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Thread: How hard is a Double Wedding Ring Quilt to make?

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    Senior Member sikesjj's Avatar
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    How hard is a Double Wedding Ring Quilt to make?

    I am new to quilting and I want to make each one of my kids a DWR for their wedding which is hopefully at least 15 years off from now, so time isnt of a essence. Any tips you can give are apperciated!

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    Jamie SIkes

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    Check out quiltsmart.com for their DWR. I have recently seen several of them finished and are beautiful and easy. You can buy the kit with instructions for the first one then after that you can just buy more panels. The instructions add $10 to the price, so once you have those, you can buy the "refills". Ive used quiltsmart for several projects. Making the Mondo bag right now. My Lone Star just won a ribbon in a quilt show last week.

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    I would take my time, it is an intermediate level. I would buy at least 7-9 yards of a good quality white or ecru for each quilt, and store it well. Fabric prices are sky rocketing, and 15 years from now it will probably cost $20-25/yard!! Also, you can save some of their cotton clothes to add to the rings, wish I did something like that for my daughters.
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    The method Eleanor Burns uses in her Egg Money Quilts book is not all that hard. It is an applique method. There is a video on her website showing it.

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    i used my own version of Eleanor Burns and Quiltsmart to make mine. It's not terribly hard, but you do need accuracy. And it does get a bit tedious. There's LOTS of pieces.

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    I helped a friend make two of them and we used paper-piecing for the ring sections. I think this made it easier because the paper stabilized the curve and they went together smoothly. I am now in the process of making one for my daughter, but instead of traditional colors, I am using shades of beige for the rings.

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    When I was taking my beginning quilting class, there was a woman at the shop (not taking the class) who was making a DWR as her FIRST quilt. The shop owner was having to fix a lot of her mistakes, but she made it in time for her DD's wedding. I thought that was very... ambitious? impressive? naive? all of those! I would say that you have plenty of time to get some experience with simpler designs, then don't be afraid to tackle whatever pattern you love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    I would take my time, it is an intermediate level. I would buy at least 7-9 yards of a good quality white or ecru for each quilt, and store it well. Fabric prices are sky rocketing, and 15 years from now it will probably cost $20-25/yard!! Also, you can save some of their cotton clothes to add to the rings, wish I did something like that for my daughters.
    I have been saving some favorite dresses and scraps from things that I have sewn for her. I think I will take another quilters advice and start out with some smaller/easier projects and maybe tackle this in a few years.

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    Probably don't do it for a first quilt, but with a little experience, Double Wedding Rings aren't too hard. I did mine with the Sharlene Jorgenson templates. There are many ways to make them. Sounds like you would have plenty of time to get them done!

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    Do somd other patterns first, maybe make a pillow first.
    Then jump into it, you have enough time to work on it off and on
    Good luck

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    I cut my pieces Accuquilt dies. They have a set for the DWR. After I got the pieces cut, putting it together was not that hard. I think getting all the parts and pieces cut exactly ​the same is what makes it easier to put together.

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    Found a YouTube about the quilt. It also had lovely shapes and book to make a quilt. I split quilt into 9 sections. 9 circles in each section of 8. The missile section I did a free motion feather circle with couples Initials and a hits rose for the English bride at the top and. Thistle for the Scottish groom. Before joining the 9 pieces I sandwiched and quilted then joined insets of 3. I did it at home on a bernina 440 and was very slow one handed. I had a bone removed from my wrist at the same time hence the novel way of making
    Photo when I go to see my niece .

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    I made one for my daughter. It was very hard to match up points. SInce I have seen the paper piecing one and may try that next time. I also was not happy with my quilting on top. It is difficult to make it look good on a small machine. Next time I will send to a professional quilter.
    Vivian

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    I would not want to be a new or inexperienced quilter and tackle one. If you haven't sewn curves ... try another quilt with curves till you gain confidence.

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