Friday 3 July 2015

The Big Mama Double Wedding Ring

Well Hopefully that title got your attention! LOL

So, a couple of friends and I have been talking for quite some time about doing a Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Those friends are Nicky and Judith. And July is the designated month for starting.  

I can't say it all started with this book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, but it was the inspiration we needed to get us going.  I have to say, I read this book from cover to cover when it arrived.  and I could go back and do it all again!  

And this pattern just screams out at me.  Though my colour pallet may be a little different.

Whilst I was tidying up my studio, this box of fabric was coming together nicely, and it seems I have a thing for this colour range.  

so I have the basis for my Big City Bright Lights quilt.  

This isn't my first foray into Double Wedding Ring Quilts, 
I pieced this Pickle Dish quilt at least 22 years ago (I know it was that long because my son was a baby at the time)

So this one is going to get a little Trudi treatment in the quilting department, and may indeed be my entry to the Festival of Quilts this year. 

I also have these templates for traditional double wedding ring.  the finished size of a complete ring is 17".  

however, the quilts in V's book are much bigger, like 30" across!  Now that's a Big Mama Double Wedding Ring! 

so that's where I'm heading

But first  ....  I though I would get my hand back into some curved piecing, and V has a great selection of templates on her website, Not only the large scale traditional DWR but a Big Mama Melon to go with them.  (not everyday you get to use that expression!)

so I delved into the stash and this little bundle of Sphere by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics has been winking at me for some time

and seriously, it doesn't take long at all to cut a quilt with big templates 
and frankly, I just couldn't help myself!

So that's where I'm at.  I can think of another 3 variations of the pattern that I would love to make, so this is a long term project.  Some will be quicker than others, some will be a bit hit and miss as to whether the fabrics I have in mind will actually work.

So the plan, well, yes, there is a bit of a master plan here, we will all work on our DWR quilts, post pictures of the process, any tips we find along the way, point you in the direction of patterns or tools that can help.  

We would love for you to join us, just for the fun of it, we will do a Linky party once a month, so you can let us know what you have been up to and your progress too.  No pressure, no sponsors, no prizes, just for fun.

So what do you reckon, are you in?  

we might even manage a Linky Quilt Along button too! And I think I'll start using #BMDWR on Instagram feed too!

Go on, You know you want to!


V Hair said...

Love the double wedding ring quilt but haven't braved it yet. I even have some templates from FoQ last year and even bought a Craftsy class. But still no quilt! I'll look forward to seeing yours develop. Plus more progress posts requires you to type "Big Momma" again. Tee hee!

Sarah said...

Fab idea! I will read, watch and absorb and one day might even have a go myself! Have lots of fun.

Nicky said...
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Nicky said...

Love your big melons! Haha! Better get on with mine then!

Gina said...

oooo tempted. A Double Wedding Ring has been on my bucket list for a long time. I may have to invest in some templates and delve into the scraps

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Betty said...

Yesss! I'm a bit stuck on my version of the double wedding ring. This encourages me to 'get a move on!'!!
And yes, what Nicky said 😂😂😂

Sarah said...

Ha! too right I want to... need to wait til moo is the same age as your dd....
I look forward to watching this... Is Ms Wolfe the creator of the award winning double wedding ring with Jay McCarrol prints last year? I was so blown away by that one.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I'm going to enjoy watching this QAL!

Katy Cameron said...

Have fun with it!

Judith, Belfast said...

I've already got 2 big mama melons but they aren't of the quilting variety!! Need to get my butt in gear and start pulling some fabrics!! Jxo