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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