Tuesday, October 25, 2011

double wedding ring, simpli-ez style


I mentioned last week that I'll be working on some traditional blocks with the help of some templates that were very generously given to me by my friends at Simplicity. I finally got the chance to play with some the other day, and first up is the Simpli-EZ Double Wedding Ring Template, designed by Darlene Zimmerman.

The Double Wedding Ring is one of those traditional patterns that I love, but I've always been too intimidated to try. Here's why: lots of cutting, curved piecing, and y-seams, oh my! Seriously, there is a lot of irregular cutting and curved sections, and I couldn't even imagine doing all that with just a pair of scissors.

So, you can guess how excited I was when I learned about this template, which allows you to cut everything with a rotary cutter. Pretty cool, right?

For my fabrics, I used a solid white cotton and some charm pieces of Kate Spain's Flurry. I don't have the time to make a whole quilt right now, so I thought it would be fun to make a Double Wedding Ring pillow for Christmas out of one or two blocks.

The set consists of three templates: the large one that is used for the curved sections and the four-patch squares, and two smaller wedge-shaped templates that make up the rings. The manufacturer recommends that you use a 45mm or smaller rotary cutter, but I used my 60mm one without any problems. Just go slow!

Using the large template, you cut curves along each side of a square...



and you end up with this. In a matter of seconds!



The same template is used to cut the smaller curved sections in the block.


So in just a couple of minutes, you're well on your way to making your block.


This template also creates the squares that make up the four patch parts of the pattern.


And then there are two smaller templates for creating the parts that make up the rings. For this section, I layered a few charm squares on top of each other, so I could cut them out even more quickly.





It literally took me less than five minutes to cut all of these out.


Once the pieces are cut out, you can arrange them in the order that you like, and then begin to stitch them together.


Much easier than I had expected!


After the wedges are sewn together to form an arc, the arc is pinned and sewn to one of the smaller curved pieces.


But, you'll notice that it doesn't look like they'll line up, right? The arc looks a lot smaller than the white curved piece. At first I was afraid that I had made a mistake...


but if you line up and match both pieces in the center and continue to pin along the entire length


it works! The curve pieces ease together and it's a perfect fit.


That's as far as I got on my Double Wedding Ring block, because I'm working on some big projects whose deadlines are fast approaching. But I'm really pleased (and surprised!) with how easy it was to make with the templates. I can't wait to finish this one, and one of these days, I'm going to find the time to make a full size Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
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