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.
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.
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.
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.