Monday, July 11, 2011

The Double Wedding Ring Quilt, or What I've Been Doing With All My Time

The Double Wedding Ring Quilt I made for my cousin Christa and her now husband, James.
Seems like I haven't been making a lot of stuff lately and that's because my creative life was completely dominated for the last two months by one single project:  the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  I started this months ago, but even so, I brought it right down to the wire.  It had a due date of the Saturday before July 3rd (aka, the wedding date).  I took the last stitch late in the day on that Friday. 

A close-up so you can see some of the detail.
This quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted.  My friend Denise offered to let me quilt it using her big quilting frame and, boy, am I glad that I took her up on that!  It made my life so much easier!  The quilting turned out to be beautiful.

There are thousands of pieces in a double wedding ring quilt.  I helped to work in an organized, planned fashion.  I honestly don't know how you could do it any other way.  
The "A" pieces ready to be sewn into arcs
Piles of arcs ready to be pressed.
The "melon" pieces piled on top of the centers.
This old enamel pan is what I used to keep all the little pieces and the templates organized while I worked.
I'm pleased to report that the bride and groom loved their quilt.  I hope it is with them over many, many years of wedded happiness!  Congratulations Christa and James!

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Terri said...

What a beautiful gift! A quilt is a wonderful wedding gift. It's something that will last a long time, the thing we hope for their marriage. It has darks and lights, just like life with another person. It has a wide range of different prints, just like the challenges they will meet. I think there is lots of symbolismm in a quilt. I always think of Double Wedding Ring as the absolute wedding gift. I've never made one... but I am still alive, so there might be time yet. Thanks for sharing yours. It is gorgeous!

Sara vs. Sarah said...

Sarah - this is beautiful. Such amazing work; I'm stressed out just thinking about all those pieces and all the TIME it must've taken! :)

Ann Oxyer-Robb said...

Exquisite work, my dear. If I may ask, how many hours did you have in the making of this masterpiece?

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