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Low-Key Ring: My Goal Quilt

Low-Key Ring

When I started quilting, one goal I set for myself was to get “good enough” to make a double wedding ring quilt. Well, I’ve reached that goal. It is a beautiful, traditional quilt. It does take a lot of time, and focus. Curves aren’t easy for everyone. I don’t find curves particularly easy, though I do find them totally doable.

Low-Key Ring

I love the look of low volume quilts. There is a lot to be said for that calm, easy-going appearance. Since I’ve accumulated a good variety of low volume prints, I thought it was finally time to make a quilt out of them. I wanted to do something a little different, and one night I suddenly thought about adding little slivers of saturated solids in with a plethora of low volume.

Low-Key Ring

I used over 80 different low volume prints, little bits of some of my favorites. I chose a few for the “background” and a wide variety for the rings themselves. Getting those little slivers of saturated colors in was a little tricky, but totally worth it.

I’m not very good at the whole liberated, improv, just make it up as you go kind of quilting. I love that I got that look here, even though I planned it out and measured and cut very precisely.

Low-Key Ring

I couldn’t decide how to quilt it. I was going to send it out to a professional to be long-armed. But I also wanted to have it done in time for the Simplicity EZ Double Wedding Ring competition being hosted by the New York Modern Quilt Guild. So I decided to hand quilt it. I know, not the fastest answer, but I could take it along with me in the car on a couple of long road trips in the past week, and sit and work on it while we’re on Thanksgiving break. I chose to use a neutral thread on all of my rings, except one, the only one I used the same fabric on for a whole ring. I’m really pleased with the whole thing.

Low-Key Ring

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18 Thoughts on “Low-Key Ring: My Goal Quilt

  1. Gasp! This is seriously seriously gorgeous. You are right, it really does have a liberated improv look to it and I know that takes a lot of planning! The little slivers of colour are very beautiful too. I think you will do very well in the DWR competition!

  2. Wow, congratulations! It’s a beauty and heirloom for sure. So smart to add in those pops of solid red and other solids. Makes it look so scrappy!

  3. Wow, Colleen, that is really beautiful! Congratulations on meeting your goal–I have yet to meet that goal!

  4. I absolutely LOVE this quilt!!! Beautiful, just beautiful.

  5. This is my favorite quilt in the whole DWR challenge! I also love that it is a quilt that has so many things YOU love in it…low volume, a design you’ve wanted to make since you started quilting, your fun idea to add bits of color making the design all yours and that you finished it with hand quilting! What a wonderful story of its evolution. Congratulations on a beautiful finish!!!

  6. you know I want to steal this!!! Lofty goal to make a DWR–I say you nailed it!

    • Try to resist the stealing temptation… I am resisting stealing your confetti quilt I tried to emulate. And thanks so much for choosing me as your judges choice! Since you are my “liberated quilting” role model, it really means a lot to me.

  7. Pretty much what everyone else said 🙂 Love the low volume take on this pattern – striking in its own subtle way!

  8. This is so beautiful and striking in it’s low volume way. Those little pops of color just make it. I also love that your rings look so round. Congratulations on winning in the DWR challenge, it is very well deserved.

  9. This is beautiful. While you know I don’t have any sewing skills like you and Kalee, my great grandmother did. She made a large queen size quilt for my parents when they got married of this same style with the rings on it. It’s so sweet! She made it from everyones clothing and now that they have passed on, my mom still remembers who was who’s and she tells me all about it. xo

  10. This is a beautiful creation!
    I just loved word-print fabrics, so that combined with the beautiful design and work makes me swoon over this quilt!

  11. Diane Coffin on January 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm said:

    I am looking for the pattern to the quilt you called “Heart Strings”…a scrappy heart block. Looks like it would work with a Jelly Roll?
    Have asked around, love all of the Pinterest quilts in this pattern that are posted, but I can’t seem to find the pattern.
    I am hoping that you may be able to lead me in the right direction.
    Love your story, your creations and your spirit.

  12. This is spectacular ! I can’t take my eyes off it! What beautiful work and an heirloom you have created!
    Love the little pops of color. Seriously fantastic!

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