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Thread: Wedding Ring Quilt - Before I Get Started - Any Advice?

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    Wedding Ring Quilt - Before I Get Started - Any Advice?

    My wonderful son and beautiful daughter-in-law were married last Saturday and ... well, let me back up a bit ...

    Shortly after they got engaged a year and a half ago I was planning to make a quilt for them. My new DIL is a beginning quilter who, unfortunately, learned from her "throw the rules out the window" MIL. She saw a pattern for a double wedding ring quilt and said she would love one of those. GULP! Never tried one and just looking at it made my head hurt. Maybe you'd like a nice Storm at Sea?

    Fast forward to the end of October when Hurricane Sandy took our house and everything in it. That got me off the hook. Not the best way for it to happen but it got me off the hook.

    Now, I'm feeling brave. I have the Accuquilt Go die for the pieces, but I'm not at all sure about where to go from here. They'll need a queen size and she loves blues and purples, and now has a taste for batiks (which I think will be hard to cut unless I use a gallon of starch). Then there's the back ground fabric. White? I'm so up in the air. But at least I have a year to finish it as it is planned for a first anniversary gift. That year will go fast unless I get moving!

    Any ideas? I'm scared!!!
    Krystyna
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    How about a white-on-white fabric for the background, for a little more interest? Batiks sound wonderful. They really arent' that hard to make once you get the hang of it.

    We used to make them back before dies, just cardboard patterns!! Gave the last one as a wedding gift too.

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    I'm getting ready to cut one from the Go too. I have been trying to figure out if I have enough fabric before I start. I'm using a fat eighth bundle from MODA and muslin for the background. Batiks sound great. With the die there is two ways to do it. With the little pieces, that's the one I'm doing being its for me or just the strip. I would get a purple blue marble batik and do the strip then piece the four patches in the purple and blue batik. It would go a lot faster and it's perfect for a gift. JMHO Happy Quilting
    *Rachel*

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    I think I will practice on one first before I go destroying good fabric!
    Krystyna
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    Ooooh, batiks sound wonderful for a DWR quilt, I would recommend them. It really isn't a hard quilt to make. There are lots of tutorials out there, look some up and choose the one that looks the easiest to you. I've made several DWR many years ago.
    Oh, and I'd use an off white for your background, it goes with everything.

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    I know there are wedding ring quilts that can be paper-pieced. Then you would have total accuracy!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    I really don't think you will need a gallon of starch.....batiks are sturdier than calico....how about using a pale marble off-white batik for the background..thus keeping it all in the batik look.....that Stonehenge line by ??? Looks interesting.
    Whichever you choose the GO die will make everything much easier for you

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    I agree to go light on the starch, if at all. I DIP STARCH just about all my fabrics, except batiks. The weave is so tight that I usually don't starch them at all. Just pre wash to get the excess dye out.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I've seen some batiks with a black background. Very striking.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    How ironic! I just cut all the pieces for the dwr the the Go...in different shades of blue batiks for my daughters wedding anniversary! For the background i used a very, very light colored batik with very subtle shades of blue. i will try to take a picture of it and post it later.

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