Tuesday, March 25, 2014

double wedding ring

A traditional double wedding ring pattern has been on my mind for a very long time. I kept admiring all the beautiful quilts made using this block but I simply did not dare to give it a try. All those little pieces, templates, curves, and "melons" seemed too tricky to handle.


And then, out of nowhere, I suddenly decided to give it a try the other day. Still very cautious and not sure how things would turn out, I went small and made this pillow cover.


I found a free pattern on Free Spirit website. I love that I didn't have to use any tiny templates since the scrappy arches were paper pieced.

***UPDATE***
For some reason the only way to find this free PDF pattern is by googling free spirit double wedding ring


I have mixed feelings when it comes to this very black fabric I used. Sometimes I love it other times not so much. I think using white would have been a lot more staying in my comfort zone, but this pillow was about stepping out and trying new things :)


My favorite part is the combination of  this chunky straight line hand stitching and striped binding.


All in all, this was a pretty fun experience. I already have plans for another double wedding ring pillow (or maybe even a quilt), only next time I'm using "my colors" which means black will still be there, but only in a supportive role, not being a star as it is now.

Finished size of this pillow cover is 19" x 19".

Thanks for reading. Svetlana

36 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt, it's actually on my Quilty Bucket List. Maybe it should move a little closer to the top of the list now that I've seen yours.

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  2. Svetlanko, krasny novy polstar! Urcite se pust do deky, tobe to pujde :) Pa, Jola

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  3. Was it the Denyse Schmidt pattern you used? That was the only Double Wedding ring pattern I found?

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  4. I love the black background, it really makes the arcs pop. The hand quilting in white is perfect too.

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  5. no no no, the black is amazing. Especially with the white thread and the red and yellow. LOVE IT.

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  6. Yes, which project was this on the Free Spirit site? I can't find it.

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  7. This is so pretty, Svetlana! I like how you did the white hand stitching in parallel lines. Honestly I like everything about it!

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  8. Wow, I love it, it's a pattern I would love to try but still a bit frightened... I love the black on yours and you did fabulous with the hand quilting. Congrats

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  9. I love the black! It is very striking with the scrappy arcs.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful. I have been looking for templates, but haven't found those that are right for me. I'm off to have a peek at your pattern. Thanks so much! xx

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  11. I think the black looks fabulous.

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  12. Love this, black background and all!

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  13. Wow! V.striking with the black background. I'll be making a DWR quilt later this year for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary! Wish me luck! Jxo

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  14. I feel exactly the same way about this pattern, so a cushion is the perfect solution! Thanks so much! I looked all through their site without finding it, but when I Googled paper piecing double wedding ring, it came up!

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  15. Очень красивая подушка, просто чудесная, яркая. Стежка белым по черному супер!!

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  16. This is amazing! And I think the black is great, it really pops. I can see why it would be scary but it is great. I have wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt for a while and I may have to start one soon, this is convincing me!

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  17. Gorgeous! Love the contrast of the brights against the black and then the white stitching :)

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  18. I think the black fabric was a perfect choice to set off the bright and light fabrics in your rings. Too many of them might have gotten lost against against white given the white in your prints. The choice of the red and white binding and your white straight line stitching against the curves really draw everything together. Altogether, a lovely pillow.

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  19. I love black's starring role. Can't wait to see your next version.

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  20. I love your pillow cover. The black background gives it a very organic, folk art look! I could not find the pattern on the Free Spirit site. Could you please supply the exact URL? Thank you!

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  21. Very nice work and I love the pillow idea! I just made my first wedding ring quilt and it took about 6 weeks. My quilter has it now and I can't wait to see it.

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  22. so great! I love the black, makes the color and design pop!

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  23. Very nicely done Svetlana, especially the brights against the black. And it's a good thing you made it into a cushion cover, I think you needed one! ;)

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  24. I'm loving this with the black background! The bright colors on the black really pop.

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  25. It's lovely! I like the black a lot especially with the pale quilting stitches.

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  26. The black is beautiful... I think it works in pillow form - though it might be overwhelming in a large quilt. :)

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  27. This is just beautiful! What a great way to try out a pattern!

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  28. The black is what really makes the whole thing work. I love it!!

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