Modern Patchwork Quilting: Double Wedding Ring Challenge and Blog Hop

One of my favorite traditional quilt patterns is the Double Wedding Ring (DWR). Years ago, when I first began quilting, I had an idea for a series of small DWR quilts that would play off the title of the pattern.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe and I stand before her award-winning
Double Wedding Ring quilt at QuiltCon.

I remember sitting around a table with my quilt group in California and the four of us came up with a list of ideas: Shotgun Wedding, Child Bride, Silver Anniversary, and Monsoon Wedding all were in the running. So were Bride of Frankenstein (one of my favorites!), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Jump the Broom, and Garden Wedding. Since those days, my list has grown to include more than 20 potential quilts with a marriage theme, but, in actuality, I've only made two.

That is about to change. Once again, I've caught the wedding ring bug. It all started with the gorgeous quilt "Double Edged Love" created by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Victoria's quilt won the "Best Of Show" award at QuiltCon this February, and I couldn't take my eyes off it. It is sophisticated and fresh. The design is modern yet traditional. It is happy and hip – all of the ingredients for a show-stopper. And This quilt is the inspiration for a new challenge that should get everyone's creative juices flowing.

The NYC Mod Quilt Guild is hosting an international challenge using the DWR pattern. Interweave is a proud sponsor, as well as EZ Quilting/Simplicity, and Juki. The challenge is organized to inspire the entire quilting community – art quilters, modern quilters, and traditional quilters alike –  to create DWR quilts in a variety of categories: Small, Traditional, and Modern. And other exciting news? I'm one of the judges!

Hop on over to the NYC Modern Quilt Guild website to see the rules for the challenge, and join in the fun.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

And join the blog hop to see what other quilters and industry sponsors are doing with this great pattern:

July 8:


Lisa Mason:

July 9

Emily Bailey:

Shelly Pagliai:

July 10

Amy Ellis:

Faith Jones:

July 11

Jenny Cameron:

Monica Solorio-Snow:

July 12

Dan Rouse:

Elisa Asbury:

July 13

Jenny Cameron:

July 14

Jane Davidson: 

July 15

Joanna Wilczynska:

Jackie Kunkel:

July  16

Kathy Doughty:


July 17

Amy Smart:

Flaun Cline:

July 18

Pat Sloan:

Jessica Alexandrakis:

July 19

Jacquie Gering:

Lee Heinrich:

Enjoy and participate!

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