Double Wedding Ring Quilt – The Final Chapter

Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 in Quilt Blocks, Quilting | Read More

I took the quilt to Kat Waterson of in November. She planned to quilt it the week following Thanksgiving. She called me on November 29 to say it was finished. (She started it earlier than planned.) We were experiencing some nasty weather that week. She and I agreed to meet at the next guild meeting on December 6 for me to get it. She was very pleased with the results.

We met at the meeting and partially opened the quilt so I could see the quilting on the back. I LOVE IT!!! Later in the evening when we had “Show and Tell” at the meeting, a friend and I opened it completely to show the guild members. The back is beautiful too!

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Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 in Quilting | Read More

The Double Wedding Ring quilt that I have been sewing since the beginning of this year IS COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!! I have struggled more with this quilt than any other quilt I have made. This is the second DWR I have sewn but I had many more problems with this one than I did with the first quilt. The main reason I had problems was because I started this quilt in a class in 2008 and used my small Janome Jem Gold that I take to classes. The quarter inch foot is a full quarter inch. These seams needed to be a scant quarter inch to make the arcs fit on the melons. I became aware of the problem when I started to trim the arcs.

I had to remove the stitching from most of the 322 arcs and resew the angle seams to make them large enough to trim the ends at the correct angle. Because the job seemed so large, I delayed starting this step. During the summer I decided I had to get back to work and sat down for a couple evenings and did the frog stitch. (rippit, rippit)

The next step was to sew half of the arc to the melon shaped background.

The remainder of the arcs (161) were divided into two groups  and squares were sewn onto each end. Half were green fabric and the other half were purple fabric.

The next step was to add the arcs/melons  to the 72 back ground pieces.

I then assembled the blocks into rows of three and joined four rows together to make a section of twelve blocks. I made six of these sections, then I joined two sections together to make rows of 24 blocks, 3 down and 8 across. I made three of these and joined them together. This step was probably the most difficult step because of all the bulk.

…AND HERE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!

I will keep this quilt for us.

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Double Wedding Ring Quilt-finished!

Posted Thursday, September 16th, 2010 in Quilting | Read More

I started this quilt after Jen and Trist’s wedding in September 2008.  I worked on it through the winter and finished piecing the top in the spring of 2009. I was undecided on how to quilt it. Carol offered to let me use her HQ 16 to quilt it, but I was intimidated by the large areas that needed a special design.

I saw the work done by Kat Waterson, a long-arm quilter, at an Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting. Her work is beautiful so I talked to her about scheduling a time to quilt the DWR.   Since this was a custom job, she had to have a full week open to put it in her schedule. The earliest  date available was the end of July 2010. I took it to her a few days before the scheduled time and selected the pattern and thread color. It took her about 4 days to quilt it.

I had to trim the edges and put the binding on. I took it to the church to lay it out on the large tables, and trimmed the edges. The binding had to be cut on the bias because of the scalloped edges. The next step was to sew the binding to the front of the quilt by machine and then stitch it to the back by hand. The hand stitching took me approximately eight hours.

I made a label to sew on the back and a set of pillowcases from the extra fabric.

They will receive the quilt and pillowcases for their second anniversary on September 27, 2010.

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Double wedding ring quilt is quilted!

Posted Saturday, July 31st, 2010 in Family, Quilting | Read More

I made a double wedding ring quilt for my daughter and son-in-law for their wedding almost two years ago. I finished the top but was stalled by the quilting process. I wanted to quilt it myself but was very intimidated by the pattern.

I had checked with a longarm quilter and her rates were astronomical for a double wedding ring quilt. I met another longarm quilter and checked her rates which were much more acceptable. I scheduled a quilting time with her in December 2009  and found she did not have an opening until July, 2010. I took it to her on July 13 with a scheduled date of the week of July 26. (She reserves an entire week for a double wedding ring quilt.)

I received a call from Kat on Thursday afternoon, July 29, saying the quilt was finished! I picked it up on Friday afternoon. It is beautiful!

The next step is the binding. It has a scalloped edge all around the quilt. I will have to make a bias binding much more narrow than I normally use . My goal is to have it finished by September 27, Jen and Tristan’s second anniversary.

The longarm quilter is Kat Waterson.  Her website:

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The Double Wedding Ring quilt for Jen and Trist

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2009 in Family, My Projects | Read More

I have been working on this quilt since last fall (2008). Jen and I picked the fabrics when I went to Columbus last year. I took a DWR class at the quilt shop in Leo in the spring of 2008 and used the green and purple fabrics instead of the brown and blue Jen had chosen. I didn’t want to ruin any of that fabric!


I worked on this quilt in spurts. I spent Memorial weekend putting the blocks together in sections of twelve blocks. I had to make 6 sections for a total of 72 blocks. I used the John Flynn templates and method for the quilt. It is faster than the traditional way of cutting each piece separately.


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Welcome to My Blog!

Posted Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 in Family, My Projects, Patterns | Read More

Welcome to my blog!

Hi, I am Linda West. I want to share my quilting adventures with you!

Double Wedding Ring for Bob and Linda

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