Traditional double wedding ring quilts are a time-honored gift for couples getting married, but this fresh interpretation doesn't need a special occasion to shine. Bias tape appliqué is the key to the modern, minimalist look.
Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Size: 95” x 104.5” (queen size)
What You Need
Fabric + Supplies
- 8 yards backing
- 19+ fat quarters (we used the Boundless Solids Modern Brights bundle)
- 8⅝ yards background fabric (we used Boundless Solids in Warm White )
- 1⅝ yards chunky binding fabric
- 103” x 113" batting
- 1" (25mm) bias-tape maker
- Thread to match background fabric
- Neutral thread (should blend with bias tape colors)
Shop the Kit
1. Choose Your Color Palette
It’s totally up to you what colors you want to work with on this project. But if you're uncertain, working from a fat quarter bundle (or a kit !) can take away some of the guesswork about what hues work together well.
2. Cut Your Fabrics + Transfer Your Design
Cut your background fabric into 10” squares (your pattern will tell you how many you’ll need based on your overall quilt size). You’ll need some for your blocks, plus a few extras that you’ll use to transfer your design.
Refer to your chart for the minimum number of fat quarters you’ll need to make your bias tape. (One fat quarter makes enough bias tape for about four blocks.) Make the required number of strips you’ll need for each color, as shown in the video .
Use the design transfer templates included in your pattern to transfer your bias tape design lines onto the designated pieces of background fabric using one of the two methods shown in the video.
If your background fabric is directional, double-check your pattern to make sure the fabric is facing the right direction before you begin transferring your design.
3. Stitch the Bias Tape
Line up the center of your bias tape directly along the bottom curve of your design. Using your zipper foot, align the edge of your presser foot with the edge of the inner curve of bias tape. Slowly stitch the inner curve, as shown in the video, making sure not to stretch the bias tape.
When you reach a join in the bias tape, slow down even more so your needle smoothly works over the fabric.
Take your block off the machine and cut the excess bias tape fabric (leave about a 1” tail). Iron the bias tape so it lays flat.
Put your block back under the presser foot to stitch the outside curve of the bias tape. When you get to the end of the seam, iron again.
Stitch the top curve of your design, following the same process.
When the block is finished, flip it over so the wrong side faces up; iron again. Trim the ends of your bias tape so it aligns with the edges of your block.
When your quilt has a wide variety of colors like this one, matching your thread color to your bias tape helps the design transition smoothly. (It also covers any errors!) Just note: you have to change your thread each time, so we recommend sewing all the blocks with a single color of bias tape before moving on to your next hue.
4. Add Insertions (optional)
If you want to add even more personality to your quilt, you can add fabric inside the curves of the double wedding ring arcs. Grab the design transfer template you used for your dark fabric, using it to cut out your inserts in the specialty fabric you want to use.
Press a piece of background fabric and your insert fabric to create alignment marks, as shown in the video. Align the center line of your insert fabric with one of the diagonal lines of your background fabric. Align the points of the insert fabric with the opposite diagonal line of your background fabric. Hold it all in place with an acid-free glue stick.
Stitch bias tape onto the bottom curve of your insert fabric, following the same process in step 3. Repeat step 3 until your entire block is finished.
If your stitching falls off the edge of the bias tape, it’s OK! Continue stitching to the edge, then go back to the error, unpick the stitches that missed the bias tape, and stitch continuously on top until your stitches meet back up on the tape.
5. Join Your Blocks
With all of your blocks completed, lay out each one according to the pattern.
Take the first two blocks of your first row and align them next to each other, right sides up. Stack the right block on top of the left, right sides together. (Flip over the edge of one of your blocks to make sure the bottom curve of your bias tapes are aligned.) Pin if desired.
Using a standard presser foot, stitch the blocks together using a ¼” seam.
Take the first two blocks of your second row and line them up right side up to make sure the orientation is correct. Stack the right block on top of the left, right sides together, making sure the bias tapes are aligned. Pin if desired. Stitch the blocks together using a ¼” seam.
Repeat until all of your rows are stitched together.
When it’s time to join your rows, you’ll want to nestle your seams so they hug each other nicely and your points match up. To do that, be sure to press the seams on each of your rows in opposite directions, as shown in the video.
To join your rows, stack the bottom row on the top row, right sides together, lining up the seams so they “nestle” or lock together. Stitch using a ¼” seam.
Layer your backing, batting and quilt top together; baste and quilt using your favorite methods.
6. Create Chunky Binding
To use chunky binding, your backing and batting should be at least 2” larger than the quilt top on all sides.
Prepare your binding strips as shown in the video — they should be 4½” wide if you’re finishing it by hand, 4¾” if using a machine. Square your quilt top as shown in the video, so it’s ready for the binding.
Place a piece of masking or washi tape on the bed of your machine, 1” from the needle position. Align the edge of your quilt sandwich with the tape marker. Place the binding on top of the quilt, aligning it with the ¼” foot.
Sew the binding to the quilt with a ¼” seam allowance, mitering corners as you go, as shown in the video.
Join the binding ends, as shown in the video. Flip your quilt over, press the binding edge over to the back, and finish either by machine or hand.
Adapted from Modern Quilts With Bias Tape Appliqué.