Adventures in Paper Piecing Double Wedding Ring
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. :)
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.
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.