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Adventures in Paper Piecing Double Wedding Ring

Adventures in Paper Piecing Double Wedding Ring

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When Sarah asked me if I’d like to participate on her book tour, I said yes! I’ve been a fan of Sarah’s work for years. The way she fearlessly tackles paper piecing is inspiring and amazing to me - someone who seems to do everything backwards when paper piecing is involved. Her new book ‘Adventures in Paper Piecing and Design’ is an incredible resource if you (like me) are a little nervous about this technique and want to hone your skills. Full disclosure: you should read the directions, because it definitely helps, and I definitely didn’t the first time around. :)

When Sarah first shared her own liberty rainbow double wedding ring with the paper pieced diamond detail back in 2013, I was GOBSMACKED.

When Sarah first shared her own liberty rainbow double wedding ring with the paper pieced diamond detail back in 2013, I was GOBSMACKED.

Then, Sarah went and made a KING SIZED double wedding ring in 2014, with basically a zillion of the diamonds, and I was crazy in love.

Then, Sarah went and made a KING SIZED double wedding ring in 2014, with basically a zillion of the diamonds, and I was crazy in love.

Sarah knows how much I love Double Wedding Rings, so she asked if I’d want to make that project. I was thrilled, especially when she told me I could use templates (instead of paper piecing) all the arcs for the individual melons. Worth noting: if you’re approaching this project and you want precision, nothing will be faster than paper piecing. However, if you’re like me and you LOVE templates, it just takes a little more energy, but I’m happy with my results. (I used Darlene Zimmerman’s EZ Quilting Templates). I was inspired by a double wedding ring Sarah made years ago that completely captured my attention, and I decided to recreate this with my own take, using my hoarded Heather Ross collection and Liberty Fabrics. When I started I thought I would make a wall hanging, 2x2 rings. As I worked I decided perhaps it should really be 3x3, but I quickly realized that wouldn’t do it, and I’d be making a much larger quilt.

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I did want to try out Sarah’s diamond details for the four squares where the DWR melons meet, so after putting it off for several weeks, I sat down to paper piece. Thankfully I have a Daylight Company Wafer light box, which makes it SO much easier to see what I was doing. I took Sarah’s advice and pulled fabrics in a scrap-hazard fashion (you know, like haphazard but with scraps!). The first quadrant took me a little longer as I figured out what the heck I was doing - but after that they were smooth sailing and I finished all four in a few hours.

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So, are you ready to sew your own Double Wedding Ring?? Sarah is generously giving away a free AUTOGRAPHED copy of her book: Adventure in Paper Piecing! To enter, make sure you go follow both Sarah and Me over on the instagram, and comment on the post!

Quick Template Cutting Tutorial

Quick Template Cutting Tutorial

A 2018 Review

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