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Thread: Wedding ring Quilt

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    My granddaughter is getting married. I want to make her a wedding ring quilt. Question is: Has anyone ever make a quilt from a light weight upholstery fabrics? And did it seem to heavy?

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California. I think that fabric would be too heavy as well. Most quilts are made from 100% cotton fabrics.

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    Thank you, didn't want to go to all that planning and it wouldn't turn out nice. This would be my first quilt. I'm excited.

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    Depending on where you live, and what you are going to back it with... I know I probably would not use batting too.
    There are many here who make quilts out of all kinds of fabrics :wink:

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    I just bought a fusible interfacing with the pattern on it. If this is your first quilt that might be a good choice for you. A wedding ring pattern is quite challenging for an experienced quilter.

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    Welcome from Florida! You may want to try that pattern out with the upholstery fabric and make a pillow out of it before you commit to that pattern.

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    I think that doing any quilt with curves out of heavy fabric would be the end of your quilting experience and we don't want that! I remember someone who bought cheater fabric for a wedding ring quilt. There were some lovely fabrics, that might be a way to make a special gift. I don't want you to give up!

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    That would be a heavy quilt. My friend has one her mother made and it is too heavy to sleep under.

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    Sewing is my passion, I won't give up. I mostly do alterations and make curtains. My daughter-in-law is an upholster and has fabrics left over, she give me the left overs in the granddaughter's favorite colors. I like the idea of trying a pillow first--no waste but gain.

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    Last year there was a tutorial on the board that was awesome. I'd use quilting weight fabrics. I liked the paper piecing that was used to make the quilt. the instructions were great. Ask Patrice how to find it if you cant find it in a search

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    Welcome isewcountry!

    I tried 2 different patterns for the double wedding ring, then saw a show where Elenor Burns made one. Her way is soooo much easier! So, I bought her book called egg money quilts.

    I'm going to make that one for my step daughter for her wedding in March 2010. I plan to start on it in January.

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    WELCOME isewcountry from western Wisconsin! I am also making a wedding ring quilt for my daughter. I am looking for the pattern with scalloped edges, but have only found patterns with edges following the rings. I do have E. Burns Egg Money book but that only shows a pic. of scalloped edges not directions. Does anyone know of any other book or pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isewcountry
    Sewing is my passion, I won't give up. I mostly do alterations and make curtains. My daughter-in-law is an upholster and has fabrics left over, she give me the left overs in the granddaughter's favorite colors. I like the idea of trying a pillow first--no waste but gain.
    If you are an experienced sewer - - and do alterations, then you do have a clue.

    After doing the pillow, let us know how it went.

    There have been postings that start out "I don't sew and I don't quilt, but I want to make .... " something that even the very experienced shudder at the thought of trying to do.

    On the other hand, probably a lot of our break-through inventions and discoveries have been made by people that didn't know "it couldn't be done"

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    Please let us know how this works out for you :D :D :D

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    I would not be too quick to discourage using alternte fabrics for your quilt. If you blend the heavier fabrics with some lighter-weight ones, you may be very pleased with the results! I use cotton velvets, silks and pre-embroidered ultra suede fabrics on many of my pieces and they are not too heavy to work with or use. If you have access to scrap upholstery fabrics, you are SO lucky! I am VERY jealous! I was told, at JoAnn's in Round Rock, TX that they are ordered to THROW THEIR SAMPLES AWAY when they are rotated off the racks and I am heartbroken about that!
    I do quilt the blocks and batt them individually before joining them and this helps on working with bulkier fabrics.
    I also back with lighter weight fabrics such as polyester and taffeta, using low-loft batting in between front and back and I have not gotten any complaints to date.
    Quilting does not have to be limited to cottons (though some of the "purists" out there would disagree!) and, I think the whole idea is to use fabrics you have available and a grand imagination! Do start with the pillow and, please let us see how you do! GOOD LUCK!!!

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    I think it also depends on what type of use this item will get.

    Is it for adults? How to clean it? Will kids and/or pets be on it?

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    I also have been wanting to make a Double wedding ring quilt, my step daughter just got married in June and I want to make her a quilt for her new house. That would be so neat to have a DWR quilt. good luck with yours and please pictures we all love pictures or as most would say eye candy, I love candy.

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    This pattern isn't easy for a first timer- I have tried it and never liked the results. Curves are for the advanced quilter, in my opinion.

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    Is the pillow idea working?

    The idea about quilting as you go might work with the heavier fabrics.

    I, too, am lookinig at the idea of making a dwr quilt. My daughter asked for one out of batiks. Luckily, I have a year or so to do it. :-)

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    I would not make a wedding ring out of upholster fabric, it's too heavy. The wedding ring is not a beginners pattern. If you are a beginner, start with a 9 patch or something like that. The upholster fabric can be used for a strip quilt with maybe a flannel backing and no batting and it may not be to heavy. I'm in TX, so it would be way to heavy for down here.

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