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« on: January 05, 2010 02:14:03 PM »

So if someone told me a year ago that Id be giving my best friend for her upcoming wedding a hand made double wedding ring quilt, Id have called them crazy.  But now its that year later and I just finished a queen/king size of said quilt.  I say queen/king because its in between those two sizes.  It was here on Craftster that I saw this pattern and thought that it was really cool, not realizing its probably one of the hardest patterns out there.  Reading on about it, found that it was a traditional gift for weddings, so I bought an acrylic template pattern and stared at it for about a month.  I even attempted to make a ring with scraps to see if I could sew on a curved line, disaster.  You see, a year ago Id never made a quilt of any kind.  I mean I knew how to sew but not quilt.  Ive made about 10 quilts now, but fairly easy in comparison.

Finally in August of 2009 I went and bought the Mark Lipinski line Califon black and white and again stared at the pattern.  I tried again with scraps before I cut up this beautiful fabric and realized my machines seam was off.  Once it was fixed, it worked.  There was my AHA moment. In September I made my first ring and then my second and then by the end of November I had a 6 by 7 ring double wedding ring quilt top.  I added two borders and then made the quilt back.  Theres a quilt store here in Ottawa (www.quiltypleasures.ca) where you can rent a long arm quilter (much fun!).  I thought Id try just outlining each ring but when that looked like crap, I pulled it all out and started to just free motion and have some fun.  I added hearts and stars and even put my name into the border.  After blowing a fuse on the machine and a weeks break in between, it took about 3ish hours in total to finish.  This past weekend I cut and sewed on the binding.  When finished, I gotta tell you that I was a little misty and then my husband was like, are you sure you want to give it away?   Yes, yes I am!  So here it is, 4 months (not continuously) of labour and love and voila!






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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 02:31:16 PM »

This is so beautiful.  I'm sure your friend will love it! 
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010 03:21:31 PM »

Congratulations on finishing this beautiful quilt!!  You are brave to take on a double wedding ring - I just started quilting, but I think you did it the right way - just jump right in!  (That's what I've been doing so far - who needs classes?!)  I know your friend will love it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010 06:45:05 PM »

I have a double wedding ring quilt that my great grandmother made!  I have always been in awe of that kind of skill - you should be so proud and I really hope the recipients realize what an awesome and special gift they are getting.  Beautiful!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010 08:38:24 PM »

Stunning and special.  Nicely done dear!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010 09:25:51 PM »

Best quilt evar.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010 09:52:43 PM »

This is gorgeous. It will be cherished for generations. What a wonderful gift.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010 12:19:17 AM »

this is just... WOW... i too am planning my first quilt and chose the same design... but i had seen a show on tv eons ago that decided for me lol next time you wanna make one, i may have an easier way... google "phillips fiber art wedding ring" they sell a book and template that make it much easier according to what i've seen and heard from a lady i know who owns it... but gosh, the time and love you put into it shows... she will LOVE it!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010 04:19:58 AM »

Wow, it's stunning!  I love your quilting, it's so frivoluous and fun.  Kudos to you for taking on a super-challenging quilt as your first - you are a brave and hardy soul!
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010 06:28:34 AM »

This is absolutely amazing. Your friend is very lucky indeed Smiley
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back to quilting...hurray and I dusted my art material Cheesy
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