How to Make a Quilt Without Cutting or Math

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.

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Double Wedding Ring quilt made from more than 2,000 pre-cut pieces.

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.

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Double Wedding Ring kit with 1930s reproduction fabrics.

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!

This beautiful, king-size quilt kit comes in two versions: 1930s fabrics and juicy batiks.

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.

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10 thoughts on “How to Make a Quilt Without Cutting or Math

  1. NEED SKINNY JEANS QUILT KIT INSTRUCTIONS: I am trying to put together the materials to make the Skinny Jeans Quilt Kit that is on page 23 of the Summer 2016 Catalog. I really, REALLY need the instructions for cutting the squares. Can anyone help???

  2. I too have dreamed of making that double wedding ring quilt. I’ve tried quilting simple enough quilts but I somehow managed to make some many mistakes that I’m embarrassed to try to give one to anyone. I would love to try to make the DWR and perhaps one day I will.

    1. Hi Margaret,
      We’d be happy to help you with your order. Please contact our customer service department: 800-525-8086.

    1. Hi, Good question!

      On our FAQ page on keepsakequilting.com, our experts have this advice on estimating how much fabric you need.
      The amount of fabric you will need will vary depending on what size your quilt will be and how intricate the piecing. It is best to use a pattern that tells you exactly how much of each fabric is required. As a very general guideline here is the approximate yardage needed for standard sized quilts: A crib size 45″ x 60″ requires approximately 3 yds for a pieced top, 1-1/2 yds for backing, and 1/2 yd for binding. A twin size 72″ x 90″ requires approximately 9 yds for a pieced top, 5-1/2 yds for backing, and 3/4 yds for binding. A double size 81″ x 96″ requires approximately 10 yds for a pieced top, 6 yds for backing, and 1 yd for binding A queen size 90″ x 108″ requires approximately 12 yds for a pieced top, 9 yds for backing, and 1 yd for binding. And a king size 120″ x 120″ requires approximately 15 yds for a pieced top, 10 yds for backing, and 1-1/4 yds for binding. However, we can’t stress enough that these are only general guidelines for helping you determine fabric purchasing, we cannot guarantee that these yardage amounts will be accurate for the quilt that you plan to make.

      Hope that helps!

      1. INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED FOR SKINNY JEANS QUILT KIT: I am trying to put together the Skinny Jeans Quilt Kit on page 23 of the Summer 2016 catalog; the kit is discontinued and I only have the squares and the backing. Can anyone provide me with the INSTRUCTIONS for the kit??? I am willing to pay for them and need them before Christmas! Thank you!

  3. I, too, dreamed about making double wedding ring quilt after enjoying one my great grandmother made eons ago. So I carefully cut all the 2,000+ pieces from garment-sewing remnants and sewed it all together in only a couple weeks. It took me almost 3 years to quilt it (taking summers off because of heat). I tied ribbon bows in the centers of the large pieces. Beautiful. It’s now in the quilt hospital, waiting to see if it can be brought back to usable life.
    I have another ‘dream quilt’ that hasn’t gotten very far. I planned to make every block different, in many styles that reflect my personality. I think I got 2 made. Now, where did I put those patterns, lists, blocks…?

  4. The quilt that was my dream quilt never really had a name. I had always called it “Bonnet Women”. (More like team age girls.) It was a remake of a quilt my grandma made for my family out of old dresses she had.

  5. My dream quilt is a log cabin. I have recently worked on a block for a Civil War quilt that was paper pieced. Was easy and might be the way to go!

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