Oh my, did I really say that!?
Approximately 20 years ago I started learning how to piece and quilt. Almost immediately the husband announced he’d like a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
Earlier this year, being aware that our 35th wedding anniversary would be happening, I thought it’d be nice to make it for “him.” For years I was afraid of the curves, but I recently (like in the last 2 years) found that I actually could sew a curve. Who knew!
So this is my practice block. I learned a few things in the process of putting it together.
- It’s not as horrible to do as I thought it’d be.
- Mark the 1/4″ spots like the directions say.
- This is not a quick project.
- Do. Not. Rush.
Needless to say, this quilt won’t be done for our anniversary, which was last week.
But I do have 110 arcs made, only 188 to go. I think. I’m kind of guessing at what I need as I don’t have an actual pattern.
I printed out a couple of DWR layouts and counted everything.
So. Much. Math.
Not sure if it’s right, but I can cut more if I need to.
Since I got such a late start on this project, the husband helped me pick a background fabric to go with our Asian fabric rings. We went with navy grunge. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but I’m excited to see how it looks. Hoping it’s as striking as I imagine.
Since 2000 we have often gone to Shipshewana for our anniversary, and this year was no different. I didn’t take as many pictures as usual, but I did get a few pics of the quilts hanging up at Yoder’s. They always display great quilts.
I love the border on this one. The colors are so pretty.
I may have shared this one before. It was featured in a Quilt Sampler magazine in the last few years.
I love this one! The quilting is outstanding and the striped fabric in the blocks really makes them pop!
And this is a very nice sampler itself. I think all the fabrics are solids. Appliqué adds so much to a quilt, doesn’t it.
Ok, it’s possible that this one makes you go, “What?” But after looking at it a bit more, and driving around Shipshewana at night, this is much like the reflector on Amish buggies. So my initial reaction has been amended. Now I think the use of the different orange colors is very clever. The “Slow Life” name should have given me a clue.
Who doesn’t love a BIG STAR QUILT!? So fun!
I thought this one was pretty cool. Covers from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival for the last several years. So cool with the solids on black.
Finally, we also spent a bit of time in Middlebury. It was ridiculously hot so being in the shops was such a treat. The Essenhaus has some adorable shops all within walking distance of the bakery/restaurant.
Outside of the building with the quilt shop is this awesome barn quilt.
You will see these all over the place in the area, if you’re paying attention. I love that we got a pic of this one this time.
Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have thought about actually making a DWR quilt. That’s how it is when one is new to a craft.
I’ve made hundreds (seriously, I counted recently!) of quilts, some good, some horribly, HORRIBLY bad, some awesome……every single one was part of the learning process. As the skills change, as the shortcuts are learned and discarded, as the confidence grows, one starts to think……”I think I can.”
Two years ago I sewed a curve, with no pins. It worked. It pressed beautifully.
“I think I can.”
So something new begins.
I’ll update as we go!
Have a great weekend, friends.