One of my favorite things about quilting are the friends that I’ve made over the past 10+ years. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than quilting with these friends.
Last Sunday, Mae and Lisa and I got together to begin a Double Wedding Ring Quilt for Mae’s son who will be getting married next year. She and her future daughter-in-law decided on a double wedding ring pattern using a variety of reds and blues for the rings that will be sewn onto a white-on-white background
Mae decided to use the Quiltsmart technique – It’s not only a very accurate way to make the wedding ring pattern but is quite a time-saver too! For each arch just sew together 8 trapezoids.
Sew the Quiltsmart arch to the right side of the fabric arch and turn.
Turning the arches right-side out could be the most tedious part of the whole process. Mae had brought a tool that is supposed to make the job easier – The fabric tube turner. And it certainly did!
Using the tool turned out to be so easy: just insert the hollow tube into the fabric tube that needs to be turned; catch about 2 inches of fabric with the plunger and turn the whole fabric tube right side out.
I had bought one of these tools to make a tumbling block tube table runner some time ago. I was intrigued with the pattern since it looked so easy- but the project somehow keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my pile of things I want to make. So not only the kit but the ‘tool’ has sat in my storeroom, unused, for quite some time.
What could be easier!
We had a few laughs as we tried to figure out how to use the tool. I guess that it was just so easy that we made it hard to use!
Using the design wall we were able to get a glimpse of the final quilt. I’m sure the newlyweds will love it!There is always time to quilt!