The Double Wedding Ring

I thought I would give you a little update on my how the Double Wedding Ring is coming along….I’m here.

I have eight rows sewn together on the left and three sewn together on the right.

With my crazy life the way it is right now I decided I was not going to stitch it all down section by section.  I was going to sew the rows together by on continuous seam.

I’ve been taking rows with me in the car and pinning them together as we ride in the car to Lacrosse for Hubby’s appointments.   Pinning a row takes me almost an hour.  I told you all that I think just as much is spent with this quilt doing the pinning as it is doing the actual sewing.  It’s SO-SO true.

So I took some pictures of how I sewed the entire row with one seam figuring life might get to some of you as well and you, like me, might get to the point that you just want the quilt DONE!

So here is where I am at in the pinning.  The background is pinned in the middle.  I am meeting that pin with the center of the segments.

The difficulty with this comes HERE…. …

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along

I’ve been thrilled with all the messages coming from readers saying they wouldn’t have been brave enough to start a double wedding ring quilt if I hadn’t done the quilt along.  WOW….that makes it so worth while.

This week we take the big step and start sewing rows together.  Monday night I went up to the sewing room with intentions of adding a block onto the rows I had done and SHOCK!  I can’t find the two rows I had sewn together.  Oh my word.  I started looking around and digging but I can’t find them.  Everything got moved around when I got the last sewing machine.  I know they are likely in box of under some charity tops that came in but you can understand my slight panic.

Rather than stress too much I just started sewing new rows together.  The other pieces will show up…or I’ll make new.  I really do think they are in my quilting room somewhere though.

So I have an outside row and an inner row.  We’ll be pinning and pinning and pinning. Note:  Mine are 11 “blocks” long.  The original pattern is 10 but I’m keeping this for me and 11 is what I want…or at least what I think I want.  This may end up expanding to 12 blocks.  I’m going to test it on my bed and see once I get farther along.

If you’ve never done a Double Wedding Ring quilt you are likely thinking “HOW IN THE WORLD IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN!!??”  I know I thought that the first time I put on together.  Deep breaths.  It’s all okay…..besides, you can’t quit now!!!

I am apologizing in advance..>>The rows are so long and the background being dark makes the pictures hard to see…also the wording of the directions in this step are a bugger to write.  ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU NEED.  I will be shocked if there aren’t some questions.

Somehow I forgot to grab a center with three rings at the end.  Ugh.  I’ll add on the melon later.  It’s not a biggie if this happens to you either.

Just like any other quilt, flip the rows right sides together.

Starting near one end match up the SQUARES ONLY of each row.

Pin the together.  I pin back the end seams like we have in the past so they don’t get caught in the seam.  The middle seams I try to nest.

Pin the SQUARES ONLY together along the entire side.  Looking at the picture below, see how the first set is pinned together…then the second set..the the third.  Continue along the side pinning only squares.

Now sew the pinned area.  I back stitch at each start and stop.  The first and last are only one square…the rest are two square wide.

Here’s the next one….

and the next.

Continue down the entire side.

Looking carefully at the photo below you can see that the centers in the middle of the photo are connected.  The curved areas on each side are not connected.

Now it’s time to connect those areas.

As the rows are right sides together, every other “block” that you see will be either back ground fabric or melon.  FOR NOW ONLY FOCUS ONLY ON THE BLOCKS THAT ALONG THE ROW WHOSE BACKGROUND FABRIC FACES YOU.  Check the picture below. …

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along

Ahhh.  I forgot about getting this post written.  All along I’ve been writing them a week ahead and this week…I didn’t have it done.  I realized this last night at EXACTLY 8:32pm.  That’s when I did a little panic.

I debated about skipping a week.  I don’t think anyone will hate me if I do but I decide to persevere and forge ahead.  Hubby had other ideas as he knows it takes me a bit to write these quilt along posts especially when I have to run upstairs and sew up all the steps taking pictures as I go.  But I won.  He’s always worried that I’m working too much…funny I’m always worried about him working too much.

So here I go…this is this week’s step.  We are making the outside row.  If you’re following my directions vs the magazine directions, this is what we’re doing.  I talked to you about this a few steps back suggesting that I think it’s easier to attach the melons onto the blocks when they are small vs adding them when the the two melon blocks are all sewn in a row.

If you’re with me, this is our next step.  If you’re with the magazine, you’re on your own.

Place your two pieces as shown.

I marked the center of the back ground piece with a pin.  Now we are going to connect (on the right in the picture) the red square of the bottom block and the navy square of the top block.

We’re doing this like we always have…right sides together…sewing from the edge to the seam making sure the seam allowances don’t get caught in the stitching and back stitching at the seam.

It should look like this….

Now on the left, in the photo above, there is a black square on the bottom block and a blue square on the top block, they are going to get sewn together following the same instructions as previously stated.

Now, each side should be connected but the middle shouldn’t be.  See the opening in the photo below? …

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