I finished the Double Wedding Ring quilt this past week! Just over one week before the big anniversary celebration. I wanted to make something special for my in-laws 50th anniversary and I’ve always wanted try a double wedding ring quilt. I started this last March and after I started it, I got lots of advise about how long these things can take. I wanted it to be a full size bed quilt but with our move last summer and my general slow-ness, it kept getting smaller and smaller. It’s just a very tedious quilt to make with all the tiny pieces and all the curves. It was a nice challenge. Like I talked about in my earlier post, the Sharlene Jorgenson book and templates were easy to use and follow. If you decide to make one of these quilts, I recommend getting them and you can watch her videos on youtube. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time.
I wanted to thank my friend, Blanca Nelson, for doing the lovely embroidery on the quilt and Sharon Wilson for her gorgeous quilting.
I got ready to do the binding and was a little afraid. I’ve only done a bias binding maybe once before. I didn’t really think I had enough fabric for the binding (have I mentioned that I never plan these things out?). I wanted to use the same fabric that I used for the middle pieces as the binding but I only had a little over a half a yard left. Of course I bought the fabric back in Germany and I looked at two quilt shops here in Kansas City and couldn’t find it. I tried ordering online but it wasn’t the right shade. I looked all over the internet for help and asked the ladies at the quilt shop down the street for help. They suggested not folding my binding in half and that might use less fabric. Finally, I just decided to go for it and see if it worked. I am always amazed at how much binding you can get from a little piece of fabric if cut the right way! I think I would have had enough to fold and that might have been easier. It was a pain on the corners because the instructions just said to “pivot the fabric”. It felt weird but everything came out OK.
Anyway, it’s done and I don’t know if I’ll ever do another one! I do really like the double wedding rings that are scrappy or I hear that people use pieces of clothing from a bride and make something really sentimental and I like the thought of that. We’ll see…