Tips for Double Wedding Ring Quilt


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People are all intrigued by double wedding ring quilts.  I get comments all the time from viewers about making one.  I thought today I would share a few tips that will help you succeed should you try to make one.

First off, all DWR (double wedding ring) quilts are not the same.  They vary in the size and shape of the pieces that go around the melon shaped piece.  For me, this time around mine are all the same making it a little easier than the last DWR quilt I made.  To start, piece the segments together making an arch and sew that arch to one side of the melon as shown.  Iron to the center.

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Sew together another arch.  This time, I have two extra pieces on each end of the arch.  Typically in most DWR patterns those pieces are a slightly different shape.  Find the middle of the arch and the melon.

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Flip it over right sides together and pin.  Sew from edge to edge then press to center melon again.  Now put your iron away.  You won’t be pressing again until the quilt top if finished.  I know that’s hard for you pressers out there but honestly, don’t press anymore.

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Make two pieced melons.  Here now is the step that I never imagined when I thought of making a DWR quilt.  I thought each melon had to be sewn to the background piece…not quite true-here’s the trick.

Take your two pieced melons.
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Turn them right sides together.  Put one pin at the first intersection as shown.

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Put the piece in your machine and stitch from the edge to ALMOST the pin.  Stop about a stitch or two from the pin.

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DON”T PRESS.  The reason no pressing is done now is because as you press, the pieces become less and less flexible.  We need flexibility.  Further more, the DWR pattern was originally made as a hand  pieced quilt.  Trust me our fore-mothers didn’t jump up and press all the time.

Notice that the melons are attached where they intersect at the pink and red squares.

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Find the middle of the melon and the background piece.

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Flip right sides together and pin in place.  Work with melon at the top.   Notice where my pins are.  Sew from just seam line of the pin on the left around to the pin on the right stopping at the seam…but don’t start sewing quite yet.

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Take time and make sure that background piece is in place.  It should look like the picture.

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Put it in the machine and sew.  Make sure to stop at the intersection at the last pin.  You can’t see it very well but notice in the picture my left hand is between the two pieces.  As I sew I am re-positioning that background piece.  If you don’t do this, you are sure to get some puckers.  Every time you sew a melon to a background piece keep your hand there to guide that background piece along.

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Now  your piece should look like this.  It’s time to sew the other side down.  Find the middle of both the melon that is free and the background fabric.

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As you bring the pieces together take time to make sure the background piece is positioned properly.

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Work with it until it is right.  This is a little tricky.

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Pin it down and sew like you did the other melon.  As tempted as you are…NO PRESSING.

Now, it should look like this.  Despite what you might think, this is actually a double wedding ring block.

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The next step is to sew the pieced blocks together.  Use the same method as before.  To make the row, manipulate the “blocks” as shown.  One with an inny and the next with an outy.

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You can see how they will match up with the first row.  Once you have rows done sew them together.  The first and last rows are slight different but if you get the rhythm of this, you can manage that too.

Before I sewed a DWR quilt, I had no idea it could be sewn in rows.  I thought it went together block by block.

If you have other questions, ask away.  I’ll answer if I can!!

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