Monday, December 11, 2017

RBP - Really Big Peppermints

I'm so excited to blog about my latest finish, it checks off several boxes on my 2017 Year of Thelma list.  First, because it's a red and white quilt, second, because it's the last unfinished project in my sewing closet, and finally, and most importantly,  I finally pieced a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

Before I started on this adventure I asked a few of my quilting friends what method, book, templates they used to piece their DWR quilts.  For every person I asked I got a different preferred method.  Now this could have made me feel overwhelmed but instead made me think, "there must not be a wrong way to make this quilt".  So with that in mind I chose this book, and I think I chose wisely.

Double Wedding Ring Quilts, Traditions Made Modern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Everything I never knew I needed to know I learned from this book.  This book provides paper templates but Victoria also offers acrylic templates for sale that correspond to the patterns in this book.  She also has online videos that explain all the steps.  I used it all.  And don't let that "modern" in the title make you think this book is only for modern quilts, the quilt I made is as traditional as they come, I've seen this pattern in quilts over a hundred years old.

To piece the arcs I copied and used the paper template from the book, but to trim the pieced arcs I used the acrylic template.

The only pieces of my quilt that were paper pieced were the arcs.

I used a template to cut the arc centers.

And a template to cut the background pieces.  

Using those pieces I made some blocks.  They went together easily, I highly recommend using the acrylic templates.  I pressed my seams to the side and left the paper on the back of my arcs.

And here are all the pieces on my design wall.

Once the rows were connected I removed the paper from the arcs, pressed the seams in the direction that they wanted to go, and squared it up.

And here is my finished, first, but not last, Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 217
I've name it RBP - Really Big Peppermints 
It finished at 71" x 86"
The red fabric is Moda Bella Solid 9900-16 Christmas Red and the white fabric is Moda Bella Solid 9900-98  Bleached White 
The pattern is from the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts, Traditions Made Modern.
It has approximately 1,498 pieces.

As of today there are only 20 days left in The Year of Thelma.  Calling all quilters who joined the YoT sew along by piecing a top from the Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Book.  The top just needs to be pieced to make the parade, don't worry if it's not quilted!  I've made two quilts from the book this year, Due South and Halloween Lucy.  I plan to wrap up the year piecing a 3rd, Falalalala Lucy!

It's not too late to join the fun.

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  1. The RBP is gorgeous. Congratulations.

  2. love it - I haven't made one in a long time but I have made 2 or 3 of them over the years - it has been a long time since I made one I just had paper templates back then and scissor cut - yes it has been that long - I hand pieced them and hand quilted

  3. You are ending the year on a high note with this stunning wedding ring quilt. It is just beautiful. Well done!

  4. Looks fabulous, Thelma! I can just imagine how stunning it will be when its quilted! Have a great day.

  5. IT looks beautiful. I made one for my daughter when she got married. I swore never again. I didn't have any of those templates or paper piecing. They both sound like big enhancements to the process. YOu did a great job!

  6. I love your red and white double wedding quilt it's spectacular!

  7. I think it is wonderful but didn't it send your eyes a little bit when you were making it? I think the red and white quilts really do stand out, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely Christmas Hugs, Susie x

  8. oooo!! That is striking. A R&W quilt is on my bucket list, so I love that you fulfilled that as a Year of Thelma item. I made a traditional DWR for our 25th wedding anniversary, and loved it despite the demanding work. I no longer fear curves or Y-seams, that's for sure.

  9. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Love a red and white quilt. It took me three years, but I finished one about 15 years ago. No templates or paper piecing. And to top it all off, I gave it away. I don't think anything could convince me to tackle another one. Fortunately, the quilt is still in the family, so I can visit it!

  10. What an accomplishment! Although it’s a traditional quilt, I think it has a modern feel to it. So pretty!

  11. Your quilt is spectacular, Thelma!! I love it!

  12. Your DWR is wonderful and I love it! Another red and white to add to the someday list.....I am afraid I am going to run out of time before I get everything made that I want to make!!

  13. So glad to see a post from you. I have about 5 yds each of the same red and white fabric. I've been trying to pick a quilt pattern. I'm very fond of red and white quilts. I think I'll give this pattern a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Wow that's an incredible accomplishment! Congratulations!

  15. Wow, absolutely beautiful and fantastic! Congrats on completing such a wonderful quilt. I too have one in progress, so your post is definitely encouraging.

  16. Nicole had a link to your insta-whatsit the other day and your pictures of this (and the pineapple blocks) were AWESOME ... but I dubbed it sumpin different - which i won't write here, but the initials are BAP instead of RBP ... lurve those peppermints!!!

  17. I thought there was a paper piece template in the book when I saw it
    How did you know where to sew the pieces of fabric on the arc shape

  18. I just drew lines on my paper template before copying it.

    1. I thought I asked this
      Do you mind sharing your measurements you used on the template

    2. LOL, no measuring, just eyeballed it and drew the lines. All the arcs are copied from the same template so if they're off some they're all off the same, and it's not noticeable. Send me a direct email if you have more questions. I'm happy to help anyway I can.


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