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The trick to curved piecing the Double Wedding Ring pattern is in the…

Last month on QUILTsocial I worked through the first steps of making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner all the way from cutting the pieces to sewing curved seams using the Dreamweaver XE. This week I’m finishing it up – right to the bias binding!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

The last thing I did last month was to make these arc sections – half of which had light colored fabrics on their ends…

 

Light ended arc
Light ended arc

 

and the other half had dark colored squares.

 

Dark ended arc
Dark ended arc

 

The next step is to sew these arc sections to the block centers – the weirdly shaped pieces shown below.

 

Block center
Block center

 

If you’re following along, you’ll need to mark the center of the edge of the block center with a pin. The center of one darkened arc is aligned with this pin.

 

Aligning the arc
Aligning the arc

 

The end of the center section is aligned with the seam between the square and the first section of the pieced arc, so that they meet ¼” in from the end of the center section. You’ll see this easier in one of the following photographs.

 

Aligning the pieces
Aligning the pieces

 

Three pins is all you need to join these two pieces together. Just make sure that there are pins at the middle and at both ends.

 

Three spots pinned
Three spots pinned

 

The curved seam is easily stitched by sewing slowly and gently pulling to straighten out the seam. Check out my post from last month to see more about sewing curved seams.

 

Sewing the seam
Sewing the seam

 

Sew up to the pin that is holding the end of the block center and arc section together.

 

Sew up to the pin
Sew up to the pin

 

Sew right off of the tapered end of the block center to complete the seam between the center and the arc. Notice how the end of the block center extends past the seam between the end square and the pieced arc. This will ensure you have enough fabric to sew the next arc to the second side of the block.

 

The seam ending
The seam ending

 

Press this seam with your iron in whichever direction it wants to go – it doesn’t really matter which direction the seams are pressed. Here’s the finished seam between the dark ended arc and the center of the double wedding ring quilt block.

 

The completed seam
The completed seam

 

This step now needs to be repeated with all of the block centers. I’ve got 12 blocks to sew for my bed runner so I’ll keep sewing with the Dreamweaver XE and tomorrow I’ll add the second side to these blocks.

This quilt is amazing when finished!!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding Ring blocks

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.

3 Comments

  1. Cecilia

    Thank you for the great information on sewing curves. This quilt is on my bucket list, I just have to get my courage up before I attempt it.

  2. Lori Morton

    Thank you for the info on sewing curves! You make it seem pretty easy. I’m going to watch the rest of this series…I would love to make a Wedding Ring quilt for my Daughter! 🙂

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