining along!!! I was so nervous after asking my quilting guru who does her by hands(yikes I could never do that). Eek this is destiny at its best!! What size will be the quilt be? I know it said full-but was not sure on the dimensions.

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  7. Oh man, Kaelin! I didn't have enough projects going already! HA!! I was so going to just watch this one- then you had to go and show the scalloped edge pattern, and dang if that didn't hook me!! Oh man, again! So now tell me how to convince hubby I *need* to buy fabric for a seventh quilt I'm going to be working on at the moment :) hehe!

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  8. so I think I'm in (although I may be slow!) .... for your fabric requirements - is that for the full 80 arcs??

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  9. What a challenge. I will be watching. Not trying at this moment but watching for sure :)

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  10. I feel myself being sucked into another QAL!

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  11. I'd really love to learn paper piecing, but dumb question...can we use our own fabrics for the QAL? I'm on a fabric buying freeze until the Fall, but would love to join this!

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  12. count me in!!! it's aboyut time i make that DWR i've always dreamed about!!

    i ordered my background fabric and will be using scraps and stash for the wedgies!

    i'm going today to make the PP copies!!

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  13. I have always wanted to make one of these!
    This is just what I need, so I've been avoiding all the other quilt along temptations!

    Would it be possible/easy to use FQ's instead of 1/3 yard cuts?

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  14. Im in! I've been wanting to do a dwr. I found your blog through My Fabric Obsession.

    I'm thinkingabout using a jelly roll with some solids thrown in.

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  15. Yay! I have been wanting to do a DWR for such a long time but just never did it!! I am going for it this time though. Thanks for hosting!

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  16. Okay, I have never done a quilt along, but I have to do this one! My grandmother, Pauline, died before I ever even had any interest in learning to sew, but she made me all sorts of things (quilts and Cabbage Patch kids are the ones I best remember) when I was growing up. I only started sewing about 5 years ago, and quilting about 3. When my parents retired and downsized, I helped them sort through everything looking for any of the quilts she made since I had gotten really into quilting. Unfortunately, the Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred quilts (they didn't know if I would be a boy or girl) that I had on my bunkbeds were lost forever. But my dad found a DWR quilt in 30's fabrics with pink and green. He had used it in his boat when FISHING!!! It had rust stains and fish guts basically all over it, so I took a ton of pictures before saying goodbye and vowed I would remake it some day. I don't have the best quilting skills yet, but with practice I've gotten a ton better. I am definitely joining up and remaking this quilt!!! Thank you so much!

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  17. Yippee!! My hubby has been asking for this one. The purple/brown pre made pack will be great... I just ordered it from Etsy today, but I'll catch up lickity split. Can't wait to get started.

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  18. Whew...I think I'm going to do it. I've never done paper piecing before, so I think this would be a great project. I've been agonizing over my fabrics all night!

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  19. Hai...
    I love projects that use up scraps! This looks fab! I keep mine in color order in a plastic drawer tower, well I've several towers actually double wedding rings this looks lovely! Can't wait to see the rest of your blocks.....goo head

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  20. I'm really late coming to the table on this one - I've hemmed and hawed - I've always wanted to do a DWR,but I'm pressed for time right now. I might do one or two blocks up to get the feel of it - what is the finished size of one block? Thanks!

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  22. Ok, so call me crazy, but I think I'm gonna make one of these for my best friend's wedding.....in queen size. eek! Throw size? I want it to be super useful!

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  23. What a crime losing your quilts to a fishing boat! Well, it's 2012, I'm a year late, but I'm going to try this one. Traditionally, one of my favorite quilts, and one I've been wanting to make but chickened out. I first started dreaming of this quilt 20+ years ago. I don't even remember if I tried a little piece of it then! Almost finished with my first qal, and I've loved it! 12 blocks done out of 13, and then assembly, but I'm confident I'll finish it. In a couple of weeks, I'm going to try this one!

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