From the time I first became aware of quilting, as an adolescent, it’s been my dream to make a quilt in the Double Wedding Ring (DWR) pattern. I not only loved the design, but the name sounded so romantic. This was back in the 1970s, when quilting experienced a revival and hope chests were still a thing.
It wasn’t too long after that that I learned two things: how to sew and that I did not have an aptitude for math. Spatial skills? Also not a strong suit. The first pillowcases and place mats went all right, but when I moved on to patterns, frustration set in. I always ended up with the print going the wrong way, or two of the same piece instead of a front and a back—or some other screw up.
So when I learned that quilting involved both math and templates (remember the handmade cardboard templates?)—not to mention cutting out a bazillion pieces of fabric to make those patchwork rings—well, my DIY DWR dreams bit the dust.
Still, every time I came across a Depression-era DWR quilt (love those pretty colors and prints), I ached to own my own. And eventually, I bought one that I treasure.
But recently, with the patience that comes with age and the skills I’ve learned from working at a quilting company, hopes of making my own DWR have revived.
And now, it looks like it will actually happen. This Double Wedding Ring kit makes it easy: all 2,003 pieces of beautiful 1930’s reproduction fabrics (or batik fabrics) for the top and binding have been precision cut. Plus, all of the precut pieces are marked and notched so you can see exactly where they fit together to ensure everything lines up accurately.
Granted, there’s a lot of sewing still involved, but this kit is going to save countless hours of cutting and I can get right to the creating part. And no math or templates required!
I can wait to get started and make my DWR quilt dreams come true!
P.S. Do you have a ‘dream’ quilt? What is it, and have you made it yet or, if not, what’s stopping you? Leave a comment below.