The double wedding ring quilt history has many stories to tell. First published in 1928, the double wedding quilt pattern has ever since has been a source of accomplishment for quilters as they tackle the pieced curves and quilt construction, with the quilts becoming treasured family heirlooms.
The double wedding ring quilt is a traditional quilt design with a rich history of romance and love stories to tell but that continues to inspire quilters today.
The interlocking rings are a beautiful symbol of the marriage - two people joining together to become one story - but also have historically been considered lucky for a couple, with designs found as early as 4th Century Roman cups. The traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt was historically made by mothers and grandmothers for their children to be given on their wedding day or anniversaries, and treasured for many years to follow.
Traditionally, the Double Wedding Ring quilt was made using a white background, with many different pieces of fabric to make the arcs and having the appearance of continuity like this Antique Wedding Ring Quilt.
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Including scraps from clothing or other bedding were a popular way to both be thrifty, particularly during the Depression and World War II, but to also literally embed sentimentality into the quilt. The double wedding quilt pattern was, and still is, a great option to use up those small scraps of fabric that collect in every quilter's sewing space.
But as quilters are prone to doing, creative interpretations of the classic design have birthed many modern uses of the wedding ring quilt include focusing on fabric placement to create secondary designs.
L.K has used clever fabric placement along the arcs to create a quilt that looks almost like individual ombre blocks. The black background also goes against tradition and helps emphasize the ombre colors.
Traditionally, the double wedding ring quilt pattern keeps the curved edge, using bias binding to finish the quilt. A popular option is to add borders to increase the total size of the quilt, or to frame the design, or even to make it easier to bind.
Reinterpreting the arcs to use straight piecing is a great way to make the double wedding ring quilt your own. By increasing and decreasing the sizes of the print pieces, as well as the background pieces, Betsy0 has maintained the appearance of the curved rings.
Another reinterpretation for piecing the arcs is using foundation paper piecing. Still maintaining the appearance of curves but with the ease of straight piecing, foundation paper piecing also creates a much more accurate quilt top.
One popular option that completely breaks the wedding ring quilt history is to rebel against the original idea and celebrate single girls with single, non-interlocking rings. Still maintaining the technical skills of pieced arcs and the beauty of the rings, this pattern also makes a strong artistic statement.
Whether you honour the double wedding ring quilt history and faithfully recreate the traditional pattern, or think outside the square and make the pattern your own, your quilt will have a story to tell too.
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