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Double Wedding Ring

Designed by Darlene Zimmerman


Note: A vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt is shown for inspiration. Choose whatever size you'd like to make from the charts below.

fabric requirements

cutting table

cutting directions

Note: Use a 45mm or smaller rotary cutter to cut the curved pieces.

STEP 1 Cut 10-1/4" strips for the center squares. Cut into the required number of 10-1/4" squares for the project you are making (see Size Chart). Using the widest curved edge of the Double Wedding Ring tool, align the line on the tool with one edge of the square and center the tool on the square. Cut the outside curve. Repeat on each side of the square.

Tip: You can fold the square in half and trim two edges at one time. Repeat for the required number of centers.

STEP 2 Cut a 7-1/4" strip from the same fabric as the centers. Open the strip, then fold over 1-1/2" approximately and place line in the middle of the small melon (on the opposite edge of the tool) on the fold. Cut. Repeat to cut the required number of melons.

STEP 3 From the two colors you have chosen for the four-patch intersection, cut 2-9/16" strips. Using the 2-9/16" square at the bottom of the tool, cut the required number of squares.

Tip: 2-9/16" is just slightly more than 2-1/2".

STEP 4 From a variety of prints, cut 2-3/4" strips. Use the "A" wedge shape in the package to cut the required number of small wedge shapes.

STEP 5 From two prints (or a variety of prints) cut an equal number of "B" shapes and "B" reversed shapes. An easy way to do this is to cut the B shapes with the fabric strip folded right sides together (as we normally cut from our strips).

assembling the units

STEP 1 Sew 6 "A" wedges together to form an arc. Add a "B" shape to both ends of the arc. Press the seams all one direction.

Note: If you have planned your colors, half of the arcs will have the colors running one direction and half the arcs will have the color running the opposite direction.

STEP 2 Match centers and ends of each pieced arc to a melon. Pin and sew. Press toward the melon piece.

STEP 3 Sew two different squares to both ends of the opposite colored arcs (if using planned colors). Press toward the squares.

STEP 4 Sew the units from Step 3 to the arc and melon from Step 2. Press toward the melon piece. Make the desired number of melon/arc units in the same manner.

STEP 5 Sew two melon/arc units to adjacent sides of a center, placing two different color squares at the corners.

Tip: The point on the center square should extend exactly 1/4" beyond the seam line between the square and the B unit. Press all the seams away from the arcs.

STEP 6 Piece together in rows as shown, watching the placement of the colors of the squares in the intersections.

STEP 7 Sew the rows together. Add melon/arc units around the outside edges as needed.

finishing the quilt

STEP 1 Layer, baste and quilt as desired. Before binding, baste around the edge of the quilt a scant 1/4" from the edge to hold the layers together and keep them from stretching.

STEP 2 Cut 1-1/4" strips of single bias binding (much easier to use than double binding). Join the ends with a 1/4" diagonal seam pressed open. Sew to the quilt with a 1/4" seam.

STEP 3 Start about 4" from an inside "V" with an edge that has been turned under 1/4". Stitch until you reach the bottom of the "V", and stop with the needle down. Lift the presser foot, pivot the quilt and the binding to stitch out of the "V". With a stiletto or seam ripper, move any pleats that form out of the way, lower the presser foot and stitch out of the "V". Continue stitching in this manner, overlapping the beginning tail.

STEP 4 Trim excess batting and backing evenly, then turn the binding under 1/4" and stitch down by hand on the back side of the quilt, forming a pleat in the binding at the "V".

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