My March Island Batik Challenge

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I face a monthly challenge to design and make a new quilt. In March, the challenge was to create a new design inspired by a vintage quilt.

My inspiration was an old double wedding ring quilt I’ve had for decades. The quilt was made by the Amish and is hand quilted.

I have always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, but I’m not a big fan of curved piecing. There are other methods for making a double wedding ring, but I’ve always longed for a simple, pieced version. So with this challenge, I decided to design and make one!

The fabrics I decided to use are from the Twilight Chic collection. I had a 2-1/2” strip pack and some coordinating yardage.

It’s hard to create the illusion of circles using straight piecing, so to emphasize the large intersecting wedding rings, I quilted curvy loops inside them. To create contrast, I quilted straight lines inside the large center squares.

I did ruler work to quilt the lines—my first time ever! It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I may do more ruler work in the future.

To create the illusion of a curved edge, I used a light yellow along the outer edge of each sashing row.

I played with the idea of a faced finish, then decided on a pieced binding. That way, the illusion of the curved edge would be kept intact.

Here are the quilt details:

"Wedding Bands"
48” x 62"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks from the Twilight Chic collection, plus Custard (a Neutral)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #4150 (Creme Brule variegated) and
#4644 (Smoke Blue)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I’m really happy with how this turned out! I hope you enjoyed it too.

While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs, and Accuquilt Go!

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