THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double Wedding Ring quilt

Yesterday and Monday on QUILTsocial I added the second side to all of our double wedding ring blocks and today is the day that the quilt top will FINALLY be pieced together!

There’s been a lot of sewing involved in these blocks and I’m very happy to have been able to piece these using the Brother Dreamweaver XE!

The Dreamweaver XE

Now that the Double Wedding Ring blocks have arcs sewn to two sides, they are ready to be arranged into rows. As you can see, I’m placing the ones with the light colored arcs on the right side in the first row and the ones with the light colored arcs on the left side in the second row. I know, this seems really weird, but don’t worry – you’ll soon see why I’m doing this!

The two sided blocks

Now we can sew the remaining two sides to one of our blocks. This will become the bottom block on the right side of the quilt and is the only block that has all four arcs sewn to it before it is sewn to the other blocks. No matter what size quilt you’re making or how many blocks it has – only one block is completely sewn with all four sides before joining them all together.

Bottom right block

Now that the blocks are all arranged, and the complete block (with all four sides sewn to it) is placed at the bottom right of the quilt, start sewing a third arc section to each of the block centers located at the edges of the quilt. If my bed runner had three blocks in each row, the center blocks would not have a third side sewn to them at this time.

As you can see below, that third section is sewn to only one of the blocks in each row.

Adding the third arc

Sew the blocks into vertical columns. Notice that the seam that will be sewn to join these two columns together will be one gently curving seam.

See why I say ‘this is the absolute easiest way to assemble a double wedding ring quilt’? If you put the blocks together in any other way, you have to deal with set-in seams – but not with this method!

Two vertical rows

Next, sew the columns together with one long seam that goes from top to bottom in a gentle curve. Make sure to match up the center of each four patch and the block centers with the pieced arc centers the same way as the individual blocks were pieced.

Sewing the rows together

Here is my bed runner quilt top, which I pieced together entirely with the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

The quilt top

Here is a close up of the four patch block that is created when sewing together the Double Wedding Ring blocks. By sewing the dark ended arcs to the top and bottom of the blocks and the light ended arcs to the two sides of the block, each of the four patches created has two light and two dark squares opposite each other.

The four patch block

The one problem with using a die cutting machine for cutting quilt pieces is that it’s almost too easy! I often end up cutting way more pieces than I actually need for my project and this bed runner was no exception. There were enough pieces left over to make a matching four block table topper with the same fabrics.

The bonus table topper

Now that my quilt tops are assembled, I’m all ready to start quilting!

The Dreamweaver XE has an amazing dual feed foot so I’ll use it to machine quilt my table topper with some gentle curves and straight lines – see you tomorrow!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding Ring blocks

Go to part 4: Quilting made easy with the dual feed foot on the Dreamweaver XE

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brenda couture February 11, 2024 - 4:22 pm
when sewing the row to another row i cant get the 4 patch to go together
Christine Baker March 6, 2024 - 9:37 pm
Hi Brenda, It probably has something to do with your 1/4" seam. Maybe try increasing or decreasing it a little to see if they go together better. Christine
Carole Wilson June 22, 2021 - 3:50 pm
What measurements for the six piece for the arch? I don’t have a that template template
Regina jo carlson July 15, 2020 - 9:31 pm
Thank you for the great tutorial!!! Great step by step instructions which made my DWR quilt come together easy and complete.
Kathy June 11, 2020 - 5:39 am
I just happened onto this tutorial. Thanks so much. I’m just starting my double wedding ring and this makes it look so easy.
carla January 31, 2020 - 11:16 am
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I was trying to assemble the DWR with the instructions that came with the Accuquilt die and it just seemed insane to have to do all those set in seams. So now I am backtracking a bit to put the squares into the football shapes and then I will be able to continue with your method. Whew! Feeling much better now that I might be able to finish this quilt before my daughter's wedding in March.
Brenda West May 5, 2019 - 9:52 am
Love this - hope to someday be able to accomplish it. Great work
Lori May 5, 2019 - 12:39 am
One day I shall attempt this pattern
Nancy D May 5, 2019 - 12:35 am
Thank you for the tutorial! The assembly looks so much easier your way.
Donna C May 4, 2019 - 11:37 pm
Gorgeous quilt! You make it look so easy!
Delaine May 2, 2019 - 8:49 am
Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial on making double wedding rings. I have always wanted to make one, and after reading your step by step turorial, I now have the courage to try. Thanks!
Carla A. Canonico May 2, 2019 - 11:06 am
Yay!!! So happy to hear this for you! Thank you for visiting QUILTsocial!
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