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:
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|
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!