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 January 14, 2016).

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!


Double Wedding Ring Quilt, ~54 x 54", free pattern by Marsha Evans Moore for Free Spirit Fabric (for those who would like a tutorial on this pattern, see the 2011 quilt along by The Plaid Scottie)


Fruit Slices quilt, 54 x 63”, free pattern by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics


Double Wedding Ring quilt, 61 x 75", free pattern by Debby Kratovil for Windham Fabrics (designed for fusible applique)


Double Wedding Ring quilt, 54 x 70", free pattern by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Flea Market Fancy quilt, 97 x 106", free pattern by Lucy A. Fazely for Free Spirit Fabric


Ophelia Wedding Ring quilt, 84" square, free pattern by Konda Luckau for Timeless Treasures Fabrics


Three Ring table runner, ~21 x 42", English paper pieced, free pattern at Connecting Threads


Pickle Dish selvage block, free pattern at Modern Quilting by B


Pickle Dish block pattern, free download, visit American Quilter and click on the very first link on the page


Double Wedding Ring quilt, free block pattern for Island Batiks as seen at Quilt Magazine

 
Image credits: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  Some of these are tutorials while others include downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the titles.  We update our links every 6 months as needed; however, websites may change their pages in between updates.  If any link is broken, we'd love to know so we can fix it; email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

9 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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  8. Beautiful Wedding Rings. I have the pattern for the Golden Wedding Ring you have on here and I can get the pieces to fit the way the pattern reads.I love the pattern and plan to make it for my daughter-in-law but working on it now for a couple of wks the 6 corners doesn't fit with the fabrics. Sue

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