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Modern DWR Quilts

I have heard from many people on the quilt boards that they don't like Double Wedding Ring Quilts.
I am not a fan of the traditional design.  I especially do not like the ones with the odd melon shapes where the rings are not round.

The very first quilt that I bought out of the department store was a double wedding ring.  It was the first time I ever spent that much on bedding!  I loved that quilt and it is still in the family. That quilt represented I time in my life were I was starting to not have to struggle for ever last dime. It is when I started my job at my current place of employment.  That was 17 years ago.

I had been looking at double wedding rings for a while and I was thinking that I would like to make one. I wanted a more modern one with out little flowers on the fabric which the one I bought had.

I bought the pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful for their Metro Rings but never even read it. I have a problem with following other peoples patterns.  I always want to redesign them.  I love the pattern and I think I will force myself to make it some day.

What I really wanted was a Wedding Ring Quilt with big rings.  So I started drafting one up. I really had no idea how the original ones where designed.  I just started drawing rings and joining them.

Well that started my obsession! Now I have all these ideas for designs and not enough time to try them out.  I am wondering when I will get bored and move on.

The first sample I did was for a large quilt I was think of making.



 I had no idea how to put a wedding ring quilt together so the piecing is not that great on this one.  Though I still love the bright colors.  I just used some scrap to make it.

I bought the Craftsy Class on Double Wedding ring quilts and that helped to understand how to put it together.

I revised the pattern because all the seams coming together at the end of the melons drove me nuts.
The picture below is the revised pattern.  I also still have the pattern with the checked background.
I have a bunch of Indigo fabric that I would like to use for this pattern.  This pattern is called "For the Love of Indigo".

The Next Sample was for one that is a little simpler. I call this pattern Color Splash.  I used scrap again to create the sample.  I was thinking the fabric was really ugly until I quilted it!







The quilt guild I belong to had a challenge.  You had to make a quilt that was red, white and blue with other colors if you choose and it had to be under 50".  So I decided to try another variation of the quilt called "Radiant Sun".

 Here is the quilt before I have put the binding on.  I am currently finishing the binding now.



This is a picture with it on the quilting frame.  I digitized all the quilting patterns for this quilt. I also SID every seam.



I think I will modify the quilting pattern to include something more at the point.

Here is a picture of the paper pieced patterns I made for this quilt.

This quilt took a heck of a long time to finish.  I think I will go back and modify the pattern some.  It was very challenging to piece.

Below is the Color Splash quilt version of the DWR I am working. It will be quilted like the sample above but with colored thread.


I have a ton of color versions for this quilt.  Here are some of my favorites.




















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