Speaking of Double Wedding Ring quilts....

Just after I bought the Shar Jorgensen's templates and book on how to do a Double Wedding Ring, my favourite nephew announced that he was engaged. The date has been set for next May - is a year enough time to do DWR? Before I begin, I just wondered what people prefer - completely matchy-matchy or scrappy? I've seen DWR done both ways, and as stunning as the matchy-matchy ones (think lovely greens, pinks and white) they don't make the eye move around as much as the scrappy ones. For a wedding quilt, would a scrappy quilt be seen as "less than the best"? I'm trying not to buy fabric, but use what I have... but I don't want the gift to look less fabulous for that. What do you folks think?
-- Jo in Scotland
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Johanna Gibson
I love scrappy! Do a rings of blues, rings of greens, rings of pinks, or rings of rainbows....as long as the background unifies it....GO FOR IT!!! Take a peek at some of the double wedding ring quilts on eBay and see what they are....mostly scrappy looking!
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(Yep, eBay is a great place to get color ideas! No, none of the items are mine and I'm not promoting anyone or anything!)
Dannielle
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Dannielle
I just heaps and lots prefer the scrappy to the ho-hum of 'matched'. Quilts of a perfectly designed collection just bore me to pieces. IMHO (of course). Polly
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Polly Esther
Well - why not a combination of scrappy rings with one or two common fabrics/colours where the rings intersect? Makes a nice star-like design, uses up your stash, looks "planned" and it's easy.
I used SJ's templates to make a template to trace foundations for the rings on very light interfacing (foundation is not removed after sewing). Saved heaps of time on cutting and kept all the rings perfect. In a class here they made 6 KS DWRs in two months. Of course most of them are not quilted yet, but the piecing was FAST! lol
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CATS
I think they all look scrappy, even if you try to match the colors. The beauty of that quilt is all the different pieces. The ring pattern is what makes the quilt.
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Boca Jan
Howdy!
My first DWR:
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was working full time at the quilt shop; this took me 2 months toFinish, hand-pieced and hand-quilted. Made easier by making the ringsall one piece, instead of 7 or 9 (better for hand-piecing).I was using John Flynn's DWR pattern at the time,fairly cheap templates , and no instructions on how toactually finish it, no clue as to how to bind. But I figured it out. Then my bee at the lqs told me DWRs are "HARD" to make. ? What I learned: don't use light fabrics for the rings (here they'reflorals (against a light/white/muslin background (the centers & melons aremuslin here). I prefer a contrast. Good luck!
R/Sandy
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Sandy Ellison
Here is one that has been 'in my mind' for years! Note: the arcs would be solid piece of fabric, not little patches. Background: medium dark batik; just one fabric Each CIRCLE (wedding ring): one non print or low contrast print light to medium value batik; many different colors
PAT in VA/USA
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Pat in Virginia
A year is enough -the templates and directions make this go pretty fast.
One of the templates, if memory serves, is a bigger arc. I once watched a demo of how to use these templates. You cut the big arcs, stack 3-4, then use the segment templates to slice into pieces. Then you can swap pieces around and know there are enough cut of each segment.
IMO a DWR where each segment "position" is the same looks boring and too predictable. But if you stick to the same few fabrics, swapping colors more randomly, it will not look scrappy. Also, if you are so amazingly generous as to make a DWR for someone, that person had better not be anything but overwhelmed with gratitude! Roberta in D
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Roberta Zollner
Howdy!
Thank you, Estelle. I'm cheap but I'm easy.
A little way down this page, Charmed Circles is an alternate take on the DWR.
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R/Sandy
On 5/11/07 4:15 AM, in article snipped-for-privacy@bt.com,
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Sandy Ellison
Wow! What a great bunch of quilts!! I love "Colors" and "Tossed Salads" especially, because I love scrappy quilts so much. Your DWR is great, too. I wouldn't have thought to make the arches that way, but it sure is quicker. Using different fabrics for each arch still lets it be a scrappy, just in a different way. Clever.
Under the "Home and Family" designation, all I saw were pictures of your beautiful home, your cat, and your dog. Are the pets the only "family" who live there? No humans? LOL
And your painting in the kitchen and breakfast area is wonderful. It must have been so much fun!
René
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René
Howdy!
Thank you!
Yes, the cat & dog own this place; we don't count. There is a favored human, tho' we don't see much of him; both animals adore him:
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I do.
Thanks again, Rene'. Very good for my ego.
R/Sandy--more showing off:
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Sandy Ellison

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