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 last thing I did last month was to make these arc sections – half of which had light colored fabrics on their ends…
and the other half had dark colored squares.
The next step is to sew these arc sections to the block centers – the weirdly shaped pieces shown below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sew up to the pin that is holding the end of the block center and arc section together.
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.
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.
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!!