A double wedding ring quilt is challenging even for experienced quilters. When finished, this quilt appears to have two layers of interlocking wedding rings that intersect and overlap one another. The thing that makes this quilt so difficult is the arc shapes that you'll need for the rings. Luckily, there are plenty of tools to help you make perfectly geometrical arcs.
Make a perfect arc. This pattern requires several identical arcs. To accomplish this, it is recommended that novice quilters buy a premade acrylic pattern to ensure that each of the quilt blocks turns out identical.
Sew on a curve. Sewing on a curve is considered one of the most difficult skills for a beginner to pick up. If you doubt your ability to sew on the curve, get fusible interfacing, and instead of quilting your arcs onto half melon shapes, you can just iron your arcs into place on a large piece of fabric.
Solve the both of these problems by purchasing a preprinted fusible interfacing. "QuiltSmart" is one company that sells quilting patterns printed on fusible interfacing by the block. Just be aware that you'll need to buy several blocks to finish up your double wedding ring quilt (see Resources below).
Make your own arc pattern using tissue paper. Cut a square that is 12 inches. Fold the paper into fourths so that you have a 6-inch square. Trim the outer edges so that you have a curved edge on a triangle. Trim the inner section so that when you open it up, you have a ring. Cut the ring into fourths by following the fold creases.
Use the pattern to cut out eight arcs, four in each of two fabric colors.
Cut out 4 squares of a different color. These squares should be a slightly wider than the width of your arcs.
Take your background fabric, and cut one square that is a 12-inch square. Cut two rectangles that are 12-by-4 inches.
Take two of the different colored arches and put them together so that they form an oval.
Sew these arches, one at a time, to one of the background rectangles.
Cover the meeting of the rings. Place a small square, wrong side up, over the spot where the rings meet. The square should be on its corner. Sew on a diagonal from the bottom corner to the top corner. Fold the fabric so the right side is showing and the flat edge of the triangle is facing the middle of the two arcs. Repeat this over the other side of the rings.
Repeat Steps 1 through 3 once more. Then secure these pieces along neighboring sides of the 12-inch square. Make sure they are oriented so the same color arc is facing the middle of the square.
Repeat the Steps in Sections 2 and 3 until you have enough pieces to make the size quilt you want.
Arrange your quilt blocks so that each edge of your background squares have a piece of the double wedding ring pattern over them.
Sew these pieces together in rows first so that you have a chain of rings.
Put the neighboring columns together.
Things you need
- Tissue paper
- 4 colors of fabric
- Cut fabric
- Sewing machine and supplies
- Several pattern blocks