Tackling Double Wedding Rings
We are often asked how to go about tackling a Double Wedding Ring quilt. This classic design showcases curves and round edges. With roots in traditional design, the Double Wedding Ring (DWR) has made a mark on modern and contemporary quilters alike.
Challenges & Solutions
Challenge: The edges are rounded. How do I load that on my longarm?
Solution: This is a misconception, really. The edges are round on many DWR designs, but the backing fabric is a solid rectangle piece. The backing is loaded as any other quilt. From here, the DWR is basted onto the batting. Baste around all sides. Trim to the curve shape, when finished.
Challenge: The whole quilt could have bias seams. Will my longarm stretch or stitch wrinkles into the DWR?
Solution: In many cases, DWR quilts are finished with a custom quilting design. The curved seams throughout do present an opportunity for stretch. By basting over the entire quilt top, stretch, wrinkles, or shifting will be minimized and likely eliminated.
Challenge: How do I quilt it? As a circle? As an arc? Will a regular square block fit in that center part?
Solution: Of course, quilting is completely at the desertion of the designer. Quiltable recommends the June 2021 Club: Rings and Things to conquer all your DWR design inquiries. A quick search for concave blocks will also give an opportunity to change up what is featured in the middle of the DWR quilt.
Also notice, in the Green Double Wedding Ring quilt, by Kim Sandberg, she has opted to combine some melon, arc, and corner shapes to create a “mega melon” space for quilting.
Mix it up and let Quiltable’s digital quilting designs help.
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