Monday, January 28, 2013

Wedding Ring Quilt Inspiration... and free patterns

In The Romance of Double Wedding Ring Quilts, Robert Bishop observes that the Double Wedding Ring is the most popular pattern in the history of quilting. The original (1928) pattern explained the origin of the design: "When some good but unknown man conceived the idea of a double wedding ring ceremony it gave his wife an equally good idea: she worked the two circles into a double wedding ring quilt."  We're introducing this series with some inspiring Double Wedding Ring and Pickle Dish quilts (and free patterns! note: this post was updated on December 19, 2013).

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 2013 Raffle Quilt by the River City Quilters Guild (California);  photo by Quilt Inspiration


First place winner for "Best Group Quilt" in their 2012 quilt show, this is the RCQG’s Opportunity Quilt for 2013. It is adapted from Jennifer Chiaverini’s Caroline’s Wedding Quilt  (a Double Wedding Ring quilt embellished with floral appliqués, a cherished gift for a very special bride). The quilt was made by 25 applique artists and 4 piecers. This quilt has four gradations of red and green fabrics, creating an elegant luminous quality.  You can see the detail of the blocks in the close-up photo:


Bachelor's Wedding Ring by Eric Gunson at Pieceful Expressions


Shown above is one of our favorite designer double wedding ring quilts: Eric Gunson's "Bachelor's Wedding Ring". We first featured this stunning quilt in a 2011 Blue Quilt series called The Blues. Eric Gunson is the lead designer at Pieceful Expressions, which is his family's business in Sisters, Oregon.  The flowers reflect Eric's love of wildflower photography.

Double Wedding Ring design

The diagram below, from a free pattern at Quilt Magazine, shows the pieces which form the rings in a basic Double Wedding Ring quilt:

In this diagram there are 6 fabric wedges in each arc, but there may be as many as twelve or more. The wedges can be cut from templates and pieced traditionally, or they can be foundation paper pieced. Once the arcs are constructed, they are attached to the melons (B) and center shapes (A) with curved piecing; alternatively, the finished arcs can be appliqued on a background block. In addition, the arcs can be made from a single fabric, without any piecing, as in the 2007 auction quilt shown below:


The Double Wedding Ring design - first published in 1928 - is believed to be a variation of an even older pattern called Pickle Dish (see the article by historian Barbara Brackman).  Barbara explains that a wedding ring quilt has four-sided patches in the arcs, whereas a pickle dish quilt has triangular pieces as shown below.

Pickle Dish Quilt, c. 1930, seen at Ebay (January 2013)


In this colorful 1930's Pickle Dish Quilt you can see that the rings are pieced with triangles that form spiky sawtooth points:

Close-up, 1930's Pickle Dish quilt seen at Ebay
Kaffe Fassett's Pickle Dish Quilt


Just when you thought the naming was straightforward, on the cover of Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance  there is a hot pink quilt which looks like a cross between a fat wedding ring and a Dresden fan.  This is Kaffe Fassett's Pickle Dish Quilt. Whether you call it a Pickle Dish or a Double Wedding Ring, we love Kaffe's brilliant, vintage-inspired design !

Golden Wedding Ring, 1940's, seen at Ebay (January 2013)


This beautiful and unusual vintage quilt from the 1940's features a design known as a Golden Wedding Ring.  This outstanding quilt reminds us of a masterpiece in the American Folk Art Museum (see the photo by Red Pepper Quilts). We love the sunny orange and yellow stars:


A 1989 pattern for a Golden Wedding Ring quilt, originally seen at Ebay, shows the construction of the blocks:


We can hardly wait to show you some more fabulous Wedding Ring quilts.  In the meantime, here are some free patterns for your collection!


Above, Row 1: Double Wedding Ring, free pattern by Darlene Zimmerman at Simplicity (requires Simpli-EZ templates); Ophelia Wedding Ring quilt, free pattern by Konda Luckau for Timeless Treasures Fabrics; Double Wedding Ring, free pattern by Debby Kratovil for the Feedsack VI Collection at Windham Fabrics (designed for fusible applique).  Row 2: Double Wedding Ring, free block pattern for Island Batiks as seen at Quilt Magazine; Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Marsha Evans Moore at Free Spirit Fabric for a collection by Jennifer Paganelli at Sis Boom (for those who would like a tutorial on this pattern, see the 2011 quilt along by The Plaid Scottie); Flea Market Fancy quilt by Lucy A. Fazely for the Denyse Schmidt collection at Free Spirit Fabric. Row 3: Pickle Dish April 2010 Cook-off block pattern, free download, visit American Quilter and click on the first link on the page; Pickle Dish table runner, free pattern by Darlene Zimmerman at Simplicity (requires Simpli-EZ templates).

Coming up next... top designers' Double Wedding Ring quilts!

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the beutiful Double Wedding Rings.

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  2. Thanks so much for these patterns, I've been wanting to try a double wedding dress quilt, now I'm inspired -- and have a pattern!

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  3. THank you for this post. I've always loved this pattern. I wonder why the originators assumed the double ring ceremony was invented by a man, though!

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  4. OH I will probably never make one, but seeing those are inspiring! thank you!

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  5. Great post! I can see one of these in my future.

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  7. Muchas gracias por los patrones..me han gustado mucho.

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