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Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding Ring blocks

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to assemble the blocks that make up a Double Wedding Ring quilt.

Today I’m adding the second side to the blocks so that tomorrow I’ll be able to assemble them as a quilt top. As you can see, making this block entails a lot of steps – and sewing them together is a bit of an adventure too!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Now that each of the block centers have a dark ended arc on the top, I’ll add one light ended arc to the right side of half of these units. As I did yesterday, I’ll pin it first, lining up the centers and the ends.

Are you ready for the next step?

 

Light ended arc
Light ended arc

 

For this seam, you need to add an additional pin at the spot where the seams between the two end squares and pieced arcs meet.

 

Lining up the seams
Lining up the seams

 

As you can see we’ve got the two pieces pinned together in 4 specific spots – both ends, the middle of the block center and the seams between the end squares and pieced arcs.

 

Four pins
Four pins

 

I’ve sewn this seam with the Dreamweaver XE in the exact same way as the other curved seams and you can see that it looks amazing once it is pressed.

Repeat this process to sew a light ended arc section to the right side of half of the blocks.

 

The curved seam
The curved seam

 

If your pieces are pinned together correctly, then you should get nice crisp points like the ones circles here. If your points don’t look this neat then check that your seam was the correct width and that you pinned things together correctly.

Sometimes you’ll be so focused on easing seams together that you’ll let the machine slip a little bit causing your seam to be narrower than it should have been – just sew over it with the correct width of seam.

 

Three points to watch
Three points to watch

 

Now sew a light ended arc to the left side of the rest of the block centers.

 

The left light ended arc
The left light ended arc

 

Our blocks are really starting to come together nicely and the Dreamweaver XE is making this task so easy! Join me tomorrow – I’ll show you the simplest way to sew Double Wedding Ring blocks together!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
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Go to part 3: THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double Wedding Ring quilt

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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