Category — Pattern
Welcome everyone to my stop on the NYC MOD Quilt Guild Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge! The NYC MOD Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity, Interweave and Juki to challenge you to show everyone your creative spin on this classic pattern.
The Double Wedding Ring Quilt is a pattern that is probably on many quilter’s bucket lists. It wasn’t really a block I ever thought I would make, but when Victoria Findlay Wolfe asked if I was interested in giving it a try and joining the blog tour, I couldn’t resist saying yes.
I decided to dig into my Anna Maria Horner fabric stash and pair the prints with ivory and blacks for the background and cornerstones. I’m using EZ Quilts Double Wedding Ring Templates that can be found at Simplicity or your local quilt shop. I’m pairing the templates up with this tutorial.
Initially I was going to do a single ring mini quilt, but cutting these pieces out was sort of addicting, so now I’m not sure what size I will end up making. Time to practice my sewing of curves!
To play along, simply make a Double Wedding Ring quilt that falls into one of the following categories:
SMALL: ONE RING! Easy! size: under 20″ or smaller… This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!
TRADITIONAL: 4 rings or larger… Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category… must have three layers and bound.
MODERN: 4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES! How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth? Possibilities are ENDLESS!!! No rules other then, it must have three layers and bound.
Then visit the challenge page to upload your finished quilt image. The deadline is December 1, 2013. There are tons of sponsors and great prizes for the winning quilts.
If you’d like a chance to win the templates I’m using for this quilt, just leave one comment in this post. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday night.
And be sure to continue visiting along with the blog hop, there’s bound to be some great inspiration!
Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com
Faith Jones – Me!
Jenny Cameron – http://Fiberlosophy.blogspot.com
Jane Davidson – http://quiltjane.blogspot.com
Good luck and happy sewing everyone!
++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++
The lucky winner is #115, Kathi! Congratulations and I will email you for your address.
I loved reading that so many of you will be joining in the fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
July 10, 2013 215 Comments
Next week is the four (4!) year anniversary of my blog. Pretty hard to believe! I thought I’d hold a pattern sale to celebrate.
Just enter the code 4YEARS at checkout. The sale will be today through next Tuesday, July 2nd, at 11:59pm Central Time.
I also finally went through my fabric scraps after 2 years of collecting since my last scrap fabric destash. I am
selling scrap bags Sold Out, sorted by Warm colors, Cool colors and Solids. You can find those in my shop too!
Thanks for all your support over the last 4 years everyone, it’s quite wonderful!
June 26, 2013 15 Comments
The weather this past week has been pretty much glorious, so I won’t lie – I haven’t spent a lot of time sewing. I think after the winter that didn’t want to end, the kids and I have been taking full advantage of beautiful, sunshine filled days. Because we all know, here in Chicago it won’t last. lol
I recently received a little surprise package from the Dear Stella team, containing a 5″ charm of every print in their Spring 2013 line. How cool is that?
I went through the fabrics, it’s a huge variety of style and color. So when I started thinking of what I’ll end up doing with this stack, I knew it needed to have a simple, scrappy feel to it. I think I’m going to make an hourglass quilt, potentially with various shades of neutrals as the background.
Many of you probably know how to make an hourglass block already. But there are also a lot of new quilters here, and since we don’t come out of the womb knowing this block, I thought I’d share my technique with you today!
Hourglass Block Tutorial
Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 4″ unfinished
Cutting: We are going to make 2 blocks from (1) 5″ print and (1) 5″ solid.
1. Cut your (2) 5″ squares diagonally, leaving you with (4) half square triangles (HST). Pair (1) print HST with (1) solid HST.
2. Sew your HSTs together along the longest edge. Press your seams towards the print.
3. Square your blocks to 4.5″. Line the 45º line on your ruler up with the seam line.
4. Now cut your blocks diagonally in the opposite direction of your seam line. I like to line up the 45º line on my ruler with the edge of the block, as shown.
5. Take one of the halves from each of your blocks, and pair them together to form the hourglass. If you pressed your seams towards the print fabric in step 2, the middle seams should “lock” together, giving you a prefect match. Piece together.
6. If you are like me, you may need to trim up your blocks after you are finished to achieve the perfect 4″ block. Line the 45º line on your ruler up with the seam line. Make sure the 4″ markings on your ruler line up with the seam line in the opposite direction.
Congratulations! You’ve made your hourglass blocks!
June 20, 2013 8 Comments
It’s always a fun opportunity to submit a block for Quiltmaker‘s 100 Blocks magazine series. Volume 7 was just released and I’m very excited to have a design included on this round! It will probably come as no surprise to regular readers here that I created a paper pieced star design. I’m nothing if not predictable, right? (You can find my paper piecing tutorial here.)
When I was selecting the fabrics for this star, I was torn. Blocks can always look so different depending on fabric placement. I really wanted to showcase this variety by making another block with the same templates, but using another fabric layout. Over the weekend I created this block.
Same pattern, but the effect is totally different. Cool, right? These blocks have 8 paper pieced components. Here is one quadrant sewn up:
I hope you will check out the magazine at your local craft and bookstore! It’s also available as a digital download.
May 20, 2013 12 Comments