Thursday, May 3, 2012

Double Wedding Ring Finish


Another finish!  A big finish! A cathartic finish!

This double wedding ring quilt (DWR) started out as an extremely ambitious gift for my girlfriend for her wedding.  The problem? I was brand new to quilting, no idea what I was doing and thought tackling curves would require the same level of concentration/skill as straight piecing.

Yes, funny… go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait.

Still waiting…

Done? Good, back to my story.  So years ago I visit and she’s got a 1930s home they were fixing up and while doing so, keeping its original lines and architectural feel.  A quilt with reproduction prints (Aunt Grace) was in order. The DWR specifically b/c of the occasion. I know it would blend her home and bedroom beiges and tans and greens (her concession to the new husband) beautifully while giving her some color (what I know she craves).  For the background, I used a muslin bought at JoAnn’s b/c I wanted to keep in the same theme of repro.  –sigh- I didn’t think much about fabric weave and bought a pretty thin muslin.
I have a few posts in my history regarding this DWR, talking about my frustration in trying to piece it correctly, trying a Curve Master Foot (which at the time helped but didn’t solve my problem. (Here, here, here, and here) Today, however, with more practice, it’s AN AWESOME TOOL for curve piecing!), and the overall method I settled on. 

I slowly pieced it all together for this king sized monster and then, the top sat. How the heck was I going to quilt this? I had been eyeing a mid-arm machine and frame and decided now was the time to get it.  I bought Mr. Sumo and Ms. Midge and then, of course, was not going to attempt this DWR until I practiced real quilting. 
Life interferes, we have a couple temporary moves, much of my sewing/quilting projects and supplies are in storage for a couple years. I pull them out and find water stains on the quilt top.  But thanks to the quilting community, advise was asked and provided.  Quilt it anyway, you said, then when you wash it, put a color catcher in with the wash and it worked.
However, as I started quilting it, 2 things happened. Hubs really began loving this quilt and I began thinking it wasn’t good enough to send to my friend. Knowing what I know now about fabrics, how I personally have improved in my own sewing and quilting and the uncertainty around whether that stain would come out while I was quilting. I decided, finally, to keep the quilt for hubs and I. We didn’t have a bed quilt and summer was coming.  This gave me a little more comfort to practice different quilting ideas (I have one small side of the quilt where I have several different quilting motifs that I’ve tried out and not bothered to unstitch knowing it was going on our bed.) It also let me enjoy quilting it a little more.
I am glad, all those years ago, I did give my friend a wedding present or I’d be scrambling to find something new now.  Still, I feel I do want to make her and her husband a quilt, and I have plenty of repro fabric already cut for a DWR. Maybe one day, with better background fabric. J

I put this baby on our bed to surprise hubs that we were keeping it and my baby girl decided she had to mark it.  I caught it right away and no mattress damage or actual quilt damage once cleaned but you could have defined me as a red-faced, steam coming out my ears, livid when she did that.  The final shot of where it resides now for the summer (it’s a thin quilt).  
Cheers!
Beck

13 comments:

marth225 said...

It's very pretty you did a good job. Basically it's a good job just to get it finished. I started one years(ssssssss) ago and finally just gave it to someone else to finish

Barb said...

Beautiful!!!!

Shevvy said...

I don't blame you for keeping it, its lovely.

Quilt+Bitch said...

It's absolutely stunning, what a challenging quilt to tackle. Congratulations on finishing it.

Kristie said...

WOW!! It looks amazing, and I am in awe of you tackling such a huge project with vigor :) It looks absolutely professional, and the quilting is amazing! Glad you are keeping it to enjoy.

felice said...

Beautiful!

Shay said...

Im still laughing as I write this comment. I love the look of double wedding ring but Im not sure I have the mental chutzpah to give one a go yet.

Despite all the drama this quilt turned out so beautifully I think it was worth the angst. That quilting is perfect for the quilt.

I dont know how you gave it away. I would have been hanging on to it for dear life.

Kate said...

Beautiful quilt! It looks like it fits perfectly on your bed.

Quiet Quilter said...

Words cannot express...so glad you kept it...I am still waiting on mine...Lovely, lovely lovely!

Kay Lynne said...

Looks beautiful--you did a great job!

ANudge said...

What a fabulous quilt! And a great story. So glad you perserverred. I didn't know a mid arm needed a frame. Thought it was the one you sit at. Whatever, you did a marvelous job.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Fabulous Becky!! I have one that I started I think it's been close to 10yrs now. I MUST get it finished.

FlyAwayHome said...

Thanks for visiting FlyAwayHome-4am. I am so glad you did because it brought me to your blog. I LOVE it! Sorry, but I am glad you gave me a minute to laugh over this post :) My mother was a very experienced quilter and made me a wedding ring quilt. Said she will never do another. One of the most trying quilts she has made. You were so brave to attempt this pattern as a new quilter. I will have to say.... you did a BEAUTIFUL job! I can't believe you were new to quilting...I am your newest follower...hoping you can teach me something :-)