I've been thinking about this for a while, but since I'm about to finish up the last of my swap commitments and I won't be signing up for any more this summer, I've been considering the idea more seriously. Around this time last year, I began working on my first Double Wedding Ring quilt. Problem was, I'd only been quilting for 3 years, I was completely self-taught, and I didn't know anyone that could show me how to piece a DWR quilt (and honestly, if I'd found such a person, I probably wouldn't have wanted to take lessons from them anyway...because they would have whacked me with a yardstick every time I didn't sew a perfect seam...lol!) The pattern I used was seriously lacking in instructions when it came to piecing the curves, and I couldn't find any pictures or videos online showing how to piece the melons of a DWR quilt...which was terribly frustrating for me, because I'm a heavily visual learner.
So, my question is...would you all be interested in a Double Wedding Ring Tutorial? Let's take that one step further...would you all be interested in a Double Wedding Ring Quilt-Along?
DON'T BE SCARED! Why not? Because once you get the hang of it, it's not nearly as awful as it seems. It's kind of like riding a bicycle. You'll fall down and scrape your knee (curse and scream in a fit of rage as you rip out your fifth seam in a row). But once you get over your fears and the technique finally "clicks" in your brain, you'll gain confidence and ride off into the quilting sunset. Yes, it does require accuracy. Yes, it does require a lot of cutting and piecing. But the pattern is GORGEOUS. And if you use paper piecing, the cutting and accuracy requirements are taken down to a very manageable level. For the pattern I used, all I had to do was cut a bunch of 2" x 3" blocks, paper piece, and then trim the seams to the right size. Easy as pie. And the best part is, I've already figured out the worst parts for you!
Another good point is, who says you have to make an entire quilt using the technique? You could just make one row of four blocks and have a gorgeous runner for your dining table. And if you ever want to attempt an entire quilt 1 or 5 or 10 years down the road, you know how to do it! And you know you can do it because you have already! C'mon readers. Grab some gumption and let's make us some gorgeous DWR quilts in beautiful, bright colors!
Mull it over, and leave a comment on this post telling me if either of the above options are appealing to you.