By now you’re probably up to your ears in talk of Double Wedding Ring (DWR) quilts, techniques, and ideas. For my part on this hop I thought it would be fun to chat with Darlene Zimmerman, the designer of the Double Wedding Ring Templates
Before we get to the interview, let’s review some of the details of the EZ Quilting Double Wedding Ring Challenge:
This is a challenge FOR EVERYONE, All quilters… of any style from Anywhere! This is an international challenge.
Note: in each category, a quilt must be made of three layers and bound.
SMALL: ONE RING! Easy! size: under 20″ or smaller… This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!
TRADITIONAL: 4 rings or larger… Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category… must have three layers and bound.
MODERN: 4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES! How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth? Possibilities are ENDLESS!!! No rules other than, it must have three layers and be bound.
Lots of awesome prizes!! Go to NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild website for all the juicy details.
Now for something completely different…Here’s what Darlene had to say when I chatted with her recently about DWRs and this Challenge.
Last summer’s challenge was pretty fun. How excited are you that we now have a second EZ Quilting ruler challenge?
I loved the wonderful quilts that were entered in last year’s contest! It was amazing to see the very creative modern interpretations of the simple wedge shape of the Easy Dresden. The new challenge using the Double Wedding Ring pattern should be very interesting. Double Wedding Ring is such a traditional pattern that we usually think of it being interpreted in 1930s era prints. It will be fascinating to see just how creative quilters can be!
Tell us a little bit about why you started designing quilting templates and rulers.
I’m a process person, and I’m always looking for easier or simpler ways to cut and create different shapes in quilt blocks. I’m not good at remembering rules and formulas in geometry, so I try to create tools that make cutting various shapes in different sizes easier to do and without struggling with the math
What made you decide to create a DWR template?
There are other Double Wedding Ring template sets available, but they share one common problem– rotary cuttinginside curves. My template set uses an outside curve to trim away the bits you don’t need for the center “square”. It also cuts the melon shape with an outside curve. A rotary cutter easily cuts outside curves, but hangs up on the inside curves. By combining three different templates into one smaller tool, we were also able to keep the price of the tool set very affordable.
DWR quilts look a bit intimidating. Do you have some tips to offer about using the DWR template? How should one start a new project like this?
Why do quilters think sewing curves is such a challenge? If you have ever sewn garments, a collar or sleeve is much more challenging than the Double Wedding Ring pattern!
When starting this project, cut all the shapes as accurately as possible. Put something on the back of the templates to keep them from slipping while you’re cutting. Cut only two layers at a time. Your pieces will fit together better if you are careful in the cutting process. There is no need to do ALL the cutting before you start; mix it up– cut a little, sew a little, press a little.
Make a sample ring before you attempt to chain piece all of the units. This will give you a better idea of how the pieces fit together and where you want to place your colors. It will also provide a good visual for when you put the rest of the quilt together.
By the way, if the number of small pieces in the Double Wedding Ring pattern is intimidating, please note there is a single arc template available for this template set to reduce the amount of pieces in each block.
Does it surprise you that chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild are having challenges using your rulers? After all, the Dresden Plate and Double Wedding Ring patterns are pretty traditional and you are The Feedsack Lady. I’m a traditional quilter, but I love the way modern quilters are re-interpreting quilting as we have known it. It’s fabulous that they are taking the same basic shapes and putting them together in different ways. Their use of color, the design in the fabric, the negative space and the interpretive quilting are all so inspiring to those of us who have been quilting for awhile, and are ready to expand our horizons and step out of the box, even a little bit! I feel my quilt designs are changing due to the modern influence. We can learn so much from each other! Traditional quilters bring geometric shapes and traditional designs to the modern quilters, and they teach us to look at fabric, color, and design in different and exciting ways.
And yes, I’m tickled and surprised that modern quilters “get it”– that you can use my tools to create YOUR QUILT, YOUR WAY. The tools just make your job easier by helping to cut the sizes and the shapes you need for your vision to emerge.
Finally, we had excellent participation in the last challenge. What are you hoping to see in this challenge? And what are you looking for as you judge? I’m looking for Creativity. Whether people are creative in their color or fabric choices, or in how they re-create the pattern in their own way, it is all exciting! I expect to be pleasantly surprised in the entries; and we should all get new ideas on how to use fabric or color in different ways for interesting effects.
Thanks Darlene! And now I have a set of the EZ Quilting DWR templates as well as the single arc template Darlene mentioned above to give away. Simply leave a comment about what kind of DWR quilt you’d like to make (traditional/modern, big/small, scrappy/solids/coordinated). I’ll give you a week and announce the random winner on Saturday 7/20.
Now, go get stitching. Entries are due by December 1st. Good luck and be sure to follow the other stops on the hop for additional chances to win!