November 23, 2011

Double Wedding Ring Quilt... 5 Years in the Making

My goal for this Thanksgiving was to get Mo and Flam their quilt.

Five years I've been making this quilt. For this quilt, I bought a new machine, learned how to use a long arm machine and rented one for some of the more intricate quilting, and ended up changing the finished look by doing something called stippling.

I think we decided that this Double Wedding Ring Quilt, took me well over 100 hours to make. I chose the fabrics when they got engaged in July of 2006. The final ring, I decided to make THEIR ring, and I combined fabrics from both families.

This is the start and finish, chronicled for me and my sister.

Picking the fabrics. (I just loved the Cherry fabric at the time. I did this entire quilt based on the fact I was in love with the Cherry fabric.)
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The back. (Cherries again.)
The backing.jpg

The front finished. (This is the top, rings all put together and pieced onto the top. It is ready to be sandwiched with the back and batting.)
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Laying the back on my floor to start the sandwich process. (In case you ever wondered, but were afraid to ask, how one puts together a quilt. I wash my floor and use pins and masking tape. I think this shows how dang big this quilt is. You can also see how we have to piece together a back... fabric isn't that big.)
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The batting. (I use a 100% cotton batting. I've started to use a bamboo on some of my newer quilts, a hypoallergenic. It's not cold enough for us to use something like wool.)

The final sandwich, everything layered. (This is where the pinning starts.)
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Their ring with the rest. (The center embroidered pattern for Mo and Flam's ring is in red, blue, and green thread, hand sewn. The centers of the others are in white and were done with a long arm machine. The stippling in between the circles was done on my machine.)
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Their ring. (The red fabrice is from a dress from Mo, when she was two. My Mom made her the red velvet dress. There are two other fabrics in the ring from my family, 1920's feedsack cloth that has been handed down. From Flam's family, I got photo copies of his baby quilts on fabric and cut them to fit into the ring. It is a merging of things from both families.)
Mo and Flams Ring.jpg

And this is the final product. It was just one obstacle after another finishing it this week. I traveled with my machine, only for it to quit stitching properly. I took it to a local shop (King's Sewing in Pensacola... LOVE THEM!) where we found it was my fault for not threading the bobbin right, then as I was at the end... I RAN OUT OF THREAD, and had to run out and buy more. Today.

I finished this quilt, 10 minutes before Flam and Mo arrived with their two babies.

Finished quilt with the back...
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It is done. Five years, well over 100 hours. It's theirs.

Posted by Boudicca at November 23, 2011 10:56 PM

That's really well done, Bou. Great job.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at November 23, 2011 11:46 PM

I can sew intricate details on baby cloths with the most basic of machines but I tried quilting once and gave up. I cannot quilt but I can tell great job when I see it.
Nothing important is ever easy.

Posted by: AC at November 24, 2011 03:09 AM

It's so very beautiful, Bou. You did a wonderful job!

Posted by: pam at November 24, 2011 07:17 AM

What an amazing gift of time and talent. A true treasure for your sister, and no doubt a new heirloom for her family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: jd at November 24, 2011 07:29 AM

What a labor of love and a true gift from the heart! Absolutely beautiful...

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 24, 2011 07:50 AM

It came out nice. I was happy. There are some things I'd changed, knowing what I know now, but didn't know then. And there are... issues. There always are. I still struggled to get my corners to meet up; I'm better at that now.

I'm just glad it's done. She was the only one I ever wanted to make that quilt for. I don't have daughters.

Posted by: Bou at November 24, 2011 09:26 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Bou.

It's a wonderful quilt!

Posted by: Jean at November 24, 2011 12:45 PM

WOW, you never cease to amaze me..!! I know they will love it for years to come..!!

Posted by: P'cola Titan at November 24, 2011 07:22 PM

So beautiful! talk about a labor of love, you did it! What a lovely gift....

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