Making: An Improv Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This is one of the things I've been working on lately.

Laying out the blocks.

 I decided that I needed to try making a double wedding ring...improvisationally.  One of my main inspirations was this quilt by Emma Hall from Eli Leon's collection.  I love the story behind this quilt, which you can read here.  It kinda sums up exactly how I feel about quilting.

Emma Hall, Double Wedding Ring c. 1948

Although I used a plastic template for the basis of my pattern, I had to do a bit of drafting as well.  It was fun!

Drafting the double wedding ring.

For the fabric arcs, I used a variety of old denim, tribal batiks, Japanese wovens, and hand-dyed indigo.  The middle sections are made of vintage linen and a couple of gorgeous, organic, hand-woven striped fabrics from India, called Khadi which I have been drooling over at my local shop, A Verb for Keeping Warm.

This is how far I've gotten.  I have this vision of striped, mitered border, but haven't dreamt up a way to do that yet.  Any ideas?

P.S. If you live in the SF Bay Area, I'll be teaching an improvisational quilting class this Sunday!  I promise, it will be fun!  You could make a whole day of it, by taking the indigo resist dyeing workshop first, and then the quilting class after!


  1. I so admire your improv double wedding ring, and what a great article on the African American improv quilts, thanks for sharing!

  2. Well that's a challenge! How is it coming along? I improvised a double wedding ring quilt from a collection of the client's bridesmaid dresses in 2002 I think. It was seriously wonky -- but delightful. I don't know if I still have a picture of it.

  3. I'm trying to draft a joseph's coat quilt pattern. How much do you add to the tips of the 'petals'?

    1. Hi Sam! As for how to draft the rings...I just played around with drafting for a couple of days and did some mock-up blocks. I can't give you the step by step because my process wasn't really that linear!

      Good luck with your project!

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