I designed this wedding quilt for my niece, Kelsey. She is a modern woman who appreciates tradition, and this modern version of a wedding ring quilt updates the old traditional pattern with new contemporary style. It keeps the heart of the pattern, the idea of two lives joining represented by rings surrounding each other creating new rings, but the pattern is adapted for modern times.
Instead of hundreds of small pieces sewn to make the rings, each of the 12 ovals in the center panel are cut from a whole piece of fabric. These rings are sewn (appliqued) to the center background of the quilt. The appliques are sewn with the fabric edges raw, exposed. They are designed to fray to the stitches, giving a textured, unaffected look to the quilt. The appliques and the quilting are done at the same time. The borders are assembled and quilted individually before being attached to the quilt.
Every step in this quilt was planned to create the most beautiful quilt possible in the most efficient way possible.
Skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate
Approximate time to complete: 20-50 hours
Techniques used: frayed- edge applique, double-edged binding
Completed size of quilt: approximately 96x98 inches (245cmx250cm), large queen size.
I love designing and making quilts, especially folk and story quilts. All my patterns are easy to follow with step by step directions and photos. Every pattern begins with a quilt created and sewn on my table top machine.
I have a blog where I share the design process behind the patterns, MarylandQuilter.com. Come by and visit!