Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guest Post: The Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Last week I received an invitation to one of Thelma Lou’s quilting circles where we would construct another Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Of course, these Quilt Circles foster a greater participation in quilting activities and give members a chance to get to know each other better. But that’s not why anyone would want to go. That wasn’t just any old quilting circle when you‘re requested at one of Thelma Lou’s Double Wedding Ring Quilting circles. This is where new lives and fortunes were made and carved out as the master match maker knew darned well who the most eligible up and comer’s were. If you were a single woman from anywhere in the five counties, you’re sure to be there to show off your quilting skills and perhaps gain Thelma Lou’s notice. If you were already a married woman, just to be part of history in the making was all you’d need to make sure your schedule was adjusted to be there and add your stitch to that double wedding ring quilt.

Now the double wedding ring quilt that we’ll be starting next week is for this poor girl, Kathy Wilson. Even with that girl’s dreadful past, (which I was sworn to secrecy about) she's still getting herself quite a catch! This only proves no one is beyond redemption. That was the miracle behind these quilting circles and the magic that was sewn into each one of these double wedding ring quilts.

Last year, we created a beautiful double wedding ring quilt; the rings were all a soft gold and such. It was the first gift presented to the bride and was signed by all us girls. Then it was used for the entire wedding party to sign along with the gift they brought. Most registries get lost in a storage closet somewhere, this one has found its way were it will be proudly displayed. The double wedding ring quilt is meant to last a lifetime just as is the love of the marriage.

When I was married, it was one of the most beautiful autumns in memory. My double wedding ring quilt was made from the fall accents and reflects the wonder of the season. Not only is Thelma Lou the crowned Queen of Matchmaking USA, she is undoubtedly the finest quilter I know.

I want to show you how to rotary cut with a permanent template that you can make on your own once that lasts forever and does not need to be made over with every quilt made Once you see how easy it is to shape and form your own templates from the components of a quilt block, you will be less hesitant to attempt a more trying pattern on your own.

Start your own Quilting Circle tradition in your home town.

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