Double Wedding Ring Quilt History: From Yesterday to Today

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.

double wedding ring quiltDouble Wedding Ring Quilt via Bluprint member nancyelizabeth

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.

Antique Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Photo via Bluprint member linpiration

Including scraps from clothing or other bedding was 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.

Colorful Double Wedding Ring quilt

Colorful Double Wedding Ring quilt via Bluprint member L.K

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.

double wedding ring quilt border

Double Wedding Ring Quilt via Bluprint member Groovyiaia

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.

modern double wedding ring quilt

Modern Double Wedding Ring Quilt via Bluprint member Betsy0

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.

Foundation paper pieced wedding ring quilt pattern

Foundation Pieced Wedding Ring Block pattern via Bluprint member QuiltingSupport

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.

Single Ladies Single Wedding Ring quilt

Single Ladies – Single Ring quilt block pattern via Bluprint member elegantitus

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 honor 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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One Response to “Double Wedding Ring Quilt History: From Yesterday to Today”
  1. Penny Rafferty
    Penny Rafferty

    Hi there! I inherited last year a double wedding ring quilt which belonged to my grandmother. Nobody else in my family in England wanted it however it had always been on the bed in the spare room where I would sleep as a child and I have a sentimental attachment to it. I have only recently used the quilt as a display in my new home and by coincidence, I found a sleep story on Amazon Audible about quilts and it has sparked my interest in mine. I know no history of my quilt however my grandmother was a big collector of victorian lace and had a real passion for material and as I have recently owned my first own sewing machine I have started to catch the bug also. Any information you could give me on the date of my quilt or anything at all I would find really useful to pass it on to the family. Really appreciate this many thanks Penny