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I'm thinking about starting a DWR and am overwhelmed by the various techniques. The templates, or the strip piecing cut into arcs, or the strip piecing stitched into arcs in a secondary siege of sewing (it's hard to describe something you don't understand) or just hand piecing. I'm sure I've missed something else--oh yes, the foundation piecing.

What worked best for those of you who have made one?

What didn't work at all?

Did you finish the project?

Would you make another?

Thanks for the help.

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Comment by Barbara Graham on October 21, 2013 at 2:01pm

Thanks for all the input--now I do some heavy thinking.

Comment by Lori on October 21, 2013 at 7:06am

I am using a Judy Niemeyer pattern and her new ruler for trimming. I love paper piecing and so far so good. I only have eighty arcs made but hopefully I will get them finished on my days off and start piecing them together. I am loving it. Tried many years ago to piece the old fashion way and made only one ring before I gave up :0). Made a large pot holder out of it.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on October 20, 2013 at 7:45pm

I made one for our DD's wedding gift; turned out beautifully!  I used hard plastic templates that I purchased.  But, I wouldn't do another; don't like sewing curves.  Good luck!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

I had a DWR on my quilter's "Bucket List," so I'm glad I made one.  I don't see myself making another.  I liked the templates I used.  (Shar Jorgenson's templates)  http://www.qheartland.com/pd_double_wedding_ring.cfm

There is a video demonstration to go along with the templates:


They worked very well for me.  The quilt came together nicely and laid flat when it was done.  I hand quilted mine, which I thought took forever, but was worth it.  I'm glad I made it.  It was a wedding gift for my daughter and her husband.  While it doesn't live with me anymore, I still take great delight in visiting it at her house.  

You can do it!  (I probably wouldn't recommend making a king size if you want to hand quilt it...)

Comment by Linda Bodkin, ON on October 19, 2013 at 5:55pm

You can see mine on my page, but I would not make another, but it was a good experience. i started with hand piecing the little bits of the arcs, and then put on the melons with the center 6 4 patches, and hand piecing was very accurate. I had a book of DWRs by the AQS, and used the 18" circles. Of course, that wasn't going very fast so I made a template for a solid arc, and continued by hand. The outer circles were integrated into the borders and just hand quilted in. It goes from very traditional to modern, with free motion machine quilting in the outer border. Good luck!

Comment by Jan on October 19, 2013 at 4:53pm

I made one with the seamless arc templates.  I love it, hand quilted it, have it as a spread on our bed when I know nobody is going to sit on it.  I don't think I will make another one as it was a lot of work and very much time was involved.  I do love the ones with many little pieces but that was too overwhelming for me.  Good luckwith your choices.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 19, 2013 at 1:48pm

Would I make another...HELL NO!!!!

Comment by Bonnie on October 19, 2013 at 12:14pm

Starting at the bottom- would I make another?  Only if the recipient was VERY special to me.

Finish- yes 2, but I have kit leftovers available, meaning I am not thrilled enough to use up the scraps.

What didn't work- both methods I used worked, but it was a lot of work and more than a little ripping to make more accurate seams.

What worked best?  John Flynn's laser precut pieces.http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/shop/category/pre-cut-kits/ (DWR is not now listed, but I found mine on ebay)  

What worked OK? John Flynn's strip cutting with angled seams (you can have my book if you like)http://www.ebay.com/itm/JOHN-FLYNNS-DOUBLE-WEDDING-RING-WORKBOOK-an....

My advice- a few practice blocks and watch how deep you cut the very important notches to match the melons to the arcs.


The result is a very special quilt!

Disclaimer- I don't work for John Flynn, but live in the same town so have been fortunate enough to go to some demonstrations by him.   

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